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Duana Names: On Her Behalf

February 11, 2015 19:04:55 Posted at February 11, 2015 19:04:55
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana I am writing on behalf of a friend of mine who is expecting a baby girl in early March.  She would love your name suggestions but delegated the e-mail writing to me :) She and her husband are Italian-Canadian and already have a little guy named Nathaniel (Nate).  Their surname has 3 syllables and rhymes with Battali - with same "li" ending sound. Full Article

Duana Names: The perfect-fit solution

February 9, 2015 19:09:48 Posted at February 9, 2015 19:09:48
Duana Posted by Duana

We are expecting a boy and are at a loss with names. We want to avoid anything too popular (i.e., a lot of the 2 syllable names ending in “n”) but then again, my husband won’t go for anything too unusual either. We already have a 2.5 yr old little girl named Vivienne (middle name Margot after my mother). Full Article

Duana Names: Why Do You Hate Evelyn?

February 6, 2015 17:34:42 Posted at February 6, 2015 17:34:42
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, Quick question - why do I keep clocking Evelyn hate in your column? We have a sister for Lily on the way and love little Evelyn/Evie for her but I have detected some snark about it and it's concerning me. We live in Australia and I'm not hearing it being used.  Please tell! Thank you! ___ Oh man, now I feel kind of bad. Full Article

Duana Names: Something Other Than Sophie

February 4, 2015 16:36:14 Posted at February 4, 2015 16:36:14
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, Like seemingly 90% of the expectant parents that write in for help I am all set with a name for one gender but not the other. I'm in need of inspiration for a classic girl's name to go with older sister Lucy Eleanor and a 3 syllable english last name beginning with B. My husband is all about Sophie and I'm all about finding something else that isn't quite so popular. Full Article

Duana Names: End with a Y?

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

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
Duana Posted by Duana

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
Duana Posted by Duana

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
Duana Posted by Duana

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
Duana Posted by Duana

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
Duana Posted by Duana

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