Sunday Summary: Eighth of 2015

Lately I’ve been binge-watching Downton Abbey. I had previously stopped watching sometime during Season Three, and you can watch all the way up through the end of Season Five on Amazon Prime. There are dozens of reasons to watch, of course, but the names are definitely a bonus! Season five introduces an Atticus, but it’s really the […]


Sunday Summary: Seventh of 2015

A curious thing: even though my daughter is the only Clio in her class, and in her entire school, she still signs her school work Clio S. I can’t remember if it happened before first grade, and it may be because this year there are two girls with almost the same name in their class: […]


Sunday Summary: Sixth of 2015

Happy Sunday! Let’s start with this video, an homage to choosing a baby name and Taylor Swift’s smash hit. Got a long list of my favorites, you’ll think that they’re insane, ’cause here comes another baby, so let’s pick a name! Pure fun. I’m talking about single-syllable celebrity baby names at Nameberry tomorrow. Not too long ago, I […]


Sunday Summary: Fifth of 2015

baby name Harlow

Have you read We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves? It was mentioned on Modern Mrs. Darcy – if you’re a reader, Anne’s recommendations are always worth a look. Anyhow, Beside Ourselves author Karen Joy Fowler is clearly a student of names. So many of the choices were just flat-out fabulous: a brother called Lowell, named after the Lowell Observatory. A […]


Sunday Summary: Fourth of 2015


If you follow Appellation Mountain on Instagram or Facebook, you might already know how I spent my Saturday night. At the Build a Bear workshop in the Mall at Annapolis, making a new BFF for my daughter. Towards the end of the process – after the fluff has been pumped into the skin (I called it […]


Sunday Summary: Third of 2015

People should be called what they want to be called. Sometimes there’s a disconnect between the name you’re given at birth and how you wish to be known later in life. Your wishes – whether you’re a child or an adult – should rule the day.  It’s a question of basic human dignity. Maybe that’s […]


Sunday Summary: Second of 2015

Sunday Summary

We’re staring out this week on a sad note.  Kay of Nook of Names has passed away.  There’s a brief note up on her blog if you’d like to express your condolences.  She was such a force for exploring under-used names, and generous with her time and knowledge.  My condolences to Kay’s loved ones. On […]


Sunday Summary: First of 2015!

Happy 2015!

Happy 2015! I think New Year’s Day is my favorite holiday.  All of that possibility.  Like many of us, I tend to arrive at the last day of the old year wiped out from all the merriment and travel, with a little bit of a sugar cookie hangover. But on New Year’s Day?  It all […]


Sunday Summary: Last of 2014!

View image | And that’s it, folks.  In just a few days, we’ll bid farewell to 2014. I’ve already shared the most popular posts from the past year, handed out Celebrity Baby Name superlatives, reviewed my 2014 predictions and indulged in some crystal ball gazing for 2015. Nothing left to do but pop the […]


Sunday Summary: 51st of 2014

NATO phonetic alphabet

View image | I’ve been having a terribly irreverent name-related thought in church lately. Poor Mary.  She didn’t get to name her kid! In all of the accounts I’ve ever heard, the angel tells Mary that she’s having a boy, and that she’s going to name him Jesus. It’s a fitting name, of course […]