Going to try to do this in the same format as the girls. I'll try not to go too overboard, but I do love boy names....
Auberon - oooooh LOVE IT
Endymion - still my number one, by far
FN Likes but not Loves:
Hector - you know I've always had a beef with Hector...besides being so strongly Hispanic, the name itself is so similar to words like "heckler" that I find it unattractive. You have sooooo many more amazing options that you don't need Hector
Laszlo - aside from the horrific children's show about Camp Lazlo, the "lazy" association is unfortunate
Odin - in the normal category by virtue of being a famous and widely known diety
Osiris - see Odin
Perseus - see Odin
Thor - see Odin
Not Normal Middles:
Dragan - I have to say, I love how such a craggy, masculine, draconic name can mean something as gentle and heartwarming as "dear one" and "precious"
Valemon - I LOVE this fairytale! May I also recommend Iorek? I believe Iorek Byrnison and the rest of Pullman's panserbjorne were obliquely inspired by the White Bear King.
Veto Points for Middles:
Bors - surprised to see this on your list...it doesn't strike you as a thuggish sort of name?
Cato - women's clothing store, Inspector Clouseau's ninja foil, and an increasingly popular Hunger Games character...you have far lovelier options
Eglamour - I am immediately reminded of Deadweather and Sunrise, in which the siblings are named Adonis, Venus, and Eggbert. Aphrodite and Eglamour? Darling, you can't.
Finvarra - while I love his connection to the Daoine Sidhe, there is the whole king of the dead thing...and this name is becoming increasingly popular for girls. Perhaps an alternate link to the Tuatha de Danann, like Nuada, Fiachra, Nemed, Dagda, Lugh, or Delbaeth?
Lawrence - of Arabia? You can do better
Mordred - the bastard half-son of Arthur by his sister the sorceress who grows up to bring about the end of Camelot (and whose name sounds like mold and dread and death) ....why....?
Tresillian - all I can find on this is that it's a tiny village in Cornwall and a widely popular birthing center...unless there's some other special significance, I'd go with some of your other options
Vladimir - how Russian of you! I can't remember, is there Russian blood in the family? If not, this one seems a bit out of place.
be back later with some combos!
Auberon - Love this for you, especially with the Au. Feels Autumnal.
Aurelian - Love.
Casimir - Yes.
Cyrus - I have a personal vendetta against Cyrus, but it’s a beautiful name anyway.
Endymion - Please please. This would be to die for with Aphrodite.
Evander - Lovely.
Faramond - Oh yes.
Gawain - Yes yes yes! Ok I’ll stop before DH starts getting jealous.
Hadrian - Uh huh.
Hector - Great
Herne - Oh this one makes my heart flutter.
Isidore - Love Isidore, but it’s a little too gentle next to Aphrodite imo.
Laszlo - shazamm! Yes!
Leonidas - ooh la la.
Lothair - Like the Disraeli novel? Some good names to be had there: ladies Corisande and Arundel, and the dandy Phoebus. Tancred and Iskandar are good names too. Lothair is kinda close to “lothario” though.
Lucius - Really sweet, but I prefer it in the middle.
Orpheus - One-man-name, but so is Aphrodite.
Perseus - Beautiful.
Ptolemy - Pno.
Rainier - Yes. Love that it honors your grandfather. Must use somewhere.
Roderick - Can’t get past rod.
Romulus - Kind of fabulous, but there will be breast-feeding jokes.
Sylvan - Too delicate next to Aphrodite imo, but nice as a middle name.
Middles I'd nix (sorry, not commenting on all the great ones for now):
Arion - No way. Aryan “master-race” and all that.
Bors - borscht? bores us to death? bores a hole in a boar’s head?
Cato - Kato Kaelin. But maybe not an association in the UK.
Dragan - Actually, I take it back. I could get behind Dragan as a middle name. Dragana for a girl’s middle?
Faulkner - Perhaps in England the falconer association is stronger? Here I think most people would assume you were just a big Faulkner fan. Not a bad thing, just seems a bit much, unless you’re related to the man.
Hugh - Hewelet is a pretty sweet nick, and medieval to boot. Hugh doesn’t do it for me though. I like the Hewe spelling. And Hugo. Hale is good too.
Lodestar - Roderick Lodestar, porn name extraordinaire.
Mordred - Despite great Arthurian assoc, this one’s too close to “morbid.”
Osiris - Lovely sounding name. A bit mournful for a human boy, but good if you’re green and dead and wearing a hat like a bowling pin.
Shasta - Mount Shasta, root beer.. good associations. A bit feminine, but not insurmountably so. Seems random to me. What made you think of Shasta?
Vladimir - Putin Putin Putin, impale impale impale.
I have to say how excited I am to be here for this! Congratulations!!! I read as much as I could of the naming odyssey for Roo and I love your naming style. Seeing my new love, Roderick, on your list makes me feel even better about the name. I would love your input on our boy's name.
Auberon - LOVE this but how do you feel about 2 A names?
Endymion - Gorgeous! Exquisite!
Orpheus - a very smoky, exotic name
Roderick - maybe a little normal compared to the rest of the list but my personal favorite
Perseus - I think the eus ending must strike a note with me. Love this too!
My fave from the MN list has to be Bayard! I also love Lorien and Tiberius.
Endymion Bayard Roderick
Roderick Lorien Tiberius
Perseus Bayard Auberon
I am so not good at this!
Evander Tibereus/Perseus Robin
Gawain Taliesin Thor
Hadrian (I don't think I've ever heard this name before, but it's fantastic) Basil Eglamour
Hector Lawrence Odin
Orpheus Sebastian Altair
Roderick Antony Osiris
Romulus Ferdinand Sigurd
Perseus Gareth Faulkner
Sylvan(!) Taliesin Basil
I love the name Idris but I love it for a girl. Call me crazy or a devoted Doctor Who fan but Idris feels feminine to me!
So, I'll do the same as I did for your girls list, which is to divide you list into "love" and "love not so much" categories...
Aurelian (prefer Aurelius)
Love not so much:
Again, good luck! You've got a sweet list there. My personal favourite is Lucius!
Something that has a 'more acceptable' nickname would be a good idea. For example i really like Leon for Leonidas. Though Laszlo is really cool(and looks even better with the accents), i just wonder if it sounds too foreign.... Zoltan or Istvan are some other nice hungarian names.
First, I want to tell you how amazing your style is and how beautiful your daughter's name is.
As soon as I saw your boys list, I loved these names with your daughter's:
For some reason, I LOVE Endymion or Aurelian with Aphrodite, so these came to mind:
Aurelian Basil Oliver
Aurelian Faulkner Basil
Aurelian Osiris Hugh
Endymion Faulkner Hugh
Endymion Lawrence Antony
Endymion Gareth Tiberius
I don't know, I struggle with flow XD
However, since your daughter's name starts with an A, will you be willing to repeat first initials?
Can't wait to see the rest of this little baby's naming journey!
I think the same thing is true here-- I would studiously avoid a Greek name, particularly a mythological name, for the second baby, else again the pairing loses some of the magic and starts to look a bit thematic. Again, for future children I absolutely think names like Endymion would be back on the table... just not right away with Aphro-D. I included Romulus too in the strike-list since it's so obviously mythological.
Aurelian (very classical)
Evander (also Scottish)
Hadrian (again, classical)
I think I am on the fence about Auberon, Herne and Gawain as well, as again they might match Aphrodite too well. Maybe not though (esp Herne as it is so much less well-known).
My favorites for the sibling pairing are the unexpected ones: Laszlo, Faramond, Rainier, Casimir. So very different yet equally striking, original & bold style statements.