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Duana Names: Beach Baby Updates

Duana Posted by Duana at September 2, 2016 18:55:01 September 2, 2016 18:55:01

It's the very last Friday of the summer and I'm in full denial because I feel like we don't actually remember how to do summer until we're more than halfway through it. It's something that is partly a Canadian failing and partly entirely on me. I mean, I was contemplating buying a bathing suit yesterday. Full Article

Duana Names: Looking for a co-sign

Duana Posted by Duana at August 29, 2016 19:23:35 August 29, 2016 19:23:35
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Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting our first child in March! Still a ways to go but I think we have decided on the name. What do you think of Coco? It has family significance, as it was the nick name of a beloved relative. That relative was a male, so while it is normally used for girls, I have always found it to be a gender neutral name. Full Article

Duana Names: On Femininity, Frenchness, and Farting Rats

Duana Posted by Duana at August 26, 2016 20:15:45 August 26, 2016 20:15:45
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Hi Duana! I am French, not pregnant and not intending to be anytime soon, but I like to read your column about name nerding as the cultural differences are always interesting to me. I particularly enjoyed the last one (that I've read, at least) about Vivianne, Vivienne, Vivian, etc. (link) I am writing about a very good friend of mine who is 5 months pregnant with her first child. Full Article

Duana Names: On Starbucks and Sensitivity

Duana Posted by Duana at August 24, 2016 20:44:08 August 24, 2016 20:44:08
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Hi Duana, I love your name columns and have read them for fun, with no naming intentions for a while. My husband and I are finally expecting and we're overjoyed to find out it is boy/girl twins. We're due in August and have a list of girl names we like (favourites are Alienna, Vera, Isla), but we're absolutely stuck on boy names. Full Article

Duana Names: Short. Sweet. Not Simple.

Duana Posted by Duana at August 22, 2016 20:34:52 August 22, 2016 20:34:52
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Hi Duana, After reading your Name Nerd column today, I decided to write in. I'm expecting a baby girl in August- she is our 3rd, and first girl. My husband and I had no problems naming our sons, Jack and Sam. I know these names aren't unique, but I'm fine with it- I love them both. Full Article

Duana Names: Correct Me If I’m Wrong…

Duana Posted by Duana at August 19, 2016 19:50:21 August 19, 2016 19:50:21
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Hi Duana, My husband and I are at odds about how to spell the nickname of our son Julian. My husband is from England and says Jools is the correct spelling and that Jules is the feminine version. I think that it doesn't come as naturally (especially as we live in Canada) and prefer Jules. Full Article

Duana Names:….And Called It Macaroni

Duana Posted by Duana at August 17, 2016 20:04:03 August 17, 2016 20:04:03
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Hi Duana, My sister, Dominika, is one week over her due date and totally dunzo. She and my BIL, Paul, still don’t know the gender and have no names at all! They have "writer's block" when it comes to names and have begged for your help. Both times they have decided not to find out the gender and it was so special when we found out her first baby was a boy! They named him Leo (one of their top choices, just Leo. Full Article

Duana Names: One for you, One for me

Duana Posted by Duana at August 15, 2016 19:15:28 August 15, 2016 19:15:28
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Hi Duana, I've re-read every name post you've ever written hoping a name (the name) would magically jump out at me. We are expecting baby #3 in early August and are stuck on a boy's name. There is a good chance the baby is a girl (we have two girls already) so it may not even be an issue but if it isn't, we are really stumped. Full Article

Duana Names: Family Name Dynamics

Duana Posted by Duana at August 10, 2016 19:17:24 August 10, 2016 19:17:24
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Hi Duana! I'm due to have my first child in early January. My husband and I have decided not to find out the sex, so we have been tossing around boy and girl names. We're in good shape for boy names, but the girl names have been giving us some trouble. We have a few favorites, including the name Audrey. Full Article

Duana Names: Everything is Ennui

Duana Posted by Duana at August 8, 2016 19:36:51 August 8, 2016 19:36:51

Dear Duana, I have a sweet yet spunky daughter named Flora. I get that some people find the name choice strange (bacteria! margarine!), but overwhelmingly, the reaction has been positive. It helps that we live close to Italy! The name struck a chord with me because I'm a fan of 1890s novels. Full Article

Duana Names: How Can One Letter Matter So Much?

Duana Posted by Duana at August 5, 2016 19:59:23 August 5, 2016 19:59:23
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Hi Duana My husband and I are expecting our first child at the end of August. She will be the first grandchild on both sides of the family and after struggling with infertility issues everyone is very excited that she is finally on her way! I have been dreaming about writing to you about a baby naming problem for years. Full Article