Sleep on it...LOL. I was told since I was 19 that I'd never have kids...she's now 18 months. She 1/4 american indian so's named after Jesus (who gave me my miracle) plus it fits her heritage - Reign Grace. Everybody hated it until my dad and step mom who happened to be at church heard the song God Reigns - then it became "a sign." If I told you her last name you'd think her name even funnier....lets just say it has cloud in it. A for Zion I'd want something meaning unmoveable, solid, dependable, firm. Or simply Rock...
ottilie – Westfall is lovely :) Thank you, my dear. The image of you in elvish name-hunting garb with your bow and arrow is made all the cuter by how very pregnant you are!
blade – Numinous is a good word for it! Zen is another, although how something can be rugged and zen at the same time is hard to fathom. Numitor is awesome, but Hubs will think I'm crazy for sure.
mclola – Athos is interesting! I Googled it and the pictures of the mountain are gorgeous!
judyariel – I like Malachi, Gabriel, Sage, and Frost, but not necessarily with Zion, if that makes sense. I love Kestrel, but it shares too many sounds with our last name which is a lot like Kellar-Strong. I've never heard Adriel before, I'll have to look it up. By far my most favorite of your list is Zion Atreyu. Swoon!! On of my most favorite names ever. I've been working on Atreyu for a long long time…maybe one day Hubby will cave…
leona – I don't even know what Zionist means. I associate Zion with the mountain of God, the "pure heart/spirit" meaning, and the symbolism of an earthly reflection of a spiritual reality. My personal connections with the name are rather esoteric in nature…it has deep meaning to me.
thuja – does it make me a horrible horrible person that I won't use Uriel because it sounds too close to urine? :-/
leeloo (how i went from otter to sci-fi is the question) - Athos is very interesting, I'm mulling it over. You're right, Hubs will probably nix Olympus right off.
sally - Reign is a lovely name :) I do want something solid and rugged, but Rock is perhaps a bit literal for me ;)
Thank you guys for your ideas!!
Yay, I'm Leeloo!!! Let us know what Mister Sessha thinks when you've shown them to him ;)
otter - Ever since Mister Sessha agreed to Willow, I've been giving him a break from my name obsession...I don't want to jinx anything! This afternoon was actually the first time I've asked his opinion on any combos...finally tried out Caspian North and Caspian Frost (my top two Caspian middles) to see what he thinks. No response yet, he's mulling them over. I think I'll wait awhile before I mention that I'm thinking of altering the Zion combo.
flokoflo - Thanks for the awesome suggestions! I love Cassiel, but Caspian is in our top three boy names, and I think they're far too similar. Ezekiel (this spelling) and Titus are lovely but I think they make the combo a little heavily Biblical compared to our other combos. I'm on the fence about Dashiell...same with Zachariel, I love the uniqueness but I'm not sure about the alliteration. I have mad love for Lucius, but Hubby is not a fan. Mitchell is actually my husband's middle name!
I'm still on the hunt, so if anyone has more suggestions they will be greatly appreciated!
Bodhi is completely stuck in my head lately!
Zion Ransom comes to mind. You may be able to find names you like from the 1700s or possibly the 1800s if you can find some lists online, via graveyard sites, genealogy sites, or other historical-type sites. There were some really creative spiritual word names floating around back then. You could also find a list of mountains listed in the Bible; perhaps you're not going for a "Biblical" tone, but some of those ancient names might appeal to you. I also like Jerusalem and Chapel, but both look feminine to me and again, I don't know if you're going specifically for Christian-sounding names like that. Good luck!