Wow! I agree the boys list is awesome. I like loads on there but with a name like Aphrodite you need something stunning but strong, and I agree with blade about avoiding Greek myth names. So playing with the ones that I think work with little Aphrodite (Dita / Roo):
Auberon Lucius Thor
Casimir Faramond Bors
Casimir Antony Hugh
Casimir Tiberius Altair (no normal name but)
Casimir Gareth Altair
Casimir Tiberius Hugh
Isadore Perseus Faramond
Isadore Roderick Bors
Isadore cyrus Hadrian
Leonidas Ivo Gawain
Leonidas Talisin Gawain
Rainier sylvan Hugh
Rainier Odin Isadore
Love Gawain Perseus Robin but don't know that Gawain has the oomph of Aphrodite. My choice with Aphrodite is Casimir, its unexpected but it works.
Best of luck!
Sessha the Great?? Wow, I'm on track for some serious ego inflation at this rate!
After some thought, I've bumped Roderick from my love list...there is a good amount of teasing potential, and I find that when I say Aphrodite and Roderick together, they clash somehow over the "rod" syllable.
Like Javad, I've been compiling this post over several days, so it's going to be ridiculously long....
Aurelian – ethereal, lofty…philosophy and northern lights, mysteries of the mind and sky, lavender and seafoam and silver
Aurelian Gareth Osiris
Aurelian Faulkner Antony
Aurelian Ferdinand Lodestar
Aurelian Hugh Tiberius
Aurelian Iorek Orion
Casimir – smooth, sophisticated…foamy lattes, denim and woolen scarves and cable-knit sweaters, 5 o'clock shadow on a rugged jawline, ivory and oatmeal and rich cream
Casimir Iorek Sebastian
Casimir Antony Ranulph
Casimir Basil Tiberius
Casimir Hugh Faulkner
Casimir Xavier Damon
Endymion – gentle, dreamy…dandelion fluff wishes and hazy visions under a sky splayed wide with stars. midnight blues, silver, white
Endymion Oliver – love this. Endymion Oliver Shasta, Endymion Oliver Robin, Endymion Oliver Iorek, Endymion Oliver Lorien, etc etc etc
Endymion Gareth Taliesin
Endymion Valemon Iorek (redundant?)
Endymion Robin Osiris
Endymion Altair Robin
and because I can't resist pulling in a few of the FN options:
Endymion Lucius Rainier
Endymion Sylvan Rainier
Endymion Sylvan Aurelius
Endymion Oliver Auberon
Evander – dashing, lively…Green Jack and Shakespearean theatre troupes, chocolate and camel and forest green, complete with an elven bow
Evander Basil Tiberius
Evander Sebastian Ranulph
Evander Perseus Robin
Evander Antony Damon
Evander Lorien Oliver
Evander Taliesin Hugh
Evander Odin Sebastian
Herne – quiet, keen…antlers and feathers, forests wreathed in mist, glass-like pools guarded by stately blue herons, stormy blues and gossamer greys.
Herne Antony Faulkner
Herne Tiberius Gareth
Herne Taliesin Shasta
Herne Basil Osiris
Herne Altair Lorien
Herne Sebastian Lodestar
Herne Orion Ranulph
Leonidas – primal, fearless…gladiators and gleaming bronze skin and pent-up roars of defiance, warm metallic colors like copper and bronze and gold
Leonidas Xavier Dragan
Leonidas Xavier Damon
Leonidas Odin Bayard
Leonidas Sebastian Thor
Leonidas Antony Tiberius
Lucius – mysterious, potent, the male Morgana…cloaks and raven feathers, inkwell eyes full of latent magic and the soft light of knowing, purples and shadowy blacks and the holy white of halos.
Lucius Damon – These two are perfect together. Lucius Damon Altair, Lucius Damon Ranulph, Lucius Damon Osiris, etc.
Lucius Sylvan Orion
Lucius Antony Morgan (couldn't resist)
Lucius Xavier Dragan
Lucius Gareth Sebastian or Lucius Odin Sebastian
Lucius Robin Osiris
Orpheus – poetic, melancholy…haunting melodies in A- and E- minor, the smoky haze of a lucid dream, half-formed words and shifting shapes, lots of swirling pastels.
