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Jane, Sian, and Johannah: Feminine Forms of John

October 24, 2014

John is a classic, an evergreen name from Biblical times to the present day. As he travelled through time and place and language, John has morphed and transformed.  There’s the man of action Jack, the surname Jackson, and dozens of forms that aren’t obviously linked to the original – Sean and Ian and Jovan, anyone? […]

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Sarah: Baby Name of the Day

October 23, 2014

  An Old Testament choice with a long history of use, today’s name is nearly as classic as Elizabeth or Mary. Thanks to Jill for suggesting Sarah as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Fabian: Baby Name of the Day

October 22, 2014

#507278171 / gettyimages.com   This name has been worn by a martyred pope and a teen idol.  How would it wear on an ordinary boy nowadays? Thanks to Jessica for suggesting Fabian as our Baby Name of the Day.

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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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