Aaah I have had a bit of a break from NB [couldn't cope with all the changes] and when I come back all the drama seems to have happened. I'm a bit boggled to add any suggestions but good luck and I prefer Callisto off your list. One thing I will add though is...will she still be called Roo as I absoluetely ADORE that nn and I am used to saying to my mum etc. oh Ottilie has done/said this...you know- Roo's mother. Hope you find something soon and try not to get too stressed over it.
Your description of her spirit makes me think of Raewyn. I couldn't tell you the origine, but I met a woman by this name in university, and you just described how I remember her perfectly.
Also for your shortlist, have you tried them out with her? Does she respond to any of them differently than the others?
I wouldn't worry about changing your child's name. It's still pretty early. My parents did the same with my sister's name, and it worked out well. I wish you all the best.
Wow, your list has really evolved! Such lovely choices. I think your top names are now Aphrodite, Alcyone, Venus, Pandora, and possibly Calypso and Callisto?
My top choice of these (and really of all you've considered) is definitely Alcyone. It really perfectly reflects the spirit you described in your original post and it just dances so joyfully on the tongue. I know you're not
I'm not sure how I feel about Aphrodite/Venus. Venus is quite serene to me - very opalescent sea foam green to me. However, I don't like the way the name feels in my mouth nearly as much as Alcyone. Aphrodite is ridiculously gorgeous, but to me she's all pink and raspberry - not blue and green at all. That's just me though!
I think Amy hit the nail on the head with Calypso, but I do very much like the suggestion of Callisto. In fact, I think she's just a tiny notch below Alcyone in my rankings and could be on the rise. I'm not going to be any help with Pandora, as I use pandora.com daily to listen to music at my office and the name has thus sadly been a bit tainted for me. I hate so much when that happens!
In sum, my humble vote is for Alcyone or Callisto.
I can't imagine Aphrodite on a kid. The name just screams "SEX!" to me, and it feels more pink and red than blue. I love Alcyone and Callisto.
I'm glad your brilliant brain came up with some better nn's than I did. However, Afro is totally growing on me. <wink>
Originally Posted by ottilie
I'm really starting to love Aphrodite now! It's a beautiful name, but one I never found usable... until now; I can totally see you using it, Ottilie. I like Calypso and Callisto but the O endings make them feel a bit masculine to me. What about Callista/Kallista?
I really like Pandora
Pandora Melusine Willow
Pandora Amethyst Willow
are both lovely
to be Pandora seems light and sweet and I feel these combinations have that airy, blue , winding river feel to them.
I'm really hoping Alcyone is the one that fits your Roo best! Though then I have to accept the loss of Circe since the two have similar sounds about them. I really wish Ceiridwen had stayed as a contender since it is such a beautiful name that I will never be able to use as it is one of my best friends names. But I really like Alcyone Illyria Venus.
Hello i have randomly thought of two names for you! Danae or Tansy?
Thanks my lovely dudettes!
Roxanne, Blade, Ren, Ess, Lex, Penelope; thanks, as always for your opinions and support.
Emma; mmm, love your descriptions... I can almost smell the name now...
Angel; yes, I like pretty much everything associated with Aphrodite (also emeralds!).
Whirli; you are beyond adorable! Yes, nickname will still be Roo (as in little Roo from the A.A. Milne stories).
Blueberrya; thank you. Raewyn is quite pretty, but not really my style. I'd prefer Raven but I know like ten Raven's.
Reverie; yes, I do like Alcyone very much, it's one of the most beautiful names I know. And I agree about Calypso, too. Amy is a very smart girl!
Bonfire; Callista is too girlie for me... I don't think Callisto is masculine at all, but it is indeed a male name in Italy.
Littlered; yes, that's my main problem with Alcyone. Then I won't have a little Circe in the future... and I'd love a little Circe someday.
Leona; Danae is very pretty (but very golden) and Tansy sounds like a 1800 pleasure girl to me.. like Fanny Hill.
We've tried the names out for two days now, and it's been so much fun. We're by no means done yet (we need more time) but we think she might've chosen her own name. Whenever I say one of the names she smiles and makes these adorable little happy noises! I've tried saying it in many different ways, but no matter what tone it's in, she lights up when she hears it! She hasn't had any particular reaction to any of the other names. Hmm... still contemplating though... although this would kind of give me an out. If she hates it when she grows up I could blame it all on her ;) - or would that be mean?
Thanks again, honeypies, nameberry is the best!