Orpheus Damon Osiris
Orpheus Gareth Taliesin
Orpheus Lorien Shasta
Orpheus Altair Sebastian
Orpheus Xavier Lodestar
Orpheus Damon Ranulph
Ptolemy – quirky, intelligent…owls and horn-rimmed glasses, rustic libraries cascading with books, rich loamy brown and clean crisp grey
Ptolemy Ferdinand Odin
Ptolemy Valemon Lodestar
Ptolemy Faulkner Osiris
Ptolemy Perseus Robin
Ptolemy Iorek Osiris
Ptolemy Lorien Shasta
Ptolemy Basil Orion
Rainier – wild, solemn…the mountain in all its craggy snow-capped grandeur, sheets of cleansing rain and the dense green undergrowth it nourishes. earthy grey, emerald green, and pure white.
Rainier Taliesin Iorek
Rainier Lorien Altair
Rainier Tiberius Odin
Rainier Dragan Osiris
Rainier Valemon Basil
Rainier Sebastian Lodestar
Sylvan – wise, playful…dignified druids and dancing dryads, and above all, acres and acres of lush, mysterious, majestic, overgrown forests. every shade of green.
Sylvan Oliver Grenfell
Sylvan Lorien Shasta
Sylvan Orion Lodestar
Sylvan Taliesin Iorek
Sylvan Altair Robin
Sylvan Tiberius Ranulph
Sylvan Osiris Valemon
And from the first name pool…
Sylvan Lucius Rainier
Same as my girls one; I'm not feeling well so will only give feedback where feedback is needed, the rest; blanket thanks:
Cannebella, JTucker, Claire Elise, Sarah (thanks for the divide, again!),
Mary; thank you, I like Hector Aurelian Idris very much.
Reverie; I know, it's a balancing act. Not too fancy, but not too common either. Difficult... HE brought up Xerxes and Attila the other day, can you imagine? You've got some great combos there; Auberon Ivo Calidore, Casimir Perseus Gawain, Hadrian Lucius Evander... swoon!!! Thank you, doll!!
Javad; Holy Moses, you are so awesome! I want to fly to China and give you a hug! It's wonderful to get concrete feedback on my names from a smarty like you. Thank you! I don't care about repeating first letters, I'll never use their initials to mark things anyway. I do like Oberon too, but in some way it feels more bear like and less faerie-esque to me. And I love my faeries... You are right about so many of the names, hopefully hubs will have some good suggestions for the list. He's going to show me when Roo's in bed, she's had a long exciting day today, so stayed up late! I like Hugo better on it's own too, but Hugh has a certain Britishness, and the one syllable thing does come in handy. I love these combos: Rainier Calidore Hugh, Lucius Evander Hugh and Leonidad Bayard Calidore. All are gorgeous though, thank you so much! And, haha, yeah, it was long, the three day wait was perfectly reasonable! Thanks for taking the time!
Clocktower; Amaury is spectacular, I really love it, and Melchior is cool. Not sure the daddy will be convince though...
Tuitree; thank you! I'm not ready to cut all Greek myth names, they mean too much to me, but I see what you mean. Of your combos I like Auberon Lucius Thor, Casimir Antony Hugh, Leonidas Ivo Gawain and Rainier Sylvan Hugh. Thanks so much!
My darling Sessha; yes, you are great. I am going to have a t-shirt (oh, who am kidding? An awesome gossamer Naiadesque faerie dress) embroidered with Sessha the Great on it, and send it to Oregon. Just keep an eye out for it ;). Yesh, Rod is off my list too. I just can't imagine it. Our feminine little blonde innocent faery lad named Roderick? Yup, not going to happen. Oh, combos! I love all of them, of course I do, but I am going to pick my very favourite from each of these: Aurelian Gareth Osiris, Casimir Xavier Damon, Endymion Oliver Robin/Lorien, Evander Perseus Robin, Herne Orion Ranulph, Leonidas Xavier Dragan, Lucius Damon Altair (!!!!!!!!), Orpheus Xavier Lodestar, Ptolemy Basil Orion, Rainier Dragan Osiris and Sylvan Oliver Grenfell. All makes me swoon here I sit curled up in bed. Little precious gems. Love, I would hug you if I could! Thank you so much, and let's hope my whole list won't be vetoed tonight.
