Sunday Summary: 7/17/11

July 17, 2011

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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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: 10/24/10

October 24, 2010

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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The Perils of Unusual Names: Ten Things to Consider When Choosing Hester or Habakkuk

October 7, 2010

    It’s no secret that I love unusual names. I’ve written before In Defense of Atlas and Apple: Ten Reasons Unusual Names Aren’t a Problem, and I haven’t changed my mind. But I do have my hesitations, and a recent exchange with the mom of a very unusually named child got me thinking: what […]

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Rerun Week: Day Four

August 26, 2010

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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Baby Name of the Day: Rhiannon

July 15, 2010

She conjures up images of medieval princesses, but today’s choice is really a child of the 70s. Thanks to Maja for suggesting Rhiannon as Baby Name of the Day.

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Sunday Summary: 7/11/10

July 11, 2010

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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Name of the Day: Taran

December 17, 2009

Is he an underused masculine appellation or one that’s gone to the girls? Thanks to Dearest for suggesting Taran as Name of the Day.

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Name of the Day: Orion

May 18, 2008

If Hunter is a popular choice for boys, then why not the legendary hunter who graces the night sky? Today’s Baby Name of the Day is Orion.

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