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Duana Names: All the ‘Good’ Names

Duana Posted by Duana at April 8, 2015 19:38:33 April 8, 2015 19:38:33

Hi Duana, Almost 10 years after the birth of our first daughter, Lily, my husband and I are expecting a second baby girl. This pregnancy was a very big surprise, since, as the result of a complications from a chronic disease, I was told I couldn't have any more children. Anyway, she is due soon and we still can't seem to settle upon a name. Full Article

Duana Names: Half the Choices is Still Many Choices

Duana Posted by Duana at April 6, 2015 15:39:13 April 6, 2015 15:39:13

Hi Duana My due date is fast approaching on May 17.  My husband and I are expecting a boy and having a hard time agreeing on a name.  I initially didn't want to know the sex, but picking names turned out to be so difficult that I needed to cut our choices in half! We are Jewish and committed to picking a name which fits our culture (with an old testament name, or something else Jewish), and in an ideal world honouring a grandparent (initials S, R, M or A would be ideal). Full Article

Duana Names: Fun with Syllables

Duana Posted by Duana at April 2, 2015 16:57:04 April 2, 2015 16:57:04

Dear Duana, I am having my fourth baby in July.  I have boy/girl twins who are four named Annabelle Rae (b/c I have always loved Annabelle and Rae is my mom’s middle name) and Stephen Michael (after my dad). Our two year old girl is Beatrice Elizabeth (After my husband’s great grandma and mother respectively). Full Article

Duana Names: Names help Careers

Duana Posted by Duana at March 30, 2015 15:59:24 March 30, 2015 15:59:24

Hey Duana, My boss and mentor is expecting her second daughter and is having a hard time deciding on a name. Her eldest is named Mischa, and the frontrunner right now for the younger sibling is Logan. Her main worry is that Logan is really popular right now as a boy's name, and she wouldn't want her daughter to grow up in a generation where only boys share her name (but by the same token, she wants to steer way clear of the most popular girls' names). Full Article

Duana Names: In Which I Give Generously

Duana Posted by Duana at March 27, 2015 15:49:06 March 27, 2015 15:49:06
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Dear Duana, It's getting desperate. Our baby girl is due in April and we are having a complete culture clash. This is a longed for baby and likely to be the only one. I'm English and would love a name that is pretty, reasonably traditional and a bit unusual. I always wanted Fleur for a daughter's name, but I also love Lisette and Eloise. Full Article

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Duana Names: Love The One You’re With

Duana Posted by Duana at March 25, 2015 16:04:51 March 25, 2015 16:04:51

My husband and I are expecting our second daughter (due April 9th) and we haven’t finalized her name. Our first daughters name, Addison, stood out to both of us. We knew it was the name immediately and never second guessed our decision. This time around, it's not as easy. I fear that I will not love our baby girls name as much as we love her older sisters name. Full Article

Duana Names: Double Middle, Side of Potter?

Duana Posted by Duana at March 23, 2015 16:00:29 March 23, 2015 16:00:29

Duana! Help! I'm due in March with our second and we have no clue! So, typical of many of your questions, we have a multi-cultural family and would like names fairly easy to pronounce in English and Spanish. The first problem is my husband happens to have an E name, and we named our daughter an E name. Full Article

Duana Names: What’s Wrong With Popular? (Seriously)

Duana Posted by Duana at March 20, 2015 17:08:26 March 20, 2015 17:08:26

OK, look, I just need something clarified- why is being Emma J and one of three Jackson's suddenly a cultural dilemma. This is new, the desire to be unique, the only Thisbe or Barthes in the school, city, province. I'm just genuinely curious to hear the "name nerd's" reasoning on why popular names should be avoided. Full Article

Duana Names: Good for the Goose

Duana Posted by Duana at March 18, 2015 19:13:42 March 18, 2015 19:13:42

Dear Duana, We are expecting a little girl in May and we are facing a dilemma.  My husband and I have been together for 15 years, and shortly after we got engaged a decade ago, we picked the names of our future children. We both loved those names.  So when we had our son three years ago, we didn’t give it a second thought and gave him the pre-picked boy name. Full Article

Duana Names: Can the Tradition Continue?

Duana Posted by Duana at March 16, 2015 19:15:06 March 16, 2015 19:15:06

Hi Duana, So let me bounce this off of you. I have a daughter named Lyrah, after her grandmother. I am expecting another daughter. The other grandmother's name that we like is Alameda. I like that both of these names are unusual and have family history. I'm not feeling Alameda as much though. Full Article

Duana Names: Vowel-free for Number Three

Duana Posted by Duana at March 13, 2015 15:42:29 March 13, 2015 15:42:29

Hi Duana, My sister is expecting her third daughter later this spring and is stuck on coming up with a name that fits with the Russian/Hebrew tradition of the first two (Raiyah and Mila) but doesn't also end in an -a. There have been soo many good ones we've decided to forego because of that, amongst them: Aria, Hannah, Sasha, Anya. Full Article