[QUOTE=ottilie;1802836]Found it! I kind of lost my taste for Arden when I was told it was unisex, is that silly?
I do know a guy named Arden, but I think as a mn, it is still lovely for a girl. The combo of Daphne Hespera Beatrice flows better though, but if you don't care about flow, Daphne Hespera Arden is still really nice. Have you considered Avon as a mn? As in Stratford upon Avon?
Your Rosalind combo is still my fave.
I love Zenobia, but it's just a lotta name as a first. I like your first Zenobia combo best though. I would like it in the middle better. Same goes with Fiammetta, but I do adore Etta. A nn for Zenobia that I like is Bee, but I love Bea for Beatrice, so that's why I would use Bee.
Best of luck choosing THE name and with the baby and wedding planning! Whew! :)
Rosalind nn Roo would be adorable!
I'm torn on your Zenobia combos-- on the one hand, I adore Viola. On the other, I adore Beatrice too, and I think the Beatrice combo flows better.
Of the Shakespeare characters in your combos, I like Viola and Rosalind best! Illyria is a good connection, too. Gotta love Twelfth Night.
First of all, I'm excited that perhaps we can transition from name consultation to wedding dress consultation here. I think it will greatly cushion the naming-hangover we'll all feel when your baby is actually born and named. "Ottilie had her baby - oh what a letdown!" Kidding!
Secondly, I am loving all of your names. I vote for Zenobia Beatrice Marian. The non-A-endings allow Zenobia to be the most elaborately feminine of the three. It's somehow made more delicate by the surety of Beatrice and Marian. Plus that "bia-bea" sound is pretty cool.
The only one that I'm a tiny bit mixed on is Rosalind Illyria Isolde. Three gorgeous names, but to my ears, exquisite Illyria is getting lost amid all the I and L sounds. I think she might be better highlighted by a third name with slightly more bite or contrast.
Just switching it to Rosalind Illyria Yseult gives it more bite. Or something like...
Rosalind Illyria Dione ("DIE-uh-nee" or "Die-OH-nee") for contrast.
Rosalind Illyria Endellion is gentler, but still gives the tongue someowhere to land.
Rosalind Illyria Leonor (still repetitive, but more distinct. The only version of Eleanor I love. Well Lenore too I suppose.)
Rosalind Illyria Gwenllian (bring her back!)
Rosalind Illyria Psyche (ooh la la! And her initials would be RIPE)
Rosalind Illyria Maud (Maud always gets a mixed reception here, but I find her so beautiful and queenly.)
Ooh! Now I understand your love for Zenobia :) the imagery really helped seeing it as a little girls name. It's actually quite lovely.Quote:
And no is too keen on Zenobia. I think it's so cute, and my boyfriend has lots of Cornish family, so it has a nice relation to that. Also, I have a little fantasy at the moment of having children called Foo, Roo and Zoo (Fiammetta, Rosalind/Robin & Zenobia)... I also picture a sweet little girl with blonde plaits playing peek-a-boo and climbing trees. I'm keeping it despite your feelings
I adore your Rosalind, Fiammetta and Zenobia Beatrice combos