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Duana Names: A Tale Of Two Names

Duana Posted by Duana at March 21, 2014 15:02:42 March 21, 2014 15:02:42
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You guys, I know this one is a little long, but it’s worth it. Check it out: My first name contains the letter “L”, with “la” being the predominant sound and literal centre of the name. Unfortunately, as a kid, I had trouble with making this sound and as such couldn’t pronounce my very simple first name. Full Article

Duana Names: No Matteo No!

Duana Posted by Duana at March 18, 2014 15:31:58 March 18, 2014 15:31:58

Hi Duana, I'm hoping you can help a friend of mine who is having to think of a boys name after her husband vetoed her only choice! I have one son, and with no plans for more, I'm not going to get the chance to name another baby - so I'm having fun helping her finding a great name both she and her husband can love. Full Article

Duana Names: Philosophical Interlude

Duana Posted by Duana at March 13, 2014 17:21:40 March 13, 2014 17:21:40

Hi Duana, I am not an expectant mother, just a fellow name nerd with a general name nerd question. Is the importance of having a name that is easily spelled and pronounced overstated? Does focusing on names that fit those parameters sacrifice the diversity often expressed through naming habits? I have a name that is unusual and not easily spelled or pronounced. Full Article

Duana Names: Can I name my baby…?

Duana Posted by Duana at March 11, 2014 19:40:11 March 11, 2014 19:40:11

Hello Duana, Can I name my baby girl Zsa Zsa (probably we'll spell it Zsazsa) Let me give you some background first. My husband is Hungarian. We've decided to honour his heritage and choose a Hungarian name for our baby.  He wants a name that is uniquely Hungarian unlike names Tamás, Ádám, and Zsuzsanna which have English equivalents. Full Article

Duana Names: When it Hurts So Bad

Duana Posted by Duana at March 6, 2014 16:53:22 March 6, 2014 16:53:22

Hi Duana, My husband and I found out last year we can never have children. No chance. We have always wanted children and still hope to one day, albeit by different means. Around the time we got this news, my sister-in-law got pregnant with the first grandchild of the family. It was really hard for us at the time, seeing all the attention and love being given in anticipation of this first baby in the family. Full Article

Apollo. Apollo?

Duana Posted by Duana at March 4, 2014 18:45:58 March 4, 2014 18:45:58
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I mean look, I guess they can name their kids whatever they want. I’ve seen them do it. And after you’ve had sons named Kingston and Zuma, you can’t easily call the next one Kevin. So I get it and, in fact, I like Apollo better than Kingston or Zuma. It seems like the kind of name that would be a hero in a tween sitcom. Full Article

Duana Names: Is Earl The Answer?

Duana Posted by Duana at February 27, 2014 17:06:41 February 27, 2014 17:06:41

Hi, We are having our first child this July, a boy. My husband really likes the name Earl. It was his grandfather's name. I know that traditional names from the past are very popular, but I feel that Earl is not one of these names. I do not like the name, and cannot help but associate it with the Dixie Chicks song "Goodbye Earl" that has the line "Earl has to die". Full Article

Duana Names: Everyone Else Got There First

Duana Posted by Duana at February 25, 2014 16:45:28 February 25, 2014 16:45:28
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Hi Duana! I am hoping you can help me! I am due with baby #2 in just over 2 months. My husband and I had no problem naming our first daughter and the name came easily to us. Her name is Sophie Olivia F. This time around, we are struggling so much with trying to name this new baby. If Sophie had been a boy, we would have named her Alexander. Full Article

Duana Names: On Esme

Duana Posted by Duana at February 20, 2014 16:39:54 February 20, 2014 16:39:54

Hi Duana, I'm hoping you can provide some neutral perspective on my preferred baby girl's name, because I can't get any from my nearest and dearest. Here's the name: Esme. Here's the problem: for Generation X and the Baby Boomers in Australia (i.e. my husband, my parents, his parents), Esme Waston is a character from a beloved 1980's  Australian drama series called "A Country Practice" - she was an elderly lady who was in the CWA (think the kind of woman who bakes for shows and fairs and has an award winning cake, plays lawn bowls, volunteers for everything, wears support hose and orthopaedic shoes) and was to put it kindly an interfering old busy body. Full Article

Duana Names: Whose Nerd Reigns Supreme?

Duana Posted by Duana at February 18, 2014 16:58:40 February 18, 2014 16:58:40

Hey Duana, Well I’m pregnant for the second time this year, first time ended in a miscarriage very early on, which lead me to be overly cautious/ paranoid with this one. On the bright side everything is going as it should be, and I’m almost 20 weeks so I’m starting to accept that this is actually going to stick. Full Article

Duana Names: Work Around The Sounds

Duana Posted by Duana at February 14, 2014 16:53:17 February 14, 2014 16:53:17

Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting a boy in May and we're having a really tough time coming up with a good name. Part of the problem is our last name - Wells. It's a fine, traditional English name, but it's also incredibly difficult to match up with a first name. If ‘he’ had been a ‘she,’ we most likely would have used Waverly. Full Article