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Duana Names: One Name. Lots Of Love.

Duana Posted by Duana at November 9, 2016 21:13:10 November 9, 2016 21:13:10
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Hello Duana! I’m writing to you from Portugal – which means this is not a question about Anglo-Saxon names or about people living in an English-speaking country – so I completely understand if this doesn’t interest you or if you don’t think you’ll be able to help. Full Article

Duana Names: Never In A Million Years! Maybe.

Duana Posted by Duana at November 8, 2016 18:41:49 November 8, 2016 18:41:49
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Hey Duana, My work bestie is having a baby due in December, and while there is plenty of time, she (and myself) have been racking our brains at work everyday throwing out names and evaluating. She doesn't know what she is having yet. She also has a daughter named Julia, and wants a name that will match/compliment. Full Article

Duana Names: To Pin Down The Twang

Duana Posted by Duana at November 2, 2016 20:49:34 November 2, 2016 20:49:34

Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting our first baby in early November and are hitting a bit of a wall on names. We were in agreement about baby girl names for the most part (Dorothy/Dotty as a front runner) and only found out the gender because we were pretty divided on boy names. As fate would have it, we're having a boy! On paper it should be simple, we both seem to like southern names. Full Article

Duana Names: A New Name

Duana Posted by Duana at October 31, 2016 21:12:42 October 31, 2016 21:12:42

Dear Duana, My name is Laura and I am writing to you about a bit of a downer - still with joy and excitement in my heart, and a little off topic. Maybe a lot off topic. I don't need help naming a baby - I need help legally renaming myself. Firstly, I read your articles every day. I love children, babies, and the satisfaction and beauty that goes with naming! I am fascinated by people and their stories and their names. Full Article

Duana Names: The Necessity of Name Hacks

Duana Posted by Duana at October 28, 2016 20:49:49 October 28, 2016 20:49:49

Dear Duana, I wrote you a while back in a panic because after what felt like an exhaustive search over the course of a few months, we had zero names for our daughter arriving in November. I'm pleased to report, we finally have a list of names, albeit small, and could use your advice on narrowing our search or hearing your suggestions. Full Article

Duana Names: Simple Is Not So Simple

Duana Posted by Duana at October 24, 2016 20:58:33 October 24, 2016 20:58:33
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Hi Duana, We are expecting our second child around Halloween and to everyone's surprise, it will be a boy! I love the combination of a simple first name with a unique middle name. Our daughter is Laura Solveig D----n (a nod to my husband's Norwegian background) and when we thought this one was a girl, too, we fell in love with Alice Eilidh D----n (for my Scottish background). Full Article

Duana Names: Help Us Not F*ck This Up

Duana Posted by Duana at October 21, 2016 19:50:44 October 21, 2016 19:50:44

Baby number 4 is coming in a few short months... Totally unexpected. My husband and I had our first at the tender ages of 18 & 19, we named her Vaira. We love the name, she loves the name, and nothing anyone says will change that. But fast forward 10 years, I can see how the name can be confusing for people. Full Article

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