Saturday, April 14, 2012

the "ee" names

Back from a spring break trip with the kids.  We had a great time and are very thankful to Gran for having us stay with her. 

I read something fun the other day on another blog.  The question was asked, if you could change your name, what would it be?

This is a fun question for me as I love names.

When I was a kid, I wanted to change my name to Sally.  I thought it was a beautiful name.  I'm not sure where I came up with that, but it is what I wanted.

Now, I think Sally is a nice name.  It is one that has quite gone out of style and it isn't looking like it will come back anytime soon.

Sally had it's peak in the 30's and early 40's.  It has steadily declined and last appeared in the top 1000 names back in 2004.  Yep, over 1000 names that people would rather give than Sally.  Sally is a pet name for the name Sarah.  It's a good old name that really needs to be revived, in my opinion.  Names tend to go in cycles.  It was a hundred years ago that names like Ava and Oliva were really popular.  Perhaps in about 25 years, Sally will get what she deserves and she will make a come back. 

I feel the same way about Maggie and Peggy.  I love those names.  Peggy, like Sally, peaked in the 30s and currently isn't in the top 1000.  Maggie's peak was back in the 1880s (or about there).  However, Maggie never really disappeared and currently is in the top 300 names.  Good for Maggie!

I guess I like Sally, Maggie and Peggy because they are similar in sound to my own name.  I don't know what I'd call myself if I could change my name.  My name suits me and I like it.

1 comment:

SLC said...

You are a Molly, through and through. Mom and Dad did a good job naming you. Same goes for our brothers - do you remember them naming every doll after themselves? Me, I think Mom and Dad got wrong. I've never felt like a Susan. Never. I told Mom that many times growing up. I was always embarrassed by it. I don't know why. I have lots of names I'd rather have, thought they change throughout time. Oh well.