Poll: By Any Other Name

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 her favorite!)
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?