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Duana Names: Does She Get A Story?

Duana Posted by Duana at December 7, 2015 21:18:53 December 7, 2015 21:18:53

Hi Duana, We are expecting our second baby in December and I'm really having a hard time with name ideas! Our first was easy- I knew he was a boy and what his name would be as soon as I found out I was pregnant. I know it's still early but I could really use your help to get the ball rolling. Full Article

Duana Names: Put Them On The Map?

Duana Posted by Duana at December 4, 2015 19:18:11 December 4, 2015 19:18:11
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Hi Duana! We are due with our second baby at the end of December, and are at an impasse regarding his/her name. It feels like our 2-year old daughter, Florence, was named for a perfect storm of reasons (Florence was the last place I visited with my Dad before he passed away, my Mom is a nurse (Florence Nightingale reference), and it is a name in my husband's family tree). Full Article

Duana Names: Name News and Issues

Duana Posted by Duana at December 2, 2015 21:53:15 December 2, 2015 21:53:15
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The name thing is not a perfect science. But it’s a single decision that lasts the rest of someone’s life so it is kind of amazing that it works out as often as it does. There are hiccups though, and a couple of them have been in the zeitgeist lately, so I wanted to rant at them today, not solving a particular letter writer’s problem, although many of you have written about all of these. Full Article

Duana Name: On Secrets, syllables, and extra Ns

Duana Posted by Duana at November 30, 2015 20:52:03 November 30, 2015 20:52:03

Hi Duana! My husband and I are having our first baby at the end of this year, and we don’t know the sex. When I first suggested Eamon as a boy name, I did not think my husband would be on board, but he loved it! We thought we were set on boy names, but of course, a lot people have asked what our potential baby names are and in many cases, we shared (big mistake). Full Article

Duana Names: The Struggle is Real?

Duana Posted by Duana at November 27, 2015 19:43:36 November 27, 2015 19:43:36
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Dear Duana, I am expecting a daughter in December. I already have a four year old son named Linus Nin Lum (whose middle name is in honor of a deceased great grandfather). My husband and I are thinking of naming our daughter Linnea Jane Lum (her middle name would be in honor of a deceased grandmother). Full Article

Duana Names: I’m With The Kid

Duana Posted by Duana at November 25, 2015 19:11:58 November 25, 2015 19:11:58

Hi Duana, I’m due with my second child on December 2 and we decided, as we did with our son, to keep the sex a surprise. My three year old is Gavin and it’s a name I loved forever – we settled on it before I was out of the first trimester. The problem is, it seems to be the only boy name I like. Full Article

Duana Names: State of Grace

Duana Posted by Duana at November 23, 2015 19:31:06 November 23, 2015 19:31:06
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Our last name is a traditional English name, 3 syllables. We had originally chosen the name Olivia Grace as we thought it sounded great with our last name and could picture both a little girl and a grown woman easily going by this name. My bubble was burst however when I realized just how popular the name Olivia is these days. Full Article

Duana Names: It Doesn’t Make you Crazy

Duana Posted by Duana at November 20, 2015 19:37:40 November 20, 2015 19:37:40
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Hi Duana, I am writing you to ask for some help. I am originally born and raise in a spanish speaking country but have lived for the past ten years in the US where I met my english speaker husband and future dad of our baby who will join us this November (sex unknown). We are having a little bit of a hard time coming up with names that both reflect my hispanic culture but are easy to pronounce in English. Full Article

Duana Names: Yes, Asterisk

Duana Posted by Duana at November 18, 2015 21:40:26 November 18, 2015 21:40:26

Hi Duana, I don't plan to have children, so this email is purely for fun debate. Can you name your kid Illya if you don't have any ties to Russia, but really like the name? Can you use the name Ari if you're a gentile? Can you have a Declan if you don't have a drop of Irish blood? For the record, I think the answer to all of these questions is yes, but if I was a potential parent, I might be a bit nervous to take the plunge. Full Article

Duana Names: A Million Little Liams…

Duana Posted by Duana at November 16, 2015 20:35:27 November 16, 2015 20:35:27

I am due with my 2nd baby mid-November and the gender is a surprise. I read your baby names column obsessively as I am stuck on both a boy and a girl name.  I do not want my kid to be one of a million little Liams, Ethans or Emmas in the class and I agree that the younger sibling’s name shouldn’t be a drastic difference from the older sibling’s name. Full Article

Duana Names: The Third Gets Four

Duana Posted by Duana at November 13, 2015 19:40:44 November 13, 2015 19:40:44

Hi Duana, We were somewhat surprised to learn that we will be having a third baby. As we have a boy and a girl already, we are really struggling with a name. Keeping up with the "surprise" theme of this baby, we have opted not to find out the gender so need suggestions for both. We have a three- syllable hyphenated last name for our children, so have opted for short (1 or 2 syllable) names for our other children, both which happen to be four letters. Full Article