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Welcome to Nameberry’s newest column, The Name Sage. Every week, Nameberry’s 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.

Sibling Names: 3 P’s in a Pod?

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Their children are named Paisley and Palmer. Now they’re expecting number three, and they’re asking themselves: to P or not to P with this sibling name?

Amanda writes:

My husband and I are expecting our third (and final) baby in September. We currently have two children, Paisley Raine and Palmer Reed, and are having a hard time answering the question everyone wants to know. Will new little sister’s name start with a P?

While both of our children share the initials PRM, it wasn’t intentional on our part. We just happened to fall in love both names. Part of me is afraid that little sister will feel left out if her name has different initials, but my husband feels differently.

We truly have no list at all. We like unique names, but nothing too crazy. I’m a teacher, so I like names that I don’t hear every year. My husband likes names with a Southern feel.

Thanks for your help!

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We have more choices for naming our sons than ever before. But that doesn’t mean its easy to find a traditional but modern brother name for Elliott Wilder.

Jenn writes:

We have a baby boy due late August–we’re thrilled that our son will have a brother, but boy names did not come easily to us last time, and we’re dreading the task on this go around.

We finally settled on Elliott Wilder–to us, it had a classic/literary vibe with a side a spunk.  Nothing we can think of now quite matches up.

Current short list is kind of all over the map and includes August/Gus, Arthur, Kit, Miles, Oscar, Finn, and Wells.  Thinking of middle names to help balance the particularly “cutesy” first names we like (re: Finn, Kit) back toward something more classic/enduring has also been challenging (we’re not super fond of the longer form versions of those names, like Finley or Christopher).  I’m also looking to avoid names that are becoming too trendy/common in my neck of the (urban) woods (Felix, Oliver, Henry, etc.).

Thanks for your help!

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Nature Names for Boys

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Their firstborn is Cedar. Now they need another nature name that’s just as perfect for his little brother.

Lisa writes:

We have a son named Cedar, and we’re expecting another boy in September.

If it was a girl, we were considering Aurora, Juniper, or Sequoia. I know Juniper and Sequoia could be used for boys, but we are hesitant.

We’re looking for another unusual name, preferably one that has no religious connotations, references nature – we especially love plant names, is easy to spell and pronounce, and feels somewhat gender neutral.

His middle name will be my (German) surname; last name is my husband’s (Irish) surname, which is also a common first name and sometimes causes confusion.

We’ve considered Jupiter (but is it too out there?), Hawthorn/e (too surname-y?), Zephyr (too close to Cedar?), and Salix (the Latin genus for willow trees, but maybe too confusing?)

Thoughts and suggestions welcome!

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Sibsets: Finding a name for baby #3

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They’ve set quite the pattern with their first two kids’ names! Now they’re expecting again, and need to complete the sibset with a name they love every bit as much.

Valerie writes:      

We are struggling with a name for our third child.

We have a son, Christopher Joseph, and a daughter, Gwendolyn Grace. They are primarily called Kit and Gwen or Gwennie.

I feel like it’s much harder to name each consecutive child because I feel like I keep setting up themes that I want to continue, but I want each name to sound sufficiently different from the others.

Between our two existing children, these are the themes we have going:

– Three syllable, traditional name

– A spunky, short nickname

– An animal associated with each child (a kit is a baby fox; Gwendolyn is affectionately referred to as Wendybird, a Peter Pan reference)

I also like that they have different starting consonant sounds and different middle vowel sounds.

If our third child is a girl, we think we’ve found the perfect name: Eleanor Pearl with the nickname Nora.

For a boy, we’re stuck. We have names that we like, but none perfectly fit within the themes and criteria I’ve set up. His middle name would be James.

We’ve considered:

Theodore, nn Teddy – It shares the same vowel sound as Gwennie’s name.

Augustus, nn Gus Gus and Gwen share a consonant.

Milo – Not three syllables and no nickname, plus missing an obvious animal association.

Our third child might be our last, so I don’t want to leave them out of any of the themes we have in our naming. At the same time, I want to adore their name in its own right.

Any suggestions you can think of? Thanks for your help!

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They’re naming a sister for Jack, but so far, nothing has that wow factor. What’s the best name for their new daughter – Margot? Felicity? Or something they haven’t thought of yet?

Deanna writes: 

I’m expecting a girl due in July. We have a son named Jack. His name was easy to choose; I loved it for years. My husband wasn’t always on board but grew to love it. He’s never been “wow”ed by any name I’ve mentioned.

When I was pregnant with my son, I was certain that if he was a girl, her name would be Felicity. But now, I don’t feel that way. I still like the name but keep waiting for something else to wow me! It’s like it’s not enough this time.

I want a name that’s recognizable but not too common. We’ve also considered:

Emilia – But it’s too popular.

Celeste – My husband isn’t sure.

Margot – I worry some people will look puzzled when they hear it.

Sabrina – A favorite, but we had a cat by the name. Still, not an absolute no.

My husband’s name is Cory, so any name starting with Cor, like Corinne, is out.

Any suggestions?

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