Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Name Cemetery

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 It's more like outdated.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 :

The Name Cemetery

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.

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107 Comments:

Evi said...

Wow...I was really shocked...the only Evelyn's I have ever met are over 70!
My name ranked 253 in my birth year and has been surprisingly INCREASING in popularity to...hold on to your hat...65th place (it's highest EVER!) in 2006.
Never was chic like yours Debbie unless you consider the possibility that it was the #1 name at the formation of mankind! (EVE...)...I know, far stretch!

Evi said...

oooo...I went back even further and I hit #10 in 1915 (where I was in the teens for about a 10 year spell)...very cool little link, surprisingly addictive.
Hey, my name used to be a surname!

Trish said...

Fun!! So My name, Patricia, was #27 the year I was born and is now #413. Interesting. I was named after my mother's sister who died by falling over a waterfall the year before I was born. I have met very few other Patricia's in my life and the ones I do almost always have the same middle name as I, Ann. I have noticed that there is a Patricia enrolled at Ben's school, but I haven't seen any Debbies!!
Thanks for the fun. I think I'll be back blogging this week!!

Gina said...

84 for the year I was born. I have an Elizabeth whom everyone calls Libby because I wanted her to have a nickname that hasn't been trampled into the dust- but just for fun at home I call her Betty. And secretly, she loves it.

Kimberley said...

I'm a future Mildred, Agnes, or Bertha, I'm afraid! My name was #3 in my birth year, and I'm not afraid to say it was 1968! That's right, I'm turning 40 this Fall!!!

Debbie said...

Gina and Kimberley, where do your names fall as of 2006?

RJN said...

OK mine is not too bad. Robert was #5 in the year I was born. I didn't think it would be unpopular but I am surprised it was #5. In 2006 is was still #47. Not too bad. Am I on the fringe of "classic"?

Bob

Emily Loria said...

YIKES, this is so weird.

My name in 1979 (my birth year) was #34, but starting 1996 to present it was #1 and holding strong!

My mother must have had a crystal ball!

Sniz said...

Hilarious post, as usual. You are such a good, witty writer, Debbie. And I think your name is pretty, unlike Ethey, Gladys or Doris!! When I have time, I'll go the the baby name sites and let you know what mine is.

Be well - Sniz

Lula! said...

I'm breaking ground on the "Leigh Anne Cemetary," as my name hasn't been in the top 1000 for the past 15+ years. No big surprise there, especially with my particular spelling, which is misspelled by friends and strangers on a daily basis.

My aunt was Doris...one grandmother was Ada (which received a surge in popularity after the movie "Cold Mountain," as that was Nicole Kidman's character's name), the other was Nita. A lot of old-fashioned names hanging around my family three. My mother is Mary Elizabeth. She's called "Pinky." My daughter was named in honor of my mother--"Mary Elizabeth." We call her Libbey, 'cause it's cute! And we have a thing for old, southern names--hence, "Caroline."

Great, great post...enjoyed reading it. And by the way--the few Debbies that I know are all AWESOME women, so you're in good company!
p.s. Cracking up over your age defiance. When I turned 30 I told everyone, "30 is the new 21." Fully prepared to amend that statement when I hit 40...'cause 40 will be the new 21. Not 30. 21! An older & wiser 21, but still young and cool. (Like you!)

Heather said...

I'm dropping like a rock, baby. Heather was obviously cool in the 70's, but not so much now.

Just for the record...if I lived closer and we hung out all the time (which you know we would), I'd call you Deb, or D-Love just to make you feel cool. It'd be all about you, sis.

Jennifer said...

Ok, I'm a little late to this game, but in '68, (yes, I too am joining the 40's club in Sept.) Jennifer was #4 and in 2006 it was #51 (it's been slowly dropping from #11 in 1992 to it's present rank).

Funny though that my mom named me Jennifer b/c she thought it was a pretty BUT UNUSUAL name, guess they didn't have name books and websites to check huh?

Also, as a somewhat related sidenote, I ALWAYS win the bad grandparent name game. Ethel, Mildred and Agnes have NOTHING on...

wait for it...

Thermutis.

I kid you not!!! And her middle name was Agnes, she went by Mutie and apparently when she was married (late 1800's), it was THE society event of the year in Petersburg, VA where the Moyler family was an old southern family. I mean how cruel can you be, I wonder what people will think of the names that the rich and famous use these days. Will anyone ever beat Thermutis?

