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Duana Names: If she were a girl

November 3, 2014 19:07:01 Posted at November 3, 2014 19:07:01
Duana Posted by Duana

Duana, We are expected our first child in December and are not finding out the gender.  Francesca is picked out if the baby is a girl. Even if we have a boy now any future girl would still get Francesca. This is family name after an Aunt and she's very, very dear to me. I think the name is beautiful and strong and translates well into English use and is different enough from other girl names ending in "a". Full Article

Duana Names: Greek to Me

October 31, 2014 19:18:02 Posted at October 31, 2014 19:18:02
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, We are expecting a girl very soon and she will be a sister to our first daughter Eleni (we are Greek-American). Because we chose such a Greek sounding name for our first I feel that we need to do the same for our second - Eleni and Harper don’t really work together. I also like the idea of keeping a Greek naming tradition. Full Article

Duana Names: She has to STOP.

October 29, 2014 15:51:21 Posted at October 29, 2014 15:51:21
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Hi Duana, My very best friend is due at the beginning of next month, and they don't know what they're having. If it's a girl, it will be a beautiful, classic, but not too common name that you've brought up occasionally on the blog. The problem is the boy. They can't agree on a name, her husband is quite opinionated when it comes to boy names, and she seems to have "settled" on the one she hates the least. Full Article

Duana Names: A Sib for Cy

October 27, 2014 16:29:08 Posted at October 27, 2014 16:29:08
Duana Posted by Duana

Duana, My husband and I are expecting our first child together-a girl-in a couple of months.  I have a son, Cyrus William, from a previous relationship.  We both love the name Sybil (LOVE), but the big concern is the matchiness of Cyrus/Sybil.  Other names on our list include Cecily, Josephine, Sylvie (Sy again. Full Article

Duana Names: Whither Hipster Names?

October 22, 2014 18:54:26 Posted at October 22, 2014 18:54:26
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting our second child in a few months, and we haven't found out the sex yet - if it's a boy, we're all set. For a girl, we both really love the name Wren, but it keeps popping up on these stupid "Hipster Baby Names" and "Names For Girls That Are Trendier Than You Think" lists. Full Article

Duana Names: Namejack Bloodboil

October 20, 2014 18:02:42 Posted at October 20, 2014 18:02:42
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, So I am in a bit of a conundrum. I feel like I really don't know what to do.  I need some sage advice-stat-! A very close friend of mine just had her second baby girl.  When she was pregnant we discussed name possibilities at great length.  She always loved one name in particular and was talked out of using it by her husband when their first daughter was born. Full Article

Duana Names: Non-Douche Blog Names

October 17, 2014 19:45:45 Posted at October 17, 2014 19:45:45
Duana Posted by Duana

Hey Duana! I know this falls out of your usual spectrum of Name Nerding, and I feel silly even asking this because worrying about naming your blog is so 2003, but... I want to write about my opinions on movies (why they matter to me, why they work, parallels, reviews, just movie nerdery). Ideally I would even like it if people read it and took me seriously. Full Article

Duana Names: ULTRA-MALE!

October 15, 2014 15:08:33 Posted at October 15, 2014 15:08:33
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting our first boy next year and need help with a name.  We want something unique but not completely off the wall.  Our daughter’s name is Chandler (we usually call her Chani) and our last name is two-syllable beginning with a hard “C.”  My husband also has a daughter named Kayla from a previous relationship. Full Article

Duana Names: Don’t Fear The Vowel

October 8, 2014 18:47:32 Posted at October 8, 2014 18:47:32
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Hi Duana, 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: Much Ado About Nothing

October 6, 2014 16:52:36 Posted at October 6, 2014 16:52:36
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana! I too have a general name nerd question. Would you advise expectant parents to research their options before settling on chosen names? I googled the first and middle name of a coworker's newborn daughter because it just sounded familiar to me in a maybe-famous kind of way. Turns out little Samantha Ryan F----- (last name is one-syllable, German, vowel-heavy; not that it's relevant) shares her first and middle name with a porn star. Full Article

Duana Names: What Does It Mean?

October 1, 2014 19:08:04 Posted at October 1, 2014 19:08:04
Duana Posted by Duana

This is more of a general name nerd question - what is your feeling on the meaning of names? Do you think it's important? Does giving a child a name with a negative meaning equal bad karma?? --------- This is a great question, because people really, really have differing opinions on it and it’s hard for one side to talk to the other, like we’re in slightly different name languages. Full Article