Sibling name dilemma for a boy Sage - Nature/Spiritual, somewhat unisex?

I would love some input, opinions and suggestions for sibling names (boy AND girl) for our son [name_u]Sage[/name_u].

We love his name and feel it fits him very well. However, since naming him, I’ve been surprised to see how many people think of [name_u]Sage[/name_u] as a girl’s name only. We do love a lot of unisex names, previously I would have described our style as unisex & word names (& subtle nature/spiritual theme). Our plan back then was to name a sibling [name_u]Quinn[/name_u], no matter if boy or girl. However, now I feel that [name_u]Quinn[/name_u] is totally out because it’s become way more popular for girls… in a similar vein as [name_u]Sage[/name_u], actually.

So I’m unsure of which path to take for naming our next child. We still love the same kinds of names. I would like it to be a little more clear which gender the kid has, but at the same time I don’t want my firstborn to have the “girl’s name” while the second one has a very clearly gendered name.

Right now, for example, I am loving [name_f]Seraphine[/name_f] for a girl. It works with [name_u]Sage[/name_u] I think, they both have a subtle spiritual theme and [name_f]Seraphine[/name_f] is more girlish than [name_u]Sage[/name_u], so [name_u]Sage[/name_u] becomes a bit more male-sounding, I feel. I also like [name_f]Sophie[/name_f]/[name_f]Sophia[/name_f], although might be a bit too popular at this point…

For a boy, I’m still in love with [name_u]Elias[/name_u] and it’s a family name. It didn’t feel quite right for our first one when I was pregnant, so I could see us using it for the next one if it’s a boy. However, do [name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Elias[/name_u] sound like girl and boy?
I also still like names like [name_u]Zen[/name_u], [name_f]Lux[/name_f] and the like, but after having gone somewhat minimalistic with the first one’s name, might like something less out-there for the second one… Or at least use [name_u]Elias[/name_u] as the mn.

I feel like for another boy, I want a name that’s similarly unisex as [name_u]Sage[/name_u], but not as girlish-leaning like [name_u]Quinn[/name_u]… because I don’t want my boys to be “the boys with the girl names.”

Hoping for lots of input!!! Thank you :slight_smile:

[name_u]Sage[/name_u] is great! But I do see your problems with naming a potential sibling.

I would assume siblings [name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Elias[/name_u] are girl and boy, sorry! What about some of the following for [name_u]Sage[/name_u] and a brother…

[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_f]Cypress[/name_f]
[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Sutton[/name_u]
[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Sorrel[/name_u]
[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_m]Lowell[/name_m]
[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Lyle[/name_u]
[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_m]Brooks[/name_m]
[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Lane[/name_u]
[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Tate[/name_u]

Good luck!

@flowermae [name_m]Brooks[/name_m] is awesome! Sadly it’s out for us as we have a water in our last name- so no to [name_m]Brooks[/name_m], [name_u]River[/name_u], [name_u]Lake[/name_u] Etc :frowning:

I like [name_u]Tate[/name_u] too, but [name_f]Sharon[/name_f] [name_u]Tate[/name_u] is a strong association that I can’t get over.

The others have lovely sounds and work well with [name_u]Sage[/name_u]. I’d love a name like that with a great meaning- we love slightly spiritual or ethereal names, not overtly religious though.

I also like [name_m]Wells[/name_m] for a boy, I feel like it works even though it’s also water-related… But I’m not too crazy about the sound.

I love flowermae’s suggestions (literally all of them). I also love [name_u]Sage[/name_u] for a boy. I know it’s skewed toward girls but I think it’s a lovely name either way.

