Duana Taha

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Duana is a television screenwriter whose credits include Degrassi: The Next Generation, Lost Girl, Lost & Found Studios, and many more. On LaineyGossip.com, she raves about television, feminism, and "Hamilton", and writes the popular name column "Duana Names". She also hosts the hit podcast 'Show Your Work' with Elaine Lui, and is the author of the bestselling book, 'The Name Therapist'.

Duana Names: Do Not Go Gentle!

Duana Posted by Duana at October 9, 2019 20:45:40 October 9, 2019 20:45:40
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Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting our second child in December, and are struggling mightily with his name. Our daughter, Quinn, will be three next month and although we struggled with names right up until her birth (and for a few days after), I love her name now. This time, we're expecting a boy and are having a very hard time finding names we both like. Full Story

Duana Names: -Ith/Then/Else

Duana Posted by Duana at October 7, 2019 19:52:03 October 7, 2019 19:52:03
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Hi Duana,   We are expecting baby girl #2 in October.  Our first is Edith Maud (Edie, colloquially), and my husband is trying desperately hammer home Judith (Judy).  Her middle name will be Yvonne, so on its own, I quite like Judith Yvonne - but I'm struggling with EdiTH and JudiTH - are they not too similar? Clearly we like old-timey names, but that are a little more unique, and not super flowery. Full Story

Duana Names: No, Seriously – Now or Never

Duana Posted by Duana at October 2, 2019 19:40:06 October 2, 2019 19:40:06
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Hi Duana, I am a week past my due date with baby #2, sex unknown. My husband has taken a sudden interest in names and their meanings (better late than never I guess, but really dude, now??) and thrown a new favorite into the ring. For a boy we are now leaning toward Zachary as a first name. The problem is we are completely blanking on middle names. Full Story

Duana Names: Acing The Next Name

Duana Posted by Duana at September 30, 2019 19:20:43 September 30, 2019 19:20:43
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Hi Duana,   Long time reader of Lainey’s website ( as well as Show Your Work) So excited to finally have a reason to write in! One of my coworkers is having her second baby (a boy due in October) and she is stuck on a name. They have a girl named Zoe and would like a unique not generic but also not crazy name for their new kid. Full Story

Duana Names: Wishing And Hoping and Thinking and Singing

Duana Posted by Duana at September 27, 2019 20:10:56 September 27, 2019 20:10:56
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Hi Duana! Huge fan of your column and a total name nerd myself; for no good reason other than names are just fun. Anyway, as I vacuumed today I caught myself singing “Gloria” pretty loudly and wondered - what happened to this name? It’s not a “dead name” is it? And what are your thoughts on naming a child after a song? If you don’t hate it, what’s your favorite song name? We’ve got Layla, Roxanne, Amy, Gloria, what are the other good ones? What’s a good male song name? Now I’m picturing Charlene on Designing Women singing “Bill” or whatever that song is called. Full Story

Duana Names: His Majesty’s Moniker

Duana Posted by Duana at September 25, 2019 20:32:27 September 25, 2019 20:32:27
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Hi Duana, LOVE your advice and hoping you can help us here...  My husband and I are expecting our first child, a boy, due this fall, and landed on a name we both adored from about Week 6 of pregnancy-- ARCHIE. Not Archer or Archibald, but Archie. Fast forward to that fateful day in early May when-- not to sound dramatic-- my child naming dreams crushed upon me and I realized we could no longer use it. Full Story

Natasha Lyonne: Emmys Best Dressed (Duana)

Duana Posted by Duana at September 23, 2019 18:08:09 September 23, 2019 18:08:09
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It was a weird Emmys, no question – but, since there were more unexpected winners than eye-rolling ‘of course’ returns, it almost seemed like there was a little bit of room for things to shift – not for a new class, exactly, since the vast majority of ‘new’ faces we saw last night have been in the business forever – but to see them in new roles. Full Story

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Emilia Clarke: Emmys Worst Outfit (Duana) 

Duana Posted by Duana at September 23, 2019 16:31:21 September 23, 2019 16:31:21
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To me, the question is always “what was it supposed to look like?” What was the style inspiration? Usually we don’t know for a few days until an exhausted stylist gives an interview (if the look went well) or not – but Emilia Clarke had a definite look in mind, and told everyone her inspiration up front (read the caption):           Full Story

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge: Emmys in the Fleabag

Duana Posted by Duana at September 23, 2019 15:51:30 September 23, 2019 15:51:30
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Leave me alone about the title, I’m on no sleep. But also, the only other title that would be appropriate here is one you saw all over social media or your group chats last night: “PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE!!EEEEEEE!!!!”  Her sweep last night took us all so by surprise that it wasn’t until this morning that I fully processed the scope of what happened – with the exception of the Best Supporting categories, Fleabag swept the comedy Emmys completely: Best Writing, Best Direction, Best Lead Actress – and Best Comedy. Full Story

Schitt’s Creek on the Emmys Carpet

Duana Posted by Duana at September 23, 2019 14:50:56 September 23, 2019 14:50:56
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You didn’t imagine it. Whenever ‘Schitt’s Creek’ was said aloud inside the Emmys theatre, the polite roll of applause would swell, in kind of a warm, but slightly raucous way that felt familiar, somehow…  Sometimes, when Mike and I are watching TV, I’ll get too excited and go on at length about some behind-the-scenes element I’ve gleaned, (I am a master at figuring out when actors have colds they’re trying to hide) and want him to praise my brilliance. Full Story

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