It’s my birthday week, and I celebrate this every year by choosing the names to feature. Most of the year, I take suggestions from the floor – so I always have plenty of ideas saved up by the time July rolls around!
Here are the names I’ve written about in years past:
- Last year, I turned this week into Hated Names Week, and profiled Nevaeh, Jayden, Brooklyn, and Mackenzie.
- In 2011, I chose Coco, a name I wished we’d used, as well as my dad’s nickname – Clark, and three names that I was curious about: Azalea, Greta, and Katniss.
- The first year I chose the names, I wrote about my (heartily disliked and deliberately unusued) first name Amy, along with two I’d love to use – Huxley and Romy – and two that I was thinking about: Madelon and Sally.
And this year was Swan, Hadley, Domino, Kenelm, and Tigerlily.
I’m also celebrating by giving something away this week: your chance to choose an entire week’s worth of names to be profiled here at AppMtn.
That’s right. One lucky reader will get to choose the names featured at AppMtn for the week of September 9th!
What does that mean?
You’ll get to suggest a whole bunch of names to me via email. I’ll write original posts about the names that we mutually agree on. If your list is long, I can write as many as five. If you only have a few to request, we can stick with just three.
If you’re the randomly selected winner, I will shoot you an email on Friday, August 2nd or Saturday, August 3rd. You’ll have until Wednesday, August 14th to dream up names you’d like to see featured at AppMtn.
How to Enter
Comment below with a name that you’d love to see profiled here at AppMtn. Don’t forget to check Facebook for a second chance to enter.
I’ll gather up all of the entries, and then use the random number generator at random.org to select a winner.
The Fine Print
At least three of the names must be names not previously profiled at AppMtn. There’s no foolproof way to see every name I’ve written about just yet – though Google searching appellationmountain and whatevername generally gets good results. I’m happy to check your list, too.
I reserve the right to decline a name if it is too close to something I’ve already written about. (For example, I’ve written about Clio – so there’s not a ton new to say about Cleo.) I’ll also reject a name if I just plum can’t find a thing about it, though this happens very rarely.
If I don’t hear back from you by August 14th, I may choose a new winner. (I’m not sure if this is obvious, but I usually write between 5 and 25 posts ahead.)
What a great idea! Oh, I would LOVE to win! My initial suggestion to enter is Junia or Julia.
It’s my husband’s birthday week too! Happy Birthday, Abby!
Some boy names: Walden, Simon
Some girl names: Zhanna, Marisol
Happy Birthday Week!
Charlotte, Isaiah, Benjamin and Sophie are my current favourites.
Happy birthday Abby! Its my bday week as well, coincidentally! Id love to see Kalila and Rowen featured, if they havent already!
Happy Bday!!!!! <3 I'll suggest Keela, Koa and Tamar
I will suggest one boy and one girl name I don’t think you’ve profiled yet 🙂 (And my birthday is two days before the week of the chosen names so a win would be a bonus birthday gift!)
The boys’ name is my brother’s: a rarely heard classic, NEIL.
And the girls’ is a potential middle for my next baby: the flower-and-virtue-in-one, HONESTY.
Happy belated birthday Abby! I’ll suggest Melisande.
Happy birthday! I suggest Sonja
I would like to enter with the name: Valerian
My son’s name, Benaiah! Happy birthday. 🙂
Jessie (Scottish girl’s name)
Awesome! I think it would be fun to have my dad’s name, Garth, profiled :).
My youngest son’s name, Raynor.
Ludema, my great-grandmother’s name.
I would love to see Kelso, Ridge or Suri. Happy trip around the sun!!
C in DC says
Happy birthday week! Have you done Paul already? Tobias?
Scharla Paryzek says
My name! Scharla/Sharla
Sarah A says
Happy Birthday Week!
I would love to see Montgomery profiled! I have many more in my back pocket if that’s already been suggested…
Happy Birthday week!
I would love to see a post on the name Elias.
I’d like to enter with the name Sidda/Sidda(lee), Sandra Bullock’s character from Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood. I love the name Sidda for a girl, but unfortunately my SO doesn’t agree.
I would love to know more about Desdemona, Persephone, Daisha, Digby, Apollonia, Artemisia, Deianira, and Bellona. Happy birth week!
Christina Fonseca says
Digby is one of my new faves. It was recently featured:
Ok I have 3 sets:
Balinese names Mayan, Made, Nyoman & Ketut. Their story is just great!
Then maybe Tasman, Marimba, and Iluka
And how about Aviv, Stav, Adva & Omri
Happy Birthday! I’d love to see Verdandi profiled.
I would love to see a post on Betsie, Iben, or Bennett.
Happy Birthday! I would love to hear more on these names for a boy, Locksley and Cove.
Paul B. says
Have a joyous birthday, Abby!
Hmmm…how about Aino, Beryl, or Rayner?
Happy Birthday! I would love for you to write a post on Behati!
Abelia & Cadogan
Though I’m a first time poster I’ve been around for a while, checking out the names and loving it 🙂 Happy birthday and may there be many more to come 🙂
I’m always interested to learn more about my daughter’s name Elisabetta
Happy birthday! I suggest Niamh!
How about Rosamund?
