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Sunday Summary: 46th of 2014

November 16, 2014

Do names really lead to playground teasing? I ask for two reasons: first, this comment came up during a name discussion on the AppMtn Facebook group: Does no one remember the cruelty of the schoolyard? And then, one morning as I walked my six year old daughter Clio to school, I heard one of the boys in […]

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Baby Name Help: Oh-So-Stuck!

November 15, 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! T and her husband are expecting a daughter in January.  She writes: […]

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20 Great 90s Names from TV

November 14, 2014

We’ve been talking great 90s names all week here at Appellation Mountain: Taylor and Tyler, Brandon and Kayla. All four of those names have something in common: every one of them appeared on television at some point – or several points during the 90s. Many parents wouldn’t love the idea of choosing a television-inspired name.  Song lyrics, yes. […]

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Taylor: Baby Name of the Day

November 13, 2014

Elizabeth.  Swift. Some very well known women have answered to this name. 90s Week continues with Taylor as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Tyler: Baby Name of the Day

November 12, 2014

This name is occupational, presidential, and a fast favorite in the 1990s. I love the 90s week continues with Tyler as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Kayla: Baby Name of the Day

November 11, 2014

Take an obscure Hebrew name, add a blockbuster soap opera character … and ta da, one of the most popular names of the 1990s. 90s Week continues with Kayla as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Brandon: Baby Name of the Day

November 10, 2014

This post was originally published on June 15, 2010. It was substantially revised and re-posted on November 10, 2014. From Beverly Hills, 90210 to a town near you, nearly everyone knows a nice guy with this name. Thanks to Urban Angel for suggesting Brandon as Baby Name of the Day.  

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Sunday Summary: 45th of 2014

November 9, 2014

I’d never heard conversational Arabic spoken until the other day. There I was, waiting to check out in the Target express lane.  The cashier recognized the customer in front of me.  They immediately switched into this lovely, intoxicating language.  It’s rude to listen, of course, but is it really eavesdropping if you don’t understand a […]

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Baby Name Help: Naming a Southern Babe!

November 8, 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! Giacor is expecting her first at the end of December.  They’ve chosen […]

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Obscure Saint Names for Boys: Part I

November 7, 2014

If you think choosing a saints’ name for your son means sticking with a tried-and-true choice like John, Matthew, or James, you’re half right. While many of the saints’  names are familiar choices, there are more than 10,000 saints, and more are named regularly. This is good news for parents eager to find an unusual name […]

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