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Duana Names: If Not You, Then Who? 

Duana Posted by Duana at August 15, 2018 21:10:55 August 15, 2018 21:10:55
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Hi Duana, We're expecting our first child, a boy, in two weeks, and have been at an impasse for months. I'm torn between the '60s and '70s names I like and the names that are popular now (most of which I don't like). I want my son to fit in while still avoiding trendy top 100 names. Full Article

Duana Names: Short, yes. Simple – not so much. 

Duana Posted by Duana at August 13, 2018 21:24:44 August 13, 2018 21:24:44
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Hi Duana, I’ll keep it short and sweet. I’m expecting my second babe, sex unknown, end of August. Our son’s name is Fergus and we love it. Originally we had planned on the name Seamus but when our guy arrived it didn’t quite fit, so a little tweak and here we are. I’m looking for suggestions for boys and girls names that will go w Fergus. Full Article

Duana Names: Update  - It’s Not About Me, Exactly…

Duana Posted by Duana at August 10, 2018 20:05:43 August 10, 2018 20:05:43
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I mean, I should be making an effort to not have it about me, but I was so delighted with the response from the letter writer in the very personally-affecting Making It All About Me that I had to go ahead and make this the headline on a short but very sweet Friday name update: SeeOdoor is Born!  Hi Duana!  On July 23rd at precisely 8:45am Theodore Henri was born! You made the name special by making it personal and I loved the energy you injected in it. Full Article

Duana Names: Tell Me You Love It

Duana Posted by Duana at August 3, 2018 19:29:24 August 3, 2018 19:29:24
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Hi Duana,    I need some help! I am pregnant with my first child, a boy. For the last couple of years my go-to boy name has been Noel, pronounced the English way, like 'knoll'. While I have been very open to other names and have narrowed down a list to about 5-6 other possibilities, it's the one I keep going back to. Full Article

Duana Names: Therein Lies The Paradox

Duana Posted by Duana at August 1, 2018 20:20:11 August 1, 2018 20:20:11
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Hey Duana! (My cousin) and her husband have been obsessing over names for their 2nd baby girl, due in August, and are really stuck. I've tried to jump in with suggestions, but really nothing feels "just right." They have a 2 year old, Alivia Nicole, and a multi-syllable last name that can sound harsh/strong (starts with a P). Full Article

Duana Names: What’s This But Not This?

Duana Posted by Duana at July 27, 2018 19:57:35 July 27, 2018 19:57:35
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Hi Duana, I'm expecting my second soon (the third week of July!), and am at a loss for names. Our first is named Beverly, which we're delighted with - not only because it honours a grandmother that I was close with, but because it seems to hit the right mark between vintage but not too popular. Full Article

Duana Names: Cultural Can-We-Do-That?

Duana Posted by Duana at July 25, 2018 20:47:43 July 25, 2018 20:47:43
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Help! Since I was little I’ve always known my daughter’s name would be Katherine but we all call her Kate. My name is a Polish variation of Katie but I’m not at all Polish (long story! Eye roll), which is Kasia. I loved the sentiment of it and the fact my moms name is Kathy. I’m pregnant with my second girl. Full Article

Duana Names: What Dreams May Come

Duana Posted by Duana at July 23, 2018 19:30:06 July 23, 2018 19:30:06
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Hi Duana, fellow name nerd here. I am two weeks away from baby boy #2 (Duana: Actually less now, this email came in a few days ago) and I’m having doubts about our chosen name, which hubs and I deemed “perfect” since the beginning of the pregnancy. His name was expected to be Fox Christopher La——. Full Article


Duana Posted by Duana at July 11, 2018 20:37:40 July 11, 2018 20:37:40
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Dear Duana, Our second child is due TODAY [N.B. Actually, the letter writer sent this yesterday!] and is still nameless! Our problems are these: 1) We absolutely knocked it out of the park when naming our daughter, Astrid, and we haven't come close to feeling the same about any of our current candidates. Full Article

Duana Names: Husband Of Infinity Forever

Duana Posted by Duana at July 9, 2018 21:15:34 July 9, 2018 21:15:34
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Hi Duana, First of all, you must sprinkle some kind of visual crack into your articles cuz I swear my wife is addicted. What started off as occasional and passing “Duana says...” statements have now ballooned into full blown links and screen shots that are clogging up my phone memory. Full Article

Duana Names: Working out the Kinks 

Duana Posted by Duana at July 6, 2018 20:29:07 July 6, 2018 20:29:07
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Dear Duana,  Help! The clock is ticking and I need your expertise!  I am currently 32 weeks pregnant with my FOURTH boy (all of my babies have come before 36 weeks so I’m entering the home stretch).  My husband and I are really struggling with a name this time- we feel like we have used all the “good” names for our other three boys and don’t want this little guy to have a b-list name. Full Article