Sunday Summary: 29th of 2014

by appellationmountain on July 20, 2014

Alex playing ice hockeyMy son went off to ice hockey camp last week, and when I picked him up after the first day, another camper said “See ya, George,” as we walked out the door.

My son – whose name is Alex – explained that over lunch they’d talked about whether the other kids thought their names fit, and if not, what their names should be instead.  Instead of Alex – a name that has been the subject of much discussion between my son and I – they dubbed him George.

And he would make a great George!  It’s a family name on my dad’s side, the name of an uncle and my late great-grandfather.  It never quite made our shortlist, and none of my cousins have used family names.

I’d considered Georgia over the years, but seriously considered never George – and I can’t say why.  Could my positive reaction be part of a delayed Prince George effect?

Elsewhere online:

  • Idaho takes their time releasing name stats, but when they do, they also share unusual names registered.  Worth waiting for Theory, Glacier, Dually, Torque, Truce, and Pearadice.  Really – Pearadice!  What does that mean?
  • I like the names Truman and North, but Truman North together?  Can’t decide if that’s a poetic nod to Canada, or an unintentional punchline.
  • Rumor has it that Keisha Castle-Hughes is in talks to join the Games of Thrones cast for the fifth season as Obara, one of Oberyn’s daughters.  Obara – the next Aria?  Maybe not, but I think she’s more wearable than Khaleesi …
  • These 80s throwback posts at British Baby Names completely make my day.  Mary Petronella!  Ferdinand, Basil, and Beau!  Primrose and Pelham!  Aristocratic, daffy, and totally different than what I was hearing in 1989 in the US.  Too exciting.
  • Not to say that American names are boring.  Zeffy’s list of 1790 finds is intriguing.  I know why we’ve stopped calling our kids Masheck and Nimrod, but Dempsey, Orson, and Collier are great.
  • Farewell, Geraldine.  And lots of other names in Ren’s post at Nameberry.  For now …
  • Just noticed: Marjorie re-entered the US Top 1000 in 2013!
  • Best name mentioned in Facebook conversation this week: Zvezda, which the poster said means star in Macedonian – his grandmother’s name.  No clue how to say it, but it’s intriguing, right?
  • As if choosing first names wasn’t tough enough, there’s also plenty of room in 2013 to choose your kiddo’s last name – a thoughtful look at surname choices, here.

Now, on to the exciting news – my birthday is coming up, which means that this upcoming week is packed with names that I’ve chosen – five straight days of crazy, would-you-really-consider-it choices.

As always, thank you for reading, and have a great week!

More names to explore:


Best of the Baby Name Lists

by appellationmountain on July 18, 2014

Best of Baby Name ListsEarly on in the AppMtn history, I chose to focus on Baby Names of the Day – one name a day, a deep dive into all things related to that name.

But then I got restless, and started writing different posts – usually lists of names around a theme.  They’re all tagged Fetching Names, as in Mean Girls use of the word ‘fetch.’  It hasn’t stuck, but the tag remains, so I went looking through all of them to find the most popular of the posts.

Here are the Top Twelve for the last few months, in order:

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Magnolia: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on July 17, 2014

English: magnolia

This post was originally published on March 18, 2010.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on July 17, 2014.

She’s a pretty botanical choice with appealing nickname options.

Thanks to Lyndsay for suggesting Magnolia as Name of the Day.

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Rowan: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on July 16, 2014

Autumn leaves - Rowan

Today’s post was originally published on February 2, 2010.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on July 16, 2014.

Today’s choice is a nature name with a distinctly Irish lilt.

Thanks to Kelly for suggesting Rowan as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Genevieve: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on July 15, 2014

Grand entrance, Exposition Universal, 1900, Pa...

This post was originally published on January 14, 2009. It was substantially revised and re-posted on July 15, 2014.

Looking for a French name less popular than Madeleine, not as celebutante as Paris?

Thanks to Nessa for suggesting our Baby Name of the Day: Genevieve.

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Payton: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on July 14, 2014

Peyton Place (TV series)

This post was originally published on October 22, 2008.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on July 14, 2014.

