Name Nerd Articles

Duana Names: Stonewalled by Taylor?

April 4, 2016 19:07:15 Posted at April 4, 2016 19:07:15
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Hey Duana, Having my first child, a daughter, in July. My wife is set on naming our daughter Taylor. She picked the name when she was very young and while she says she's open to other names, in practice, every name I suggest gets shot down. Even when she suggests another name, she ends up saying "I'm not sure I love it though," and the conversation ends. Full Article

Duana Names: Are we secretly Brange superfans?

April 1, 2016 19:51:48 Posted at April 1, 2016 19:51:48
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We are expecting a girl (our second daughter, she also has a big brother) at the end of April. Just for background information, her brother's name is Jude Greyson, so Biblical and a family name. Her sister's name is Naomi Griffin, so she, also, has a Biblical name and a family name. Here's our problem. Full Article

Duana Names: I LOVE IT…now what?

March 30, 2016 18:47:09 Posted at March 30, 2016 18:47:09
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Duana, Okay, you know how people say to keep a perhaps… controversial name choice a secret until the baby is born?  That no one can really talk shit about it, because it's attached to an actual adorable little human being?  Yeah, I maybe tried to do the opposite of that.  I went with the tactic of bulldozing in my first round draft pick for a boy’s name. Full Article

Duana Names: Journey to the End of the Alphabet

March 28, 2016 19:39:01 Posted at March 28, 2016 19:39:01
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Hi Duana, I have a good friend who's due with her 3rd boy, and she knows what an obsessive name nerd that I am, so she and her husband asked me to write you and help her figure out a name! I asked her all the questions I could think of that you would look for or include in your emails and so here's the breakdown: She likes X and Z names. Full Article

Duana Names: Get out of the locker!

March 23, 2016 21:51:47 Posted at March 23, 2016 21:51:47
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Hi Duana! I have been reading your articles for such a long time now, I can't even remember when I started. It was definitely before I had my first kid - a fabulous boy named Luke (not Lucas). Now I'm expecting my second, due on March 25 and my husband and I are in the middle of renovating a new house, trying to sell our current house and have had approximately 5 total conversations about this kid's name. Full Article

Duana Names: We Must…

March 21, 2016 20:54:00 Posted at March 21, 2016 20:54:00
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Hi Duana, My husband and I are due with our second baby girl in April, and we are having a hard time coming up with a name for her. Our firstborn is named Emilia, which we loved and still love, except now we've run into the pesky issue of everyone spelling her name Amelia. We've decided we want to avoid the spelling issue with our second. Full Article

Duana Names: Can a Nickname Just Be A Name?

March 18, 2016 19:31:18 Posted at March 18, 2016 19:31:18
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Hi Duana, I’ve had this name question for awhile now, but didn’t want to write in until we had reason to, being superstitious and all (no jinx!). My husband and I are now expecting a little boy and the timing is right for my question! We are heavily leaning towards naming our son after my husband. Full Article

Duana Names: Am I Naive?

March 16, 2016 21:03:10 Posted at March 16, 2016 21:03:10
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We are expecting our first girl in early summer. To date, we have put a few names on a short list but have yet to decide on one. We both have names that were of average popularity in the late 70’s and early 80’s, and our surname is now a very popular first name that, unfortunately, is commonly bastardized with the use of an “x”. Full Article

Duana Names: What would Proust say?

March 14, 2016 20:25:18 Posted at March 14, 2016 20:25:18
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Madeleine has made its way into consideration, but debate over pronunciation and spelling is cloudy the decision. I understand Madeleine is the classic, French spelling, and Madeline the English spelling? My question is: are these all the same name, or are they different? I would have pronounced all of the above Mad-uh-lin but perhaps that was incorrect. Full Article

Duana Names: Names for Adults

March 11, 2016 21:01:15 Posted at March 11, 2016 21:01:15
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Hi Duana, Where to begin? We already have gorgeous Felix (almost 3) in our lives and with him we were somehow able to agree on the name no problem. Now we don't know the gender of baby number two who arrives in 4 weeks and we are having difficulties with both boy and girl names. It's the girl names that I am really struggling with, as my husband likes flowery, girly, cute names like Daisy, Scarlett, Clover and I just want a girl's name that inspires - if it is a girl then I want her to have a name that shows strength and tenacity. Full Article

Duana Names: On Earworms, Eventual Boys, and Kids TV

March 9, 2016 21:17:06 Posted at March 9, 2016 21:17:06
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Duana, We are expecting baby #4 in March.... and we learned that it is a boy! This is brand new territory for us, as we have 3 girls at home. With all our previous pregnancies, we did not find out the gender & always walked into the hospital for delivery with confidence in our girl names; still debating about boy names through the contractions. Full Article