Name Nerd Articles

Duana Names: Trying not to be Those People

September 17, 2014 16:14:15 Posted at September 17, 2014 16:14:15
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Duana, The other day one of my girlfriends and I were talking about baby names and she was telling me that she is having a lot of trouble coming up with names. I absolutely love reading all of your posts and thought who could be better to ask than you! She is pregnant with her 2nd and not sure if she is having a girl or a boy. Full Article

Duana Names: For Lotte

September 15, 2014 16:09:05 Posted at September 15, 2014 16:09:05
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Hi Duana, So you'll probably want to punch me in the face over this.  I kind of want to punch myself in the face.  After some fertility challenges, we are proud parents to Charlotte (Lotte).  (I know how you feel about that but don't trash me because I love the name.) We are expecting baby #2, which should be the best news in the world considering the challenges we've had and simply because we love being parents. Full Article

Four-legged Friday

September 12, 2014 16:20:14 Posted at September 12, 2014 16:20:14
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Hi Duana, A new four-legged friend joined our family this week and we are all in love. The problem? We can't agree on a name. Naming babies was easy compared to this ~ after all, there really were only two of us who had the final say ~ but now there are four of us, each with very different ideas of what our new family member's moniker should be. Full Article

Duana Names: His Name Is Rio…

September 10, 2014 18:22:42 Posted at September 10, 2014 18:22:42
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Hi Duana, My husband and I have one son, Rio, which was always my dream name and he was kind enough to let me have it. But now we want something that goes along with that for our upcoming daughter and are having a hard time coming up with anything. Like, at all. She is due in about a month, so we would love your input! Our name is two syllables and ends in an 'ee' sound, for reference. Full Article

Duana Names: The Worst Trend

September 8, 2014 17:35:42 Posted at September 8, 2014 17:35:42
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Hi Duana, I'd love your input on something... During an acquaintance's recent pregnancy, she started referring on Facebook to her unborn baby girl as "Eljay" (her husband's name starts with an J and hers starts with an L). I thought this was just a cutesy nickname for the baby-to-be. Full Article

Duana Names: Two Households, Both Alike In Dignity

September 5, 2014 18:06:19 Posted at September 5, 2014 18:06:19
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We're expecting our second child this fall (November). We have decided, like with our first, not to find out the gender of the baby.  We are, however, in desperate need in baby name advice. Here is some background information to help you out. Background information 1: My husband and I are an inter-racial, inter-cultural couple. Full Article

Duana Names: American Boy

September 4, 2014 13:16:46 Posted at September 4, 2014 13:16:46
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Hi Duana! I love love love all of your name nerd columns!  And while I am not currently preggers, I have to ask you to back off the name Wolfgang.  I totally want to use it for a little dude (if there ever is one) and don't want a ton of Wolfgang's running around at the same time :) Onto the "real" problem - my friend is due in October, and she is having issues with her sister. Full Article

Duana Names: Tough Girl

August 29, 2014 17:36:30 Posted at August 29, 2014 17:36:30
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Hey Duana. I'm in need of a name.  Something for a tough girl, but nothing too butch.  I love the look of Zoe, but I hate the sound of it.  Looks tough, sounds like a flower.  I like the boy name idea (Evan, Dylan maybe?), but nothing too try, you know?  Oh, by the way, it's not for a human baby, per se, but I thought you'd have fun with it anyway. Full Article

Duana Names: Go for Donald

August 27, 2014 19:04:16 Posted at August 27, 2014 19:04:16
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Hi Duana, My sister-in-law is pregnant and she and my brother found out they are having boy/girl twins. Their first born girl is Mira.  Our last name is traditional Irish/English, hard consonants two syllables.  My sister-in-law is leaning toward Charlotte for baby girl, which meh, feels too popular to me and doesn't go with Mira. Full Article

Duana Names: No Frills

August 25, 2014 16:21:58 Posted at August 25, 2014 16:21:58
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Hi Duana, Hoping you can help my husband and I out. We are expecting our first child in August and are keeping the gender a surprise. We're pretty set on our boy name, but the girl name is what's keeping us up at night. Although we don't necessarily disagree on names, we're having a hard time finding the ONE and making a decision (could also be because we're both super indecisive people and this is pretty much the biggest decision ever!). Full Article

Duana Names: Real vs. Fake

August 22, 2014 16:59:15 Posted at August 22, 2014 16:59:15
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Hi Duana, I'm pregnant with our second child, due in November. We have a 15 month old son named Pearce. Our last name is Allen, which is super mainstream, so it's important to us to choose first names that are memorable. Our style is short and sweet (max 2 syllables). We also like 'real' names as opposed to some of the more recent cobbled together vowels and consonants that people are using (Declan? Jace? Not for us. Full Article

Duana Names: Bitch Stole My Name

August 20, 2014 19:51:02 Posted at August 20, 2014 19:51:02
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Hi Duana, I am currently pregnant with my first child and am having a bit of a name dilemma. The background story is this: I had made the mistake of telling a girlfriend of mine, L, that I liked the name Chloe, and coming from a European upbringing, this is not a common name.  Well about a year ago, I was at a BBQ with L and her friend M, and M proceeds to tell me that she recently bought a puppy (same breed that I was looking at adopting) and named this dog Chloe! I was flabbergasted and from that point knew I couldn't trust L anymore because she went to M and told her about our personal conversations. Full Article

Duana Names: Not Lauren

August 18, 2014 16:07:31 Posted at August 18, 2014 16:07:31
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So everyone I know is going to know who this letter is from by (a) my children's names, and (b) the fact that I'm writing in when they all know I am a very loyal reader. My problem is this: we have backed ourselves into a bit of a name corner with our two children, Charles (4, goes by Charlie unless he's in trouble), and Mary (2, goes by Trouble most days). Full Article

Duana Names: A Different -Den

August 15, 2014 18:04:49 Posted at August 15, 2014 18:04:49
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I feel like I’ve been waiting a lifetime to email you Duana. After severals years of loss and heartbreak, it would seem as though we have a wee one that wants to stick around for the long haul. At the moment we have decided to wait until the big day to find out if we’re having a boy or girl. Full Article