Who are Tom, Dick and Harry and what is the female equivalent version?I had earlier asked: Who is Tom in Tomfoolery?, where mention was made of Tom, Dick and Harry.
We often use the phrase 'Tom, Dick and Harry' when referring to more than one individual without being specific of who they are, referring to people in general. I was wondering about the origin of this phrase - why the names Tom, Dick and Harry were used particularly and not some other names?
Also, is there any similar female version of it which is used in written or conversational English, maybe Jane, Jill and Jennifer? Or is it that the male names are used even when referring to ladies?