Recently I was driving somewhere and they were talking about the most popular names from 100 years ago. This was based on statistics from the Social Security Administration. Interestingly enough, I was able to accurately guess the top girls and boys names–Mary for girls and John for boys. I also thought back to when I was growing up and how those names had faired over the years. There were a couple of boys named John in my school and quite a few Mary’s. I doubt there are very many now!
This brought me to thinking about not only the popular names currently, but how I came up with the names for my dolls. And I started to wonder how my fellow bloggers and doll friends came up with theirs!
Several of my dolls kept the names they were given from American Girl–Kanani, Kit, Rebecca, Marie-Grace, Lanie, Samantha. Some came from movies and TV–Cassandra, Alya, Jenny, Fiona, Louisa, Jan. A couple came from other characters in AG books–Emily, Sophia. Two were named after songs–Allison (Allie) and Christine. And some were names I just liked–Shivan, Ryan, Josh, Zara, Abby.
Now I’m curious–how do you come up with names for your dolls? I know some people name them after other family members, friends, or just names they like. I’d love to hear how you select names for your dolls!