Sunday Summary: 7/17/11

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What a week! First there was Harper Seven Beckham, and chatter galore about the name. (Mainstream sites dismissed Harper as weird, while we name fans more accurately pegged Harper as far more ordinary than her brothers’ names.) Then Kate Hudson, mom to Ryder Russell Robinson, welcomed a son she’s calling Bing, short for Bingham Hawn […]

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Sunday Summary: 10/24/10

Is there a baby names arms race? I happen to be writing from New York City, just a week after the Health Department released their 2009 stats proclaiming Isabella and Jayden top of the charts. Yawn. But then the Wall Street Journal’s Metropolis blog interviewed Baby Name Wizard’s Laura Wattenberg on the results. Two things […]

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Rerun Week: Day Four

Once again we return to May 2008, back when Appellation Mountain was just months old, and my Name of the Day posts were in their infancy. Chris Noth had just given this name to his firstborn, and it showed signs of catching on. Please check out the polished-up version of Orion here.

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Sunday Summary: 7/11/10

Just when you think every name has been imagined, every option exhausted, pop culture surprises us. First, Cecily von Ziegesar’s novel Cum Laude tackles the lives of privileged college students (as opposed to the privileged high school students in her Gossip Girl franchise.) One of the main characters is a girl called Shipley, and a […]

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