I never thought about this before but this makes so much sense. When Rosalind popped up for the first time I remember thinking "huh... I never saw that coming" and "I wonder if they decided that others - like Alcyone, Circe, Fiammetta and Illyria - were just too out there".
Originally Posted by ottilie
I'm just going to throw this out there but I think I might choose Alcyone Tabitha Wren or Tabitha Alycone Wren.
Also I was so about to suggest (half in jest) that you should consider Endora (I love Bewitched and this is definitely a GP name) but I just went back and realized you originally had a Eudora on your list. They seem to fit right in with Pandora and might be great alternatives depending on the combo. (Though Endora is a bit of a firecracker isn't she?)
I thought you might experience name regret. I remember when you first mentioned Rosalind I thought it came out of left field. I agree with @blade and second Alcyone as a suggestion. In my mind, Alcyone evokes the exact imagery you have for the little one. Enchanting, magical and mesmerizing but completely wearable. My other favorites are Pomeline and Pandora. How sweet is Pomeline? In my opinion, Pandora's completely wearable. Though I agree with previous posters that it's quite velvety (but sweet) and different than the image you envision for the little one.
Is there a particular name you've loved for a long time or that you're leaning towards?
Food for thought:
Alcyone Illyria Willow
Alcyone Pomeline Illyria
Alcyone Tabitha Wren (Just realized @lexie mentioned this. I second her suggestion!)
Alcyone Illyria Arden
Alcyone Arcadia Wren
I'm sure you'll find a name that perfectly suits baba. Don't worry about what others might think. In the words of Jessie J- Mama Knows Best (& so does daddy if you listen to the entire song!)
Good luck sweetie!
Aw well, if you feel that what you've named her isn't the right name, then it isn't her right name and I definitely support the idea of changing it - no matter how beautiful it is (and it really is, your taste in names is exquisite, Ottilie :)). There's nothing worse than a name that doesn't suit the person who's bearing it, and afterall it's better being named right from the start than to change it later on.
I love Melpomene and Melusine.
If you're still looking for a Roo-name, I think Rosemarie is gorgeous (with the Danish pronunciation (here pronounced with a slight German accent), however. I don't dislike the 'Rosemary' pronunciation, but I don't love it either).
What about Fiammetta, Hespera, Zenobia and Illyria? Are you going in another direction, or are these still on the table? I absolutely adore all four names and I think that all of them would make suit both Melpomene and Melusine wonderful (Melusine/Melpomene Atalanta Zenobia, gush). Elysant and Pomeline would also make beautiful and light middle names (or I don't know, I'm horrible at suggesting names :p)
I quite like Melpomene and I agree with others that Pomeline is absolutely adorable. It's in contention with Apolline (which I like for you too) as one of my favorite names. Verna seems like it might fit. It's green and lush to me. I think Iris has already come up? It has a blue/green feeling to me, as does Opal, Signe, Chloris and Clover. Watery names: Nixie, Nineve, Nimue (wasn't this one on your list before?), Nimiane, Undine/Ondine, Marilla, Winnifred.
Personally, I like
Apolline Illyria Lark or Pomeline Illyria Lark
Apolline Atalanta Willow
Pomeline Verna Nimiane
Pomeline Nineve Clover
Melpomene Winnifred Signe
Melpomene Nixie Opal
Good luck Ottilie, I hope you find what you're looking for!
Ottilie, I wouldn't be the kind of person to choose a name based on how the spirit feels; I don't even know how to identify how a spirit feels or what colour it would be. But that sounds really interesting and anyone would appreciate that much thought going into their name!
My favourite of your new shortlist is Melusine Atalanta Willow. It's so sweet, whimsical and feels very nature-y. I'm not a fan of Chloe, but Melusine Ostara Willow or Melusine Ostara Laurel would be lovely! I like Venus Laurel Sybilla and Venus Sybilla Willow, but Venus gives off a really intense and fiery vibe rather than soft and whispery. Probably because of Venus Williams (I'm a big tennis fan). The Pandora combos are lovely but for some reason I can't even imagine a person named Pandora- maybe because there was a dog named that in these books I loved as a child, haha!
Honestly, I'm not connected spiritually, I don't sense things the way you say you do. This is a bit hard for me to grasp but if she's not a Rosalind, she's not a Rosalind! I don't judge you for needing a change, I think its great to give her a name that suits her.
I feel like I'm generally good with combos so I'll give it a shot for you. I like Pomeline the best, and also Peridot and perhaps Melusine:
Pomeline Artemis Laurel
Pomeline Willow Selene
Pomeline Tabitha Wren
Pomeline Amethyst Willow
Peridot (Peri-dot or Peri-doe?)
Dot: Peridot Artemis Selene
Dot: Peridot Sybilla Willow
Doe: Peridot Melusine Laurel
Doe: Peridot Melpomene Laurel
Melusine Tabitha Venus
Melusine Ostara Sybil
Melusine Artemis Willow
Of your choices,
Melusine Ostara Wren
Pomeline Laurel Ostara
I hope that helps...
Actually, that makes way more sense to me personally. My friend who became my adopted sister has bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, and her son was renamed 3 times before he was 1. She was an extreme case, and eventually became a terrible person that cheated, lied, and stole. But I went through the naming process with her and she would decide on something, and then change it a week later throughout her pregnancy and once he was born, she had "decided" on naming him Nile (yes, like the river) and I was the only one who supported that choice, everyone else gave her grief about it and the day she left the hospital she snapped at everyone and said "I'm just going to name him Sean and be done with it!" Well, a month later she decided she hated the name Sean and changed it to Travis. He was Travis until about 6-7 months of age and then suddenly she wanted him to be called Devin. Thank goodness she stopped with Devin, and he was young enough to not remember being Nile, Sean, or Travis.
Originally Posted by ottilie
Like others have said, I don't quite understand where you are coming from spiritually but I do see colors and images in names. To me, Alcyone seems to fit your description perfectly. I still like Chloe as a middle, and of course I adore Wren. Maybe you could keep Illyria to somehow "connect" the two names... Alcyone Illyria Wren?
I would be sad if you didn't keep Illyria! I have to admit I am not a fan of Alcyone.
First of all , to everyone concerned about the meaning of Pandora - naming your daughter Eve is okay, but not Pandora? Just saying.
Second, I change my vote to Pandora Willow Illyria - Makes me a think of a happy, free-spirited naiad/dryad playing in the waves near a forest by the sea
ottilie I am disappointed to hear that her name doesn't fit her spirit. I think you received more compliments on her name than any other baby in the Birth Announcements section.
I am sorry but I am not onboard with the new lists they seem very out there.
I think that you should keep Willow Illyria and add Peridot or Freya.
Did you ever read the book "The Snow Goose" it is a haunting story and the girl in the story was named Fritha, I think so this may be an option for you.
I love blues and greens and I see names in colour too and non of the names on the list had these colours in them (for me).
Blue green names
some i like
Elyssia (so pretty)
Mel or Lucy are a bit too common though. I mean i know your more unique then that! although at the same time children often choose their own nicknames is suppose... Luckily i have picked out names that are not too long or have nicknames that i like, so i will avoid bad nicknames!