Tuesday, January 13, 2009

deborah's the winner

once, i was talking with the dental technician while she was cleaning my teeth. she's personable and likes to pass the time with conversation -- that is, when the patient's mouth isn't busy -- and we were talking about people's names.

i had mentioned that for women born in the 1950s, the decade i was born, the most popular names, in alphabetical order, were cynthia, deborah, karen and linda or variations of them.

this came to mind last week, and i wanted to check if that was true.

i grew up in a small town in central indiana and went to a high school that had from 800 students when i was a freshman to 1,100 students when i was a senior and after my high school had merged with another.

i checked in my yearbooks, where all of my fellow students were born from 1950 to 1957. the most popular name was deborah -- or variations like debbie or debra. 37 girls had that name.

the second most popular name was catherine or katherine or variations of them; 24 girls were named that. somehow, that escaped me.

right behind it was cynthia, cindy or variations of it. 23 girls had that name.

sixteen girls were named linda while only eight girls were named karen.

other popular names of girls back then were carol, cheryl, connie (rarely constance), nancy, teresa, and victoria.


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