Private Name Consulting

Nameberry's own name experts offer professional guidance on finding the perfect name.

Our name consulting packages range from personalized advice on a shortlist of names, to tailored name recommendations selected by our experts, to a private name concierge service to help you make the very best decision for a lifetime.

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

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Name Consulting Services

Expert Name Consultation — $100

An hour-long Zoom call with a consultant — follow-up name suggestions not included.

Custom Name List — $250+

Your choice between a curated list of 10 names plus analysis, or 50+ suggestions (names only). This package can be combined with the Expert Name Consultation.

Tiebreaker Analysis — $100+

Our experts will analyze your current name choices and pick the best option based on criteria you've provided.

The Name Concierge — $10k

Nine months of on-call name advice, with unlimited meetings and name suggestions.

More details on each service below.

Expert Name Consultation

Whether you need expert guidance, fresh inspiration, or a neutral third-party perspective, talk through your name dilemma with our consultants via phone or videocall.

Bookable by the hour, our highly customizable service offers professional advice and analysis with optional follow-up name suggestions, depending on your requirements.

An expert name consultation is especially beneficial if:

- You are starting from scratch and don't know where to begin

- You need a name that meets complex criteria

- You are changing your own name or your child's name

- You are searching for creative ways to honor loved ones with your choice of name

- You and your partner are having difficulty agreeing on a name or moving through the baby name process

$100 per hour for phone or video consultation

Find options for adding a list of personalized name suggestions to your consultation below.

Custom Name List

Our experts will create a carefully selected list of name ideas tailored just for you, either as part of a package including a phone or video consultation or as a list only based on a written questionnaire.

Either option lets you choose between a comprehensive list of 50+ suggestions (names only), or a curated list of 10 names, each accompanied by additional information and analysis.

Custom name lists are delivered within one week after your consultation or questionnaire has been completed. If you have not heard from us in that time, please check your spam folder.

$350 for name list including one-hour phone or video consultation

$250 for comprehensive or curated name list only

Follow-up consultations available for $100 per hour

Tiebreaker Analysis

You’re down to a handful of names but you just can’t decide between them? Let our name experts make the choice, complete with the reasons behind our decision.

Our consultants will weigh up your criteria, incorporating factors such as local, national and international popularity data and our own professional trend forecasts, to analyze your options and find the perfect fit for you.

Consider it an intelligent alternative to a coin toss.

$100 for two names; add $20 for every name beyond two

Tiebreaker reports are delivered within one week after your consultation or questionnaire has been completed. If you have not heard from us in that time, please check your spam folder.

The Name Concierge

The ultimate name consultation, including nine months of one-on-one consulting with our internationally recognized name experts.

We work with you from the very beginning, getting to know you — and your family, friends, or other stakeholders — so we can find the best fitting name for your baby, yourself, or your pet.

You will receive unlimited meetings to discuss anything and everything name-related, along with as many name recommendations as you need to get to The One.

We’ll do everything in our power, including custom-creating a name just for you, to guarantee you find a name you love that will make you proud for a lifetime.


How Name Consulting Works

How do you book a consultation with our name experts and what happens next?

Choose the name consulting service that best fits your needs. The options range from phone or video discussions with our name experts, to bespoke lists of name recommendations, to a complete name concierge service.

After you place your order, you will receive a link to an online questionnaire that will help us to get to know you and what you're looking for in a name.

If your name consultation package includes a phone or video meeting, you'll find a calendar to schedule your session with our name experts.

Written reports and custom name lists are delivered within a week after your consultation or questionnaire has been completed.

Baby Name Experts and Consultants

Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm

Baby name expert Sophie Kihm is Nameberry’s Name Guru to the Stars. Sophie 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 baby name 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 four young children.

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond, the world's leading baby name expert, is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. 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, Redmond is also the cocreator of the revolutionary new baby name generator 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 name consultations.