Ooooh some great names on that list... Thank you! I really like Lucian and also Leo, Rufus, Xavier... I like Orion too but it's already been vetoed by DH as a first name :( I will take these names back to him... Odysseus has also been dismissed as a FN but not as a middle! DH also said he like Odin... Me too!
So updated fn list:
Lucius nn Louie
Will also add:
Lucian (last four need to be ok'd by DH though!)
Frank is gone! I like Francesca too much as a potential sibling!
Beresford (family name)
Or any of the above!
I totally agree that most of those names need to paired with something classic! I'm a bit stumped for combos though!
Open to new suggestions and combo suggestions!
You seem to like the 'Lou' sounding beginning... We have friends with Llewellyn (nn Louie) and one we have on our longer list is Luther (nn Lute). I think Luther and Matilda is a fab sibset.
Other random ideas that fit the quirky, but still familiar mould (and may be way off the mark!)
Another suggestion is Huon (rhymes with Ewan) - it's the name of a tree that grows in the southernmost states of Australia.
My favorite from your list is the beautiful, tender, substantial yet jazzy Louis, nn Louie. Oh it's good.
Rufus Beresford could be really cute, kinda dog and bear rolly-poley.
Zephyr Odysseus or Xavier Odysseus have nice flow if you want to go for something wild. I love your idea of using Odysseus to honor an Odessa. Oddly, I find Louis/Louie more refreshing.
Odin and Caspian are also lovely, but I think they're positioned to become popular, and I don't think they work with any of your possible middle names.