Do you think maybe she was confusing Atticus with Attica? (yes, I woke up at 4 AM thinking of this, LOL!) Because even if Attica wasn't a prison, I would think a name ending with an a would typically be a feminine rather than masculine name (Melissa, Aurora, Laura, etc). I'm trying but I can't think of men's names that end with a soft a sound. Not that it matters. If you're going to name your kid after a jailhouse, you might not mind about things like masculine and feminine endings either, hee.