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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

Duana Names: The Bar is High

Duana Posted by Duana at August 7, 2015 18:52:44 August 7, 2015 18:52:44

Duana, We're expecting our second girl in late August. My husband is Hispanic and we named our first daughter Paloma, partly because I loved the sound of it and partly to honor her Latina heritage. The problem is we have no idea what to name our second daughter. We want something that sounds good with Paloma but a lot of the Spanish names we've found either sound too similar or would be a mouthful on the playground. Full Article

Duana Names: How Do You Solve A Problem Like A Name?

Duana Posted by Duana at August 5, 2015 19:54:24 August 5, 2015 19:54:24

Before I begin – my inbox is FULL of adorable grandparent names and malapropisms that became grandparent names. Compiling them for us all to enjoy later. Standby! Hi Duana, Where do we/you start?!? We are only just pregnant after trying for long time to conceive. We are very excited but nervous for a couple of reasons. Full Article

Duana Names: Names for people who already have names

Duana Posted by Duana at July 31, 2015 18:16:32 July 31, 2015 18:16:32
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Hi Duana, I'm not due until around Christmas, and my partner and I are still early in the baby name game (i.e. we're still pretty far apart on our choices). However, we have started thinking a lot about what the baby is going to call the grandparents. My partner's parents already have grandkids so we'll probably stick with the titles they use (nan and granddad), but this will be the first grandchild for my parents. Full Article

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