What makes names go in and out of style? I’m thinking about that after my trip to Florida and lots of contact with people whose names are artifacts of a bygone era.
My parents are Harold and Betty. How many Harold and Betty’s are there enrolling in kindergarten this week? The name Harold peaked in the mid-1920s, Betty around five years later. Both names have flatlined since. Shame.
Why have we stopped using Iris, Stan, Helene and Freddy–names of some of my parents’ lifelong friends? Why no more Miriam’s or Mona’s–two neighbors?
Growing up, our next door neighbors were Ridia and Sidney. Downstairs were Ceil and Herbie. I can’t tell you the last time I was introduced to anyone with any of those names.
There’s an Adolph at my folks condo complex. Bad timing for him. I get that one.