There was a picture in our local paper recently.
Talullah and her sister Sequoia.
I can't help feeling that Sequoia could be a rather unfortunate name, particularly if she should happen to be heavyset at any time in her future.
... or very very tall.
But - the famous person named Sequoiah was male and developed a writing system for his tribal language.
Why do all these perfectly good names get gender-swapped when someone outside the original language group tries using it so that their child will have an uncommon name instead of getting lost in a group of "same names"? What's wrong with checking to see if a particular name is for a male, a female, or is non-gender-specific before giving it to your little precious nameless baby?
Perhaps the parents weren't aware of the famous person, and chose a nice tree name that they thought sounded feminine. It seems that names ending in "a" or "ia" are more likely to be considered female names (in my experience, anyway).
And now I'm reminded of a line from Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert B Heinlein, where one of the character says "Names ending in -a suggest at least a D-cup." Urgh. Heinlein was a bit of a creep...
He might have been a bit of a creep in some ways - but, man, could that dude write!
((sigh)) I still reread any number of his books - there are a few "classics" that I read and reread once in a while, just because I like them. Granted, I don't reread them often (once a week or even once a year might be too often). But Jane Eyre, Dune, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and a few other books (and authors) are just too good not to be read more than once in a lifetime.
I like several other authors - who also have their creep tendencies. Or just an eccentricity that drives me wild - puns are fun - but there is a chance that more than one pun per paragraph might add up to a great many puns in one chapter - much less one book. What is funny in a one-off book can turn into something else entirely if that book spawns a series...that will not die.
Or the Mary Sue lead character starts to fall into bedroom activities at the least excuse without any of the bedroom activities doing anything to advance the plot or the character development. Seriously, either admit that you're writing for another genre than "romance" or start editing the too-explicit details out so that the danged plot of the novel can advance. Instead of using up your word count on diversions and having to come up with a three paragraph resolution of a five book buildup...that left me (and a few other readers, based on comments) looking at the end of the book and saying "but that's not
Seriously, an evil from the dawn of mankind gets reduced to three paragraphs and just vanishes, no more worries since Mary Sue and her contingent have taken care of a million year old nightmare...like that? (Yes, Laurell K. Hamilton, I am talking about how the Mother of All Vampires got reduced from the great evil to...well, I'm not going to spoil it - but that was just not the huge fight that you'd been telegraphing to your readers for books & books while getting more & more diverted into writing "extraneous sex & violence" (to quote an aphorism by James Bond's Q).