Jennifer

Meagan said...

Mine is a little difficult to rank. If you go with my particular spelling--MEAGAN--it's not too popular... #820 the year I was born (1974), #157 the year I graduated (1992), and #745 in 2006. But, if you go with the more common spelling--MEGAN--then it hasn't done too bad... #105 ('74), #10 ('92--woohoo!), and #60 in '06. Not too bad, but on its way down.

I never cared for my name as a kid because I didn't know any other Meagan's. Most of the girls at school had cool names like Jennifer, Amy, Heather, or Tiffany. But I like my name now, especially since it is spelled differently from most, although it is constantly misspelled and I have to spell it for people most of the time.

Fun post, Debbie!!

Kat said...

You never know when a name will have a resurgence...just look at the name "Emma." But I can't picture Mildred making a comeback. I never liked my name as a kid...no one else had my name. I could never find anything personalized. Katrina was #151 for the year I was born. It actually cracked the top 100 during the '80s...with it's highest year at #87 in 1982. It's currently #382. I don't see it climbing higher because of that hurricane. Perhaps it'll join you in the cemetary!

Lauren said...

Deb,
Such nice words about my name and me! I do have to tell you my Mom is a Doris so maybe she was trying to be trendy with me since she was saddled with a cemetary name. She tried (unsuccesfully) to get all her grandaughters named Doris!

But to me you are "Deb" which I think is totally hip and cool and will never be in the company of those names in the name cemetary.

Lauren

Julie said...

I was ranked #14 in 1974 and in 2006 I was number#296... it steadily declined... not popular anymore...Julie I guess is out of fashion too.

Connie said...

You were named after Debbie Reynolds...I was named after Connie Francis! And to make matters worse, my mom's name was Bonnie. Now how cute was that? "Connie and Bonnie" people would muse...

Lula! said...

Tell Jennifer "Thermutis" wins. Hands down.

Kimberley said...

Oops! I just checked out my name and its 2006 popularity status. Surprising, it was still listed at number 58!

Tiffany said...

Tiffany has NEVER been in the top 1000 names ANYTIME in the past 35 years... I think its a name used only by strippers these days...

I like having a somewhat unique name now, but as a kid I wanted to be Jennifer or Christine. I used to have to buy pencils that said "Stephanie" at the Hello Kitty Store.. it's as close as I could get.

Jennifer P. said...

Hello?! My name is JENNIFER!!! See, already there has been another Jennifer commenter. It was the most insanely overused name of my decade. I went through my entire elementary school years being known as "Jennifer S." because there were always at least 2 other Jennifer's in my class. As we grew older, some of them took on Jenny or Jen, but it just never worked for me. When I was 14, I spent the entire year spelling my name Genipher becuase at least it was a little different--but my mom told me I had to stop doing that because it was confusing our relatives. My favorite part (not) about having my name today is calling to make an appointment with my obgyn. I say this is Jennifer Peterson and I need to see Dr. Makesmeuncomfortable. And they say "what is your date of birth?". I give it to them. Then they say "what is your social securtiy number?". KNOW WHY? Because there are apparantley women who not only share my name but my birthday as well. Sigh.

Oh---and Alice is totally making a comeback. And Julia Roberts named her daughter Hazel--so I guess we'll soon be seeing Mildred and Gladys back soon too :)!

Great post!

Gina said...

Lula, Crack me up! My Libby/Elizabeth was born on my Grandma Mary's 80th birthday. Grandma still has her tail in a knot that I didn't name her Mary Elizabeth- and she addresses her as such! I didn't name her that because I have a cousin named Mary Beth. I was supposed to be Amy, but her mother said that was the name she had picked out for her next girl. Amy? Mary Beth? Yeah, they sound the same to me, too. But I'm not complaining because I know 1000 Amy's and only a couple of Gina's. As of 2006 my name fell in at 712! What a fall from grace!

Debbie said...

