कुछ (kuch) "something"
क्या (kyā) "what?"
are examples of inanimate pronouns1 in Hindi (as opposed to the animate कोई (koī) "someone; anyone" and कौन (kaun) "who?").
1. Specifically, the inanimate singular indefinite and interrogative pronouns.
Source: Hindi, Yamuna Kachru (p.62)
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Obviously this stems from the same shared history.
Gender is usual for institutions, where it frequently follows the Gender of the instrumental noun, die Bank, die Deutsche Bank, rarely die Deutsche.
Since ships are frequently female, too, this implies there was a female noun following the name. Possible candidates are Crew, ...
It may be true in some Bantu languages. The word "nyama" is widely translated as "animal", but when you ask trick questions like "Is a slug a type of animal?" (in the language), people tend to say "No", unless they are well-educated (have taken a zoology class and have been taught about Animalia). If you simply ask for translations into English, you'll get "...
In Hindi, he/she/it are a single pronoun, i.e. there is no distinction between inanimate and animate. The only distinction in pronouns is distance (near and far) and number (singular and plural).
The pronouns are:
यह - he/she/it (near)
वह - he/she/it (far)
ये - they (near)
वे - they (far)