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Duana Names: Choose ALL The Names! 

Duana Posted by Duana at November 24, 2017 19:33:24 November 24, 2017 19:33:24
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Hello Duana, I've been reading Lainey Gossip for years and have been a fan of your name blog for quite some time. I'm a lawyer and love your SJC name test. Anyway, after a long process, my husband and I were recently approved to adopt a baby. We are not sure when we'll get the call - it could be next week or 3 years from now - but we need to be ready for a new baby. Full Article

Duana Names: Five ALIVE*

Duana Posted by Duana at November 22, 2017 21:48:49 November 22, 2017 21:48:49
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Hi Duana,  Despite no kids of my own on the horizon, I've been inundated with babies over the last year. All three of my siblings have been on the exact same life schedule-- get married, have babies. All three families were expecting at the same time, and there's still one to go. The kicker- they're all girls! So far, there's Hazel, Louise, Zadie, & Piper. Full Article

Duana Names: Sunny, chance of honour names…

Duana Posted by Duana at November 17, 2017 20:58:04 November 17, 2017 20:58:04
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Dear Duana, I have been reading your column a long time out of interest, and I can't believe it is finally my turn to write in! My husband and I are expecting our first baby in early December, and for years we have been talking about names... mostly girls names. We love Ariel, and we are partial to Raphaële, Zoë and Penelope. Full Article

Duana Names: Round the World To Feel At Home

Duana Posted by Duana at November 15, 2017 22:15:19 November 15, 2017 22:15:19
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Hi Duana! I'm so excited to be writing you this email. One of my closest friends is pregnant after a long journey to get here, and she's having a little girl a few weeks after I do too! She's having a really hard time picking a name and since she knows I'm obsessed with your column, she asked me to write in on her behalf to get some naming advice. Full Article

Duana Names: Oy Vey Re: Name OCD

Duana Posted by Duana at November 13, 2017 22:19:09 November 13, 2017 22:19:09
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I've been reading your post for years, and I finally get to write about my very own pregnancy. My husband and I are expecting our first baby (second for him) the beginning of December, but there is a good chance we could have the baby mid-November. We have a ways to go, but my OCD is kicking in- especially since we need to come up with two sets of names (we are waiting to find out the sex of the baby). Full Article

Duana Names: Nothing Is As It Seems

Duana Posted by Duana at November 10, 2017 21:18:00 November 10, 2017 21:18:00
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Hi Duana, Even before we got married, my husband and I talked about how if we ever had kids, and if it was a girl, we'd name her after my maternal grandmother - Loree (not Laurie. Lor-EE)  This was so much the plan that when my sister had a little girl, she considered that name but did not use it out of respect for us wanting to use it. Full Article

Duana Names: In Which I’m Ross, Claudia’s Violin Teacher

Duana Posted by Duana at November 8, 2017 23:11:27 November 8, 2017 23:11:27
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Hi Duana,   We are due in mid-November and decided for the surprise (!) aka we don’t know the sex of the baby. This has been surprisingly difficult in 2017, as many people WANT to know the gender for gifting and I’m actually amazed at how ‘gender/sex-oriented’ clothes and colors actually are. Full Article

Duana Names: Pairs Well With Marshmallows

Duana Posted by Duana at November 6, 2017 21:10:37 November 6, 2017 21:10:37
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Hi Duana! Here's the situation. A few years ago my partner and I adopted a beautiful Maine Coon cat and naming her was a snap - the shelter had been calling her Marsha, so we shortened that to Mars in honor of one of our favorite heroines, Veronica Mars. I didn't realize at the time how perfect the name was, but like Veronica, she's sassy, willful, and a total marshmallow. Full Article

Duana Names: Nothing’s Off The Table

Duana Posted by Duana at October 27, 2017 21:19:34 October 27, 2017 21:19:34
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Hello Duana, I am writing to you in desperation as we are very close to our due date (October 29) and we still haven't decided on a name for our little girl. She will be our first child unless you count our dog and cat (Cali and Maya). We have run the gamut of names and one of my wife's first choices was Charlotte until we found out just how popular it was, that and my cousin who is due in December had publicly claimed the name for her daughter. Full Article

Duana Names: Long But Not. Popular But Not. Elspeth But Not.

Duana Posted by Duana at October 25, 2017 20:04:03 October 25, 2017 20:04:03
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Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting our second daughter on October 25, and we are struggling to come up with a name. Our first daughter is called Dorothy - Thea for short. We would like a name that is longer, but can be shortened. We also don't want anything too popular, as we both had the most popular names growing up. Full Article

Duana Names: Well Here’s One I Haven’t Been In Before

Duana Posted by Duana at October 24, 2017 15:13:28 October 24, 2017 15:13:28

Hi Duana, I would love your help selecting the perfect name for our baby girl (Due October 2017). We know the middle name (Frances) and last name, obviously, which is W---t.  This will be our first child and I am really hoping she is born with her dad's gorgeous fiery red hair. If we are lucky enough to have a red head, I want her name to reflect her "2% of the world's hair colour population" status. Full Article