I think you'll need to strike a careful balance between honoring her spirit and living/working in this world. Personally, I wouldn't want to be named after old Slavic goddesses of winter or ancient Celtic fertility goddesses. Melpomene will have pronunciation problems (not insurmountable) and Pomeline might be a little too cutesy. Pandora & her box still might have a few cringe-worthy adolescent teasing moments, and Venus is a little too luscious imo.
That leaves, for me, Melusine and Polyhymnia (and the latter is almost too much). Melusine to me feels like a much colder name than Rosalind.
Some other 'Roo' options:
Aruna ("the personification of sunrise" in Sanskrit)
Sigrun (if you're feeling Nordic)
Rohese (Anglo-Saxon form of Rose); also a Norman French version of Hrodohaidis, "kind fame"
Rohini (a star-- Aldebaran-- and a governing birth-sign in Hindu astrology. If you read the description of people assigned its influence, it sounds like Roo!)
Rossana (the Italianate version of Rukhsana/Roxanna, "dawn")
Rolande (feminine version of Roland, in use since medieval times)
Roshni ("morning light, radiance, luster")
Rosenda "Fame, path" in Galician
Before the baby was born you were specifically looking for blue-green, watery, forest-y names. Have you revisited any of those lists?
Rosalind is a beautiful name, but I can definitely understand the struggle of not fitting your name...my own name has never suited me and it's frustrating indeed!
I love Pomeline so much! It's definitely my favorite of your first name options, so whimsical but still elegant, and brimming with sweetness. It sounds perfect for the description of your daughter.
My second favorite is Rosmerta, so lovely, and not a drastic change so it would be very easy for family to adjust to, I think.
I'm not fond of Venus or Polyhymnia, they both sound almost...anatomical to me, like some kind of medical condition or body part. Both also feel kind of heavy, not the springy, joyful description of your babe. I like the sound of Pandora, but the Pandora's box story seems just a tad too dark of a connotation.
The first thing that came to mind when reading your post was Mazarine, like the mazarine blue butterfly. Reading the mazarine blue butterfly description on Wikipedia (looked it up to double check spelling) sounded so perfect for your daughter. I feel like she needs a name with whimsy, and Mazarine certainly has that! Also, Mazy/Maisie is a very cute nn.
I also really like the suggestion of Peridot for a fn, such a sweet and pretty name, gentle but spunky! Also like Sybil/Sybilla and the idea of an Agnes variant...perhaps the Welsh Nesta? It sounds nature-y and springy, bringing thoughts of nests full of new life.
Other names that came to mind:
Primrose (this too would be a good roo name!)
Dragonfly (kinda out there, but I think it'd be a great middle)
Perenelle (name of Nicolas Flamel's wife, beautiful history and legendary feel, and "perennial" is both a great meaning/connection, it's also very springy because it brings to mind the blossoming of perennial flowers...so lovely.)
Can't wait to hear what you decide!
I'm back with Roo names as I don't like either of yours very much (Sorry!). I also don't think you need Roo-/Ro-/Ru names to call her Roo, it's just an adorable nickname.
Rocana (beautiful woman)
Rohana (sandalwood) and I ADORE this one for you -- Rohana Phoebe Willow/Rohana Laurel Sybilla/Rohana Willow Selene
Rosabel/Rosabella (beautiful rose)
Rowena (fame/friend/pike etc)
Roxana (bright, dawn,light)
So Melusine and Rohana are my absolute favorites for you! Rohana in the lead by a bit (it's soft, beautiful, makes me think of valleys and streams...gorgeous!)
That's the thing about people...we are not static spirits. We are constantly growing, changing, and evolving. What if your sweet and fresh, blue ocean infant grows up to be a spunky and energetic, red fire 5-year-old and later a passionately curious, endless sky of sparkling stars adult. Obviously, it's your baby, and you should do what makes you happy, but I'm afraid it may be impossible to have the feeling you get from a name perfectly match the feeling you get from her spirit at all times. Maybe instead of thinking of it as her name not matching who she is, think of it as her spirit adding new meaning and depth to her name. Let her define her name rather than letting the name define her.
Originally Posted by ottilie
Just my two cents. I'm sure that with your good taste, she will have a strikingly beautiful name no matter what you decide. Good luck!
