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What Goes with Guinevere?

I am having a hard time finding a name that sounds good with our first daughter's name, Guinevere. I absolutely love her name and I keep hoping I will find a name I love as much as hers, but nothing has come up yet. Do you have any suggestions?

–Still Searching

Parents put a lot of pressure on themselves to find the perfect name, and the stakes only seem to get higher with subsequent children. If you've already used the best name out there, how can you follow that up?

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Is This Pair Too Perfect?

I'm pregnant with my second child, a boy, and my husband and I are facing a dilemma with respect to our favourite name. Our daughter's name is Ava. My husband and I both love the name Adam as a strong, short, masculine name.

However, we are worried about the sibling name pairing. My sister and mother have both commented that their first thought was that the children would be saddled with "Adam and Eve" references. I didn't see this association until it was pointed out, and now it's causing me and my husband some concern. We don't want our children to be the butt of jokes, but we're not sure whether it will come up that much. Is this really a big problem? Do we need to consider a different name for our son?

–Ava's Mom

This is a tough one! The pairing of Adam and Eve is a definite non-starter for siblings, on a par with Jack and Jill, or Barbie and Ken, or Romeo and Juliet. And yet, Eve and Ava are different. The question is, are they different enough?

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Help Me Connect These Random Names!

Is it possible for names with obvious backgrounds and histories to pair well with names outside of the same genre? I have a son named Elijah (Eli) and am now pregnant with my second son. My husband and I are in love with the name August, but we're afraid the pairing screams "random." A good-sounding sibling set is extremely important to us. Are we limited to biblical names, or are there other options for us to create a harmonious sib-set?

–No Clashing Please

Ah, naming children—the only activity that doesn't get easier with practice! I've helped sib-set stumped parents before and it's abundantly clear that the addition of an extra variable (namely, your existing child) exponentially increases fears of failure.

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Did Romeo Have a Brother?

My daughter is due with her second baby boy soon. Her first son is named Romeo Louis. Romeo was his daddy's nickname when he was little. At first, not too many people liked the name, but when he was born, he looked every bit his name. It's perfect for him, and now everyone likes it!

My daughter would like to keep up with the same theme, kind of, and has been thinking about Valentino or maybe even Casanova. Most everyone can't stand those names, and she isn't sure of them either. I have suggested Royce, Rhett, and Ryker—going with "R" names. I even like Lorenzo, keeping up with the "O" at the end. Any input, advice, or name suggestions would be much appreciated!

–Romeo's Grandma

You've made some smart suggestions, Grandma. Romeo is a tough act to follow! Steering your daughter toward complimentary names that don't fall into the category of "notorious romantic fictional characters" seems wise. And Romeo has much more familiarity, and usage, as a contemporary first name than Casanova does (according to the U.S. Social Security Administration, it's given to fewer than 10 baby boys a year).

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Don't Judge My Baby's Name!

I have two children: Adaline is 9 months old and Kristof would be four and a half, but he passed before Adaline was born. I just found out I am expecting again. If we have a boy, I'd like to name him Adolf. To me, it's in memory of Kristof and I also love it coupled with my daughter's name. My husband won't go for it. The obvious reason is he's too afraid of the name's history. I personally don't hold the name as a reminder of Adolf Hitler. Will other people really judge my son if his name is Adolf?

–Destiny

I'm so sorry for your loss. I understand your impulse to want to honor your first son, but this isn't the way to do it. Will people judge? Well, yes. Think of it this way. If you met a boy named Elvis, could you imagine that his parents never even considered Elvis Presley when choosing the name? That would be preposterous. So you can't expect people not to think that the name Adolf references Adolf Hitler. Your child will spend his life refuting rumors that he’s a neo-Nazi—or that you are.

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Should I Be Traditional or Trail-Blazing?

Is it too cliché to name a baby with dad's initials when all his children from previous relationships have been named that way? Should I stick with the tradition, or blaze a new trail?

--Angel

A tradition can be a beautiful way to bind a family together. Or it can be a constricting tie, one that brings more conflict than comfort. The real question here isn't about whether this tradition is a cliché. It's whether this tradition helps cement a bond—or tries too hard to establish one that isn't really there.

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What Could Beyonce and Jay-Z Name Blue Ivy's Sibling?

What Could Beyonce and Jay-Z Name Blue Ivy's Sibling?

Rumors have been flying all week that Beyonce is pregnant with her second child. By Friday night, the hashtag #BeyonceAndJayZSecondBabyNames was trending on Twitter, and tweets flew in from all over the country to guess a name for Blue Ivy's sibling. "Red Ficus", "Pink Oak", "Purple Rain"…Twitter comedians were giving the naming challenge their all. By the time Jay-Z issued a denial of the pregnancy rumor this afternoon, we were already brainstorming: what might a second Carter child be called?

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Our Name MatchMaker Picks Creative Baby Names for Next Beckham Baby

Yesterday, we wrote about the Beckhams' announcement that they're expecting baby #4. We wondered what name they might choose and what name would go best with the names of their three sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.

Reader Vanessa commented, "I think it will be a girl, and they'll name it something completely unpredictable based on the names of the other children. Something very traditional and common, perhaps Elizabeth or Anna."

We like Vanessa's thinking, and she just might prove to be correct. But we also put the question to the BabyNameWizard.com's Name MatchMaker, which suggested Isis and Armani if the Beckhams have a girl.

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What Will the Beckhams Name Baby #4?

What Will the Beckhams Name Baby #4?

David and Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham made headlines when they named their first son Brooklyn nearly 12 years ago. At that point, Brooklyn was only known as an outer borough of New York City.  The name seems a lot less weird today, as Brooklyn has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the popularity charts.  As a girls' name, Brooklyn is currently the 37th most popular name in the United States. (As a boys' name it still doesn't rank in the top-1000.)

The Beckhams subsequently had two more sons, Romeo born in 2002 and Cruz in 2005. Both names saw modest use before the Beckhams chose them for their babies,

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