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As this page's authors have attempted to explain, the masculine name is etymologically distinct from the feminine. Admittedly, it's hard to think of ANY name that looks like a variant of Ann/Anne being used for males in a Western country, but in Germanic countries, there may be at least some awareness of the roots of the masculine aame being completely different from the feminine. It's not quite the same thing as "a boy named Sue." And speaking of which, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that "Soo" might be quite acceptable for a boy in some Asian countries, say. Just goes to show there is nothing inherently masculine or feminine about any name really. Even supposed gender markers like -a endings for girls' names are anything but absolute.
Anne is used as a masculine name in West Frisia (located in The Netherlands) and East & North Frisia (both located in Germany) - but also here and there in The Netherlands and Germany itself (often by non-Frisian parents that simply have a love for Frisian names).
To get a slight idea about the frequency of this name, see the two links below (assuming you know where West Frisia, East Frisia and North Frisia are located in both countries):
(East & North Frisia)
Note that in the link provided for West Frisia, the popularity rankings listed reflect The Netherlands as a whole, not the province of Friesland (i.e. West Frisia) only. However, some Frisian first names are so typically Frisian, that they are hardly used outside Friesland, so then it *is* possible to get a pretty good idea of how common they are in Friesland. The thing is, though, one would have to be a Dutchman knowledgeable about Frisian names, or a Frisian living in Friesland or elsewhere in The Netherlands, to gauge which Frisian name is hardly used outside Friesland (and thus whether its popularity rankings on the website of The Meertens Instituut mostly reflect those of Friesland). In the case of Anne as a masculine name, I can tell you that it is fairly often seen both in and outside of Friesland, so it's impossible to tell from those rankings exactly how common Anne is in Friesland only. This actually applies to more Frisian names in The Netherlands, since the Dutch have increasingly been adopting Frisian names because of their short, no-nonsense feel (since there is an on-going trend in my country, where parents favour short names that are down-to-earth and uncomplicated), hence Frisian names have been growing in popularity outside Friesland. As a result, it will slowly become increasingly more difficult to tell from popularity rankings whether certain Frisian names are this popular in Friesland only, or also in the rest of the country (since the popularity rankings make no distinction between Friesland and the rest of The Netherlands).
For the German link, please note that the link does not make a distinction in gender when it comes to the name's popularity - so it's impossible to tell how many of those Anne's are actually male, and how many of them are actually female. The male and female bearers have simply been lumped together.
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