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Name Sage: Naming Kiddo #4

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Elisabeth writes: 

I am great with child, due March 25. My babies have all come early, so we are literally down to the last few weeks!

It has been increasingly difficult to decide on a name with each pregnancy. This is Baby #4. (And no, I don’t know if we’re done yet!) We have Luke Tyler, Sadie Lynn, and Cannon Covey. We tend to fall into the “name them what you’re going to call them” camp. All the middle names are family names, and we plan to use a family name for this little lady too.

My husband leans more toward popular names. I’d prefer something much less popular. Luckily we do agree on quite a few:

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Maria writes:

We are expecting a baby in July. We’re not finding out the gender – but that’s proving to be extremely difficult when it comes to names!

If it’s a girl, we have a list as long as my arm: Willow, Hazel, Lace, Maple, Olive, Violet, Eva, Sylvie/Sylvie, and Ruby.

For boys, I like Lars, Banjo, and Oak. But I cannot find any names that my husband and I both love.

I prefer older names, and don’t like traditional names like John or William. Can you suggest a boy’s name that would be similar to the girl’s names I’ve listed?

July is a long way away at the moment – but at the rate we’re going, if this baby is a boy he’ll be nameless or called Violet!

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Jackie writes:

We’re expecting baby #4 in early Februaryit’s a girl! – and are totally stuck on a name.

We already have three children: Eleanor Casey, called Ellie, and then twins, Tessa Lillian and Drew Morris, named for my great-grandparents, Lillian and Morris.

This time around my husband and I are having a hard time agreeing on anything!

Here are the names we’re considering, but not totally sold on:

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Name Sage: Reinventing Bernice

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Kelsey writes:

We have Penelope June and Malcolm Redding, and we’re expecting our third! My wonderful grandmother died a few days after I found out I was pregnant and we’d love to honor her if this baby is a girl. Her name was Bernice Vera.

My problems: our last name begins with an S and ends with a Z so I tend to steer very clear of first or middle names ending in S. Also, I like Bernice but I’m not sure that I love it.

What options do you see here? I know sometimes people honor relatives with a similar name. Do any stick out to you? Does Bernice S****z run together too much and sound muddy? Should we just put Vera as a middle name and call it good? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Name Sage: A Sibling for Mars

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Leonie writes:

My wife, Anita, and I are expecting our second child in late January. She insisted we keep the gender a secret, since that’s what we did with our son, but we have run into a very important problem:

We can’t decide on a name!

Anita loves shorter names. For a boy, she loves Ezra, Asher, Miles, Finn, and Liam. For girls, she adores Thea, Lila, and June.

However, I prefer longer names. For boys I have dreamed about having a Maddox, Graham, Everett, Grayson, or August. Girl names are trickier for me, but names like Florence, Harper, Everly, or Josephine have caught my attention. Although I think we might settle on Thea for a girl, if we can’t find another compromise, since that’s one of the names I don’t mind.

Our first child has a longer name with a nickname, and that might work again. He’s named Marcus River, although we call him Mars.

As for middle names, neither of us have any special honor names in mind. River was the name of our hometown, and the only sentimental name we had lined up. Since we’re huge nerds, though, and we both loved the new Star Wars movie, we considered Finley as a middle name.

Our last name sounds like Carson.

Time is running out for us, so we’re open to a lot of suggestions!

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