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Duana Names: Don’t Fear The Vowel

Duana Posted by Duana at October 8, 2014 18:47:32 October 8, 2014 18:47:32

Hi Duana, My husband and I are having our first child this winter and I am stressing about names. My husband's last name is very Italian, filled with lots of M's and r's and syllables. Many of my longtime favorite names for girls (Zara, Cecelia) are either filled with those same letters or sound too long and cumbersome when combined with the last name. Full Article

Duana Names: Much Ado About Nothing

Duana Posted by Duana at October 6, 2014 16:52:36 October 6, 2014 16:52:36

Hi Duana! I too have a general name nerd question. Would you advise expectant parents to research their options before settling on chosen names? I googled the first and middle name of a coworker's newborn daughter because it just sounded familiar to me in a maybe-famous kind of way. Turns out little Samantha Ryan F----- (last name is one-syllable, German, vowel-heavy; not that it's relevant) shares her first and middle name with a porn star. Full Article

Duana Names: What Does It Mean?

Duana Posted by Duana at October 1, 2014 19:08:04 October 1, 2014 19:08:04

This is more of a general name nerd question - what is your feeling on the meaning of names? Do you think it's important? Does giving a child a name with a negative meaning equal bad karma?? --------- This is a great question, because people really, really have differing opinions on it and it’s hard for one side to talk to the other, like we’re in slightly different name languages. Full Article

Duana Names: Twin Fakeout

Duana Posted by Duana at September 29, 2014 18:32:06 September 29, 2014 18:32:06

Hi Duana Im expecting twins and my hubby and i were all set to wait to find out the sexes but alas that did not happen( suspense was killing us) so we found out a week go that we are having 2 girls!!! I wrote to you a couple months ago and the hubs and I had already picked out the boys names we liked Elijah and Noah, Jonah did not make the cut ,but we also liked it very much. Full Article

Duana Names: A Different Kind of Name Dilemma

Duana Posted by Duana at September 26, 2014 16:10:32 September 26, 2014 16:10:32
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My sister and her husband have always been torn on the last name of their children. They are both very attached to their names and families and want that reflected in their children. They had a boy in 2013 and a girl is due in December. For their son, my sister compromised by having her last name as a middle name and her husband's as a last name. Full Article

Duana Names: Derby Girl

Duana Posted by Duana at September 22, 2014 17:39:41 September 22, 2014 17:39:41

Hi Duana, I hope you can help. I've recently signed up for a Fresh Meat Bootcamp hosted by the local roller derby. I've always thought roller derby looked really fun and cool, and would be quite the physical challenge since I'd never roller skated before … and am almost 40. Full Article

Duana Names: The Little German

Duana Posted by Duana at September 19, 2014 17:11:36 September 19, 2014 17:11:36

Duana, please help!? My spouse and I are expecting our first child, a boy, in October. His family is German/Dutch and mine is German/British. The only thing we have agreed on is that we both would like to go the German route as our heritage is a big part of both our families. The family names are not options (Peter (baby would be the third), Anthonus, Lawrence (3 Rence's), and Adolf (for obvious reasons). Full Article

Duana Names: Trying not to be Those People

Duana Posted by Duana at September 17, 2014 16:14:15 September 17, 2014 16:14:15
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Duana, The other day one of my girlfriends and I were talking about baby names and she was telling me that she is having a lot of trouble coming up with names. I absolutely love reading all of your posts and thought who could be better to ask than you! She is pregnant with her 2nd and not sure if she is having a girl or a boy. Full Article

Duana Names: For Lotte

Duana Posted by Duana at September 15, 2014 16:09:05 September 15, 2014 16:09:05

Hi Duana, So you'll probably want to punch me in the face over this.  I kind of want to punch myself in the face.  After some fertility challenges, we are proud parents to Charlotte (Lotte).  (I know how you feel about that but don't trash me because I love the name.) We are expecting baby #2, which should be the best news in the world considering the challenges we've had and simply because we love being parents. Full Article

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