I still win. With the exception of my real life friend Jennifer's Grandmother being named "Thermutis" which sounds like a disease, I will be in the name cemetery alone for awhile. Better have a good bottle of wine waiting for me there...However, there is always the hope that I could get called back up when a movie star names their kid "Debbie." Not likely but weirder things have happened as Jennifer P pointed out, Julia Roberts named her kids one of the most ghastly names ever. Hazel. Ick. And we have an "Emily" amongst us ladies, and she has the most popular name ever...and what I love about that name is that her name isn't trendy...it is old fashioned and contemporary and hip all at the same time. And has stood the test of time. Just like "Lauren," who is one of only a handful my friends besides my family that calls me "Deb." Thanks to those of you who played along!

EEEEMommy said...

Angelica is in the hundreds or two hundreds, but that's okay, because I like having an unusual name.

I also like resurrecting dead names. My youngest daughter is Evangeline. Hers didn't even make the charts until 2006 and then it was 597. I'm okay with that although I can't guarantee that she won't hate her outdated name in years to come. I still think it's better than my son being named Ethan which is the new Chris (his father's name). I still remember how surprised I was to find that what I thought was a unique and original name was #1 on the list the year he was born...

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Jennifer P. said...

By the way, I forgot to mention that with the exception of my oldest son Zane (who was named after a good friend), all my boys ended up having the "hot pick" name for the year they were born in--Ethan, Liam, and James. And I thought I was being so wise naming them all something timeless (all their names have been in use for at least 100 years with Liam being short for William.). Guess they'll soon be attaching "P." to the end of their names with to differentiate them!

Feathering My Nest said...

Hi Debbie, My name was 20th on my birth year and 907 2006. Wow! But I like being different!!! Also, isn't it just the cutest thing when you see a darling little girl running around named "Martha" or "Nancy" or a boy named "Jeffery Franklin?" Adorable. I love it. My kids have these names Harrison, Victoria, Jessica and Garrett. Big names for little kids!! Great post Debbie! Hugs, Kathi

mamaduck27 said...

My name was #399 the year I was born, and is no longer in the top 1000, so maybe we could get matching headstones.

A young friend of mine has a baby named Debbie, named after her (the baby's) grandma. To differentiate between the two they call the little one Dee Dee.

paperjunk-lc said...

Are you kidding me? My name is Lucinda. The year I was born it 673 in rank. Now it's not even in the top 1000 but I like having an unusual name. Wouldn't trade it.

Anonymous said...

Dear Debbie,

I will "jump in", although late,to correct your misconception that you were named after Debbie Reynolds. As I recall we were contempling naming you Anna Marie but decided Deborah Anne was better.

I recall we had seen a broadway play with Anna Maria Alberghetti (born May 15, 1936)and I liked her name. She was an "Italian-born actress and operatic singer. Born in Pesaro (Marche) she starred on Broadway and won a Tony Award in 1962 as Best Actress (Musical) for Carnival! (she tied with Diahann Carroll for the musical No Strings)."

If biblical Deborah is any indication of you name, my Smith's Bible dictionary says "Deborah's title of "prophetess' included the notion of inspired poetry."

You were named appropriately -- even if grandmother's names are Deborah now. HA!

Love Mom

Kristy said...

Very very kewl!
I searched 1998 and I found my name Kristin at number 37! Wow thats purdy high on the list!

Parker said...

I love this. I was #99 for my birth year and (ahhh, I already forgot) I think 144 for 2006. I think Debbie Reynolds is the ooolest and I love Little Debbie's.
HUGS,
Kat

trashalou said...

Hahahaha!! Your Mom sure sorted that out :-))

Agnes may be dead and gone in the US but here in the UK I know of a three week old baby who has that name! I don't love it not least b/c my sister's m-i-l is Agnes.

trashalou said...

Just checked the link and from the late 1940s to the mid60s my name rocked through the top 10!!! Sadly now I languish in the mid 400s.

Givinya De Elba said...

Amazed! When I was born in 1977, Katherine was 44th, and in 2006 it had moved UP! to 36. I didn't imagine that.

Should I tell my sister Lorraine that she was ranked 433 when she was born in 1981 (I knew it was uncommon) but had dropped to the 900-ish mark by 1994, and then off the radar. CEMETERY!

Similar trend with my brother Ken: Born 1983 ranked 45, now at 137 and dropping.

Ah, so sad. I am amazed that Debbie is so low! Thought it was a CLASSIC name!

Lane Boyz Mom said...

Sadly...I didn't make the list! Remind me to call the folks later and thank them for making me feel like an outcast:( LOL

LYNETTE...yeah, you never hear that name, and if you do, it's spelled differently than how I do anyway!

