Where every name has a story
September 11, 2010 By appellationmountain
September 15, 2010 at 12:57 AM
This is great. Here are some suggestions of mine that you haven’t done:
September 13, 2010 at 11:35 PM
One name I might request is Darwin, because I can sometimes almost see the appeal to it and maybe learning more would puch me over the edge. Plus it’s a favorite of a friend of mine.
September 13, 2010 at 7:26 PM
This is a great idea for a contest because it forced me to hunt through the archives to see if you’ve already covered the names I had in mind, and I found lots of interesting posts in doing so! I’ll put forth Helier, with Roy and Royal as backups in case I somehow missed a previous entry on Helier.
September 13, 2010 at 2:31 PM
Well, you were awesome and took care of almost of the names currently on my list (Emmeline, Penelope, Gwendolen, August, Elliott, Wyatt). My picks are…
Angel (my name!)
September 14, 2010 at 12:18 PM
I would like to add Bonnie to my list. Nick name-like without actually being a nickname of anything, has a few namesakes in the last 100 years (Gone With the Wind, Bonnie & Clyde, Toy Story 3, Tropical Storm Bonnie) and yet not even in the top 1000.
September 13, 2010 at 12:53 PM
How fun! Amongs the many other possibilities floating around in my head, I would probably suggest Matteo and Heidi (in honor of my mother).
C in DC says
September 13, 2010 at 11:20 AM
Old-fashioned names that have yet to make a come back and maybe won’t – Edna, Minnie, Linda, May/Mae, etc.
September 13, 2010 at 9:32 AM
Poppy! I think it’s adorable.
September 13, 2010 at 8:48 AM
I’ll pick Luella. It’s a family name.
September 13, 2010 at 5:43 AM
September 13, 2010 at 12:58 AM
This would be so much fun! I would want to read about Augusta and Thaddeus! I love those names 🙂
September 12, 2010 at 7:33 PM
Cool way to celebrate your 1,000 post! If I win, I’d like to learn more about Ziva and Alya. I like the names, but would never use them, sadly.
September 12, 2010 at 6:08 PM
Congratulations on your 1,000th post and thank you for creating my first-stop-of the-day website! At the risk of sounding slimey, I don’t know what I’d do without Appellation Mountain!
Now, it’s lucky I would have a few months or so before I had to pick because there are so many names that spring to mind. However, I would have to say the first is Louvane; of all the Roberts and Anns on my family tree, my Great-Grandma Irene had this French-fried gem as her middle name and it’s become something of a family mystery. Just where did her parents pick THAT up from? Anyway, I’d love to hear about it, but everyone’s comments indicate that they would chose just fine names so I can’t wait for this week, whoever ‘takes over’.
September 12, 2010 at 3:11 PM
Ooo how exciting!
My teaser choice – Morwenna
September 12, 2010 at 3:08 PM
You’ve brought this lurker out of hiding! I love this contest idea. If I were to win, I might choose Moira.
September 12, 2010 at 2:25 PM
What a great idea! My pick- Paikea, because Maori names are woefully underrepresented. Or maybe Myckynleigh, just for fun.
September 12, 2010 at 1:48 PM
What a neat idea! I’m game with the family name: Pamela. I know it’s not on everyone’s list, but what a honey sweet name!
September 12, 2010 at 6:01 PM
Lola! You’re back!
September 12, 2010 at 1:42 PM
I am following you, silently, for a while. When I saw this, i though, lets throw my favourite girls and boy name in!
If I win, Id like to know more about Finley, Rowan, Riley, Quinn and Wyatt
September 12, 2010 at 11:20 AM
September 12, 2010 at 10:40 AM
This could be fun! I’m in a “B” name kick lately, so I’d suggest Brian and Bonnie.
September 12, 2010 at 10:01 AM
I would love your take on Radegonde and Disciole 🙂
September 12, 2010 at 1:46 AM
What a cool idea! I’ll play with five pretty common Finnish names that appear in the Finnish nameday calendar and, I think, have the potential for being discovered in the English-speaking world as well: Elina, Aili, Kaisa, Janne, Miko.
September 12, 2010 at 1:04 AM
Awesome contest! Maybe the suggestion I’d emailed to you: the K names of the 60s (Kurt, Kevin, Kyle, Kirk, Kent). Maybe the names in my own favorites list: Caroline, Natalie, Louisa, Suzanne, Zoe. For boys: Grady, Andrew, William (hate Liam but love Will), Peter.
If I have to suggest just one for your consideration, I’ll go with Miller. It’s a surname in my family tree, but not an occupation name that I’ve heard in use.
Christina Fonseca says
September 12, 2010 at 12:02 AM
I like this take-over idea. Glynis has always caught my fancy.
Lady Gwyn says
September 11, 2010 at 11:57 PM
Hmmm…maybe Timmerie, a name on a random girl I met at VBS years ago. Or, Paul after family members. Or, Paulette, Brynna, or Carly? It would be really fun!
