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Duana Names: A Modest Proposal

December 10, 2013 17:46:19 Posted at December 10, 2013 17:46:19
Duana Posted by Duana

And now for something decidedly different… Hi Duana, I have a suggestion for an old English name that really deserves to make a return. It's both quirky and classic at the same time and well, if things hadn't been 'shut down' a few years ago, I might name-nerd/obsess about using this as a child's name. Full Article

Duana Names: Which names are too try?

December 5, 2013 17:51:01 Posted at December 5, 2013 17:51:01
Duana Posted by Duana

I'm expecting a girl, and would really like to hear your opinion on my name possibilities. I love names like Tamsin and Rhiannon, and, most controversially, Guinevere. Does the name still have bad karma and a try hard vibe? I just love the sound of it. ___ I am pretty lucky to have this gig. Full Article

Duana Names: Emergency! No idea!

December 3, 2013 16:36:29 Posted at December 3, 2013 16:36:29
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana! I desperately need your advice as baby number two is due in 10 days! We're having a little girl and we have no names, no shortlist, nothing. She has an older brother and his name is Jeremy. I'm after some ideas for his first and middle names that will sound well together and will flow well with her brother's name. Full Article

Duana Names: Traditioooon! Tradition…Tradition!

November 28, 2013 16:04:26 Posted at November 28, 2013 16:04:26
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, We are pregnant with our second child. (Our two year old son is Sawyer Nehemiah.) We are not sure yet the gender, but for some reason I'm stressing over a girl's name. We can't settle on one! We want to keep an Old Testament name in one spot. The only other thing is that we have a tradition in my family of the oldest girl gets the middle name Marie, though I'm not 100% stuck on keeping that. Full Article

Duana Names: Tough Love For Mama Maya

November 26, 2013 16:43:04 Posted at November 26, 2013 16:43:04
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I’m expecting a sweet baby girl, and I’m having a hard time picking out a name that’ll suit her. I’ve really been blessed with a peaceful pregnancy so far, and have this feeling that I’ll pop out a very sweet girl with an old soul. I’ll be a single mom, so a great thing about that is having no one vetoing my choices, although my mom’s already suggesting names like crazy, mostly season names like Autumn and Summer. Full Article

Duana Names: The Unwanted Nickname

November 19, 2013 16:44:01 Posted at November 19, 2013 16:44:01
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, this may sound completely mad but recently I have found myself in possession of, in my opinion, a ridiculous nickname and I need to shift it. My name is Imogen so the usual one I get is ‘Imo’ and my mom occasionally calls me ‘Immy’ but very, very occasionally. My dad on the other hand has always been a bit more creative. Full Article

Duana Names: The Trials of the “A” Train

November 14, 2013 16:44:00 Posted at November 14, 2013 16:44:00
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana! I need name help. I've always loved pretty girl names that end in "A" (Olivia, Lila, Clara, etc), and my husband and I have finally found THE name for our baby girl - it's very unique and has a special meaning for us. Of course, though, it ends in an "A" AND our last name begins with an A! Is this is a name faux pas? Are there any examples where it works (I can't seem to find any). Full Article

Duana Names: Texas Names

November 13, 2013 15:25:19 Posted at November 13, 2013 15:25:19
Duana Posted by Duana

Duana, We are in the process of naming our fist child, a boy. We are from Texas and like Southern names, but do not want him to sound like he grew up in a trailer park (no offense to anyone out there) We aren't fans of the name Webster, but like the name Webb.  Would it be okay to name our baby Webb even though 1) it is not short for anything 2) It is not a family name?  Also, what sort of middle name would go with Webb? Our last name starts with a B and is two syllables. Full Article

Duana Names: Style over comfort?

November 7, 2013 17:52:40 Posted at November 7, 2013 17:52:40
Duana Posted by Duana

Name question for Duana: I have always loved the name Zoe and would love to use it if this baby is a girl. However, I loathe popular/trendy names and I fear that Zoe is going to be the next Ava/Sophia/Isabella. Your thoughts/suggestions? ___ Well, there are two things at play here. Full Article

Duana Names: Royal Copycat

October 31, 2013 15:51:11 Posted at October 31, 2013 15:51:11
Duana Posted by Duana

My husband and I are expecting our first kiddo in December. We don't know what we are having and are keeping it a grand surprise. We are planning on going in with 3 boy and 3 girl names and meeting the little one before finalizing. My question is for boy names, George is on our long list and a strong contender for the final 3. Full Article

Duana Names: Perfect Name or Bust

October 29, 2013 15:11:10 Posted at October 29, 2013 15:11:10
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana - this is actually a name nerd question - much like all the other questions you've received in this vein... having a terribly hard time finding a suitable name for a girl.  I'm French Canadian, my husband is American (with Scandinavian roots) and we are trying to find a name that will be suitably bilingual (that is both sets of parents and families will be able to pronounce the name) without it sounding overly French - my husband is not very adventurous name wise, so despite my desire for certain names (Mattea, Delphine) we have come down to three that might suit the bill. Full Article