Searching for, thinking about, and talking about names is one of the most absorbing, exciting, and downright fun parts of expecting a baby.

But it’s not always one of the easiest. Family and friends may have name ideas that conflict with your own, you and your baby’s other parent may discover you have hugely different notions of what makes a great name, and you may find you need help in working out the best sibling or twin names.

Click through for our advice, honed over 20 years of writing about names in our books and in our column for Baby Talk magazine, on: