humm (been thinking that a lot lately), that is a bit scary since I do not recall knowing (granted, my name knowledge would not fill an index card) a single animal with the ae ending. Perhaps the female namesakes have dropped the latin gender tradition (Hippocampus Denise was named after a female, just not this one ). Several small topics have pushed my, "I need to think about that" buttons on larger topics of late. Things like, are dress codes appropriate? If so are gender dress codes inappropriate? How many little traditions really have big social, subliminal impact?