Help With My Top 6!!
My name lists were getting a bit out of control - a top 20 seemed a little bit excessive ha ha - and I am very close to narrowing it down to a top three for each gender. I was hoping that you lovely folk would be able to give me some sort of feedback about my choices.
My number one girls name has always been Lyra. I love the literary connection, the musical connection being a music major myself, and the fact that it is a constellation as my own name is also the name of a star.
Possible FN/MN combinations: Lyra Elizabeth Romilly, Lyra Clarity Susanne or Lyra Elizabeth Artemis.
Thea is my second choice. I actually prefer Alethea, but I don't think that it fits as well with my other names. That being said, I do adore the name Thea.
Thea Frances Celandine, Thea Hermione Jill and Thea Maple Susanne are all possibilities.
Arwen is my third name. I alternate between having no problems with this name, to thinking that it is way too tied to LOTR. I do think that it fits really well with my other choices.
Combos: Arwen Carina Lark, Arwen Kerensa Jill and Arwen Hermione Frances.
My top boys name is Sorin. I love that its meaning is related to the Sun, and it honours my Romanian heritage.
Sorin Bodie Taliesin, Sorin Emrys Paul and Sorin David Caspian
Valo is my second favourite boys name, although I do worry about pronunciation issues.
Valo James Peregrine, Valo Paladin Bruce And Valo Heming Stevensgaard
I am undecided on my third boys name. Possibilities include, Ivo, Rohan, Merit, and Orrick.
Sorry this ended up so long guys. Also, I should add that I am not currently pregnant but we are trying. Any thoughts, comments, criticisms and ideas are welcome!
Lyra Elizabeth Romilly - This is pretty!
Thea Maple Susanne - I like Thea Maple Frances too!
Arwen Hermione Frances - it was a toss-up between this combo and Carina Lark but the "Car-Lar" made me choose Hermione Frances.
Sorin David Caspian - It was close between this combo and Emrys Paul.
Valo James Peregrine - a wonderful combo!
Rohan Emrys Paul - ok, I used your other names!
Since you already have Valo on your list I would eliminate Ivo (shame. I like this name). I think Rohan is pretty awesome and I like it with Valo and Sorin. Merit and Orrick just don't make the grade for me. Do you like Yorick? I did notice you like a lot of names ending in "n" but at least they're different (an, in and en).:)
For you, I love Lyra Elizabeth Romilly. It's such a rare and beautiful find :) I also love the meaning behind it for you. Great choice!
As far as your boy names go, I like Sorin David Caspian. It flows nicely and honors your heritage which is awesome.
Good luck with everything.
Thank you for your comments Mischa! I think you're right about Valo and Ivo being too close, which is too bad. Rohan is my top choice, but I am worried about all of the n endings as you pointed out. You don't think Arwen, Sorin and Rohan are too much with their similar endings?
Thank you for your comments missmelissa! So appreciated :)
Personally, I don't like having a lot of "n" ending names for siblings but if you love them and they have special meanings for you, who am I to judge? :) In your case, at least they all have different vowels (ArwEN, RohAN and SorIN)
Ooooooo. I'm ever so sorry to be the one to point this out...but...Sorin is way, way, way too close to Sauron. I wouldn't use it in a sibling set with other literary names, and definitely not along with other LOTR names. Such a pity, and the combos are so handsome, too. I think I remember helping you with some of the combos awhile back. I wonder if I was unaware of your other literary choices at the time.
Depending on your surname, some types of names just work. My surname ends in -er so that rules out a whole category of names, and begins with T so there goes another set. Ends in N works for us. It turns out that I love tons of boys names that end in N and hardly any on the girls side, so we made ends-in-N a "guy thing" for our family.
On to your combos...which are, overall, quite outstanding, by the way:
Lyra Elizabeth Romilly and Lyra Elizabeth Artemis are both striking, though I think the latter more so. I'm not sure I quite like the vowel-beginning Elizabeth coming next after Lyra though.
