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Duana Names: Historical Happy Medium

July 9, 2013 16:03:48 Posted at July 9, 2013 16:03:48
Duana Posted by Duana

We have one daughter named Madeline Jean. Madeline was our favorite name and Jean is the name of my late mother-in-law. Now we are expecting a boy next month and cannot agree on a name for the life of us. I love James Francis. James is a great, classic name that (I think) goes with Madeline and Francis was my grandfather's name as well as my brother and father's middle names. Full Article

Duana Names: Balancing M in the Middle

July 4, 2013 15:45:20 Posted at July 4, 2013 15:45:20
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, Our little girl is due to arrive very soon, and we have pretty much settled on the name Marlowe but are at a loss for a great middle name. Some that have come up include Arabella, Jane, and Rose but nothing is really striking me. Thoughts on the first name and suggestions for a middle name would really help us out! ___ Marlowe is beautiful, unusual, and sure to make your daughter stand out in a group of Isabellas and Sophies who are sure to be her peers. Full Article

Duana Names: She Saved The World. A Lot.

July 2, 2013 18:16:11 Posted at July 2, 2013 18:16:11
Duana Posted by Duana

Duana, I love the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, (full disclosure, my husband and I are both HUGE fans) and I wonder if Buffy is a good name for my daughter. (Due in 4 months). My husband and I are divided, but mostly me. I am divided. Reasons for: She is a strong, smart female lead of a fun contemporary tv show. Full Article

Duana Names: On Elise

June 27, 2013 15:55:10 Posted at June 27, 2013 15:55:10
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana! I thought I'd get you in on a naming debate my husband and I are having. Our first child is on her way, and I really want to name her Elise. I have loved the name for years-feminine, beautiful, but not too common or fussy. (I admit to liking the name largely because I'm a big Cure fan and I love the song "A Letter To Elise". Full Article

Duana Names: When You Share A Name

June 25, 2013 16:02:05 Posted at June 25, 2013 16:02:05
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi I'm having baby #4 in about 6 weeks and desperately need another perspective on the name I think we've chosen. We have 3 kids (Lucy, Scarlett and Marcus). The final member of our family will be a girl. I had always thought if I had another daughter we'd call her Giselle (loved the name for years) but are now thinking of Miranda. Full Article

Duana Names: Bend the Gender

June 20, 2013 17:43:12 Posted at June 20, 2013 17:43:12
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, Short and sweet:  what do you think of the name George for a girl?   Georgia just isn’t my steeze. Thanks! C ___ One of the things I’ve learned with this amazing name investigation is that there are people for whom this question is going to cause fever and rage and hemorrhoids. Full Article

Duana Names: E-I-E-I-O

June 18, 2013 16:09:17 Posted at June 18, 2013 16:09:17
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana. I am having trouble with my baby girl names and wanted to see if you'd weigh in. I thought I had narrowed my names down to Edie, Eleni, and Stella, but I ran the names past my family and they were unimpressed. Middle name will be Elizabeth or Cecille. It's not a total dealbreaker that my family doesn't like the names I've chosen, but it's giving me pause. Full Article

Duana Names: On Food and Monikers

June 13, 2013 17:32:43 Posted at June 13, 2013 17:32:43
Duana Posted by Duana

I have to admit, before these articles started being posted, I never gave much thought to how sibling names flowed and complimented each other or in some cases, clashed. Now that we're pregnant again, I feel the need to request some help. My husband and I have 8 year old twins-- Lennox and Harper. Full Article

Duana Names: Gotham Baby Names

June 11, 2013 16:58:38 Posted at June 11, 2013 16:58:38
Duana Posted by Duana here's the deal - we are due in one week and expecting our first child (a boy!). My husband and I are going back and forth between three first name options. I truly am hoping it 'comes to us' once we see his little face and what he actually looks like. But would also love your opinion on the names as well as my husband's incessant requests for a certain 'superhero' middle name. Full Article

Duana Names: Sullivan’s Siblings

June 7, 2013 14:32:35 Posted at June 7, 2013 14:32:35
Duana Posted by Duana

Hello! It’s actually fairly early on in my pregnancy (don’t tell Lainey, I feel like she wouldn’t approve and would worry I’m jinxing it, judging by how we couldn’t talk about Baby Wales for a while), but I’ve been so sick this time around - and now I know why, we found out today we’re having twins (!) - that pondering names is a very welcome distraction. Full Article

Duana Names: What Do You Think Of Evyn?

June 4, 2013 16:53:53 Posted at June 4, 2013 16:53:53
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi! I'm about to pop and I desperately need your advice.  What do you think of Evyn (Evan, Evin, Evynn?) for a girl? Thanks!!! ____   Well, about to pop means you get to jump the line, and in view of an article about “Everly” today, I thought this letter was timely. Full Article