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Duana Names: Avoiding Trends

March 5, 2015 17:06:40 Posted at March 5, 2015 17:06:40
Duana Posted by Duana

Love you column and need some help!  We are due to have our second daughter in March and are struggling with a name…our first daughter is named Scarlett and we are looking for a name that works well with Scarlett but it also has to be a bit different.  My first choice is Harper but my husband is not down with it and thinks it is becoming too popular (Sigh…he might be right). Full Article

Duana Names: Names Are The Reason

March 2, 2015 20:13:56 Posted at March 2, 2015 20:13:56
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana! I'm one of those girls who never wanted to have kids, but have been coming around to the idea, much to my husband's happiness (but no worries, he never pressured me into being a mom). And the main reason I'm coming around to it is because then I get to name the baby! For some strange reason, reading this column and coming up with potential names has been really helpful in making what originally seemed like a crazy concept, a much more realistic idea. Full Article

Duana Names: Is This Name A Curse?

February 27, 2015 19:12:57 Posted at February 27, 2015 19:12:57
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I would love some feedback from you regarding naming our second daughter due early this Spring.  I feel like I have spent several months looking every baby name book and list out there and am coming up empty handed. Here is the background on my hold up. We named our first daughter Elia. Full Article

Duana Names: The Deal on Daley

February 25, 2015 18:39:54 Posted at February 25, 2015 18:39:54
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, We are expecting our second son this June. We had a girl name picked out (Daphne), but no boy names. Our first son is named Eugene James after his grandfathers and goes by E.J. I'm sure you can see our last name on my email. My husband's favorite is Edmund, and my favorites are Aaron, Remy, and Eoin (all four vetoed). Full Article

Duana Names: MacGyver names

February 18, 2015 17:31:04 Posted at February 18, 2015 17:31:04
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I am desperate for your help. We are expecting our second child mid-March, a girl, and we are at a complete loss for a name. Our first child, Leo (now 4 years old), was named very quickly and easily. We knew he was a boy, and it was between Leo and Stellan. We are glad we went with Leo. Full Article

Duana Names: The Final Four

February 17, 2015 20:07:07 Posted at February 17, 2015 20:07:07
Duana Posted by Duana

Greetings Duana! My husband and I are expecting #2 (a girl) and are looking for some unbiased insight on some of our ideas. We both are drawn to more traditional names over limited edition/new age ones. Also I am cautious about anything too popular (although I like many of the top names, I want to avoid them like the plague) so if you predict any of these names taking off, fill me in. Full Article

Duana Names: On Her Behalf

February 11, 2015 19:04:55 Posted at February 11, 2015 19:04:55
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana I am writing on behalf of a friend of mine who is expecting a baby girl in early March.  She would love your name suggestions but delegated the e-mail writing to me :) She and her husband are Italian-Canadian and already have a little guy named Nathaniel (Nate).  Their surname has 3 syllables and rhymes with Battali - with same "li" ending sound. Full Article

Duana Names: The perfect-fit solution

February 9, 2015 19:09:48 Posted at February 9, 2015 19:09:48
Duana Posted by Duana

We are expecting a boy and are at a loss with names. We want to avoid anything too popular (i.e., a lot of the 2 syllable names ending in “n”) but then again, my husband won’t go for anything too unusual either. We already have a 2.5 yr old little girl named Vivienne (middle name Margot after my mother). Full Article

Duana Names: Why Do You Hate Evelyn?

February 6, 2015 17:34:42 Posted at February 6, 2015 17:34:42
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, Quick question - why do I keep clocking Evelyn hate in your column? We have a sister for Lily on the way and love little Evelyn/Evie for her but I have detected some snark about it and it's concerning me. We live in Australia and I'm not hearing it being used.  Please tell! Thank you! ___ Oh man, now I feel kind of bad. Full Article

Duana Names: Something Other Than Sophie

February 4, 2015 16:36:14 Posted at February 4, 2015 16:36:14
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, Like seemingly 90% of the expectant parents that write in for help I am all set with a name for one gender but not the other. I'm in need of inspiration for a classic girl's name to go with older sister Lucy Eleanor and a 3 syllable english last name beginning with B. My husband is all about Sophie and I'm all about finding something else that isn't quite so popular. Full Article

Duana Names: End with a Y?

February 2, 2015 19:08:34 Posted at February 2, 2015 19:08:34
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, We recently found out we are pregnant with our third, due in the spring, and husband and I are pretty far apart on names this time around so we're going to need some help! We already have one of each, Evey Naomi, 7, and Johnny Struan, 6. Our surname is very Scottish, three syllable, -ay sound on the end. Full Article