Name Nerd Articles

Duana Names: This email arrived entitled ‘Seriously, we’re f*cked’

October 9, 2015 19:30:11 Posted at October 9, 2015 19:30:11
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, For the last 15+ years, I have been a name nerd. I have an unusual name, and I come from a family of unusual names and nicknames. I had been carefully collecting and curatinga list of names for my future child and fiercely protecting them so word wouldn't get out. So it seems strange that now that I am actually expecting a baby, I am basically incapacitated with this task of naming a human. Full Article

Duana Names: Fix the Nick

October 7, 2015 18:23:29 Posted at October 7, 2015 18:23:29
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Hi Duana, We are expecting our first, a little boy, in late October, and my husband is insisting on a junior unless I have another name I'm truly passionate about (which unfortunately I don't).  The thing is, his name is kind of a pretentious one for a little guy: Howell. My husband got a lot of grief for the Gilligan's Island association as a kid, and even though that show will be more than 50 years removed from our son's school days, I think it sounds snooty regardless. Full Article

Duana Names: Strife, Drama, and definitely not Otto

October 5, 2015 19:27:22 Posted at October 5, 2015 19:27:22
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, We are expecting our second child in early October and we are not finding out the sex. We have a daughter named Alice (thankfully the royals side-stepped it!). We know it’s not really unique, but it’s not widely used where we live…(yet). Coming up with a name my husband and I agree on for our second child is straight up annoying as shat. Full Article

Duana Names: Within The Parameters

October 2, 2015 18:03:37 Posted at October 2, 2015 18:03:37
Duana Posted by Duana

We could really use some help. We are expecting in two weeks (yes cutting it close) and although my husband thinks we've landed on names, I'm feeling very uncertain. We are both francophones. Baby will have his last name (two-syllable French last name that starts with F). We also do not know gender of baby. Full Article

Duana Names: Getting the L out

September 30, 2015 17:58:29 Posted at September 30, 2015 17:58:29
Duana Posted by Duana

A little housekeeping: A big shout-out to Samantha who knew that the nerdiness of me was referencing the 8-child Pike family in the BSC books by saying I associated Margo with Byron in this column. I didn’t reply to her before because I was having email issues. Full Article

Duana Names: Not, you know, You-neek

September 28, 2015 19:18:30 Posted at September 28, 2015 19:18:30
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana! Love your advice. So here's our predicament. Baby 2, whose sex we will not find out, is due October 8th. Our 1st, a girl, is Linden. We LOVE Linden because it is unique but not you-neek, it's a real but underused name, and it refers to a relative (her grandma is Linda). We have chosen Mirren if Baby 2 is a girl and love it for much the same reasons, though there's no family connection other than being Scottish, a background we share. Full Article

Duana Names: Names We Cannot Use

September 23, 2015 18:13:22 Posted at September 23, 2015 18:13:22
Duana Posted by Duana

Dear Duana, Help!  We are expecting our second son in early October. We had a difficult time naming our first son but once he was born settled on the perfect name for him, Mathis Alexander. You see, my husband is a teacher and I work with rescue dogs and have had the privilege of naming hundreds of dogs over the years. Full Article

Duana Names: Annoy Like The Wind!

September 16, 2015 18:41:35 Posted at September 16, 2015 18:41:35
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I have a question that will probably annoy you on TWO levels lol. Sorry in advance! I am pregnant with our first girl and have a long history of Charles in our family. I've always wanted to call a baby girl Charlie as a twist on our family tradition but was nervous about going full Charlie. Full Article

Duana Names: Perfect or Pretentious?

September 14, 2015 19:01:59 Posted at September 14, 2015 19:01:59
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, My husband and I are in need of your help. I am due at the end of October with twins, and we are searching to find names for our new babies that we love just as much as our two older children.  We already have a boy named Victor and a girl named Adair, and our twins will be a boy and a girl (how lucky are we to have two boys and two girls)! Our last name is very common, two syllables, ending in ----er (which you can probably gather from my email address). Full Article

Duana Names: End-of-summer updates!

September 11, 2015 20:39:59 Posted at September 11, 2015 20:39:59
Duana Posted by Duana

The other day I got a letter asking if people ever update me on what they named their babies. WHY YES THEY DO! Here are a few that I received lately, assume bragging rights are implied where applicable… First, from the author of ‘No Schmance... Full Article

Duana Names: Popular! I want to be Pop-u-u-lar!

September 9, 2015 19:04:10 Posted at September 9, 2015 19:04:10
Duana Posted by Duana
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Hi Duana! I am due in early October, and baby's sex will be a surprise. We have a list of names, and despite my insisting that Liam is too popular my husband really, really loves it. I do too, but I just really do not want my kid to be one of 10 Liams in his class. Is this irrational? Does it really matter if we both love the name? Other names on our boy list are classics like Colin, Henry, Ethan, and a wildcard - Lazlo. Full Article

Duana names: Crowdsourcing the second position

September 4, 2015 18:34:54 Posted at September 4, 2015 18:34:54
Duana Posted by Duana

Dear Duana, I’m writing in on behalf of my coworker, who is due at the end of September. Quickly after finding out she was having a girl, she and her husband decided on the first name Lucy, since her Grandfather used to call her “Little Lulu” as a child. But they’re stuck on a middle name. Full Article

Duana Names: International Coffees

September 2, 2015 20:27:44 Posted at September 2, 2015 20:27:44
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I am a single female physician in her early 30’s - having my first child, a girl. I am still stuck on naming her and since I don't have a partner there is no one to help me come to a solid conclusion. For the longest time when I pictured by daughter I wanted to name her Isabella. Full Article

Duana Names: Baseball Baby

August 31, 2015 15:30:11 Posted at August 31, 2015 15:30:11
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana - I am a loyal reader of your column, and a serious fellow name nerd. My husband and I are expecting a boy - our first child - this September, and are at an impasse on names. Of course, we had JUST settled on a girl name immediately prior to finding out the gender. I have an uncommon (but not "made up" or "out of left field") name. Full Article