A really handy trick to have in your repertory is this: Look up the name in Google Images. You'll quickly determine if you should say "he" or "she" in your references. (And probably get a bunch of cultural information along the way in the periphery.)
Example: Is the name Nikhil male or female?
How about the name Pelin?
It's simple enough, but if you haven't seen this kind of trick before, it's well worth knowing.
I'll let you try your own search on the name Pat!