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Duana Names: Schroedinger’s Name

Duana Posted by Duana at December 8, 2017 21:19:36 December 8, 2017 21:19:36
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Hi Duana, My husband and I are pregnant with our first child and CANNOT agree on a name. More specifically, we cannot agree on a boy's name. (We aren't finding out the baby's sex.) He's convinced me of his choice for a girl - Eleanor Joan - mostly because I can already think of all the nicknames I'll surely call her: Nora, Ellie, EJ, Nellie. Full Article

Duana Names: Letter Writing Win, Name Jury Out

Duana Posted by Duana at December 5, 2017 22:03:37 December 5, 2017 22:03:37

Hey Duana! So here we go - shouldn't be too long.  I'm due w/ my second in early December (now) - it's a girl, we have a boy at home. His name is Mirko (middle name Augustus - family name), last name is a short Italian name ending in O. So, we've cycled through a ton of names and we've decided that her middle name will be Rafaela (likely the Spanish spelling b/c the Italian is just too superfluous). Full Article

Duana Names: Is It Too Close? Can It Be Too Close?

Duana Posted by Duana at December 1, 2017 20:51:14 December 1, 2017 20:51:14
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N.B. – The letter writer points out that the content may be upsetting, proceed with caution.  Dear Duana, This is a heavy baby name question, and I imagine it could be quite painful to some of your readers. Five years ago I had a daughter who died shortly after birth - I named her Mona. Full Article

Duana Names: Maximum Capacity Name

Duana Posted by Duana at November 29, 2017 21:55:17 November 29, 2017 21:55:17

Hi Duana, We are expecting our first baby, and while we have had our boy name picked out for a while, we have come to an agreement if we happen to have a girl. We really like the name Max for a girl not Maxine or any other version but just Max as the full name. My mother has been getting on our case saying that is not a proper name for a girl and keeps coming up with names like Lark, we are not a fan of the cute names like my step sister has named her daughter Kingsley which is great just not for us. Full Article

Duana Names: Choose ALL The Names! 

Duana Posted by Duana at November 24, 2017 19:33:24 November 24, 2017 19:33:24
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Hello Duana, I've been reading Lainey Gossip for years and have been a fan of your name blog for quite some time. I'm a lawyer and love your SJC name test. Anyway, after a long process, my husband and I were recently approved to adopt a baby. We are not sure when we'll get the call - it could be next week or 3 years from now - but we need to be ready for a new baby. Full Article

Duana Names: Five ALIVE*

Duana Posted by Duana at November 22, 2017 21:48:49 November 22, 2017 21:48:49
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Hi Duana,  Despite no kids of my own on the horizon, I've been inundated with babies over the last year. All three of my siblings have been on the exact same life schedule-- get married, have babies. All three families were expecting at the same time, and there's still one to go. The kicker- they're all girls! So far, there's Hazel, Louise, Zadie, & Piper. Full Article

Duana Names: Sunny, chance of honour names…

Duana Posted by Duana at November 17, 2017 20:58:04 November 17, 2017 20:58:04
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Dear Duana, I have been reading your column a long time out of interest, and I can't believe it is finally my turn to write in! My husband and I are expecting our first baby in early December, and for years we have been talking about names... mostly girls names. We love Ariel, and we are partial to Raphaële, Zoë and Penelope. Full Article

Duana Names: Round the World To Feel At Home

Duana Posted by Duana at November 15, 2017 22:15:19 November 15, 2017 22:15:19
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Hi Duana! I'm so excited to be writing you this email. One of my closest friends is pregnant after a long journey to get here, and she's having a little girl a few weeks after I do too! She's having a really hard time picking a name and since she knows I'm obsessed with your column, she asked me to write in on her behalf to get some naming advice. Full Article

Duana Names: Oy Vey Re: Name OCD

Duana Posted by Duana at November 13, 2017 22:19:09 November 13, 2017 22:19:09
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I've been reading your post for years, and I finally get to write about my very own pregnancy. My husband and I are expecting our first baby (second for him) the beginning of December, but there is a good chance we could have the baby mid-November. We have a ways to go, but my OCD is kicking in- especially since we need to come up with two sets of names (we are waiting to find out the sex of the baby). Full Article

Duana Names: Nothing Is As It Seems

Duana Posted by Duana at November 10, 2017 21:18:00 November 10, 2017 21:18:00
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Hi Duana, Even before we got married, my husband and I talked about how if we ever had kids, and if it was a girl, we'd name her after my maternal grandmother - Loree (not Laurie. Lor-EE)  This was so much the plan that when my sister had a little girl, she considered that name but did not use it out of respect for us wanting to use it. Full Article

Duana Names: In Which I’m Ross, Claudia’s Violin Teacher

Duana Posted by Duana at November 8, 2017 23:11:27 November 8, 2017 23:11:27
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Hi Duana,   We are due in mid-November and decided for the surprise (!) aka we don’t know the sex of the baby. This has been surprisingly difficult in 2017, as many people WANT to know the gender for gifting and I’m actually amazed at how ‘gender/sex-oriented’ clothes and colors actually are. Full Article