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

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Good Names with Bad, Bad Meanings
Mon Nov 23 2020

Good Names with Bad, 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. So does meaning matter?
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.
Illegal Baby Names Banned Around the World
Tue Jul 07 2020

Illegal Baby Names Banned Around the World

These illegal baby names are so outrageous, they wound up in court.
It’s Okay to Change Your Baby’s Name
Mon May 11 2020

It’s Okay to Change Your Baby’s Name

Baby name regret causes a lot of guilt and anxiety, but let’s break the stigma! Check out these positive stories of baby name changes that really worked.
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.
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The Art of the (Baby Name) Breakup
Mon Feb 10 2020

The Art of the (Baby Name) Breakup

Baby name struggle? You’re not alone. Top tips from our resident baby name relationship counselor on how to break up with those on-off name loves in style!
Study Ranks Most Controversial Names
Mon Dec 02 2019

Study Ranks Most Controversial Names

A British parenting website has determined the UK’s Top 10 most divisive names for girls and boys. Chloe tops the charts on the girls’ side, with parents arguing over whether it is “sophisticated and upmarket” or “downmarket and Essex.” Jaxon and spelling variation Jaxxon were most controversial for boys. Parents in favor claim the name is “sharp and contemporary,” while critics assert it’s “not spelled properly.”
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?
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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!
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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!
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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!
Who gets to judge your baby’s name?
Wed Sep 12 2018

Who gets to judge your baby’s name?

This week’s name news includes a baby boy named Amber, triplet girls named after a car, and a comprehensive look at the name Paul.
Baby Name Doubt: Is This Name Too Different?
Tue Sep 04 2018

Baby Name Doubt: Is This Name Too Different?

They chose a name for Lucy’s brother, but now they’re having doubts. Should they reconsider the name that got away? Kelsey writes: We’re due November 24 with a boy. My husband and I decided to name our son Callahan Samuel and call him Cal.  Samuel is a family name, so that part is sticking. We […]
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