Name Problems and Disputes News

News on research and insights from experts on how to navigate problems and disputes around choosing a name.

60+ Good Names with Bad Meanings
Wed Feb 21 2024

60+ Good Names with Bad Meanings

Good names with bad meanings exist, and you might be surprised to discover some of the most popular names of all time among them. Here are 60+ of the best. Read them at your peril!
The Art of the (Baby Name) Breakup
Wed Feb 07 2024

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!
How to Have More Fun Naming Your Baby
Sun Nov 26 2023

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.
It’s Okay to Change Your Baby’s Name
Mon Nov 20 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.
20 Most Controversial Baby Names
Mon Jul 31 2023

20 Most Controversial Baby Names

What are the most controversial baby names? Be it a polarizing style or a potentially problematic association, we polled our members to reveal the top names parents might just want to do more research into before choosing for their children...
Illegal Baby Names Banned Around the World
Wed Jul 12 2023

Illegal Baby Names Banned Around the World

These illegal baby names are so outrageous, they wound up in court.
Interfaith Baby Naming: Finding A Perfect Compromise
Mon Oct 17 2022

Interfaith Baby Naming: Finding A Perfect Compromise

One couple's approach to bringing the Bible and the Koran together to find their perfect interfaith name.
Pronouncing “Difficult” Names (and Why It Matters)
Sun Aug 23 2020

Pronouncing “Difficult” Names (and Why It Matters)

Name pronunciation (and mispronunciation) is a hot topic right now. We look at the context behind “difficult” names and why proper pronunciation matters.
How to Name a Last Baby
Fri Feb 21 2020

How to Name a Last Baby

Naming a last baby can be a struggle. Honor name, or longtime love? A third B name, or break the pattern? Here are our top tips for naming a final child.
Banned Baby Names: Iceland Rejects Lucifer
Mon Nov 25 2019

Banned Baby Names: Iceland Rejects Lucifer

Add Lucifer to the long list of banned baby names in Iceland. According to a report from Iceland Monitor, the controversial choice was recently rejected by the Icelandic Naming Committee after parents tried to give it to their newborn son. Commenting on its decision, the Committee stated: “Since the name Lucifer is one of the […]
Are These Stars Guilty of Namenapping?
Mon Nov 25 2019

Are These Stars Guilty of Namenapping?

Last month, Lauren Conrad named her son Charlie Wolf—the same name as Zooey Deschanel’s son born two years earlier. There are no hard feelings between the two, with Deschanel telling US Weekly, “That was so weird, right? I don’t think she knew it.” Conrad, in her statement to the magazine, said, “It sounds like I’m […]
Baby Name Compromise: When he hates her favorite
Tue Nov 05 2019

Baby Name Compromise: When he hates her favorite

She loves Pearl, he advocates for Cilla–what compromise names can the Name Sage suggest?
Baby Naming Battles: They Don’t Agree on Anything
Tue Jul 02 2019

Baby Naming Battles: They Don’t Agree on Anything

They’re the baby battlers – the couple thrilled to be expecting, but struggling to find any one single name that they can agree on. Let’s help them find a great name for their son that they can both like. Annie writes: We are expecting a son in November, and my husband and I are in […]
Baby Name Dilemmas and Sane Celeb Choices…
Wed May 29 2019

Baby Name Dilemmas and Sane Celeb Choices…

This week’s baby name news includes starbabies, international and occupational names, baby name dilemmas and much more.
Baby Boy Names: Strong Classics
Tue Mar 05 2019

Baby Boy Names: Strong Classics

Our Name Sage seeks a strong classic baby boy name for Charlie’s little brother.
Popular Girl Names: Lost in the La-Crowd
Tue Feb 19 2019

Popular Girl Names: Lost in the La-Crowd

Is Lyla too much like other La-la names? See what the Name Sage thinks!
Baby Name Battles and How to Solve Them
Thu Feb 14 2019

Baby Name Battles and How to Solve Them

This week’s baby name news includes solutions to your most common naming dilemmas, an Irish name you’ve probably never heard before, the most popular names in all four corners of the USA, and more!
Boy Names: Seeking something fresh
Tue Feb 05 2019

Boy Names: Seeking something fresh

Is it harder to pick a boys’ name than a girls’? The Name Sage doesn’t think so, and offers some persuasive proof!
Nickname Names: Birdie, Bobby and Bobby
Wed Jan 23 2019

Nickname Names: Birdie, Bobby and Bobby

Nickname names in the news this week, plus animal names and the shift in name popularity.
Science Fiction Baby Names
Tue Jan 08 2019

Science Fiction Baby Names

The Name Sage helps this mom looking for a name from the worlds of sci fi and fantasy.
Baby Name Theft: Are We the Bad Guys?
Tue Dec 18 2018

Baby Name Theft: Are We the Bad Guys?

When someone close to you uses the name you’ve picked for your about-to-arrive son, what to do? The Name Sage has definite ideas!
Blending Baby Names for a Modern Brady Bunch Family
Tue Dec 04 2018

Blending Baby Names for a Modern Brady Bunch Family

The Name Sage offers her advice for a newly blended family. Vote on the poll!
10 Big Baby Name Questions That Keep Us Up at night
Mon Oct 22 2018

10 Big Baby Name Questions That Keep Us Up at night

For our 10th anniversary, Abby summarizes some of the BIG baby name dilemmas–and how to solve them
Would You Give Your Child a Name You Wouldn’t Want for Yourself?
Thu Oct 04 2018

Would You Give Your Child a Name You Wouldn’t Want for Yourself?

Some wide-ranging questions about how much is a name about you and how much about your child.
Girl Baby Names: Harlow, Cleo, or Willow?
Tue Oct 02 2018

Girl Baby Names: Harlow, Cleo, or Willow?

The Name Sage is faced with three similar names. Which one does she recommend? Add your opinion in the poll!