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.