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Duana Names: It’s the SAME NAME

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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 ?

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

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

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

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?

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

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 …

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duana Names: Last Name First

Duana Posted by Duana at May 1, 2014 15:03:35 May 1, 2014 15:03:35

Hi Duana, I am expecting my first child in a few months and would really appreciate your input on possible baby names.   I am totally stuck. The problem: my husbands last name is a girls first name-it's Allison.  It seems like everything we come up with sounds like a fake celebrity name. Full Article