Clara, Clarity, and Clarion: Claire Names


This post was originally published on April 9, 2012, for my mother, Clare.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on October 3, 2014 for her namesake’s sixth birthday.  In my Italian family, children were traditionally named after grandparents.  When you reached girl or boy #3, it was time to move on to honoring great-aunts and great-uncles. The result?  Those […]


Gorgeous Girls: Names for Wicked Stepsisters


We all know the story of Cinderella.  The pumpkin coach, the footmen mice, the handsome prince and the slipper, left behind when the clock strikes twelve. It’s an enduring tale, with roots in the ancient world, and open to frequent reinvention.  I’m fascinated by Marissa Meyer’s reboot, Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles. Meyer […]


Aria and Lyric: Musical Baby Names

Musical Baby Names

Baby name inspiration can come from anywhere, and plenty of children have been named for popular songs, from Geneva to Elise. Names of musicians are a rich source of possibility, too, from quirky retro names like Otis to swaggering moderns like Jagger. But how about musical terms?  We’re mad for nature names, and literary noun […]


Ten Unexpected Nicknames for Charles


Charles is an impeccable classic – regal and creative at once.  Nicknames for Charles are plentiful.  Default nickname Charlie is an every-boy staple, while the other go-to, Chuck, feels casual and cool. But what if you’re after something a little less popular?  Formal name Charles ranked #57 in 2013, while Charlie was #233 for boys […]


Amelia’s Sisters: Girl Names Ending in lia

Amelia's Sisters: girl names ending in lia

There’s something about Amelia: vintage, feminine, lady-like.  No wonder she’s quite popular, reaching the US Top 100 in 2004, and climbing to #17 in 2013. Let’s take a look at Amelia’s sisters: longer girl names ending in lia. Like Amelia, most of these names have significant history.  But many of them are far more obscure. That’s not […]


1980s Names for Girls: Inspired by TV

Facts of Life (television)

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 […]


It Girls: Girl Names Ending in et and ette


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 […]


Best of the Baby Name Lists

Best of Baby Name Lists

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 […]


What to Name a Fairytale Prince


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’ […]


Azalea and Edelweiss: Daring Flower Names

Daring Flower Names

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. […]