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Duana Names: Winston in service of…?

August 1, 2014 18:17:07 Posted at August 1, 2014 18:17:07
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, We are going to be the proud parents of a new dog soon - in less than four weeks!  The name part is killing us - we can't decide.  This is our second dog, our first one is Winston a Standard Schnauzer.  Our new addition will be a Brussels Griffon (the dog from As Good As It Gets) and will likely be a girl. Full Article

Duana Names: Baby Francis?

July 30, 2014 16:58:47 Posted at July 30, 2014 16:58:47
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I'm writing because we really, really need your help finding a name. Nothing works. Nothing clicks. And time's running out; I'm due in 5 days! This will be our only kiddo, so we're feeling the pressure to get it right and we're getting kind of panicky. We're having a boy, and the one name we can agree on is Francis. Full Article

Duana Names: Walk the Line?

July 28, 2014 19:09:18 Posted at July 28, 2014 19:09:18
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, My due date is just a few weeks away and we don't know what we are having. If it is a girl, the front-runner is Karolina. My heart says yes, but my mind is making me question it. We have a long Italian last name that ends with an "ee" sound so I don't like any name that will rhyme with that. Full Article

Duana Names: 10 Days Or Less

July 25, 2014 16:45:36 Posted at July 25, 2014 16:45:36
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, Please help!  My due date is 10 days away and we're totally stuck on a name for boy #2.  My last name rhymes with that of our popular Canadian coffee chain.  Our first son is Owen (which we chose despite its ranking on the popular list).  We'd like the names to sound good together, but have no rules about initials or ending with an "n". Full Article

Duana Names: Hey You

July 23, 2014 16:31:34 Posted at July 23, 2014 16:31:34
Duana Posted by Duana

I need name help and like yesterday. We are expecting a girl in the next month and this will be our second girl. Our first is Caroline. This was a no brainer for us we pretty much agreed on the car ride home from the ultrasound. Now here we are again and we cant come up with something we both love. Full Article

Duana Names: No Schmance

July 21, 2014 15:29:56 Posted at July 21, 2014 15:29:56
Duana Posted by Duana

Duana. I'm imploring for your help (pretty please!). We're Mexican but my first son (18 months) was born in the US. His name is Diego, last name C------. My husband and I loved it! the length, that it's easy to pronounce in both Spanish and English and the general vibe of it. This time around we're not finding out if we're having a boy or girl but options are: Dario, Javier. Full Article

Duana Names: Hipster Baby Names

July 18, 2014 16:03:35 Posted at July 18, 2014 16:03:35
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting a baby boy in early September. Very exciting, but I'm stressing about names, mainly because my hubby and I don't see eye-to-eye on this topic. Here are my top three names, in order: 1. Beau 2. Remi 3. Harley My hubby's contribution: 1. Full Article

Duana Names: A different kind of name question

July 16, 2014 16:08:51 Posted at July 16, 2014 16:08:51
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I am getting married next May, and cannot decide if I want to take my fiance's name.  He is totally supportive of whatever I want to do, as his mother didn't take his father's name (of course, they're divorced, so there's some karmic issues there), and he knows my overwhelmingly feminist attitudes about everything. Full Article

Duana Names: With Ansleigh

July 14, 2014 15:52:59 Posted at July 14, 2014 15:52:59
Duana Posted by Duana

My husband and I are expecting our first child at the end of the year. We've been married just over four years now and kids were always in our plans. We have both had short lists for names in the backs of our heads for years. Mine includes Maeve, Anneliese, Eliza and Bennett, Casper, James. His Violet, Rachel, Grace and Matthew, Wyatt, Noah. Full Article

Duana Names: How about Eleri?

July 10, 2014 18:44:11 Posted at July 10, 2014 18:44:11
Duana Posted by Duana

Dear Duana, My husband and I are expecting a girl in 5 weeks, and are desperate for some advice. We haven't told our friends and family our intended baby name (for fear of inviting unwanted comments), so we have no one to arbitrate our debate: My husband is of Welsh origin; I am Bulgarian. Full Article

Duana Names: On Emergencies and Opie

July 8, 2014 15:29:52 Posted at July 8, 2014 15:29:52
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I am due with a baby in two weeks(!) and my husband and I need your help. We do not know the gender. If it's a girl we're pretty sure she will be Ruby, but it's boys names where we get stuck! Names we kind of like (but not enough) are Oliver, Kai, Arlo, Leif and Opie. The name has to go with our toddler son's name, Henley Roy. Full Article