I think you really need to put Gareth on your list just because he mentioned it but I do so love Gawain and find Gareth pales in comparison.
Next to Rosalind, Gareth sounds a little too "nose-to-the-grindstone", I get my hands dirty when I do my rugged coal mining. It doesn't mean it's not handsome it's just missing some of your special fairy magic. However, I do think this could be a great "normal" name to add to a more fanciful boys name. Gareth Perseus, Endymion Gareth, or Faramond Gareth would spring to mind.
I want so badly to love Gareth, but the character on the Office dominates the association for me. [Americans-- Gareth was the British Dwight.] It sounds a bit like Garrett with a speech defect, too.
Apparently I am in the minority here, but I LOVE Gareth. I even prefer him to Gawain! Handsome, courtly, and chivalrous, he's a perfect counterpoint to Rosalind. My favorite part is the meaning: "gentle." I just picture a beautiful gentle giant of a man with gallant eyes and dark curls, who smells of leather and horses, fresh earth and wide open fields, and treats tiny precious lives (like babies and kittens) as if they are delicate glass. And the best part is, your man suggested the name!
Love Amy's thought of pairing him with Oliver:
Gareth Endymion Oliver**
Gareth Oliver Bayard
Gareth Wayland Oliver
Gareth Oliver Westfall*
Combos using names from your new list:
Gareth Evander Robin**
Gareth Antony Leopold**
Gareth Lucius Quentin
Gareth Casimir Anselm
Gareth Sebastian Emrys*
Gareth Lysander Roderick
Gareth Faramond Ulric
Gareth Orpheus Armand
Gareth Tristian Leander*
Gareth Silvan Rainier**
You're lucky, my dear, Mr. Otter has pretty good taste!
Gorgeous! Love it and it is perfect with Rosalind.
Garth is a very solid name that fits perfectly with Rosalind. It should definitely be a strong contender.
Thanks guys! I really like it more and more every time I say/think/read it! In all fairness to my other half, when we name actual babies he's just as keen on finding names as I am. It's just in the lulls he doesn't care...
I like the suggested Gareth Antony/Isidore/Emrys/Orlando/Leopold/Llewellyn; thank you so much!!
Amy, Gareth Tresillian Oliver is gorgeous! I don't think it would knock Gawain out of the game, Gawain Perseus Robin is still a big fav of mine.
Azaelea, thanks sweetie! I loved those legends as a child too... I can't tell you how often my sister and I played out those stories!
Lex, that comment had me laughing out load here! I see what you mean though. Might be better as a middle?
Blade, haha, I forgot about The Office! I haven't watched the British one since the American version started...
Sessh, thanks! Just when I was about to put it away, you come around and make me love it even more! I love your combos too; Gareth Endymion Oliver and Gareth Tristan Leander are so amazing! All of them are, but you know me, I start saying all the ones I love and it end up being all of them! Thank you! (And he does have good taste, he was the one pushing for Rosalind too. Maybe I should just sit back and let him hold the reins?)
Thanks again, EVERYONE, I'm so glad (most of) you think it's a good fit with Rosalind. I have about two years or so to change my mind though, but I really like it.
Yeah, I wrote out that out earlier and figured you'd either laugh or want to throw things at me. Glad it was the first.
Honestly, neither Rosalind nor Gareth is my cup of tea... but I'm not really into the Middle Ages. However, they do have the same feel to them... I think they actually fit together quite splendidly. Why not? Even if you don't choose this one, put it on the list! Get DH involved!
Due to the fact that 90+% of the time, your favorite names are among my favorites as well, I tried to really hard to convince myself to like this name, but I just couldn't bring myself around to it. I don't dislike it exactly, I'm just very 'blah' about it. I do like it's meaning though, and the fact that it's Welsh, and the round table association. And though I like Rosalind quite a bit more as a name, I do see how Gareth could work well in a sibset. I have a feeling that this is one of those names that if I knew someone with the name, I could probably like it. But for the moment, I really have no strong positive or negative feelings for it, and don't feel it's of the same caliber of some of the other ones you've talked about at other times.
Lex, I rarely want to throw things at you... ;)
Javad, thanks for your honest opinions. It's on my list now, but unless all our friends and family have babies before we have our second one and they call their kids Gawain, Percival, Antony, Hector and so on, I don't see myself using it. In the first spot anyway. I do think it's a lovely name, but as I said in my original post, I associate to much with said football player (and while he was a decent man and all, it's not the association I want. Unless the football player is Christian Vieri or something... ;)).