Barbie was the creation of Ruth Handler who named the doll after her daughter Barbara. That was back in 1959. Handler was the co-founder of the toy company Mattel, by the way. The teenage fashion doll that she introduced to the world was originally named Barbie Millicent Roberts and she was supposed to be from the town of Willows, Wisconsin. The teenage model made her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York city that year and the rest as they say is history.
The most popular Barbie, as far as sales go, was the Totally Hair Barbie doll that was introduced in 1992. I am not sure why it was more popular than any other model, perhaps it was because her hair was so long that it started at the top of her head and extended all the way down to her toes.
Little girls and big girls love this fashionable doll who has changed several times over the decades but has never lost the hearts of the girls who joined the ranks of fans each year.