Yeah, she's not - but its not a HORRIBLE association either, I don't think she makes it unusable. She's just what comes to mind immediately - the name could do with a sweet little girl to take it away from her, and if you used it everybody who knows you would then associate it with YOUR Beatrice and not her :D Bea is such a sweet nn too.
I think Melisande and Solenne are my favourites (Is Delphine out? I adore that, I know a Delphine and she suits it so much - she's a real beauty) - Celeste is a close third (Do you remember the 80s cartoon Moondreamers? That's what Celeste reminds me of :D)
I'm not sure with Niniane - its what comes to mind for me, but I'm sure it would be less obvious to children as the word is certainly dying out - but would school parents comment on it if their children mentioned their friend Niniane and bring the teasing potential about that way? I'm just not sure. :/
Also, its hard these days to find a name that has NO teasing potential - and at the end of the day, kids pick on anything - if not her name, they'll always find something to tease so should we overly concern ourselves with teasing potential in names?! I just don't know
Amoret- An adventurous girl with a love for romance novels and the stark beauty of the winter night. I can see her learning french and teaching it to anyone she can. A girl filled with whimsy, but still wise like a woman that had seen a thousand lives.
Arcadia- A rebellious girl with honey golden hair. I imagine a girl lost in her own little world. She has a slight temper. There is nothing she enjoys more than wielding a sword in fencing class.
Beatrice- Quiet and studious with straight dark brown hair. She has an air of mystery.
Celeste- A queen.
Ceridwen*- I imagine Ireland. A girl with freckles and a shimmering laugh. Storytelling flows from her lips as easily as a river. She is kind and reckless, though not in a bad way.
Hespera- Theatric. I imagine an actress.
Niniane- Ninny? That's what I thought of.
Illyria*- Can only imagine violet eyes and white hair (game of thrones? ;) ) And islands full of crystal blue water and open fields. Magic seems to shimmer around the name and I feel like the girl would be very whimsical.
Morgana*- Sounds kind of mean to me, sorry.
Oriel*- Sounds rebellious, like a girl who would dye her hair blue for the heck of it. Ocean and crashing waves are her thing. Athletic.
Soraya*- Exotic and strange. I see tanned skin and the bright colors of tropical birds. She is quick to temper but has a huge heart.
Thalia*- Beautiful with a melodic voice that can sing the softest of songs. She loves to weave flowers into her hair, and to explore the beauty that is nature.
Villanelle*- Delicate. Almost frail. Sounds like villain though.
Zenobia- Strong, dark. Black hair, eyes the color of ebony. Fearsome.
These were the ones that just had something to say :)
Hayls, problem with Delphine is a) I sort of know someone with the name, she's lovely and everything but it feels like stealing and b) I hate dolphins, they creep me out. What do you (or anyone else) think of Nimue instead? I'm slightly worried about pronunciation with that one... Kids will tease about anything if they want to, and frankly I'd rather my kid being teased for a name, than the nose or other physical things.
Alliecat: You angel. Daenerys is my favourite Song of Ice and Fire character, that comparison made Illyria even better! And you made me love Amoret, Arcadia and Thalia more too. Thank you!!!
Oooh, I love your posts, Lori! These are gorgeous! I love Hespera Constance, Fiammetta Berenice and Amoret Beatrice!
Quick question: Is it creepy to use Constance and Oliver for siblings, seeing as they would be named after the characters in Lady Chatterley's Lover?
Ahh I see! I can see why its eliminated then hehe!
I think I prefer Nimue to Niniane - I'm assuming Nimue's pronunciation is Nim-you?
I agree re: the teasing thing - have you tried the Trying Out The Name thing at Starbucks etc with Niniane to gauge the reaction? (I can't remember which Berry suggested this, it could have even been you! But I have been doing it like crazy and its interesting!)
By the way, I just had to say, I absolutely love your style. And I'm excited that one of these names is hopefully going to be used on your child!! (Illyria and Amoret are my favorites!)
Wonderbabe: Nimue is NIM-oo-ee. I've been thinking of the Starbucks thing, it's just I'm a coffee snob and can't go to that place... I might get a cup of tea or something instead I guess. But there's only eastern europeans and spanish people working there anyways, or so it seems whenever I'm there.
Allie: Thank you!
Amoret- Resourceful and steadfast; incredibly likeable.
Arcadia- Energetic, optimistic almost to the point of annoyingness.
Beatrice- Fun and sarcastic, fearless.
Celeste- Sounds very My Little Pony. I guess I picture a Celeste as small and quiet.
Eulalia- Southern and gregarious.
Eupheme or Euphemia- Same as Eulalia.
Fiammetta- Love this one. Sounds like a Shakespeare character or just a spunky girl in 1490s Italy.
Genoveva- Eh. Not a fan. Conjures up images of someone exotic-looking but boring and authoritarian.
