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Lazarus: Baby Name of the Day

October 21, 2014

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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Wyatt: Baby Name of the Day

October 20, 2014

This post was originally published on May 10, 2008.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on October 20, 2014. American parents are wild ’bout today’s choice for their sons, and now a high-profile celebrity couple has given the name to a daughter. Our Baby Name of the Day is Wyatt.

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Sunday Summary: 42nd of 2014

October 19, 2014

Let’s start with a huge, great big, tremendous thank you!  It was so exciting to see the great responses, on Facebook as well as here on the blog post, for the first Name Help post. I knew you would be a wealth of thoughtful resources – and you absolutely were!  I’ve always loved answering questions […]

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Baby Name Help: Naming Daughter #4

October 18, 2014

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!  N writes: We are getting ready to welcome our fifth child (and […]

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8 Reasons to Forgo Family Names

October 17, 2014

Choosing a name from your family tree can be great – it simples up the process of finding the right name, and it will doubtless please the honoree. There’s a built-in story for your child, too, one that connects her to earlier generations. But it isn’t for everyone, and there are some excellent reasons to […]

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Lafcadio: Baby Name of the Day

October 16, 2014

Lorenzo and Marco and Matteo are stylish.  How ’bout this ends-in-o choice for a son? Thanks to Rebecca for suggesting Lafcadio as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Dalarna: Baby Name of the Day

October 15, 2014

#148602451 / gettyimages.com From London to Cairo, place names are quite stylish, indeed.  Here’s another in that category, one rarer – and yet maybe more name-like, too. Thanks to The Mrs. for suggesting our Baby Name of the Day: Dalarna.

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Starling: Baby Name of the Day

October 14, 2014

It’s a bird … and maybe a baby name, too. Thanks to Katie for suggesting Starling as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Elowen: Baby Name of the Day

October 13, 2014

#492213965 / gettyimages.com This post was originally published on February 4, 2010.  It was substantially revised and re-published on October 13, 2014. A foreign import, a nature name and an unexpected way to get to an all-the-rage nickname? What’s not to love? Thanks to Corinne for suggesting Elowen as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Sunday Summary: 41st of 2014

October 12, 2014

#107875902 / gettyimages.com Happy Sunday! I’ve just read Matthew Dennison’s Queen Victoria: A Life of Contradictions.  And I learned this: The future Queen Victoria was christened Alexandrina Victoria.  But her parents had planned to name her Victoire Georgiana Alexandrina Charlotte Augusta. It was changed at the last minute by the Prince Regent, the future King George IV. […]

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