Baby Name Advice
Advice on choosing baby names is the focus of these news stories and features, which include advice on choosing middle names and family names, on finding the right baby names, and on navigating name disputes.
Fri Apr 01 2022
Updating Popular 1950s Names
If you’re looking for ways to update popular 1950s names for a modern baby, the good news is that there is plenty of scope for creativity! You might choose a fresher version of the name or look to meaning or key sounds to find clever ways to reinvent important honor names.
Mon Mar 21 2022
It’s Okay to Change Your Baby’s Name
Considering changing your baby's name? Baby name regret is not as uncommon as you think. We talk to parents who made a change – and some who ultimately chose not to – about their experiences.
Wed Jan 19 2022
Should I Change My Toddler's Name?
Kelsey's daughter Rylee coincidentally shares a first and last name with a distant cousin, one year older, who happens to live in the same small town. Should she change Rylee's name to Remi, the runner-up? She might prefer Remi anyway... The Name Guru weighs in.
Sat Jan 08 2022
Unique Twin Names to Inspire
Unique twin names can be a challenge to find, but also great fun! Here are some uncommon twin name pairings with subtle connections to inspire you.
Wed Dec 15 2021
What the Name Sage Knows: Ten Secrets to Loving Your Child's Name
In her farewell column, the Name Sage reflects on the secrets to choosing a name you love - and what happens after you've completed your child's birth certificate.
Mon Dec 13 2021
The Best Baby Name Advice
The best baby name advice from our readers, including how to choose a name with your partner, looking for a name with meaning, and following your heart.
Mon Dec 06 2021
Can I Name My Child After Myself?
Mom's name is Rebecca — can she have a son named Beckett? Or is it arrogant to name a child after herself? The Name Guru weighs in on the situation.
Wed Dec 01 2021
Name Sage: Honoring Grandma Elaine
There's no question that this baby's name should honor grandma Elaine. But what's the best way to transform this elegant, feminine favorite into a choice for a grandson? The Name Sage has the answers.
Mon Nov 22 2021
How Not to Choose the Next Big Baby Name
How do you avoid choosing the top baby name of the future? Crystal balls at the ready! Here are our five top tips for predicting the future popularity of your favorite names.
Tue Nov 02 2021
Ask the Name Guru: How to Have More Fun Naming Your Baby
Sure, baby naming is fun in the abstract, but when it becomes real, some parents-to-be are left stressed and overwhelmed. How can you make the process enjoyable again? We have seven tips for how to have more fun naming your baby.
Tue Oct 19 2021
Ask the Name Guru: Can I Use an Honor Name Without the Honor?
Erin and Michael's favorite name for their baby girl is Nora — coincidentally connected to a grandmother that doesn't make the honoree shortlist. Can they use the name Nora without an association with Grandma? The Name Guru shares her take.
Mon Oct 11 2021
Rainbow Baby Names Honor and Comfort
Rainbow baby names can be a way to remember the past and look to the future. Be inspired by names meaning comfort and hope, storms and rainbows, and other ways to honor memories in a name.
Wed Jun 16 2021
Name Sage: Defining Classic Girl Names
They know they love classics with cute nicknames. But naming a sister for Benji and Will has proved more challenging than expected. Let’s help them find the perfect name – bonus points if the nickname is Elle/Nell.
Tue Jun 01 2021
Baby Name DNA: Introducing the future of baby naming
Baby Name DNA is a revolutionary tool designed to analyze your name style and match you with the perfect names.
Wed May 19 2021
Name Sage: Japanese-inspired Names for Raiden and Renzo's Sister
They're living in Japan, so their new daughter's name needs to bridge two cultures - just like brothers Raiden and Renzo. Plus, they're hoping for something that feels meaningful to their family. The Name Sage tries to check all the boxes!
Wed May 05 2021
Name Sage: Finding a Dutch English Compromise for a Son
Westen’s little brother is here – and nameless! Should he be Silas or Willas? And if not one of those names, what works in Dutch as well as English – and goes with big brother Wes? The Name Sage weighs in with some fresh ideas, and thoughts on brokering a compromise.
Wed Apr 07 2021
Name Sage: Finding Dramatic and Unexpected Baby Names
When your first child is named Ravenna, her sibling (probably) won't be Ryan or Jane. The Name Sage weighs in on choices every bit as dramatic and unexpected for baby number two.
Wed Mar 24 2021
Name Sage: Matching Sibling Names ... or Not?
They love ancient Roman names, and chose Aurelia for their daughter. But now it’s time to name her sibling, and they’re at a crossroads. Do they stick with Latin-inspired names from way back when … or embrace some of their more modern favorites?
Wed Feb 24 2021
Name Sage: Debating a Name Theft Dilemma
One of their favorite boy names is already used – twice! – by families in her extended circle of friends. Now they’re debating a name theft dilemma: can Ezra still go on their list, or is it taken?
Wed Jan 27 2021
Name Sage: Seeking Timeless Names
They’re not sure what to name their firstborn. But they’re certain the right name should be easy to spell and easily recognizable. Ideally, they’d love to choose timeless names, too. Sounds reasonable, but it’s more of a challenge than they expected!
Wed Jan 13 2021
Cool Boy Names Stand Out
He says Ziggy. She says Cam. When it comes to casual cool boy names, how different is too different? And what’s the best compromise name for their son? The Name Sage weighs in with some fresh possibilities that should please both parents.
Wed Dec 16 2020
Joyful Names Honor Grandma
They want to honor grandma with their new daughter’s name. Except grandma’s name? Gay. Time to reinvent this family name for the twenty-first century, either by meaning, sound, or some combination of both.
Wed Dec 02 2020
How Not to Steal a Baby Name
Two sisters, one favorite name for a daughter! The Name Sage talks about avoiding name theft in families. Plus, we’ll explore the positives of knowing your niece has a great name – even if it takes an option off your list.
Wed Nov 18 2020
Challenging Family Traditions
Challenging family traditions can make naming a child even harder! The Name Sage talks through an expectant mom’s best options for finding a compromise.
Sat Nov 14 2020
Picking the Perfect Multilingual Name
A name that works across languages AND which you love? No problem — read our top tips for getting the balance right.