Oh my goodness...
Riley; thanks for picking out your favourites.
Amylove; Ooooh, look at that! Words and all! They're all *amazing* but my favourite is Auberon Basil Lorien. And Lucius Odin Vladimir. And all the rest for that matter... Thanks, sweetie!!!
Sessha the Great; Woohooo, rocking my socks off again... You are right about so many things. First Bors, I get what you're saying, but this is one of the names I included because of a certain similarity to a name on my beloved's FT. Mordred is already off, I don't know what I was thinking. I just like saying the name... and you know, second pregnancy in a year makes my brain go funny. Tresillian has significance for my love, Lawrence & Vladimir are family names (Russian blood, yes, indeed!)... Finvarra for the girls? How dreadful. I do like Lugh (and Iorek! How could I forget?). I love the conflicting meaning/sound of Dragan too, one of my favourite things about that name. Just beautiful. Thanks, hunnybunny!
Emmsie; You're so funny! You always make me laugh out loads. Thank you for ruining Lodestar for me, now all I can see is creepy moustached man. Shasta, I don't know, Narnia, one of my favourite songs... My soon to be MIL used to call my boyfriend Shasta when he was little. I thought it was cute.
Lewie; I don't care about same first initials. I could probably have a whole a-team (haha!) because there are so many great names staring with a. I'm never gonna let first initials stop me from using the name I love. Thanks for your compliments, and for giving me a slid top 5! I actually love Perseus Bayard Auberon! Sweet!
Sarahdear; Yay, you love Lucius! Always makes me happy! Thank you for dividing them up for me!!
Le-O-na!; yes, Leon for Leonidas is a good one. Laszlo... hmmm. Zoltan i only see sun tan and Istvan sounds like a mean mean mean DE.
Seraares; thanks, Cyrus Xavier looks rather dashing.
Averelladavina; Casimir Oliver Bayard made me all swoonish... thanks!!
Sari; thank you! that means a lot to me. I love Aurelian Basil Oliver, feels very British (which is good)!
The Ant Mother; you make sense even with an ant growing inside of you! Wow! The ones I'm drawn to the most aren't mythological this time, so I guess that's good. I'm happy about the four you picked as your favourites with little Aphra, makes me happy! Thanks sweetiepie!
Demers; thanks for picking a top five!
Shan; you might be right, besides after Emma's comments I see a sleezy porn star when I hear Roderick now. I do like Perseus Robin Ferdinand, thanks!
NorthernLights; Leonidas Antony Robin is gorgeous, thank you!!
Celianne; Whoa; thank you!! First of all Sigurd is pronounced SIG-uhr (pr something like that, I'm not good at making the Norwegian sounds in English). Dragan is druh-GAN. Herne is HURN (long u sound). Thanks so much for all your comments :D
Betty; oooh, nephew named Robin! I swoon... I'm in love with Robin Hood. Don't get me started. Rainier Hugh Osiris rocks ;)
Dinainherweddingbliss; You know a little Rainier??? How cool! And with a lil' bro named Xavier... awesome. I don't know what he wants, he's being cranky. I'm all alone! At least until the longed for midwife appointment, when he can see there's an actual baby there. You want a boy? Well, we'll see in October (if my calculations are right). Thank you for picking out your favourites!
Clocktower; I like Casimir Osiris Hugh very very much! Thanks!!!
Bonnie; thank you!! And thanks for picking out your favs and commenting! Helpful indeed.
Boy&Girl; I don't like Gareth for a first, but I like it in the middle spot. Thank you!
JTucker; Thanks for your top four (you had Roderick in there twice, which either means you really love it, or made a tiny mistake!).
I will go through my list in a second and edit. I just need to breathe... and sing Baba some night-night songs! Thanks all!
I really like Aphrodite and Leonidas!
@Ottilie - I meant for my number 5 to be Perseus, sorry! It's a Monday for me for certain!
From your list of firsts, I LOVE:
They'd all sound lovely with Aphrodite, and they all have that fitting-in/standing-out quality, which I think is especially important for boys (I know so many boys who seem to prefer short-and-sweet nicknames, and all of the above have that ability!)