I heard this name at work, and fell in love immediately: Wescott.
Wow, so many great suggestion! Not sure if you’ve profiled these:
or my name 🙂 It’s usually a surname and has various spellings.
Elizabeth!! It’s such a classic, yet you’ve not profiled it!!
happy birthday Abby! the giveaway is a wonderful idea. my suggestion is Xochitl
You’ve already covered so many on my list, but I’ll suggest Roy.
How fun! My suggestion is Holiday!
Elizabeth @ hobbylobbyist says
I would love to see a profile on Siobhan.
I’d love to see Asenath profiled. It was my grandmother’s middle name and great-grandmother’s first name.
A family name I’d like to know more about is Talmadge. Happy birthday, Abby!
Happy Birthday! This give-away is such a fun idea!
How about: Dorian?
Boy: Avi or Fisher
Girl: Lux or Jasmine
I would love to suggest Karlene, Marnie, Elizabeth, Gus, and Danielle!
I’ve been curious about the name Hiram for a while now. And Thalia could be interesting.
I would love to see Mahalia featured!
I would love to see Augustin on here! One of my favorites 🙂
I suggest Augustin! Love this name!
I would love to see Persephone profiled.
I suggest Booth or Shade. Happy birthday!
Happy Blog Birthday Abby and AppMtn.
I would love to read a profile on the Russian sounding name Katinka.
I would love to enter! I would love to see Viridian featured.
Happy birthday! I’d love to see Azure or Macaire profiled!
Megan M. says
Happy birthday Abby! My suggestion is Detlef – the name of my Danish great-great grandfather.
Christina Fonseca says
What a wonderful birthday idea! My suggestion today is Enedina.
I would love to see something on my son’s name, Henning. We plucked it from my husband’s family tree….there must be more to it than sharing a root with Heinrich.
We considered it, because of Henning Mankell. I’m so glad to hear someone has a little Henning! Love it.
I suggest Etoyle and Cosmina.
So excited! I wish you would profile Tamerlane.
I’d love to see Margaux!
Zena Eve says
Happy Birthday! I’ll choose Elestren.
Wow! I love this idea, and happy birthday week! Though I have many suggestions, my choice is Rosalind. Best of luck to all! 🙂
Happy Birthday Week! I’d like to suggest a couple of names: Rosaline and Rosmerta.
I thought they’d be fitting consider the recent update on your Rose post and they’re 2 of my favorites.
Easy, our top choice if our next is a boy – Percival!!! Oh I hope I win 😀
I’d like to see Hallam 🙂
Megan C says
Too fun!! 🙂 my name suggestion is “Loren”
Natasha L'nei says
I’d chose Acton. Or Ritter.
I’m going to throw my hat into the ring by suggesting Sorcha
kiira kirsijóna says
I would love to enter! Maybe Allison/alison or Neil? Thanks for doing this! Happy birthday!
Caedmon. (I have had it on my list for a long while now, and then I saw it mentioned as the name of a person’s son in a blog on other aspects of parenting and got all happy about it.)
And I totally second “Rasmus” as suggested by Havoye above.
My favorite name is Nell, and I would love to see a post on her.
Alena J Ingle says
Oooh love this idea! I choose Keturah 🙂
Christina Fonseca says
Theodosia, Arkady, or Shoshana
Sarah Shacklette says
My name choices are:
Percival or Percy
Elizabeth or John
This sounds like fun. I’d love to suggest the girl name Illyria.
Would love to see Arkady or Anthem.
Happy birthday! Perhaps Vashti, Rumi, Sose, or Echo?
My suggestion is Theophania!
Happy birthday! I would like to suggest Kerenza.
Happy Birthday! I would love to suggest Dortchen.
I just want to say Happy Birthday, Abby! Hope you have a lovely week.
This is cool – The first name I’d suggest is Luella which you have written about a lot but never profiled.
Happy Birthday! I would like to enter with the name Talora.
Blue Juniper says
I thought you’d chosen some particularly good names this week! 🙂
Happy Birthday! I would like to suggest Talora.
My suggestion would be Ravenna. I am really loving this name and would love to learn more about this gem!
A few others I would suggest…
Raquel Somatra says
Yay, this is so exciting!
I’d choose my most recent name obsession, Greta.
(I’m Gilliland Caravan on facebook, by the way… running off to try to win there now…)
I’d like to enter with Sirin.
I suggest Verity.
Happy birthday, Abby! I suggest Stephanie.
My current favorite name is Kestrel. But I would love to see what you can find on my daughters name; Teagan. So, I can’t decide on just one. . 🙂
I’ll suggest Rasmus.
I’d love to see Lawrence profiled.
How about Hayden?
Here are some names from current top 200 in Holland, a couple of them are Dutch in origin but I selected only those that can be pronounced easily in English:
This sounds like fun, I’ll enter please! 🙂
I forgot to mention the name, ahh Adalie or Gerogina (though you’ve done Gerogia, is that too close) or Elspeth.
I forgot to mention the name, um Adalie or Georgina (though you have done Gerogia, is that too close?)
I don’t see that you have done Ida, Thomas or Arnold. I think you should do those.
This is fun! I suggest the name Werther.