Selecting a name for your child can be a daunting task. There are so many things to consider, and it's a huge responsibility for a soon-to-be parent. 

I had an easy timing naming my son, Grant. I liked that it was a simple, strong, and suitalble name. It means tall and handsome, and it just rolls off the tongue. One syllable and commanding. 

Naming my daughter, on the other hand, was incredibly hard. I hemmed and hawed and hemmed some more and when we finally landed on Penelope, I felt mostly confident in the choice. That is, until someone asked me if I named her after a Kardashian child. Then I decided the nickname Penny really rubbed me the wrong way; try having THAT conversation with distant relative. "It's Penelope." Ugh. 

I've gotten over my doubts, and I, happily, think the name now suits her perfectly; but it just goes how important this decision is.

Want to buck a baby-naming trend? (Or embrace it?) According to names.org, these are the top 15 boys' name on the rise in 2018 and the top 15 up and coming girls' names, too. 

Popular Baby Names On the Rise

15 Growing Boy Names in 2018

Bryson

Mateo

Greyson 

Theodore

Ezra Asher

Leo 

Elias

Lincoln

Leonardo

Roman

Easton

Josiah

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