Private Name Consultancy

You say Alexandra, your partner says Andromeda.

Or you agree on Andromeda, but you're having trouble finding the perfect family name that works in the middle.

Or you've spent hours, days, or even months on Nameberry and you still haven't arrived at The Name.

We're here to help.

Nameberry's private name consulting service offers specialized packages with our own staff experts. And the results of every consultation are approved by Nameberry's cofounder, noted name expert Pamela Redmond.

Book an hour to help make your final decision or a series of sessions to take you through the entire naming process.

We work with parents searching for the right name for their newborn, adults looking for a new name for themselves, even people in search of a name for their yorkipoo or yacht.

The perfect name is out there — and we can help you find it. Check out our private name consulting packages below.

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The Tiebreaker

You’re down to two names but you can’t decide between them. We'll make the choice and tell you the reasons behind our decision. Intelligent alternative to a coin toss. $49.

The Decider

You’ve worked hard to put together a list of five or eight or ten names you like, but now you’re stuck. Which should rise to the top and which might you eliminate from consideration? We’ll order your list and convey the reasons behind our ranking. $99 for up to ten names.

The Middle Namer

You've decided on the first name and the last; it’s the middle that’s bedeviling. We’ll come up with ten ideas to fit your parameters, with reasons behind our choices. $129.

The Top Ten

You tell us what you’re looking for in a name, we’ll come up with ten hand-picked ideas that fit your criteria, including reasons for our choices. The Top Ten service can also work if you have a long list of names you're trying to narrow down to the Top Ten. Send us up to 50 names you like, we'll narrow them down to the ten best and tell you why. $299.

Family Tree Name Analyzer

We’ll help you map your family's names and find inspired choices that can honor family members in creative ways. $399.

The Reinventor

Whether you’re an adult in search of a new name for yourself or a parent suffering baby name regret, we can help you find a name that truly fits your identity. This is a full-service consultation that involves an initial one-hour meeting by phone or videoconference, an individually-curated list of ten names for your consideration including reasons for the choices, and a follow-up conference to help make your final choice. $499.

The One Namer

Send us an email with your last name, sibling names, and basic naming parameters, and we’ll name your baby. One name only, one to a customer. Satisfaction not guaranteed. FREE.

The Everything

If your question or quandary doesn’t fit into any of these service categories, you can hire us for $100 an hour to talk through any aspect of the naming process.


Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm is Nameberry’s Name Guru to the Stars and has advised celebrities (and other parents!) about baby names since 2015. She’s been featured in publications including the Huffington Post and People, and her writing has appeared in Today, the Huffington Post, and Considerable.

In addition to her job as a name expert, Sophie is a therapist in Chicago specializing in perinatal mood disorders including anxiety, depression, and OCD. She primarily works with parents on issues related to pregnancy and parenting (which occasionally means talking about baby names).

Sophie takes an interdisciplinary approach to names and naming. She considers the psychology, history, sociology, statistics, and creativity of names, which informs her work as a consultant.

Emma Waterhouse

Emma Waterhouse

Emma Waterhouse is Nameberry’s resident expert on British names and trends. Her writing on baby names has been featured in Today, Motherly, and the Huffington Post. As Community Manager of our buzzing baby names forum since 2018, she has advised hundreds of prospective parents on where and how to find that perfect name.

A linguist by background, Emma speaks several foreign languages and graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Russian and Polish. As such, she has a special interest in the origin and history of names, as well as in the process of cross-cultural naming.

Emma lives in beautiful rural England with her husband and three young children.

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond, the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry, is one of the world’s leading experts on first names. Redmond is the coauthor with Linda Rosenkrantz of ten ground-breaking books on names, starting with Beyond Jennifer & Jason, published in 1988, and including Cool Names for Babies and The Baby Name Bible. She is also the cocreator of the new name-searching tool, Baby Name DNA.

As a name authority, Redmond has been interviewed and quoted widely in media around the world, including appearances on Oprah, The Today Show, and CNN; articles in The New York Times, People, USA Today, and Vogue, and radio interviews with NPR and the BBC. Redmond’s own writing about names has been published in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and Readers’ Digest, among dozens of other publications.

Pamela Redmond is also a New York Times-bestselling author of the novel is Younger, the basis for the hit television show created by Darren Star, along with its sequel Older. The mother of three grown children and grandmother of one, Redmond lives in Los Angeles.

Redmond will personally review and approve all Nameberry private consultations.