It’s happening more and more frequently. I’ll be at a fast-food place, and when they ask for my name, and I say, “Susan,” I get a confused look.
“Can you spell that?”
Really, I find this hard to believe. But, I’ll admit it’s been quite some time since I’ve heard of a baby named Susan.
When I was a child, there were often multiple Susans in classes. At some places, there were so many that I couldn’t even just be “Susan B.” I had to be “Susan Ba” to differentiate me from “Susan Bl.” It was quite identity-destroying 🙂
But really, has it been so long ago that today’s teens and 20-somethings aren’t even aware of the name? Yesterday I got, “Is that Suzanne?” I thought a moment and then just nodded. It wasn’t worth the discussion.
It’s interesting the way names, like fashions, cycle. I have named my own three girls charmingly “retro” names, which are in style now. However, some names don’t seem to make quite the comeback. I haven’t seen too many Hildas, Arnolds, or Bernieces out there on preschool rosters. One of these days, I assume that Susan, Nancy, Debbie, and Barbara will pop back into style, to be followed by another generation of Jennifers and Kims. Not just yet, though — it hasn’t been long enough for the names to become nouveau-chic. Now, they’re just … old.
Today’s names seem to be made up of a little bit of everything. There are certainly many names of classmates of my kids that I can’t pronounce, so I suppose I should cut some slack to all those out there who are baffled by Susan.
What about you? Was your name common at the time you were given it? Is it common now? Names are always a fun topic, so sound off in the comments.