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Duana Names: All over the place

Duana Posted by Duana at January 14, 2015 17:53:20 January 14, 2015 17:53:20

I have a friend who could really use your advice.  She has two girls, Rory and Brooklyn and baby number 3 is on the way.  The thought of going through childbirth again is really stressing her out, and not having a few names ready isn’t helping the situation! She and her husband do not know what they are having. Full Article

Duana Names: Breaking The Unbreakable Rule

Duana Posted by Duana at January 9, 2015 18:14:45 January 9, 2015 18:14:45

Hi Duana, So I'm not pregnant. It's not even in my foreseeable future. But I need still your opinion. I had a one-night stand recently with a guy named Sebastian...which just happens to be one of my favorite boys names. So...what are the rules of naming children the same name as someone you once slept with or dated? Do I need to avoid all men with awesome names so I don't ruin my chances of being able to give that name to a future child? Many thanks! ___ So there are rules, and there are unbreakable rules. Full Article

Duana Names: When I’m Not Happy….

Duana Posted by Duana at January 7, 2015 18:25:02 January 7, 2015 18:25:02

Dear Duana, I’ve read your column enough times to know that you aren’t very impressed with matching names or alliterative names and well, we’ve done both.  I have two boys, Maddox and Maxwell and I am pregnant with my third baby.  The boys last name starts with “M” and to top it all off my husband and I both have “M” names… I don’t know how we got to this point but we are here now and I feel like we have to give this baby another “M” name or he/she will feel left out. Full Article

Duana Names: This Person Has My Number

Duana Posted by Duana at January 5, 2015 18:22:53 January 5, 2015 18:22:53

Hi Duana, I have been reading your column religiously in hopes that you would suggest a boy name that would solve all my boy-naming problems. This hasn’t happened yet, so I am just going to ask outright. My husband and I are having our first baby at the end of February (gender unknown) and we are having such a hard time finding a boy name that we love. Full Article

Duana Names: Reservation for One

Duana Posted by Duana at December 31, 2014 15:59:04 December 31, 2014 15:59:04

Hi Duana, I've read your column for a long time now but it's totally possible I missed the one about this subject - I find it hard to believe you haven't tackled it before.  But anyway, I've decided to go ahead and write to you and hopefully you'll decide to give me some advice even if you have had a question like this before. Full Article

Duana Names: A trilingual boy

Duana Posted by Duana at December 24, 2014 16:49:02 December 24, 2014 16:49:02

Hi Duana, My husband and I are having our first baby - a boy - in the next couple of weeks and we're having a hard time coming up with a trilingual name for him. Our parameters are few but somewhat limiting. My husband is Moroccan and we would both like our son's name to reflect his heritage, in addition to be easy to pronounce in English. Full Article

Duana Names: The Teacher’s Curse

Duana Posted by Duana at December 22, 2014 17:27:06 December 22, 2014 17:27:06

Hi there Duana, My due date early March, and my husband and I are excited to be welcoming our first baby; a boy.  However, even with 3 months to go I'm feeling stymied in the name department.  There is nothing we LOVE. Nothing getting us fired up. When it comes to taste my husband is very pedestrian; he can't stomach anything too 'weird'. Full Article

Duana Names: Old People Get No Opinions

Duana Posted by Duana at December 19, 2014 18:32:38 December 19, 2014 18:32:38

Hi Duana, My husband and I are currently expecting our second at the end of April and we just found out that its a boy. I'm not going to lie, you have totally sold me on the name Damian - I love it so much, as does my husband. It's classic, uncommon but not unknown, and goes well as a sibling with our daughter's name. Full Article

Duana Names: You, Federer, and the Kids

Duana Posted by Duana at December 17, 2014 17:19:17 December 17, 2014 17:19:17

Duana, help! I am pregnant with our second set of twins. (I have no idea what the actual odds are of this happening to someone, but here we are.) My fraternal boys are Rhys and Dylan. Similar, but not matchy-matchy - the boys are completely different people; we never dress them alike or anything like that, and we are planning a similar approach to our twin girls that are due in about six weeks. Full Article

Duana Names: The Tate Detente

Duana Posted by Duana at December 15, 2014 17:57:37 December 15, 2014 17:57:37

I really, really need your help. In February I will be giving birth to our second child (gender is unknown) and cannot think of the perfect boy name. Our first child is a boy named Tate, and I have yet to run into another one his age (or any age for that matter). We loved his name and knew it was our only option if we had a boy. Full Article

Duana Names: The Rules For Naming Boys

Duana Posted by Duana at December 12, 2014 19:08:33 December 12, 2014 19:08:33

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