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Duana Names: Analysing the popularity of names

June 10, 2014 16:27:19 Posted at June 10, 2014 16:27:19
Duana Posted by Duana

Dear Duana, I just recently found out that I’m pregnant, and am already excitedly combing through the list of favorite names I’ve been keeping for the last couple years! As someone with an unusual name (and I always liked being the only one with my name in my class or workplace), I would like my child to have a similarly uncommon name, as long as it isn’t too complicated to spell and pronounce. Full Article

Duana Names: It’s the SAME NAME

June 5, 2014 18:39:18 Posted at June 5, 2014 18:39:18
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I know a mom of a Nathan who is going to name her baby girl Natalie. I think that Natalie's great and Nathan/Nathaniel is probably the only name it doesn't go with because aren't they the same name? Should I say anything? She didn't say for opinions. Any thoughts? Thanks!   ___ Oh man. Full Article

Duana Names: Name Nerd Jackpot

June 3, 2014 18:56:06 Posted at June 3, 2014 18:56:06
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I love your name-nerd column! My husband and I have hit the name-nerd jackpot: we're expecting twins soon! A boy and a girl. We have a long, hard to pronounce last name, so we want to keep our babies names on the simpler side. We also want their names to match without being too matchy. Full Article

Duana Names: Double POTUS

May 29, 2014 18:48:17 Posted at May 29, 2014 18:48:17
Duana Posted by Duana

Dear Duana I am about halfway through my pregnancy and if it is a boy we both want to call him Lincoln. We love Lincoln as it feels dignified without being pretentious and uncommon without being unusual. The problem begins when we combine it with our last name, which is Carter. We think the names combined might make him sound like he is a mini-series about past US presidents. Full Article

Duana Names: Used Up Name Karma?

May 27, 2014 16:06:30 Posted at May 27, 2014 16:06:30
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I'm due to have a baby girl in 3 weeks. We have an older daughter who is almost 4. My husband and I haven't settled on a name. I think part of the problem is that with our first daughter, we were absolutely 100% certain on what we'd name her: Dagny. This time around, we have some ideas, but are still lukewarm. Full Article

Duana Names: Hepburn or Hart ?

May 22, 2014 18:32:36 Posted at May 22, 2014 18:32:36
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana. We are expecting our third this summer and we were excited to find out a girl will be joining our two boys. We are pretty traditional when it comes to names. The boys are Charles (Charlie) and Henry so as you can see we aren't really pushing the envelope. Both boys' names are family names, which I love. Full Article

Duana Names: Alternatives for Emma

May 20, 2014 15:48:48 Posted at May 20, 2014 15:48:48
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, It's coming down to the wire to name our first baby girl (first child) and we need some help agreeing on a name! I'm hoping you can help! My husband doesn't read/know about name popularity and the names he's liking are Emma and Sophia. I do like those names too but am concerned with the popularity of these names. Full Article

Duana Names: Who is Veronica’s Sibling?

May 15, 2014 17:33:31 Posted at May 15, 2014 17:33:31
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, We are expecting our second baby and I don't think we are going to find out the sex. Our first baby is named Veronica and I am at a loss for baby girl and boy names. I would like a girl name that is equally strong and classic like Veronica - we've floated around Natalie, Alexandra, Naomi but nothing really feels right, nor can we agree. Full Article

Duana Names: He is also known as a …

May 13, 2014 15:20:41 Posted at May 13, 2014 15:20:41
Duana Posted by Duana

So here’s my question:  My husband and I are pregnant with our first child and have always agreed that we were going to name our child, if he is a boy, first name – Buster, middle name - Joseph. You should see the looks, including looks of horror, that we have gotten from friends and family, along with comments such as “For a nickname, right?”, “On the birth certificate?”, “Good thing your grandparents aren’t alive to hear that” and “Oh god, no!”  I’m not so much bothered by people’s unsolicited opinions on our first born’s name, because for my husband and I, it just feels right. Full Article

Duana Names: Pronunciation Problems

May 8, 2014 17:09:17 Posted at May 8, 2014 17:09:17
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana!  A friend knows I'm struggling with girl names and referred me to your name page so wanted to run my situation past you. I'm Persian and my husband is Bosnian (like, his parents don't speak any English!).  We have an almost 3 yr old son named Roman because we loved it, and it was a name that both sets of grandparents could pronounce correctly, haha! So now we are on the hunt for a baby girl name. Full Article

Duana Names: U.N. Intervention

May 6, 2014 16:40:14 Posted at May 6, 2014 16:40:14
Duana Posted by Duana

Duana, We need an objective and outside name nerd opinion! I’m due in 11 days and my husband and I are at an absolute standoff with respect to names. The first time around our girl’s name was relatively straightforward and it just clicked, yet this negotiation has been going on for months and we're getting nowhere. Full Article