Fetching Names

1980s Names for Girls: Inspired by TV

August 15, 2014

We’ve been talking 1980s names all week!  Last year, we wrapped up our timewarp series by looking at Girls’ Names from 1980s Movies. This year, let’s turn to the small screen. Television was different during the Reagan years: fewer channels.  A better chance that a struggling series might have a season or two to find […]

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It Girls: Girl Names Ending in et and ette

August 1, 2014

You’ve heard of the It Girl. The term has been around since the early twentieth century, referring to young women of exceptional good looks and style.  Clara Bow was an It Girl, and so was Edie Sedgwick.  Jennifer Lawrence is among the most recent women dubbed an It Girl. But how about the -et Girl?  Some of […]

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Best of the Baby Name Lists

July 18, 2014

Early on in the AppMtn history, I chose to focus on Baby Names of the Day – one name a day, a deep dive into all things related to that name. But then I got restless, and started writing different posts – usually lists of names around a theme.  They’re all tagged Fetching Names, as […]

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What to Name a Fairytale Prince

July 11, 2014

Around the time Once Upon a Time debuted, I compiled a list of names for fairytale princesses.  Not names of fairytale princesses, like Aurora or Snow.  No, these were names that could be worn by a fictional character from a romantic fantasy adventure, animated or otherwise. It’s been a popular list over the years, but somehow I never wrote a boys’ […]

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Azalea and Edelweiss: Daring Flower Names

July 4, 2014

Girls have been named from the garden for generations.  Plenty of traditional choices have floral ties – think of Shoshannah or Marguerite. There’s tremendous range, from the classic Lily and Rose to the bold and unexpected Azalea and Zinnia and Lotus. If you’re after an uncommon name, a favorite flower might be the perfect choice.  We all know girls called Daisy and Violet, so we’re generally accepting of botanical choices. […]

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Charlie and Matilda: Roald Dahl Names

June 20, 2014

I have a secret name crush, a name so unusable – maybe even unthinkable – that I generally don’t mention it. But lately, my daughter and I have been reading our way through Roald Dahl stories.  They hit the sweet spot – his books are fantastic and dramatic, with big ideas, so I find them engaging.  But they’re still […]

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June Names: Juno, Juniper, and Junia

June 13, 2014

It’s June, a lovely month, the official start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the beginning of long, lazy days here in the US. Lately June is also a powerful sound in baby naming.  We’re all about that oo, in Lucy and Ruby and Jude, too.  And June is romantic, isn’t she?  She rhymes with moon and tune and clair de lune, […]

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Francis Names: Frannie, Franklin, Francesca

June 6, 2014

Fran- names are a big group, thanks mostly to the thirteenth century Saint Francis of Assisi.  He was born in Italy as the much more ordinary Giovanni, earned his nickname for his father’s love of all things French, and became one of the most popular religious figures in the Catholic church – and beyond. Fran- names have been […]

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Cassian, Cassius, and Cashel: Getting to Cash

May 30, 2014

Cash is king, and he’s also on the rise as a given name, boosted by Johnny Cash and our affection for bold, brisk boy names. But what if you have your doubts? What if Cash might seem too cool, too maverick?  Your kiddo could turn out to be a bookworm, or possibly the student body president.  And is […]

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Gemma, Felix, and Cosima: Names from Orphan Black

May 23, 2014

Are you watching Orphan Black?  I’m not sure if we’re behind in the US, but on BBC America we’re midway through Season Two.  I’ll try to do this post without spoilers – but oh my goodness, there are so many plot twists, it is challenging! Here’s the basic brief: a top-secret experiment created clones, who grew up […]

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