Congratulations :) I'm sure having babies that close in age will be awesome.
Names I like best from your list:
I am fiercely selfishly excited to be doing this again so soon rather than enduring a three-year hiatus or some such. I just had to admit that up front ;)
You know what I'm going to ask: any imagery in mind for this baby? Should the name match Ditaroo's spirit or be a whole different feeling entirely? You know me, I work best from an abstract concept ^_^
FN Likes but not Loves:
Atalanta - didn't Mr. Otter veto this one?
Veto Points - something to be sensitive about when choosing a sibling for Aphrodite...it would be really tough to have a name that is less aesthetically pleasing when your sister is named after the goddess of beauty. some of my vetoes are for those reasons.
Boudicca - awkward after Aphrodite, despite the awesome namesake Perhaps Boadicea instead?
Florimell - over-the-top in a flouncing ruffled beribboned princess sort of way. Especially when paired with sister Aphrodite, it just seems all fluff and no substance.
Genoveva - Genevieve pairs better with Aphrodite
Godiva - do they have the chocolate across the pond?? because in America, that is everyone's first thought...you're naming your daughter after chocolate.
Hypatia - veto points for the menstrual story
Melpomene - not going to lie, I say this name and all I hear is "My Little Pony/MLP"
Messalina - I love you, sweets, but you can't have one daughter named Aphrodite and another whose name literally includes the word "mess." Melisandre? Melissa? Melusine?
Polyhymnia - same as with Messalina, unfortunately. you just can't pair these two...Polyhymnia has enough teasing potential on her own
Roxana - seems very coarse and somewhat jarring compared to your other choices.
Tanaquil - this sounds a bit like the name of a hedgehog pokemon...perhaps her other epithet, Caia Caecilia, could lend some inspiration?
Middles I'm splitting up into "normal" and "not normal" in order to better prep for combo making!
Giselle - this one is dangling over the veto list by virtue of the famous model, although the ballet is exquisite enough to save her...for the moment
Isis - leaving this in "normal" because she's so well known
Ophelia - same as Isis
Loveday - only you could pull this off, beautiful. It would be an ADORABLE tie to Aphrodite, given the love goddess meaning. Just don't pair her with Amoret!
Middle Veto Points:
Berenice - Saint Bernards
Blodwen - does not pair well with sister's flowing liquid name
Clemency - I struggle to get past the pardoning criminals thing
Idony/Idunn - "I dunno"
Lisanor - Arthur's potential mistress? I shy away from this one...
Oenone - impossible to pronounce
Ursaly - so obscure as to appear made up. Ursa, Ursula, or Ursuline instead? Although I wouldn't recommend Ursula for a sister of Aphrodite.
This post is getting ridiculously long, so I'm going to work up combos in a separate one. Ciao for now!
Oooh so many wonderful names! I'll confuse myself by fiddling with all of them at the mo so I'll just mess around with my top two favourites to go with Aphrodite-
Zenobia Phoebe Endellion
Zenobia Loveday Ophelia
Zenobia Sybilla Charis
Zenobia Endellion Yvaine
Zenobia Ophelia Noor
Hespera Loveday Sibylla
Hespera Pandora Charis
Hespera Ophelia Yvaine
Hespera Ceridwen Iris
Hespera Daphne Celeste
