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Duana Names: Not in August

April 22, 2014 15:58:17 Posted at April 22, 2014 15:58:17
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I'm due with my 2nd in 6 weeks, it's a boy, and we're completely stumped. The only boy name both of us loved was August, which is now unusable as a family member recently named her son Augustus which is just too close for us. I love the sound of August, it's soft yet I think still masculine and has a unique quality to it. Full Article

Duana Names: Wyatt and Co.

April 17, 2014 15:51:20 Posted at April 17, 2014 15:51:20
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana - I have a 2 year old son named Wyatt. Agreeing on his name was one of the more difficult things my husband and I have ever done (I swear it's the ONLY boy name we came across that we both loved). I just found out we are expecting our second child this August - we don't know yet if it's a boy or girl - and I am already stressing about how we'll ever agree on another name. Full Article

Duana Names: Deadlockbreaker

April 15, 2014 16:10:05 Posted at April 15, 2014 16:10:05
Duana Posted by Duana

Hoping you can help break the deadlock my husband and I are in. We're due with our first, a little boy, in four weeks and can't agree on his first name. Middle name is a family name and completely sorted. We're down to three boys names: Mattias, Callan and Erik. Our last name is very Swedish, starts with a "J"and ends in "sson". Full Article

Duana Names: Surprise!

April 10, 2014 16:45:03 Posted at April 10, 2014 16:45:03
Duana Posted by Duana

I have loved your name articles from day one, for both the hilarious redirections and sweet encouragements. But it was solely for entertainment purposes. Except now I'm surprise pregnant (Hi! was on the pill!) and my husband and I are grappling with names for our little one. Since fate toyed with us a bit, we've decided to leave the sex unknown and choose two names for boy/girl and name the kid accordingly once we meet them. Full Article

Duana Names: Tiebreaker

April 8, 2014 15:35:32 Posted at April 8, 2014 15:35:32
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana! My husband and I (and my mom, his mom, my sister, etc.) are deadlocked over the name of our second daughter. We are torn between Susannah and Blythe as a sister to Phoebe. I think I really like the simple, chic feel of Blythe and I adore the symmetry it has visually with Phoebe, but I think Susannah is probably a prettier, easier name to wear. Full Article

Duana Names: Arguments for Arthur

April 3, 2014 15:47:53 Posted at April 3, 2014 15:47:53
Duana Posted by Duana

Help!!!!! Pregnant with my second, due in the middle of summer, and we are completely stuck on a name. We will be having a boy this time around so of course I had girls names all picked out!  The only names we like so far are Grayson and Hudson but we aren't really in love with either.  There are other names I love but the problem is our last name. Full Article

Duana Names: Subverting the Nickname

April 1, 2014 15:26:08 Posted at April 1, 2014 15:26:08
Duana Posted by Duana

Dear Duana, My husband and I are expecting a boy this winter, and while we fundamentally agree on the types of names we like (traditional, must pass the Supreme Court test), I’m having a lot of trouble agreeing to anything because I’m afraid of what my husband is actually going to call our child. Full Article

Duana Names: C, D, (not E) F

March 28, 2014 14:41:06 Posted at March 28, 2014 14:41:06
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, My husband and I are struggling a bit to brainstorm names for our first babychild. We have some parameters: We are loosely naming him or her after my mother, so we're going to use one of her three initials (D, C, and F) as the first letter of the name. The middle name will be my mother-in-law's maiden name, which is fortunately cool and starts with "K" (two syllables). Full Article

Duana Names: “Finishing” a name

March 25, 2014 18:57:55 Posted at March 25, 2014 18:57:55
Duana Posted by Duana

I am 34 weeks pregnant with a girl. After much negotiation, my husband and I have decided to name her Mira. However, we are having a lot of trouble with a middle name. Because I am giving the child my husband's last name, and I don't want to hyphenate (our names sound bad together) or give her my last name as her maiden name (my mom did that to me and I always hated it) I want the middle name to alternatively represent me somehow. Full Article

Duana Names: A Tale Of Two Names

March 21, 2014 15:02:42 Posted at March 21, 2014 15:02:42
Duana Posted by Duana

You guys, I know this one is a little long, but it’s worth it. Check it out: My first name contains the letter “L”, with “la” being the predominant sound and literal centre of the name. Unfortunately, as a kid, I had trouble with making this sound and as such couldn’t pronounce my very simple first name. Full Article

Duana Names: No Matteo No!

March 18, 2014 15:31:58 Posted at March 18, 2014 15:31:58
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I'm hoping you can help a friend of mine who is having to think of a boys name after her husband vetoed her only choice! I have one son, and with no plans for more, I'm not going to get the chance to name another baby - so I'm having fun helping her finding a great name both she and her husband can love. Full Article