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Duana Names: Protecting the brilliance of A certain name

April 15, 2016 20:55:03 Posted at April 15, 2016 20:55:03
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I love your columns and feel that you have so much power over other name nerds that I yelled at you a year ago for overhyping our daughter's name, Anthea, because I wanted to keep it to ourselves. I must have made an impression because you mentioned my yelling in a subsequent column but thought that I was yelling at you for recommending Althea. Full Article

Duana Names: The Tango Maureen

April 13, 2016 20:33:30 Posted at April 13, 2016 20:33:30
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I need help finding a name for my baby girl, due mid-April. She is my first, and most likely only, biological child, but I help raise my boyfriend's two children (a girl and a boy) from a previous relationship. Baby's last name will be a two syllable (Polish, I think?) name that starts with an M. Full Article

Duana Names: Can’t Have One Without The Other

April 11, 2016 20:20:59 Posted at April 11, 2016 20:20:59
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I love your name advice posts and am hoping you might be able to give us some advice as my pregnant brain is fried! My husband and I are expecting twin girls in April. We have a two year old son, Christian John, and my name is Leith and my husband's name is Seamus (as you may have guessed, my husband is Irish). Full Article

Duana Names: An Update AND Followup. An Updateup!

April 8, 2016 19:53:29 Posted at April 8, 2016 19:53:29
Duana Posted by Duana

It’s a first on Duana Names, an update email that has its own follow-up question!  Not the same thing as people who wrote in about one kid and are asking advice about another one—love those names too, keep them coming! But this is a different story—a name dilemma that keeps giving. Full Article

Duana Names: 4 names, 4 weeks, no clues

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

Hi Duana, My husband and I are in a bit of a bind. We have 4 weeks until our due date and are still circling around 4 very different baby names - we would LOVE some help on narrowing this down or any insights or thoughts you might have. Some intro information: We're expecting a girl, this is our first child, and we're leaning towards Lillian for a middle name. Full Article

Duana Names: Stonewalled by Taylor?

April 4, 2016 19:07:15 Posted at April 4, 2016 19:07:15
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Hey Duana, Having my first child, a daughter, in July. My wife is set on naming our daughter Taylor. She picked the name when she was very young and while she says she's open to other names, in practice, every name I suggest gets shot down. Even when she suggests another name, she ends up saying "I'm not sure I love it though," and the conversation ends. Full Article

Duana Names: Are we secretly Brange superfans?

April 1, 2016 19:51:48 Posted at April 1, 2016 19:51:48
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We are expecting a girl (our second daughter, she also has a big brother) at the end of April. Just for background information, her brother's name is Jude Greyson, so Biblical and a family name. Her sister's name is Naomi Griffin, so she, also, has a Biblical name and a family name. Here's our problem. Full Article

Duana Names: I LOVE IT…now what?

March 30, 2016 18:47:09 Posted at March 30, 2016 18:47:09
Duana Posted by Duana

Duana, Okay, you know how people say to keep a perhaps… controversial name choice a secret until the baby is born?  That no one can really talk shit about it, because it's attached to an actual adorable little human being?  Yeah, I maybe tried to do the opposite of that.  I went with the tactic of bulldozing in my first round draft pick for a boy’s name. Full Article

Duana Names: Journey to the End of the Alphabet

March 28, 2016 19:39:01 Posted at March 28, 2016 19:39:01
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I have a good friend who's due with her 3rd boy, and she knows what an obsessive name nerd that I am, so she and her husband asked me to write you and help her figure out a name! I asked her all the questions I could think of that you would look for or include in your emails and so here's the breakdown: She likes X and Z names. Full Article

Duana Names: Get out of the locker!

March 23, 2016 21:51:47 Posted at March 23, 2016 21:51:47
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana! I have been reading your articles for such a long time now, I can't even remember when I started. It was definitely before I had my first kid - a fabulous boy named Luke (not Lucas). Now I'm expecting my second, due on March 25 and my husband and I are in the middle of renovating a new house, trying to sell our current house and have had approximately 5 total conversations about this kid's name. Full Article

Duana Names: We Must…

March 21, 2016 20:54:00 Posted at March 21, 2016 20:54:00
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, My husband and I are due with our second baby girl in April, and we are having a hard time coming up with a name for her. Our firstborn is named Emilia, which we loved and still love, except now we've run into the pesky issue of everyone spelling her name Amelia. We've decided we want to avoid the spelling issue with our second. Full Article