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Name Sage: A Sister for Juliet and Celia

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Erin writes:

I am due at the end of September. I already have two little girls – Juliet Selah and Celia Edaleigh. I need help with a third girl’s name.

We narrowed it down to Rosalie Jemma or Edie True, but I am open to suggestions.

I want to include a tribute to my dad who was James Edward (Jemma is like James or his initials which were JEM) and Edie is a play on Edward. I have also thought of using Milla, a tribute to my maiden name Miller. Please help me. It is keeping me up at night.

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Name Sage: Naming Nora’s Twin Brother

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Miguel and Shawn are expecting twins this fall! They agree on a name for their daughter: Nora Rose, a choice with significance for their family.

But they are stuck on a name for Nora’s twin brother.

Miguel writes:

We agree on our son’s middle name: Manuel, after my father and both my grandfathers.

First names we have considered include:

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Name Sage: But I Like All 42 Names!

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Amy writes:

We are expecting our second little girl in the next few months.

We found the perfect name for our first daughter, Viviana Rose. We call her Viviana, Vivi and Viv. I love the nickname options. We also love that it’s classic with a twist so that it’s out of the US Top 100.

Now we’re expecting another pretty little girl and I need a name that can live up to the fullness, warmth, and femininity of Viviana. It has to feel right on a child, but also appropriate for an adult.

The problem is that we’ve already used our favorite name, and picking another name is just leaving me feeling deflated.

I have 42 names on my name list. I can’t even believe I’m admitting to that in writing. 42! I like them all. They’re nice. But nothing has that same sparkle.

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Name Sage: Grandma Hates the Name!

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M. writes:

We’re expecting our first child, a son, in a few months. Our dilemma is this: my mom really wants to know our chosen name, but I am not sure if I want to share it.

I love my mother, but she’s very opinionated. She disliked having an uncommon name, so she gave me a very popular one.

We’ve chosen Lawson Christopher for our son. It’s obviously not a common first name – though a search of Social Security records reveals Lawson is at its most popular in 2014, so maybe we’re on the cusp of the name taking off!

I’d like to get some honest feedback on Lawson Christopher.

Also, is there a nice way to NOT reveal the name until he’s born and it is his, or is there no real way to avoid rejecting my mom here?

If we choose to tell her, how do I steel myself adequately against any negative opinions? I’ve thought this through, and this is the first name that feels like *him*, if that makes sense. How do I stay confident, even if the reaction of my mom is a negative one?

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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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