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Bonne Chance, Duana!

Duana Posted by Duana at September 22, 2017 18:55:49 September 22, 2017 18:55:49
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Dear Duana, We are expecting our second child in the next few days, unexpectedly early because of some medical concerns. So, while we had a bit of time on our side (and don't feel like we MUST land on A name before baby arrives), I'm now waiting for a phone call to come into the hospital to have the baby, and thinking about baby names is a wonderful distraction. Full Article

Duana Names: The Garlic Of Names

Duana Posted by Duana at September 15, 2017 20:26:32 September 15, 2017 20:26:32
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Dear Duana, Help! My husband and I are expecting our second child in two weeks and my husband and I still haven't settled on a name for our little man. With our 2 year old daughter, we had an easy time because we both loved her name - Blair. It is strong and soft at the same time and is of Scottish/Gaelic origin. Full Article

Duana Names: Is Ambivalence A Good Name?

Duana Posted by Duana at September 11, 2017 20:56:29 September 11, 2017 20:56:29
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Hello Duana, I’m going to be honest, I’m fairly indifferent about baby names. I lost interest in my early 30s when I was terminally single, mildly depressed and surrounded by new mums discussing the merits of naming their baby Otis, Iggy, Milo or Evie. So now at the ripe old age of 42 I’m knocked up and the due date is early September. Full Article

Duana Names: …Which is Fine, I Guess

Duana Posted by Duana at August 30, 2017 20:27:38 August 30, 2017 20:27:38

Hi Duana, I’m so happy to be writing to you! It’s taken us awhile to get here and I’ve been reading your column and book for a while, hoping to write someday with a name question of our own. We are due this fall, and we found out recently that it’s a girl!! Pretty soon after finding out we were pregnant, the name Juliette was in my head and hasn’t left. Full Article

Duana Names: Clock-watching and Overthinking

Duana Posted by Duana at August 28, 2017 20:47:50 August 28, 2017 20:47:50
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We’re expecting our first child - a boy, due August 31st - and so far picking a name has been the most difficult decision yet….also, arguably, one of the few we actually have to make before the baby arrives (eep!). So far none of the names on our short list have really stood out as totally “right” and we are definitely starting to feel the clock ticking! I jokingly told my husband about writing in to your name column, and he encouraged me, in all seriousness, to send you an email. Full Article

Duana Names: Just Like This, But Not

Duana Posted by Duana at August 25, 2017 20:29:19 August 25, 2017 20:29:19
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I am getting (VERY) close to my due date and am having my third girl. I have a boy name I LOVE, Hugh, but we obviously will not be using that.  The middle name will be Sullivan (another family name) and our last name is a direction (think Kim K’s kids). Do you have a recommendation for a girl name that embodies all of the elements of Hugh? My two older girls are Bridget Louise and Reynolds Clare (we primarily call her Renny). Full Article

Duana Names: You Do You (or rather, her)

Duana Posted by Duana at August 23, 2017 19:59:53 August 23, 2017 19:59:53
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Dear Duana, I'm due in the last week of August with my first, and I'm not quite sure what to do about girl names! The baby's last name will be double-barrelled. We have one name for a boy - Daniel, after my grandfather. All systems are a go on that one -  we both love it, it works with the prospective surname and all sides of our respective families (mixed heritage here, mostly Indian) can pronounce it without trouble. Full Article

Duana Names: After The Rainbow

Duana Posted by Duana at August 18, 2017 19:14:17 August 18, 2017 19:14:17
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Duana, A few weeks ago my beloved 13 year old golden retriever Wrigley lost her battle with cancer. I was devastated. I still am devastated. It's been a horrible time. What makes it even worse is that her 'brother' Oscar my 10 year old golden is lost without her. He's never been alone. Full Article

Duana Names: In Which I Help You Steal My Job

Duana Posted by Duana at August 16, 2017 21:06:24 August 16, 2017 21:06:24
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My co-worker/friend is having a baby (due late August), and recently moaned that coming up with names was "so hard." To which I replied, "OMG that's the most fun part of having a baby! I don't want a kid, but I desperately want to name one!" Long story short, she agreed to let me (help) name her baby boy. Full Article