Jory: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on January 29, 2015

JoryGeorge is a past and future king. Corey was an 80s teen idol.  Does this overlooked name have potential?

Thanks to Sara for suggesting Jory as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Willis: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on January 28, 2015

English: Ask Your Willis Dealer To Demostrate,...

William is evergreen. Liam is white hot. So how ’bout this surname spin?

Thanks to Virginia for suggesting Willis as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Albertine: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on January 27, 2015

AlbertineClementine, Evangeline … elaborate, vintage girls’ names ending in -ine are having a moment.

Thanks to Charlotte for suggesting one that just might fit.  Our Baby Name of the Day is Albertine.

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Xavier: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on January 26, 2015

English: Francis Xavier, fragment of St Gregor...

This post was originally published on September 21, 2008.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on January 26, 2015.

Today’s choice is originally a place name, but most famous bearer is best known for wandering far from home.

Thanks to Lola for suggesting our Baby Name of the Day: Xavier.

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Sunday Summary: Fourth of 2015

by appellationmountain on January 25, 2015

NameMeIf you follow Appellation Mountain on Instagram or Facebook, you might already know how I spent my Saturday night.

At the Build a Bear workshop in the Mall at Annapolis, making a new BFF for my daughter.

Towards the end of the process – after the fluff has been pumped into the skin (I called it a carcass and was gently corrected by the nice BaB attendant), after the creature has been bathed and outfitted, there’s the best part: The Name Me Station.

I could’ve spent hours generating names, toggling between English and Spanish, debating middles, and pulling the lever to generate more possibilities.

My daughter managed to name her stuffed cat Meowy Kitty in about three minutes, so I had to move on.

I love what Jennie and Rebecca said on Facebook about researching and carefully considering the names they gave to their dolls and stuffed animals. I agree – a lot of us were That Kid, and grew up to be parents intensely interested in what to name our children.

Elsewhere in nameland:

  • An interview with Anna from Waltzing More than Matilda! I loved learning more about Australia’s baby name authority.
  • Nancy’s Names from Africa is a fascinating look at the process of discovering heritage name possibilities – and the names that were newly popular in the 1970s.
  • Some great names on Meagan’s list of underused possibilities – including Gable and Helene.
  • English: Stop sign in Quebec Français : Pannea...In France, a judge required two separate families to rename their daughters.  Nutella is now legally known as Ella; Fraise as Fraisine. I’m particularly charmed by the second case. Fraise is the French word for strawberry, but Fraisine is “an elegant nineteenth century first name.”
  • Fraisine is not in the database at Meilleurs Prenoms, but if you haven’t dropped by lately, you should.  They’ve got a whole new upgraded look – it’s simply grand.
  • Meanwhile in Germany, 400 new names were added to the list of approved appellations. According to the article, about 85% of requests to use names not previously on the official list are approved. That’s a pretty high rate.  There’s also a mention that names invented by the parents were usually approved, if “the name could be recognized by its structure as a first name,” like Suma, Nelvana, and Rionella.
  • Check out the aristocratic names of those boy twins at the bottom of the British Baby Names birth announcements list!  Montague Bertram Kenneth and Rufus Wellington William, little brothers for Archibald Digby Douglas.  Would love to know what they were considering for a girl.
  • Speaking of handsome names for boys, Once Upon a Time Baby Names profiled Soren.  Great name!
  • I’m fascinated by the comments on this question at Swistle: are Double-Mary names like Mary AgnesMary Eliza, etc. too Catholic for general use? I love double Mary names – Mary Claire, nicknamed Macy, once topped my shortlist when I was a teenager.
  • Speaking of double names, did you see the birth announcement for Maria Antonia, daughter of Brazilian actors, at Nomes e mais Nomes? Double-Maria and double-Marie names can be great, too.
  • There is no limit to the potential word names ready to serve as meaningful middles. Names for Real spotted a Lillian Reflection recently, and I remain intrigued by past Baby Names of the Day Solace, Endeavour, and Remember.
  • Don’t you love a good set of baby name predictions?  How long ’til Mother’s Day 2015?
  • Let’s end with my favorite list of the week: baby names, mostly from San Francisco, from a friend who was kind enough to send along a collection of the kids in her super-stylish neighborhood!  I’ve left off the classics and the Top Tens.  Interesting choices for boys: Earl, Sam, Walker, Whittaker, Winslow. Girls: Annie-Cate, Ann Chason, Blake, Bianca, Dylan, Elise, Evie, June, Lyla, Ryland, Sloan.  Both Parker and Spencer were on the boys’ list AND the girls’ list.

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


Name Help: To V or Not to V?

by appellationmountain on January 24, 2015

Name HelpBaby Name Help is a 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!

Melanie and her husband are expecting baby number four soon – her due date is January 30th!

Their first three children all have names with the letter ‘v’ in the middle: Olivia, Nova, and River.

She writes:

Don’t really want to continue with the ‘middle V’ as it was accidental but almost feel like we should. We are altogether stuck!

They’re looking for boy and girl names.

Read on for my answer, and please share your suggestions, too!

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Wayback Machine: Reimagining Popular Names for Boys

by appellationmountain on January 23, 2015

Wayback Boys' Top 25Back in 2012, I wrote a post imagining the medieval(ish) equivalents of the current girls’ Top 25.  I wanted to call it the Medievalizer, but that sounds like a torture device.

I went with names that could be reasonably used today – Oriana for Olivia, Hilde for Hailey. Choosing only names that might appeal to modern parents sacrificed a degree of authenticity, but it also made it more fun – and more challenging!

A few readers have prompted me to do the same for boys, and I’ve meant to – honest!

But here’s the thing: there’s a decent chance that your son’s name would’ve been right at home in the England of a millennia past.  While we’ve become more creative and daring when naming a son, it is surprising to see how many names remain in use over centuries.

But no more excuses!  If you’re looking for an alternative to a very popular boys’ name, or if you’re just looking for something different, please step into the Wayback Machine: Top 25 Boys’ Names edition.

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Aubrey: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on January 22, 2015

AubreyIs this name elegant Audrey’s tomboy cousin?

Thanks to Sara for suggesting Aubrey as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Truett: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on January 21, 2015

TruettIt’s a surname name associated with a chicken sandwich.

Thanks to Britt for suggesting Truett as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Cynewulf: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on January 20, 2015

A.D. 500-1000, Anglo-Saxons

Parents revive ancient names all the time.  With choices like Penelope and Levi in the US Top 100, it’s clear we’re not afraid to reach into the distant past.  But how ’bout those overlooked Anglo-Saxons?  When is it their chance for a comeback?

Thanks to Anonymous for suggesting one they’ve considered for a son.  Our Baby Name of the Day is Cynewulf.

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