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Duana Names: Gender-Neutral Doesn’t Exist

Duana Posted by Duana at February 5, 2016 21:33:40 February 5, 2016 21:33:40

Hey Duana, I have a son who's coming up on 10 years old who we named Rafferty, after an old-timey Australian actor called Chips Rafferty (we are Australian). Someone said to me recently that Rafferty would soon follow names like Riley and Rowan which were once boy names but which are apparently now girl names. Full Article

Duana Names: Can baby make Three?

Duana Posted by Duana at February 3, 2016 21:25:26 February 3, 2016 21:25:26

Hi Duana! As a long-time lurker, I never expected to be writing in. We have twins, a boy and a girl, and have spent the years since they were born swearing that we were DONE. (With much snark and vigor, I'm afraid.) And now - we are, somehow, considering reversing our stance and trying for another. Full Article

Duana Names: In Which I Expose My (former) Self

Duana Posted by Duana at January 29, 2016 19:56:53 January 29, 2016 19:56:53

Hi Duana, We’re expecting our second baby early February and are searching for a name. Gender is a surprise, and we’ve gone through the list of names we had for our first and don’t really like them anymore, so we’re back at square one. Our first is named Penelope, Nell for short, and we’d like to have a longer name that can also have a cute nickname to go with it. Full Article

Duana Names: Unlikely Inspiration

Duana Posted by Duana at January 27, 2016 21:52:51 January 27, 2016 21:52:51

Hi Duana, I wrote to you once before, a couple of years ago. Sadly, that pregnancy ended in a loss. When we conceived again, I couldn't allow myself to plan for the baby for a long time. But here we are, 7 months into a challenging pregnancy, and baby girl has proven to be tough and resilient. Full Article

Duana Names: Monday Morning Hatred

Duana Posted by Duana at January 25, 2016 21:18:37 January 25, 2016 21:18:37
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Hi Duana! After months of being totally stuck on a name for our baby girl, my gf suggested I write into you and get some much needed HELP! We already have a little boy, and after being in boy-land for so long I am really struggling to find a name for a little lady. Basically my problem is I HATE everything! My poor husband, family and friends have listed hundreds of names, and I am just a no, no, no. Full Article

Duana Names: If not Kanye, then what?

Duana Posted by Duana at January 22, 2016 21:11:38 January 22, 2016 21:11:38

Hi Duana, I've been so excited to write in to you since my husband and I found out I was pregnant in May (due in late January). I've been holding off until the 2nd trimester ultrasound so that we would know if we were having a boy or a girl. Unfortunately, our baby is already a stubborn asshole and refused to cooperate with the ultrasound tech. Full Article

Duana Names: Yes but No

Duana Posted by Duana at January 20, 2016 21:07:47 January 20, 2016 21:07:47
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Hi Duana! I read your posts on the regular to source out names, but I never thought I’d write in as I didn’t want to share the names that I coveted. But I’m now in a conundrum cause I’m thinking my name isn’t as fresh as I had once thought. I’m due in May, and we are expecting a boy. Full Article

Duana Names: Nerd-to-Nerd Confidential

Duana Posted by Duana at January 19, 2016 18:36:35 January 19, 2016 18:36:35

Duana! I've been obsessed with names my whole life and my favorite book in high school was Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana (cool, I was). Now that it's time to buckle down and name a human, I'm terrified and can't find the perfect name. I take this responsibility so seriously because I think this will shape who she becomes. Full Article

Duana Names: Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Duana Posted by Duana at January 15, 2016 20:27:14 January 15, 2016 20:27:14

My husband and I are expecting our first tiny human in early March with the potential for a leap year baby (how cool or how awful? I still don’t know). Naming a person for their entire life is a lot of pressure. My husband and I are 80s kids so we both have super popular names. I’ve hated my generic name since 3rd grade when I tried to get it changed to Darby (no luck, but in hindsight that was probably best). Full Article

Duana Names: Does It Cross Over?

Duana Posted by Duana at January 13, 2016 21:34:41 January 13, 2016 21:34:41

We're expecting our first, a girl in early February, and having trouble with her name. We live in an area where creative and non-name names are the norm. We would love to name her something unique and different but also don't want her name to be too weird that it is a burden her whole life. Full Article

Duana Names: Is It Enough To Love It?

Duana Posted by Duana at January 12, 2016 21:15:42 January 12, 2016 21:15:42

Hi Duana, We're expecting our second child, a boy, on February 3rd and I'm hoping my question is fairly simple. Here's the backstory. Our first child, an almost 2 year old boy, is named Judah. We heard the name on the show Weeds almost 7 years before he was born, and loved it so much that we instantly agreed it was the name of our first born son. Full Article