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Duana Names: Loyal Best Friend or Leading Character?

Duana Posted by Duana at November 9, 2015 19:25:36 November 9, 2015 19:25:36

Hi D, Long time fan of the blog and your column here, and I can finally use (and need!) your help. We are expecting a boy due at the end of November. We like old names that will travel well between English, Spanish and French as we are Spanish speakers but live in an international city and we will continue to do so for a while. Full Article

Duana Names: How To Play The Name Game

Duana Posted by Duana at November 6, 2015 20:24:57 November 6, 2015 20:24:57
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Hi Duana I am expecting my 2nd girl at the end of this month. To put it mildly myself and my other half had difficulty agreeing on a name the first time around. I wanted Ellis or Archie for a girl. He wanted Kate or Anna. He refuses to entertain surnames, "boys" names or names that he will have to explain or spell. Full Article

Duana Names: For a Friend

Duana Posted by Duana at November 4, 2015 22:32:07 November 4, 2015 22:32:07
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Hi Duana, I'm so excited that I get to write to you! I have no plans to have kids of my own, didn't think I'd ever have a reason to write. But I convinced a friend to let me write on her behalf, so here goes. My friend and her husband are expecting their second child, a boy, in November. Full Article

Duana Names: Family – Stylish; Genus – Hipster; Species – Sub-Hipster

Duana Posted by Duana at November 2, 2015 19:09:35 November 2, 2015 19:09:35

Hi Duana! I have been reading your name insights since the beginning and am totally excited to be able to write in. We are due with a boy this fall and can't decide at all on what to name him. Of course, my girl name was picked out ten years ago. I'm very protective of it but you should know it's very English and flowery. Full Article

Duana Names: For the Win

Duana Posted by Duana at October 30, 2015 19:43:10 October 30, 2015 19:43:10
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Hello Duana! My husband and I are (beyond) struggling with coming up with an appropriate name for our daughter who is due early November.  Prior to getting pregnant, I was obsessed with doing name research and still love a lot of names….for other people’s daughters.  For some reason nothing feels right for ours. Full Article

Duana Names: Making up a Monogram

Duana Posted by Duana at October 28, 2015 22:24:41 October 28, 2015 22:24:41

Hi Duana, I've loved reading this column and am excited (but overwhelmed) to have a need to write in. My husband and I are expecting our first child at the end of October. We are keeping the gender a surprise so we'll need both boy and girl name options. For a girls name, we both really like the name Maia. Full Article

Duana Names: Finding love for the third and last

Duana Posted by Duana at October 26, 2015 19:36:00 October 26, 2015 19:36:00
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Hi Duana, I am due in late October with #3.  I will not be finding out the sex until he/she is born and I need your help.  I have two sons named Lincoln T and Callen X (unintentional "n" pattern noted after I started reading your "Name Nerd" answers), and I'm not sure where to go from here. Full Article

Duana Names: Nickname and Chill

Duana Posted by Duana at October 23, 2015 19:13:01 October 23, 2015 19:13:01

Duana, I need help. I think I've overthought and over-researched names until I have completely confused myself. I am due with our second baby, gender unknown, at the end of November. We are set on a boy's name - Declan. Our first child is Eleanor (middle name - Jane), and we adore it. Full Article

Duana Names: All The Worldwide Names You Love

Duana Posted by Duana at October 21, 2015 18:49:38 October 21, 2015 18:49:38

So while I’ve been recovering from the cold that will not die, and which is currently threatening to develop into the potentially WORST stealth side effect ever, you’ve been sending me your International Names that are ripe for co-opting. Herewith: I've always been a fan of the Basque: Julen, Iker, Mikel, and Imanol for boys and Ainhoa (a-ee-NOH-ah), Iciar (ee-SEE-ar), Aranzazu (nickname Arantxa), and Illari (ee-YAH-ree) for girls. Full Article

Duana Names: The Best Transatlantic Greetings

Duana Posted by Duana at October 19, 2015 19:08:43 October 19, 2015 19:08:43

I am writing you, asking you for an opinion on Norwegian/Scandinavian names. We are due at the end of October, and we're having a girl! We are both Norwegian and living here at the moment and we work in the creative field.  The child will have both of our last names, so therefore we are looking for a first name only, and our preference has tended to lean towards shorter names but we are open to your advice. Full Article

Duana Names: A Present for Me!

Duana Posted by Duana at October 14, 2015 18:09:30 October 14, 2015 18:09:30

Today is all about me. It is neither my birthday nor my wedding day, but I am so sick with a cold that keeps getting worse instead of better, and so I’m feeling sorry for myself. So I decided to run a letter that includes a present to me – and it’s not even a compliment!  Well, at least not solely a compliment: As a big thank you for entertaining me through a month expat year in Mongolia, I would like to give you a gift. Full Article