Suggestions for a Byzantine Baby Blade
I'm expecting a small human, sex determined but unknown, in early December; I'm namestorming away.
Requirements for a baby blade (boy) are similar to the girl (http://nameberry.com/nametalk/thread...#post1894049):
- I like scholarly, gentle, masculine names. Nothing cartoonishly manly.
- historical depth and namesakes are very important to me
- no more than 1 middle name (brightline rule per husband)
- at least one of the two names must be that of a saint recognized by the Eastern Orthodox Church. This includes all Christian saints canonized before the Great Schism in the 11th century, and all Greek/Russian/Arab/Slavic saints canonized since.
- baby's surname is distinctly Arabic and phonetically works like "Nawaal" or "Nasim." First syllable is Na-.
- since I'm not Arab, I'm not looking for an Arabic first name, but would consider one for the middle
- French names are great; I speak French fluently as does husband's Lebanese family. However in the States diacritical marks aren't allowed, so nothing whose pronunciation depends on one. For boys, French names need to be very easily recognized & pronounced to be considered (there aren't many).
- if we picked one of the more... ornately Byzantine middles (like Auxentius) we'd pair it with a very traditional first like John, Peter or George
- should pair coherently with son Antoine Raphael
Thoughts thus far