Out-There Alphabet Week

Out There Alphabet

  Over the last few months, I’ve been asking for your favorite Out-There Baby Names – names that are just a little too offbeat for you to consider giving to a child.  Or at least your child.  Offbeat and out-there is in the eye of the beholder, after all. Some might call these guilty pleasure names – […]


Favorite Baby Name Posts of 2014

Favorite Post 2014

It’s the end of the year! As I’ve slowly transitioned from blogging as a hobby to blogging as a job, I’ve found myself looking more and more at data.  In our age of instant, abundant data, it is easy to get lost in the numbers. Page views, searches, blahblahblah. And that’s after I’ve spent hours […]


Something New: Saturday Name Help

Name Help

Now that the comments are up and running, it’s time for something new! For years, I’ve been wanting to offer Name Consultations. Plenty of sites do a fabulous job – Swistle and Duana and Waltzing More than Matilda are some of my favorites. But there’s no shortage of parents looking for a little help with […]


Update: Comments are Back!

One of my favorite parts of Appellation Mountain comes from discussion in the comments.  Earlier this month, a technological glitch prevented the comments from displaying correctly. After Googling – and Googling and Googling some more – I realized that I need serious help. I found my way to the fabulous, zippy Rita at Brainy Girl […]


A Give-Away: Name-alytics by Kelli Brady


If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re very interested in names.  Maybe that’s because you’re expecting a new arrival – or hoping to be expecting a new arrival. Or maybe you just love names. Either way, Kelli Brady’s new book, Name-alytics, is for you. Here’s why: While I like to say that there’s no such […]


And the Winner is …

Congratulations to Kara! Kara gets to choose an entire week’s worth of names to be featured at Appellation Mountain.  It’s just like the VH-1 video takeovers except … no music, no green room, significantly less glamorous. But hey – names! The name originally suggested by kmo was Roxelana – here’s hoping it makes her final list. The takeovers […]


Celebrating Six Years: A Give-Away

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  It’s the fifth of May, and the start of my seventh year of blogging Baby Names of the Day. Appellation Mountain was launched in January 2008, and, desperate for ideas, I decided to profile a different name every day, beginning on May 5, 2008, with Juniper. A few days into the experiment, […]