I am applying for a job and the contact persons first name is Marion. I do not know if this spelling is strictly for males. I know Marian is female. I don't want to put Mr. Marion _________ if it could be for a female.
Traditionally, I believe Marion is masculine. But it's hard to tell. I have a unisex name and my parents gave me the traditionally masculine spelling even though I'm female. Things still occasionally come to me addressed Mr.
I think putting, "Dear Marion ______," would be ok, better than calling a man Mrs. anyway. I know I've had to do similar things in the past when I've had to address principals with gender neutral names such as Pat, Dana, etc.
I think that is the only way to go. I'm sure this person (esp. if a male) sees this confusion all the time, so you'd think they'd put the title with the name.... that it's not makes me think that it is a woman. It can be both, but I think it's more apt to be a woman.
Did you know that Marion was John Wayne's given name?