Rosalie, Primrose, and Rosa: A Riot of Roses

January 17, 2014

This post was originally published on July 30, 2008, was revised on May 7, 2012, and again on January 17, 2014. Rose is the middle name of the moment, whether you’re talking about the neighbors’ new baby girl or celebrity parents like Nicole Kidman’s Sunday Rose or Jimmy Fallon’s Winnie Rose.  All three of Sylvester Stallone’s […]

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Sunday Summary: 7/3/11

July 3, 2011

Feeling feisty? Head to a message board and announce that you’re naming your daughter Addison. Or Quinn. Or Mason. Then run for cover. Sure, some people will respond positively. But depending on the forum, you could also find yourself accused of thievery, trendiness, and general bad taste. I’m sympathetic to parents who feel they can’t […]

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Sunday Summary: 1/30/11

January 30, 2011

It strikes me that I’m now into my fourth year of writing at AppMtn.

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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: Conrad

November 1, 2010

He’s been worn by a German saint, a famous hotelier, and a fictional pop star – and he’s showing the faintest signs of revival for newborn boys, too. Thanks to Annabel for suggesting Conrad as Baby Name of the Day.

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Baby Name of the Day: Romy

July 30, 2010

She and BFF Michele went to their high school more than a dozen years ago. Today you might just find her on the playground. The name I have in reserve for a (no-I’m-not-pregnant) second daughter is today’s Baby Name of the Day: Romy.

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Baby Name of the Day: Rosemarie

June 4, 2010

She’s a compound name with a français feel and German heritage. How would she wear on a little American girl in 2010? Thanks to Nicole for suggesting the name of her daughter-on-the-way as our Baby Name of the Day: Rosemarie.

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Name of the Day: Arizona

March 16, 2010

Choose this name for your daughter and some will say you’ve gone too far – but history will be on your side. Thanks to Corinne for suggesting one from her family tree. Today’s Name of the Day is Arizona.

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In Reserve: Possible Names for a Second Daughter

January 14, 2010

I doubt we’ll ever have a third child. There are dozens of practical reasons. And one reason that’s trivial for him, dead serious for me: we could never agree on a name. We do have a few candidates, scraps from the cutting room floor. I’ve mentioned them in comments from time to time, but I […]

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Sunday Summary: 1/3/10

January 3, 2010

It’s the first Sunday Summary of 2010. Happy New Year! Congratulations to Chanara and her family as they celebrate their first New Year’s Day with new daughter Rosemary Amelie Belle. Now, on to the random name spotting: Hat tip to Photoquilty for the heads up on Today’s story about bizarre baby names, including Marijuana Pepsi. […]

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