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Duana Names: Twice Right; And A Certain Avoidance

Duana Posted by Duana at October 17, 2016 19:46:51 October 17, 2016 19:46:51
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Hi Duana, I’m expecting baby boy #2 at the end of October, and my husband and I are having trouble coming up with a name that we love as much as the one we gave our first son – Calvin James. James is a family name on my side, and since he was getting my husband’s last name, I wanted him to have that connection to my family, as well. Full Article

Duana Names: Getting-Into-October Updates

Duana Posted by Duana at October 14, 2016 20:12:47 October 14, 2016 20:12:47
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I know – not so long since the last one and I’m delighted too. I don’t know if summer people just have more daylight hours, so the updates come in sooner – no judgment, but we love getting them! Here’s the update for A Four-Letter Word... Full Article

Duana Names: What Even IS Our Style?

Duana Posted by Duana at October 12, 2016 20:43:41 October 12, 2016 20:43:41
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Hi Duana, We are in desperate need of name help. We are (unexpectedly) expecting our third child this winter and are completely stumped on a name. We don't know the gender and have two sons already named Kadence (the K...I know, I know but I was young and it was 2006) and Cash. Both had family names as middle names, and our last name is hyphenated with 3 syllables total and ending in the "eee" sound. Full Article

Duana Names: Where Am I In The Mix?

Duana Posted by Duana at October 7, 2016 20:39:51 October 7, 2016 20:39:51
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Hi Duana! I LOVE your column and your name nerd advice (and your name, to be honest). I also loved your book – how we feel about our names is such a study in human hope and behaviour, I can hardly believe that we went this long without the name nerd column in our lives. I have a name that has a completely wacky spelling so I totally live by my Starbucks name on paper – thank you for not making me feel badly about this. Full Article

Duana Names: I Like It, But Don’t Love It

Duana Posted by Duana at October 5, 2016 19:28:45 October 5, 2016 19:28:45

Hi Duana, I am due in December with my first, a girl. We were pretty set with boys names, our father's names in the middle, with Remi as the first name. (I am French Canadian, so I favour French names. Hubby is Polish Canadian and has no real preferences towards names.) Now that we know it's a girl, hubby won't really budge on my favourite name, which is Louise (Loulou as a nickname). Full Article

Duana Names: Ain’t Looking For an Ava

Duana Posted by Duana at October 3, 2016 20:01:32 October 3, 2016 20:01:32
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Hi Duana, I am expecting my second child in early October, gender to be discovered at birth. I think it is a boy (because the needle and thread said so) but am preparing for either. My first son's name is Tighe (pronounced like Tadgh - Tiger without the r) and we love it, he loves it, it is a rad name. Full Article

Duana Names: “Biracial Baby Blunt-Krasinski”

Duana Posted by Duana at September 30, 2016 19:01:30 September 30, 2016 19:01:30

Hi Duana, I hope you're well! Sorry for the strange title, but I hope this email explains it all. My husband is white and I'm black and we're trying for our first baby. There's nothing immediate, but we've been talking a lot about names. We have a boy's name picked out but are struggling with a girl's name. Full Article

Duana Names: When you just…can’t

Duana Posted by Duana at September 28, 2016 19:29:06 September 28, 2016 19:29:06
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Hi Duana, We're expecting our second child in October and have started thinking of names. Our first child is Ethan Patrick, which we chose based off of family names. I realize with Ethan coming in on several Top 10 baby lists that it's also probably considered "vanilla" and "common. Full Article

Duana Names: Only Five for Number Four

Duana Posted by Duana at September 26, 2016 20:55:23 September 26, 2016 20:55:23
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Hi Duana! I'm writing on behalf of my best friend (with her knowledge. No shadiness involved!). She and her husband are having kid #4, a boy, and she is PISSED about it. She had incredible plans for this year involving exercise, self-improvement and further study, and her husband's penis has dicked them all up for her. Full Article

Duana Names: Guess Again…

Duana Posted by Duana at September 23, 2016 19:39:38 September 23, 2016 19:39:38
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Hi Duana, I’m due with my second daughter at the end of September. When it came time to naming our first daughter, we came to a decision pretty quickly. Her name is Milana but goes by Mila – a name we both loved and still love – and her middle name is after my grandmother, Amuri (a Maori name). Full Article

Duana Names: What Do You Do With An Unnamed Baby?

Duana Posted by Duana at September 16, 2016 20:02:51 September 16, 2016 20:02:51
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Dear Duana, Ok, so I probably shouldn't have left writing to you down to the wire but I hadn't made up my mind about my shortlist and Lo and behold, the baby arrived. We've narrowed down to two names. I am Chinese, and I feel like Maisie has a more Asian feel to the name. Full Article