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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.

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.
How Not to Choose the Next Big Baby Name
Mon Nov 22 2021

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.
Ask the Name Guru: How to Have More Fun Naming Your Baby
Tue Nov 02 2021

Ask the Name Guru: 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.
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.
Baby Name DNA: Introducing the future of baby naming
Tue Jun 01 2021

Baby Name DNA: Introducing the future of baby naming

Baby Name DNA is a revolutionary tool designed to analyze your name style and match you with the perfect names.
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!
Cool Boy Names Stand Out
Wed Jan 13 2021

Cool Boy Names Stand Out

He says Ziggy. She says Cam. When it comes to casual cool boy names, how different is too different? And what’s the best compromise name for their son? The Name Sage weighs in with some fresh possibilities that should please both parents.
Joyful Names Honor Grandma
Wed Dec 16 2020

Joyful Names Honor Grandma

They want to honor grandma with their new daughter’s name. Except grandma’s name? Gay. Time to reinvent this family name for the twenty-first century, either by meaning, sound, or some combination of both.
How Not to Steal a Baby Name
Wed Dec 02 2020

How Not to Steal a Baby Name

Two sisters, one favorite name for a daughter! The Name Sage talks about avoiding name theft in families. Plus, we’ll explore the positives of knowing your niece has a great name – even if it takes an option off your list.
Challenging Family Traditions
Wed Nov 18 2020

Challenging Family Traditions

Challenging family traditions can make naming a child even harder! The Name Sage talks through an expectant mom’s best options for finding a compromise.
Picking the Perfect Multilingual Name
Sat Nov 14 2020

Picking the Perfect Multilingual Name

A name that works across languages AND which you love? No problem — read our top tips for getting the balance right.
Confronting Name Regret
Wed Nov 04 2020

Confronting Name Regret

They’ve brought their new baby home, but now they’re confronting name regret. Let’s work through their best options for re-naming their daughter. But should they re-spell her name, use her middle, or start fresh entirely?
Narrowing Down Your Name List
Wed Oct 07 2020

Narrowing Down Your Name List

Narrowing down your name list can be the hardest part! Let’s help Jessie choose the right name for Eloise June’s new sister from her top favorites: Annabelle, Marceline, and Sylvie.
Handling Celebrity Name Theft
Wed Sep 23 2020

Handling Celebrity Name Theft

The Name Sage weighs in on a case of celebrity name theft. They’ve long planned to name their new daughter Lyra. With just weeks to go, does Ed Sheeran’s announcement change their plans?