Hey there. Sorry about the nightmare! Who needs Faramir and Gawain when you've got Endymion and Herne anyway? I would think that narrowing the list down might make things easier once the baby's born, but I'm happy to keep playing with your list!
What's up with Alaric as a first name? Are you liking some of the middles more than the firsts?
Altair- I like the astronomical connection to Aquila. Soundwise, I prefer Alastair.. Altair sounds a lot like "alter," so it feels slightly ungrounded, transitional or something.
Artegal- I hear "article." Still, a very graceful name.
Cicero- Like Orpheus, a wonderful namesake but a one-man-name. Middle name material IMO.
Galileo- Again, a one-man-name, but so obviously so that it becomes more useable. I think Orpheus or Cicero would be hard to inhabit. Galileo is so over-the-top that it feels freer, if that makes any sense. Great sound too.
Hector- Sure! But it's pretty butch compared to your others. I recommend "Hector Protector," illustrated by Maurice Sendak.
Hermes- Love this. But not with Herne, unless they're twins, and even then it might be questionable.
Hylas- I'm torn. Part of me finds it lovely to say, kind of sexy and sleek, and part of me hears "high-less" ...my ears hang on the "less." But I feel the same way about Silas, and Silas is pretty much bulletproof.
Lorand/Roland- Lorand.. very interesting. I think you could name a son Roland and use Lorand as a nick. Love Roland. Well, I love The Song of Roland. The name is handsome, but not as handsome as Herne or Endymion.
Marinell- I think of marinara sauce.
Orville- Love this but I don't think it fits with your other names. I think of Orville and Wilbur Wright. I see Orville fitting in with those fashionably clunky, hobnailed, old-man, steampunk-Biblical type names like Barnabas, Gideon, Cornelius..
Ovid- I know I know, Ovid the poet. I just think "oviduct, ovary, ovulation."
Pelleas- I think it sounds a bit like "bilious."
Rodomante- I think about rats every time I take the subway. No name beginning with "Rod" and ending in "ante" will get my approval.
Seneca- Ok my grasp of ancient history is abysmal, so bear with me. Seneca as in Nero's advisor? Isn't Nero known as kind of a bad guy? "Nero fiddled as Rome burned" and all that? Plus, the Native American thing (though surely it's not as sensitive an issue in England.)
Tiberius- Love. Blade's old suggestion of Tiberius Heron has been floating around in my head since you dropped it. Knocked my socks off!
Oh and Galileo, I like that too.
Alaric: it fit so beautifully with Endymion, but as a first it's equally stunning. King of the Visigoths, with a nice crisp sound.
Altair: another one on my own short list (for middles). I've let mention that my husband is Arab and Arabic is spoken in our home; when Arabic speakers pronounce this name, it's lovely. I like that it's astronomical and stately but in no way remotely religious [big problem re: Arabic names if you're not Muslim]. When English speakers say it, it sounds like 'altar,' but in Arabic it has three syllables (Al-tye-eer). I fear the English pronunciation will naturally trump in the UK.
Artegal: something about the phonetics of this name rubs me the wrong way. Sort of a cross between Donegal and Arthur.
Cicero: I like the historical Cicero, very cynical and funny, but agree with emma that it's a one-man-name.
Galileo: likewise. In the middle as an honor-name, wonderful; as a first, too much.
Hector: In the US Hispanic people have preserved this wonderful old name (like they did with so many Greek and Latin names, via the Catholic Church) such that it's got a distinctly Latin vibe here. In the UK, with a clipped British accent, it would be fantastic. The historic/literary Hector was a great namesake-- dashing, good husband & father, courtly, brave, etc.
Hermes: no major deities? Especially not one that rhymes with wormies.
Hylas: I keep seeing 'alas!'
Lorand/Roland: love the dashing, romantic, heroic Roland. Defeating those evil Saracens and all.
Marinell: beautiful, I love it, and the literary connection to the Faerie Queene. Perhaps Marino would be more masculine and wearable though?
Orville: in the US, this is a) a popcorn maker, whose name was designed to connote fustiness and b) the co-inventor of the airplane. I'm not wild about it.
Ovid: Another one-man name, and as emma mentioned I think it has too many unfortunate cross-etymologies with eggs.
Pelleas: Prefer Melisande for the girls!
Rodomante: not usable, unfortunately
Seneca: I love the aesthetics of the name. Yes, he lived during Nero's reign, but was infinitely more interesting and virtuous. The Native American tribe never called themselves the Seneca; that was imposed upon them (and this is unlikely to raise any eyebrows in the UK, where I'm sure few have heard of the Iroquois, let alone the Seneca). For some reason I find it more easily appropriable than Cicero.
Tiberius: still my favorite classical name on your list. It's regal and again has that subtle nature connection.
My short list:
PS Is Faramond still up for consideration, now that Faramir is out?
Alaric is my fave from your list
ash: i haven't seen The Hunger Games (or read it) so didn't know!
emma: Herne and Endymion are still the top two, I just need back up! as for the "former" middles... I still love thE Endymion Alaric Wythe combo, I most likely won't touch it. I see what you mean about Rodomante. all i can think of are rats now, and about the one man names. You are s very clever.
njordv: thank you sweetie!
blade: Altair would be (in our home) be pronounced the arabic way. Godfather speaks arabic, it was his suggestion. Good points on all names, as usual! Faramond, I forgot him. Yes, he's still on the list. Faramond is super romantic. (And Marinell sounds like a girl. It's still a middle though.)
After your comments we're left with:
Altair (Al-tye-eer, as blade said.)
top 2, bottom 4? Would I be the meanest mummy in the world to give a child one of these names?
Out of the ones you have left:
Roland - I love the weight behind the name. I just don't particularly like the sound of it.
Seneca - Despite its classical origins, it still feels like Dakota or Cheyenne to me.
Hector - This is a good solid name with a lot of weight.
Faramond - I like this one a lot.
Altair (Al-tye-eer, as blade said.) - I like this one a lot, as well. He might have to correct people's pronounciation, but that's not the end of the world.
Tiberius - My favorite on the list. Solid with loads of charm. Very usable.
My top two for you are Tiberius and Altair.