Happy Cinco de Mayo! It’s the fifth of May, and the start of my seventh year of blogging Baby Names of the Day.
Appellation Mountain was launched in January 2008, and, desperate for ideas, I decided to profile a different name every day, beginning on May 5, 2008, with Juniper.
A few days into the experiment, I decided to ask the (tiny) audience for suggestions. This was the beginning of the rich and vibrant community that I’m so privileged to be a part of today.
This week also marks a very important change: this is my last week as Director of Community Services for the City of Hyattsville, Maryland. It’s the kind of job I always imagined I’d have when I grew up – incredibly fulfilling, constantly challenging, impossibly interesting. It’s not just work. It’s also home, and so I’ve had all the reason in the world to make sure that this small town, in the big ocean of metropolitan Washington DC, thrives.
But it has been increasingly difficult to have enough hours in the day for the demands of my job and this website, to say nothing of my opportunities at Nameberry, with the tremendous support and encouragement of Pam and Linda, as well as, well, life.
After much discussion with my husband, I came to a big decision.
The blog wins.
I submitted my official resignation last month.
And so I’m celebrating Cinco de Mayo, and my last week of juggling a little bit too much, with a give-away. Yes, it is the ever popular win-your-own-week!
One lucky reader will get to choose all five of the names that will be featured the week of June 23rd.
You can enter three ways:
- Leave a comment on this post with a name that you would love to see featured
- Comment on the link to this post on the AppMtn Facebook page
- Tweet a name suggestion to @appmtn
Should you be the actual winner, you don’t have to include your originally suggested name in your final list. And please make sure that I can contact you – so if you leave a comment on the website, please use an email address that you check occasionally!
The winner will be announced on Saturday, May 10.
I can’t wait to hear what you suggest, and good luck!
Christina Fonseca says
Back from vacation. Just in case I still have a chance of being selected, I nominate Daleyza. congrats
Congrats to you! 🙂
Good luck with everything Abby! My suggestion is Rialta, although I don’t expect lightning to strike twice 🙂
congratulations Abby! i’d love to see Roxelana featured on App Mtn
Congrats and yay! the blog wins!
I would like to see Fidelma featured.
I would like to see Travers featured. Yes, we just watched Saving Mr. Banks and I was literally thinking what a cool name Travers is when my husband said, “Travers is kinda a cool name!” I love that my name nerdiness is wearing off on him ; )
Congratulations on your last week at work!
I would have the hardest time picking 5 names! But I would love to see Junia.
Congratulations! This is a fascinating site.
I would like to see the name Hilary featured. Hilary with one L, and as a name primarily for girls. I seldom see it suggested on name sites for people wanting an H name.
Congrats on your new adventures!
I’d love to see Trygve as NOTD.
Congratulations! How exciting to be able to pursue something so creative full-time! I would love to see the name Maxie featured.
C in DC says
Wow! That’s a big change. Congratulations! It’s definitely Hyattsville’s loss.
How about Carmen or Carmelita as the NOTD?
I would love to see your insight on Watson. Happy Anniversary and thank you for brightening my days for the past few years!
Fabulous news! Congrats on both the anniversary and your new, less stressful schedule. I’m currently crushing on the name Ciel and would love to see it featured.
Yay, congrats! My name is Anouk.
British American says
Congratulations on your anniversary and for the blog winning out over your job. That must have been very hard to juggle family, blogging and work.
I would love to see Liadan featured and congrats!
This site is one that I check every day. Your Sunday post is always a delicious treat to read in the afternoon, and the NOTDs are really eye-opening. Congrats on your six-year achievement!
My humble name suggestion is: Herschel
Congratulations and many well wishes for the future!!
I’d love to see my grammy’s name featured–Judith!
Many congratulations, Abby! I’ve always been curious about the Swedish female name Hillevi 🙂
Yay for anniversaries! I’d really like to see a post about the name Adler (although I had a hard time choosing)
I would love to see Aisling featured. Congratulations on this new chapter!
Brooke Cussans says
I don’t know how you manage to maintain this blog to such a high standard (and post so often!) with a job and a family! For six years! I’m in awe 🙂
Congratulations on making such a brave choice, I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for Apellation Mountain 🙂
So exciting about the new adventure! Congrats and good luck!
I’d like to suggest the name Radouane.
Ali Lynne says
So exciting! My suggestion is Ailsa. Can’t wait to see what the winner picks (: love researching names through this blog!
