Baby name advice is free and plentiful. Ask your co-workers over lunch, phone your mother-in-law, text your college roommate, wait for a well-meaning lady at church to volunteer that she’s always loved Florence for a girl.
Factor in online message boards – and there are some great ones out there – and there’s no shortage of opinions available.
The trouble? You can get lost in all of those opinions!
Rarely do the opinions constitute real, actionable guidance – is Elliot too popular? Will Kathryn feel dated? Should you use Nathaniel, or go with Nate – which is really the name you prefer?
Or maybe you just need some help narrowing things down. Fifteen names on your shortlist is great when you’re first expecting, but by the beginning of month eight, you might be feeling stuck if none seem like “the one.”
And let’s face it – the stickier the question, the harder it is to discuss.
So what’s an expectant parent to do?
Time for an objective opinion! Appellation Mountain Baby Name Advice provides neutral information and guidance based on in-depth knowledge of trends and baby name history.
There are two options:
Saturday Name Help
The Name Help series runs every Saturday. If you’re willing to share your dilemma with the world – or at least the Appellation Mountain community – we’re happy to help. Name Help books up pretty far in advance, so don’t wait to submit your question!
Since 2015, I’ve also offered private consultations.
For the more difficult situations, or when you’re not willing to share any details with the wider world, a limited number of private baby name consultations are available.
Here’s your chance to spill everything – pressure from your in-laws to hand down a family name you can’t stand, fears that your BFF might have the same name shortlisted for her baby expected just a few weeks earlier, the impossibility of finding a name for your second child that you love as much as the name that you’ve given your firstborn.
What you’ll get: a detailed letter via email, similar to a blog post, though tailored to very specific circumstances. You can see examples here. I’m happy to provide two follow-ups, too, to answer additional questions.
The cost for this service, including two follow-ups, is $125, payable via Paypal:
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