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Baby Name Advice

Advice on choosing baby names is the focus of these news stories and features, which include advice on choosing middle names and family names, on finding the right baby names, and on navigating name disputes.

The Art of the (Baby Name) Breakup
Sun Feb 05 2023

The Art of the (Baby Name) Breakup

Baby name struggle? You're not alone. A lighthearted take on how to break up with those on-off name loves in style!
It’s Okay to Change Your Baby’s Name
Sun Jan 08 2023

It’s Okay to Change Your Baby’s Name

Considering changing your baby's name? Baby name regret is not as uncommon as you think. We talk to parents who made a change – and some who ultimately chose not to – about their experiences.
How Not to Choose the Next Big Baby Name
Tue Dec 20 2022

How Not to Choose the Next Big Baby Name

How do you avoid choosing the top baby name of the future? Crystal balls at the ready! Here are our five top tips for predicting the future popularity of your favorite names.
How to Have More Fun Naming Your Baby
Sun Nov 27 2022

How to Have More Fun Naming Your Baby

Sure, baby naming is fun in the abstract, but when it becomes real, some parents-to-be are left stressed and overwhelmed. How can you make the process enjoyable again? We have seven tips for how to have more fun naming your baby.
Test-Driving Your Baby Name
Sat Nov 26 2022

Test-Driving Your Baby Name

Here are five ways to test out how a name will work in real life.
How to Pick the Perfect Multilingual Name
Sun Nov 06 2022

How to Pick the Perfect Multilingual Name

Finding a name that works across languages AND which you love can be a challenge — and an opportunity to tie cultures together. Read our top tips for getting the balance right.
How Not To Name The Baby: Top 10 Baby-Naming Don’ts
Thu Oct 20 2022

How Not To Name The Baby: Top 10 Baby-Naming Don’ts

Beware of these common mistakes many baby-namers make.
Unique Twin Names to Inspire
Thu Oct 20 2022

Unique Twin Names to Inspire

Unique twin names can be a challenge to find, but also great fun! Here are some uncommon twin name pairings with subtle connections to inspire you.
9 Timeless Rules for Naming Your Baby
Fri Aug 26 2022

9 Timeless Rules for Naming Your Baby

You may not be using your mother's baby names, but some baby-naming rules make as much sense now as they did when Jennifer and Jason were newborns.
Baby Name DNA: Name Generator of the Future
Thu Jul 21 2022

Baby Name DNA: Name Generator of the Future

Baby Name DNA is a revolutionary name generator designed to analyze your name style and match you with the perfect names.
Updating Popular 1950s Names
Fri Apr 01 2022

Updating Popular 1950s Names

If you’re looking for ways to update popular 1950s names for a modern baby, the good news is that there is plenty of scope for creativity! You might choose a fresher version of the name or look to meaning or key sounds to find clever ways to reinvent important honor names.
Should I Change My Toddler's Name?
Wed Jan 19 2022

Should I Change My Toddler's Name?

Kelsey's daughter Rylee coincidentally shares a first and last name with a distant cousin, one year older, who happens to live in the same small town. Should she change Rylee's name to Remi, the runner-up? She might prefer Remi anyway... The Name Guru weighs in.
What the Name Sage Knows: Ten Secrets to Loving Your Child's Name
Wed Dec 15 2021

What the Name Sage Knows: Ten Secrets to Loving Your Child's Name

In her farewell column, the Name Sage reflects on the secrets to choosing a name you love - and what happens after you've completed your child's birth certificate.
The Best Baby Name Advice
Mon Dec 13 2021

The Best Baby Name Advice

The best baby name advice from our readers, including how to choose a name with your partner, looking for a name with meaning, and following your heart.
Can I Name My Child After Myself?
Mon Dec 06 2021

Can I Name My Child After Myself?

Mom's name is Rebecca — can she have a son named Beckett? Or is it arrogant to name a child after herself? The Name Guru weighs in on the situation.
Name Sage: Honoring Grandma Elaine
Wed Dec 01 2021

Name Sage: Honoring Grandma Elaine

There's no question that this baby's name should honor grandma Elaine. But what's the best way to transform this elegant, feminine favorite into a choice for a grandson? The Name Sage has the answers.
Ask the Name Guru: Can I Use an Honor Name Without the Honor?
Tue Oct 19 2021

Ask the Name Guru: Can I Use an Honor Name Without the Honor?

Erin and Michael's favorite name for their baby girl is Nora — coincidentally connected to a grandmother that doesn't make the honoree shortlist. Can they use the name Nora without an association with Grandma? The Name Guru shares her take.
Rainbow Baby Names Honor and Comfort
Mon Oct 11 2021

Rainbow Baby Names Honor and Comfort

Rainbow baby names can be a way to remember the past and look to the future. Be inspired by names meaning comfort and hope, storms and rainbows, and other ways to honor memories in a name.
Name Sage: Defining Classic Girl Names
Wed Jun 16 2021

Name Sage: Defining Classic Girl Names

They know they love classics with cute nicknames. But naming a sister for Benji and Will has proved more challenging than expected. Let’s help them find the perfect name – bonus points if the nickname is Elle/Nell.
Name Sage: Japanese-inspired Names for Raiden and Renzo's Sister
Wed May 19 2021

Name Sage: Japanese-inspired Names for Raiden and Renzo's Sister

They're living in Japan, so their new daughter's name needs to bridge two cultures - just like brothers Raiden and Renzo. Plus, they're hoping for something that feels meaningful to their family. The Name Sage tries to check all the boxes!
Name Sage: Finding a Dutch English Compromise for a Son
Wed May 05 2021

Name Sage: Finding a Dutch English Compromise for a Son

Westen’s little brother is here – and nameless! Should he be Silas or Willas? And if not one of those names, what works in Dutch as well as English – and goes with big brother Wes? The Name Sage weighs in with some fresh ideas, and thoughts on brokering a compromise.
Name Sage: Finding Dramatic and Unexpected Baby Names
Wed Apr 07 2021

Name Sage: Finding Dramatic and Unexpected Baby Names

When your first child is named Ravenna, her sibling (probably) won't be Ryan or Jane. The Name Sage weighs in on choices every bit as dramatic and unexpected for baby number two.
Name Sage: Matching Sibling Names ... or Not?
Wed Mar 24 2021

Name Sage: Matching Sibling Names ... or Not?

They love ancient Roman names, and chose Aurelia for their daughter. But now it’s time to name her sibling, and they’re at a crossroads. Do they stick with Latin-inspired names from way back when … or embrace some of their more modern favorites?
Name Sage: Debating a Name Theft Dilemma
Wed Feb 24 2021

Name Sage: Debating a Name Theft Dilemma

One of their favorite boy names is already used – twice! – by families in her extended circle of friends. Now they’re debating a name theft dilemma: can Ezra still go on their list, or is it taken?
Name Sage: Seeking Timeless Names
Wed Jan 27 2021

Name Sage: Seeking Timeless Names

They’re not sure what to name their firstborn. But they’re certain the right name should be easy to spell and easily recognizable. Ideally, they’d love to choose timeless names, too. Sounds reasonable, but it’s more of a challenge than they expected!