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: Is This Name Actionable? 

Duana Posted by Duana at November 8, 2019 19:54:20 November 8, 2019 19:54:20
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Hi Duana, I am currently expecting a baby girl and have found myself in the middle of some family drama. My husband and I are planning to name our daughter Caroline which greatly upset his brother and his brother's wife. They currently have a six-month-old boy (Andrew) but before the baby was born, they shared with the family that their girl name was Charlotte. Full Story

Duana Names: What’s My Name, Though?

Duana Posted by Duana at November 6, 2019 21:01:43 November 6, 2019 21:01:43
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Hi Duana! First-time writer, long-time reader. I believe you are the perfect person to help solve my voicemail dilemma as I am not sure which name to use. It’s currently automated, but I would like to use something more personalized. I go by Ali with friends but Alison at work. I like Ali, but I feel that Alison has more weight to it in the workplace (feel free to correct any misconceptions). Full Story

Duana Names: Vicarious Victories

Duana Posted by Duana at November 4, 2019 21:08:56 November 4, 2019 21:08:56
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Hi Duana, I’ve loved your column vicariously for years and got the satisfaction of being able to say ‘but I suggested that months ago!’ when my sister and brother-in-law named their firstborn Theodore Joseph. He’s a delight and known to everyone as Teddy. Well! Teddy is getting a baby sister and she’s not proving as easy to name. Full Story

Duana Names: Poker; or, Confessions of A Name Hoarder

Duana Posted by Duana at November 1, 2019 19:31:49 November 1, 2019 19:31:49
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Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting twins this month and I'm so tired this pregnancy that I cannot find the brain power to choose names I like. Or rather, to choose names both my husband and I agree on, or to convince him of the best names :)  We don't know the babies' genders. Full Story

Show Your Work: Is Selena Gomez The Michael Jordan Of Her Era? 

Duana Posted by Duana at October 30, 2019 19:28:12 October 30, 2019 19:28:12

On this week’s Show Your Work, it may not surprise you to know that the showrunners of Game Of Thrones made a mess… again. And worse, they’re… kind of not that sorry, or at least, they weren’t before this week started. Now, however… Last Friday, at the Austin Film Festival, the two participated in a panel that included questions about the final season of GOT but also included questions about the entire series run. Full Story

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Duana Names: My Name is GOTCHA!

Duana Posted by Duana at October 28, 2019 20:03:04 October 28, 2019 20:03:04
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Hi there,   Long time reader of the blog, but first time emailer here. My husband and I received the shock of our lives when we found out at the beginning of my second trimester that instead of the one baby we thought we were having (and, frankly, were told we were having at the 8 week ultrasound), it was two babies - identical twins boys! The shock is still there (I imagine we’ll never truly get over that one!), but the boys’ arrival is swiftly approaching (eviction is scheduled for late October if I don’t go into labour sooner). Full Story

Duana Names: Retrofitting Name Joy

Duana Posted by Duana at October 23, 2019 20:11:59 October 23, 2019 20:11:59
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Dear Duana, I am in a real pickle. We named our newborn son Francis... and I hate it. So much so that whenever I think about it I get a pit in my stomach. I know this makes me sound like a terrible person and that I could/should have named him something else, but my husband so badly wanted this name and I entirely got my way with our daughter’s name. Full Story

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