Sunday Summary: Eleventh of 2015


First things first: I’ve been meaning to start an Appellation Mountain newsletter forever, but what would I possibly include? And then you were so lovely with your response to the first Mailbag post that it hit me: that’s the newsletter. A theme of the week, and then answers to reader questions that you won’t find anywhere other […]


Name Help: Modern Meaningful for their First Baby!

Name Help

Name Help is a series at Appellation Mountain. Every Saturday, one reader’s name questions will be discussed. (Wait, you say, it’s Sunday! Right you are. Thanks to March Madness Baby Names, these posts are moving to Sundays temporarily.) We’re relying on thoughtful comments from the community to help expectant parents narrow down their name decisions. […]


March Madness 2015: Girls Quarter Finals

March Madness 2015

What an exciting opening round! The competitors in March Madness Baby Names for girls behaved more predictably than the boys – at least from my point-of-view. There were also more landslide victories in the girls’ opening round – four stunning defeats, versus just two for the gentlemen. Here are the results: Top seed Elodie (#1) is still in […]


March Madness 2015: Boys Quarter Finals

March Madness Baby Names

This is always the part of March Madness Baby Names that makes me the tiniest bit sad! The opening round is so full of possibility, and then … it’s the quarter finals and time to say good-bye to some favorites. My favorites lost in five of the eight boys’ match-ups! Then again, the names that […]


Long Names for Girls: Elizabella and Anneliese

Long Names for Girls

Plenty of parents love long names for girls. Not all parents, of course.  For every Isabella, there’s a Mia. But long names have their fans. Ariana, Penelope, and Valentina are all fast-rising choices in the US. Nick Turner’s post at Nameberry puts some numbers to the trend. Also interesting? A girl named Elizabeth isn’t necessarily Betsy or Liza […]