I need to check out my kids names, although they are not your average names, I think they might just have made it on the list.....somewhere;) HAHA

Missy said...

Happy SITS day!!! Oh c'mon - a Debbie by any other name would still smell as sweet! No, not that I'm hanging out in your bathroom smelling your bath products, but you know what I meant hopefully! Awesome idea for a post!

Melissa was hot stuff in the 70's but now...not so much. And the nickname "Missy" - obviously my parents thought I might one day need a "stage name"...ahem...
I fully believe that most names come back around, even if it is your great-great-g'kids generation bringing it back.

I'm keeping our family's "old school" name alive by showing some love to the IRENE's of the world. My daughter, mom and myself all have that as our middle name. Can't you just picture us all knitting or canning beans together?

Sheri said...

Wow! In 1976, "Sheri" was 221. "Sherry" was 111! And in the past 5 years? Neither listed!!! Aaarrrgghhh!!! I thought I was safe!

EmBee said...

Even the year I was born my name ranked well over 300... By 1982, it was close to 1,000.

You'll find my headstone somewhere in the far back forty of the cemetery with the name MARGIE engraved on it. I was named after a Great Aunt so there was never any hope of my name being cool or popular... Even if I signed it with a heart above the i.

Always despised my name because everyone shortens it to 'Marge'... The picture of which is a woman in a nasty old bathrobe, curlers hanging out of her hair, coffee mug firmly implanted in one hand and a cigarette hanging off her bottom lip... None of which I am apt to either do or wear.

Funny thing is... My sister is named Debbie, but that's a name you can sign with a little heart above the i and it still passes for cute! :-D

Nan said...

Check this out...in the past 32 years (I turn that in August), my name...Nan (NOT short for anything!!!) has NOT been in the top 1000 names! I don't think that I have ever met another "Nan", just Nan, not Nancy or Nanette, in my entire life!!! My sister's is worse...not the name, the spelling..."Le" as in Lee or Leigh.
Oh, by the way...I didn't have a middle name until I got married either!

Toni said...

Well good lord mine started in the grave! However what has been dead is rising again! Toni was ranked 178 and now it's a whopping 928! Yep I am an original and it looks like I will stay that way for a while

Toni said...

Oh wait LOL I think it has gotten worse it's too early and i need my coffee. I used to be popular and ranked 178 now I am ranked 928 so that means less popular. Good lord I know how to look like an idiot when I am not even trying

Caroline said...

Okay, in 1977 when I was born, my name - Caroline - was 209th. In 2007 it was 99th. Its best year was 2001, when it was 62nd, which would be why all the Caroline's I know are under 10. I love my name. Lula, thanks for naming your daughter after me!

Caroline said...

Thermutis. That's a doozy, but I got another one for you. I had a great-great aunt named Olipiter. Yup! But guess what my dad and his siblings called her? No guesses? They called her Aunt Wut (rhymes with put). No idea where they got that one. There were also some twins around her age that had some crazy names but I can't remember those.

Jaci said...

I understand. I was named after Jacqueline Kennedy in 1980. I rarely EVER meet another Jacqueline, and I have never ever met another Jaci. Jackie, Jacqui, and Jacki, but J-a-c-i? Nope.

Summer said...

My name was ranked 179 the year I was born which actually surprises me because I've met very few women who share my name.

Rhea said...

What a great post! I love the concept of the name cemetary! I will have to see about my name...it's a little unusual. It's a family name....

Mrs. Who said...

Although I go by "Jan" and have always hated "Janet", it was a pretty popular name in 1953 (yes, girls, I hope 50 is the new 40) at #19. The last few years, though, it has dropped down into the 500's and 600's.

Perksofbeingme said...

Well, When I was born in 1987 (I know, I a young one) my mom named me Brittany because she didn't know any Brittany's (It was number 7 on the list however). By the time I was in 2nd grade, there were 4 other Brittany's in my class with me. In 1989 Brittany was ranked #3 (and ranked #1 in SC). Now in 2006, I've dropped to 355.

Jennifer said...

#1 the year I was born, and several years after.

Currently #64!

Robin said...

Congrats on the SITS nod!

I've always HATED my name, Robin, and now I hate it even more. Birth year: Not in the top 100. As of 2006: Not in the top 100. Crap.

