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Brother Names: Finding a Middle Ground

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He says her favorite names are weird. She says his suggestions aren’t for her. But does this couple have more in common than they think?

K writes:

My husband and I are having a boy. We are struggling with a name and could really use your help!

Our older son is Levi Henry.

Most of my husband’s favorite names don’t really appeal to me. His list includes Everett, Oliver, Kendrick, Kenyon, Lincoln, Ellis, Ezra, Truman, Spencer, Trevor, and Eli.

My list is Finn (Phinneas Wilder, called Finn), Gray/Grey, Kipton, Cohen, Rowan, and Grant. I like Felix, too, but I can’t decide if it strikes me as too unusual.

I like names that are a little less common, but I don’t want it to be so unusual that people have no idea how to say or spell it. The other type of name that appeals to me is an old name that’s new again.

My husband thinks my list is “weird.” From his list, I think Oliver is okay, but too popular. Everett, Lincoln, Ellis, and Truman are on my maybe list. Ezra might be fine, but with a son named Levi, it seems like we’re sticking with Biblical names, and that’s not the case.

Our girl name for Levi was Leah Eleanor. My husband still really likes it, and I’m still ok with it. But I’d prefer Eleanor with Elle for short.

Our last name ends with -son, so names like Grayson and Emerson are out.

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Baby Name Advice: Use the Name You Love

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By Abby Sandel

When it comes to baby naming, here’s my number one rule: Use the name you love.

That sounds straightforward. And yet, as we consider names, we come across all sorts of concerns – often from those closest to us.

The result? A shortlist of three or four great names starts to seem much more complicated.

Most objections are based on generational differences, or others’ personal preferences. It’s good to listen – remember Poppy Montgomery’s story about the near-naming disaster her father-in-law averted? But for every serious, name-changing observation, a great many comments are best ignored.

Here are nine frequently-cited concerns that shouldn’t come between you and your favorite name.

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Unusual Baby Names: A search for the unique

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They’re looking for a bold name for baby number two! Can you help brainstorm unusual baby names–word names or vintage gems that are seldom heard in real life – but still sound like names? 

Nikki writes:

My daughter will be 2 years old when this baby is born in late October.

Her name is Arliss Lorraine. I have a great aunt named Arlys but never really met her … that was random! I got the name from the little boy in Old Yeller. I knew that was THE name when I saw the movie as a child. It is unisex and we didn’t find out the sex of the baby so it was perfect. Lorraine is a family name on both sides, but honestly, I just like it – it’s a bonus that people thought it was in honor of them!

Our second child is another delivery surprise.

If it is a boy, I love word names, but my husband has said NO to a lot of them – Thief, Sweep, Season, month names. The middle name for a boy will be David.

For a boy, we’re considering Sterling – but is it too ritzy? We also like Revere, as in Paul Revere. But it doesn’t really roll off the tongue.

Roane is a family name on my side. It’s pronounced row – ane, like Jane or rain. It was my late grandfather’s name, but I think it would work for a boy or a girl.

If it is a girl, we like Maple, Mabel, Ardelle – another family name, but just like Arliss, not really naming her after anyone, and Mora Gene, a Southern double name. (We live in the South.) Another middle name option is Story.

Rudolph is our last name. Yup, like the reindeer.

I’m drawn to A, M, and S names. Marlowe and Sloane were both on the list at one point. I like water names, but I don’t love Lake, and River is too popular.

Having a name that no else has is a big thing for me. I’m not a huge fan of nicknames.

I love that I have a story about naming Arliss, and I’m kind of sad that I don’t have that for this one!

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Welcome to the thrilling and mysterious world of parenthood.  And welcome too to the new and radically different world of baby names. In the interest of helping you make the best possible name choice for your child, here is your initiation guide to all that’s changed since every kid was named Jennifer and Jason.

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8 Biggest Baby Naming Mistakes …

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We hope you caught the great segment on this morning’s (Tuesday) Today Show featuring Abby giving her typically sage baby name advice to pregnant staffers Dylan Dreyer and Savannah Guthrie! Watch the video here.

By Abby Sandel

Your new baby is here, and you? You have a ballpoint pen and a blank form to complete, asking for your child’s name.

Chances are you’ve been thinking about this for at least a few months already, but it’s easy to feel overwhelmed: infinite choices, endless opinions, and one very small human being counting on you to get it right.

Maybe you’ve never named so much as a turtle. Or maybe you’ve been dreaming up names for your children since you could read. Either way, there are thousands of ways to give your child a great name – and only a few pitfalls to avoid along the way.

Here’s your go-to guide for what not to do when choosing baby names.

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