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Duana Names: You Would Cry Too If It Happened To You

Duana Posted by Duana at May 26, 2017 19:23:52 May 26, 2017 19:23:52
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My husband and I have a 3 month old baby. We kept the baby's name a secret until he was born, and we named him William James (first and middle name).  We loved both names and went back and forth on which would be the first and second, as we thought both ways sounded lovely. My husband's best friend and his wife were expecting when we had our baby, and on our first Skype call with them after Will was born, they told us that it was such a coincidence because they are going to name their son James William. Full Article

Duana Names: Get Your Mind Out Of The TV!

Duana Posted by Duana at May 24, 2017 20:30:06 May 24, 2017 20:30:06

Dear Duana, I need help, please and thanks! After being adamant that we weren’t going to have children – for years and years - at the age of 38, we realized that soon the decision wouldn’t be ours anymore so we decided to stop trying not to have a baby. Within 7 minutes, the decision was made and we were pregnant. Full Article

Duana Names: “BABY GIRL” Must Not Stand!

Duana Posted by Duana at May 19, 2017 20:36:02 May 19, 2017 20:36:02
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Dear Duana, Now to the matter at hand, we are in desperate need for a name! Our third child was born on May 14th, the names on our shortlist do not fit her and now we're sleep deprived and have no clue how to even to start a new name search. She's currently called Baby Girl by the doctor's office and that is just wrong. Full Article

Duana Names: OMG. No, wait – well, maybe. OMG?

Duana Posted by Duana at May 17, 2017 21:59:35 May 17, 2017 21:59:35
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Hi Duana, I am in a real conundrum. We thought we were having a boy originally and had a name picked out no problem. My name pick for a girl was Margot Mabel with the last name L----c. Unfortunately.... my partner’s name is Marko which was pointed out to me rhymes exactly with my top name pick. Full Article

Duana Names: A Dub By Any Other Name

Duana Posted by Duana at May 15, 2017 20:16:35 May 15, 2017 20:16:35
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Hi Duana, My boyfriend showed me this article this morning and I immediately thought of you. It’s a hilarious name-nerd writeup disguised as sports writing, about the WHL draft and the names of the players, born in the early 2000's for the most part. Full Article

Duana Names: Solutions for the 2am Search

Duana Posted by Duana at May 12, 2017 19:57:00 May 12, 2017 19:57:00
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Hi Duana, I know you generally answer letters when delivery dates are close by and I'm not even pregnant yet but this name interrogation is keeping me up at night (my husband thinks I'm crazy and he might be right...) We're going for baby #3 this spring after 2 beautiful (and exhausting) boys, Charles (3 1/2), named after my dad, and Olivier (2) named after. Full Article

Duana Names: Secret Agent Baby-O

Duana Posted by Duana at May 10, 2017 20:51:23 May 10, 2017 20:51:23
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Hi Duana, I'm due at the end of May but I have no idea what to name our baby if baby turns out to be a boy. This baby will be number 3 and likely our last. I already have a boy, age 3.5 (Theo, Theodore on official papers) and a girl, age 2, Fiona. Middle names for both kids start with J (and likely baby #3) are Chinese so any names starting with the letter "B" are out. Full Article

Duana Names: When You Can Go Anywhere…Go Where?

Duana Posted by Duana at May 5, 2017 19:23:34 May 5, 2017 19:23:34
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Hi Duana, After a long period of losing hope, it was a big surprise to know that we are finally expecting our first baby in May 2017. I am lao/vietnamese background and my husband is german/ukrainian/hungarian/lebanese background. It will be one really mixed kid! We believe it'll be a boy. Full Article

Duana Names: Strength, Style, in that order

Duana Posted by Duana at May 1, 2017 21:59:02 May 1, 2017 21:59:02
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Hi Duana, I love your column and your writing. Hoping for the grace of your wisdom here.. My second child, a baby girl, is arriving in May. We have a taste for what we see as stylish, euro, slightly mid-east-influenced names. Naming our son was super easy - but I'm finding it hard to find a girl's name that is beautiful, stylish, sassy and most importantly *strong* when she is a grown woman. Full Article

Duana Names: Should It Be This Difficult?

Duana Posted by Duana at April 28, 2017 18:13:26 April 28, 2017 18:13:26

Hi Duana! We're expecting our second in May and we won't be finding out the gender. Though somehow we're in the same boat as when we were expecting our first- a full list of potential girls names and zero for boys. Last time we went with the one and only name we could remotely agree on-Ewan, middle name is my Dad's. Full Article

Duana Names: Rethinking, Second thoughts, and ‘Second’ thoughts

Duana Posted by Duana at April 26, 2017 21:28:01 April 26, 2017 21:28:01

Hello Duana, My daughter was born last year and we were one of those couples that didn't want know the gender. We had the boy's name set but we waffled on girls names. Adelaine? Sorcha (he vetoed)? Aurelia? Ariel? We finally settled on one...Claudia. But my ESL in-laws couldn't pronounce it. Full Article