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Duana Names: How ‘Under’ is This Underdog?

Duana Posted by Duana at January 6, 2017 21:16:57 January 6, 2017 21:16:57

Hi Duana! My boyfriend and I are expecting a baby boy in January and are in dire need of your help to find a perfect name for him. We both have a French Canadian background and my boyfriend's family name is very French sounding. Because of this, and because we like them anyway, we are looking at classic French names. Full Article

Duana Names: Feliz Navidad!

Duana Posted by Duana at December 23, 2016 21:08:54 December 23, 2016 21:08:54
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Dear Duana, My best friend has recently gotten pregnant after an extended period of trying, and the new topic of conversation between her and her husband is what to name their to-be baby (gender unknown). It’s a long conversation, because my friend is an historian who likes literary names, and her husband is a Swedish scientist who wants a traditional, short Scandinavian name. Full Article

Duana Names: SOCCERSTAR!

Duana Posted by Duana at December 19, 2016 22:08:47 December 19, 2016 22:08:47
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Hi Duana! I’m an Aunt to two amazing boys and my sister is expecting her third (and very much surprise) baby in December. We just found out this week it’s another boy. I’m in Auntie heaven already! Here are the issues: My brother in law is Mexican-Italian and our side of the family is English/Scottish. Full Article

Duana Names: On Grandmothers and grudge-holding

Duana Posted by Duana at December 16, 2016 20:44:33 December 16, 2016 20:44:33
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So you know, on these days when we talk fondly about the children who may soon arrive, there’s always someone who says “Ugh, kids. And they’re full of GERMS.” And it’s true, they are… but I have it on backed-up, I’m-not-the-only-one proof that my current plague is inherited from none other than…Jacek. Full Article

Duana Names: Flag-Waving Name?

Duana Posted by Duana at December 14, 2016 23:31:51 December 14, 2016 23:31:51

Dear Duana, After obsessing over names for my entire life, I’m now stuck with only a few weeks left to figure this out! Duana, I’m turning to you – please help. Here are some perfunctory details before I launch into the dilemma. I am due with baby number two at the end of December. Full Article

Duana Names: I Want To Know Right Now What Will It Be?

Duana Posted by Duana at December 9, 2016 21:38:09 December 9, 2016 21:38:09
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Hey Duana, My husband and I are expecting a girl on January 1st and are still undecided on her name. We have a son, Alexander, who mostly goes by Alex, but is also called Sasha by myself and my husband (we both speak Russian). I love me some odd names, but my husband is much more traditional. Full Article

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Duana Names: One Plus One Equals Three?

Duana Posted by Duana at December 8, 2016 21:48:17 December 8, 2016 21:48:17

Hello Duana, When we were first talking about having kids I was so excited to pick names! I thought it would be the best part about being pregnant, but it’s turned out to be hard and exhausting in reality. My husband and I are expecting our second baby [in mid-December]. We don't know the sex. Full Article

Duana Names: Pretty Hurts?

Duana Posted by Duana at December 5, 2016 22:09:36 December 5, 2016 22:09:36
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Hi Duana, I swear at one point I had a mental list of beloved names but now that we’re expecting (after over 7 years of trying!) I can’t seem to remember any of them! She’s expected to arrive in January and we’re stuck for names. My last name and to-be-baby’s middle name is three syllables, Portuguese and ending in a hard “o”. Full Article

Duana Names: Four for Four

Duana Posted by Duana at November 28, 2016 22:15:48 November 28, 2016 22:15:48
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I've never wanted to be out in public discussing my name choices but we now have 1 month left to name the child who will be our last: our 4th girl due at the end of December!! And I am tapped! As an indecisive person, I had trouble naming the first one and by girl 4 I'm just done. My partner is pretty much unreliable since he suggests names like Margery (which I'm sure is lovely for many, but not for me). Full Article

Duana Names: Seventeen Simple Steps To Harnessing Name Distaste

Duana Posted by Duana at November 23, 2016 23:00:11 November 23, 2016 23:00:11

Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting a daughter in December and we are not finding any common ground, mainly because we hate everything we come across. Prior to discovering I was pregnant I had a slew of hypothetical names that I had been tossing around and they were all fabulous, and now I hate them all. Full Article