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Duana Names: Getting the L out

Duana Posted by Duana at September 30, 2015 17:58:29 September 30, 2015 17:58:29

A little housekeeping: A big shout-out to Samantha who knew that the nerdiness of me was referencing the 8-child Pike family in the BSC books by saying I associated Margo with Byron in this column. I didn’t reply to her before because I was having email issues. Full Article

Duana Names: Not, you know, You-neek

Duana Posted by Duana at September 28, 2015 19:18:30 September 28, 2015 19:18:30

Hi Duana! Love your advice. So here's our predicament. Baby 2, whose sex we will not find out, is due October 8th. Our 1st, a girl, is Linden. We LOVE Linden because it is unique but not you-neek, it's a real but underused name, and it refers to a relative (her grandma is Linda). We have chosen Mirren if Baby 2 is a girl and love it for much the same reasons, though there's no family connection other than being Scottish, a background we share. Full Article

Duana Names: Names We Cannot Use

Duana Posted by Duana at September 23, 2015 18:13:22 September 23, 2015 18:13:22
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Dear Duana, Help!  We are expecting our second son in early October. We had a difficult time naming our first son but once he was born settled on the perfect name for him, Mathis Alexander. You see, my husband is a teacher and I work with rescue dogs and have had the privilege of naming hundreds of dogs over the years. Full Article

Duana Names: Annoy Like The Wind!

Duana Posted by Duana at September 16, 2015 18:41:35 September 16, 2015 18:41:35

Hi Duana, I have a question that will probably annoy you on TWO levels lol. Sorry in advance! I am pregnant with our first girl and have a long history of Charles in our family. I've always wanted to call a baby girl Charlie as a twist on our family tradition but was nervous about going full Charlie. Full Article

Duana Names: Perfect or Pretentious?

Duana Posted by Duana at September 14, 2015 19:01:59 September 14, 2015 19:01:59

Hi Duana, My husband and I are in need of your help. I am due at the end of October with twins, and we are searching to find names for our new babies that we love just as much as our two older children.  We already have a boy named Victor and a girl named Adair, and our twins will be a boy and a girl (how lucky are we to have two boys and two girls)! Our last name is very common, two syllables, ending in ----er (which you can probably gather from my email address). Full Article

Duana Names: End-of-summer updates!

Duana Posted by Duana at September 11, 2015 20:39:59 September 11, 2015 20:39:59

The other day I got a letter asking if people ever update me on what they named their babies. WHY YES THEY DO! Here are a few that I received lately, assume bragging rights are implied where applicable… First, from the author of ‘No Schmance... Full Article

Duana Names: Popular! I want to be Pop-u-u-lar!

Duana Posted by Duana at September 9, 2015 19:04:10 September 9, 2015 19:04:10
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Hi Duana! I am due in early October, and baby's sex will be a surprise. We have a list of names, and despite my insisting that Liam is too popular my husband really, really loves it. I do too, but I just really do not want my kid to be one of 10 Liams in his class. Is this irrational? Does it really matter if we both love the name? Other names on our boy list are classics like Colin, Henry, Ethan, and a wildcard - Lazlo. Full Article

Duana names: Crowdsourcing the second position

Duana Posted by Duana at September 4, 2015 18:34:54 September 4, 2015 18:34:54

Dear Duana, I’m writing in on behalf of my coworker, who is due at the end of September. Quickly after finding out she was having a girl, she and her husband decided on the first name Lucy, since her Grandfather used to call her “Little Lulu” as a child. But they’re stuck on a middle name. Full Article

Duana Names: International Coffees

Duana Posted by Duana at September 2, 2015 20:27:44 September 2, 2015 20:27:44

Hi Duana, I am a single female physician in her early 30’s - having my first child, a girl. I am still stuck on naming her and since I don't have a partner there is no one to help me come to a solid conclusion. For the longest time when I pictured by daughter I wanted to name her Isabella. Full Article

Duana Names: Baseball Baby

Duana Posted by Duana at August 31, 2015 15:30:11 August 31, 2015 15:30:11

Hi Duana - I am a loyal reader of your column, and a serious fellow name nerd. My husband and I are expecting a boy - our first child - this September, and are at an impasse on names. Of course, we had JUST settled on a girl name immediately prior to finding out the gender. I have an uncommon (but not "made up" or "out of left field") name. Full Article

Duana Names: Knocking Out The Front Runner

Duana Posted by Duana at August 28, 2015 18:44:47 August 28, 2015 18:44:47

Hi Duana! We're expecting our second bundle of joy in September, gender unknown. We have our girl name set and ready to go, but struggling with the boy name. Currently the front runner is Liam (I know, I know, but stay with me) but I have a couple reservations. First off, I don't particularly care if my kid doesn't have the most unique name ever, but there's a difference between "fairly popular" and "#2 name in nameberry" popular. Full Article