It was surprisingly hard to not suggest water-related names ([name_u]Wade[/name_u], [name_u]Harbor[/name_u], and [name_u]Lake[/name_u] definitely came to mind). I also rather liked the sound of [name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Cary[/name_u] for brothers (the ‘[name_u]Cary[/name_u]’ spelling has a nature meaning too) but although I think [name_u]Cary[/name_u] is better suited for a boy’s name, I know that it probably won’t help you wanting to avoid having the “boys with girls’ names” issue. Here are my suggestions for boys:

[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Campbell[/name_u]
[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_m]Calloway[/name_m] (pebbly place)
[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Linden[/name_u] (tree name)
[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Corin[/name_u]
[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_m]Davis[/name_m]
[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Ira[/name_u]
[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_m]Oren[/name_m] (laurel/pine tree)

I like [name_f]Seraphine[/name_f] for a girl. I tried to find some feminine, flowery names along the same vein for girls:

[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_f]Genevieve[/name_f]
[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_f]Isadora[/name_f]
[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_f]Mirabelle[/name_f]
[name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_f]Kerensa[/name_f]

Thank you @joelleail, from your list I feel like [name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Linden[/name_u] work really well together.

Anyone got any ideas on subtly spiritual names? We love about [name_u]Sage[/name_u] that it means “wise” as well as the herb.

A little more info about my taste in girl names, [name_f]Seraphine[/name_f] is actually as girly as it gets for me, perhaps an outlier. I have considered these other names for a girl:
[name_m]Arrow[/name_m] - Now I’m a little tired of pure word names, and would like an older name. Underused ancient names with a subtle spiritual meaning (like, meaning “light” or “fire” or “sun”) are now my preference.
[name_f]Sarai[/name_f]/Serai - might become nn for [name_f]Seraphine[/name_f] if we go with that.
Sunna - Nordic goddess of the [name_f]Sun[/name_f]
[name_f]Zora[/name_f] - meaning “[name_f]Dawn[/name_f]”

I do love [name_f]Isobel[/name_f] though (not keen on girl names ending on -a usually, so [name_f]Isobel[/name_f] rather than [name_f]Isadora[/name_f].) I feel like the hard ending and the o instead of a makes it a little less girly.

What about [name_u]Luca[/name_u] or for a boy or a girl?



Ok…how about these for potential brother names…

[name_u]True[/name_u] or [name_m]Truett[/name_m] nn [name_u]True[/name_u]
[name_u]Sky[/name_u] (I knew a guy named [name_u]Skye[/name_u])

These are so random and all over the place! Hopefully some help? :slight_smile:

A few more…

[name_u]Leland[/name_u] (I know of a girl named [name_u]Leland[/name_u])

I think [name_u]Sage[/name_u] is a perfect boys name. And I disagree that [name_u]Quinn[/name_u] is too girly. I think it goes really well and is a great name for a boy.



[name_u]Everett[/name_u]/[name_u]Everly[/name_u] - think these would win out for me with [name_u]Sage[/name_u].

[name_u]Sage[/name_u] & [name_u]Everett[/name_u] or [name_u]Sage[/name_u] & [name_u]Everly[/name_u] sound gorgeous together .

[name_u]Robin[/name_u] works for a girl or boy and I think goes nicely with [name_u]Sage[/name_u] as well!

[name_u]Luca[/name_u] is on the list, although it’s pretty common now. I do like boy names ending in -a, though…

DH loves [name_m]Eli[/name_m] - potentially a nn if we go with [name_u]Elias[/name_u]. Not sure [name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Elias[/name_u] are a good combination, but I’m def keeping it on the list, although prob more for the mn.

I like [name_m]Leo[/name_m] too – [name_m]Leonard[/name_m] is an outlier on my boy’s list! Blame [name_m]Leonard[/name_m] [name_m]Cohen[/name_m]. :stuck_out_tongue:

From the girls’ suggestions, I love [name_f]Autumn[/name_f] and I still really like [name_f]Ava[/name_f], although the latter is too popular now for my taste.

You actually got a bunch that we’ve had on our list for our first!

Believe it or not, [name_m]Bodhi[/name_m] is trending and somehow quite common in our area. I also really love Kensho, which is kind of the Japanese equivalent, but wouldn’t use it BC we don’t have any ties to Japanese culture or heritage.

I love [name_u]Justice[/name_u], DH doesn’t.

[name_u]True[/name_u] was a top contender. DH wanted it as a nn for [name_m]Truman[/name_m], which I didn’t like at all.

[name_u]Love[/name_u] [name_u]Zephyr[/name_u] and [name_u]Sky[/name_u]/e!

