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 have always loved Bastian. If I have another son, I plan on using this name. Neverending Story, ftw!

  2. Happy, happy birthday to Appellation Mountain, and congratulations on all your achievements Abby.

    I searched the birth records and found lots of people called Amen, male and female (born recently too), and tons called Prayer, tending to male but unisex. Also a girl called Ave Maria! 🙂

  3. Happy birthday AppMtn! This has fast become my favorite website. I wish you the best of luck for many more name-filled years to come 🙂

  4. Happy birthday! I love this blog – it’s one of my favorites.

    Speaking of Design Mom, I recently discovered Gabrielle’s blog and I love her kids’ names.

  5. Congrats on 4 years! I’ve been around for about 3 1/2 of them and love it! I get my daily fix and refer others here for your great write-ups. Looking forward to many more posts 😀

  6. Happy Birthday! Here’s to another four years and many more to come! I look forward to your blogs every day, it’s become a part of my daily routine.
    I’m in love with Bastian. It kind of reminds me of basilik, which gives it more of an edge for me. 🙂
    Amen isn’t so unusual for me…I grew up with a lot of friends from Africa and Haiti, and Amen is a name I’ve seen amongst both communities. In fact, I had a friend named Amen and another named Lovelys (both male). I think I’ve also seen it on a Middle Eastern man before.
    I’m really not a fan of Ginko as a name. At all. Especially on a female. The Ginkgo root is better known (nowadays) as a herbal alternative to viagra. So, for me, naming your daughter Ginko is the equivalent to saying that she’s a cure for male impotence. Even though the spelling is slightly different, it’s still too close, both in spelling and pronunciation, for me to like it.

  7. Happy Birthday Appellation Mountain!

    I really like Traverse, for a totally geeky reason. On the South Dakota/Minnesota border there’s a spot called the Traverse Gap. It’s crossed by the Northern Continental divide so Lake Traverse on one side flows north, ultimately draining into Hudson Bay. While Big Stone Lake flows south, draining into the Mississippi River.

    Ledger is strictly credits & debits to me.

    1. Traverse is kind of a cool place name. Again, not a name I would use personally, but definitely an interesting pick on someone else.