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Duana Names: When You Can Go Anywhere…Go Where?

Duana Posted by Duana at May 5, 2017 19:23:34 May 5, 2017 19:23:34
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Hi Duana, After a long period of losing hope, it was a big surprise to know that we are finally expecting our first baby in May 2017. I am lao/vietnamese background and my husband is german/ukrainian/hungarian/lebanese background. It will be one really mixed kid! We believe it'll be a boy. Full Article

Duana Names: Strength, Style, in that order

Duana Posted by Duana at May 1, 2017 21:59:02 May 1, 2017 21:59:02
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Hi Duana, I love your column and your writing. Hoping for the grace of your wisdom here.. My second child, a baby girl, is arriving in May. We have a taste for what we see as stylish, euro, slightly mid-east-influenced names. Naming our son was super easy - but I'm finding it hard to find a girl's name that is beautiful, stylish, sassy and most importantly *strong* when she is a grown woman. Full Article

Duana Names: Should It Be This Difficult?

Duana Posted by Duana at April 28, 2017 18:13:26 April 28, 2017 18:13:26

Hi Duana! We're expecting our second in May and we won't be finding out the gender. Though somehow we're in the same boat as when we were expecting our first- a full list of potential girls names and zero for boys. Last time we went with the one and only name we could remotely agree on-Ewan, middle name is my Dad's. Full Article

Duana Names: Rethinking, Second thoughts, and ‘Second’ thoughts

Duana Posted by Duana at April 26, 2017 21:28:01 April 26, 2017 21:28:01

Hello Duana, My daughter was born last year and we were one of those couples that didn't want know the gender. We had the boy's name set but we waffled on girls names. Adelaine? Sorcha (he vetoed)? Aurelia? Ariel? We finally settled on one...Claudia. But my ESL in-laws couldn't pronounce it. Full Article

Duana Names: The Name Defies Description…

Duana Posted by Duana at April 21, 2017 20:41:24 April 21, 2017 20:41:24
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Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting our first child in May, and I am convinced that we will never agree on a name. We are planning to be surprised by the gender, so we actually need to have both a boy’s name and a girl’s name ready to go. (Unfortunately the hospital already told us that if we don’t have a name picked out by the time we leave the hospital we will have to go to family court to name the baby. Full Article

Duana Names: START. YOUR. ENGINES…

Duana Posted by Duana at April 19, 2017 21:19:30 April 19, 2017 21:19:30
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DUANA we need help. My husband and I have been married for almost 5 years and currently have zero kids. My 30th birthday is in August 2017 (he will be 29) and we are looking towards that as a soft opening date for the baby-making-factory (TMI?). At this point, we are planning on only having one child. Full Article

Duana Names: One Plus Two Equals New Ball Game

Duana Posted by Duana at April 12, 2017 18:56:10 April 12, 2017 18:56:10
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So we have just found out we are having twin boys but we are having trouble coming up with name options! I have rules already from our first son: our surname is Brown so no one syllable names and no names starting with B, but now I need to find 2 names that fit well together as well as with their older brother! We have Travis already, which may seem like an unusual choice to you as I know it's common in North America but in Australia (where we live) and New Zealand (where I'm from) it's hardly used - I've literally never met another Travis. Full Article

Duana Names: Oprah, Uma, Ari, Eli

Duana Posted by Duana at April 10, 2017 19:51:57 April 10, 2017 19:51:57
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Hi Duana, We just found out that we are having a second boy and we have no idea what to name him! Our first son's name is Ariel Nikolas P----r. We pronounce Ariel the way Sebastian from the Little Mermaid does and we call him Ari for short. I'm Greek and my husband is Jewish. We chose a Hebrew name for the first name and Nikolas is my dad's name, therefore Greek. Full Article

Duana Names: Bye Bye Birdie?*

Duana Posted by Duana at April 3, 2017 19:22:22 April 3, 2017 19:22:22
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I am a longtime fan of your name column. I actually have a naming question about my two year old daughter's name, or, rather, her nickname. Should we at some point transition her to her real name? If so, when? As background: we have three wonderful daughters, Charlotte, Elizabeth and Eleanor. Full Article

Duana Names: 5 year old ideas, 10 year old realizations

Duana Posted by Duana at March 31, 2017 20:13:44 March 31, 2017 20:13:44
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Hi Duana, I'm excited to be writing to you! My husband and I are expecting our first, a girl due in early April. We've had boys names picked out for a while. His top pick was Lincoln, to be called Link and mine was Archer. We also agreed on a backup name of Flynn and resolved to meet the baby to see which of these three (all of which we like and agree on) would suit the baby. Full Article

Duana Names: You Only Know If You Know

Duana Posted by Duana at March 29, 2017 20:48:51 March 29, 2017 20:48:51
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Hi Duana, We're English and I am currently pregnant with my second daughter and we can't find anything we LOVE. My first daughter is Lara (middle name Emilia) and we adore it. I still get a little thrill every time I tell people her name. It's simple but it fits her perfectly - she's a real firecracker. Full Article