In the late '50s, when I was born, there were a lot of Lindas, Kathys, Debbies, Sandys, Marks, Pauls, Bobbys, Jims, and Bills. I remember my mother bragging to me that she was so smart because she picked a name that would never 'date' me.......well, having a name that's somewhat uncommon, and working frequently with the senior population, I hear a lot of "Oh, I've got a niece/neighbor/daughter-in-law etc. named Marla". So I've done my own informal poll over the past few years, and sure enough, almost all of the Marlas are in their 40s and 50s! :chuckle So much for my mother's omniscience.........
The funny thing was, there were two Marlas in my school when I was growing up, and the teachers and staff were forever confusing us, despite the fact that we were NOTHING alike and didn't even hang out together much. The other Marla was blond, pale, skinny, quiet, and she had to work hard for good grades, while I was darker, full-figured, loud, and something of a slacker (although I did graduate from HS with a B average).
Then a couple of years ago, when I went to work for my current employer, there was an LPN named Marlene
, and for some reason people confused US, even though she was half my age and half my size. More than once, patients even thought we were mother and daughter! Well, we did look a little bit alike......similar hair and eye color, and the ages were certainly right, but again, it was the NAMES that caused the mix-ups.