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Welcome to Nameberry’s newest column, The Name Sage. Every week, nameberry’s Senior Editor, Abby Sandel, will answer one reader’s questions about naming a baby-on-the-way, or general baby name angst. And here’s the best part: we’d love it if you would add your thoughtful suggestions and comments to help expectant parents decide. The world needs more nicely named children, berries! Want to see your question featured? Please email namesage@nameberry.com. Be sure to include your due date.

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It’s an international baby naming challenge! Let’s find a boy’s name that wears well in Italian and German, and might have just a hint of Irish, too.

Julia writes:

We are expecting a baby boy in a few months. I’m Italian, my husband is German, we live in Switzerland and we met in Ireland.

Our daughter’s name is Lidia Isabella. We love the name. Lidia is vintage and not common, works well locally and internationally, is easy to pronounce in multiple languages and it keeps my Italian heritage, as the last name is German. Isabella was my grandmother’s name. It ticks all the boxes.

We are stuck with the boy’s name. It should work in multiple languages.

Options could be Lorenzo, Mattia (both very common in Italy but not abroad), or Adrian, but we’re not 100% sure.

We would like to honor my husband’s grandfathers, Klaus or Julius. But maybe we should use an English version of Klaus. And I’m Julia, so Julius could be a problem.

Considering our many years spent in Ireland, Aiden or Oliver and other Irish names appeal, as long as they can be pronounced and spelled outside of Ireland.

Many thanks!

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Girl Baby Names: A Compromise Needed

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He’s all about Lorelei. She’s convinced there’s another name out there. But what goes well with Jackson, Scarlett, and Logan?

Becky writes:

My husband is stuck on a name I don’t love.

We have three kids: Jackson Owen, Scarlett Olivia, and Logan Orion.

Now we are expecting our 4th (and final) baby, a girl due at the end of October. We had discussed possibly using a name that had long been on our girl lists with each child – Lorelei.

The issue is I don’t love it. I feel like I’m settling.

Also, I don’t love the repeating “L” names for the kids. They’re only a year apart as it is, so it seems matchy-matchy.

The middle name is set – Opal.

I want a name that I love, but nothing is right.

My husband won’t even discuss names at this point. He’s tired of the conversation and set on Lorelei. But if we had loved it I feel we would have used it for our older daughter – it was on her list, too.

I’ve suggested Evelyn, Vivienne, Honor, Parker, Stella, but they don’t seem right either. Help, please!

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Fresh Surname Names for Girls

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They love surname names, but can’t agree on the right one for their December daughter.

Erin writes:

We are expecting a little girl in December. We have two boys, Paxton David and Crosby Jordan.

We like surnames as first names, as you can see. For a girl, I like Emerson, Sawyer, and Greer.

My husband nixed Emerson, knows a family with a girl Sawyer, and is unsure of Greer.

His favorite is Davis. I don’t know if I’m 100% on board with Davis. What are your thoughts?

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Her husband is wild about Harry in the middle spot, but they’re struggling to agree on a first name if baby number three is a boy.

Emma writes:

We are expecting baby number three and are stuck for a name if the baby is a boy.

Our first child is a girl named Sage India, and our second is a boy, Rocco Finn.

I am trying to find something that matches with these and I like slightly unique names.

My husband would like the baby if a boy to have the middle name Harry so something that goes with that too would be great!

Top of my list for boys are Brewer or Fox. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Playing it Safe Baby Names

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They have a shortlist for their first child, but they’re torn. Do they use a long-time favorite? Stick with something more classic? Or start from scratch?

L. writes:

We are expecting our first baby later this year, a girl, and we are stuck on names.

For many years, I thought I would name my future daughter Chloe. My husband is okay with Chloe, but Olivia is his current favorite. I also like Olivia, but I’m not sure it’s “the one.”

We’ve also considered Whitley (but my husband doesn’t like it), Lauren, and Kinsley. When I read comments about the name Kinsley, it is mostly negative. Could I pull off a name I like but others will hate? Will I regret not using Chloe? Do I play it safe with Olivia? Go classic with Lauren?

I have read countless name lists and I go round and round with this same handful of names. Popular Nameberry suggestions such as Margot, Clementine, and Eliza don’t appeal to me.

Please help!

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