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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.
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.
Name Sage: How About Ambrose?
Wed Nov 17 2021

Name Sage: How About Ambrose?

Their firstborn is named Henry Nolan. Now he's going to be a big brother, and her favorite name is Ambrose. But ... is it just too much? Or the next traditional name ready for revival?
Name Sage: Spirited Names for Rosie's Sister
Wed Nov 03 2021

Name Sage: Spirited Names for Rosie's Sister

They love their firstborn's name - Rose "Rosie" Teresa. Now it's time to name her sister and their frontrunner is Lola. Does it work well with Rosie, or can we find a better name for their new daughter?
Name Sage: Third Boy Needs a Cool and Traditional Name
Wed Oct 20 2021

Name Sage: Third Boy Needs a Cool and Traditional Name

She had a long list of girl names ready to go. But it's a(nother) boy! Let's help them find a great name for Jack and Jude's new brother.
Name Sage: Naming a Sister for Nora Penelope
Wed Oct 06 2021

Name Sage: Naming a Sister for Nora Penelope

Nora Penelope is going to be a big sister! The Name Sage helps her parents find a traditional, slightly offbeat name for their new addition.
Name Sage: Naming a Sister for Harris and Jude
Wed Sep 15 2021

Name Sage: Naming a Sister for Harris and Jude

Lisa has two boys named Harris and Jude and doesn’t know where to begin naming a third child. What’s the right name for their new sister?
Name Sage: Debating Another A Name
Wed Sep 01 2021

Name Sage: Debating Another A Name

Alexander and Aurora will soon have a new sister! But will her name begin with an A? Caroline's favorite name doesn't begin with an A, but she frets that she'll regret breaking the pattern.
Name Sage: Choosing Classic Names for Boy-Girl Twins
Wed Aug 18 2021

Name Sage: Choosing Classic Names for Boy-Girl Twins

Their family is growing, but their list of favorites is dwindling with each new arrival. Now they’re naming boy-girl twins and their list is pretty much blank! Time to ask the Name Sage for fresh ideas.
Name Sage: Strong Girl Names Like Margot
Wed Aug 04 2021

Name Sage: Strong Girl Names Like Margot

Imagine you had the perfect name picked out ... until your boss gave it to her daughter weeks before your due date! Holly and her husband are scrambling to find a strong girl's name they love every bit as much for their firstborn, and need our help.
Name Sage: Girl Names Tied to Symbols
Wed Jul 21 2021

Name Sage: Girl Names Tied to Symbols

Their daughters' names have built-in symbols: a moon for Luna James and a flower or bird for Lilia Wren. Now they're expecting a third girl, and need a great name with an equally appealing sign.
Name Sage: Vintage Boy Names to Match Esme
Wed Jul 07 2021

Name Sage: Vintage Boy Names to Match Esme

They were thinking of naming Esme’s sister Arden, Imogen, or Sabine. Except it’s a boy! Now they’re back to square one, and asking the Name Sage for some different-but-not-crazy options for their son.
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: A Sister for Sofia, Amalia, and Eloise
Wed Jun 02 2021

Name Sage: A Sister for Sofia, Amalia, and Eloise

They're looking for girl names that work in Spanish and English to go with sisters Sofia, Amalia, and Eloise. This time, they'd love to find a non a-ending name. Bonus points for a literary tie-in, too! The Name Sage dreams up some choices for their new addition.
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: The Cat Stole Our Baby Name
Wed Apr 21 2021

Name Sage: The Cat Stole Our Baby Name

The arrival of a new family pet has upended their plans for what to name their new son. What's the best alternative to John-called-Jack? The Name Sage weighs in on this family's cat-astrophe.
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: Replacing a Favorite Name
Wed Mar 10 2021

Name Sage: Replacing a Favorite Name

She knew honoring her grandfather Irv with the name Ivy would be perfect for their daughter. But her husband isn’t on board. Now what?
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: Spirited Names Match Imogene
Wed Feb 10 2021

Name Sage: Spirited Names Match Imogene

They love quirky, vintage picks with plenty of energy. Their first daughter’s name is Imogene Hazel May. Now Imogene is going to be a big sister, and they need a spirited name to match! Time to ask the Name Sage for some fresh ideas.
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.