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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A Give-Away: Your Chance to Choose a Week’s Worth of Names

July 27, 2013

It’s my birthday week, and I celebrate this every year by choosing the names to feature.  Most of the year, I take suggestions from the floor – so I always have plenty of ideas saved up by the time July rolls around! Here are the names I’ve written about in years past: Last year, I […]

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Welcome Babble Visitors!

June 12, 2013

Thanks to Aela Mass and the lovely people at Babble for naming Appellation Mountain one of the Top 25 Pregnancy Blogs of 2013!  I’m delighted to be among such distinguished company. It also speaks to how truly important names have become in 2013.  Once upon a time, the kind of name stories that I try […]

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Favorite Baby Names: March Madness 2013

February 23, 2013

Next Saturday, the third annual Appellation Mountain March Madness series begins.  It’s just like basketball, but with your favorite baby names instead of point guards and college mascots. In preparation for the tournament, I thought I’d share the top names on the site in 2012. Let’s look at a few technical details for the interested […]

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Happy Year Five!

January 26, 2013

The Chinese zodiac says it’s the year of the snake, and my day planner insists it is now 2013. But here, as of this week, it is Year Five. The first blog posts at Appellation Mountain went live on January 23, 2008.  It was a very different moment in my life – I had one […]

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