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: Game Of Jones, Mother Of Zeldas 

Duana Posted by Duana at October 21, 2019 20:07:56 October 21, 2019 20:07:56
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Hi Duana,   Despite being an avid reader, I didn’t think I would need your advice when it came to naming my daughter (due middle of October). My partner and I are both big F. Scott Fitzgerald fans and early on fell in love with the name Zelda.  It’s a touch old fashioned so she won’t feel out of place with all her future hipster classmates Charlotte, Enid and Elspeth, but modern and unusual enough that she can still feel unique (or give her a few options of El, Ellie, Ella if she wants). Full Story

Duana Names: To Know Him Is To Love Him… Who Is He?

Duana Posted by Duana at October 18, 2019 19:38:59 October 18, 2019 19:38:59
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Hi Duana, We need your help. I am being induced October 21st at 7:15 AM and my husband and I cannot agree on a name that we love. This is my third boy. Owen and Nolan are his siblings’ names. We would love for his name to go well with Owen and Nolan. We would like to stick with an Irish/Gaelic names for him as well. Full Story

Duana Names: Their Dead Chicken Stole My Baby Name

Duana Posted by Duana at October 16, 2019 20:42:39 October 16, 2019 20:42:39
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Hi Duana, I love your naming articles and I hope you can share your wisdom. My email subject says it all really. After three years of multiple losses and general sh-ttiness, I am the proud owner of a first time 29 week bump and a baby who loves to boogie woogie in there. Baby is a girl and a tough little cookie (we just survived a car crash a few days ago if you can believe that) and we wanted a name to reflect this. Full Story

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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