Reader Baby Name Story: Named for Dad

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Meg for sharing her story.  It is heartbreaking and uplifting all at once, and emphasizes that names, at their best, truly are powerful stories. This is the story of my two children’s names. When my husband and I were expecting our first child, a boy, we had no issues picking out […]

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Sunday Summary: 3/20/11

Here’s my absolute favorite thing to get in my email inbox: birth announcements. There were two last week, complete with pictures! I really, truly appreciate them and won’t pass them on unless you expressly note that I can share them here. Thank you! Speaking of birth announcements, I was scrolling through a random list and […]

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Sunday Summary: 2/20/11

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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Sunday Summary: 12/12/10

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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