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Duana Names: Clear, Simple… and Refreshing

Duana Posted by Duana at October 19, 2017 20:12:21 October 19, 2017 20:12:21
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Hi there! My wife is due October 17th and we are having a hard time deciding on a first and middle name! Right now we've got 2 that we're partial to... I like Juniper (June) and my wife likes Ingrid. We've come up with Juniper Louise and Ingrid Mae. We're open to more names as well! L __ Well, listen – this is about as simple a question I’ve ever been asked, so I can’t tell whether I would serve you better by being just as simple, or more in-depth. Full Article

Duana Names: Hamilton Begins To Climb?

Duana Posted by Duana at October 13, 2017 20:05:55 October 13, 2017 20:05:55

Hi, I'm writing on behalf of my sister, with her permission, about her baby boy due in a week or so. Her main question is about the name "Hamilton". Her husband is an economist, and a fan of Alexander Hamilton, and they both love the musical. The trick is, we're Canadian, and they don't particularly care for the city of Hamilton. Full Article

Duana Names: I am G. Elizabeth Lastname

Duana Posted by Duana at September 25, 2017 21:02:08 September 25, 2017 21:02:08
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I don't like my first name - Gillian. I can't seem to say it so people hear it... people always hear it as 'Joanne', and I always want to ask them how old they think I am because nobody in my generation is called Joanne. It has always seemed like someone else's name. Gill doesn't work either as I like Gillian better than Gill. Full Article

Duana Names: Bonne Chance, Duana!

Duana Posted by Duana at September 22, 2017 18:55:49 September 22, 2017 18:55:49
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Dear Duana, We are expecting our second child in the next few days, unexpectedly early because of some medical concerns. So, while we had a bit of time on our side (and don't feel like we MUST land on A name before baby arrives), I'm now waiting for a phone call to come into the hospital to have the baby, and thinking about baby names is a wonderful distraction. Full Article

Duana Names: The Garlic Of Names

Duana Posted by Duana at September 15, 2017 20:26:32 September 15, 2017 20:26:32
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Dear Duana, Help! My husband and I are expecting our second child in two weeks and my husband and I still haven't settled on a name for our little man. With our 2 year old daughter, we had an easy time because we both loved her name - Blair. It is strong and soft at the same time and is of Scottish/Gaelic origin. Full Article

Duana Names: Is Ambivalence A Good Name?

Duana Posted by Duana at September 11, 2017 20:56:29 September 11, 2017 20:56:29
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Hello Duana, I’m going to be honest, I’m fairly indifferent about baby names. I lost interest in my early 30s when I was terminally single, mildly depressed and surrounded by new mums discussing the merits of naming their baby Otis, Iggy, Milo or Evie. So now at the ripe old age of 42 I’m knocked up and the due date is early September. Full Article

Duana Names: …Which is Fine, I Guess

Duana Posted by Duana at August 30, 2017 20:27:38 August 30, 2017 20:27:38

Hi Duana, I’m so happy to be writing to you! It’s taken us awhile to get here and I’ve been reading your column and book for a while, hoping to write someday with a name question of our own. We are due this fall, and we found out recently that it’s a girl!! Pretty soon after finding out we were pregnant, the name Juliette was in my head and hasn’t left. Full Article

Duana Names: Clock-watching and Overthinking

Duana Posted by Duana at August 28, 2017 20:47:50 August 28, 2017 20:47:50
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We’re expecting our first child - a boy, due August 31st - and so far picking a name has been the most difficult decision yet….also, arguably, one of the few we actually have to make before the baby arrives (eep!). So far none of the names on our short list have really stood out as totally “right” and we are definitely starting to feel the clock ticking! I jokingly told my husband about writing in to your name column, and he encouraged me, in all seriousness, to send you an email. Full Article

Duana Names: Just Like This, But Not

Duana Posted by Duana at August 25, 2017 20:29:19 August 25, 2017 20:29:19
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I am getting (VERY) close to my due date and am having my third girl. I have a boy name I LOVE, Hugh, but we obviously will not be using that.  The middle name will be Sullivan (another family name) and our last name is a direction (think Kim K’s kids). Do you have a recommendation for a girl name that embodies all of the elements of Hugh? My two older girls are Bridget Louise and Reynolds Clare (we primarily call her Renny). Full Article