Yes, we're comparing lists while drinking herbal tea suitable for pregnant ladies and their compassionate husbands tonight. So I'll get back to you when the lists have melted into one we can agree on. In the meantime, if anyone has more comments or suggestions, come, join in.
Auberon – I prefer Oberon as it's the Shakespearian spelling, and it would avoid doubling up on the A- names.
Aurelian – I've loved Aurelia for so long that I never thought I'd love the male version but I was wrong. Very stunning. However, I think it's so much softer than Ditaroo's name that it would feel a little weak.
Casimir – I always hear Cashmere and that bugs me. It's too Teen-Mom.
Cyrus – Too obviously greek.
Endymion – Ooo, this is such a great name. I love the mystery behind this dark-horse of a name – it's sexy and striking.
Evander – I love this as a “normal” name for you.
Faramond – This would be so handsome in your sib-set. Where Ditaroo's name is a bit flamboyant, Faramond is quite and strong and sneaks up on you a bit.
Gawain – I adore Gawain. I always have for you. I think this would be a really great match with Ditaroo's name.
Hadrian – It's just missing the special something to me.
Hector – I love this name. It's a bit too greek-hero considering Roo's name.
Herne – I still don't think this is the perfect name.
Isidore – I think the average bear wouldn't know this is a man's name and I foresee that being rather difficult for your kiddo in the future. Maybe as a mn?
Laszlo – It just doesn't feel right. Can't put my finger on why.
Leonidas – very handsome. But once again, so greek. This would be a great mn option.
Lothair – I prefer the simpler Lothar but Lothair is great and
Lucius – I love this. Would be a great “normal” name for you guys.
Orpheus – Like you I adore this. But, it's so obviously greek I'd reserve it for a mn.
Perseus - Like you I adore this. But, it's so obviously greek I'd reserve it for a mn.
Ptolemy – I like this for the Otter-fam. You guys already have a kid with an interesting name, I think this would be a wonderful match. I don't find this one so obviously greek in origin that I think it could work.
Rainier – Strong and handsome. I like this one.
Roderick – Honestly I just hear rod and dick when people say this name.
Romulus – This one's new right? I think it has such great imagery that I really think you might have a winner here.
Sylvan – I like Sylvan but it feels like Aurelian it's a little too soft next too Ditaroo.
Oberon Sebastian Thor
Auberon Leonidas Altair
Endymion Lodestar Tiberius
Gawain Odin Evander
Ptolemy Ferdinand Gareth
Romulus Cato Bayard
Other suggestions: Bellamy. I just went to an exhibit on the Pirate-ship Whydah and her Cpt Sam Bellamy. (Apparently he became a sailor so he could win his gf's hand in marriage). The mix of rugged-bad-ass and tragic-romantic just made the name Bellamy an awesome boys name in my opinion.
Oh I didn't mean to suggest all Greek myth names be eliminated. I just think 2 children with first names from Greek myth make them more like a theme and they loose some of their wow factor.
Aphrodite and Perseus or Orpheus doesn't seem as fantastically amazing and Aphrodite and Casimir or Aphrodite and Oberon.
But then I have to back track and say I think Xerxes is amazing (does that count as Greek or Persian)?
Anyways you have ages to play play and play some more (yay).
Looking forward to seeing the short lists.
Lex; Thanks, you're right about so many things! I'm happy you like Romulus, it's one of my favourites at the moment (and Romulus Cato Bayard is a fantastic combo!)! Bellamy is great, we did put it on the *new* list, it's a good suggestion. Orpheus will probably be saved for a future baby... because someone has laid down a few rules for the baby naming process. Thanks, sweetie!
Tuitree; yeah, my husband is in love with Xerxes. It's the Greek version of the name, but I'm not ruling out anything because of it's origin.
Here are my favorites:
I just realized you wanted two middles! I commented on the girl's list with one-middle combos! oops! Well, I am terrible with two middles, so I'll let others play… but your boys list is totally inspired! Good luck!
Alphabet; thanks for giving me your favourites.
I meant to close this yesterday, but apparently I didn't do that! My man conjured up his list yesterday, and we've managed to make an acceptable top 25. But I'll open a new thread for that one... Thanks everyone again, your comments and insights have been very helpful and have definitely made an impact on our new list. You all rock ;)!