Category: baby name advice
By Melissa Willets
There’s nothing like your first love. It’s uncomplicated, pure. It’s an easy love you don’t question or overthink. You simply enjoy the ride.
A second love can be just as beautiful, but there’s baggage now. You might battle insecurities, or fears that this relationship won’t stand up to your first love, or, ultimately, be what you want.
By a third, fourth, (or fifth, etc.) love, there’s even more baggage. You overthink everything, at every turn. What if this? What if that? And so it goes, no matter how many times you fall for someone.
Falling in love is actually much like the process of baby naming. Just stick with me… I’m thinking back to naming our first daughter. How, much like my first love, it couldn’t have been more effortless. Never did I feel any reservations that it was meant to be. Dana. Perfection.
They’ve narrowed down names for Cora‘s brother, but they’re still feeling stuck! Is the best name already on their list, or is it time to start fresh?
We are stuck! Our son is set to arrive in April, and we’re not in love with any of the names on our short list.
Our daughter’s name, Cora, felt right from the start. We’re not having the same feeling with any of our choices this time around.
I really like to use family names somewhere in the mix, and the meaning of names is important as well. Our daughter’s middle is Brewster, a family surname, and we’re considering Christopher, Cameron, Thornton, or Guy for a middle.
Some names we’ve considered:
They both have their favorites, but his list is way too short! Let’s come up with some more names for these first-time parents to ponder.
My husband and I are expecting our first child in a few months. We are definitely having a hard time agreeing on a name we both love.
We both like Elisabeth so that will likely be our middle name for a girl. (We know another girl with the name, so it can’t be the first.)
Our last name is Ukrainian, is three syllables, starts with Pr- and ends with -uk.
I’m hoping you can give us some more ideas that my husband may be open to. Thanks!
The Name Sage replies:
He says her favorite names are weird. She says his suggestions aren’t for her. But does this couple have more in common than they think?
My husband and I are having a boy. We are struggling with a name and could really use your help!
I like names that are a little less common, but I don’t want it to be so unusual that people have no idea how to say or spell it. The other type of name that appeals to me is an old name that’s new again.
My husband thinks my list is “weird.” From his list, I think Oliver is okay, but too popular. Everett, Lincoln, Ellis, and Truman are on my maybe list. Ezra might be fine, but with a son named Levi, it seems like we’re sticking with Biblical names, and that’s not the case.
The Name Sage replies:
By Abby Sandel
When it comes to baby naming, here’s my number one rule: Use the name you love.
That sounds straightforward. And yet, as we consider names, we come across all sorts of concerns – often from those closest to us.
The result? A shortlist of three or four great names starts to seem much more complicated.
Most objections are based on generational differences, or others’ personal preferences. It’s good to listen – remember Poppy Montgomery’s story about the near-naming disaster her father-in-law averted? But for every serious, name-changing observation, a great many comments are best ignored.
Here are nine frequently-cited concerns that shouldn’t come between you and your favorite name.