Name Help: Too Late to Change Styles?

Name Help: Change Styles?

Ashlee writes: My husband and I are expecting our fourth child and second girl this October. We’ve always wanted a big family, and think we might even have one more baby after this one. Or even maybe two?! Our children’s names are Elizabeth Anne, Daniel Edward, and James Henry. Not family names or anything. We […]


Margot, Maisie, and Greta: The Many Faces of Margaret

The Many Faces of Margaret

Margaret has been worn by princesses and politicians, actresses and authors. Thanks to the story of Saint Margaret of Antioch, it’s been a powerfully popular name for centuries. Classic names like Margaret tend to splinter, with new forms emerging over time and language. Some of the resulting names can be obscure, barely linked to the original, like some […]


Sunday Summary: 33rd of 2015

Sunday Summary

Lately I’ve been thinking about boys’ names that feel traditional, but stuck in style limbo. Randall. Marshall. Alan and Allen. Curtis. Wayne. Eugene. Clayton. Philip. Gerald. Vincent. Bradley. Some of them strike me as rather handsome. Names that we’re overlooking for no good reason. Others do seem all wrong for a baby boy in 2015. […]


Name Help: A Heritage Name for Baby #2

Name Help

Name Help is a series at Appellation Mountain. Every Saturday, one reader’s name questions will be discussed. We’re relying on thoughtful comments from the community to help expectant parents narrow down their name decisions. Thank you in advance for sharing your insight! Perrin writes: I’ve got a lot of disjointed concepts running around my brain […]