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Name Sage: If Not Riley, What?

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Nicole writes:

I love the name Riley James for my baby boy, but my husband is liking it less and less as we learn how popular it is becoming for girls.

We’d love some other suggestions – preferably not unisex.

Other names we considered:

Quinn – Also unisex

Henry – Too popular

Tucker – I don’t love it

Miles- Husband is unsure

The middle name will be James.

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Name Sage: Is This Name Too Popular?

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Sarah writes:

My husband and I are expecting a baby boy in late September. September 25th! His great-grandpa is Ezra and mine is Matthew. Ezra Matthew. Great, right?

However, I was one of four Sarahs in my graduating class of a small town high school.

Will Ezra become a super popular name? Like, Top 20 popular?

When do you think Ezra will peak? I realize this is a guess, but it’s the kind of thing I wonder about.

Do you think there’s any chance that Ezra will be mistaken for a girl?

We’re also considering other names, including Abraham and Ezekiel.

I would love to hear what others think!

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Name Sage: He hates my favorite name

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Tilly writes:

We’re expecting a baby girl and my fiancé loves names such as Britney, Sarah, and even Sally!   There is only one name that gets me excited when I think about naming our baby girl: Rory. I love it!

But my fiancé wants nothing to do with it.

I’ve even tried pitching Aurora so we could call her Rory but no luck. Also Rory for a girl’s name receives some backlash since it is originally a boy’s name. I’ve looked up similar names but have yet to find anything I like as much as Rory.

Any suggestions at all will be so helpful!

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Jasmine writes:

My husband and I are expecting our second child this summer. We thought we had chosen the absolutely perfect name. It’s the name that we have been calling the baby for months. It just felt so right. 

The name is Henry. We already have an Oliver and thought they were both good, strong traditional names.  

So what’s the problem?

My father drowned in a boating accident when I was four. Obviously, I was too young to know the details. Imagine my shock when I told my mother we were naming the baby Henry, and she replied that my father’s accident happened in Frederick Henry Bay.

I am absolutely devastated.

The other name we considered was Charlie, but it doesn’t have the same feeling as Henry did. I keep scrolling through baby name lists and nothing stands out. 

Some say it’s a good sign to use the name. I’m not sure, and yet, we can’t find another name we love as much.

I hope you can help! 

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The Agony of Choosing A Name

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by Paul Ratner

As my wife and I are counting down to the birth of our son, we are happy, eager, completely discomforted (well, that’s mostly my heroic wife) and stuck in agonizing limbo over choosing a name for our upcoming guy. It seemed like a simple enough thing to do. There are a million names out there to pick from. But immediately, we realized that choosing a name for this very new person is a tremendous responsibility. He’ll have to go through his whole life with it, responding dozens of times a day to the combination of sounds we pick out for him. And each such word carries the whole gamut of human experience in its letters.

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