It was a sunny December Friday, a red-letter day thanks to my guest post at Nameberry on The Art of the Smoosh. It is always a privilege to spend time at their site, and I was thoroughly enjoying the comments.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear but a mention of Appellation Mountain on Lisa Belkin’s The Motherlode blog at I printed a copy for my mom, and wondered if it would be cheating to fold the print-out so “New York Times” and “Abby Sandel” were smooshed closer together.  (Today has a theme, I think!)

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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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  1. This is so fun! It’s neat to be ahead of the trend curve for once 😉 haha! That was a great post, as usual!

    Now I just hope this doesn’t slow down my name-post reading 🙂

  2. Congratulations on the NYTimes shout-out! Also, fabulous nameberry post as always. It’s fun to watch your popularity grow!

  3. And I can say, “I knew her when…” even though it’s not technically true. I still claim the connection. Back in the day, you were Verity, anonymous, well-liked name nerd on Yahoo! Answers. 🙂

    Congratulations on a job well done! Your blog is amazing; I’m continually recommending it to pregnant friends who I think could use the help.