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Favorite Baby Name Posts of 2014

December 19, 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 […]

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Something New: Saturday Name Help

October 11, 2014

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 […]

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Update: Comments are Back!

September 16, 2014

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 […]

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A Give-Away: Name-alytics by Kelli Brady

September 13, 2014

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 […]

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And the Winner is …

May 17, 2014

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 […]

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Celebrating Six Years: A Give-Away

May 5, 2014

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, […]

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Jasmin’s Week Starts Tomorrow!

September 8, 2013

I neglected to mention one very important thing in this week’s Sunday Summary.  For the week ahead, all the names posted at Appellation Mountain were chosen by reader Jasmin.  She won her week earlier this summer.  I’m delighted by the names she’s chosen – well, really I’m delighted by all of the names suggested all […]

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In Celebration of 2,000 Posts

August 24, 2013

Earlier this month, I posted my 2,000th post here at Appellation Mountain. When I published my 1,000th post, I wrote a list of things that I’d learned.  What was true then is even more true now.  When I started writing in 2008, I could have put names into categories – good and bad, wearable and […]

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I Love the 80s Week Starts Tomorrow

August 4, 2013

Heads up!  Next week is a special celebration of 80s baby names at Appellation Mountain.  The profiled names will be two of the most popular girls’ names and two of the most popular boys’ names from the decade. Why?  Most new parents today were either kids during the 1980s or were born during the era.  […]

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And the winner is …

August 3, 2013

Of the 136 total entries in the Win Your Own Week giveaway, I’m pleased to announce that the honor goes to Jasmin. Jasmin, I’ve sent an email to the address connected to your comment.  Please write back and let me know that you accept – and let’s start choosing more great names for your week! […]

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