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Duana Names: Third Time’s The Charm

June 14, 2016 18:54:02 Posted at June 14, 2016 18:54:02
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Hi Duana! We have a son named Grant and a daughter named Lucy. I love both of their names and they are both the only ones in their class and have family history, but now we are struggling with #3! We had always said we'd name our hypothetical future children Sebastian and Sylvia...but it was more of a joke because we thought we were probably set with the two. Full Article

Duana Names: Arrived & Unnamed!

June 10, 2016 19:36:33 Posted at June 10, 2016 19:36:33
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana!!! I am writing with an urgent request – my brother and sister-in-law just had their perfect daughter yesterday, their second child, and are having trouble picking a name! They have asked for my help so of course I thought of you. I know you have some crazy June baby drama to deal with but wonder if you could bump my bro and SIL up the line? If baby was a boy, he would have been named Everett, but they didn't have any set girls names - they thought they would decide when they met her. Full Article

Duana Names: Pinning Down Your Magnolia

June 8, 2016 18:28:59 Posted at June 8, 2016 18:28:59
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Duana, We have lots of time to answer this question (this isn't like a, due next week problem) but I am worried that we will never be able to decide on a girl's name. I NEVER thought this would be us because I had my names, boy and girl, picked out forever and ever, long before I met my husband. Full Article

Duana Names: David, on Deadline?

June 6, 2016 20:11:16 Posted at June 6, 2016 20:11:16
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana! I'm having a huge naming crisis. We have a 2 1/2 year old girl named Olivia Rose (I know it's popular but we loved it and we haven't met any others, so I wasn't too concerned) and now we are having a boy due June 8th and I'm having a horrible time with names. When we briefly talked about it before we knew the sex, we had picked Cora Jane for a girl, but then it all came crashing down when they told us we were having a boy and now I have no name. Full Article

Duana Names: Pessimistically Seeking Détente

June 3, 2016 20:38:18 Posted at June 3, 2016 20:38:18
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I love your name nerding and while I do wish my husband and I could agree on a name, I'm pretty excited to get to reach out to you for help. Since finding out we were pregnant we've been arguing over names and eventually called a detente pending discovery of the gender so we could narrow the argument down by 50%. Full Article

Duana Names: Twist & Shout

June 1, 2016 21:00:59 Posted at June 1, 2016 21:00:59
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting our first child (a little girl) at the beginning of June. Before knowing she was a she, we had already picked out a boys name that we both loved to no end. To our shock (since boys run in the family), our little "he" turned out to be a "she". Full Article

Duana Names: Clarification, Androgyny, Elizabeth

May 30, 2016 19:17:52 Posted at May 30, 2016 19:17:52
Duana Posted by Duana

My husband and I are expecting our first, and likely only, child in late May. It’s a girl. I’m a huge believer in the Supreme Court Justice test – no made up, frilly names. No nicknames as first names. Nothing too trendy or popular, although, my name being what it is, I don’t know why I really care as having a common name never really bothered me. Full Article

Duana Names: Strategy Skills

May 27, 2016 20:19:20 Posted at May 27, 2016 20:19:20
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana! We are expecting our second baby in late May or early June and we like to wait to find out the sex (although everyone is guessing girl this time, not sure if that's because we already have a boy or not). For reference, our first is Felix and the kids have their dad's last name. Full Article

Duana Names: Can I Do This?

May 25, 2016 20:39:02 Posted at May 25, 2016 20:39:02
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I love your column and I'm glad I finally have a chance to ask you for help! I'm due in October and the gender will be a surprise. I've fallen in love with the name Persephone for a girl. But I definitely had never heard this name before (a big hole in my liberal arts education?) until I met someone at an event who named her daughter this. Full Article

Duana Names: The Updates You Want, The News You Need

May 20, 2016 20:04:05 Posted at May 20, 2016 20:04:05
Duana Posted by Duana

No, I’m serious. Think about it. This isn’t just for my benefit, glory, or shaming. These updates actually tell us about the people who resulted from ideas we were just talking about! It’s kind of like we all made the person together, except inasmuch as that’s not true at all. Full Article