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Duana Names: The Adventures of Margaret’s Brother

Duana Posted by Duana at July 15, 2016 19:02:13 July 15, 2016 19:02:13
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Hi Duana! I promise I am not stalking you! Due to medical reasons I am having baby #2 (a boy) earlier than anticipated so the date has moved up, yet we are still at a complete impasse for a name. However, I may have one that I wanted to run by you as I am wavering. As quick background, my husband hijacked the naming of our firstborn daughter - Margaret Elise - while I was still drugged up in the operating room. Full Article

Duana Names: In Which We Meet A Genius And Learn Stuff

Duana Posted by Duana at July 13, 2016 20:51:40 July 13, 2016 20:51:40
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Hi Duana! We are expecting a baby boy at the end of July and have literally no name list! We have a daughter named Vera and we both love her name. It's traditional yet rare and our Russian and Spanish relatives and English and French (we live in Montreal) neighbors and friends can all pronounce it and spell it. Full Article

Duana Names: Can A Name Really Be Unlucky?

Duana Posted by Duana at July 8, 2016 19:23:58 July 8, 2016 19:23:58

Hi Duana, I always loved the name Mallory for a girl. I am due this August and started to research a bit more into the name and discovered that the meaning of Mallory is "unfortunate" or  "unlucky". I really still want to use this name, but I am worried that when my daughter is older and does a little name research of her own, she will discover the negative history of her name and wonder why we chose this for her. Full Article

Duana Names: Can You Choose A Name First?

Duana Posted by Duana at July 6, 2016 21:29:20 July 6, 2016 21:29:20
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Duana, We have an unknown amount of time to answer our question - we're prospective adoptive parents currently in the "waiting period" portion of the adoption process. Potentially, we might not have much lead time between learning about a child who could be placed with us and actually bringing that child home, so we want to have some solid name ideas worked out of time. Full Article

Duana Names: Naming a Star

Duana Posted by Duana at July 5, 2016 21:31:36 July 5, 2016 21:31:36

Hi Duana, My husband and I need your help! We've narrowed down our name choices for our newborn boy who is due in a few weeks to: Mars Alexander, Apollo Sebastian/Fielding or Lawrence Apollo. His last name will be a hyphenated name with each name having two syllables and both starting with the letter "W". Full Article

Duana Names: Desperate, Yet Unique?

Duana Posted by Duana at June 29, 2016 21:12:28 June 29, 2016 21:12:28
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Hi Duana, I am so confused. Pregnancy hormones are not helping! We are expecting our second child in less than 2 weeks and are choosing not to find out the gender. However, we are stumped on names. We both are of Indian origin and thought we were being unique in picking the name Aria for our first daughter, due to its Sanskrit origin and beautiful meaning. Full Article

Duana Names: Why Now?

Duana Posted by Duana at June 27, 2016 20:32:44 June 27, 2016 20:32:44
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Hi Duana, I'm not pregnant but I have a name question or curiosity that I need to have some clarity on. We had a baby girl in December and named her Kyra. One month before she was born an acquaintance had a girl named Kiera. Two months after out Kyra i heard of another Kira. A friend due in July said that name is on her short list. Full Article

Duana Names: How Unique Do I Need To Go?

Duana Posted by Duana at June 24, 2016 19:03:25 June 24, 2016 19:03:25

Hi Duana, I have a unique name: Siobhan. Luckily I live in the UK so most people know how to pronounce it but I grew up in Australia where they didn't. Few can spell it but I've gotten so used to it that I don't mind. I am need of some name-nerd expertise. I'm getting a dog later this year, just need to puppy proof my house first, and decide on a breed. Full Article

Duana Names: But Please, No

Duana Posted by Duana at June 22, 2016 20:54:58 June 22, 2016 20:54:58

Hi Duana, Writing in for my work wife who is due in June. Her daughter is Eliana and they had a very hard time coming up with that name. Mom and dad have very common 80s names (mom is something like Lauren or Julie* and dad is something like Jason or Austin, last name is very common like Cooper). Full Article

Duana Names: Suddenly Stalled

Duana Posted by Duana at June 20, 2016 18:29:48 June 20, 2016 18:29:48
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Hello Duana, I'll be delivering a baby boy in September as a single mum. The circumstances around the situation are delicate at best, let's just say I have no confirmation if the father wants any involvement in this child's life. With that in mind I feel that naming could go one of two ways. Full Article

Duana Names: My Tradition is Losing My Mind

Duana Posted by Duana at June 17, 2016 18:26:26 June 17, 2016 18:26:26

Hi Duana, My lovely husband has been alternating subtle and not-so- subtle hints that if our second baby is a girl, he would really like to name her for his mother. It's tradition in his family to name new babies for their grandparents, and while that's great for some, it's really just not my style. Full Article