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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

Duana Names: This email arrived entitled ‘Seriously, we’re f*cked’

Duana Posted by Duana at October 9, 2015 19:30:11 October 9, 2015 19:30:11

Hi Duana, For the last 15+ years, I have been a name nerd. I have an unusual name, and I come from a family of unusual names and nicknames. I had been carefully collecting and curatinga list of names for my future child and fiercely protecting them so word wouldn't get out. So it seems strange that now that I am actually expecting a baby, I am basically incapacitated with this task of naming a human. Full Article

Duana Names: Fix the Nick

Duana Posted by Duana at October 7, 2015 18:23:29 October 7, 2015 18:23:29

Hi Duana, We are expecting our first, a little boy, in late October, and my husband is insisting on a junior unless I have another name I'm truly passionate about (which unfortunately I don't).  The thing is, his name is kind of a pretentious one for a little guy: Howell. My husband got a lot of grief for the Gilligan's Island association as a kid, and even though that show will be more than 50 years removed from our son's school days, I think it sounds snooty regardless. Full Article

Duana Names: Strife, Drama, and definitely not Otto

Duana Posted by Duana at October 5, 2015 19:27:22 October 5, 2015 19:27:22

Hi Duana, We are expecting our second child in early October and we are not finding out the sex. We have a daughter named Alice (thankfully the royals side-stepped it!). We know it’s not really unique, but it’s not widely used where we live…(yet). Coming up with a name my husband and I agree on for our second child is straight up annoying as shat. Full Article

Duana Names: Within The Parameters

Duana Posted by Duana at October 2, 2015 18:03:37 October 2, 2015 18:03:37

We could really use some help. We are expecting in two weeks (yes cutting it close) and although my husband thinks we've landed on names, I'm feeling very uncertain. We are both francophones. Baby will have his last name (two-syllable French last name that starts with F). We also do not know gender of baby. Full Article

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