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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

Duana Names: Such A Thing As Too Much Irish?

May 30, 2013 18:02:52 Posted at May 30, 2013 18:02:52
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana. I'm 5 months pregnant with my second son. Our first is named Declan. (You can imagine how excited I was when it came up in your column as a possible recommendation!) I agree with you on the Irish boys name front. They are cool but, if called on it (I've honestly been asked if I "made up" Declan, for real), you can reference centuries of history to show how tried and true and actually classic the names are. Full Article

Duana Names: My Best Friend’s Moniker

May 28, 2013 17:34:32 Posted at May 28, 2013 17:34:32
Duana Posted by Duana

Hey Duana, I have a question about naming kids after friends.  Is this an awkward thing?  Like if you idolize a particular friend or role model or something, and name your kid after her or him, do you think it's too big of a gesture, or might make the friend / role model uncomfortable?  For the purposes of this discussion, assume there's a long and strong friendship in place already. Full Article

Duana Names: Putting A Name Into Action

May 23, 2013 18:16:48 Posted at May 23, 2013 18:16:48
Duana Posted by Duana

Duana, I've always been into baby names, but now that I'm looking at putting a name into action this June, I finally have a good reason to spend all my time on name sites! I always wanted something "normal" but not everyday... I was one of 11 "Laurens" in my third grade class. Full Article

Duana Names: First names for Jane

May 21, 2013 15:48:09 Posted at May 21, 2013 15:48:09
Duana Posted by Duana

Hello!! I absolutely love reading your name column! It is especially helpful as we are expecting our second in a few months. I am definitely someone who needs time to mull over a name, so your help would be greatly appreciated. Our first is Jackson Glenn (the middle name is my dad's and in our defence, we lived under a rock and had no idea it was so popular until after). Full Article

Duana Names: Liza with a Z

May 16, 2013 17:39:23 Posted at May 16, 2013 17:39:23
Duana Posted by Duana

I have a somewhat unusual first name and middle name (Ariel Zenobia) and I want something with the same vibe for my daughter. I love the idea of girls names that start with "Z" but the only one I am liking is Zahara. I don't mind Name Nerding the Jolie-Pitts, but can you help me with some other “Z” girls names? ___ Oh what a fun one – yes please! First of all, you know you share a middle name and  first initial with the awesome Alice Richmond... Full Article

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Duana Names: Too short and sweet?

May 14, 2013 16:33:19 Posted at May 14, 2013 16:33:19
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi! I recently found out that I am pregnant and want your input about these names! All are namesakes for important people in both mine and my boyfriend's life, but I won't take it personal if you hate them (my bf isn't so sure about the girl's name!). Also, because we aren't married, I really want to hyphenate our last names, but am willing to only have his (my last name: Boado, pronounced BO-AH-DOE, and his: Thomas). Full Article

Duana Names: J En Francais

May 9, 2013 15:59:26 Posted at May 9, 2013 15:59:26
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I have been really enjoying reading your series on names, but I was hoping to be able to avoid seeking help for myself. Unfortunately, we’re six weeks away from the arrival of our new boy and still my husband and I cannot seem to agree on a name. We have a few stipulations that make it difficult 1. Full Article

Duana Names: On Honor Names and Traditions

May 7, 2013 17:23:40 Posted at May 7, 2013 17:23:40
Duana Posted by Duana

Dear Duana, I'm pregnant with a little girl who will be born sometime in early June and I'm hoping you can help me out with her name. My wife and I are 99% sure we want to go with Carla Renee because of the sentimental value. Carla is the name of my mother and maternal grandmother, and and Renee was the name of my paternal great grandmother and is the middle name of me, my sister and my cousin. Full Article

Duana Names: Lianne’s Compatibility by Name?

May 2, 2013 18:24:49 Posted at May 2, 2013 18:24:49
Duana Posted by Duana

Here's one for you, Duana. Ever notice that couples' names "go together"? ex. my folks, Don n Mimi (Mimi n Don.) Works. All my coupled friends: Shawn n Sherry. Roy n Angie. Chris n Meaghan. Mary and Dave. Sue and Terry. On and on it goes. NOTHING sounds right with Lianne. Full Article