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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
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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
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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

Duana Names: Two! Two! Two names in one!

Duana Posted by Duana at March 11, 2015 16:21:43 March 11, 2015 16:21:43

Hi Duana, Totally wanted to do this on my own, but I'm throwing in the towel and turning to the expert. I'm 6 weeks away from D day, and not any closer to a name than I was months ago! My husband is Italian and I'm Asian, and expecting my second boy. I wanted to use the same criteria as for my first: Italian or Latin-based formal name, easily pronounced by the Asian side, with a strong-sounding English short form that we would use as his name every day. Full Article

Duana Names: Baby Brother Standoff

Duana Posted by Duana at March 9, 2015 19:04:18 March 9, 2015 19:04:18
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Hi Duana! I'm calling out an SOS for a friend in great need of urgent Name Nerd assistance: My friend Kelley is due any day now and is completely stumped on a name for baby boy #2. Big brother is named Sawyer and is completely adorable with THE greatest head of hair ever. Last time around Sawyer's Dad pushed hard for 'Falcon' (Kelley won with Sawyer). Full Article

Duana Names: Avoiding Trends

Duana Posted by Duana at March 5, 2015 17:06:40 March 5, 2015 17:06:40
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Love you column and need some help!  We are due to have our second daughter in March and are struggling with a name…our first daughter is named Scarlett and we are looking for a name that works well with Scarlett but it also has to be a bit different.  My first choice is Harper but my husband is not down with it and thinks it is becoming too popular (Sigh…he might be right). Full Article

Duana Names: Names Are The Reason

Duana Posted by Duana at March 2, 2015 20:13:56 March 2, 2015 20:13:56

Hi Duana! I'm one of those girls who never wanted to have kids, but have been coming around to the idea, much to my husband's happiness (but no worries, he never pressured me into being a mom). And the main reason I'm coming around to it is because then I get to name the baby! For some strange reason, reading this column and coming up with potential names has been really helpful in making what originally seemed like a crazy concept, a much more realistic idea. Full Article

Duana Names: Is This Name A Curse?

Duana Posted by Duana at February 27, 2015 19:12:57 February 27, 2015 19:12:57

Hi Duana, I would love some feedback from you regarding naming our second daughter due early this Spring.  I feel like I have spent several months looking every baby name book and list out there and am coming up empty handed. Here is the background on my hold up. We named our first daughter Elia. Full Article

Duana Names: The Deal on Daley

Duana Posted by Duana at February 25, 2015 18:39:54 February 25, 2015 18:39:54

Hi Duana, We are expecting our second son this June. We had a girl name picked out (Daphne), but no boy names. Our first son is named Eugene James after his grandfathers and goes by E.J. I'm sure you can see our last name on my email. My husband's favorite is Edmund, and my favorites are Aaron, Remy, and Eoin (all four vetoed). Full Article