Well, you know what happens when you assume?
Never assume anything when it comes to an e-mail. Assuming never leads to anything positive. If you are unsure; ask.
For example, in the global environment in which we all are now playing, to assume if someone is male or female can cause you to not make a very good impression.
A site visitor writes:
“My name is Nikita. It’s a typical Russian male name, but when I send e-mails to other countries, people got some problems with identifying my gender when looking at my sig. As a result, in response I receive messages starting with “dear ms. Nikita” Can I put “mr” somewhere in the sig to avoid misunderstanding?”
I actually get that too! From people who do not take the time to read my site to know I am a female or those from other cultures that don’t know my name is one only used by females (that I know of). So I get e-mails addressed to Mr. on a regular basis. I wouldn’t let it bother you too much.
Putting a Mr. in your sig file is just fine. However, that may make you appear more formal than you may prefer. If you are a formal guy — that’s O.K. then. I think you have a unique and cool name and if someone misidentifies your gender, simply and kindly sent them straight. Here’s how one of my readers handled the situation:
I am a guy and happen to have two (possible) female first names. I’ve been in the business world for almost 20 years and I have never bothered to add a Mr. in front of my first name.
I finally decided to use Alexander “Alex” [last name here]. This is just another suggestion for those of us with nicknames that can be considered for either gender.
If you are unclear of an e-mailer’s, gender, don’t assume. If it is important to know, then ask. Now that I think about it, I e-mail folks with gender neutral names (Pat, Chris, Kerry, Robyn, Frances, Kylie, Sam, Joe, Bernie) all the time and have never thought of their gender in how I communicate with them. This is certainly an issue for all of us to be cognizant about!