Lyra Clarity Susanne -- I like a consonant coming next after Lyra, but not Clarity. Lyra Susanna Romilly would be very pretty.
On the next set, I do prefer Thea but I don't think Althea is really out of place. However if you keep Arwen you might not want to have two names starting with the same letter. I think I would mix up these sets for Thea Maple Celandine. I'm not sure if I like Maple next to Thea; followed up by Susanne it seems too ordinary, but Celandine makes the entire combo more whimsical. I actually like Thea Hermione best but not with Jill at the end; it seems too brief. In Thea Frances Celandine, the end of Frances and beginning of Celandine sound rather "hissy."
I like Arwen Kerensa Jill. Somehow, that unexpected Jill at the end works. Arwen Hermione is wayyyyy too literary.
Poor Sorin, I already discussed this. I do love all three of your combos though, and I know they are all family names which makes them extra special.
Valo is quite handsome. I've never heard it before. All of these combos are great. Even though I'm sweet on Peregrine, I think I like Valo Paladin Bruce the best -- he seems so strong and heroic! -- followed by Valo Heming Stevensgaard and then Valo James Peregrine.
On your other boys' names, I have to agree with Mischa that Ivo has to be out if you have a Valo. Pity, it's one of my favorites, but if he has to go, at least he falls to a good man in Valo. I love Rohan. I'm sorry but I don't care for Merit, and Orrick is a vacuum cleaner here in the U.S. so I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to get over that association.
Out of curiosity, what are some of your other top favorites?
Wow! Such a detailed response saracita. I love it!
Sorin/Sauron: I definitely did not even think of the similarities between the two names. Sorin is technically pronounced more like Sore-EEN, however I am choosing to pronounce it the same as the Scandinavian name Soren, because I think that's the pronunciation most people will use. Sauron I pronounce as SOUR-on, the au sounding like the word loud. I don't think it's close enough to put me off the name Sorin, but I am definitely reconsidering Arwen.
I think Lyra Elizabeth Artemis is slightly my favourite. I agree that the flow isn't right with Lyra Clarity Susanne though. I will have to think of something else for that combo...
I like the sound of Thea Maple Celandine, but I worry that that is way too much nature for one name. Thea Hermione Maple?
Valo is the name I having the hardest time choosing...I love all of the combos too much haha! I ink Rohan is the best fit with the other names - I did not know Orrick was a vacuum cleaner. That's enough to take it off the list.
Some of my other top names:
Elowen - cant use because of last name
Sorcha - love this name but I love Sorin more
Seren - again, love Sorin more
Alba - last name issues
Danae - worried about pronunciation
Emrys - my absolute favourite boys name but can't use because of last name
Any ideas on what I should replace Arwen with?
Oh, that's easy for me. I'd pick Dagny. It took awhile to grow on me, but now I love it (and it's a pity we can't use it because of our surname) and I like the sound of it much better than Arwen. Maybe plug it in to one of your other combos for Dagny Maple Susanne -- and switch the Thea combo to Thea Hermione Lark?
Too bad about Ellowen, that's one of my favorites! Danae would probably just be a headache, you're right. I kind of like Signe, though not as much as Dagny. I know a Scandinavian lady named Pia, might you like that? My Norwegian grandmother's middle name is Iverine and I've always admired it. Apparently it gets some use in Norway though not much anymore...close enough for you though?
Aw, I'm sorry about Emrys too. It's always sad when people can't use their true loves. From the boys side I like Eltanin, but I think Marius is the most wearable.
I've heard Sauron with varying pronunciations -- I do think the OW sound is correct, though I've heard it "soar-on". At any rate, there is a good deal of similarity but it's better to consider it now than later!
I like Lyra Elizabeth Romilly, Thea Maple Susanne, Sorin David Caspian and Rohan Peregine Bruce.
Originally Posted by gershwin