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Duana Names: Naming the Motherlode

Duana Posted by Duana at June 24, 2015 17:21:47 June 24, 2015 17:21:47

Hi Duana, So here’s the dilemma, I'm having quadruplets! I’m having two girls and two boys.So far we have three out of the four names settled but are having trouble cracking the last name for our boy. For the girls we have Remy and Lore, which is German and pronounced like Laura but we know most people will say Lore which we are cool with, and have actually debated on which pronunciation we like more. Full Article

Duana Names: Names That Sound Like A Hot Dog Stand

Duana Posted by Duana at June 22, 2015 17:15:14 June 22, 2015 17:15:14

Hi Duana, Looking for some name help and due in 3 months!! My hubs loves the name Frank....and I just can't. All I think of is frank the tank or a kind of chubby / weirdo kid. To be fair, I love that the name is super classic but not popular. He likes that it ends with a K sound (and everything else about it). Full Article

Duana Names: Beginnings

Duana Posted by Duana at June 19, 2015 16:14:42 June 19, 2015 16:14:42

Hey Duana, I am due in July and am hoping for some guidance. My husband and I are expecting a little girl and this will be our only one. Sadly, I was pregnant with twins but recently lost one and now all of the names we loved feel like too much of a pair as we had been throwing them around together. Full Article

Duana Names: Updates June 2015– Early and Late

Duana Posted by Duana at June 15, 2015 18:37:25 June 15, 2015 18:37:25

A bunch of updates came flowing in, letting me know that while everything else seems to be at a standstill because we’re waiting and waiting and waiting for summer to actually show up, babies are still arriving and being named and keeping us all amused. Really that’s what the propagation of the species is about, right?  First, a spelling debate that got a lot of participation from all of you. Full Article

Duana Names: Committing to a Fit

Duana Posted by Duana at June 12, 2015 19:23:05 June 12, 2015 19:23:05
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Duana, Just read your column on how tough boys names are, and that is right where we are. We don't know if we're having a boy or a girl, but we have lots of girls names that we love, and I have no concern that we'll be able to pick a name we love if we have a girl. We are stumped on boys names. Full Article

Duana Names: Back to Basics

Duana Posted by Duana at June 10, 2015 20:37:04 June 10, 2015 20:37:04

Hi Duana, I am due with my second child, a baby boy, the end of June. We have a little girl and her name is Grace. My husband and I immediately loved her name so we never had any issues or debates over choosing a name. This time around it has been much different. This will be the first boy in 4 generations of women on my side, so needless to say our families are pretty excited to welcome a baby boy. Full Article

Duana Names: Follow London’s Lead

Duana Posted by Duana at June 8, 2015 18:27:15 June 8, 2015 18:27:15

Baby #2 is on the way and my husband and I just can’t agree on a name.  We’re having a baby girl and already have a daughter named London Nicole. The last name will be hyphenated and we would love a name with the same feel as London without getting to frilly (no Annabelles, Charlottes or other ‘Disney Princess sounding names’) His picks: 1. Full Article

Duana Names: Surprise Twins are the best twins.

Duana Posted by Duana at June 5, 2015 17:06:01 June 5, 2015 17:06:01

Duana, I am pregnant with twins - a boy and a girl! The pregnancy is a wonderful, wonderful surprise as I was previously told by doctor's it would never happen for me. Believe it or not the time has flown by - my partner and I got married (LOL!) moved houses, renovated and have pretty much changed our lives around to make room for our new babies. Full Article

Duana Names: Straight Shooters and Clever Sisters

Duana Posted by Duana at June 3, 2015 19:14:05 June 3, 2015 19:14:05

Hi Duana, I'm due in June with our second child (a girl!) and we are having a hard time finding a name we love that goes well with both our last name and our son's name, Marcus.  Since we have a somewhat long Italian last name that people tend to trip over, we are trying to stay away from names that are difficult to spell/pronounce or have several different pronunciations. Full Article

Duana Names: Stop, Alliterate and Listen!

Duana Posted by Duana at June 1, 2015 17:28:34 June 1, 2015 17:28:34

Duana Help! Naming our first born was super easy. My husband and I both have brothers and lots of male cousins that will do their part to honour family names. So there was no pressure for us to take that route. I opened up a baby name book, stumbled upon Nolan and that was it. Middle name Nash, easy. Full Article

Duana Names: In Which You Say ‘Really, Duana?’

Duana Posted by Duana at May 29, 2015 19:50:37 May 29, 2015 19:50:37

So a couple of things in relation to the past few days.   Several of you wrote in to tell me that I had neglected to point out (in this post – click here) the third spelling of Margo/Margot – which is of course Margaux. Full Article