I adore Lyra, Chloe, Phoebe, Sylvia, and Ophelia- they all make beautiful middle names, if not first, too! I LOVE Titania (very Shakespeare! Midsummer is an amazing play, and Titania makes a beautiful namesake). I also think Selene, Callisto, and Pandora are great! I like the name Circe a lot, but there will be a lot of association with the Game of Thrones character, though she uses a different spelling. Or for those who have read the Odyssey, it'll spark memories of the witch who turned Odysseus' men to pigs. I fear the same fate for Morgana, who was a sorceress...I have nothing against the names personally, I think they're beautiful, but I'm just afraid of the connections that people may make. Best of luck with your naming endeavors! If you need any more names, here are a few that I hope you might like:
Godiva <3 GP
Congratulations Ottilie! I have a half-sister who's just over a year younger than me and though we haven't seen much of each other, she's the sister (I'm the eldest of five girls, phew) I get along with the best and I definitely think it's because of the pseudo-twin-thing.
Fiammetta, Hespera, Hypatia, Melpomene, Morgana, Olympia and Zenobia are the names that I love the most.
Some attempts on combinations:
Fiammetta Lisanor Zephyrine
Fiammetta Tinúviel Ophelia
Hespera Ophelia Tinúviel
Hespera Olwen Alcyone
Hypatia Signe Genoveva
Hypatia Zephyrine Hecate
Melpomene Sybilla Atalanta
Melpomene Tinúviel Giselle
Morgana Euphrosyne Noor
Morgana Signe Arcadia
Olympia Cyrene Florimell
Olympia Circe Tinúviel
Zenobia Tinúviel Selene
Zenobia Melusine Atalanta
I adore Tinúviel, it's one of my absolutely favourite LOTR-names (up there with Alatáriel).
You hate dolphin's? dolphin's are beautiful.
Anyway congratulation's! I don't think it's too odd that your having another baby so early, i want mine to be quite close together, which will mean i will probably have them all before i hit 30! (that's 'the plan' and that won't be happening for another 4-5 years.) I actually think that your boyfriend probably has very good swimmers considering you weren't trying either time and you have never been pregnant before him.
I think Circe or Selene are nice. Also why don't you use Rosalind this time? perhaps it will work on this one. What about Odelia for a middle name as it's a variant of your name!
Ceridwen Thalia Villanelle
Lyonesse Arcadia Iris
Oriana Ophelia Isis
Niniane Olwen Phoebe
Titania Giselle Signe
Circe Yvaine Aradia
Gwenllian Hecate Iris
I tried to come up with combinations for my favorites - such lovely names to choose from! and Sweet Sessha, your descriptions are beautiful!
Amarantha - lovely and soft. Makes me think of golden fields of grain. Too soft next to Aphrodite?
Amoret - This would be too much of a love-fest with Aphrodite, imo. Maybe in the middle.
Atalanta - Fierce and ocean-spacious. Requires you to slow down a bit to say it though.
Bellicent - Makes me think of “bellicose.” Not my favorite.
Belphoebe - Bien sûr.
Boudicca - How patriotic, and bodacious. Definitely an aggressive name to my ears, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Callisto - I just associate this name with Zeus-rape... and the Ursa constellations too of course which almost makes up for it. I prefer Ursula or Orsa.
Ceridwen - Ooh you are going to have a winter babe aren’t you!
Circe - Circe and Aphrodite would make a delectable pair.
Eulalia - Only if she comes out yodeling.
Euphrosyne - The graces sort of play second fiddle to Aphrodite...
Fiammetta - Yes please.
Florimell - Did Chuck Jones ever do a Faerie Queene? When I hear this name for some reason I am picturing Daffy Duck in an Elizabethan ruff.
Genoveva - Can I interest you in Genovefa?
Godiva - Very in-your-face, but I think it’s fabulous, esp w/Aphrodite.
Gwenllian - Gwenllian melts my heart. So beautiful.
Hespera - I feel like you’d know if you had a Hespera once she was born. Such a particular, night-blooming cereus kind of name.
Hypatia - Neato. I like this. A bit hard-edged but handsome.
Liriope - Strikes me as an odd plant to exalt in a name, so grassy and sensible, but if it moves you...
Lyonesse - I like this as a middle. Somehow feels related to Aphrodite’s Illyria.