Thank you for weighing in on [name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Quinn[/name_u] for boys. I’m realizing that I do tend to like even some actual girl names for boys, eg knew a [name_u]Dana[/name_u] once and was only familiar w the name for girls before that. Loved it on a guy though.
However, I do want to stay a little tiny bit more on the “clearly boys side”, now. That has changed since baby #1.

I think [name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Robin[/name_u] are perfect together. They’re both unisex and nature-themed. [name_u]Robin[/name_u] is quite common though and I’m not sure if it has the spiritual, ethereal thing I’m looking for… But it helps to imagine the two names together!

[name_m]Forest[/name_m] was on our list, and [name_f]Linnea[/name_f] for girls, which your suggestion of [name_f]Linnet[/name_f] reminded me of.

For some reason, nameberry is crashing my browser, so I apologize for my slow replies.

After reviewing the suggestions so far, it seems that for this child, I’m liking ancient names that sound a bit ethereal, if they have a spiritual meaning great, nature is secondary…


are some examples. It didn’t feel right for our first, minimal and modern felt right then, and for the next one, the ancient ones sound right.

I love boy names that end in -as.

Any thoughts on [name_u]Sage[/name_u] and a name like [name_m]Aeneas[/name_m] as sibling names?

Hmm… Spiritual type names to go with brother sage… Have you considered

[name_m]Jonas[/name_m] /[name_m]Jonah[/name_m]
[name_m]Tobias[/name_m] ‘toby’

And maybe since you’re feeling ancient names…
[name_m]Augustus[/name_m] ‘auggie or [name_u]Gus[/name_u]?’

Personally I think [name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_m]Jonas[/name_m] (dove) work well… Good luck!

[name_f]Glad[/name_f] you liked some of the suggestions. :slight_smile:

I also like the names of [name_u]Sage[/name_u] and [name_u]Everly[/name_u] together.

I just thought of some more ideas

Sorry if these have already been suggested.
[name_u]River[/name_u], or [name_f]Remember[/name_f] for either gender.
Riverly for a girl.



Ok, I’m having way too much fun with this challenge of finding a boy name for you! :slight_smile:

[name_m]Emrys[/name_m] (someone previously suggested [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m] and it made me also think of [name_m]Emrys[/name_m])
[name_m]Justus[/name_m] (but I’m guessing if your DH doesn’t like [name_u]Justice[/name_u] this is out too)




[name_m]Rune[/name_m] is on my girls’ list. :slight_smile:

I really like [name_m]Jona[/name_m]/s/h and [name_m]Tobias[/name_m]. Maybe a bit too biblical though. [name_u]Elias[/name_u] is, too… But it’s a family name, so I’m ok with it.

I keep hearing [name_u]August[/name_u] and [name_m]Augustus[/name_m], it seems to be growing on me (after initial dislike BC it reminds me of [name_m]Gustav[/name_m] which i don’t like.)

[name_m]Julius[/name_m] I like; for some reason it reminds me of [name_m]Adrian[/name_m], which is also on my list (to honor my ancestors from the Adriatic Sea.)

[name_u]River[/name_u] and other water names are out for us since we have a rather prominent water association in our last name. :slight_smile: otherwise, [name_u]River[/name_u] would be so on our list.

[name_f]Meadow[/name_f] and [name_f]Lark[/name_f] I really like. But why does NB color [name_f]Lark[/name_f] pink? We actually have it on our list for boys…

[name_m]Fox[/name_m] goes on the list and [name_u]Canyon[/name_u], too. Underused nature name?

Thank you!

– edited to add: actually, [name_f]Acadia[/name_f] is beautiful too. Apparently means “idyllic place” in Ancient Greek? Must research! :slight_smile:

[name_m]Emrys[/name_m], [name_m]Acacius[/name_m] and [name_m]Amias[/name_m] are very cool! [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] I’ve heard on girls so far, but don’t know its history. [name_m]Acacius[/name_m] and [name_m]Amias[/name_m] are completely new to me! Plus, [name_m]Amias[/name_m] has that wonderful -as ending for boys that I seem to love. Thank you!