Friday, February 10, 2006

It's No Wonder....

that I have not made it to the Olympics!


Obviously, my parents named me a stupid ol' boring name that has hindered me for life. I checked the 2006 Olympics official site and there isn't one Debbie that I could find.

I have always hated my name. It was popular when I was born (boy, that will give away my age quick!) but no one uses it anymore. Really, when is the last time you met anyone under the age of 30 named Debbie?

If I could choose a name it would be something cool. Like Randi or Sammi. Maybe the name Brea. I met a guy named Brea (Bray) and I just loved that name. Would you change your name if you could?


  • I used to want to change my name to something that sounds more exotic or unique, but now I'm fine with it, but I have a few choices since my full name is Patricia.

    By Blogger Trish, at 2/10/2006 4:32 PM  

  • I used to hate my name. Dawn. I wanted to be a Jessica or a Jennifer. Now I like it because it's a bit rare. Here's a link to make you feel better. Or maybe not.

    By Blogger Mama D, at 2/10/2006 5:06 PM  

  • Good question. All through school there were only three girls with the name Stacy. Stacy Smith, Stacy Jones, and me with the German, three syllable last name. Later, Stacy Jones left and it was just me and Stacy Smith. She of the big knockers and me with a body like a stick of gum. But I digress.

    Even then, my name wasn't something you saw every single day. It was never a fad, it wasn't the kind of name you got tired of. But it wasn't anything I particularly liked, either. I used to dream about my name being Samantha, but I got over it. Now I'm less concerned with my first name and more worried when people insist on calling me Mrs. (Husband's first name) (Husband's last name) I'm just trying to hang onto my identity.

    By Blogger wordgirl, at 2/10/2006 5:09 PM  

  • Nope, I'm happy with Vanessa. My dad always called me Trixie, however, when I was a kid. Have no idea why.

    By Blogger Vanessa, at 2/10/2006 6:36 PM  

  • I can totally relate.I have an old lady name.....Carol.......another one you never hear anymore. Oh you will the prettier versions like "Caroline" or "Carolyn" but never boring ol' Carol. My mom chose it becasue I am a Christmas baby....I am her little Christmas Carol (gag!) But get this!! She had a list of really cool choices she was deciding between. They were:

    1) Noel
    2) Holly
    3) Jamie
    4) Carol

    .....and she went with Carol???? I always wanted to be Noel. As a matter of fact, In forth grade I signed all my papers at school Noel (spelled Nowell 'cause who can spell Noel in 4th grade?). Somehow, my teacher figured out that Noel and myself where one in the same. Clever lady... I figured I just 'looked' like a Noel.

    That being said.....I have righted that wrong by giving my daughter the most beautiful and unique name ever...."Analia Gabrielle"..(pronouced Ona-lia). Alas, she wishes it were Maddie. The grass is always greener........................................

    By Anonymous Carol, at 2/10/2006 7:30 PM  

  • The problem with Brooke is that everyone expects me to be a lot better looking than I am.

    By Blogger Brooke, at 2/11/2006 3:17 PM  

  • Vanessa- My mother's name IS Trixie. I never understood why she didn't try going by her middle name...something that didn't make her sound like a gangster's moll or a girl in a trailer park. Go figure.

    By Blogger wordgirl, at 2/11/2006 5:05 PM  

  • OK Debbie, since we're close in age, you can verify this. The names we considered "old lady" when we were kids are now the HOT baby names (i.e. Olivia, Emily, Isabel, Anna, Hazel, Molly etc.)

    One day the nursing home you visit is full of Britneys, Ashleys, Tiffanys, Madisons, etc.

    It all comes around.

    I like my name. It's not unusual or exotic in a cool way, but it's mine. That said, I named my daughter Emily. And no matter how many Emily's there are in the world, mine will always be MINE. Love her name. Love her. She's the BEST.

    By Anonymous Veronica, at 2/12/2006 2:14 AM  

  • I've NEVER liked Terri. But, now that I'm a parent from time to time one of my kids will say that they don't like their names. I think, but I spent hours and days thinking of that name, how can you say that?! So I have to assume my parents did the same. I guess it all depends on your perspective.

    By Anonymous tlc, at 2/12/2006 8:17 AM  

  • OK, I always hated my name for the exact opposite reason. No one had it and I couldn't get those cool barrettes with my name on them. Now I enjoy the uniqueness of it.
    Leigh Ann

    ps I LOVE Brooke's comment!

    By Blogger Mega Mom, at 2/12/2006 8:32 AM  

  • My mother wanted to name me Amy Louise, Amy because she liked it and Louise after her grandmother. Apparently my father's mother got upset, and insisted that I should not be named after my maternal grandmother unless I was also named after my paternal grandmother. Hence I was named Almeda Louise, but everyone calls me Amy. Actually when I was a kid I was often called Amy Lou, but fortunately that didn't stick into the adult years.

    I used to hate Almeda, especially on the first day of school or whenever we'd have a substitute teacher, because it was different and nobody could pronounce it. I like the name now, for the same reason I used to hate it, but it doesn't really matter...I've been Amy so long nobody will ever call me Almeda. Except telemarketers, and they can't pronounce it either.

    By Blogger The Gradual Gardener, at 2/13/2006 8:47 AM  

  • At the moment, I have been pondering changing my name just because I feel like it. To make it better, my name is a derivitive (sp) of my grandpa's (Charles) and therefore my name actaully means manly. Ugh. I have enough issues with being 5'11" and no boobs. I actually have a "whole name"- Sharla Dawn. My whole family calls me that. Ack. Just today I Googled myself to see what came up. I was so surprised I posted it on my site!

    By Anonymous Sharla (Nilla), at 2/13/2006 9:01 AM  

  • I've always liked my name. It's a conversation starter, at the very least. I can't imagine being named anything different.

    Brooke, your comment was awesome!

    And GG, there's a beautiful, interesting, and classy area of Portland called Almeda, and whenever I hear that word/name, I always think good thoughts.

    By Blogger Mignon, at 2/13/2006 11:29 AM  

  • My girl is Deborah and frankly I like it alot - you see I had this deal that hot chicks had to have names with three sylables - Kimberley, Kathleen, Jennifer, Caroline - so Deb-o-rah fits.

    Debbie doesn't work though. Her sister calls her that.

    By Blogger Rock, at 2/14/2006 5:40 PM  

  • I am *trying* to change my first name legally. Let me tell you, in California, it is a giant P.I.T.A.!

    Anyway. I'm going to the trouble for two reasons:

    1. Every. Single. Female. Person in my rediculously-caucasian high-school was named Katie, Kelly, Kristie, Carrie, Cindy, Jamie, Jenny, Jackie, Jessie, or Julie. I still shudder when I hear old highschool friends shriek "Jo-lEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" at the top of their lungs the way they did when we were a bunch of sheltered, yuppie-bred, clueless valleygirls!

    2. I had to outgrow and shed the old (valley-girl) skin that just doesn't fit anymore. I thought that the new and improved version 2 deserved new name.

    By Anonymous Elizabeth, at 2/17/2006 9:35 PM  

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