I agree with Blade's assessment. Some of these names are a bit too much to work in the real world. I hate to say it, but I could see your daughter opting to go by one of her middle names if given one of these combinations. I don't mean to be too harsh, but it's just the way I see it.
I know you have listed some names before that I think would fit the description you are looking for. The two that come to mind are Roxana and Melisande. I think both of these names are beautiful. They are both a little exotic but can also work very well in the real world. I like Roxana especially because the Roo nickname still fits. I think you can continue to call her by the nickname Roo though with whatever you decide. Nicknames have a way of coming about on their own.
The one name that definitely does not fit what you are looking for is Pandora. I don't get the light, watery, spring connection at all. It's a very heavy and dark name, in my opinion.
And I really love the middle name options of Willow, Laurel, and Phoebe. Sybilla is pretty too but I prefer Sybella.
'Scuse me, just have to say that Aruna and Rohana are stunning. Like a stun gun.
Also, I am brilliant. Roxane Tabitha Rue? What could be better? Elegant, spunky, vibrant. This one!
Roxana's good too...
My sister-cousin Roxy "Roo" shares Rosalind's b-day.
I was blown away by Rosmerta. For me, it fits your description to a T. Rosmerta seems fresh, spring-like, and lovely. It's also not much of a stretch from Rosalind, so that might be a plus. Still have the same Roo potential! Best of luck! I know whatever you choose will be creative and beautiful.
I'm sad to hear that Rosalind Illyria doesn't work for her - it's so very lovely. However, I'm sure you'll find something equally ravishing and far more appropriate.
From your list, I really like Melusine and Rosmerta. I agree with Dantea that Melusine matches your description of Roo's spirit wonderfully. Melusine is very greenish-blue with a hint of silver to me and is indeed my favorite from your list. Rosmerta is beautiful and unexpected, and I do like that it preserves 'Roo'.
Pomeline is quite delightful, but she feels far more autumn to me - perhaps because that's prime apple harvesting time? I also want to like Roxane/Roxana for this little girl, but that name is just so gold and wintery to me.
Melusine Phoebe Amoret
Melusine Phoebe Tamar
Melusine Phoebe Yseult
Melusine Arcadia Danae (I really like this one)
Melusine Tabitha Noor
Rosemerta Iris Melisande
Rosmerta Iris Leontine
Rosmerta Daphne Ondine
Rosmerta Seraphina Elaine
Rosmerta Charis Apolline
Loving dantea's suggestion of Rohana Phoebe Willow! Rohana is beautiful. I also like niftylavalamp's suggestion of Mazarine.
I'm a long time lover of Pandora. Pandora feels very wild blue rivers and enchanting green forests to me.
Rosmerta and Rozhanitsa feel like lesser versions of Rosalind to me; I'd just stick with Rosalind if that's the route you want to go.
Melpomene and Polyhymnia are far too out there for a first name, imo. Better left in the middle.
Melusine is very cool. It's slinkier than your other name choices, however. It reminds me of a glass prism, shimmering in the moonlight. Very pretty, but different.
Venus is another cool one, but like Melusine, it doesn't bring to mind your vision. Slinky and sensual.
Would you consider some of the other names you had on your lists before she was born? Circe and Ceridwen are the only ones I remember, and I still think they're absolutely perfect for your little girl.
Edit: Also, I forgot to suggest Fairuza, because I was distracted with Rohana. :)
Ottilie, I love Rosalind's current name, but I'm sure you wouldn't change it without a good reason. All your combos are so magical, shimmery and gorgeous!
My favourites are:
Melusine Phoebe Willow
Melusine Ostara Wren
Rosmerta Circe Tabitha
Rozhanitsa Selene Willow
Melpomene Willow Artemis
Pomeline Laurel Ostara
I don't really like Tabitha because it reminds me of tabby cats. Melpomene and Pomeline are both beautiful and I love them but I don't like how the "pom" sound reminds me of Pomeranians and apples (it just seems like a strange association for a name). I'm not a fan of Pandora either, sorry. While all the names in your Polyhymnia combo are lovely, it's a bit too much alliteration for me.
I'll try changing/making some more combos:
Rosmerta Selene Willow
Sybilla Phoebe Artemis
Polyhymnia Venus Amethyst
Polyhymnia Amethyst Selene
Rozhanitsa Venus Melpomene
Melpomene Phoebe Ostara