Category: baby name advice

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What to do when your last name rules out nearly every first name you love? An Australian reader turns to the Name Sage to solve the puzzle of a not-too-religious boys’ name that works with Lo.

Ping writes:

I’ve been reading your Name Sage posts keenly, hoping one might help us out. But our problem feels unique, and I’m getting genuinely worried, so I’m plucking up the courage to write in with our dilemma.

We’re pregnant with our third – and final – child, whose sex we’ve decided not to find out. We like the surprise!

We currently have two boys, named Archie and Jesse.

The kicker is, their surname is Lo. Turns out, it’s the HARDEST name to work with! Here’s why:

– Any names starting with B, F, G, or S would sound out as blow, flow, glow and slow!

– Names ending in ‘s’ or ‘x’ also roll into Lo awkwardly, making the sound ‘slow’.

– Names ending in vowels, especially if they contain ‘L’ in them, sound too sing-song.

So many of our favorite names fail these basic tests: Sasha, Leo, Louis, Seb, Benjamin. The only possibilities we have in mind are Roland – but is Rolly Lo too much? – and Reuben.

We have a few girls’ names in mind, but are stuck for boys’ names. Please help!

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They’d like to stick with another C or K name for their baby on the way. The only problem? None of their favorites feel like The One.

Calla writes:

My husband and I are expecting our second, and much wished for rainbow baby, in September. It’s a boy! We have a 5-year old daughter named Corina Rose. My name is Calla Rose and my husband’s name is Kaelin.

We would really like to find a name that begins with the letter C or K, but find ourselves only liking names that do not.

We both like the names Arlo, Jamison, and August, but I just feel like my poor little guy will feel so left out.

We have been down the list with Campbell, Corbin, Calvin, Caleb … nothing fits.

Please help!

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Cool Classic Baby Names

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They know their style: a mix of cool, classic names and rich meanings. But after successfully naming their first son and daughter, they could use some help with baby number three!

Jennifer writes:

My husband David and I are expecting our third child this December. Our son’s name is Luke David and our daughter’s is Claire Emma. We like classic names, easily recognizable but not ubiquitous.

The meaning and context of the name is especially important to me as well. I like the hero archetype of Luke Skywalker and Paul Newman‘s Cool Hand Luke for our first son.

For our daughter, I interpret the names’ meanings as “clearly whole,” a nod to the work of Brené Brown and her concept of living “wholeheartedly.” Claire is also the name of the main character in the first book my husband gave me when we started dating, A Time Traveler‘s Wife.

For boy names, we liked Christopher Francis, which are the names of our fathers who are still living. However, the baby’s due date is my father Chris‘s birthday and now it seems way too much.

For girl names, we like Lauren Elizabeth, but I fear Lauren seems dated. There are other Elizabeths in the immediate family which is why we are hesitating to consider it as a first name. Our last name starts with a J, and ends with a –son.

Can you suggest any empowering and cool classics for baby #3?

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Sibling Names: Stick with the theme?

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They’re looking for an E name to honor a loved one, plus they’d love to stick with their 4-letter name pattern. Options abound, but which fits best with Levi and Kali?

Hillary writes:

Help! My husband and I have decided to name one of our baby girls (expecting twins) with an “E” name in honor of my deceased grandfather.

It seems like we would have lots of great choices, but to make things trickier we want a name with just four letters.

We have a four-letter theme going because big brother is named Levi and her twin sister is likely to be named Kali.

Our current favorite “E” names are too long (Emanuelle) or too short (Eva). We like Eila, but fear dooming the child to explaining how to pronounce her name for the rest of her life. We also like Ellis, it resonates with Ellis Island where her great-grandfather immigrated through, but we worry it sounds too much like a last name when she will already have to deal with two last names.

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Science-Inspired Surname Names

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They chose surname names for their first two sons. Now they’re considering Edison for a third boy. Is it just the right mix of science and style? Or is there a better name out there?

Olivia writes:

I am due in May with our third boy. Our other sons are named Lincoln and Sullivan. We wanted something that fits nicely with that sibling set, preferably a surname as a first name, and preferably with a science “flavour” to it. Our surname ends in “er” which rules out nearly all names ending in “er” as it sounds too rhyme-y.

After scouring Nameberry for hours and then whittling down our list (including amazing names like Huxley and Forest) we have settled on Edison. We both love it, but I can’t help feeling like there is a better name out there. I never had this niggling feeling with my first two son’s names!

I am slightly concerned that having three names ending in “n” could be a bit cheesy. Am I overthinking? I feel like I need permission to stop looking, or some assurance that we haven’t missed a hidden gem and Edison is indeed the most perfect name for us.

Please help!

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