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Four-legged Friday

Duana Posted by Duana at September 12, 2014 16:20:14 September 12, 2014 16:20:14

Hi Duana, A new four-legged friend joined our family this week and we are all in love. The problem? We can't agree on a name. Naming babies was easy compared to this ~ after all, there really were only two of us who had the final say ~ but now there are four of us, each with very different ideas of what our new family member's moniker should be. Full Article

Duana Names: His Name Is Rio…

Duana Posted by Duana at September 10, 2014 18:22:42 September 10, 2014 18:22:42

Hi Duana, My husband and I have one son, Rio, which was always my dream name and he was kind enough to let me have it. But now we want something that goes along with that for our upcoming daughter and are having a hard time coming up with anything. Like, at all. She is due in about a month, so we would love your input! Our name is two syllables and ends in an 'ee' sound, for reference. Full Article

Duana Names: The Worst Trend

Duana Posted by Duana at September 8, 2014 17:35:42 September 8, 2014 17:35:42
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Hi Duana, I'd love your input on something... During an acquaintance's recent pregnancy, she started referring on Facebook to her unborn baby girl as "Eljay" (her husband's name starts with an J and hers starts with an L). I thought this was just a cutesy nickname for the baby-to-be. Full Article

Duana Names: Two Households, Both Alike In Dignity

Duana Posted by Duana at September 5, 2014 18:06:19 September 5, 2014 18:06:19

We're expecting our second child this fall (November). We have decided, like with our first, not to find out the gender of the baby.  We are, however, in desperate need in baby name advice. Here is some background information to help you out. Background information 1: My husband and I are an inter-racial, inter-cultural couple. Full Article

Duana Names: American Boy

Duana Posted by Duana at September 4, 2014 13:16:46 September 4, 2014 13:16:46

Hi Duana! I love love love all of your name nerd columns!  And while I am not currently preggers, I have to ask you to back off the name Wolfgang.  I totally want to use it for a little dude (if there ever is one) and don't want a ton of Wolfgang's running around at the same time :) Onto the "real" problem - my friend is due in October, and she is having issues with her sister. Full Article

Duana Names: Tough Girl

Duana Posted by Duana at August 29, 2014 17:36:30 August 29, 2014 17:36:30

Hey Duana. I'm in need of a name.  Something for a tough girl, but nothing too butch.  I love the look of Zoe, but I hate the sound of it.  Looks tough, sounds like a flower.  I like the boy name idea (Evan, Dylan maybe?), but nothing too try, you know?  Oh, by the way, it's not for a human baby, per se, but I thought you'd have fun with it anyway. Full Article

Duana Names: Go for Donald

Duana Posted by Duana at August 27, 2014 19:04:16 August 27, 2014 19:04:16

Hi Duana, My sister-in-law is pregnant and she and my brother found out they are having boy/girl twins. Their first born girl is Mira.  Our last name is traditional Irish/English, hard consonants two syllables.  My sister-in-law is leaning toward Charlotte for baby girl, which meh, feels too popular to me and doesn't go with Mira. Full Article

Duana Names: No Frills

Duana Posted by Duana at August 25, 2014 16:21:58 August 25, 2014 16:21:58

Hi Duana, Hoping you can help my husband and I out. We are expecting our first child in August and are keeping the gender a surprise. We're pretty set on our boy name, but the girl name is what's keeping us up at night. Although we don't necessarily disagree on names, we're having a hard time finding the ONE and making a decision (could also be because we're both super indecisive people and this is pretty much the biggest decision ever!). Full Article

Duana Names: Real vs. Fake

Duana Posted by Duana at August 22, 2014 16:59:15 August 22, 2014 16:59:15

Hi Duana, I'm pregnant with our second child, due in November. We have a 15 month old son named Pearce. Our last name is Allen, which is super mainstream, so it's important to us to choose first names that are memorable. Our style is short and sweet (max 2 syllables). We also like 'real' names as opposed to some of the more recent cobbled together vowels and consonants that people are using (Declan? Jace? Not for us. Full Article

Duana Names: Bitch Stole My Name

Duana Posted by Duana at August 20, 2014 19:51:02 August 20, 2014 19:51:02

Hi Duana, I am currently pregnant with my first child and am having a bit of a name dilemma. The background story is this: I had made the mistake of telling a girlfriend of mine, L, that I liked the name Chloe, and coming from a European upbringing, this is not a common name.  Well about a year ago, I was at a BBQ with L and her friend M, and M proceeds to tell me that she recently bought a puppy (same breed that I was looking at adopting) and named this dog Chloe! I was flabbergasted and from that point knew I couldn't trust L anymore because she went to M and told her about our personal conversations. Full Article

Duana Names: Not Lauren

Duana Posted by Duana at August 18, 2014 16:07:31 August 18, 2014 16:07:31

So everyone I know is going to know who this letter is from by (a) my children's names, and (b) the fact that I'm writing in when they all know I am a very loyal reader. My problem is this: we have backed ourselves into a bit of a name corner with our two children, Charles (4, goes by Charlie unless he's in trouble), and Mary (2, goes by Trouble most days). Full Article