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 love these beautiful, thoughtful, wild names! I think it is a gorgeous sibset as well. Thank you for sharing.
    ps I love Delphine as well, but hubby nixed it.

  2. I love the names of her children, and her name stories. I’m honestly hoping she has ten additional children, just so I can read how and what they choose.

  3. Thank you, all! It will so much fun to share these stories, and I know my daughters will be glad to have them someday. Lemon, I’m actually not sure I’d even thought about the reversal of the ‘a’ and ‘o’! As for our third, should it be another girl, I’m leaning toward Eple Kate. Of course, that means very, very little: I also have twin names arranged, and about ten other possibilities for single baby names, and by the time a third happens, they’ll all have been replaced! But, of course, the third will be a boy, for whom I’ll have zero names dreamed up!

    Abby, thank you for sharing our stories! I can’t wait to read more of them from other readers!

    1. Kristen,

      Well, I did think Amon (AY-mon) – variant of Edmund meaning “wealthy protector” – would be nice for a boy with Nona and Valo, but it ends in an -n like you didn’t want. It’s cool, though, right? Or, the Arabic Omar, which is just plain cool, especially with its “eloquent” meaning…

      Where does Eple come from, other than being the Norwegian word for apple?

      1. hmmm… I like Amon. All of my boy names are so loooooong, and Amon sure fits with our short-n-simple theme.

        Eple–really *just* comes from the Norwegian word for Apple. I had a very strong and beautiful dream in my last pregnancy regarding a silver apple and thought about using an apple-ish name. I got to Eple and Pomeline, but that whole idea faded out. Now I love it how it sounds with my girls names. My only reservation is that it is too close to Apple (especially since that’s it’s translation), such that it becomes one of those “unique spelling” names. But it sounds totally different to me from Apple, so it’s floating around for now!

  4. Nona and Valo are very unusual, but so gorgeous together. I love the stories behind your daughters’ names, they are so meaningful.

  5. I think Valo is totally cool. It’s got that familiar Val prefix and that on trend -o ending, so there is little reason why it couldn’t be a chart topper. I like it for a girl or boy, actually! Paired with June Reverie, it takes on an incredibly strong and striking feel, coupled with a feminine and ethereal glow – I just adore it!

    You know what else I love about Valo and Nona together, Kristen? Both have an A and an O, in reverse positions, and two syllables – and four letters! Perfection. Now, that’s my nerdy observation for the day – think you could keep that up for next time? An A name, perhaps?

  6. Kristen, I love that you managed to find names that were incredibly bold without being at all crazy. Nona and Valo – there’s no reason they couldn’t be as popular as Emma and Chloe.

  7. June ? It really is lovely.

    I’d steal Juniper Delphine if I hadn’t already used the first bit.

  8. Wow, Kristen! My first thought upon seeing her name was that I absolutely love the sound of Valo June. I know people with the surname Vallo, so Valo doesn’t seem that odd to me as a first name. I wasn’t quite sure how to feel about Reverie as a middle until I read your reasons for choosing it — now I’m glad you went with multiple middle names, too.

    When we had our son, we also had narrowed our choices down to a top three before he was born. And we also ended up choosing the one nearly everyone liked the least.