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Duana Names: Borrowing from the Elders

October 3, 2013 16:52:42 Posted at October 3, 2013 16:52:42
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, My husband and I would like to consider incorporating some family names for our future children ... but we're stuck. My grandparents names are Erna and Wilfred, Geneva and Gordon but we were hoping you may be able to give us a modern spin on the names that we could consider? We like modern and trendy, but not crazy popular, we would like to avoid having to spell out the names (as my husband's 4-syllable last name usually requires spelling). Full Article

Duana Names: At Last…

October 1, 2013 16:11:17 Posted at October 1, 2013 16:11:17
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I am pregnant with a girl.  I already have a son named Jack.  What do you think of the name Etta? It is a bit of a family name as my grandmother was Loretta and her mother was Henrietta. My hubby I think wants to like it, but he is still on the fence. Thanks in advance for your advice. Full Article

Duana Names: Storybook Names In Real Life

September 27, 2013 15:42:58 Posted at September 27, 2013 15:42:58
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting our second baby in March. We have a boy's name pretty much figured out but we're struggling to agree on a girl's name. We already have one child, a girl named Rose. We LOVE her name and are so happy we chose it. It's just what we like in a name: traditional, feminine, easy to pronounce and spell, and not too trendy. Full Article

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