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Duana Names: Stop, Alliterate and Listen!

June 1, 2015 17:28:34 Posted at June 1, 2015 17:28:34
Duana Posted by Duana

Duana Help! Naming our first born was super easy. My husband and I both have brothers and lots of male cousins that will do their part to honour family names. So there was no pressure for us to take that route. I opened up a baby name book, stumbled upon Nolan and that was it. Middle name Nash, easy. Full Article

Duana Names: In Which You Say ‘Really, Duana?’

May 29, 2015 19:50:37 Posted at May 29, 2015 19:50:37
Duana Posted by Duana

So a couple of things in relation to the past few days.   Several of you wrote in to tell me that I had neglected to point out (in this post – click here) the third spelling of Margo/Margot – which is of course Margaux. Full Article

Duana Names: To T or not to T

May 27, 2015 18:59:02 Posted at May 27, 2015 18:59:02
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana! I wrote you a name nerd question a little over a month ago and since then the question has morphed. I originally asked your opinion on Margo vs. Amara.  We have since decided on Margo but are now agonizing over Margo vs. Margot spelling. I think we both like Margot a little better but are worried about people mispronouncing her name as "Mar-GOT". Full Article

Duana Names: The Strike List

May 25, 2015 18:28:43 Posted at May 25, 2015 18:28:43
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, This is a bit of a different situation as I am not the mother to be, but rather the sister in law to the mother to be. I was hoping in your infinite wisdom you might be able to help so that I could too. Long story short, my sister-in-law, we’ll call her J has had a name picked out since childhood, and while the whole family has always been aware of this, her cousin who is a few weeks further along and knows she’s having a girl has just hijacked the name. Full Article

Duana Names: In Which I Outlaw A Name

May 22, 2015 18:11:28 Posted at May 22, 2015 18:11:28
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi, Duana, My husband and I are expecting our second girl around the end of Spring. We (meaning, I) like very traditional, classic names. Our first girl is Margaret. (And she goes by Margaret.) Our last name is one syllable, so a multi-syllable first name is a necessity. We also live in the South, so double names are certainly an option. Full Article

Duana Names: Name in the Hand

May 20, 2015 18:17:48 Posted at May 20, 2015 18:17:48
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I need help! I am about to adopt the sweetest little dog from a rescue and I am having a hard time deciding on his name (a yorkie-schnauzer cross, with a beautiful red and white blended coat). Currently, he is named Jerome…which I find very cute, yes, but might want to change (one of the fun parts about getting a dog is all the great name possibilities)! Yet, I always feel slightly guilty about changing a dog's name when he is adjusting to a new home, so I thought about maybe adapting it; I noticed that the main syllable/sound in his name is Rome, which could be easily adapted to Romy or Romeo. Full Article

Duana Names: Hail Mary Pass, hold Mary

May 15, 2015 19:10:41 Posted at May 15, 2015 19:10:41
Duana Posted by Duana

Duana, You are our last hope! We are having a little surprise in two weeks. The girl's name was picked out before we even conceived (Leila Georgie), but if our surprise turns out to be a little boy we are in big trouble. There's nothing we love – names we've mulled over are Charlie, Finlay, Oscar, Ethan, Rory – nothing seems quite right. Full Article

Duana Names: Completing the Set

May 11, 2015 18:16:30 Posted at May 11, 2015 18:16:30
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I am writing on behalf of my sister who is in desperate need of a girl name.  It's her 4th baby so as you can imagine it just gets harder after each one to pick the next name.  This will be the 3rd girl.  The other 3 children are Willa, Rennie (girl - it's a family name) and Charles. Full Article

Duana Names: Can An Adult Change Names?

May 8, 2015 17:44:35 Posted at May 8, 2015 17:44:35
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I love reading your Name Nerd column! I find it fascinating how names have certain connotations/perceptions and how this spills over to personality formation, career developments, etc... In my situation, my legal name first name is Tri, middle name is Duc, last name is Luong. My full legal name makes it obvious that I am of Asian heritage. Full Article

Duana Names: Like…How Early In May?

May 6, 2015 18:17:35 Posted at May 6, 2015 18:17:35
Duana Posted by Duana

Duana, please help! I'm expecting my second in early May. We don't know if it will be a boy or girl. We have one daughter named Eliza, which is a pretty special name in my family. I thought it was unusual when we picked it almost 5 years ago, but now I realize it's getting a bit trendy. Full Article

Duana Names: Natural Woman

May 1, 2015 19:00:36 Posted at May 1, 2015 19:00:36
Duana Posted by Duana

Duana, Our first baby, a girl is due mid-May and we still don't have a name which is stressing me so much that I might go into labor early. I am French and studied French literature at university. I have a long time obsession with Victor Hugo and I always though of the name Esmeralda if I ever had a daughter. Full Article