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broguemum Sun 13-Jul-08 22:35:36

Some friends, a Finnish / Italian couple, have just had a baby. They sent us a text saying that baby Fosca has arrived. Now I'm a bit stuffed 'cos I have no idea if Fosca is a male or female name. What do you think? TIA.

Heated Sun 13-Jul-08 22:39:04


broguemum Sun 13-Jul-08 22:41:19

Whoops! Mind you it is also a brand of cycling and running wear. I am assuming that they do not know this.

Heated Sun 13-Jul-08 22:42:02

glad it's spelt differently but it's what came to mind. I believe there is a band called Fosca & would presume a baby with this name would be male.

Send a gender neutral card congratulating them on the birth of their baby?

idontbelieveit Sun 13-Jul-08 22:49:12

If it ends in "a" and it's italian it's probably a girl.

broguemum Sun 13-Jul-08 22:50:48

I think I will have to go gender neutral but if it was a girl I was going to buy a lovely cutsey girlie cuddly chicken (sounds wierd, but beleive me it is luverlie). I suspect Fosca is male but if it is an Italian name surely the "a" is the feminine form?

broguemum Sun 13-Jul-08 22:51:46

Anyone Finnish out there?

robinpud Sun 13-Jul-08 22:52:05

Could it be a typo ?

Heated Sun 13-Jul-08 22:54:07

Happy to be corrected, in this reference Fosca isfemale

broguemum Sun 13-Jul-08 22:54:51

not a typo - it's been in more than one text now. perhaps we shouls wait for the announcement card before we buy anything and hope the sex is specified!

MadBadandDangeroustoKnow Sun 13-Jul-08 22:55:24

I think a girl too.

idontbelieveit Sun 13-Jul-08 22:55:50

is it supposed to be Tosca?

broguemum Sun 13-Jul-08 22:57:56

Thanks Heated - they're a bit musically inclined so this might be it. Do I risk the chicken though? Heck, I'll just go for it! Thanks again.

JaneHH Sun 13-Jul-08 23:11:58

But not all -a names are feminine - Luca is a man's name in Italy, I think.

HarrietTheSpy Mon 14-Jul-08 00:16:11

fosca is a girl's name. have italian friend from uni of this name...

Ellbell Mon 14-Jul-08 00:25:33

It means dark/dull/sullen/grim in Italian and (if Italian) is feminine.

broguemum Mon 14-Jul-08 10:01:12

Thank you all for your help. Will be heading off to see dark/dull/sullen/grim baby at the weekend! Hope she does not live up to her name....

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