by Miss Holly
How do you feel about your name? Is there a story behind why your parents chose it? How many of your friends have the same name as you, perhaps with a different spelling? In 1997, the most popular names for girls were Emily, Jessica, Ashley, Sarah and Hannah. The most popular names for boys (same year) were Michael, Jacob, Matthew, Christopher, and Joshua. I’ll bet you have friends with these names.
Names tend to be popular for a period of time and then go out of fashion. Think about your parents friends. Do they have names in common? My parents chose “Holly” in part because I was born around Christmas time. Also, “Holly” was the brunette Barker’s Beauty on the Price is Right, a television game show that was extremely popular when I was little. When I was in 5th grade, I had a best friend whose name was also “Holly”. I’m not sure why her parents chose the name, but she had dark hair like mine, so maybe they were fans of “The Price is Right” themselves. Hardly anyone names their child “Holly” anymore.
Have you ever wondered why authors choose certain names for their characters? Would you name a child (or a pet) Cassia or Katniss? Those are the names of popular YA characters right now, but will your children or grandchildren like those names? Or will they fade away like the “Bertha’s and Beulah’s” of years past? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.