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Welcome to Nameberry’s newest column, The Name Sage. Every week, nameberry’s Senior Editor, Abby Sandel, will answer one reader’s questions about naming a baby-on-the-way, or general baby name angst. And here’s the best part: we’d love it if you would add your thoughtful suggestions and comments to help expectant parents decide. The world needs more nicely named children, berries! Want to see your question featured? Please email namesage@nameberry.com. Be sure to include your due date.

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Family Names: Yes, No, or It Depends?

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He’s all about family names, but she’s not convinced. How do they move forward when he thinks their son is already named?

Amanda writes:

My husband’s father’s name is John.  To incorporate the name he wants to name our son Jonathan Wallace, after grandpa and great-grandpa.

The dilemma? I don’t care for the name Jonathan!

Any ideas?

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Twin Baby Names: Double Delivery Surprise

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A double delivery surprise means four finalist names! If their twins are boys, they’re all set. But when it comes to girls’ names, they’re not sure where to begin.

Megan writes:

My husband and I are expecting fraternal twins in a few short months.  We have decided to keep the babies’ genders a surprise. As a result, we need to come up with four names (two boys and two girls).

We have two older children already. Our son’s name is Holden and our daughter’s name is Amelia.  We have a very common last name that starts with B.

We had no problem coming up with boy names for our twins.  We have chosen Miles and Emerson. If we have boy/girl twins, we have decided to use Emerson as the boy name.

We are at a bit of a standstill when it comes to girl names.  We don’t want any names that are too matchy, and would prefer names that do not have easily derived nicknames, but other than that we don’t have any real guidelines for names.

My top contenders are Hadley, Cora, Lila, and Margo.  My husband’s top contenders are Annabelle/Annabel, Maeve, and Elaida.  While we don’t hate each other’s choices, we don’t love them either.

I want names that I love as much as my other children’s names and our boy name choices.

We are quickly getting closer to the babies’ arrivals and we are desperate to find the right girl names. Do you have any suggestions for girl names to round out our list?

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They both have their favorites, but his list is way too short! Let’s come up with some more names for these first-time parents to ponder. 

Rachel writes:

My husband and I are expecting our first child in a few months. We are definitely having a hard time agreeing on a name we both love.

My favorite is Sienna Bryce for a girl and Oliver Jamison for a boy.

My husband doesn’t like much except Natalie for a girl or Owen for a boy. I do like the names, but I’m not in love, and I don’t want to settle on a name that is for life.

We both like Elisabeth so that will likely be our middle name for a girl. (We know another girl with the name, so it can’t be the first.)

I also like Emelia, Georgia, Selina, Casey, Annika, and Danica for a girl, and Lincoln, Emmett, and Archer.

Our last name is Ukrainian, is three syllables, starts with Pr- and ends with -uk.

I’m hoping you can give us some more ideas that my husband may be open to. Thanks!

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Boy Baby Names: More great choices for #5

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They’ve named four boys together – and they love every choice so far! Now it’s time for boy number five, and they’re out of ideas.

Kate writes:

My husband and I are expecting our fifth boy in a few months.

After naming four boys, it’s hard to find a name we both love! Our sons’ names are Max, Cooper, Jack, and Judson.

We like:

Theo – We have a nephew named Ted, but we never see him – so I think we could still use it.

Duke – I’m not sure I can picture this name for an adult.

Dash/Dashiell – My husband only likes the short form Dash, and I don’t know if that name would age well on its own either.

Do you have any name suggestions for our fifth boy that go well with our other four boys’ names? I want to find a name I will love just as much as the previous four. His middle name will be Christopher.

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Top Ten Girl Names: Too Popular to use?

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Their favorite name has been in the US Top Ten for years! Should they find something new, or embrace a very popular name?

Sara writes:

My husband and I are expecting our second daughter. We thought we had arrived at the right name, but I keep having second thoughts.

Our older daughter is Dorothy Katherine and our last name is a three-syllable, Czech name, starting with R. It’s a bit of a mouthful. We chose Katherine as her middle name because it was my grandmother’s middle name and my mother’s first name. We love the name Dorothy and she often goes by Dot as a nickname.

For our second little girl, we’d like for her middle name to be Ruth (we each have a grandmother with that name and really like it).

We thought we had landed on Abigail as the first name. I like the name a lot but my concern is that it’s too popular! My name is Sara and I was always the fourth or fifth “Sara” in my class.

I like Abigail because of its traditional, colonial connection. My other favorites are Harriet, Frances, Louisa, Beatrice, and Ida. My husband tends to like more modern names: Lisa, Molly, Maude. We both liked Penelope and Margaret, too. But at this point I feel like we’ve read over the same 20 names a million times!

We are totally stuck and only weeks away. Thanks for your help!

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