Am I Too Young to Change My Name?

I'm a boy, and my dad thought Karmen was a boy's name when I was born. Now I'm called Karmen in all my official statements, school records etc. I real...You've run into an ugly truth about names in America: Gender matters. A lot.

My Daughter's Name Matches Her Birthday!

Our favorite girl's name, the only one we can agree on, is June. We picked it before we got pregnant and now we are due in June! Is it too tacky to na...June is a classic. October or November? Now, those might be weird.

Is My Favorite Baby Name Too Weird?

I've been having a love affair with the name Calypso since I was 16 years old! I love the name, I love the sound, I love the Greek mythology and I lov...This name may make people think "Day-O," rather than Greek nymph.

Does My Brother Have Dibs on My Favorite Name?

I am having my third child and plan to name the child (if it is a boy) after my father. My older brother has two daughters, and he is recently remarri...This question takes us beyond the realm of baby naming rules, into the twisty world of family traditions.

Is My Daughter's Name Too Confusing?

We named our daughter Kennedy for her first name and Devyn for her middle name. We now realize that when just hearing her name, no one knows if she is...If you decide that the confusion isn't worth it, the good news is that you only need to change the middle name.

Can I Avoid Nicknames?

I am due in December, and my husband and I like the name William. The problem is our last name, which ends in "ll" as well, rules out the nickname Wil...As many Name Lady readers have told me, nicknames have a life of their own. Parental control only goes so far.

I'm the Victim of a Baby Name Thief!

I had a baby name picked out for about 10 years, and I made the mistake of telling someone about it. Not only did they take the first name, but they...Whenever I see this person writing their baby's name, I actually feel betrayed. Is this completely insane?

Does My Baby Need a Whole Name?

I want to name my baby boy J.R. as his first name. My grandfather was nicknamed J.R. and I want to name my son in honor of him. Since my husband and I...Well, that's a creative solution to a naming deadlock: Not choosing a name at all!

Do I Have a Boy's Name?

My name is Tracy. I have been told by many that it is the male version of the name -- that the female version is supposed to be either Treacy or Trace...Sorry, Tracy, but you've fallen victim to America's love-hate relationship with androgynous names.
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How Can We Compromise on Baby Names?

I'm currently in my second trimester with twins, a boy and a girl. We settled on our son's name easily, Nathaniel James. However, we can't seem to fin...Compromise is a tricky word when it comes to baby names. To find real middle ground, you have to understand the styles on each side.


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