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Duana Names: Hypothetical Alphabeticals

December 3, 2014 16:33:33 Posted at December 3, 2014 16:33:33
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Hi Duana, My sister and her husband are currently expecting their third child just after Christmas, and she's feeling stuck coming up with a name for this little boy.  I feel partly responsible -- a couple of months ago I pointed out that between all of their first names and last name, they were only missing a name that starts with the letter D (Adam & Caitlin, big brother Foster, little sister Elsie, and their last name starts with a B) in order to use all of the first six letters of the alphabet. Full Article

Duana Names: Untenable Kenneth

December 1, 2014 19:41:16 Posted at December 1, 2014 19:41:16
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Hi Duana! I have been following your Name Nerd column for a long time, and I need some help. My husband and I have baby #2 on the way, and we are stuck. We do not know what we are having, but we do not have major issues with girl names. We have several girl names to choose from. The issue is choosing a boy name. Full Article

Duana Names: New York Babies…

November 28, 2014 17:25:18 Posted at November 28, 2014 17:25:18
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Duana, My friend needs your help! stat! She and her husband are having their second baby and they know she is a girl. Their first born son's name is Hudson, so they are looking for a name that will go along with it (and have shot down my suggestion Hayden), but they can't seem to agree on a name. Full Article

Duana Names:...And Isn’t Yosemite

November 26, 2014 17:17:19 Posted at November 26, 2014 17:17:19
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Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting our first -- a boy -- and we have no clue what to name the little guy. Years ago we joked around about baby names (at least I thought we were joking) like Aloysius or Yosemite, but it seems that my husband actually likes them. We both have very traditional names (think English Kings/Queens), so I'd like the babies name to semi-mesh with ours, but I would also love something that could reflect my Eastern European heritage. Full Article

Duana Names: Break that Habit

November 24, 2014 16:15:04 Posted at November 24, 2014 16:15:04
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Hi Duana, We currently have a toddler named Claire and are expecting twin boys. Would very much appreciate some name help please.  Our first names are John and Kelly.  Our last name is very German, sounds like ThisBig.  I'm of Irish roots so like the idea of finding at least one boy name of Irish origin. Full Article

Duana Names: Ready For Some Joy

November 21, 2014 16:51:57 Posted at November 21, 2014 16:51:57
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Dear Duana- I am pregnant for the fourth time in three years- all my previous pregnancies ended in miscarriage, due to a genetic condition for which I am a carrier. But THIS time, we've gotten all testing back, everything looks good, and I think I can finally say with some confidence that we are having a little girl!! Here's where I need some help. Full Article

Duana Names: Old and Awesome

November 19, 2014 16:14:44 Posted at November 19, 2014 16:14:44
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Hi Duana, I love your name nerd column! I am looking for advice in my second pregnancy. I have always loved classic, old fashioned names - blame it on all the classic children's literature I read growing up. For our first daughter, we decided on Louisa pretty early on. I love the name and I love her nickname - Lou. Full Article

Duana Names: 80s revival?

November 17, 2014 16:20:57 Posted at November 17, 2014 16:20:57
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Hi Duana, I just discovered your Name Nerd blog, and just in time too! I'm pregnant with our second child, due in November. We have a 15 month old son named Pearce. Our last name is Allen, which is super mainstream, so it's important to us to choose first names that are memorable. Our style is short and sweet (max 2 syllables). Full Article

Duana Names: Popularity Polemic – Wyatt

November 14, 2014 17:03:21 Posted at November 14, 2014 17:03:21
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Hi Duana, I'm expecting a baby soon and mine and my husband's number one pick for a boy is Wyatt, only now I'm starting to notice it more and more... a co-worker's friend named their son Wyatt, and of course Ashton and Mila now have their little girl, etc. etc. I thought I could snag the name before it became the next Sophia or Isabella, but now I'm worried. Full Article

Duana Names: Asian, English, and Irish

November 12, 2014 18:17:38 Posted at November 12, 2014 18:17:38
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Dear Duana, I need some help finding names for my second born - a son due early next year. My oldest is called Keira and our surname is a short one syllable Irish name beginning with T. Apart from liking the name, one of the main reasons we selected Keira was because I am from an Asian background and the name 'Kiren' is an an Asian name. Full Article

Duana Names: Are We Being Played?

November 10, 2014 18:33:35 Posted at November 10, 2014 18:33:35
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I've been wondering this for a while, and with the spate of celebrity babies born recently it's really been niggling at me - are we SURE the names announced are legit? This isn't a reaction to "those crazy celebrities and their weird baby names", but rather wondering if, rather than revealing the child's real name to the world, "those crazy celebrities" are seeking some privacy - and secretly snickering about fooling us - by announcing fake names. Full Article