Sadie: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on August 21, 2014

"Sadie Salome (Go Home)" sheet music...

This name was among the fastest risers in 2013, and she brings with her an entire style category.

Thanks to Elisabeth for suggesting Sadie as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Arjen: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on August 20, 2014

A football (or soccer ball) icon.

The 2014 World Cup is over, but the treasure trove of international names?  That’s left a lasting impression.

Thanks to Christina for suggesting Arjen as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Ravenna: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on August 19, 2014

Coat of arms of Ravenna

London, Brooklyn, Milan … are there other place names to consider for a child?

Of course!  Thanks to Josie for suggesting a lovely Italian possibility.  Our Baby Name of the Day is Ravenna.

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Eloise: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on August 18, 2014

Cover of "Eloise (Eloise Series)"

This post was originally published on November 21, 2008.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on August 18, 2014.

One of the most memorable children’s books begins with the heroine introducing herself: I am Eloise. I am six. I am a city child. I live at the Plaza.

Kay Thompson’s pint-sized, über-privileged whirlwind of a girl goes on to get into all sorts of mischief as her nanny gives chase.

Thanks to Kim for suggesting Eloise as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Sunday Summary: 8/17/14

by appellationmountain on August 17, 2014

Sunday SummaryMy husband jokes that our daughter could use a few more names.

Lately Clio is five-going-on-fourteen, and we both find ourselves using her full name with that “I’m not joking” tone that all parents try to perfect: Claire Caroline Wren!  And sometimes, my husband tacks on Marguerite Theodosia Elizabeth Mary Grace.  Or Elinor Sophia Bellatrix Louise.  And so on.

Proof that name nerdery eventually seeps into every bit of your life, maybe?

The big news of the week was, of course, the news stats from England and Wales.  I’ll turn it over to Elea ON THE BBC!  Oh my goodness!  How fabulous is she?  And the BBC anchor got it exactly – names go through an evolution, not a revolution.

Elsewhere online:

  • Congratulations to Kara at The Art of Naming on the arrival of her nicely named daughter!
  • What do you think of Nancy’s predictions that Ellar, Iselle, and Seanix will all see an uptick in use?
  • So Christina Ricci had her son, but she’s not sharing his name.  I’m not shocked – but oh, am I curious!  That reminded me to go poke around and see if Jason Schwartzman had ever shared his second daughter’s name.  Nope.
  • Interesting to see this family ponder Esther.
  • Always fun to see how a middle name can clearly indicate gender, even when the first name is ambiguous.  I voted for August in the poll, but River was slightly ahead when I cast my ballot.
  • Good thoughts on why Googling baby names may not be helpful, from Laura at Baby Name Wizard.
  • Drusilla is my favorite from this list of Bad Girls with Good Names, but there are lots of possibilities here.  Salome, Delilah, or Bellatrix, anyone?
  • Look, a baby Jarvis!
  • Love these posts with the full names of nineteenth century royals.  Birgitta Ingeborg Alice … maybe I’ll take those on to Claire Caroline Wren the next time I’m repeating myself.
  • So if Guardians of the Galaxy is a huge hit, and a sequel is due in 2017, will Peter stop sliding out of use?  I think he’s definitely an underused classic.
  • Freddie, Reggie, Stanley, Daisy – four kids in under a year, whoa!  And such British names, don’t you think?
  • I heard all the noise about the site that helps you choose baby names on available URLs.  It’s a little bit addicting as a website, but does it really help parents find names?  Still, for a couple bucks, it can’t hurt …

That’s all for this week.  As always, thank you for reading – and have a fabulous week!


1980s Names for Girls: Inspired by TV

by appellationmountain on August 15, 2014

Facts of Life (television)We’ve been talking 1980s names all week!  Last year, we wrapped up our timewarp series by looking at Girls’ Names from 1980s Movies.

This year, let’s turn to the small screen.

Television was different during the Reagan years: fewer channels.  A better chance that a struggling series might have a season or two to find its way.  A gentler sense of what was acceptable to show – and say – during prime time.  Married … with Children and Roseanne would challenge those assumptions by the decade’s end, but much of the 80s were a laugh-track sanitized safe zone, meaning that even elementary-school aged kids watched prime time in the pre-Disney Channel era.

Plus, no DVRs.  We had a VCR, but I don’t think anyone in my family ever mastered programming that puppy.  Most of the time, it was live television or nothing.

The upshot?  Today’s generation of parents came of age on these television shows, both as they aired for the first time, and later as re-runs on local stations.  But did the character names influence the names we would later choose for our children?

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Vale: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on August 14, 2014

English: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail, Colo...

There’s a new baby in town, and she comes with a brand new name.

With congratulations to NBC News journalist Savannah Guthrie and Michael Feldman, our Baby Name of the Day is Vale.

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Amanda: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on August 14, 2014

AmandaFor me, this is the ultimate 80s name, the name I wanted for myself in seventh grade.

Our Baby Name of the Day is Amanda.

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Justin: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on August 13, 2014

JustinFrom accomplished men of the ancient world to boyish pop stars of the twenty-first century, my what a path this name has taken.

80s Week continues with Justin as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Lindsay: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on August 12, 2014

LindsayShe was a Top 50 favorite for girls in the 1980s – and  even more popular when all of the spellings were tallied up.

80s week continues with Lindsay as our Baby Name of the Day.

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