Baby Name of the Day: Linda

May 26, 2011

She skyrocketed from obscurity to the #1 spot in the US. Thanks to Kelly for this suggestion. With a happy birthday to Nameberry co-founder Linda Rosenkrantz, our Baby Name of the Day is Linda.

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Sunday Summary: 5/8/11

May 8, 2011

What a week!

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Sunday Summary: 2/20/11

February 20, 2011

Let’s start with an announcement: every Saturday in March will be March Madness at Appellation Mountain. Nope, I’m not writing basketball-related posts. Instead, you’re voting on your favorites from last year’s most popular posts. It should be fun! Elsewhere online: I love Lemon’s guest post at Nameberry on word names: Echo, Tansy, Temple. Ages ago […]

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Baby Name of the Day: Frank

February 1, 2011

Zappa. Sinatra. Gehry. Baum. Does this pick guarantee your son will be destined for creative genius? Thanks to Jane, aka the Foxymoron, for suggesting Frank as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Sunday Summary: 12/19/10

December 19, 2010

I’m fascinated by names, but equally intrigued by the process we use to arrive at a name.  You can find countless real life conversations on message boards, but here are a few I spotted on parents’ personal blogs: Aidan at Ivy League Insecurities has a great list going for a third daughter, but my favorite […]

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Baby Name of the Day: Gillian

December 14, 2010

She’s a medieval spin on the evergreen Julia, a name that first found favor in the 20th century. Thanks to Photoquilty for suggesting Gillian as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Baby Name of the Day: Steinbeck

September 7, 2010

He’s a literary legend, but how would his surname wear on a child today? Thanks to Kate of My Kids Eat Off Floor for suggesting one she’s considering. Our Baby Name of the Day is Steinbeck.

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Sunday Summary: 8/29/10

August 29, 2010

My week at the beach was spent listening for names (well, there was ice cream and sand and a giant waterslide called the Hippo) but I didn’t hear much. There was a Veronica nicknamed Vera, but mostly it was the pleasant Top 100 assortment of Ethan, Dylan, Emma, Riley, Noah, Chloe, Caleb, Jackson, Zachary, Ellie, […]

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Baby Name of the Day: Sloane

August 12, 2010

Sometimes it takes a while for a name to catch on. We first heard this one in the 80s, but could 201o be her year? Thanks to Christy for suggesting one of the names from her list as our Baby Name of the Day: Sloane.

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Sunday Summary: 8/8/10

August 8, 2010

It doesn’t matter if I’m at the dentist or the drugstore or Disney World, I’m always listening for names. One of my favorites namespotting locations is Franklin’s, our local brewpub/restaurant/toy store – is there any better combination? – because, of course, we’re all chasing our children around while we wait for a table. The other […]

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