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Duana Names: The Rules For Naming Boys

December 12, 2014 19:08:33 Posted at December 12, 2014 19:08:33
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Duana, I am currently pregnant with our second baby and we have chosen to not find out the sex of the baby. For some reason I have no trouble coming up with girl names but A LOT of trouble finding boy names that can stay on our short list. It's a real problem. The two main causes of the problem are that all of the names I truly love have been used by someone be know, and the other problem is that the style of name I like is increasingly popular and we don't want to pick a super popular name. Full Article

Duana Names: We Agree….Now What?

December 10, 2014 19:12:01 Posted at December 10, 2014 19:12:01
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Hi Duana, I'm expecting my first after multiple losses - we are so pumped! The husband and I have always agreed on a name for a boy: Gus. We love it! But is it too hipster ironic? Also, are we obligated to give Gus a more formal first name like Augustus? (Which I love but I'm afraid it's too froofy) Second - if we have an Augustus what would we name the sibling? Especially if it's a girl! I feel like there needs to be a good fit! Thanks Duana! Jennifer ____ If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it enough times to make this phrase a cliché: A lot of popular names are popular because they’re so good. Full Article

Duana Names: Delight! (and gloating)

December 8, 2014 16:32:01 Posted at December 8, 2014 16:32:01
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Hi, Duana! I've been reading your Names column for a long time now and you have totally and completely sold me on the name Otto. I am pregnant with my second child and I'm pretty sure it's a boy, but I don't know for sure yet. We definitely agree that if it's a boy, his name will be Otto, however, we just can't figure out a middle name. Full Article

Duana Names: From the grandmas

December 5, 2014 16:07:30 Posted at December 5, 2014 16:07:30
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Ok Duana: I have a couple of questions for you! My husband and I are expecting our first child and we are leaving the sex a surprise. We both have names that we love that we don't necessarily agree on but also could live with. My husband is Jewish and is really pushing for the name Moses for a boy, which I do love (he has no idea who Gwyneth Paltrow is so I'm even more okay with it. Full Article

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
Duana Posted by Duana

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