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Duana Names: Opinions! Go!

Duana Posted by Duana at April 29, 2016 20:14:35 April 29, 2016 20:14:35

Duana, Straight to the point, here is our short list of boy names Samson Dietrich Rex Do we have a winner here? We tend to gravitate towards strong hopefully non-pretentious names. I could go into detail why each of these mean something to us but that's not how names work. You hear them, make a judgement, and then if you get to know the person might find out why they were named. Full Article

Duana Names: Searching for Klarity

Duana Posted by Duana at April 25, 2016 20:25:36 April 25, 2016 20:25:36

Duana! I’ve struggled my whole life to come to terms with my name because not only did my Chinese parents give me a French name that they can’t pronounce, they had to go and spell it differently! They did the same cruel thing to my sister. It’s been really fun hearing other people’s horror stories and also learning to embrace the different-ness of my name. Full Article

Duana Names: On Musical Associations

Duana Posted by Duana at April 22, 2016 20:09:23 April 22, 2016 20:09:23

I have a twofer today because two letters came in that had such similar echoes of each other I thought, why not. Also, because just putting ‘Musical’ in the title will make Lainey scan suspiciously for references to THAT show… Hi Duana! We’re expecting our second, a boy, and made the mistake of telling a few relatives the name we were thinking of: Charles. Full Article

Duana Names: We’re Not Playing

Duana Posted by Duana at April 20, 2016 21:15:50 April 20, 2016 21:15:50

Hi Duana, My partner and I have been avoiding the "name game" like the plague. We cannot see eye to eye. We live in a bilingual part of the country, so a bilingual name is a must. With my first born, I waved the white flag right after I had given birth and my partner named our son Jack. Full Article

Duana Names: Protecting the brilliance of A certain name

Duana Posted by Duana at April 15, 2016 20:55:03 April 15, 2016 20:55:03

Hi Duana, I love your columns and feel that you have so much power over other name nerds that I yelled at you a year ago for overhyping our daughter's name, Anthea, because I wanted to keep it to ourselves. I must have made an impression because you mentioned my yelling in a subsequent column but thought that I was yelling at you for recommending Althea. Full Article

Duana Names: The Tango Maureen

Duana Posted by Duana at April 13, 2016 20:33:30 April 13, 2016 20:33:30

Hi Duana, I need help finding a name for my baby girl, due mid-April. She is my first, and most likely only, biological child, but I help raise my boyfriend's two children (a girl and a boy) from a previous relationship. Baby's last name will be a two syllable (Polish, I think?) name that starts with an M. Full Article

Duana Names: Can’t Have One Without The Other

Duana Posted by Duana at April 11, 2016 20:20:59 April 11, 2016 20:20:59

Hi Duana, I love your name advice posts and am hoping you might be able to give us some advice as my pregnant brain is fried! My husband and I are expecting twin girls in April. We have a two year old son, Christian John, and my name is Leith and my husband's name is Seamus (as you may have guessed, my husband is Irish). Full Article

Duana Names: An Update AND Followup. An Updateup!

Duana Posted by Duana at April 8, 2016 19:53:29 April 8, 2016 19:53:29

It’s a first on Duana Names, an update email that has its own follow-up question!  Not the same thing as people who wrote in about one kid and are asking advice about another one—love those names too, keep them coming! But this is a different story—a name dilemma that keeps giving. Full Article

Duana Names: 4 names, 4 weeks, no clues

Duana Posted by Duana at April 6, 2016 20:16:11 April 6, 2016 20:16:11

Hi Duana, My husband and I are in a bit of a bind. We have 4 weeks until our due date and are still circling around 4 very different baby names - we would LOVE some help on narrowing this down or any insights or thoughts you might have. Some intro information: We're expecting a girl, this is our first child, and we're leaning towards Lillian for a middle name. Full Article

Duana Names: Stonewalled by Taylor?

Duana Posted by Duana at April 4, 2016 19:07:15 April 4, 2016 19:07:15
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Hey Duana, Having my first child, a daughter, in July. My wife is set on naming our daughter Taylor. She picked the name when she was very young and while she says she's open to other names, in practice, every name I suggest gets shot down. Even when she suggests another name, she ends up saying "I'm not sure I love it though," and the conversation ends. Full Article

Duana Names: Are we secretly Brange superfans?

Duana Posted by Duana at April 1, 2016 19:51:48 April 1, 2016 19:51:48

We are expecting a girl (our second daughter, she also has a big brother) at the end of April. Just for background information, her brother's name is Jude Greyson, so Biblical and a family name. Her sister's name is Naomi Griffin, so she, also, has a Biblical name and a family name. Here's our problem. Full Article