Neurotically Yours: said...

#318 the year I was born and it hasn't been in the top 1000 since 1987. But the more common spelling was 41 the year I was born and was 1003 in 1999. Woohoo! I may not be in the name cemetary as soon as I thought :)

Party of 5 said...

Holly was #56 the year I was born.

In 2007 is was #339.

LOL what a drop man.

Apple Joos said...

My name was in the top 10 for most of my childhood but started losing popularity in the late 90s. I see a revival, though. I have a classic name, especially around Christmas time.

Karen said...

Mine ranked 12th the year I was born and in 2007 it was 165th. My middle name, Elizabeth (named after the then Princess Elizabeth)is in the top 10 though!

Kat said...

I think this is my favorite post of yours. I still talk to people about the name cemetary. And my girls are obsessed with what names mean...Madalyn even bought herself a baby name book while we were in Texas. They have great fun going through the book and laughing at the names or their meanings or both...

Swirl Girl said...

I'm a Wendy. Hate it.
I was hot and juicy for those tender Junior High years when the epinonymous chain began.

I've always said that I wouldn't be a very dignified politician, or grandma for that matter...

My girls are Emily Rose and Rachel Michelle...both good strong girly names.

Saving them from the teasing -but lord knows they'll have something else to get teased about.

Dot said...

mine went from 45 to 363... some i'm probably about there with you.

Tracy P. said...

I think you owe it to Debbies everywhere to do something splashy that will revive the tradition.

My name fell off the 1000 list in 2004. A certain Olympic swimmer brought it to fame (and I was gushing, because I was most definitely a swimmer and fan) in, maybe '76??? Maybe '80? Anyway, I wish I could have looked up to her. I think she was younger than me.

Mama Dawg said...

Came to this specific post via SITS. But I'm already ready to come back for more!

My name (Emily) was 37th back in 1977 and has been #1 since 1996.

Mama Dawg said...

My grandmother's name, Epsya (pronounced Ep-see) has NEVER even been on the list! Shock! LOL!

Cray and Bickford Family said...

Erica here.

In the year I was born it was ranked #34...now it is 255.

I DO know a Debbie (Deborah) that was born the same year as I...after 1975. Just one, but I do :)

lfamily5 said...

My name came in 119 - about the same ranking over the last 18 years! Your post had me laughing....my sister's name is Patricia and it was in the mid 400's for the last 3 years.

Visting via SITS! Another great post!

Jenni said...

Since my name is just Jenni and not Jennifer it ranked 915 the year I was born (as opposed to #1 for Jennifer)

In 2006 Jenni was no where to be seen but Jennifer was still #51

My mother named me after her great aunt because she was very lady like and she hoped I'd live up to the name! (My mom is Jane, it was ranked in the 30's when she was born and has slowly crept up to the 400's - I see it having a comeback)

I have a grandmother LaRue, aunts Ivene and Olive, oh and Mildred, and I named my daughter Signe (Some great ancester name on my husband's side) which hasn't seen the top 1000 since around 1917!

Amy said...

Mine (Amy) went from 5th in 1970 when I was born to 119 last year. I am slowly going downhill....literally...ha!

Amy said...

Debbie-My name is Amy..in 1976 when I was born it was #2!!!!!!!
In 2007 (which they did list on their site by the way) it was NOT in the top 100~ I am 31 and am in the NAME CEMETERY with you!

-Bridget said...

Bridget was 112 in 1973 it was 356 most recently. I'm surprised it was ever that high. I don't really come across too many Bridgets.

Mrs. S said...

My name is Randi, I won't even check. I doubt it'll get up there, although I do know a few more (most of us were named after our dad's).

Be glad your name isn't Fonda. My mom was named after Henry Fonda (thanks Grandpa). I'm sure she would have killed to be named after Debbie Reynolds.

deconstructing jen said...

Haha, yes, my name is headed to the name cemetery as it well should seeing as the 70's used it, abused it and then used it again. When my generation of Jennifer's is gone the name will likely be gone forever.

Your first commenter mentioned the name Evelyn - we named our oldest that - we love it. We call her Evey.

Cristin said...

I guess we took a name from the cemetery when we named our daughter Dorothy... and other names in the running while I was pregnant?

Betty, Margaret, Louise... I got a thing for old lady names...

scargosun said...

