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Happy April!

First, a very warm thank you to Michelle Horton (also known as Early Mama) for including Appellation Mountain in her best baby name blogs round-up.

It’s fascinating to spend so much of my time in a niche that didn’t even exist just a few years ago.

Elsewhere online:

That’s all for today.  As always, thank you for reading, and have a great week!

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 had a dog called Fidelio, after the opera. He ended up being called Fiddle. He was adopted by a new family as Fidelio. They independently nicknamed him Fiddle. Fiddle as in violin is sweet, but the other fiddle…

    I’d be steering well clear of Fidelia…as lovely as it is.
    Well fiddle dee dee. 🙂

  2. Love River Grey! Coda is a big NO-NO for me. In the Deaf community, CODA stands for “Child(ren) of Deaf Adults”. It refers specifically to hearing children born to deaf people…it isn’t a negative thing at all but to meet a child named Coda would just seem strange and feel so wrong.

    1. Coda is also a musical term.

      My own name is a common acronym for a number of organisations.

  3. At least little Lottery Lament can go by the super cute Lottie. River Grey is gross to me and makes me think of it as literally a gray river (like murky and polluted). I prefer Gray to Grace ten-fold, but here I think River Grace would be better. Oh wait is it even a girl?

      1. Still makes me think of mucky pollution… Adjective names shouldn’t be used with noun names IMO (ahem, Ivy Blue).