Loving Endellion and Loveday ;) Loveday won't be so unusual if you ever move down here. I went to school with a couple. And do you like Endelyn at all? Cornish version of Endellion which I feel is equally magical :)
Amarantha - majestic, immortal...purple flowers and nightwish songs
Amarantha Charis Endellion
Amaranth Isis Arcadia
Amaranth Iris Aradia
Amarantha Vashti Lyra
Amoret - innocent, charming...candyfloss pink and french macaroons
Amoret Thalia Phoebe
Amoret Chloe Zephyrine
Amoret Villanelle Iris
Amoret Eos Celeste
Amoret Zephyrine Eos
Amoret Isis Ophelia
Belphoebe - fey, magical...fairies and moonlight, silver and midnight blue
Belphoebe Olwen Yvaine
Belphoebe Eira Tinuviel
Belphoebe Ophelia Noor
Belphoebe Isis Aradia
Belphoebe Zephyrine Celeste
Belphoebe Iris Sybilla
Belphoebe Nephele Sylvia
Belphoebe Arcadia Yvaine
Belphoebe Cyrene Olwen
Belphoebe Signe Ophelia
Callisto - carefree, frolicking...dolphins and tropical islands, brilliant turquoise
Callisto Loveday Alcyone
Callisto Eirene Iris or Callisto Eirene Azure
Callisto Daphne Zephyrine
Callisto Nephele Iris or Callisto Nephele Azure
Callisto Zephyrine Eos
Ceridwen - this one is difficult to picture because you see her as so wintry...but to me she's all cauldrons and wisdom, druidry and wicca
Ceridwen Isis Aradia or Ceridwen Isis Arcadia
Ceridwen Chione Lyra
Ceridwen Signe Celeste
Ceridwen Elbereth Yvaine or Ceridwen Olwen Yvaine
Ceridwen Sylvia Endellion
Ceridwen Lyra Hecate
Circe - mysterious, alluring...scrying bowls and chalices, tempestuous oceans, stormy shades of blue and grey
Circe Aradia Noor or Circe Ophelia Noor
Circe Ophelia Eos
Circe Endellion Sylvia
Circe Nephele Celeste
Circe Olwen Tinuviel or Circe Olwen Hecate
Circe Lyra Alcyone
Fiammetta - warm, vivacious...bonfires and dancing gypsies, curling hair and snapping black eyes, oranges and reds
Fiammetta Lyra Bastet
Fiammetta Loveday Isis
Fiammetta Eos Argante
Fiammetta Hecate Noor
Fiammetta Thalia Vashti
Fiammetta Chione Isis
Gwenllian - ethereal, elusive...misty woods, bare running feet and cornsilk hair, pale green and silvery gold
Gwenllian Daphne Arcadia or Gwenllian Eos Arcadia
Gwenllian Elbereth Yvaine
Gwenllian Cyrene Charis
Gwenllian Tinuviel Iris
Gwenllian Sylvia Noor
Gwenllian Zephyrine Eira
Gwenllian Nephele Celeste
Gwenllian Sylvia Chione
Gwenllian Signe Endellion
Liriope - effervescent, joyful...trilling flutes and dancing fawns, spring greens and shimmering pastels
Liriope Charis Nephele
Liriope Sylvia Loveday
Liriope Charis Tinuviel
Liriope Sylvia Chione
Liriope Zephyrine Eos
Liriope Thalia Daphne
Liriope Chloe Arcadia
Liriope Sybilla Daphne
Lyonesse - earthy, leonine...great cats and vast golden plains, tawny amber and gilded browns
Lyonesse Vashti Argant
Lyonesse Vashti Bastet
Lyonesse Villanelle Isis
Melusine - silky, knowing...mermaids and oceans, serpents and secrets, silvered deep greens and midnight blues
Melusine Eirene Charis
Melusine Nephele Isis
Melusine Eos Yvaine
Melusine Signe Ophelia or Melusine Willow Ophelia
Melusine Charis Tinuviel or Melusine Isis Tinuviel
Melusine Chloe Alcyone
Morgana - enigmatic, potent...dark hooded capes and fierce black eyes, magic and mystery, deep purple
Morgana Lyra Hecate
Morgana Zephyrine Isis
Morgana Phoebe Aradia
Morgana Sylvia Noor
Morgana Vashti Yvaine
Morgana Sybilla Phoebe
Morgana Vashti Bastet
Niniane - watery, mystical...rippling lakes and mirrored water still as glass, quiet greens and blues
still concerned about the ninny thing...Viviane or Nimue?
