Ethel and Opal: Names with Backbone Lately, commentator David Chartrand says, he has been reading the obituary pages in his local paper, and seeing the same names over and over again, names like Opal and Ethel. He says they were given strong, sturdy names by parents who wanted them to be strong, sturdy women. Then, baby boomers came along and wanted to give their children popular names like Michelle and Lisa. David Chartrand is the author of A View from the Heartland.
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Ethel and Opal: Names with Backbone

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Ethel and Opal: Names with Backbone

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Ethel and Opal: Names with Backbone

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Lately, commentator David Chartrand says, he has been reading the obituary pages in his local paper, and seeing the same names over and over again, names like Opal and Ethel. He says they were given strong, sturdy names by parents who wanted them to be strong, sturdy women. Then, baby boomers came along and wanted to give their children popular names like Michelle and Lisa. David Chartrand is the author of A View from the Heartland.