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: 12/12/10


I’m always surprised when I realize that Valerie remains so popular.  She ranked #138 in 2009, not too far from her peak of #60 in 1959.  Nothing against the name – I know some lovely women who answer to Valerie – but it makes me think of The Monkees.  (Though the song title is “Valleri” […]


Sunday Summary: 1/17/10

The baby boom continues at AppMtn. Congratulations to Emmy Jo on the birth of her son, Julius! Have you been reading all of those press releases by this hospital or that about the most popular names of 2009? They haven’t been terribly exciting, but I’m reading them anyhow. This one caught my attention, not because […]


Summer Names


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 26, 2008, and substantially revised on June 11, 2012. The official start of summer is just around the corner, and if you’re expecting a special delivery in the next dozen weeks, perhaps you’re dreaming of a name that celebrates the season. The choices are plentiful for […]