Sunday Summary: 20th of 2015


If you follow all things baby names, you probably heard that investment bank Goldman Sachs has weighed in on baby naming trends, circa 2015. I haven’t managed to get my mitts on the original report. From what I’ve gleaned, the bank takes the position that names are a stand-in for brands. Millennial parents’ tendency to choose […]


Name Help: Baby Boy Lirtsman

Name Help

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! Melissa writes: We are expecting our second (and probably last!) baby in July. […]


John: Still the Number One Name?

John Collage

We all know that John was the #1 name for ages. A venerable classic, John’s history of use traces back to the New Testament. The name has faded over the last few generations, dropping from perpetual #1 to a still-common #26 in 2014. But if you look at the US Top 100, it could be that maybe – […]