Congrats! This blog has been one of my best pregnancy discoveries. I’m interested in the name Alida.
Congratulations on your amazing anniversary, and exciting new life changes! 🙂
Mitchell or Ainsley
Congrats!!! I would like to see Laila featured as NOTD.
Congratulations, Abby! You have built a wonderful site.
I suggest Everard. I also love Filipa’s suggestion of Mafalda.
Congratulations! I’d like to see Angelia profiled.
Congrats! I’d love to see Lazarus covered.
Congratulations! I’ve read your blog for 3 years and very much enjoy your intelligent and well written commentary. The name I would like to see featured is Demelza.
Many congratulations, both on 6 years of Appellation Mountain and on your big news. All the best for the changes ahead!
Oh, congratulations! I started reading in mid-2009 when I was pregnant with George, and you’ve seen me through three pregnancies and two babies. Best wishes on this exciting new step! I feel like you’ve profiled all my faves (and both my kids!) but I’d love to see you do Magdalen/e/a.
Happy anniversary and congratulations on being in the lucky position of being able to choose between two jobs you love! I’m happy you chose the blog!
I’d love to see Solveig featured.
Awkward Turtle says
Happy Blog Anniversary!
I suggest Herminia.
Zena Eve says
Happy Anniversary! You had a rare chance to choose between two jobs that you enjoyed, I hope that you continue to have enjoyable opportunities in the name sphere of the internet.
I would love to see Isaaca or Diana.
Congrats on 6 years! I’ve been a daily reader since Feb. 2011 and its hard to believe I’ve been following you that long, much less that you have been able to keep it up for so long. Kudos!
There are sooo many names that I would love you to profile. But first and foremost, I’ll suggest my son’s name, Wiley. Its been mentioned on several lists, but never as a Name of the Day.
I would love to see Ginevra featured.
Congrats on your life change 🙂
I’d love to see Asenath featured.
Elizabeth Williams says
I would love to see a write-up on Wallace.
Congratulations on your semi-retirement! I grew up in College Park, next door neighbor to Hyattsville. My grandparents lived on the street behind ToysRUs, and Prince Georges Plaza was where we did our shopping!
Happy Anniversary! My name choice would be Hayden, the name of my oldest grandson. I love how it works for both boys and girls.
I would like to suggest Arnold.
Happy 6th Anniversary!
I’d love to see Willa featured, along with how close it is to William. It’s my #1 girls name as a tribute to my grandfather William.
Congratulations! I would like to suggest the name Daphne.
Congratulations! All around exciting news! I would love to see Percival covered.
Congratulations! What wonderful news!
I’d love to see Starling featured.
Congrats on the big news 🙂 I would love to see Alden covered!
Congratulations Abby and good luck!! 🙂
I’d like to suggest Mafalda!
Megan M. says
Amazing news! I’d love to see Dare featured.
Happy 6th birthday to the site!
I’d like to see Tiziana. It’s been my favourite name for ages and there doesn’t seem to be much information about it.
Congratulations on 6 years! I’d like to see Nevada featured. I recently discovered that it was my great great grandmother’s name who was full Cherokee native American.
Kendal Barriere says
I’d like to see a particular name I submitted to you before that has some political overtones and that you said you didn’t want to cover because you encounter politics regularly on your job – but since you’ll no longer be working there maybe it’d be time to do it (if you forgot I’ll remind you if I’m selected). I don’t want to say the name here because I don’t want to start the possible comments here (that will wait until the name is actually covered).
Ack – Kelly, I vaguely remember that conversation but I cannot recall the name! Would you resend it to appmtn (at) gmail (dot) com, please?
Congrats! I would love to have Todd featured.
Wow! Six years! What an achievement!
I know how hard it is to juggle a busy career with blogging, but, frankly, I’m in awe at how much name-goodiness you’ve manage to generate whilst juggling a family and a career. It’s wonderful for us that you can devote more time to AppMnt. Big things in the future hopefully!
I’d like to see Canute, the name of my favourite historical figure.
yay! this is great news. I would love to see Ffion featured.
Marilla would make an awesome notd 🙂
Happy 6th Birthday Appellation Mountain! My suggestion is Osiris.
Congratulations on your new less-to-be-juggled life! Can’t wait to see what is in store for you. Good luck! 🙂 Kelli
I’d like to see Attila featured.