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Duana Names: What Does it Mean To ‘Royal’? 

Duana Posted by Duana at March 16, 2018 20:42:13 March 16, 2018 20:42:13
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Hi Duana, I don't usually do this sort of thing, but I'm writing this with fingers and toes crossed that you respond to this email as I'm coming up empty for our third (and most likely last) child's name.  It was so easy with our first two even though we didn't know the gender for either until they were born. Full Article

Duana Names: That Would Be Enough

Duana Posted by Duana at March 13, 2018 20:13:42 March 13, 2018 20:13:42
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Hi Duana! We are due with baby girl number 2 in March and I'm stuck on loving-but-questioning the name Tory. I can't remember where this name came to me from but I already find myself calling her "Baby Tory" in my head, for some reason it just sounds natural to me. So, I love Tory but I'm a bit prone to overthinking and I find myself wondering . Full Article

Duana Names: If You Please

Duana Posted by Duana at March 9, 2018 20:57:14 March 9, 2018 20:57:14

Hi Duana,   I’m not sure if your name suggestions extend to pets, but here goes nothing!   I am getting two Siamese kittens from the same litter this month, a male lilac point Siamese and a female chocolate point Siamese. Adorable pics attached!   I already know I am going to name the male “Otto,” as it was my grandfather’s middle name. Full Article

Duana Names: This Is Why Not

Duana Posted by Duana at March 7, 2018 22:15:12 March 7, 2018 22:15:12
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Hey Duana! I am a bit of a name-junkie myself, and have carved out what I see as the *perfect* names for our little family. Growing up I was the only "C" name in a sea of "J' names (literally almost everyone in my family, 30+ people!) so I resigned myself very early on to alliterate my own family one day. Full Article

Duana Names: The return of the HOMEWORK… Part 1

Duana Posted by Duana at March 2, 2018 21:25:44 March 2, 2018 21:25:44
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Oh, I am so, so excited about this. A few weeks ago I got a letter from a couple who disagreed over which names would 'fit in'.I asked for your class lists, hoping to prove that the name trends the husband was worried about wouldn’t really bear out – that there are as many ‘old-fashioned’ or unusual names in any given group of kids born in the last 10 years as there are ‘current’ ones. Full Article

Duana Names: Names by… Us (and Them)

Duana Posted by Duana at February 28, 2018 21:27:05 February 28, 2018 21:27:05
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Hi Duana, I'm writing on behalf of a friend who is due in late Feb. She is expecting a boy and has one daughter, Stella, a stepdaughter Anaya, and a stepson T'shawn. Quite an eclectic mix to say the least. Although she has a few faves Gael and Hugo, I don't think (I am no way related but hella entitled) that it sounds right in taking the other kids' names into account. Full Article

Duana Names: Are We At the Intersection of Brothers? 

Duana Posted by Duana at February 23, 2018 21:50:55 February 23, 2018 21:50:55
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Hi Duana, I am due very soon with our second boy.  We had very few ideas when naming our first, Daniel, and fewer this time, as in one.  The problem is husband will not (has not) produced any ideas. None. He also has offered little feedback on what I’ve proposed. For a while I thought he was afraid to put his ideas out there, but now it sincerely seems he’d be happy for me to do the brainstorming and/or simply for me to do the naming. Full Article

Duana Names: ‘Marking’ and Mega-Updates

Duana Posted by Duana at February 21, 2018 22:06:53 February 21, 2018 22:06:53

I’m hard at work marking* your homework, everyone!   Remember when teachers used to say that and you would agitate for ‘when are we getting it BACK?! When are we getting our essays back?’ I know this probably seems like it was the exclusive domain of keeners but I remember kids across the board wanting the teacher to cough up the marks, which… why? It just meant they were able to start the assignment-assignment-test-marking cycle again, and the teachers who were slow with marking did tend to have easier classes, didn’t they?  But I really am hard at work marking your work, or in this case, rounding out an awesome article to deploy delicious info from all the class lists you sent earlier this month. Full Article

Duana Names: Name Drops, Several Letters At A Time

Duana Posted by Duana at February 15, 2018 21:27:09 February 15, 2018 21:27:09

Dear Duana, Hoping for you to drop some name bombs on me. My husband and I are expecting a boy (first child) in March. We have a handful of names that we sort of agree on but are having trouble coming to an agreement, mainly because of our long-ass last name. Our last name is where you'll usually find the US president. Full Article

Duana Names: How Do You Improve On Perfect? 

Duana Posted by Duana at February 12, 2018 21:33:57 February 12, 2018 21:33:57
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Hi Duana- I am writing for a friend because I so wish I had written to you before naming my twin boys 5 years ago! I ended up naming them Tate and Declan - I know you love Tate and I still rarely hear it - and I am super frustrated at how popular Declan is becoming! I have actually considered changing his name but I think it is too late. Full Article

Duana Names: Loving Guts But Not Names

Duana Posted by Duana at February 8, 2018 21:37:31 February 8, 2018 21:37:31
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Is love too much to ask??   I’m due in a week with #3 and struggling to even create a shortlist of potential boy names. We currently have two girls, Keaton and Blake. Our last name is 3 syllables (starts with a “B”, Italian) and I find myself drawn to one-syllable first names in the desire for flow, but this is not a mandate. Full Article