It occurred to me recently, that I, "Debbie," have a Biblical name. Yes, indeed I do. It's "Deborah" (from Judges in the Old Testament) which is Hebrew for "industrious bee." I think. Wow, I just feel so, I don't know, trendy? "Debbie?" Trendy?! Trendy?! Ha. Ah yeah. Who am I kidding. It's more like outdated. I'd like to pretend I was named after a strong woman in the Bible, but I was actually named after the 60's movie actress, Debbie Reynolds. You know, mother of Carrie Fisher who was Princess Laia from the original "Star Wars." And, I'm not joking. That I was named after Debbie Reynolds, that is. (Am I Mom? Mom, are you reading, Mom? )Yes, my friends, I have entered into the generation of names that will soon no longer be in circulation like Ethel, Agnes, Mildred, Gladys, and Doris. You see, they are all in this little place I like to call :
That is where names go when no one will ever use that name again because they are, like, so last year or last decade or in my case, last century. Oh certainly, there are names that will never be in The Name Cemetery, like "Lauren." It's too pretty and too classic. (Just like my real friend Lauren!) But, unfortunately, there is a plot ready for the name "Debbie" at The Name Cemetery. (Unless of course some contemporary movie starlet names her daughter "Debbie/Deborah" and then EVERYONE will want to name their kid "Debbie/Deborah" because it will be the thing to do and then "Debbie/Deborah" will be tres chic again. Got that?) Think about it. How many "Debbie's" do you know? If you do, how many of them were born after, let's say, 1975? I can tell you. None. Nada. Zippy. Generally, if you meet/know a "Debbie," she is in her mid to late 30's or 40's (which I am happy to announce, according to the people that matter, is the new 30. Oh, how convenient for me!) So I decided to do a little research on my name: I googled popular baby names and happened upon the Social Security Administration's website that, duh, keeps track of this stuff. I entered my birth year to find out where my name stood in popularity when I was born. Well, ok now, I had the 13th most popular name that year. You see, it was tres chic at one point.
Okay now let's change the parameters to the last 30 years: I had the 365th most popular name in 1977.
Okay let's change the parameters to the last 15 years: And this is a direct quote:
"Debbie is not in the top 1000 female names for any year of birth in the last 15 years."
Hold the laughter ladies. I couldn't find it anywhere thereafter.
See I told you. Just add "Debbie" to The Name Cemetery along with Ethel, Mildred, Agnes, Gladys, Doris, Irene, Alice, Louise, Betty, Lois, Jean, and insert- most-of- your-Grandmother's-names-here. So indulge me ladies in a moment of silence please.
Ok, that's enough.
Alas, misery loves company, and I need some younger friends in The Name Cemetery. So click on this site, Popular Babynames and let me know what number your name was in the year you were born (you don't have to tell me the year) and where it ranks as of 2006 which is the latest information they have.
And for my friend Lauren, you just can't play. Your name will never be in the cemetery. It was cool, blankety-blank years ago, and it's still cool now. No fair.