We are expecting a babe in early September. I received some really great suggestions on an earlier post. Now I have a more refined list.
A little background: We have two daughters, Cora Adelaide and Vesper Irene, and one angel baby, Sebastian. We didn't plan on it, but nicknames have become integral to our family dynamic. C often goes by Belle at home, short for Corabelle, and V goes by Pip or Pippa. She is just such a Pip! Each of the girls names includes one Saint (Adelaide, Irene, also Sebastian), and at least one strong literary reference (Cora, Last of the Mohicans; Vesper, Casino Royale; Irene, Sherlock Holmes).
We are looking for a name that suits. We would like one name to reference a Saint, Roman or Orthodox. If we can find a literary reference, too, well that would just be gravy. Nickname potential is helpful, but I know these things tend to evolve organically.
We like vintage-y names and are drawn to those of English/German, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Welsh and Scandinavian origin. For boys we tend to like softer, more vowel heavy names.
Here's our short list:
Peregrin nn Perin - my favorite today, and includes a literary reference, saint
Elias nn Eli - This name has a long history with us, but we just aren't "feelin' it" right now, saint
Emrys - we like Ambrose, but find it a bit unwieldy, saint
Illya - half hearted literary reference
Other names under consideration:
Caspian - literary
Elwin - Big literary win
Papa Owlett loves Aubrey, but 2011 top 10 for girls makes me uncomfortable
I love Meredith, Papa Owlett says NO WAY!
Thoughts? Considerations? Other Suggestions?
A big thank you, as always, to the helpful community here!
Emrys is definitely my fav from your list. Such a great name. But I also really like Elias, Eamon, Malcolm and Caspian. I'd scratch Aubrey and Meredith, just too common as female names nowadays (I never even knew Meredith used to be a male name). I'd also cut Rune and Merrit pretty quick. And the next stage of cuts would probably be Elwin, Merrick, and Illya.
I don't know if these fit all your criteria, but some other suggestions:
I do like Cassian (saint!). I feel it has more historical oomph than Caspian, too. And I adore Jasper, but it's a bit much with big sister Vesper. More's the pity.
That's a beautiful list!
My favorites are:
Peregrin nn Perin (I strongly dislike Perry)
Merritt, et al
Merrick (except I think Rick is a tired name/nn)
Emrys and Eamon are great. I especially love Eamon, its very strong and has a beautiful, light sound. I love how Emrys looks written down.
I like Emrys, Elias, Ezra, Malcolm, and Caspian.
Emrys- I really like this one, as it's a bit different. Plus, Rhys could be a cool nn.
Elias- I like this, but Eli, Elijah, and Elias are all so popular right now.
Ezra- I actually know a lot of guys with this name, and really love it. It's unique and Biblical, while still maintaining a cool, alternative edge. However, I feel like this one will become quite popular soon.
Malcolm- Love, love, love! It's such an overlooked gem. I love the nicknames Mac and Colm, and that it was the name of a Scottish king (very cool). This is a name DH vetoed, but I still adore.
The ones I love: Bram, Ezra, Caspian and Merritt. I would probably only use Merritt as a middle name though. I also love Aubrey on a boy. It bothers me that Aubrey went to the girls. :(
You might like: Phinneas, Finnian (Finn), Felix, Xavier, Isaac, Jude, Eben (short for Ebenezer), Auberon/Oberon, Vaughn
You have excellent taste -- I have sons named Caspian AND Peregrine! I had Perrin shortlisted for our Peregrine's nn -- other non-Perry ideas were Rin, Penn, and Aaron -- but the little guy would have none of it and we finally landed on Pippin/Pip. My MIL was just saying yesterday how she thought we were crazy when we settled on Pippin, but he really just is a jolly little Pippin. A nurse at our pediatrician's office always has trouble because she has a niece nn Pip! I never thought of Pippa being shortened to Pip, but both can be related to Philip/Philippa. Oh, well! Anyway, on to your list:
Peregrin - Peregrin is Tolkien's spelling; Peregrine is the saint and otherwise historical spelling. Just so you know. About dozen boys got this name in 2012, pretty evenly split on the spelling.
Elias - I want to love this, but I never can, because depending on the accent, I often hear "he lies." Then I always wonder what he's lying on, or about, and I never can admire the name.
Emrys - It's ok, but considering the long run of Emily, followed by Emma, I won't be surprised if the girls confiscate this one (if that matters to you).
Bram - I like this as a nn but not so much as a given name.
Illya, Marion, Eamon, Meredith, Merrit, and Aubrey are not very masculine, even though I'm IN LOVE with Aubrey for boys (and probably would have used it for my Peregrine, if when I mentioned I liked it, every person I know hadn't told me about the 10 girl Aubreys they know. :-P)
Merrick - I like this one better than Merrit because a) it's not also a word and b) the RICK part is likely to be pronounced and heard more readily than the IT of Merrit -- thus less likelihood of the name being mis-heard as Mary.
Ezra - I'm neutral on this one. I don't like it and I don't hate it.
Rune - I like this one as a middle. I would be afraid of it being confused with Ruth in the first place, which is on the rise.
Malcolm - yes.
Caspian - of course!
Elwin - I like this one too.
Since you like several Mer names, Marcus, Marcellus, Marius, Marlon, Marshall, Martin, or Marro might appeal. Meriadoc if you're feeling adventurous (maybe as a middle?).
Other ideas for soft boys names I can think of...
Rhett (literary WIN!)
Elrond (totally usable IMO!)
Armand (Scarlet Pimpernel, anyone?)
Tirian, Drinian, Rilian
Rhys (though Reece is gaining on the girls side)
LOL - Thanks, Saracita! I like your style. I'd love to peek at any name lists you have laying around!
Originally Posted by saracita00
Good call on the absent "e". It totally escaped my notice until you pointed it out. We love Pippin, but it's obviously out.
Originally Posted by saracita00
Thanks, everyone, for you comments. Emrys is about the only single boys name Papa Owlett and I agree on entirely, and I'm glad to see it well received and recognized, at least here. I'm a little concerned that people will hear Emory, simply because it's more common, but I don't think it's anything we can't live with.
Oh, thank you for the compliment! I recently contributed to a callout for "knight and hero" names, and you might enjoy the combined efforts of the Berries. Not all of the names are "soft" but I think there will be some you like: http://nameberry.com/nametalk/thread...st-of-the-Gang
I'll try to work on a list to keep in Nameberry's list section, too.