Zella: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on October 30, 2014

ZellaPart-Zoe, part-Stella, this unusual choice is a vintage feel with a dark meaning.

Goth Week continues with Zella as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Drusilla: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on October 29, 2014


Today’s feature is an ancient name worn by a delightfully dangerous television vampire.

Goth Week continues, and Drusilla is our Baby Name of the Day.

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Osiris: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on October 28, 2014

Osiris was the lord of the dead in the ancient...

Silas is stylish.  Oliver and Owen are Top 100 picks.  How ’bout this ancient name?

Thanks to Roksalanna for suggesting Osiris as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Claudia: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on October 27, 2014


This post was originally published on September 9, 2010.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on October 27, 2014.

It’s an ancient name worn by a twentieth century supermodel and a famous girl vampire, too.

Goth Week begins with Claudia as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Sunday Summary: 43rd of 2014

by appellationmountain on October 26, 2014

Clio Cool Names

I swear I don’t hand my six year old baby name books.  But the apple?  Falls pretty close to the tree.

It’s interesting to talk about names with the next generation, isn’t it?  My 9 year old was sitting next to me while I was working on a project, and I found myself quizzing him.  “What do you think of …” this name, that name.  He loved the sound of Janet.  Assuming he has kids of his own in twenty years, Janet would be due for a comeback.

Other baby name related things on my mind:

  • This is your last chance to buy Name-altyics at special discounted price of $2.99 for October.
  • What do you think of Gehrig?  I agree with Nick – it’s a hero name.  But is there too much baggage? With other baseball players embracing the name, I think it is more wearable than ever.
  • Speaking of hero names, how about Chaucer?  For Real found one in Nevada.  I wonder if the parents just liked the sound, or if they’re fans of The Canterbury Tales?
  • Seriously, who does this?  Could it be real?  I mean, name-stealing is one thing, but this sounds downright crazy.
  • My new favorite discovery – Rixa, short for Richenza.  Hat tip to Maarten OF  Vernoeming for pointing out that the name is still in use.
  • Is Blade too macho?  Baby Name Pondering points out that “blade of grass” could make this one a nature name – not that anyone would think of that first …
  • Have you tried Namehunter yet?  I’m absolutely obsessed.

That’s all for this week.  As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!


Baby Name Help: A Middle Name for Vincent

by appellationmountain on October 25, 2014

Name Help

Baby Name Help is a new series at Appellation Mountain. Every Saturday, one reader’s name questions will be discussed.

We’re relying on thoughtful comments from the community to help expectant parents narrow down their name decisions. Thank you in advance for sharing your insight!

Colleen writes:

We have one son, Zachariah Tom.  We are expecting a second son in December.

We have decided to name our second son Vincent with Vin as a nickname.

Our struggle is finding a middle name.

Zachariah’s middle name is after my grandfather.

We would like to use a name from my husband’s family this go around but we’ve hit a road block. None of the names work for us.

Do you think that we can just pick a name we like if we say our first daughter (if we have one someday) will have a name from his side of the family?

Colleen also shared their current shortlist of possible middles:

  • Ronan (from husband’s dad, Ron)
  • Francis
  • Matthew (no family connection. I just like it but I worry it’s too boring)
  • Luca (my suggestion if he’s born on St Lucia Day 12/13)
  • Nico (if he’s born on St Nicholas Day)
  • Ford (because I’m married to a car guy)

She also added that they’re an outdoorsy family and open to nature names.

Read on for my ideas – and please add your suggestions in the comments!

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Jane, Sian, and Johannah: Feminine Forms of John

by appellationmountain on October 24, 2014

Feminine forms of John

John is a classic, an evergreen name from Biblical times to the present day.

As he travelled through time and place and language, John has morphed and transformed.  There’s the man of action Jack, the surname Jackson, and dozens of forms that aren’t obviously linked to the original – Sean and Ian and Jovan, anyone?

This means that instead of one feminine form of John, there are dozens.  They’re rich with potential, whether you’re honoring a grandpa John or just looking for a name that strikes a balance between classic and less frequently heard.

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Sarah: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on October 23, 2014

Sarah: Baby Name of the Day


An Old Testament choice with a long history of use, today’s name is nearly as classic as Elizabeth or Mary.

Thanks to Jill for suggesting Sarah as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Fabian: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on October 22, 2014


This name has been worn by a martyred pope and a teen idol.  How would it wear on an ordinary boy nowadays?

Thanks to Jessica for suggesting Fabian as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Lazarus: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on October 21, 2014

Mosaic in Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo. I...

Looking for an unexpected Biblical choice for a son?  Here’s a seldom-heard possibility, rich with meaning.

Thanks to Adrienne for suggesting Lazarus as our Baby Name of the Day.

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