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Watson: Baby Name of the Day

September 30, 2014

We’re mad about surname names, and lately the literary Sherlock Holmes is a sensation, too.  Could this sleuthing surname catch on? Thanks to K for suggesting Watson as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Maud: Baby Name of the Day

September 29, 2014

This post was originally published on March 1, 2009.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on September 29, 2014. Matilda is a stylish choice, migrating from the hipster list to a mainstream favorite.  So what’s a true trend-setter to do? How ’bout using Matilda’s medieval counterpart instead? Thanks to Lola for suggesting Maud as our […]

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Sunday Summary: 9/28/14

September 28, 2014

There’s always talk about names that set our kids up for success. I get it.  Heck, I’ve said it. While they were still in utero, I imagined my children introducing themselves by their names as adults. Successful adults, of course.  Not adults in a parole hearing. And yet, I’m always surprised at the actual variety of names in […]

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Gorgeous Girls: Names for Wicked Stepsisters

September 26, 2014

We all know the story of Cinderella.  The pumpkin coach, the footmen mice, the handsome prince and the slipper, left behind when the clock strikes twelve. It’s an enduring tale, with roots in the ancient world, and open to frequent reinvention.  I’m fascinated by Marissa Meyer’s reboot, Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles. Meyer […]

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Fiorella: Baby Name of the Day

September 25, 2014

Today’s feature is a pan-botanical possibility with a feminissa feel. Thanks to Laura for suggesting one she’s considering for her baby-on-the-way.  Our Baby Name of the Day is Fiorella.

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Keir: Baby Name of the Day

September 24, 2014

Looking for a short name for a son, one that is both unexpected and rich with history? Look no further! Thanks to Ashley for suggesting Keir as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Aria: Baby Name of the Day

September 23, 2014

Two television series have boosted this musical name. Thanks to Jen for suggesting Aria as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Elsa: Baby Name of the Day

September 22, 2014

This post was originally published on August 25, 2008.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on September 22, 2014. Once she was a seldom-heard form of Elizabeth.  Then along came Frozen. Thanks to Natalie for suggesting our Baby Name of the Day: Elsa 

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Sunday Summary: 9/21/14

September 21, 2014

I’m fascinated by the process of regulating names. Also, I’m rather glad that I’ve never had to name anyone in Tennessee, which seems to be a rather persnickety state. Earlier this year, there was the judge who tried to rename a baby Messiah. Now there’s a kerfuffle about which last name you can choose for […]

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Out-There Alphabet: Baby Names G to L

September 19, 2014

If you follow Appellation Mountain on social media, you’ll know that we’ve been talking about the most Out-There baby names that make our lists of favorites. This question: Alphabet time: what are the most out-there names that you love, starting with the letter … The answers were so great that I decided to round them […]

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