There are some that SHOULD be in the name cemetary but are not. Ya know?

Mommy Meryl said...

Meryl is not in the top 1000 female names for any year of birth in the last 40 years.

wow - sooooooooo sad! :-)

Bradford Bunch said...

I always think about his when I am naming my child, you always want a name that no one else has so we chose, London, Sydney, and Cairo for our three little girls, believe it or not we are not the only ones.

Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy said...

OMG don't feel bad this is what the SSN (I'm assuming that is where you searched for results on yours) said about my name:


"Kristinia" is not in the top 1000 names for any year of birth in the last 18 years.
Please enter another name.

Well I'm definately unique.. cause I can never find my name on any keychain, I have to always order customized merchandise...

and I'm 25 in August...

emilienichole said...

I am Emilie...(my mom thinks she is half french... I don't have the heart to tell her French Canadian doesnt count.) Emily was number 33 in 1978 and is now number 1. Great blog!

Hairline Fracture said...

I love the idea of the Name Cemetery. Names do go in and out of fashion.

My name--Alison--was #288 last year. The year I was born, it was #128. But the most popular spelling has always been Allison--it was #46 last year. But I prefer it spelled "my" way.

Mama's Losin' It said...

I don't even need to look. Kathy is as old school as they come.

Sunshine said...

I'm Sunshine...so, yeah. I can never find my name on keychains either. :)

Jessica said...

I know too many Jessica's in my graduation year which was 03, and still I hear the name ALL the time.

HeathahLee said...

Heather was #19 the year I was born, but in just 5 years it went to #3. As of 2006, it was 339, and 2007 was on there...409. One foot in the grave, if you ask me!

Katy Lin :) said...

katy with my spelling started at 363 in my birth year and dropped like a rock to 998 in 2003. going with my given name kathryn was 48 in my birth year and 163 in 2007, so . . .

i do know lots of debbies, though - and i still think it's a pretty hip name! :) hope you enjoy all the SITS love :)

Debbie said...

32 year old Debbie here. I know no one younger than me with this name, although I hated that girl in 4th grade who was also a Debbie M., thus making me Deb for the 4 years we lived there. I don't like either name, really, but only a few people call me Deb now. I prefer to be called Mommy, Hey You, and Mrs. S_____. Debbie is not a great name, so I can see why it's dying out!

Julie said...

Well, Julie was ranked 32 the year I was born and 302 in 2007. I don't know too many Julies'. I know of a lot of Julia's though.

stefanie said...

That was fun! My mom did me the HUGE favor of naming me Stefanie instead of Stephanie. She said it was to shorten my name. My last name was 10 letters, so let me count the ways that I benefited from being Stefanie TenLetters instead of Stephanie TenLetters.

ummm....one! I think it looks fantastic. Especially in the font where the f swoops down below and to the left. That is one awesome f.

Stefanie was ranked 525 the year I was born, fell slowly into oblivion and entered the Name Cemetery in 2002.

Stephanie (the letter collector) has been in the top 100 since the 60's. She's so popular.

Sherri said...

I know lots of Debbies... At least you can find keyrings and other crap with your name on it.... My name is never found or never spelled correctly.

Smoochiefrog said...

I love this!

I'm 35 and my name was #18 the year I was born. As of 2006 it was #932. I figure it'll drop off soon.

Funny!

Oddly enough my children's names weren't popular when I named them, but they're more popular now! Go figure. :)

Adrienne said...

In 1987 Adrienne was 188, and 2007 its 751. Maybe its not dead yet... or maybe just unusual! I have only met 3 OTHER Adriennes (The girl way of spelling) and two Adrian (boys) hm. What do you think of that?
This blog was fun to read! :D
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http://scrappin-a-rose.blogspot.com/

Laurel said...

Oh someone revive me as clearly my name is close to death. Laurel was in the 400s during my birth year (you know, 1984) and is now perilously close to 1000! The funny thing is I never knew anyone with my name growing up but I know three or four kids with it now.

Gina said...

Gina:
#712 in 2006
#69 in 1971 (year of birth)

I don't care what my name ranking is- I love my name!!
:-D

Mrs. S said...

Oh and PS, I love Debbie Reynolds in Singing in the Rain. She's beautiful! Think of her that way instead of as Carrie Fisher's mother.

Michelle said...

