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Duana Names: No Vampires!

Duana Posted by Duana at December 14, 2018 20:58:14 December 14, 2018 20:58:14
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Hi, Duana! I’m pregnant with our first baby, due at Christmas. We found out early on we’re having a girl, which is thrilling, but definitely threw us for a loop – I was convinced it was a boy and had a name LOCKED DOWN. Girl names, though, are presenting a really great opportunity for an ongoing discussion of etymology, culture and lifestyle (read: lots of arguments). Full Article

Duana Names: Sweet & Salty Names

Duana Posted by Duana at December 12, 2018 22:16:27 December 12, 2018 22:16:27
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Hi Duana, I’m writing in on behalf of my best friend. She is due in a month and stuck on a middle name. Her daughter will be named Billie after her father and she’s looking for something feminine to balance it out. Originally they were going to do with Joyce after one of the grandmothers but there was some long forgotten family friend named Billie Joyce that someone disliked and now it’s off the table. Full Article

Duana Names: Go With The Golden

Duana Posted by Duana at December 10, 2018 20:57:14 December 10, 2018 20:57:14
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Hi Duana,  I am pregnant with my second child which I am hoping so badly is a girl, due in December. I have a 2 year old son William who we call Will or Wills for short. I have always loved the name Olivia for a girl but it is way too popular right now. My husband is British and our last name is a classic two syllable that starts with B. Full Article

Duana Names: Updates of Elation 

Duana Posted by Duana at December 7, 2018 21:33:43 December 7, 2018 21:33:43
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Okay, so it’s true - I’m on vacation, and the bliss of the sun and the weather has become even more delightful since I realized I can use geotags to find the people who are posing as hard as they can in all-day photo shoots.  But if I weren’t here I would still be buoyed by these delicious updates. Full Article

Duana Names: Faking Out Real Names

Duana Posted by Duana at November 30, 2018 20:43:34 November 30, 2018 20:43:34

Hi Duana, I love the magic you are able to pull off with baby names and am wondering if you might help me name the main characters in a novel I am writing. November is "national write a novel in a month" and I am hoping to finish the sh*tty first draft - something I have been working on for three plus years. Full Article

Duana Names: Risk vs. Reward

Duana Posted by Duana at November 26, 2018 21:34:47 November 26, 2018 21:34:47
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Hi Duana! Long time reader, fellow name nerd and big fan.  I’m expecting my first child (gender unknown) and, being a naturally indecisive person, am having a hard time with names. I have been thinking about baby names since I was in elementary school but now that it’s go time I’m stuck. Full Article

Duana Names: MUCH OF A MUCHNESS

Duana Posted by Duana at November 23, 2018 22:12:28 November 23, 2018 22:12:28
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Hi Duana. Our last name is short and Czech and ends in an ‘a’ sound. I’m leaning towards very feminine Italian/Spanish for the first name. The names we are choosing between are Isabela, Amara, Alessandra and Valentina. I like the way the pretty syllables and ‘a’ endings roll off the tongue combined with the surname. Full Article

Duana Names: No Sacrifice! 

Duana Posted by Duana at November 21, 2018 21:00:18 November 21, 2018 21:00:18
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Hello! I’ll get right down to it: we have two children, Freya and Ned, and in late November, we’re expecting baby #3. We love that “pause factor” you’ve discussed in the past. If it were up to me entirely, we’d have 6 children, all with shabby aristocrat names like Theodosia Alice Alberta. Full Article

Duana Names: In Search of a Burnt-Toast Badass

Duana Posted by Duana at November 19, 2018 21:55:40 November 19, 2018 21:55:40

Hi Duana,   I am hoping you can provide us with some direction. We are expecting baby boy number 2 and with less than two weeks to go (baby is coming on the 29th if he doesn’t arrive on his own before then) we are still no closer to finding a name we both love, family chiming in hasn’t helped us, and as you can see from the time I am sending this, I’m losing sleep over not having at least one name we both stand behind. Full Article

Duana Names presents FNI: Forensic Name Investigation

Duana Posted by Duana at November 14, 2018 21:03:04 November 14, 2018 21:03:04
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Hello Duana, I am expecting my second daughter at the end of November. My first is named Gwendolyn and she goes by both Gwendolyn and Gwen (the shorter version is much easier at preschool). We chose this because it’s classic, feminine but substantive and has nickname options. My husband and I both have very short names, so we liked the idea of having options as she grew up and figured out who she is. Full Article

Duana Names: When Does Meaning Mean Something? 

Duana Posted by Duana at November 9, 2018 20:02:58 November 9, 2018 20:02:58
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Hi Duana, I have loved reading your column for the past few years. I am writing so late in my pregnancy as my father recently passed away in September. I am not as prepared as I always imagined I would be for my first pregnancy but "that's life". To be honest it has been a rough few months emotionally and very difficult to focus on the concept of bringing a little human into this world. Full Article