My parents asked my older sibling to name me. If I was boy- my 8-year old brother would name me If I was a girl my six-year old free spirited sister would name me. I have always been surprised that my name me.  Have always been surprised that my name wasn’t “flower.” Instead, y sister named me after the only other baby she knew Deborah Carstinson.

I was not given a middle name because my mother wanted me to use my maiden name as my middle name when I was married. I didn’t take my husband’s name and my mother was not happy about this and continued to send letters using my husband’s last name

-Deborah, Winston-Salem, NC