We've talked about baby names before, and it's weird because even though I'm still not sure if I'll ever have kids, the topic of baby names has always fascinated me. Where they come from. Which ones are popular. How they change in popularity over the years. Why parents choose one name over -- literally! -- thousands of others.
My parents had names picked out, even before I was born. If I was a boy, they were going to name me Timothy (can't say I'm a fan of that one...), and for a girl, they were set on, well, Melissa -- apparently, my mom had loved the name since she was young. The inspiration for my sister's name -- Janelle -- came from a family my mom met while I was in the hospital. And I get to choose her middle name, Elizabeth, which was a pretty big responsibility in my four-year-old mind.
There are so many great names to watch out for in 2013, according to BabyCenter's top ten list. Haha, looks like I was ahead of the trend when I named my Cabbage Patch Doll Emma wayyy back in the '80s.
What baby names do you love, friends? What's the story behind your name? Is it a family name? Or maybe it's something your parents chose at the last minute? What are your kids' names? If you don't have kids, do you have names picked out for when the special day comes? xoxo
P.S. A special announcement is coming up this afternoon! :) Excited?
[Top photo by Our Labor of Love]