I would go with names that begin with a Say or Suh sound and a middle that has a soft 'g'. But, anyone can work, although I think the 's' name should have an 'a' sound in it.
I'm not sure if these are your style, but what about a name ending with 's' and the middle name being Agnes, Agatha or Agate?
Something to lead to "Saige"...
I think Sophie/Sophia is a perfect name for you because it comes from Sophos, meaning wisdom, and a "sage" is a wise person, so even if you just name her Sophie/a, I think you could call her Sage without the G middle name.
Another option would be to research different types of the sage plant and see if one of them could be used for a name, and then you could call her Sage because her name came from a type of sage plant. For instance. Sylvia sounds kind of like Salvia which is the formal name for the common sage plant. There's also Artemisia, which is the formal name of sagebrush. This may sound like a stretch, but it doesn't sound like you mind stretches. :) Just trying to throw out some options.
You could also just name her Saige or Sage. It's very close to Paige, which is a perfectly acceptable name for a child or adult. As is Sage -- I'm just trying to give examples of other names that are similar to maybe make you feel better about it. I would love to meet a little Sage and I think she would grow into a lovely woman named Sage. It might be easier than explaining to people how you came up with her nickname. :)
I thought of another good one... Sadie Gemma.
My first thought was Sienna Gabrielle.
Thank you all for your replies! We were actually choosing between Hannah and Sophia with our older daughter (but chose Hannah because we thought it went better with Maddux, who is her twin). I have always loved Sophie, but since it sounds more nick-namey I would definitely give her the name Sophia. Sophia Gage lends itself very well to the nickname Saige (and I love it!), but dh is not fond of the masculine middle name. He's considering Paige, though, so I may get to call her Saige with no questions asked! We are having a similar struggle over boy names- he loves the name Cole but I think it's too short, so he's considering going with my suggestions of Cullen or Callan so that he gets to use Cole. Life is full of compromise!
I immediately thought of Sadie Paige or Sarah Paige... which to me could easily become Saige. But, to answer what you're actually looking for...
Sophia Paige is actually quite lovely. I still think you could call her Sage just from Sophia though, since it means wisdom and that's what sage means as well. That actually seems like less of a stretch than getting it from S. Paige. Just my opinion, though. You have to do what's most comfortable for you. Good luck!
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