A lot of people ask us about Maeve's name. We chose it because we wanted something Irish that didn't require a nickname. Kate had heard the name before from author Maeve Binchy and from a daughter of one of Brigid's friends. Many of our East Coast relatives know someone with the name or have heard it before as well as people in South Bend. We didn't realize that people in Minnesota hadn't heard the name before so I guess it's not as common as we thought. It looks like only 568 people in the U.S. are named Maeve each year. Check out the link below. We love that she won't have any (most likely) people in her class that have her name. Once you hear the name and see it spelled for the first time then we hope everyone can catch on quickly and love it as much as we do!!