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Duana Names: How about a Z-sounding S?

Duana Posted by Duana at July 29, 2015 20:14:31 July 29, 2015 20:14:31

Hi Duana! Please help! My sister's first child (a boy) is due in early August and she wanted me to write to you because they are not even close to finding a name! We are Persian and both my sister and I and my two daughters have flower names (in Persian and English). However, for a boy, all we came up with is Forest. Full Article

Duana Names: A Totally New Question

Duana Posted by Duana at July 27, 2015 18:28:25 July 27, 2015 18:28:25

Hi Duana We are pregnant, and while I would love to find out the gender ASAP hubby would love it to be a surprise until birth, so I will do that for him. I figure between conceding that PLUS giving birth he will owe me big time!  We are lucky to have agreed on both a girl's name *and* boy's name. Full Article

Duana Names: I finally titled a column Mamma Mia

Duana Posted by Duana at July 24, 2015 19:19:16 July 24, 2015 19:19:16

Hi! Husband and I are due late August with our first babe, we are waiting to find out the sex. We are set on a girls name, his grandma that he was very close to was named Maria, and everyone called her Mika. So we are set on Mika for a girl. My middle name is Marie, and my grandma's name is Rose-Marie, so originally I was thinking Marie for a middle name. Full Article

Duana Names: A ‘Choose Your Own’ Adventure

Duana Posted by Duana at July 22, 2015 19:34:33 July 22, 2015 19:34:33

Hi Duana, I'm a trans woman in the process of transitioning. I'm trying to work out a name that starts with E or L (though not opposed to others!). I also have an interesting surname (Winter) that makes things difficult. I also want to shy away from more masculine names, and I like names that have a more feminine ring to them, such as names with the -ia sound. Full Article

Duana Names: Catherine Keeners

Duana Posted by Duana at July 20, 2015 19:44:49 July 20, 2015 19:44:49

Hi Duana This may be an unusual request in that we've already picked both of our names. My boyfriend and I ended on a stellar boy name after some dicey negotiating that included a serious bid from him for Hedwig (for a boy...). The girl name was much easier. My family has this awesome tradition of passing down maternal names. Full Article

Duana Names: It’s Probably Not Donncha (* with love to Noel and Aine)

Duana Posted by Duana at July 17, 2015 18:19:37 July 17, 2015 18:19:37

Hi, My husband and I are hoping that we will be the beneficiaries of your name-nerd advice. We are expecting our second little one on August 8, 2015. We’re Asian and we somehow stumbled into a very lucky due-date! We don’t know if Baby #2 is going to be a boy or a girl. Our first child is a little boy who will be close to turning three. Full Article

Duana Names: Too Good Too Soon?

Duana Posted by Duana at July 15, 2015 16:57:14 July 15, 2015 16:57:14

Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting our first baby after some health issues and are very excited/nervous/anxious to welcome our first daughter in early August.  We have one name that we have been playing with but wanted to see if you would mind sharing some of your lovely ideas before we me make the final decision. Full Article

Duana Names: Harder than it looks

Duana Posted by Duana at July 10, 2015 19:01:23 July 10, 2015 19:01:23

Hi Duana - The time has come when I need your naming skills!  My husband and I are expecting baby #2, a girl, beginning of July and we're struggling to find a name we both like. We love our first daughter's name - Summer Olivia - it's different but not "weird," and the first name isn't very common. Full Article


Duana Posted by Duana at July 8, 2015 18:28:14 July 8, 2015 18:28:14

Hi Duana, I'm due July 8 with my second girl. My first daughter's name is Quinn and we decided on that name fairly early with little discussion of other names. I'm having a heck of a time coming up with a name for baby #2 and my husband is no help at all. I want a name that "goes" with Quinn (which means that it probably can't be too feminine) but I don't want anything too "out there. Full Article

Duana Names: Inspiring Women, in Two Parts

Duana Posted by Duana at July 6, 2015 17:36:17 July 6, 2015 17:36:17

Dear Duana, I am expecting girl #3 and having trouble settling on a name. Our older daughter is Chora, and our younger is Edith ("Edie"). We want to name our daughter after a female figure she can admire. For us that means someone courageous and whose courage is tied to her faith (for us, Catholic or more broadly Christian). Full Article

Duana Names: Causing Undue Name Pain?

Duana Posted by Duana at July 3, 2015 19:26:01 July 3, 2015 19:26:01

Hi Duana, I would really appreciate your advice! Our first boy is due this summer and while my husband and I have agreed on a name, which I suggested and love, I'm having some worries about it. We live in a very ethnically un-diverse community. Most everyone in our town has an English or Irish surname. Full Article