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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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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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Rule-Breaking Baby Names

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They have a well-established formula for naming a son, but this time nothing feels quite right. Is there something they’ve overlooked? Or is it time to break the rules?

Rachel writes:

We are expecting our third child and I am stumped on a name if it’s a boy. Our two oldest are Alexander Adlai, called Xander, and Ezekiel Bryce, called Zeke.

I love classic, multi-syllable first names with an easy nickname and the Z/X/K sound.

We have considered Dominic/Nic, Nikolai/Kole, Malachi/Kai, and Maximilian/Max but none of them seem to be the one.

What have we not thought of or considered?

We also take into account name meaning, so bonus points if it’s more significant.

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Update: Cora’s brother has a name!

They gave their first two daughters traditional, feminine A names. Should they stick with that style – and letter! – or try something new if their next baby is a girl?

Holly writes:

My husband and I are happily expecting our third (and last) child in October of this year. We have two girls, Amelia (Mia) Noelle and Alexandra (Lexi) Seeley. While we don’t know the gender of this little one, I have a strong inclination that we will have three girls in our future.

If we do have a boy, we’re all set. We’ve had our boy name picked out for nearly a decade.

Girl names however, turn into a word association game. I’m not convinced we need to go with another name that starts with A, though my husband seems to think that this little one will be left out if we don’t. I can’t find any that I absolutely adore; like yes, but not enough to say “That’s the name!”

We have Aurora, Anastacia & Audrey. Other names we’ve discussed are McKenna (DH likes McKenzie which I don’t), Julianna, Teagan, Tarryn, Lochlyn, Grey (a variation on our chosen boy name), Oriana (DH says it reminds him of Oreos), and Leigha/Leighton.

I know our girl names both start & end with A’s as well as they are princess/royal names. Middle names always come from somewhere in the family.

Please help! I feel like this little one will be nameless forever.

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