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Duana Names: End with a Y?

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

Duana Names: Joyful Joyful

January 30, 2015 20:57:02 Posted at January 30, 2015 20:57:02
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Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting our first child, a girl, in early February.  If we were having a boy, I would be emailing you for help with first names because that was quite the debate but thankfully, we settled on Colette as our daughter's name long ago. Some background on why we chose Colette- we love the fact that it's a name you don't hear very often, yet it's still very classic sounding. Full Article

Duana Names: It Works If You Work It

January 28, 2015 17:06:38 Posted at January 28, 2015 17:06:38
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My husband and I are having our first child this winter and I am stressing about names. My husband's last name is very Italian, filled with lots of M's and r's and syllables. Many of my longtime favorite names for girls (Zara, Cecelia) are either filled with those same letters or sound too long and cumbersome when combined with the last name. Full Article

Duana Names: What if It’s Not Him?

January 26, 2015 19:55:34 Posted at January 26, 2015 19:55:34
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Hi Duana, We are expecting Baby #3 in early 2015!  Our son's name is Timothy, and our daughter's name is Anna.  The boy's name is decided - it was set the last go-round (Henry Xavier) - but we are having some trouble with a girl's name.  My husband wants June, but if we do use it, we'll likely use that as a middle name. Full Article

Duana Names: Is Lainey Old?

January 23, 2015 16:16:23 Posted at January 23, 2015 16:16:23
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Hi Duana, My husband and I don't know the sex of the baby yet, we are still too early along. But I'm the kind of planner that as soon as we know- I want to be armed and ready to assign our baby with the perfect name. If we have a boy, we will likely name in succession, a very traditional male name. Full Article

Duana Names: Are We Missing Out?

January 21, 2015 19:02:48 Posted at January 21, 2015 19:02:48
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Ooooh Duana, I wouldn’t consider myself in a name conflict with my husband, but I’m worried the short list has already been created and we’re missing out on other great names because we’ve basically stopped looking. Background, I’m 6 months pregnant with our first, last and only. Full Article

Duana Names: Middle Names Are Like Summer Camp

January 19, 2015 19:47:51 Posted at January 19, 2015 19:47:51
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Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting our second child - another boy - this spring. Our front runner for baby # 2 is Nolan - likely to be the eventual winner but I don't like officially naming a baby until it's here. I'm a little perplexed by middle names. Neither my middle name, nor my sister's have any significance and my parents were never given middle names by their parents, but ended up just picking one themselves. Full Article

Duana Names: Baby Name Updates January 2015

January 16, 2015 20:07:08 Posted at January 16, 2015 20:07:08
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You asked, and once they got some sleep, they provided. Here are a few of the most recent name updates. Thanks to the parents who sent them in! Royalophile – click here for the original letter. Full Article

Duana Names: All over the place

January 14, 2015 17:53:20 Posted at January 14, 2015 17:53:20
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I have a friend who could really use your advice.  She has two girls, Rory and Brooklyn and baby number 3 is on the way.  The thought of going through childbirth again is really stressing her out, and not having a few names ready isn’t helping the situation! She and her husband do not know what they are having. Full Article

Duana Names: Breaking The Unbreakable Rule

January 9, 2015 18:14:45 Posted at January 9, 2015 18:14:45
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Hi Duana, So I'm not pregnant. It's not even in my foreseeable future. But I need still your opinion. I had a one-night stand recently with a guy named Sebastian...which just happens to be one of my favorite boys names. So...what are the rules of naming children the same name as someone you once slept with or dated? Do I need to avoid all men with awesome names so I don't ruin my chances of being able to give that name to a future child? Many thanks! ___ So there are rules, and there are unbreakable rules. Full Article

Duana Names: When I’m Not Happy….

January 7, 2015 18:25:02 Posted at January 7, 2015 18:25:02
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Dear Duana, I’ve read your column enough times to know that you aren’t very impressed with matching names or alliterative names and well, we’ve done both.  I have two boys, Maddox and Maxwell and I am pregnant with my third baby.  The boys last name starts with “M” and to top it all off my husband and I both have “M” names… I don’t know how we got to this point but we are here now and I feel like we have to give this baby another “M” name or he/she will feel left out. Full Article