Niniane Iris Arcadia
Niniane Celeste Endellion
Niniane Sylvaine Alcyone
Nimue Sylvia Noor
Nimue Olwen Celeste
Nimue Isis Aradia
Nimue Eira Tinuviel
Oriana - regal, charismatic...red velvet and a profusion of gold
Oriana Lyra Bastet
Oriana Isis Argante
Oriana Vashti Bastet
Oriana Noor Argante
Selene - dreamy, mysterious...moonlight on water, silver and opal and pearl
A "normal" first gets two abnormal middles, right? ;)
Selene Olwen Tinuviel
Selene Elbereth Yvaine
Selene Aradia Noor
Selene Thalia Nephele
Selene Hecate Zephyrine
Titania - powerful, enchanting...faeries and gossamer white, wisteria and midsummer
Titania Chione Isis
Titania Signe Hecate
Titania Vashti Aradia
Titania Sylvia Noor
I'm dividing the list into names I love, like, are unusable or don't like too start, then doing 'normal' and not 'normal' midlles. A PP said the sibling's name is Aphrodite, love that!
Selene- love the goddess connection
Liriope- prefer Calliope
Belphoebe- prefer jut Phoebe
Niniane- cannot pronounce
Godiva- the chocolate
Boudicca- doesn't work with Aphrodite, great namesake
Florimell- like but Aphrodite and Florimell are not a great sibset IMO
Genoveva-love but would always be asked "Geneva? Or Genevieve?"
Lyonesse- I know the Arthurian history, but I think most people will just see a misspelling
Messalina- Goddess of beauty and a mess.
Polyhymnia- misspelling, like the Greek muse reference. Clio or Thalia?
Pandora- constant blame for all humanities trouble
Lyra- sad to see on mn only list
Chione- love this
Villanelle- sounds like villain
I really love Circe, Callisto, or Selene with Aphrodite, so those are the ones used in the combos. But would two -ee endings (Aphrodite and Circe be too much to say for introductions?
Circe Giselle Hypatia
Circe Morgana Nephele- too much sorceress?
Circe Hespera Yvaine
Circe Thalia Chione
Circe Oriana Melusine
Callisto Phoebe Blodwen
Callisto Daphne Fiammetta
Callisto Morgana Zephyrine
Callisto Daphne Hespera
Callisto Hespera Celeste
Selene Ophelia Amoret
Selene Thalia Eos
Selene Lisanor Nephele
Selene Phoebe Atalanta
Selene Arcadia Celeste
Mrs Anton; Eira is very pretty, but it's reserved for the middle slot. I do like Selene Eira though.
Flamingo; thank you, I do like Oriana too, and it's beautiful with Celeste!
sp; thanks, a bit plain for me, but lovely.
AliceVictorious; thanks! Those are some of my very favourites... I like both combos very much!
melissac; Delphine is gorgeous, and it's been on and off my list, but it's off for two reasons: 1) I know a girl by this name and 2) I loathe dolphins.
Clocktower; Thank you!! Melusine Charis Celeste is beautiful! The others too, but this one caught my eye immediately.
c@29; Thanks for those combos, I love Amoret Oriana Cissea (feels all pink and golden wrapped in ivy) and Messalina Iris Elbereth! Gorgeous.
emjae; thanks, yes, two middles might seem over the top, but it's tradition in bf's family, so... I do like Xenia Noor and Zenobia Alcyone a lot!
bonfire; Thanks, and I know, right? Three months on tuesday... this was definitely not planned. Your combos are great and inspirational! I guess I should've specified more about the "normal" names, Belphoebe for example who has Phoebe in it is fine with two weird middles. And Niniane too (Nina and Anne/Anna). I love Atalanta Zephyrine Loveday & Niniane Arcadia Eos very much! And the others are very inspirational, a great place to start! Thanks, sweetie!
Mischa; thank you so much. I love basically all of your combos, Belphoebe Iris Loveday, Oriana Isis Tinuviel, Tanaquil Eirene Noor... let's face it, they're all gorgeous!!!
Neptune; thanks for sorting out your favourites. I hope it will be great, too!
