Sunday Summary: 24th of 2015

Sunday Summary

It finally feels like summer! Maybe it’s because my kids had their last day of school on Wednesday. Or maybe it’s because we’ve front-loaded all sorts of summery stuff into our June: a quick trip to the beach, an outing to an amusement park. (Note to self: next time check and make sure the roller […]

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Sunday Summary: Welcome to June 2015!

Sunday Summary

Happy June! While I like the idea of March or January or even July as a given name, I think June wins my favorite month-as-name contest, if only because there are so many amazing names that start with that sound. There’s Juniper and Juno and Djuna. And just June is great, too. Speaking of June, […]

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Sunday Summary: 22nd of 2015

Sunday Summary

I love writing about names. Does that go without saying? Since Appellation Mountain launched in January 2008, I’ve been surprised and delighted to meet so many others with an interest in names. And the biggest privilege of all? Helping parents name their children. The Saturday #namehelp series here is one of my biggest joys, and […]

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Sunday Summary: 21st of 2015

Sunday Summary

Sometimes it’s awkward to be a name nerd, like when a new mom tells you she chose Ava because it’s so unique. But sometimes? It makes you feel ever so smart. I chaperoned my son’s class trip to the National Gallery of Art a few days ago, and when our guided tour stopped at the […]

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Sunday Summary: 20th of 2015

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If you follow all things baby names, you probably heard that investment bank Goldman Sachs has weighed in on baby naming trends, circa 2015. I haven’t managed to get my mitts on the original report. From what I’ve gleaned, the bank takes the position that names are a stand-in for brands. Millennial parents’ tendency to choose […]

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Sunday Summary: Charlotte Rules Edition

Sunday Summary

Last year around this time we were gearing up to host a guinea pig for the summer, the classroom pet of my then-third grader. The guinea pig’s name? Princess Charlotte, named by the third grade class, meaning kids who were born in 2004. That’s one the reasons I guessed that Charlotte would be the #1 name […]

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Sunday Summary: Seventeenth of 2015

Earlier this weekend, I mentioned that I had clearly lost my mind, because I was following an orange safety cone on Twitter. So much to do, keep in formation cones keep in formation! — LindoWingOrangeCone (@LindoWingOCone) May 2, 2015 But it turns out that I actually lost my mind shortly thereafter, when I completely missed […]

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Sunday Summary: 17th of 2015

Sunday Summary

We live a few miles outside of Washington DC. Many, many of my neighbors are involved with important, weighty, world-changing things. We’re between two major universities, which means that we know poets and philosophers. People who have lived all over the world. We’re quite close to a major NASA facility, so we also know a few rocket […]

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Sunday Summary: Sweet Sixteen of 2015!

Sunday Summary

Happy sixteenth Sunday of 2015! My name-related discovery of the week: every ZipCar has a name. We’re brand new ZipCar members – after two years of playing ice hockey at our local, easily-reachable-by-transit-when-necessary ice rink, our son has graduated to the bigger rink in the ‘burbs. Since we’re a one-car family – and that car […]

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Sunday Summary: 15th of 2015

Sunday Summary

Happy Sunday! Here’s something that’s been on my mind for ages: diacritical marks. No, really. The trema, the diaeresis, the umlaut, the caron, the breve, the circumflex, the cedilla. In American English, we don’t rely on them to tell us how to pronounce words, and they’re often omitted. Even so, we know that cafe is two […]

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