HappyMDayThis might set a record for the latest I’ve ever posted a Sunday Summary – it’s already after 9:30 as I type the first few words!

It’s been a wild weekend here. Friday was the release of the new most popular baby names data in the US, which sort of feels like Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl all rolled into one. I wanted to take a victory lap – I predicted that Benjamin and Harper would enter the US Top Ten, and they did!

And, of course, I also wanted to dig into ALL OF THE DATA. I can wander around in it for hours, especially after the amazing Natalie wrote and said that her amazing husband Brian had whipped up a spreadsheet comparing all of the Top 1000 names from 2014 to 2015. Would I like a copy? Yes, yes, and yes!

But this weekend’s main event took place in real life. My daughter made her First Communion, and we had lots of family in town to celebrate. Happily, this coincided with Mother’s Day.

And so here I am, at 9:43 PM now, yikes! – typing this post.

I’ll have much more to say about the new stats in the coming days, but for now, let’s take a look at all of the baby name news – data-related and otherwise:

We’ve also had a bumper crop of celebrity babies. (Michael Phelps, there must be a story behind that name. Please share!) SO much to think about, but for now, I’m signing off.

Wishing all of you a very Happy Mother’s Day. And if this is holiday is difficult for you, sending warm thoughts your way.

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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