Sunday Summary: Eighth of 2015

Lately I’ve been binge-watching Downton Abbey. I had previously stopped watching sometime during Season Three, and you can watch all the way up through the end of Season Five on Amazon Prime. There are dozens of reasons to watch, of course, but the names are definitely a bonus! Season five introduces an Atticus, but it’s really the […]


Mailbag: February 2015 Edition


View image | When we started offering baby name consults back in October, I had a flicker of hesitation. What would happen during a week when no one wanted help? It’s been months now, and happily we’ve had no shortage of requests. But suddenly, during this cold and snowy February, there’s a gap. So […]


Obscure Saint Names for Boys: Part II

Obscure Saints

Over the years, I’ve covered an awful lot of obscure saint names. One of my very first posts was on Obscure Saints’ Names for Girls.  More recently, I’ve delved into the long list of possibilities for boys. There’s no shortage of possibilities.  Sure, John and Peter, Luke and Paul, Thomas and James are all saints, and […]


Ovid: Baby Name of the Day


Today’s choice is the name of a legendary poet – and a fitting name for the Year of the Sheep. Wishing you a happy Lunar New Year, with a warm thanks to the amazing Isadora of Bewitching Names and Curious Ideas for the suggestion. Our Baby Name of the Day is Ovid.


Landry: Baby Name of the Day


View image | Laissez les bon temps roulez! It’s Mardi Gras, and thanks to Leah and Meredith for suggesting a Fat Tuesday-friendly appellation. Part-saintly surname, part-football hero, our Louisiana heritage Baby Name of the Day is Landry.


Maisie: Baby Name of the Day


This post was originally published on December 23, 2009. It was substantially revised and re-posted on February 16, 2015. This short form of Margaret is big in the UK, and could fit right in with Sadie and her sisters in the US. Thanks to Laura for suggesting Maisie as our Baby Name of the Day, and […]


Sunday Summary: Seventh of 2015

A curious thing: even though my daughter is the only Clio in her class, and in her entire school, she still signs her school work Clio S. I can’t remember if it happened before first grade, and it may be because this year there are two girls with almost the same name in their class: […]


Name Help: Are There Any Names Left?

William August

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! Emily and her husband are expecting their second son, a little brother for William […]