Place your bets, name aficionados! It’s time for the first-ever March Madness event at Appellation Mountain.

Round One matches up the Top Sixteen names from 2010. Vote for your favorite in each of the eight polls below, and check back next week to see who makes the cut for the quarter-finals. We’ll crown the victors after the close of voting in the fourth and final round on Saturday, March 26.

The literary Dashiell (1) versus the wild Wolf (16)

The Irish Eamon (2) versus the ever-so English St. John (15)

A surname match-up: Huxley (3) versus Cohen (14)

Subdued color name Gray (4) v. Old Testament Tobias (13)

Otto the palindrome (5) v. colonial cool Nathaniel (12)

Kelly green Cian (6) v. très français Etienne (11)

The Scottish Lachlan (7) v. the Glee-ful Finn (10)

Sharp Archer (8) v. leading man Liam (9)

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What do you think?


  1. My hardest choice was between Otto and Nathaniel, two names I really really like. Most of the other names I’m ehh about.

  2. I feel guilty for voting for St John. It’s comically snobby a la Digby, Jocasta or Bunty but I really like it as a middle, and I cannot stomach Eamon.

    I always blank on Etienne. It’s one of those few names my brain will never process correctly and it’s frustrating. Cian wins by default.