Aphrodite Charis Illyria
Aphrodite Cressida Ondine
Aphrodite Cressida Rose
Aphrodite Cressida Willow
Aphrodite Stella Maris
I like Stella Maris but I think it would take a very specific person to fit it; it feels icy and sort of chiseled to me.
I really like Cressida Rose but I think Cressida Willow is prettier, more liquid/elegant, and flows better.
I would switch Cressida Ondine to Ondine Cressida for flow, but it works both ways. I absolutely adore Ondine, by the way. It sounds perfect for how you describe Roo.
And Charis Illyria is just gorgeous. For me it's a three-way tie between Cressida Ondine, Cressida Willow and Charis Illyria.
Ooh, your boyfriend is not going to like me...I absolutely love Ondine. It's so sophisticated, and its imagery is spot on. Aphrodite Cressida Ondine is by far my favorite. Perhaps Aphrodite Miranda Ondine would make Ondine more acceptable, as Miranda is a bit more familiar than Cressida? Both combos are stunning.
OK so first I'm going to tear apart your suggestions [trying to be very critical]:
Aphrodite Illyria Laurel-Too many ll's
Aphrodite Illyria Celeste-Good
Aphrodite Illyria Clemency-Quite a mouthful
Aphrodite Illyria Rose or Rosen-Rose seems like a filler
Aphrodite Charis Illyria-I don't like Charis
Aphrodite Willow Illyria-Ooooh I like the Aphrodite Willow part but not so much the Illyria [those pesky ll's]
Aphrodite Tabitha Wren-Good but I am not jumping up and down about Tabitha
Aphrodite Tabitha Willow-See above
Aphrodite Nerissa Willow-Aphrodite and Nerrissa are hard to say consecutively.
I do think you should only have one middle name as quite a lot of these are a mouthful [but I don't think you would be saying the whole thing that often] or simplify some of the mns. I also think you should try out for flow with your surname.
I am going to keep your other names on me tomorrow and try and work out some combos in my lunch break of something as I don't have time now but some lovely names.
Sorry if this message came accross as a bit harsh-I'm not that good at being nice-critical. Maybe I'll sound friendlier tomorrow. : ]
I'm not very good at combinations, but these stood out to me...
Aphrodite Daphne Willow
Aphrodite Miranda Laurel
Of your choices on the rickety table...
Aphrodite Cressida Willow is a standout
I like unusual names more than familiar names, but don't like any of your lest suggestions except Aphrodite Stella Maris.
It must be said. I find your boyfriend's efforts to rein in a name as wild as Aphrodite a bit silly.
You have many lovely options - I'm not worried! But the middle names won't be used often anyway, so it's not the best place to infuse normalcy into abnormally beautiful Aphrodite. imo.
Illyria is not that crazy, it's not a froufy name like Bluebell or Valentine.
Illyria is just a delicious little trill rolling off of Aphrodite, a little literary reference (and a great one at that.) I don't see the harm. :-( (puppy eyes)
Here are some random ideas to balance things out a bit. Aphrodite is pretty... Zesty and I feel something a bit more warm, gentle and calm would be a nice compliment:
Aphrodite Stella June (honor the month she got her new name?)
Aphrodite Marina Iris
Aphrodite Maren Viola
Aphrodite Charis Joy
Aphrodite Alma Selene
Aphrodite Melia Pearl
Aphrodite Lucia Charis
Aphrodite Junia Celeste
Aphrodite Charis Fern
Aphrodite Stella Faye
But honestly something much more grounded like, Stella Aphrodite or Charis Aphrodite would be much more pleasing to me, and more
wearable. And this is coming from someone who was only a penis away from naming her child Cordelia Jean Rosemary, and entertained Guinevere, Beatrix, Zinnia and Allegra as actual first name options.
Okay dokey-I have come up with some combos for you. I will save the best till last:
Aphrodite Estella-I picked Estelle off your list but Estella had a better flow.
Aphrodite Morwenna Delphine-Morwenna has a meaning to do with the sea and I stole Delphine from your list.
Aphrodite Clementine Kate-Although this combination is not very 'sea-like' I struggled to find a 2nd middle but I like the 2 'c/k' sounds together.
Aphrodite Clementine Charis-Same as above even though I do not care for Charis.
Aphrodite Olwen Estelle-2 names off your list. I like how they each start with a vowel. Olwen sounds very sea-like and Estelle gives the shimmer on the water when the sun shines.
My star combinations for you:
Aphrodite Olivia Wren-Olivia gives a nice blue feel and flowy wavy picture. It adds some 'normalacy' to the name and is a good fallback when darling Roo is feeling defiant. Wren gives that final full stop of-YES! I am unique and I WILL have a beautiful name! I have loved Wren for ages and I use it as my kind of 'alter ego' so that is probabaly part of the reason I chose this for you.
Aphrodite Olivia Pearl-As above but with the added bonus that Pearl is nice and oceany.
I hope this helps!
Last time for Roo...
Rollo; yes, Rose is very pink to me too. Maybe that's why it always feels a bit off... I do love Illyria Rose and Cressida Rose though!
goodhope; whoa, you had a babysitter with a brother Orpheus? That's one of my favourite names for a boy!
r_j; I get a chill from Stella Maris too. The kind of chill when you've had an evening bath and sit by the ocean wrapped in a blanket looking at the starr skies.
Gwen; thank you! I like Cressida Willow better too I think... doesn't matter now though.
Reverie; I love Ondine too! It's so cute and fun to say!
little miss Whirlie; thank you for your critics; you are right on! Nice job, sweetie ;)
Sarah; I like those two too. I'm not good at combos either... major flaw :D
Emmsie; he's an idiot, that's all there is to say! I agree with everything you said, and we had a conversation about this yesterday. If you read all the way to the bottom you'll see how it went... ;)
mei mei; I like the Junia Celeste combo, it's very pretty.
whirls (again!); Oooh, I like the Olivia Wren one. Very beautiful!
...so the main problem for me (us) has been that very few thing sounds good with Aphrodite. The name needs to hold their own against Aphrodite's wild beauty, but it mustn't try to steal the spotlight. Everything felt wrong, so yesterday I told Roo's Daddy how I felt, and that if he can't give me Illyria we should just go with Alcyone instead, as it's easier to find fitting middles. I still think Alcyone could fit her, so that seemed to me to be the way to go. I went out for a run with Roo and when we came back he said he was okay with Illyria if he could pick the second middle. Woohoo, he wanted Marian as the second middle! So, we've named her, and I think it's absolutely beautiful. We're just not sure about the order: Aphrodite Illyria Marian or Aphrodite Marian Illyria. If we go with the first one, initials will be AIME, the second AMIE. Amie is one of my favourite French words, it means friend (female version) and it's so cute. I think Illyria Marian has better flow, but let's face it, that's guesswork as I'm terrible with flow...
Yey! What a lovely name :D I think Aphrodite Marian Illyria has the best flow, but either way is fantastic. Marian is gorgeous- makes me think of Robin Hood, fairytales, magical forests, dashing heroes, adventures and all things sweet and enchanting about childhood. Excellent choice :)
Originally Posted by ottilie