Joseph: Baby Name of the Day

September 5, 2012

He’s among the most enduring of the classics, one of the few boys’ names to never leave the US Top 25. Thanks to KO for suggesting Joseph as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Baby Name of the Day: Kipling

May 31, 2011

He’s a surname choice with playful literary associations, as well as a tie to engineering. Thanks to Jen for suggesting Kipling as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Baby Name of the Day: Akira

April 6, 2011

Expecting a little samurai?

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Sunday Summary: 2/27/11

February 27, 2011

I’m a television addict under the best of circumstances. But when I’m under the weather? I’m incorrigible. The TV stays on 24/7. I’ve just recovered from the sickest I’ve been in years, and here are my hastily scribbled notes from a few days’ with the remote in one hand and Puffs-plus in the other: A […]

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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: Winston

February 8, 2011

He brings to mind a widely-admired statesman, but is it too much name for a child? Thanks to Sara for suggesting Winston as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Baby Name of the Day: Jove

January 11, 2011

Jupiter is spacey, but could this name be just on the right side of daring? Thanks to Emilie for suggesting our Baby Name of the Day: Jove.

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Sunday Summary: 12/12/10

December 12, 2010

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” […]

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Sunday Summary: 12/5/10

December 5, 2010

Christmas came early to Appellation Mountain, with a guest post on Nameberry leading to a shout-out from Lisa Belkin’s venerable The Motherlode blog at the New York Times.  Christmas also officially arrived in our town – a tree was lit in the City’s park, we had breakfast with Santa, and we spent a few hours […]

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Baby Name of the Day: Hawthorne

November 10, 2010

He’s outdoorsy and literary – a tough combination to find for a boy’s name. Thanks to Evangeline for suggesting Hawthorne as our Baby Name of the Day.

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