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Duana Names: On Starbucks and Sensitivity

Duana Posted by Duana at August 24, 2016 20:44:08 August 24, 2016 20:44:08

Hi Duana, I love your name columns and have read them for fun, with no naming intentions for a while. My husband and I are finally expecting and we're overjoyed to find out it is boy/girl twins. We're due in August and have a list of girl names we like (favourites are Alienna, Vera, Isla), but we're absolutely stuck on boy names. Full Article

Duana Names: Short. Sweet. Not Simple.

Duana Posted by Duana at August 22, 2016 20:34:52 August 22, 2016 20:34:52

Hi Duana, After reading your Name Nerd column today, I decided to write in. I'm expecting a baby girl in August- she is our 3rd, and first girl. My husband and I had no problems naming our sons, Jack and Sam. I know these names aren't unique, but I'm fine with it- I love them both. Full Article

Duana Names: Correct Me If I’m Wrong…

Duana Posted by Duana at August 19, 2016 19:50:21 August 19, 2016 19:50:21

Hi Duana, My husband and I are at odds about how to spell the nickname of our son Julian. My husband is from England and says Jools is the correct spelling and that Jules is the feminine version. I think that it doesn't come as naturally (especially as we live in Canada) and prefer Jules. Full Article

Duana Names:….And Called It Macaroni

Duana Posted by Duana at August 17, 2016 20:04:03 August 17, 2016 20:04:03

Hi Duana, My sister, Dominika, is one week over her due date and totally dunzo. She and my BIL, Paul, still don’t know the gender and have no names at all! They have "writer's block" when it comes to names and have begged for your help. Both times they have decided not to find out the gender and it was so special when we found out her first baby was a boy! They named him Leo (one of their top choices, just Leo. Full Article

Duana Names: One for you, One for me

Duana Posted by Duana at August 15, 2016 19:15:28 August 15, 2016 19:15:28

Hi Duana, I've re-read every name post you've ever written hoping a name (the name) would magically jump out at me. We are expecting baby #3 in early August and are stuck on a boy's name. There is a good chance the baby is a girl (we have two girls already) so it may not even be an issue but if it isn't, we are really stumped. Full Article

Duana Names: Family Name Dynamics

Duana Posted by Duana at August 10, 2016 19:17:24 August 10, 2016 19:17:24

Hi Duana! I'm due to have my first child in early January. My husband and I have decided not to find out the sex, so we have been tossing around boy and girl names. We're in good shape for boy names, but the girl names have been giving us some trouble. We have a few favorites, including the name Audrey. Full Article

Duana Names: Everything is Ennui

Duana Posted by Duana at August 8, 2016 19:36:51 August 8, 2016 19:36:51

Dear Duana, I have a sweet yet spunky daughter named Flora. I get that some people find the name choice strange (bacteria! margarine!), but overwhelmingly, the reaction has been positive. It helps that we live close to Italy! The name struck a chord with me because I'm a fan of 1890s novels. Full Article

Duana Names: How Can One Letter Matter So Much?

Duana Posted by Duana at August 5, 2016 19:59:23 August 5, 2016 19:59:23
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Hi Duana My husband and I are expecting our first child at the end of August. She will be the first grandchild on both sides of the family and after struggling with infertility issues everyone is very excited that she is finally on her way! I have been dreaming about writing to you about a baby naming problem for years. Full Article

Duana Names: When Calls The Bard

Duana Posted by Duana at August 3, 2016 20:31:53 August 3, 2016 20:31:53
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Hey Duana, I hope this email finds you well. My husband and I need a bit of help naming our 2nd baby girl coming along this August. My big problem at the moment is that I kind of have an earworm of a name rattling around in my head that I know I shouldn't consider, but both my husband and I really like it. Full Article

Duana Names: Get In The Ring

Duana Posted by Duana at July 29, 2016 19:03:35 July 29, 2016 19:03:35
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Hi Duana, I know your focus has pretty much exclusively been human names (real life babies and characters) - but would you consider helping out with horse names? It’s been 21 years since I last owned one, but yesterday I bought a new horse. He’s got an interesting past, and hopefully a promising competitive future. Full Article

Duana Names: But if it’s NOT a boy, though…

Duana Posted by Duana at July 28, 2016 20:41:47 July 28, 2016 20:41:47

Hi Duana, Long time reader, first time emailer here. I've been writing this email in my head for so long I hope I can cover everything now that I'm actually sitting down to write it! I'm pregnant with our third, due in August. We are not finding out the gender and didn't with our first two, Anna Grace and Etta (Elizabeth) Jane. Full Article