Sweet Sessha; Haha, yeah, enjoy yourself! After this one it'll be a loooong break I think. No imagery yet; I think I'm waiting for the gender revealing ultrasound for that this time! First of all; you rock my woolen socks off. Thanks so much for taking the time to go through the names like that, your veto points are spot on. My man did indeed nix Atalanta last time around, but I thought maybe this time...? I will always try to make him go for Atalanta. I'm perfectly happy to have it in the middle though. Tanaquil, a hedgehog pokemon! Oh my, maybe we should give the name to a pet instead. Maybe we'll get a house-hedgehog in the countryside even... too funny! I think people are pronouncing Idunn wrong. It's EEd-oon. I think it's beautiful... and it would honour my grandmother. Clemency, we don't have the DP in Europe, so it's not an association over here, and my boyfriend hates Ursula. And Ursa. He does however like Ursaly (medieval). Who knows why, he's bizarre. Thanks sweetiepie!!!
C&PUno; wohoo, yay, you like Zenobia and Hespera! I love Zenobia Endellion Yvaine, Xenobia Loveday Ophelia, Hespera Ophelia Yvaine & Hespera Daphne Celeste so much! All beautiful though! Thank you!!
Sessha! Again! With combos! Holy moly me oh my, your imagery's perfect for each and everyone! I honestly love them all, but I will pick my absolute favourite for each fn: Amaranth Iris Aradia, Amoret Isis Ophelia, Belphoebe Olwen Yvaine/Belphoebe Signe Ophelia, Callisto Loveday Alcyone, Ceridwen Elbereth Yvaine, Circe Ophelia Noor/Circe Olwen Tinuviel, Fiammetta Hecate Noor, Gwenllian Eos Arcadia, Liriope Sylvia Loveday, Lyonesse Villanelle Isis, Melusine Isis Tinuviel, Morgana Zephyrine Isis, Niniane Iris Arcadia/Niniane Sylvaine Alcyone, Nimue Eira Tinuviel, Oriana Isis Argante, Selene Olwen Tinuviel/Selene Elbereth Yvaine & Titania Sylvia Noor. About your concern regarding Niniane; I've asked people (people I know, not random ones) about the ninny thing, and no one uses that word. I don't think it's a thing over here, really! And Ceridwen; I see her very wisdomouos and wicca too; but in winter... and this will (as far as I can tell) be a winter baby. (If I'm 5 weeks along I'll be due mid february!)
tfzolghadr; thanks, I love those too!
I will do an edit later! Thanks so much, you lovely lovelies!
Oh, Merry, you posted while I replied! Thank you for arranging the names into neat little categories for me. I agree with a lot of what you say. The endings in Aphrodite and Circe doesn't bother me, the rest of the names are so different, sound wise and syllable wise.
I love Circe Oriana Melusine, Callisto Hespera Celeste and Selene Ophelia Amoret :) Thanks!
Whoa Sessh! I'll let you take the reins on this list, since you are super amazing at it. But, I do have an easy top 5. My favorites, complete with stars:
***Ceridwen- is February wintery enough for you? If so then you're already done... Close the thread. Hehe =]
**Olympia- oooh put me on the list of favoring this one, gorgeous, Olympus-y (should be a word)
*Zenobia- a really great late-comer to the list from last time, she's lovely and spunky and holds her own with Dita
*Oriana- well I can tell that the O names are going to be my fave's this time around, but Olympia is stronger imo
Gwenllian- very majestic and feminine, I think she can definitely make a combo to measure up with big sis's name
6. Hespera- still a beautiful choice, but perhaps not yet because she's so floral and garden-like
7. Titania- I haven't had enough time to fully consider this one yet, but first impression is that it's awesome
8. Eulalia- very pretty! But I worry if it'll end up being enough to stand up to Aphrodite
9. Fiammetta- probably not fitting for this little one, but I will not be the one to eliminate her as an option, haha
10. Melusine- I was trying to give you a top 10, but I think the top 5 is more accurate. Not sure if I love love these
Amoret (I'm adding her here)
Celeste (I might prefer Selene but haven't decided yet)
(Liriope/Niniane- adding these here cause of the endings but I love them)