September 11, 2010 at 9:03 PM
Whitney Gigandet says
September 11, 2010 at 8:16 PM
Oh my goodness, how exciting would this be! I would have to be selfish and choose my own name, Whitney – I’ve never cared for it much so I’d be thrilled to see any sort of positive connotations about it 😉 I’m unsure of exactly who else I would choose, but at the moment I’m thinking Dominique and Wisteria would definitely be among them.
September 12, 2010 at 9:47 AM
Whitney – your name has already been done (back in 2008):
September 11, 2010 at 7:37 PM
I might write about Leonie or Lark. Have you written about Otis yet?
September 12, 2010 at 1:52 PM
Lark: Name of the Day: Lark 30nov09 https://appellationmountain.net/2009/11/30/name-of-the-day-lark/
Otis: Name of the Day: Otis 01jul08 https://appellationmountain.net/2008/07/01/name-of-the-day-otis/
(I remember these b/c they’re favorites of mine!)
September 11, 2010 at 7:20 PM
Hm… I’d do Tullia, maybe, or Rosalind. Picking five would be fun!
September 11, 2010 at 6:50 PM
Sounds like fun…I’d love to know more about Charlotte and Charmaine. They’re interesting names.
September 11, 2010 at 6:11 PM
Hmmmm I might try to keep it in the family with a boy name like Lane, and even go crazy with my hispanic side like Jaime (High-meh).
September 11, 2010 at 5:17 PM
the blind preacher’s daughter in Flannery O’connor’s first novel, Wise Blood: Sabbath Lily Hawks.
September 11, 2010 at 4:37 PM
This is awesome!!!
I don’t know what I’d choose, the possibilities are endless!! Ideas I’m thinking of now are Padma, Rosamund, Magali, Guinevere, Margot, Giovanna, Angelique… And of course I’d throw in a few boys names! Maybe John or Antoine.
September 11, 2010 at 4:02 PM
Great contest! I’m in:
I would choose a Persian name, like Manijeh or Parastoo.
Or maybe, since it would be around X-mas, names like Merry or Hollie.
September 11, 2010 at 3:45 PM
Well, it would sure be fun picking five… and daunting! Old school like Douglas? 70s/80s throwback like Corey or Valerie? Modern surname (inspired by a neighbor girl) Presley? Trip to Argentina (or ABBA-land) with Fernando? Or Vanina? Off to Russia for Galina or Oksana? Or inspired by cousins with an Indian names like Suninidiya…. goodness, it’s a fantastic idea!
September 11, 2010 at 3:40 PM
I’ll play and I’ll pick… Bruno.
September 11, 2010 at 3:49 PM
Shoot, I just checked and Bruno was a NOTD in 2008, so I’ll pick — Truman.
September 11, 2010 at 3:18 PM
Ah, cool! A name I can find little about: Icel
Saw it on a pioneer grave in Washington State.
September 11, 2010 at 2:55 PM
Really cool idea!
Charlotte Vera says
September 11, 2010 at 2:46 PM
My vote is for Alfred, I don’t know why, but I really love the name. I would probably also include Cedric, since that’s one of Mark’s favourite names and one of the few that we can both agree on liking.
September 12, 2010 at 1:55 PM
I remember looking at it when I was pregnant with Oliver – it was on my shortish list.
September 11, 2010 at 2:43 PM
I’d like to talk about a name like Susan, which would actually be quite unusual for a girl these days despite soundling boring to many adults. Maybe also another name whose gender usage is being contested or one that I think would be nice for a boy again after being mostly usurped by the girls.
September 11, 2010 at 2:48 PM
Sorry for the “soundling” typo; “sounding” is correct.
September 11, 2010 at 2:29 PM
Ooo… Sounds fun. One name I might chose would be Valkyrie. When my husband and I talk about names he has only put in 2 suggestions.. Valkyrie is one of them.. could be a fun one to learn more about
September 11, 2010 at 1:06 PM
I’ll put in my choices. How about if I win, maybe I’d suggest something like Cornelia or Carmela or Carmen…or maybe not a C name; maybe something like Danielle or Denise or Dinah…or maybe a boy name like Basil or Frasier or Rock…the possiblities are endless.
Um, would you please add Rock, Danielle, and Frasier to your BNotD list anyway?
September 11, 2010 at 12:43 PM
Well, I just checked and I can’t believe you’ve already posted about Liesel and I didn’t know! I’d have to go back through my name notebooks to be sure but one of my choices would be a family name that I’m still trying to get my husband to like: Talmadge. Very fun idea!
September 11, 2010 at 12:07 PM
Oooh, this would be a cool birthday present! 😉
I would be selfish and ask about my name: Katherine Elizabeth, maybe see what you can do with my maiden name, Calder, and then toss in a couple of names I like but you haven’t done yet.
September 11, 2010 at 1:01 PM
Happy birthday, Kayt!
September 11, 2010 at 1:02 PM
Awww, thanks! If you were in state, you guys would totally be invited over. We’re doing a burrito bar in about an hour!
Have so much fun!
September 11, 2010 at 12:05 PM
ok i’ll play with one of the names i’d love to know more about, anthea