Name Nerd Articles

Duana Names: His Name Is Rio…

September 10, 2014 18:22:42 Posted at September 10, 2014 18:22:42
Duana Posted by Duana

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
Duana Posted by Duana
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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
Duana Posted by Duana

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
Duana Posted by Duana

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
Duana Posted by Duana

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
Duana Posted by Duana

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

Duana Names: Royalophile

August 13, 2014 18:21:23 Posted at August 13, 2014 18:21:23
Duana Posted by Duana
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Help Duana Hubby and and I are due with our second son in about 10 weeks. The two names in top contention are William and Thomas. Trouble is that our eldest son, now 2 1/2 is George (named after my grandpa, well before Prince G arrived) and I'm worried that if we name no. 2 William I'll cop all sorts of flack for being a mad royalist (which I am definitely not, though I pore over Kate's outfits and pics of G as happily as anyone else). Full Article

Duana Names: Hi Harper and H…

August 11, 2014 15:59:52 Posted at August 11, 2014 15:59:52
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Hi Duana, I am due in 10 weeks with our second child and in need of some advice. Our first was a girl and we named her Harper - it was a last minute decision as we were convinced it was a boy and hadn't made a firm decision on a girls name (we had a top 3 at least). Anyways, the name we had chosen for our son was Holden and now I really want to use that name for baby #2 (we got ultrasound confirmation this time!) but my concern is using "H" names for both our kids. Full Article

Duana Names: The Gaelic Dilemma Expands

August 8, 2014 16:12:56 Posted at August 8, 2014 16:12:56
Duana Posted by Duana

Hello Duana! My husband and I are currently expecting #3.  We already have 2 girls (Elyze and Annika) and do not plan on finding out the sex of this baby.  If we have a girl I would really love to find a way to honour my mom's side of the family with her name.  The thing is that my mom has a Dutch background and Dutch female names just don't translate very well into English!  Could you decipher any magic out of "Henderika" (my mom goes by Rita), "Martje" (pronounced Mat-cha) or "Gezina" (my Oma who went by Sina). Full Article