Gwenllian- Smart; shy but determined.
Hemera- Bossy and overbearing.
Hespera- Same as Hemera, but more insecure.
Lysandra- Kind, fun, and popular.
Melisande- A loner; a bit of a doormat who doesn't stand up for herself.
Millaray- Sounds more like the name of a town than a person, but has a nice sound.
Niniane- Sly and mysterious. Very charismatic.
Oriana- A spontaneous tomboy with good taste in everything.
Rosamund- Outspoken and fearless; really understands people.
Roshana- Can't quite get a grasp on this one. It's just ok.
Solenne- Sounds like the name of a unicorn.
Yvaine- Makes me think of the character in Stardust, so...Claire Danes.
Zenobia- A slightly crazy old lady.
I like Fiammetta, Amoret, Thalia, Beatrice and Rosamund the best! And I agree with the above comment; your style is lovely.
Ah right! Then yes, pronunciation may be a problem hehe. I think I like Niniane better.
Aww that sucks about Starbucks! I wonder where else you could do it - there MUST be other places that ask for names! Or if you ever get the chance to visit a Starbucks at a motorway service station, I've always found thats where they are most likely to take and use your name and they have always been English when I've tried it! I love the game of inventing a new name everytime :D
geeknamezyo: Thanks, I forgot about freaking princess celestia. Hate that pony.
Hayley: It's probably a London thing with Starbucks. I guess I can go into a shop and ask them to hold some shoes or something for me. Then they ask for your name! I'll try that...
Amoret- I see a beautiful, brunette girl who loves books but is also lively and sweet. I see a cool, crisp autumn night with excitement crackling in the air
Arcadia- I see a blond girl who is happy and has many friends, but I can easily see her having the nn Cady, at least at school. I see one of the last days of spring, on the verge of summer with the temperature verging on hot and a soft breeze in the evening
Beatrice- I also think of Princess Beatrice
Berenice*- I think this name is ok, But I don't know if you can avoid the nn Bernie. I think of a girl with blond hair who has lots of friends and popular
Celeste- I think about Princess Aurora dancing in the clouds at the end of sleeping beauty. I see a blond with sparkeling eyes who is very smart and witty.
Ceridwen*- I think of a smart girl who is a good writer and has a very sweet temperment with a little spunk.
Circe*- I see an aubern haired girl with a passion for literature and writing
Constance*- I see a Brunette little girl with rosy cheeks and a sweet disposition. I don't like the nn Connie because it's dated in the U.S. What would you call her?
Eulalia- I see a musically inclined child with brunette waves and pale skin. I see a winter night with cool air and warm hearts
Eupheme or Euphemia- I see a beautiful sabel haired child with a serious disposition
Fiammetta- I see a little girl who is a fireball. She would be quite spunky and Fiesty. She is a summer solestace
Genoveva- I see a child with dark brown hair and a great sense of humor. I see a Mid summer night with a sun shower
Gwenllian- I see a spring green day with a pale glow to everything, I see a blond, fair child with a love of learning
Hemera- I see a red autumn day with briliant sunlight, She would be brunette with a redish tinge and would be cheerful and jolly
Hespera- I see a Spring day with a green meadow and a frolicking wind. I see a brunette child with pale skin and a quick mind. She would be happy.
Illyria*- I see a blond little girl who would be constantly drawing and creating
Lysandra- I think of Lysol cleaner, sorry.
Melisande- I think of a fair child with dark hair and a talent for acting and music. I see a rich autumn night with depth to it.
Millaray- To me this is a smoosh of Hillary and Miller. I see a blond popular child with a love of being active. I see the lingering days of winter, holding out on spring.
Morgana*- I see a brunette child who loves to read and learn and is witty.
Niniane- I see a brunette child who is always giggling and loves to make others happy. I see a jolly spring holliday with joy abounding
Oriana- I see a raven haired charub who has rosy cheeks and is always running about and is always lively. I see a autumn day as the last school bell rings
Oriel*- I see a brunette child with a hint of red. She is funny and curious and kind. I see the last day of summer, and all the enjoyment that packs it
Rosamund- I see a sweet bookish soul with kind eyes. She makes you feel loved. I see a last winter day, with the promised hope of spring
Roshana- I see a child with dark brown hair and a kind disposition. She is lovely. I see a cozy winter day with little plants growing in your window
Solenne- I see one of the last days of autumn, in November. She has a sweet soul, like a beam of sunshine.
Soraya*- I see a blond child with an artistic spirit
Thalia*- I see a brunette child with a love for all things creative-art, music, literature
Villanelle*- I see a pale child with blond hair and a spiteful disposition. I can see her being slightly mean
Yvaine- I see a spoild child who is slightly snooty. She is blond and a cold winter day that freezes every surface
Zenobia- I see a black haired beauty with a zest for life and a sweet heart. I see a hot, tropic day