Sunday Summary: 51st of 2014

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View image | gettyimages.com 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 […]

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Sunday Summary: 50th of 2014

I don’t see a lot of non-kid movies in the movie theater.  Big Hero 6?  Penguins of Madagascar?  Check and check.  But Gone Girl?  Sadly, no. And so I have yet to see the lovely Rosamund Pike play the scheming Amy.  But when the Golden Globes nominations came out, I found myself mulling over the potential of her […]

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Sunday Summary: 49th of 2014

Conventional wisdom is that it’s best to keep the baby name quiet until the baby is actually in your arms. There are so many reasons – mostly the burden of unsolicited opinions, and, of course, the potential for name theft. Other parents really haven’t quite narrowed it down, and are counting on looking at their baby […]

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Sunday Summary: 48th of 2014

#453492123 / gettyimages.com The year is drawing to a close!  To borrow a line from The Waitresses: Now the calendar’s just one page, and, of course, I am excited. For the holidays, yes.  But also for the end of year name extravaganza: round-ups, wrap-ups, predictions!  Glorious predictions! Last week, I reviewed my 2014 predictions to […]

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Sunday Summary: 47th of 2014

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#177985881 / gettyimages.com We’ve done it, dear readers!  The Appellation Mountain community has casually helped name many a baby, through Facebook and post comments. But now our Saturday Name Help series has helped to name … Drumroll, please! Clementine Beatrice Yes, the baby from our very first post is here!  And she’s got a great, amazing […]

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Sunday Summary: 46th of 2014

Do names really lead to playground teasing? I ask for two reasons: first, this comment came up during a name discussion on the AppMtn Facebook group: Does no one remember the cruelty of the schoolyard? And then, one morning as I walked my six year old daughter Clio to school, I heard one of the boys in […]

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Sunday Summary: 45th of 2014

I’d never heard conversational Arabic spoken until the other day. There I was, waiting to check out in the Target express lane.  The cashier recognized the customer in front of me.  They immediately switched into this lovely, intoxicating language.  It’s rude to listen, of course, but is it really eavesdropping if you don’t understand a […]

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Sunday Summary: 44th of 2014

I’m binge-watching Revenge at the moment – and I’m enjoying it so much that I don’t want to read any spoilers, nevermind that I’m two years behind and anything I read will spoil something – and if you’re still on season one, then, well, spoiler alert. Amanda and Jack named their baby Carl?  I completely understand that he’s […]

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Sunday Summary: 43rd of 2014

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I swear I don’t hand my six year old baby name books.  But the apple?  Falls pretty close to the tree. It’s interesting to talk about names with the next generation, isn’t it?  My 9 year old was sitting next to me while I was working on a project, and I found myself quizzing him.  “What […]

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Sunday Summary: 42nd of 2014

Let’s start with a huge, great big, tremendous thank you!  It was so exciting to see the great responses, on Facebook as well as here on the blog post, for the first Name Help post. I knew you would be a wealth of thoughtful resources – and you absolutely were!  I’ve always loved answering questions […]

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