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How to Find A Name You BOTH Love

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Nell writes:

We’re expecting our first child, and we’re keeping the gender a surprise.

We have no idea where to start with names! I like vintage like Ignatius, Posey or Nancy, and my husband is into the more trendy names like Mason or Parker or Ava.

Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated! I’m due in early January.

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Name Sage: We Agree on Nothing!

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Sarah writes:

My husband and I are expecting a little girl this winter. She will be our first child and we are both overjoyed! However, finding a name for our little one has proved to be quite the challenge.

I’m that girl who had her children’s names picked when I was ten. My husband has other ideas. Who would ever have thought we could have such different taste!

I am in love with the name Ruby and have been for sometime. I would like to name our little girl Ruby Beth or Ruby Ann.

He has been suggesting names like Cheyenne, Sahara, and Sierra. These are not names I would even want to consider, as my tastes run more along the lines of old fashioned and simple.

Other names I like that he has nixed included Laura, Addison, Ryan, and Annabeth. 

The only name we can come close to an agreement on would be to use Ann in some way in our daughter’s name.

At this point we are both at a loss and drowning in names that we cannot agree on! Any advice you can grant us would be such a great help!

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Name Sage: Honoring Grandma Beverly

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Christina writes: 

I’m just a few weeks away from my due date and my husband and I are having major naming blocks! With our first I knew her name before we were even married. My grandmother is Theresa and I knew Tessa would be the perfect way to honor that, as well as a beautiful name without being too unusual. 

This time around we’re trying to honor my husband’s grandmother who passed away earlier this year. But Beverly is a hard one for me to get on board with – and my husband agrees!

We’ve been trying variations on Beverly but haven’t really stuck on anything as a first or middle name. I’m not a huge fan of B names in general, but I could get on board with an E name. I have liked Erin for a while now, but still not sure it is The Name.


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Louise writes:

We have twin girls called Beatrice Willow and Amelie Isobel. We also had a little boy called Finnian Robert, sadly stillborn at 36 weeks. We are now expecting another girl in November. Any suggestions for something that would go well with our older kids’ names?

I like French influence in girls’ names. I would like something that goes with Beatrice and Amelie, but I can’t stand how common Amelie is now, and prefer the less used Beatrice.

I liked the name Roberta, but my husband has vetoed it. I love the name Willow, but feel I couldn’t use it since it is already Bea’s middle name!

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Name Sage: Girl Name Honoring Jacob

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Jennifer writes:

I am due soon with our third child and my husband and I are having some problems finalizing a name.  We have a common Jewish last name (also popular as a first name).  

We have two children, Milo Efrem and Reva Whitney.  While their names did take us some time to get to, we were in agreement and the process seemed easier than this time around.  Since my husband and I both have very common names, we wanted names for our children that are not overused but also not weird.

We are fairly settled on Iris for a first name, in honor of my Uncle Ira.  We would like the middle name to honor my husband’s grandfather, Jacob, called Jack, or the Hebrew version of his name, Yacob. 

My husband really likes Jaclyn or Jackie, but I have bad associations with this name and I can’t get on board.  I have been searching the baby name lists but nothing seems right.  I am open to names inspired by the honoree, without directly using the first letter, but I know my husband won’t go for something too non-traditional. 

Can you offer some other suggestions?  Or should I just learn to love Jaclyn?

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