Take a sensational television series and a pair of football heroes, add some Irish style, and no wonder today’s choice has become a huge hit.

Thanks to Another for suggesting Payton as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Sunday Summary: Bastille Day Edition

by appellationmountain on July 13, 2014

English: A sculpture at the entrance to the pa...

Allons enfants de la Patrie!  Le jour de glory est arrivé!

Yes, July 14th is Bastille Day, the French equivalent (more or less) of Canada Day and the Fourth of July.  It’s a good excuse to think of all things French, and I’ve written plenty of posts featuring French names, so:

Hmmm … I need to write more about French names for boys, don’t I?

Elsewhere online:

  • Congratulations to the stylish Karla Quiz, Instragrammer extraordinaire, on the arrival of baby #2!  Daughter France Fox is joined by daughter Fair – Fernanda James.  (Oops – my first post called poor Fair a boy.  Thanks to Sarah for the correction!) Best wishes to the Quiz clan.
  • Are the -bert names ever going make a comeback in the US?  I’ve met an adorable newborn British Albert, and there’s a Herbert in this birth announcement round-up from British Baby Names. Plus, I always think of baby Cuthbert in Hester Brown’s The Little Lady Agency series.
  • Guinness!  Too World Record?  Too Brewery?  Spotted in For Real Baby Names, here.
  • Yay – they decided to use Margot!
  • Up at Baby Name Pondering: Fairlie.  Are we on the cusp of a -ley baby name epidemic?  Or are we already there?
  • Do you know this Tumblr?  Bare bones, but lots of interesting names featured, including Serafina.  Which reminded me: among the celebrity names that I expected to catch on – but never did – is the Garner-Affleck’s Seraphina.  Isabella, Alexandra, Seraphina … but she was still give to just 168 girls last year.
  • Please bring back Wolfstan and Belsante.
  • This line - Linus and Henley are a less-trendy take on Silas and Henry – is Duana at her best!  Plus she gives great advice to Henley’s mom on finding a name for his baby brother.
  • While I’m quoting lines I really liked this week, did you see Swistle’s thoughts on names that eventually feel datedEven classics go in and out of style: remember when the name William felt classic but not at all fashionable? Very few names escape this, just as very few clothing items stay in fashion decade after decade … The difference is between the things we come back to again and again, and the things we feel grateful we weren’t photographed wearing.  A valuable way to think about what makes a classic, I think.
  • Hello, Townes!  Isn’t he handsome?  And such a great name.
  • I could happily name quintuplets from this list.
  • Or maybe this list.  Peridot is my new guilty pleasure.

One quick announcement – all of the posts for the upcoming week are re-runs.  I had such a backlog of posts that were sadly out-of-date that I thought a few extra days of catch-up might not be a bad idea!  Plus, they’re great names – and should be fun to revisit over the next few days.

That’s all for this week – as always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!


What to Name a Fairytale Prince

by appellationmountain on July 11, 2014

English: Sleeping Beauty, illustration by Hein...

Around the time Once Upon a Time debuted, I compiled a list of names for fairytale princesses.  Not names of fairytale princesses, like Aurora or Snow.  No, these were names that could be worn by a fictional character from a romantic fantasy adventure, animated or otherwise.

It’s been a popular list over the years, but somehow I never wrote a boys’ version.

So many fairytale princes went nameless, or answered to things like Charming.  Royal is too obvious, as is Kingsley.  And names of actual princes - William, Henry, George, Frederick - seem like mainstream names that don’t quite hit the fairytale note.

So a fairytale prince name is masculine, but not conventionally so.  They have a touch of daring and dashing about them – names for Olympic fencing champions, rather than NBA hoop stars.  And while many of them are rare, they’re not all completely unknown in 2014 – some are quite stylish!

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Laetitia: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on July 10, 2014

Español: Retrato de Letizia Ramolino, madre de...

She’s an Ancient Roman goddess and a Spanish saint, too.

Thanks to Virginia for suggesting Laetitia as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Reid: Baby Name of the Day

by appellationmountain on July 9, 2014

ReidLooking for a short boys’ name that is still long on style?

Thanks to Amanda for suggesting her son’s name for our Baby Name of the Day: Reid.

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