About Abby Sandel

Whether you're naming a baby, or just all about names, you've come to the right place! Appellation Mountain is a haven for lovers of obscure gems and enduring classics alike.

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  1. I voted for Casimir, but Ishmael was right there on top with him… I choce Casimir for my sister’s sake, she LOVES it, mostly due to Sufjan Stevens song ‘Casimir Pulaski Day’ which according to my friend is one of the best and honest portrayals of Christian life in song. I must say it is heartbreakingly beautiful, and I very much understand why my sister likes the name so much 🙂

    1. Me too, but i don’t think its going to win! Might i ask what interests you about it? Irish heritage but pronounceable does it for me!

      1. Its similarity to Ferdinand, and a general curiosity about its origin. I’ve come across the other names, but not Ferdia — always a draw!

  2. I voted for Ishmael mainly for my husband. He loves this name, but I haven’t warmed up to it yet. Maybe an Appellation Mountain post will do the trick!