My favourites out of your first names are Cyrus, Hector and Rainier, but the whole list is ab fab and I think any name from it would work wonderfully!
Hector Sebastian Altair
Hector Aurelian Idris
Hector Aurelian Cato
Cyrus Antony Cato
Cyrus Damon Altair
Cyrus Gawain Altair
Oh, I'm coming in a bit late on the boy's side. Ok, as for the first names, these are my easy favorites:
I keep going back and forth on whether or not to include Leonidas and Endymion on the list too. They might just be a bit too much back to back with your little goddess. I love Cyrus, Evander, Gawain, Hector, Herne, Perseus, and Rainier, but, again because of Dita's magnificence, they feel a bit lacking to me - as first names.
Auberon Tiberius Ranulph
Auberon Ivo Calidore
Auberon Orpheus Faulkner
Aurelian Lawrence Altair
Aurelian Casimir Hugh
Aurelian Evander Ranulph
Casimir Gareth Endymion
Casimir Sebastian Bayard
Casimir Perseus Gawain
Endymion Oliver Herne
Endymion Cyrus Ranulph
Faramond Hector Aurelian
Faramond Ivo Lawrence
Faramond Sebastian Bors
Hadrian Osiris Laszlo
Hadrian Orpheus Lothair
Hadrian Lucius Evander
Leonidas Taliesin Rainier
Leonidas Laszlo Robin
Oh, wow! Congratulations Ottilie! And selfishly I'm glad your having another baby so soon because your naming journey/process is awesome and I really look forward to watching it's development.
Here's my thoughts on your names thus far:
Auberon- I like this name a lot. It's very strong sounding and the 'feeling' of the name would pair up nice next to Aphrodite. Aphrodite feels distinctly and strongly feminine, Auberon feels distinctly and strongly masculine, like a bear. However, the two 'A' names may not be ideal. Have you considered using the Oberon spelling (I know it's a bit less authentic, but still been around for a long time). I prefer Auberon myself, but with Oberon you'd avoid the double A issue. Either way, this would be a very solid choice.
Aurelian- Aurelio/Aurelius were high up on my own list for quite some time. I think any of the three would be excellent choices. Again, the double A thing may not be ideal, but perhaps that wouldn't be an issue for you. Aurelian has a very noble and worldly-wise vibe about it.
Casimir- This one has grown on me quite a lot. It's very strong and noble sounding. I have mixed feelings about whether or not it works well next to Aphrodite. To me Aphrodite feels very mythological/in-another-reality, whereas Casimir feels royal/almost governmental, which gives them vastly different vibes to me (I am swayed this way probably just because of the fact the name is a traditional Polish king name, and though I wouldn't have had this association a few months ago (before I was a name nerd), now this association is the only association I have with the name). Something about king's names just doesn't seem to quite work right next to Aphrodite to me. Other than that though, I think this would be a solid choice.
Cyrus- I've always liked this name, but even though it is a great and strong name, I feel like next to Aphrodite it feels a little bit insignificant. It's history and strength is not insignificant at all, just the sound of the name next to Roo.
Endymion- This would be a fantastic name with Roo, and is a very magical name in it's own right. However, you'd definitely be digging yourself deep into the Greek mythological path, might be hard to break out of/strange to shift too strongly out of when it comes to future baby names. If future babies aren't Greek mythological names, it will seem very much like you had a one year period of time or so where you were specifically into Greek mythological names.
Evander- As you know, this name is amongst my favorites. I think it also works really well with Roo. It's very strong and intelligent sounding. It's a bit more toned down that Aphrodite, but it doesn't feel insignificant when paired up next to her. I think it'd be a good choice.
Faramond- I've never been able to come around to liking this name too much. But I've seen it on a lot of your lists, so you obviously love it. I can think of two distinct reasons I'm not such a fan of it. One, though I'm not sure if it's pronounced far-a-mund or fair-a-mund (or something else entirely), the beginning sound of 'fara' sounds very feminine to my ear, and though soft boys names are often times quite nice, when paired up next to the feminine power of Aphrodite, I feel an overly soft boys name would not work well. Two, it sounds so much like the word 'pheromone' to me.
