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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

Duana Names: Stopping, Laying Off, and Leaving Names Alone

Duana Posted by Duana at June 29, 2015 18:05:55 June 29, 2015 18:05:55

One of the many, many things I love about this column and all of you who contribute is that it is so unabashedly a sociology exercise. We discuss names, and sooner or later those names apply to someone – and you can’t not react.  I knew that there would be people mad because I didn’t like certain names. Full Article

Duana Names: Nicking the Name

Duana Posted by Duana at June 26, 2015 19:19:07 June 26, 2015 19:19:07

Hi Duana - Our family is expecting the addition of a baby boy the beginning of July. He is eagerly awaited by a big brother Rocco and big sister Tessa. We have a single syllable Chinese last name. You can see that we lie somewhere in the middle of quirky and traditional as far as naming goes. Full Article

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