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Duana Names: To The Day…But Not The Letter

Duana Posted by Duana at January 16, 2017 20:57:26 January 16, 2017 20:57:26
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We are expecting girl2 in mid January (actually have the same due date as with girl1, they will be 3 years apart) and we can't find a name we love as much as we love girl1's name. Girl1 is named Lilian Heather (goes by Lily 85% of the time) and she was named after both our grandmothers. She was born in Scotland, we are now living back in Canada, where both women were from and we would really love a Scottish/Celtic name for girl2 to tie both kids to Scotland. Full Article

Duana Names: Why People Love Math

Duana Posted by Duana at January 13, 2017 20:41:18 January 13, 2017 20:41:18
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We are expecting our second child, a daughter, in February. We lean toward traditional names and spent time finding ones that weren't too popular. Our son is named Peter, and we've chosen Jane as the first name for our daughter. We have a fairly common last name (similar to Wilson) and would like to do something a little more fun and interesting but still somewhat classic for a middle name. Full Article

Duana Names: I Saw The Sign…Right?

Duana Posted by Duana at January 11, 2017 21:56:48 January 11, 2017 21:56:48
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Help! We're having our first, a baby girl at the end of January and for a name we are stumped! I keep waiting for a sign or something to fall upon us which is just perfect, but obviously that hasn't happened yet. I can't wrap my head around just finding a name in a book, liking it, and naming our child that forever! I feel like there needs to be more! For some background, my husband’s name is two syllables and ends in a harsh "T". Full Article

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