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Duana Names: We Must…

Duana Posted by Duana at March 21, 2016 20:54:00 March 21, 2016 20:54:00

Hi Duana, My husband and I are due with our second baby girl in April, and we are having a hard time coming up with a name for her. Our firstborn is named Emilia, which we loved and still love, except now we've run into the pesky issue of everyone spelling her name Amelia. We've decided we want to avoid the spelling issue with our second. Full Article

Duana Names: Can a Nickname Just Be A Name?

Duana Posted by Duana at March 18, 2016 19:31:18 March 18, 2016 19:31:18

Hi Duana, I’ve had this name question for awhile now, but didn’t want to write in until we had reason to, being superstitious and all (no jinx!). My husband and I are now expecting a little boy and the timing is right for my question! We are heavily leaning towards naming our son after my husband. Full Article

Duana Names: Am I Naive?

Duana Posted by Duana at March 16, 2016 21:03:10 March 16, 2016 21:03:10

We are expecting our first girl in early summer. To date, we have put a few names on a short list but have yet to decide on one. We both have names that were of average popularity in the late 70’s and early 80’s, and our surname is now a very popular first name that, unfortunately, is commonly bastardized with the use of an “x”. Full Article

Duana Names: What would Proust say?

Duana Posted by Duana at March 14, 2016 20:25:18 March 14, 2016 20:25:18

Madeleine has made its way into consideration, but debate over pronunciation and spelling is cloudy the decision. I understand Madeleine is the classic, French spelling, and Madeline the English spelling? My question is: are these all the same name, or are they different? I would have pronounced all of the above Mad-uh-lin but perhaps that was incorrect. Full Article

Duana Names: Names for Adults

Duana Posted by Duana at March 11, 2016 21:01:15 March 11, 2016 21:01:15

Hi Duana, Where to begin? We already have gorgeous Felix (almost 3) in our lives and with him we were somehow able to agree on the name no problem. Now we don't know the gender of baby number two who arrives in 4 weeks and we are having difficulties with both boy and girl names. It's the girl names that I am really struggling with, as my husband likes flowery, girly, cute names like Daisy, Scarlett, Clover and I just want a girl's name that inspires - if it is a girl then I want her to have a name that shows strength and tenacity. Full Article

Duana Names: On Earworms, Eventual Boys, and Kids TV

Duana Posted by Duana at March 9, 2016 21:17:06 March 9, 2016 21:17:06

Duana, We are expecting baby #4 in March.... and we learned that it is a boy! This is brand new territory for us, as we have 3 girls at home. With all our previous pregnancies, we did not find out the gender & always walked into the hospital for delivery with confidence in our girl names; still debating about boy names through the contractions. Full Article

Duana Names: March of the All-Girl Updates

Duana Posted by Duana at March 7, 2016 21:57:05 March 7, 2016 21:57:05

I don’t know about you, but these updates fill me with a real sense of satisfaction. Not just for the obvious self-satisfied reasons, but because these kids have names! They change from being ideas to being people! I also get begged for updates all the time, so please, keep them coming, I don’t care how ‘overdue’ you think they are—you’ve been busy! Thanks for letting us know! This one makes me happiest of all, I think… Hi Duana, Just wanted to follow up to thank you for responding to my message!  As a reminder, we were the crazy ones contemplating naming our daughter Sesame... Full Article

Duana Names: 911 Name Emergency

Duana Posted by Duana at March 4, 2016 20:35:14 March 4, 2016 20:35:14

Hi Duana, I am a name-lover who is addicted to the Name Nerd column, but this time I am writing for a friend, and it is a super name emergency as baby is already here! And she's been here for a week. NO NAME YET. My good friend is Swedish and her husband is Thai. They just had a beautiful baby girl last week who is still unnamed. Full Article

Duana Names: The Fatherlode

Duana Posted by Duana at March 2, 2016 21:02:03 March 2, 2016 21:02:03

Hi Duana, You may want to get a beverage, this one’s complicated. I have been imagining this email for months now hoping/praying that after a number of losses this Hail Mary pass of a pregnancy would last. Now with 8 weeks to go we’re looking good for baby boy’s safe arrival in April but we don’t have a name! As a woman of 'advanced maternal age' this is very likely a one shot deal for us so we need to make the name count. Full Article

Duana Names: When The Name Comes First

Duana Posted by Duana at February 24, 2016 21:15:12 February 24, 2016 21:15:12

Hi Duana, Like most others who write in, I'm a life-long name nerd. I couldn't wait to have a human or two of my own to name when the time came. But, as it turns out I'm picky and independent, and so have not followed the conventional path to motherhood! I've chosen to go it alone, and am just starting the process with the aim of conceiving via anonymous donor. Full Article

Duana Names: Making Your Own Call

Duana Posted by Duana at February 22, 2016 21:16:22 February 22, 2016 21:16:22

Hi Duana: I'm due with a boy, our second, in March of 2015. His older sister is named Brynn Ellis Jean Boucher and she'll be 20 months when this guy joins us in March. As you can see, our last name is very French and neither myself nor my husband parle francais. We knew with Brynn that her name was going to be Brynn about mid-way through my pregnancy as soon as we heard it and threw out any competing names. Full Article