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Duana Names: Name in the Hand

Duana Posted by Duana at May 20, 2015 18:17:48 May 20, 2015 18:17:48

Hi Duana, I need help! I am about to adopt the sweetest little dog from a rescue and I am having a hard time deciding on his name (a yorkie-schnauzer cross, with a beautiful red and white blended coat). Currently, he is named Jerome…which I find very cute, yes, but might want to change (one of the fun parts about getting a dog is all the great name possibilities)! Yet, I always feel slightly guilty about changing a dog's name when he is adjusting to a new home, so I thought about maybe adapting it; I noticed that the main syllable/sound in his name is Rome, which could be easily adapted to Romy or Romeo. Full Article

Duana Names: Hail Mary Pass, hold Mary

Duana Posted by Duana at May 15, 2015 19:10:41 May 15, 2015 19:10:41

Duana, You are our last hope! We are having a little surprise in two weeks. The girl's name was picked out before we even conceived (Leila Georgie), but if our surprise turns out to be a little boy we are in big trouble. There's nothing we love – names we've mulled over are Charlie, Finlay, Oscar, Ethan, Rory – nothing seems quite right. Full Article

Duana Names: Completing the Set

Duana Posted by Duana at May 11, 2015 18:16:30 May 11, 2015 18:16:30

Hi Duana, I am writing on behalf of my sister who is in desperate need of a girl name.  It's her 4th baby so as you can imagine it just gets harder after each one to pick the next name.  This will be the 3rd girl.  The other 3 children are Willa, Rennie (girl - it's a family name) and Charles. Full Article

Duana Names: Can An Adult Change Names?

Duana Posted by Duana at May 8, 2015 17:44:35 May 8, 2015 17:44:35

Hi Duana, I love reading your Name Nerd column! I find it fascinating how names have certain connotations/perceptions and how this spills over to personality formation, career developments, etc... In my situation, my legal name first name is Tri, middle name is Duc, last name is Luong. My full legal name makes it obvious that I am of Asian heritage. Full Article

Duana Names: Like…How Early In May?

Duana Posted by Duana at May 6, 2015 18:17:35 May 6, 2015 18:17:35

Duana, please help! I'm expecting my second in early May. We don't know if it will be a boy or girl. We have one daughter named Eliza, which is a pretty special name in my family. I thought it was unusual when we picked it almost 5 years ago, but now I realize it's getting a bit trendy. Full Article

Duana Names: Natural Woman

Duana Posted by Duana at May 1, 2015 19:00:36 May 1, 2015 19:00:36
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Duana, Our first baby, a girl is due mid-May and we still don't have a name which is stressing me so much that I might go into labor early. I am French and studied French literature at university. I have a long time obsession with Victor Hugo and I always though of the name Esmeralda if I ever had a daughter. Full Article

Duana Names: The Legend of Jerry Gary

Duana Posted by Duana at April 29, 2015 18:57:34 April 29, 2015 18:57:34

Hi there, this one is for Duana- We recently made some life changes and moved back to a town to look for a home. Because I don't want to rent in the interim, we are living with my husband's parents (never thought I'd be 33 and living with my in-laws)!!!  I just found out that we are expecting another baby. Full Article

Duana Names: “Spring” Name Update

Duana Posted by Duana at April 24, 2015 15:21:16 April 24, 2015 15:21:16

The thing with the updates isn’t just that you tell me I was right or wrong, or that you write in (and between 6-12 months seems to be around when people are able to update, in case you’re waiting on tenterhooks to hear how it went for one letterwriter or another), but that you’re so happy when you do. Full Article

Duana Names: Rome It Up

Duana Posted by Duana at April 22, 2015 18:45:21 April 22, 2015 18:45:21

I am due with our first baby in about 6 weeks and am in desperate need of some help with a boy name. We are keeping the sex a surprise, and have been decided on a girl name for months now. For some reason, we are getting no where with a boy name. As someone that has a pretty unique name, I would love for my kid to not have an overly common name as well. Full Article

Duana Names: Labelling a Take Home Baby

Duana Posted by Duana at April 20, 2015 16:54:39 April 20, 2015 16:54:39
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Duana, We have our first name picked out for our girl both middle name (three syllables and then one). Both are very pretty, classical but not overused - maybe both in the 250 range of most popular. The issue I am having is the last name-hyphenation issue. My boyfriend and I have been together donkeys' years and after many ups, downs and heartaches we might actually be having our take home baby late spring. Full Article

Duana Names: What’s Wrong With July?

Duana Posted by Duana at April 17, 2015 17:58:02 April 17, 2015 17:58:02
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Spring is ploughing ahead, which brought a random query into my head: so April, May, June, August... All very popular names. Why not July then? It's got a nice flow and ring to it, and in so many countries July is the best holiday month - hot and beautiful - so it also comes with great connotations. Full Article