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Duana Names: Updates In Multiples, Spring 2017

Duana Posted by Duana at March 24, 2017 19:57:05 March 24, 2017 19:57:05
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Well, here’s the thing about updates—sometimes I don’t have any for a while, and then I have some all at once… and I always value that some come in days after the baby’s born, and others are rounding the corner on becoming toddlers. That’s great, because I get to revisit old letters and wonder if I’d still say the same thing. Full Article

Duana Names: So Shall It Be Done

Duana Posted by Duana at March 22, 2017 20:19:12 March 22, 2017 20:19:12

Hi Duana, On the Netflix show The 100, the main character's name is Clark and she is a woman. I love that name for a girl. Is 'Clark' becoming a trend for girls? Has this come up on the 'Duana Names'? Also, what about the name Lewis for a girl? I know, I know, Lewis & Clark…but they both have amazing potential for girl names. Full Article

Duana Names: Defying Categorization and 80s Soaps

Duana Posted by Duana at March 17, 2017 19:46:03 March 17, 2017 19:46:03
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Hi Duana! I’m currently expecting baby #2 (due late April) and we are not finding out the sex. My husband and I truly love our daughter’s name – Ruby Kyoko. I know Ruby isn’t your favourite – too ‘pinteresty’ I think you said (haha!) but I just love it. Full Article

Duana Names: BIT OF A LONG ONE

Duana Posted by Duana at March 15, 2017 21:38:33 March 15, 2017 21:38:33

Hi Duana, I got married last month and hubby and I already have the appointment set for our IVF cycle next month – I am not getting any younger, you know...  I am the anxious/planner one in the family, and then he makes the comment “I can’t wait for you to be all concerned about baby names and their meanings” – what he did not know is that I already had a list on my phone with some of my faves (I have been thinking about my kids names since I was like, 5 Duhhhh). Full Article

Duana Names: Rules! Made to be Broken?

Duana Posted by Duana at March 13, 2017 20:30:20 March 13, 2017 20:30:20

Hi Duana, I am expecting my second child in March and we are waiting to find out the sex. We are happy with a slew of girl names *(Margaret, Josephine, Penelope) but we are stuck on a boy’s name. WE want a name that “fits” with our first son’s name (Alfred, called Fred). Full Article

Duana Names: Name Nerd Seeks Same

Duana Posted by Duana at March 10, 2017 21:18:09 March 10, 2017 21:18:09
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Hi Duana! I’ve always been a name nerd as well, it’s so nice to read about a kindred spirit! Like you, I loved reading baby name books when I was younger. Kathleen sounds like a common name but I was always the only one and there were NEVER any hairbrushes or keychains with my name on them - I could only ever find Catherine. Full Article

Duana Names: Course Correction

Duana Posted by Duana at March 8, 2017 22:11:09 March 8, 2017 22:11:09
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Hi Duana, We are due this summer, so not for a while, but I feel like this baby naming thing is a big task and the more time we give it, the better. I come from a family of really good names. I have a strong 3-syllable name (Kennedy) that is uncommon and that I really love. My siblings have similar names, and so do their children (i. Full Article

Duana Names: Does It Matter? Does ANYTHING?

Duana Posted by Duana at March 3, 2017 20:54:21 March 3, 2017 20:54:21
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Hi there! First name nerd advice-seeker here. I wrote to you four years ago to get your take on our first child's name, a boy we called Theodore Roland Giguere Hodes. I need general name advice, but also want your take on something. I fancy myself a feminist, and I have been into the idea that if we ever had a girl, I would like her to have my last name (so Hodes as the second middle name and Giguere as the last name). Full Article

Duana Names: Lest We Name Him Tarzan Shaggy

Duana Posted by Duana at March 1, 2017 22:10:22 March 1, 2017 22:10:22

Hi Duana, As crazy as this sounds, I am expecting our fourth child in April. We already have 3 little boys and I love love love all their names. We have Emmett (from way before 'Emmett' was a thing), Andrew and Patrick. As you can see, we are not flashy or into 'new names'. We have English/Irish and Scottish heritage (our last name reflects this as well) and a bit of French thrown in for fun. Full Article

Duana Names: Politics ruined my baby name

Duana Posted by Duana at February 22, 2017 21:23:20 February 22, 2017 21:23:20
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Hey Duana, My husband and I are expecting our first child, a boy, the first week in March. And we had a name picked out we both loved - Rex. It was familiar without being popular, I think it is cute for a little boy and handsome for an adult. I like the sound of it, and its succinctness. It has loose ties to my home state (Louisiana, via Mardi Gras), and I had even gotten over the dog thing. Full Article