Q: My family wants to me to name my baby after Uncle Warren or Aunt Zena. I don’t like either name. What should I do?
A: If you check the star ratings for Warren and Zena in 5-Star Baby Name Advisor, you’ll find they both rate 2 stars, which suggests you’re right to be uncomfortable about selecting either name for your baby. If you’re under serious pressure to honor a family member whose name you don’t like, perhaps the best way to do so is to select another name that starts with the same letter. There aren’t many girls’ names starting with Z that are highly rated, but you may want to consider Zoe or Zola, both of which rate 4 stars. Attractive alternatives to Warren that start with W include: William, Wilson, Will, and Wyatt—all of which rate 4 or 5 stars.
However, if you can’t find a name you like that starts with W or Z, you’ll need to take control of the situation by thanking your family members for their thoughtful suggestions and informing them that the choice is ultimately yours to make, not theirs.