Sorry for the long silence. Been out of power for 3 days. Using the wifi down the road and will be out of power for another 5-7 days.
Inglorion -- This makes me think of the word inglorious and I feel like it'd probably be good for a bad guy :P
Lenwë -- can you pronounce this?
Quite a few from ottilie's most recent list are Tolkien names, which I didn't suggest since I knew you were already a fan. But I love them! Celebrian was Elrond's wife, who died after being captured and tormented by orcs. Her sons Elladan and Elrohir avenged her. And Elbereth is the Elves' name for the goddess (Vala) Varda, creator of the stars.
Almost any of these could be awesome as character names.
I like Alexander and love Demetrius as a middle name, though I would almost have expected Dimitry, since his brother is Gavriil. By the way, does Alexander's son Hyperion have a nickname?
These names aren't anything like you guys are suggesting but yesterday I saw two names in a show's credits that I haven't seen before.
Also one of my friends grandmother is dating a guy named Trail.
If you like Slavic names at all, there are a bunch of great old ones here: http://heraldry.sca.org/paul/ Includes names like Agafolkiia, Ryska, Ptaczko.
I don't think these are incredibly rare, but here are a few that I can think of:
Hey Angel I assume you would do this anyway... but... if you are using names for a book that could be associated with LotR, or some other scifi/fantasy series I'd google them to make sure that only the most die-hard of fans know them. In particular if you are writing for the same audience. This would be particularly important if it's something you hope to sell in the future. (Or you might have to make reference to the fact that they were named after so-and-so which might not vibe with your book).
I thought about you and this thread when I was poking around BehindtheName.com and decided to check out the Manx names for the first time. The list they have is really short so I thought I'd type it up for you.
Bladdnid (form of Blathnat)
Breeshey (form of Bridget)
Ealisaid (form of Elizabeth)
Ean (form of John)
Illiam (form of William)
Juan (form of Johannes)
Margaid (form of Margaret)
Moirrey (form of Mary)
Paaie (form of Peggy)
Pherick (form of Patrick)
Voirrey (form of Mary)
I know lexiem :P I love a lot of the LOTR names but I don't think I'll use them in the book. I'll put them on my long list though for baby names ^_^
Day 5 without power sitting at the library >.<
@ auroradawn: Hyperion goes by Izzy with close friends (from his middle name Isadore) and sometimes Hype, which is adorable to me.
Cute! Hyperion Isadore is a handsome name. It's just long and unfamiliar enough that I would have been surprised if he went exclusively by the unshortened Hyperion. Still, my brother goes by his full first name, Barnabas, without too much trouble.
Originally Posted by dantea
It is handsome. He goes by the full a lot of the times, but yea, sometimes it's just easier having a nickname with a long name like that. His older daughter is Thalia Callista and she goes by Lele (leelee) sometimes (her name pronounced the Greek way -- thay-lee-uh).
You guys can keep suggesting if you'd like. I can't respond too quickly as I'm still without power (6 days now). I'll respond when I can though.
Or.en.da.el (periods for search reasons). Pronounced Oren-dell (most of her friends say it this way) or Or-wrendl (Her dad and siblings say it this way). Apparently means eternal flame of love in some Indian language (she's not Indian though)
Dantea, as a fellow Arkansan I wanted to say sorry you're still without power. :( We were for about six hours and it sucked. I can't imagine being without for a week.
I'm not real knowledgeable on the rare and obscure, but I thought I'd share a family name that I had never heard before and can't find anything about it. Kerzell. I believe it may be German, but I really have no idea. It's a female middle name that can be seen over and over again in my family tree.
I hope you get power again soon!