Gawain- I'm mediocre about this name. I don't like it next to Aphrodite too much.
Hadrian- Hmm... I like this name and think it's very strong in a 'kingly' sense, but not in a sound quality sense. Feels a little weak next to Aphrodite.
Hector- I like the history of this name, but not the sound or 'vibe' as much. Starting with the sound 'heck' makes it not my favorite name option. Plus, even though it's very historical and mythological in it's own way, it has a distinct 'nerdy' factor to my ear. This would not normally be a big deal, and even could give it a bonus point sometimes, but next his sister, it sounds like the dorky little brother to the strong, majestic and feminine beauty of Aphrodite.
Herne- I'm not such a fan. Perhaps I'm pronouncing it wrong, but sounds like the beginning of hernia.
Isidore- This is a name that has gradually grown on me a bit too, but I don't like it next to Roo's name much. It sounds a bit feminine to me, which next to the feminine strength of Aphrodite makes it feel a little bit weak.
Laszlo- Hmm... I think I like this name a decent amount. It's got a nice vibe to it. Not one of my favorites from your list, but nice.
Leonidas- I think this would be a very solid choice. It's got the same 4 syllable cadence as Aphrodite, while being a very different sort of name. Leo and Roo would be cool sibling nicknames. It does feel very 'kingly' to me, which doesn't quite match up with the very 'mythological' feel of Aph. I could say the same about a few others too, lots of 'kingly' names in your list, and most of them just don't feel quite right to me next to Aph.
Lothair- I'd like this more as a MN.
Lucius- This is a spectacular name. It has the same sort of 'other-worldly' feel to it as Aphrodite, but in a very grounded down-to-earth kind of way (I don't know if that makes sense at all). Just don't call him 'Loo'.
Orpheus- Another very Greek mythological name. If you wanted to maintain the mythological thing, I think Endymion would be a better choice. But I do think it'd be best to shy away from Greek mythological names this time around.
Perseus- Cut and paste above comment. I like Perseus better than Orpheus, but Endymion better than both.
Ptolemy- I'm not such a fan of this name right now. It's spelling looks unpleasant to my eye, and it's pronunciation doesn't quite seem like a name to my ear. And it's meaning isn't so cool.
Rainier- Yes! Very strong and distinctly masculine name. Very different feel than Aphrodite's name, but there seems to be some underlying 'something' that would make these two names work really well together. It'd give your second kid a name completely different than his sisters, but with the same distinct and strong individuality to it. This may be my favorite of the bunch for you.
Roderick- It's okay. Not my favorite.
Romulus- I don't like it so much. Sounds like the Romulan alien race from Star Trek.
Sylvan- I like this name quite a lot, but not paired up next to Aphrodite so much. Roo makes it feel weak by comparison.
So my favorite FN's would be:
Endymion (only if you really wanted to keep the Greek mythology thing going)
Auberon (only if the two 'A' names thing doesn't bother you)
And for middle names I'll put my favorites in two categories, not-so-normal and quite-normal (since one of the two MNs will likely need to be a normal one). Though I do have to say, I wish there were more 1 syllable MN options, as with some of the longer FNs I think a short/to-the-point second MN would sound best.
My not-so-normal favorites:
My quite-normal favorites:
Hugh (though I like Hugo more on it's own, Hugh's one syllable helps a lot of your name options flow together better I think)
Cyrus (I think this would be a solid MN choice)
Rainier Bayard Odin
Rainier Calidore Hugh
Lucius Altair Xavier
Lucius Anthony Ivo
Lucius Evander Hugh
Leonidas Tresillian Hugh
Leonidas Bayard Calidore
Evander Taliesin Hugh
Evander Tresillian Anthony
Wow, I wrote a lot. I haven't posted anything in the forums since you posted your original message, I've just been slowly working on this one long response for like 15 minutes a day over the past three days.
Okay, let's do your middle names!
I have more suggestions:
There are three boys in book Decameron:
Panfilo, Philostrato and Dioneo.
I also suggest Merek, Borin, Brom, Ronald, Amaury, Melchior, Clement, Durand, Baldwin, Estmund, Lyulf, Mervin, Bonamy...