Misha
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I live in a area full of Russians, I've learnt it isn't a girls name. In my school (which is very good making it big) they're 4 Russian boys with this name and 1 girl but she's Anglo-Australian (I live in Melbourne.)
-- Koolgal  4/2/2007
Misha is only a masculine name in Russia, so how can 57% of the public ever think that it is a feminine name? If some poor girl will say there: "Hi, I'm Misha", most of people will think they heard wrong. Or simply that they've met a great joker.
-- ToveTer  6/19/2007
It seems to be fairly common in Germany too (I've seen it mostly as Mischa). But yeah, seeing it on girls sets my teeth on edge, too.
-- Pie  10/17/2007
In Russia it's only a masculine name! And it sounds too weird for a girl.
-- Ravynne  9/11/2009
This is a boy name. It's disgusting to think that people think it's a girl name. It's a boy name. I'm from Russia and this name is never used on a girl.
-- Katya  1/16/2011
Although it may horrify people of Russian origin, this name is nearly always used as a female name in English-speaking countries.

Much like the name Nikita.
-- keepitreal  1/21/2011
Misha is also commonly used in Georgia, where it is a diminutive of Mikheil. In Georgian, Misha is written as: მიშა.
-- Lucille  5/1/2013
I've heard Misha be used as a nickname for Michelle.
-- DaisyGraceBaker  6/18/2014
The usage of names underlies changes and ensures that new / modern names are created. Regardless if a Russian origin of Mischa is masculine and the nickname of Mikhail / Michael, why can Mischa not be a modern unisex name? BTW, there are also a lot of Arabic and Hebrew variants like Miesha or Myiesha. All of them are female names. I fell in love with the sound of Mischa and its spelling right away. It's a great unisex name and a beautiful one for women.
-- NiKaBe  7/1/2014
Living in the US, I didn't know (or know of) folks named Misha, but I would have guessed that it was a female name. That is not to suggest what gender ought to use it. I have heard from friends in Latvia (not Russia, but Russian influence) that male names typically (always?) end in "s" and female names end in "a". And in Latin-based languages, often the the way to distinguish between a male and female name is by the ending, e.g., Mario (male) and Maria (female). So I don't think it is a problem for our "anglophile ears" to guess (assume) that a name ending in "a" is female. But I *do* find it a bit disturbing when people suggest that the name should not be used as it has been used in its native culture historically.

Having said that, the reason I looked here in the first place is because I met a Russian/Ukrainian guy who identified himself as Misha and wanted to make sure I understood him correctly. So my single data point supports the assertion that Misha is a guy's name. I have found this forum interesting and educational. It's interesting to hear both the history and people's perceptions of names.
-- sswarren  11/20/2015
Earlier this year BabyCenter declared 2015 "The Year of the Gender-Neutral Baby," and the trend of rejecting the idea of traditional "boy" and "girl" names is still going strong.

Of course, parents have switched up so-called boy and girl names for ages. But there were also unspoken rules about it. Usually girls were given feminine names like Alexandra or Nicole and went by boyish nicknames (Alex or Nicky) just for fun. And once a traditionally male name (like Ashley or Leslie) took off for girls, parents generally stopped giving it to boys.

Many new parents – including celebrity moms and dads – are even using traditionally male names for their daughters. For example, Wyatt (like the daughter of Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher) jumped 84 percent on our list of girls' names, Lincoln (like the daughter of Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard) gained 47 percent, Maxwell (like the daughter of Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson) leaped 39 percent, and James (like the daughter of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds) climbed 13 percent. Announced today- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg introduced his DAUGHTER - Max!

I personally think tomorrow's children will never consider this to be an issue. They will get that Mischa can be feminine or masculine without much question.
-- Anonymous User  12/1/2015

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