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Duana Names: Can I name my baby…?

March 11, 2014 19:40:11 Posted at March 11, 2014 19:40:11
Duana Posted by Duana

Hello Duana, Can I name my baby girl Zsa Zsa (probably we'll spell it Zsazsa) Let me give you some background first. My husband is Hungarian. We've decided to honour his heritage and choose a Hungarian name for our baby.  He wants a name that is uniquely Hungarian unlike names Tamás, Ádám, and Zsuzsanna which have English equivalents. Full Article

Duana Names: When it Hurts So Bad

March 6, 2014 16:53:22 Posted at March 6, 2014 16:53:22
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, My husband and I found out last year we can never have children. No chance. We have always wanted children and still hope to one day, albeit by different means. Around the time we got this news, my sister-in-law got pregnant with the first grandchild of the family. It was really hard for us at the time, seeing all the attention and love being given in anticipation of this first baby in the family. Full Article

Apollo. Apollo?

March 4, 2014 18:45:58 Posted at March 4, 2014 18:45:58
Duana Posted by Duana

I mean look, I guess they can name their kids whatever they want. I’ve seen them do it. And after you’ve had sons named Kingston and Zuma, you can’t easily call the next one Kevin. So I get it and, in fact, I like Apollo better than Kingston or Zuma. It seems like the kind of name that would be a hero in a tween sitcom. Full Article

Duana Names: Is Earl The Answer?

February 27, 2014 17:06:41 Posted at February 27, 2014 17:06:41
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi, We are having our first child this July, a boy. My husband really likes the name Earl. It was his grandfather's name. I know that traditional names from the past are very popular, but I feel that Earl is not one of these names. I do not like the name, and cannot help but associate it with the Dixie Chicks song "Goodbye Earl" that has the line "Earl has to die". Full Article

Duana Names: Everyone Else Got There First

February 25, 2014 16:45:28 Posted at February 25, 2014 16:45:28
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana! I am hoping you can help me! I am due with baby #2 in just over 2 months. My husband and I had no problem naming our first daughter and the name came easily to us. Her name is Sophie Olivia F. This time around, we are struggling so much with trying to name this new baby. If Sophie had been a boy, we would have named her Alexander. Full Article

Duana Names: On Esme

February 20, 2014 16:39:54 Posted at February 20, 2014 16:39:54
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I'm hoping you can provide some neutral perspective on my preferred baby girl's name, because I can't get any from my nearest and dearest. Here's the name: Esme. Here's the problem: for Generation X and the Baby Boomers in Australia (i.e. my husband, my parents, his parents), Esme Waston is a character from a beloved 1980's  Australian drama series called "A Country Practice" - she was an elderly lady who was in the CWA (think the kind of woman who bakes for shows and fairs and has an award winning cake, plays lawn bowls, volunteers for everything, wears support hose and orthopaedic shoes) and was to put it kindly an interfering old busy body. Full Article

Duana Names: Whose Nerd Reigns Supreme?

February 18, 2014 16:58:40 Posted at February 18, 2014 16:58:40
Duana Posted by Duana

Hey Duana, Well I’m pregnant for the second time this year, first time ended in a miscarriage very early on, which lead me to be overly cautious/ paranoid with this one. On the bright side everything is going as it should be, and I’m almost 20 weeks so I’m starting to accept that this is actually going to stick. Full Article

Duana Names: Work Around The Sounds

February 14, 2014 16:53:17 Posted at February 14, 2014 16:53:17
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting a boy in May and we're having a really tough time coming up with a good name. Part of the problem is our last name - Wells. It's a fine, traditional English name, but it's also incredibly difficult to match up with a first name. If ‘he’ had been a ‘she,’ we most likely would have used Waverly. Full Article

Duana Names: What if it’s Weird?

February 13, 2014 19:27:03 Posted at February 13, 2014 19:27:03
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, Ok, i've probably left this WAY too late but I'm due in 3 weeks and we can't decide on a name for our second child - a boy. Given that we are a mixed nationality family (Aussie mum, Dutch father) we are looking for something that can be pronounced in both languages and won't present any obvious teasing points. Full Article

Duana Names: Yo String, where’s Wallis*?

February 6, 2014 17:28:11 Posted at February 6, 2014 17:28:11
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting our first child in March and did not find out the sex of the baby. As such we’ve been brainstorming both girl and boy names and really thought we were ready to rock! Unfortunately my friend just has a baby and “stole” our baby girl name! Eloise. Full Article

Duana Names: Name Games - Seriously

February 4, 2014 17:04:37 Posted at February 4, 2014 17:04:37
Duana Posted by Duana

My husband and I just found out that we’re having a baby girl!  This will be our 3rd child and we are having a difficult time picking a name.  We have a unique family tradition to uphold.  On my husband’s side of the family, all children’s first names start with “D” and middle names start with “E”. Full Article