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: The Exception Proves The Rule

Duana Posted by Duana at December 11, 2019 22:18:40 December 11, 2019 22:18:40
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Dear Duana,  We are expecting our first child in early June 2020, and just found out it will be a baby girl. I have loved the name Virginia for years, as it honors both my maternal grandmother who was one of the most important people in my life and helped raise me and my husband’s maternal grandmother as well. Full Story

Duana Names: The Ballad of Against The Grain 

Duana Posted by Duana at December 9, 2019 21:12:45 December 9, 2019 21:12:45
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Hi Duana, I love your column and have been reading it all throughout my pregnancy! Now it’s my turn to add myself to the list of desperate preggos you receive letters from. Our second child, a girl, will be arriving December 19 by caesarean (if not before!) and we cannot settle on or find the right name. Full Story

Show Your Work: America’s Got Gabrielle

Duana Posted by Duana at December 4, 2019 20:25:59 December 4, 2019 20:25:59
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If Lainey were writing this, she’d undoubtedly point out that some stories are gifts that keep giving or that gain momentum when you least expect it. It’s been a full week since the story broke that Gabrielle Union spoke up about various issues at America’s Got Talent – and was released from her contract Full Story

Duana Names: Getting Right In The Middle Of It 

Duana Posted by Duana at December 2, 2019 21:17:37 December 2, 2019 21:17:37
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Hello Duana, After five years of trying naturally and eventually moving on to IVF, my husband and I have finally gotten pregnant! Over the years, the process of trying to conceive has given us a lot of time to consider names. We’re beyond ecstatic about the pregnancy, but we also realize that this might be our only chance at having a baby. Full Story

Duana Names: Those You Forgot You Already Loved

Duana Posted by Duana at November 29, 2019 19:32:37 November 29, 2019 19:32:37
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Dear Duana,   I am expecting my first child in February, a girl. Every name I used to love now seems lackluster at best. The current front runner is Zoe, but the Social Security Administration reports it is one of the most popular names of the 2010s. I don't relish the thought of my child being "Zoe L. Full Story

Duana Names: All The Things In A Name

Duana Posted by Duana at November 27, 2019 21:24:42 November 27, 2019 21:24:42
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Hi Duana, I am expecting my third baby boy, he is a rainbow baby as we lost our second over a year ago, at 28 weeks. Truth be told, I am not crazy about the term “rainbow baby” but appreciate it for its meaning and honouring the journey one goes through after experiencing such a loss. Full Story

Duana Names: One Vowel To Rule Them All 

Duana Posted by Duana at November 25, 2019 20:57:27 November 25, 2019 20:57:27
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Hi Duana,  Here’s the sitch: We’re expecting a baby boy in late December. Big sister Elena will be 3. But: My husband is an immigrant from Japan and, perhaps understandably (yes, okay, totally understandably) insists that our children’s names be pronounceable in Japanese. Most of his family still lives in Japan, and other than his immediate family, they speak only Japanese. Full Story

Duana Names: It Can Be Both (Even The Second Time) 

Duana Posted by Duana at November 22, 2019 22:02:59 November 22, 2019 22:02:59
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Hi Duana, My friend is a long time reader and suggested I reach out to you regarding the trouble my husband and I are having settling on a name for our baby girl (due in November). Having read through so many of your columns I think she is right! This is our second baby and first girl. We had such an easy time naming our son. Full Story

Duana Names: The Gumshoe Factor

Duana Posted by Duana at November 20, 2019 22:04:39 November 20, 2019 22:04:39
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Hi Duana! I'm a name nerd and love your column I'm such a name nerd I never thought I'd have trouble coming up with one myself, but now that the time is actually here nothing has that spark for us and we're stumped. We're due with our second and have about a million girls names but need a boy name. Full Story

Duana Names: Don’t Give In To Temptation!

Duana Posted by Duana at November 18, 2019 21:30:35 November 18, 2019 21:30:35
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Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting baby number two at the end of November and despite being oh-so-close to the “it’s a ——” moment that we’re hoping will live up to the hype, our inability to find a boy name we love has us almost ready to tear open the envelope stowed in our bedside table with the results of the baby’s sex. Full Story

Duana Names: Help You School Me

Duana Posted by Duana at November 15, 2019 22:05:30 November 15, 2019 22:05:30
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Hi Duana, I'm a bit of a name nut, and so enjoy your column! My husband and I are due with our first, and we have decided not to find out the sex. We have both agreed that incorporating family names are important to us, and I'm hoping to get your opinion on both options! My grandmother's maiden name was Parks, so if she's a girl I want to go with either Parks or Parker. Full Story