Debbie, I'm headed for the Name Cemetary. Michelle was #6 when I was born (oddly, there were never that many Michelle's in my class... I was usually the only one, but whatever) and in 2007 (they must have just updated this), I'm #94.

But if it makes you feel any better, I have three very good Debbie friends. One just turned 40 (ok, goes with your theory). One is 32 (on the borderline). And one is still only 27 (HA!).

btw -- yes, I'm a SITS girl!

Talisman said...

My name is so rare that it wasn't even in the top 10000000 the year I was born, I'm sure. :)

Tausha said...

Funny-never thought about that before. I have a different name. Not many people have my name. I am so not kidding when I say, I have met three people with my name-spelled the same anyway. It they spell it withougt the U, it does not read the same way. Sorry people who have the same name as me minus the U. I am sure that you will disagree but whatever!!! I will have too look up my name sometime when I am not on a time crunch. My hubby thinks that I need to tone down the blogging. Whatever! I must digress-he is right-sometimes!!!

AFRo said...

I think AFRo will never die. We're actually bringing sexy back with it this year.

Marla said...

YOU are just plain awesome.. You are my first SITS to get me to comment 2 for 2 -
Marla, thinking not so common didn't meet another one until I was 15 - and it got a bit more popular when Donald married Marla Maples but... I found it was most popular the year I was born... 1970 #293 and in 1992 - #1001... thinking I might be headed to the cemetary. Thanks for the clever ideas... Might have to do a little blogging about you some day real soon :)

my2boyz said...

Enjoy your blog! Happy SITS day and enjoy your comment hangover!

Judy Haley said...

i go by Judy, but my birth name is Judith. (She had a great story in the Apocrypha where she wined, dined, seduced then beheaded the king of a warring tribe)

I was surprised to find that in 1970 when I was born, the name was as low as 193 but this year its all the way up to 653

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I'm a Cyndy but I plugged in "Cindy". It was 92nd when I was born in 1973, and now it's 398th. Weird! I don't know many other Cindys.
(I'm here from SITS!)

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

This was funny. So, in 1970, Lisa (m name) was ranked #2. Woohoo I rocked, THEN. It is not in the top 1000 now. So, go figure. I am on my way to the cemetery as well. Thanks for the fun.

Nichole Jolene said...

crappy computer problems last night. i posted a great comment~lost in cyber land

anywho~Nichole in 1975 at #153

Nichole #951*steady decline since then. I can't even remember how many Jennifer friends I had growing up. What's up with that? Hit #1 in 1970 and stayed there until 1984. What the...?

Nichole Jolene said...

*oops* 2006 Nichole at #951 just about to jump into the grave. I love being unique! of course nicole was higher on the list but i'm not a -cole i'm a -chole which is the correct way ;P DUH feminine form of nicholas. come on kid namers~stick to basics

Sidney said...

Weeelllll....in the 60's, mine was #295 for male names (!), and as of 2007, it was #485 for female. Drat my parents, naming me for an uncle....

Fun, as usual!

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

I guess my name is pretty classic.

Sarah was 35th in 1973.

It was 18th in 2007!

Britt said...

Well in '87 it was semi-cool to be a Brittney. If you consider number 61 cool. Now, my name is down to 805. Seems the famous Brittney/any/i/ie/ee's didn't do much for it.

Yeah and my middle name (Jackina) isn't even there. Can't imagine why..

Oh and I have a friend named Debbie who is 22 :o)

Melissa Lester said...

Is your head just swimming with all this linky love? I am out of town and was so excited when I popped over to SITS and saw that you were featured this week! Yea! I have been hoping they would feature you soon and can't wait to tell them how happy I am. And BTW, while I'm in Nashville I got to spend some time with my friend and former boss, Debra!

Cuddle Cottage said...

I'm a Belinda: #193 the year I was born, and #629 in 2007 . . . getting up there. (Here from SITS)

WheresMyAngels said...

Wow, I can't beleive my name was even in the top 1000 years ago but it was for about 5 or 6 years from the year I was born.

My daughter Mercede isn't even in the 1000 thank goodness, I didn't put an s after her name. My daughter Aysha, not on the list the last 4 years. Cheyenne I thought was going to be usual but then EVERYONE copied me, lol, and two years after she was born it was in the top 100 for at least 3 years! ARGH! I like unusual names.

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