Hello everyone!

Lately, I have been really liking the name [name_f]Debra[/name_f]. With the nickname [name_f]Debbie[/name_f], however, is it now a name that is too dated? [name_f]Do[/name_f] you like the name [name_f]Debra[/name_f]? What middle would you pair with it?

If you wanted to avoid it being dated, I think [name_f]Deborah[/name_f] or [name_f]Debora[/name_f] is a better spelling because it’s more classic. [name_f]Dora[/name_f], [name_u]Dory[/name_u] or [name_f]Doe[/name_f] could be a nickname for those spellings too. Also I think [name_m]Derrie[/name_m], [name_f]Dee[/name_f] or [name_f]Deedee[/name_f]/[name_f]Didi[/name_f] would be cute nicknames.

I do think it’s dated. I’d group it with names like [name_f]Barbara[/name_f] and [name_f]Patricia[/name_f] - 1950s and 60s favourites that are currently in style limbo. I agree that the [name_f]Deborah[/name_f] spelling is more classic.

I agree with the two above posts. [name_f]Deborah[/name_f] is much prettier

I find it very dated as well. I also prefer the [name_f]Deborah[/name_f] spelling.

Agree with pp. I find it dated. Prefer [name_f]Deborah[/name_f] spelling. NMS.

I also agree that the spelling [name_f]Deborah[/name_f] is much nicer. I really like [name_f]Deborah[/name_f], but [name_f]Debbie[/name_f] ruins it. Stick with [name_f]Deborah[/name_f] or find a new nickname.

I agree with this! [name_f]Debora[/name_f] itself isn’t bad, but I really think [name_f]Debbie[/name_f] would make her sound like a middle-aged mom.

I think [name_f]Debra[/name_f] has less risk of being shortened to [name_f]Debbie[/name_f] because it’s a touch more succinct than [name_f]Deborah[/name_f] (which isn’t always pronounced like [name_f]Debra[/name_f], I know a [name_f]Deborah[/name_f] who says her name like there are 3 syllables even without stressing the “oh”, and that’s how I say it).

But, it could get shortened to [name_f]Deb[/name_f]. I actually like [name_f]Deb[/name_f] on a school age child nowadays. There’s something cool about it.

I don’t know, I think [name_f]Deborah[/name_f] is less clunky than [name_f]Dorothy[/name_f] and that’s making a comeback… honestly I think meeting a little [name_f]Deborah[/name_f] would be charming! What a strong name.

[name_f]Devorah[/name_f] is probably more contemporary soundings and nicknames [name_m]Dev[/name_m] and [name_f]Deva[/name_f] are nice. [name_m]Don[/name_m]'t like [name_m]Devo[/name_m] though!!

I also like the look of [name_f]Debra[/name_f] just as much as [name_f]Deborah[/name_f].

Oh and just thinking about another post in this thread that talked about dated names… I actually find the name [name_f]Barbara[/name_f]/[name_f]Barbra[/name_f] to sound painfully dated… and still [name_f]Barbara[/name_f] Palvin is out there killing it on the modeling scene. Because of her the name will come back pretty soon with young moms inspired by her. Naming a child [name_f]Deborah[/name_f]/[name_f]Debra[/name_f] now could be ahead of the curve.

[name_f]Patricia[/name_f] is a dated name I don’t mind in full but the nicknames [name_u]Pat[/name_u], [name_f]Patty[/name_f], [name_f]Tricia[/name_f] and [name_f]Trish[/name_f] are just dealbreakers for me. I don’t like [name_f]Linda[/name_f] or [name_f]Donna[/name_f], either.

One more thing… I don’t know any [name_f]Deb[/name_f]/[name_f]Debbie[/name_f]/[name_f]Deborah[/name_f] under 60. I think middle aged moms are named [name_f]Amy[/name_f], [name_f]Erin[/name_f], [name_f]Nicole[/name_f] and [name_f]Jennifer[/name_f] now. Let’s face that fact.

One more thing… I don’t know any Deb/Debbie/Deborah under 60. I think middle aged moms are named Amy, Erin, Nicole and Jennifer now. Let’s face that fact.

[name_u]True[/name_u]. [name_f]Debra[/name_f]'s a grandma - and name-wise, that’s not a terrible place to be. It isn’t ripe for a widespread comeback for another few decades, but it’s also that much closer to being a retro/vintage throwback.

[name_f]Debra[/name_f] is cute but I think [name_f]Deborah[/name_f] is really lovely. If I was nicknaming a young [name_f]Deborah[/name_f] I’d go with [name_u]Dory[/name_u], [name_f]Dora[/name_f] or [name_f]Bee[/name_f], but [name_f]Deb[/name_f] would feel sort of cute and spunky on a little one … in my opinion anyway. Not everyone would love it, but that’s true of most names.