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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

Duana Names: My Go-To Name Got Stolen

Duana Posted by Duana at August 26, 2015 18:43:26 August 26, 2015 18:43:26
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Hi Duana, I have had a name for a baby girl for years. It was the only name that I really loved, and I had it planned for a long time. Unfortunately, my sister in law has named her new born baby girl that. I am pissed and really upset, but there is nothing I can do, expect come up with a new name. Full Article

Duana Names: The X-factor

Duana Posted by Duana at August 24, 2015 18:33:00 August 24, 2015 18:33:00

Hi Duana, My husband and I are on child number three and we are totally stumped on a name - somewhat due to our other children's names. We have a boy and a girl: Baxter and Margeaux. Those were both names we heard and were instinctively drawn to, oddly without realizing the 'x' similarities. Full Article

Duana Names: Novel Names

Duana Posted by Duana at August 21, 2015 17:04:24 August 21, 2015 17:04:24

Hi Duana, I’m slowly and steadily working on a novel, it has always been a dream of mine to write and publish something. I’m thinking, that there is no time like the present, so I am going to go for it. It might take some time though, so bear with me if you don’t get your copy in the mail this week. Full Article

Duana Names: The Damn Birth Certificate

Duana Posted by Duana at August 19, 2015 17:17:18 August 19, 2015 17:17:18

Hi Duana! My husband and I are expecting our first baby in September, and we are so divided on a name that that's all we can talk about! Our girl name is set in stone: Evelyn. I read your column regularly and I know it's the popular name to end all popular names right now, but we both love it so much that that doesn't matter. Full Article

Duana Names: Honesty and a Roundup

Duana Posted by Duana at August 17, 2015 18:19:44 August 17, 2015 18:19:44

Hello there, I have a problem. I really kind of like/love this name, but it's a double unisex. I think I know how you feel about unisex names needing to be paired with a traditional male or female name as to avoid confusion on paper, and I agree. But aren't all names going unisex these days? My hubs and I are expecting our first tiny in September!!! We're so excited, and I think her name might be Elliot Reese. Full Article

Duana Names: The Letter That Made Me A Liar

Duana Posted by Duana at August 14, 2015 17:32:51 August 14, 2015 17:32:51

Duana! I am in need of help - I have a baby girl due in August and we are stuck in a rut with names. Everyone keeps writing in that they are all set on girl names, and stumped on boy names - I am the complete opposite. Had this little munchkin been a boy, we had one frontrunner name, totally set to go. Full Article

Duana Names: Middle Name! Time Crunch!

Duana Posted by Duana at August 12, 2015 19:24:49 August 12, 2015 19:24:49

Hi Duana, We're due with our first girl in less than a month now and although we've been trying to be on top of it (picked out our first name within 3 months), I've suddenly been told "You should really have a middle name for the child!" And now it's panic all over again!!! So here's the jist of it. Full Article

Duana Names: Does she get the spare name?

Duana Posted by Duana at August 10, 2015 19:30:50 August 10, 2015 19:30:50

Hi Duana, Had a couple of babies, been there, done that. Two healthy boys, Alexander Vladimir and Walter William. Never got to use any of my awesome girls names. Odette, Analise, Andi, Ursula and Karmen. Now that we are done with kids, we are getting a dog. A female dog. And my family will not let me use any of these names. Full Article