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Duana Names: The Third Girl

September 25, 2013 16:59:13 Posted at September 25, 2013 16:59:13
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi D! I really need your help. Like right now. I'm 35 weeks pregnant and can't settle on a name for our daughter!!! This is our third girl, we are already parents to two beautiful daughters, Carolina and Manuela. We are brazilian and love these long latin names. Here is the tricky part: we don't want to repeat the ending sound but we are running out of ideas. Full Article

Duana Names: Jean Of Arc

September 19, 2013 17:01:04 Posted at September 19, 2013 17:01:04
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, After some struggles with infertility, my husband and I are finally pregnant and out of the danger zone! Of course having all this extra time trying to get pregnant has lead to much name debate. Now that we will finally, offically have someone to name, we are stuck. Boys name is already decided, it's the girls that we are struggling with. Full Article

Duana Names: They’re Born! The Updates!

September 19, 2013 15:54:07 Posted at September 19, 2013 15:54:07
Duana Posted by Duana

Thank you all who read and who submit, who like my responses and who want to punch me in the face for them  - and then maybe use them anyway. I have a blast doing these columns and please, keep the questions coming! The update to "In The Middle" ... Full Article

Duana Names: Name Emergencies!

September 17, 2013 17:09:29 Posted at September 17, 2013 17:09:29
Duana Posted by Duana

Y’all, I’ve received two emergency emails recently (both, interestingly, from people who already have one son), so I thought we’d cut the queue and help out these desperate people. Also, the roundup of updates I’ve gotten is coming Thursday!  Keep the name questions coming! I am due with our second on Sept. Full Article

Duana Names: Perfect Fit for #4

September 12, 2013 17:32:00 Posted at September 12, 2013 17:32:00
Duana Posted by Duana

I would like some insight and suggestions please. We have 3 girls: Belle, Una Fae and Evangeline. We are now expecting a boy. I was quite taken aback as we thought we were 'done' with our 3 girls and thus never imagined a boy in the mix, but mother nature had other ideas. And of course, we are delighted. Full Article

Duana Names: Be Afraid of Teasing?

September 10, 2013 19:07:11 Posted at September 10, 2013 19:07:11
Duana Posted by Duana

Hello Duana, My girlfriend and I are pregnant with our first child. She follows your column regularly and takes your opinions on names as Gospel. Over the last few weeks we have been discussing possible child names and she seems dead-set on the name Seamus for a boy. She contends that it's cute, unique, and can stand the test of time for a boy and a man. Full Article

Duana Names: Foxy.

September 5, 2013 15:57:15 Posted at September 5, 2013 15:57:15
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I recently found out I am pregnant and my husband and I are throwing names back and forth. Last night he threw out Fox as a boy option. Fox is a family last name that has ended - there are no more. It's in many of my family members' middle names, but none in the current generation - it truly is dying out! I think Fox could be a great middle name, but does it have any business being a little boy's first name? We both kind of love it, but at the same time are wondering can we really do that? Name a child Fox?? Any insight would be awesome! Jana --- As I write this, I’m watching the end of School Ties – the part where they all sign their names on the honor code on the exam (is this a spoiler?). Full Article

Duana Name: Small Screen, Big Names

September 3, 2013 15:33:44 Posted at September 3, 2013 15:33:44
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana. I have two daughters. My eldest is Piper - I love the name as soon as I heard it on Charmed back in the day. Thankfully, my husband liked it as well. My second daughter was supposed to be named Ivy but someone stole the name 3 weeks before I had her, we're from a small town so I didn't want two 2 Ivy's in school together. Full Article

Duana Names: How Do You Know It’s The Perfect Name?

August 29, 2013 17:31:24 Posted at August 29, 2013 17:31:24
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, A friend of mine suggested I get your opinion on the name we picked for our daughter because now that it's becoming a reality, I am starting to feel uncertain. I'm not uncertain because I don't like the name, but rather because there are so many beautiful names out there and it is hard to commit to one (this is likely our only child due to infertility issues). Full Article

Duana Names: Stalemate over Sam

August 27, 2013 15:52:44 Posted at August 27, 2013 15:52:44
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana My husband and I have come to a stalemate in choosing a name for our future little man and could use a neutral 3rd party to weigh in (i.e. not family or friends). We have short listed to 4 names over the past few months (I'm 32 weeks along) but haven't been able to come to much of a consensus since then. Full Article