Sunday Summary: 7.4.21If you’re in the US, I hope you’re enjoying the long holiday weekend!

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Hard to believe the year is halfway over already!

I found myself reviewing some of the amazing celebrity baby names from the first half of 2021: Ida Lupine, Sterling Skye, Grace Warrior, Able “Abe” Phineas, and Rhodes Robert all stood out. Here’s one pretty comprehensive list if you’d like to pick your own favorites. That said, we live in a fragmented age. This list still misses lots of social media personalities, athletes, and others who command just enough attention to potentially change the names we choose for our children.


Speaking of being halfway through the year, Nameberry released their most-viewed names for the first six months. It’s a pretty wild list this time around. I mean, Lilibet makes sense. But Danger – whoa!

Everything you ever wanted to know about how we’re using the letter X right now. While none of the individual points surprised me, looking at the whole picture – and the numbers! – how big the letter X has become.

Nancy took a look at African-inspired baby names circa 1971, courtesy of a Jet magazine column. At the same time, Alix @thenamementor has been partnering with @babynamesafrica on Instagram for gorgeous possibilities inspired by African languages and cultures.

I loved this conversation about how to name a fifth. It’s one thing to break a pattern when you’re debating whether to hand down a name the third time. But if you’re already the IV … wow, I think I’d really want to hand that name down again. But finding a nickname that allows your child his own identity matters, too.

The Ballinger Family’s YouTube channel is new to me, but I enjoyed their discussion about names for the newest addition. It’s fun to hear what the younger siblings suggest, from the silly (Rolly Thingie) to the maybe-why-not, like Frank! 

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That’s all for this week. Thinking of you!
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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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