I'm a name collector. On any given day, I have a little running list in my head of fun names, silly names, puppy names, names I love, whatever. I didn't know this was an official hobby until J.K. Rowling declared that she does it also, at which point I decided I could come out as a name collector too.
I was doing a little research for this hobby the other day (on the social security website
) when I discovered that both my brother's name and my sister's name have broken into the top 100 baby names. As my name--Meryl--is not even in the top 1000 and hasn't been forever (there were only nine
babies given my name in 2007), I sent my Mom a teasing email--something about loving them more, etc. (She wrote back that it really
means she loves me most
--so see Nice Sister and Brother, I am
Actually, although I've had a love/hate relationship with my name over the years, I've always been proud that I was named after my Dad. And I've always loved what my name means--blackbird--because I like names to that have good meanings and with "blackbird" I get a song and everything. I also recently found out my name was somewhat popular in the 50's, which I really like. Because old-fashioned names are cool now, after all, so maybe there's hope.
What about you? Do you like your name? Have you always? Is there a story behind your name? What are some of your favorite names and why?