Landry: Baby Name of the Day


View image | Laissez les bon temps roulez! It’s Mardi Gras, and thanks to Leah and Meredith for suggesting a Fat Tuesday-friendly appellation. Part-saintly surname, part-football hero, our Louisiana heritage Baby Name of the Day is Landry.


Maisie: Baby Name of the Day


This post was originally published on December 23, 2009. It was substantially revised and re-posted on February 16, 2015. This short form of Margaret is big in the UK, and could fit right in with Sadie and her sisters in the US. Thanks to Laura for suggesting Maisie as our Baby Name of the Day, and […]


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: […]


Name Help: Are There Any Names Left?

William August

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! Emily and her husband are expecting their second son, a little brother for William […]


12 Celebrities Who Chose Unisex Names

Unisex Names

The latest Blake Lively/Ryan Reynolds baby name rumor? She’s named James. If that’s true, Blake and Ryan would only be taking the unisex name trend to its logical conclusion. After all, James has been big in the middle spot for girls for years. Sean Combs has a daughter called Jessie James, born back in 2006.  More […]


Afton: Baby Name of the Day


This post was originally published on March 13, 2009. It was substantially revised and re-posted on February 9, 2015. Special thanks to reader Afton for suggesting that her post needed an update! Looking for a Scottish heritage choice, with a poetic, nature-name feel? Thanks to Annelise for suggesting one that fits: our Baby Name of the […]