Sunday Summary: 21st of 2015

Sunday Summary

Sometimes it’s awkward to be a name nerd, like when a new mom tells you she chose Ava because it’s so unique. But sometimes? It makes you feel ever so smart. I chaperoned my son’s class trip to the National Gallery of Art a few days ago, and when our guided tour stopped at the […]


Name Help: Another J Name?

Name Help

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! Dayna writes: I am pregnant with my third and my husband and I […]


The Charlies: Boy and Girl Names of the Decade

The Charlies

Back in the 1900s, Alexander was on the rise. So were Alexandra, Alexis, Alexa, Lexi, and lots of other forms of the classic name. Lexus, part-luxury car, part-Alexander name peaked at #449 in 1996. Today, we’re watching the same phenomenon happen with another name: Charles. The splintering of a classic name happens when: Both boy and girl forms […]