2014 Baby Name Predictions Reviewed

by appellationmountain on November 28, 2014

2014 Predictions Reviewed

With just one month left in 2014, it seems like the perfect moment to look back at my baby name predictions for the year.

The only trouble?  It’s challenging to draw any kind of conclusions when data for 2014 when US data won’t be available until May 2015.  Sure, we’ll see lots of unofficial tallies and best-ofs, but they’re based on website user data.  Numbers from Nameberry or Baby Center can be bellwethers – but they’re just not the same as seeing the real deal from the Social Security Administration every spring.

Despite this deficit, how can I let December sail past without a look back?

I’ll take another look back mid-year, when the official data is available.  But for now, how did I do calling the best baby names of 2014?  (And if you’re super curious, here’s the review of baby name predictions from 2013, too!)

[click to continue…]


Zoila: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on November 27, 2014

English: Yma Sumac after a concert signing aut...

Today’s post is appearing on Thanksgiving.  Whenever I compile my own gratitude list, our warm and welcoming neighborhood is always near the top.

So it is fitting that our Baby Name of the Day belongs to my newest, newborn neighbor: Zoila!

[click to continue…]


Arsenio: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on November 26, 2014

Arsenio Hall

This romantic name was a late night talk staple in the early 90s.  How would it wear on a child today?

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

[click to continue…]

{ 1 comment }

Joaquin: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on November 25, 2014

Giotto di Bondone, Legend of St Joachim, Meeti...

It’s a name worn by an Oscar-nominated actor – and maybe the father of Mary.

Thanks to Christina for suggesting Joaquin as our Baby Name of the Day.

[click to continue…]


Flannery: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on November 24, 2014

English: Portrait of American writer Flannery-...

This post was originally published on July 6, 2009.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on November 24, 2014, at the request of Caroline.

Literary surname names for girls like Harper and Hadley are quite stylish.  Why not this one?

Thanks to Wrenn for suggesting Flannery as Name of the Day.

[click to continue…]


Sunday Summary: 47th of 2014

by appellationmountain on November 23, 2014

We’ve done it, dear readers!  The Appellation Mountain community has casually helped name many a baby, through Facebook and post comments.

But now our Saturday Name Help series has helped to name …

Drumroll, please!

Clementine Beatrice

Yes, the baby from our very first post is here!  And she’s got a great, amazing name to go with her siblings’ equally lovely names.  Thanks to all for your thoughts and suggestions – you are wonderful and generous, each and every one of you!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and even if it feels the tiniest bit cliche, it’s got me thinking about all the things for which I’m grateful.  And I’d be remiss if I didn’t include this wonderful, supportive community of name enthusiasts on that list.

Every time I hear from a reader that the posts or comments found here at Appellation Mountain helped their family choose a name, well … I’m moved beyond words.  A few years ago, a reader told me that my Baby Name of the Day posts were in their kids’ baby books.  I can’t think of a bigger honor.

Now, on to the names!

  • LeithQuoteLoved this comment from Leith about the name Anna!  What’s your Mary Poppins name – your favorite-favorite that stands the test of time?  The name that you’ve come back to over the decades?  The name that, even if you never bestow on an actual child, will always have a place in your heart?
  • Nancy spent the week talking about baby names inspired by hair products.  Seems like a pretty narrow category, right?  Not so.  Did you vote for your favorite?  Inspired by her deep dive into all things hirsute, I’m currently listening to the original Broadway soundtrack to Hair.  The main character is called Claude – hmmm … how would that wear in 2015?
  • There’s no reason to play it safe with your child’s middle name.  And these lists at Nameberry are a great source of one-syllable middles that are short, but downright daring.  From A – L, I’m loving Field, and I’d add Brave.  As for the M – Z list, I love Spring, and I’d add Swan.
  • Names for a baby born under the sign of Sagittarius, courtesy of Isadora.  Blaze and Draco, Lorimer and Rosalind, Sojourner and Atlas.  I love the way Isadora goes well beyond the expected in her astrology-inspired posts.
  • Love this post from Buffer’s Belle Beth Cooper on her legal name change process.
  • Homeschoolers probably already know this blog, and I’ve heard it referenced over the years, but somehow I missed the names of this family with five kids at This Ain’t the Lyceum: Adeline, Byron, Edith, Fulton, and Theodore.  Incredibly interesting name choices – I’m always fascinated by how faith informs our children’s names.  (Fulton as in the Blessed Fulton Sheen, and I assume Edith after Edith Stein.)
  • Olivine or Peridot?  Love both of them.  Once Upon a Time Baby Names covers the first.  And I’ve written about Peridot in this gemstone post.
  • Do you think Carolyn Hax gave the right answer?  Your dear friend announces “We’re thinking about naming our daughter Jaxxynne Jezzybelle Bluu!  Do you like it?”  Carolyn suggests that there’s very little you can say, and I tend to agree.  What do you think?
  • Steampunk names at Baby Name Wizard.  It’s not the first time the topic has come up – but I do feel like I’ve added to my reading list after this post.
  • I’d like to say that it is way too soon to be thinking winter baby names, but well, Buffalo.  Here’s a list of seasonal appellations – the first of many, I’m sure, as we’re still weeks away from the season’s official start.
  • Boys named Legend Lee and Dante Danger – don’t they sound like comic book characters?
  • Loved this interview with Meagan from TulipbyAnyName at The Art of Naming!  And Meagan, thanks for the shout out!

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


Baby Name Help: British-American Boy

by appellationmountain on November 22, 2014

Name HelpBaby 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!

Jenny and her husband are expecting a son in early 2015, and they’re struggling to find the right name.

She writes:

My husband is English and I’m American.

We’re looking for names that are both somewhat common in both countries but not top 20 material. And we’re completely and totally stuck.

Our last name starts with an R, is two syllables and ends in an -ey so we don’t want anything that starts with R or ends in an -ee sound.

Other than that, we’re open!

Jenny also added that they have one name that they both don’t hate … but both of them think the name is pretty much meh – so let’s start fresh!

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

[click to continue…]


Cecilia, Cecily: Getting to Cece

by appellationmountain on November 21, 2014

Formal names for CeceEver sang along to CeCe Peniston’s 1991 smash hit “Finally”?  Eaten at CiCi’s Pizza?  Watched 1988 tearjerker Beaches or long-running sitcom staple The Office?

Then you’ve come across this short form in one spelling or another.

But which formal names logically lead to Cece – or CeCe or Ceci or Cici or C.C.?

Turns out that the possibilities are plentiful, from the predictable Cecilia and company, to some names you’ve probably never considered.

Read on for some interesting options – and please share your favorites in the comments!

[click to continue…]


Alabama: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on November 20, 2014

Take an obscure literary reference, add in a heroine from a cult classic film, and the result is this possibility.

Thanks to Bertram Bergamot for inspiring Alabama as our Baby Name of the Day.

[click to continue…]


Indiana: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on November 19, 2014

It’s a place name famously worn by a daring archeologist.

Thanks to Bertram Bergamot for suggesting Indiana as our Baby Name of the Day.

[click to continue…]