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Is the name Marion for male or female?
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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.


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Old 12-22-2010, 08:48 PM
 
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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.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:50 PM
 
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My mother's name is Marion. There are very few male Marion's anymore but I wouldn't chance getting it wrong. I would leave off the Mr or Ms
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Marion can be either male or female.

I have a male cousin named Marion Gayle, and everybody has always called him by both names, too.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:57 PM
 
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I think of it as a woman's name no matter how it is spelled. I know it can be for a man, but I would usually assume it's a woman. I agree that maybe you should leave off the Mr./Mrs.


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Old 12-22-2010, 09:01 PM
 
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If I'm going to leave off the Mr/Ms how do I do the greeting on the cover letter.

Dear_____????
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:05 PM
 
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Can't you call the office and find out if it is a fe/male? Is the name listed as Marion without a last name? If just address it as Marion.
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It's got a last name listed. I can't call because it's a school and it's closed. Already been to the schools web page trying to figure it out. Not so lucky!
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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.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:21 PM
 
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If you can't call, then I'd address the letter like this:

Dear Marion Smith,

Definitely do not guess at whether it's a man or woman. If you get it wrong, Marion will be put off by your letter immediately and could even be insulted, even though it really is an innocent mistake.
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I agree with Teeny-Dear Marion Smith

My sister has the name "Elisha", Alicia is the traditional spelling for a female. My sister feels that her name is for a male.
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:36 PM
 
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Try googling Marion _____ and the town. Maybe you'll get enough of a profile to make a determination.
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:15 PM
 
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Play it safe and go with Dear Marion Smith!
Even if you look something up online, it could be wrong...and that mistake would mean your resume/cover letter goes right in the trash.
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Old 12-23-2010, 02:54 AM
 
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Play it safe and go with Dear Marion Smith!
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?
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FIL's name is marion
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As is my BIL. So, in my case, it's a boys name!
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To me. But I would TOTALLY find out through Facebook, google, etc. I bet the information is out there. Good luch with the job.
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:53 AM
 
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My maternal grandfather's name was Marian, but he went by "Bud."
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:42 AM
 
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my uncle's mother's name is Marion so I'm going to go female/feminine.

Just say, Dear Marion _______.
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I too say not to assume
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There are masc and fem versions of many names but parents are often unaware when a baby is born.

My grandpa was a Frances who went by Frank but I still get the Frances and Francis mixed up...
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:54 AM
 
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Thank you so much! I think I will go with Dear Marion ______.

I have done a google search and anything that came up did not show whether the name was for a female or male.

Better to be safe than look like a fool!

Thanks again!
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