Melpomene - Such a beautiful, cheerful sound. I like this.
Melusine - Starbucks
Messalina - Save for a cat.
Morgana - Yes. Witchy as all get-out, but good.
Niniane - Yes, but would you feel compelled to carry on with 4-syllable, ee-ending names?
Olympia - This would be spot-on as a sis to Aphro-D.
Oriana - Not my favorite. Close to Ariana, which I associate with Long Island girls with lots of hairspray and frosted lipstick.
Pandora - I feel like Pandora really gets the fuzzy end of the lollypop next to Aphrodite.
Polyhymnia - Polly is such a fun nickname, but Polyhymnia sounds a bit technical to me, like a musical form.
Roxana - Roxana and Roo would be delicious.
Selene - Not enough oomph next to Aphrodite.
Tanaquil - I think first of the beautiful and tragic Tanaquil LeClerq, and then of some kind of imaginary sleep medicine.
Titania - When paired with Aphrodite, both become suddenly princessy.
Xenia - Yes yes love Xenia.
Zenobia - Absolutely.
I won't comment on all your middles (so many beauties!) Here are the ones I'd nix:
Argante - Elegant and Arthurian, but it is very close to “argent.” I think money before the color silver, but then I don’t really speak French.
Bastet - Bastard-ette?
Cissea - Can I interest you in Cassia or Keziah?
Elbereth - a very nice LOTR choice, but I prefer Tinuviel.
Lisanor - Of L-named Arthurian ladies, I prefer Luned and Laudine. Lisanor is so obscure, and nearly contains “snore.”
Oenone - Oenone you di‘int.
Ursaly - Ursula!!
Congrats, how exciting! I LOVE Belphoebe as a sister to Aphrodite. So perfect! Both are overflowing with beauty, neither outshines the other, both have sweet nicknames, they go so well together without being theme-y or too match-y at all. (I like Amoret a lot, but definitely not with Aphrodite. Way over the top romantic.)
I enjoy most of your other options too (except Polyhymnia and Tanaquil, the first sounds like a disorder of some sort, like polyhydramnios, and the latter sounds like a medication, either of which would be unfortunate next to the glorious Aphrodite), especially Hespera, Fiammetta, and Olympia. Love Amarantha, but not sure if it's too close to Aphrodite? Maybe not...it's so lovely, and not extremely similar...Zenobia isn't one I'm usually fond of, but I like it with Aphrodite. (Zipporah would be gorgeous, too, if it's not too biblical for you!) Belphoebe is definitely my favorite, though!
Belphoebe Sybilla Wren
Belphoebe Tinuviel Iris
Belphoebe Olwen Tinuviel
Belphoebe Olwen Tabitha
Belphoebe Ceridwen Iris
Belphoebe Sybilla Tinuviel
Belphoebe Rose Tinuviel
Amarantha Rose Tinuviel
Amarantha Sybilla Hecate
Olympia Hespera Noor
Olympia Circe Belphoebe
Fiammetta Tinuviel Noor
Fiammetta Tabitha Rose
Fiammetta Hecate Rose
Oh how exciting! As Roo's name is so impressive, her sister will certainly need a distinctive name in her own right. From your list of your first names, I think these best embody that distinctive and majestic quality that the name for baby girl #2 should have:
I think Genoveva, Hypatia, and Messalina are my favorites from this list, with Messalina and Titania in close pursuit.
I like these a lot, but they don't seem as spectacular when put next to Roo's name:
I didn't have a ton of time to come up with combos, but I set these forward to hopefully stimulate further creativity.
Amarantha Eos Berenice
Amarantha Eirene Melusine
Bellicent Oriana Eos
Bellicent Eira Melpomene
Callisto Sybilla Zephyrine
Callisto Lyra Berenice
Ceridwen Eulalia Phoebe
Ceridwen Oriana Charis
Eulalia Cyrene Bastet
Eulalia Daphne Melusine
Fiammetta Charis Amoret
Fiammetta Signe Lyonesse
Genoveva Idunn Arcadia
Genoveva Olwen Alcyone
Hespera Eos Amoret
Hespera Clemency Giselle
Hespera Godiva Celeste
Hypatia Belphoebe Lyonesse
Hypatia Endellion Yvaine
Messalina Daphne Florimell
Messalina Amoret Belphoebe
Messalina Phoebe Celeste
Roxana Isis Argante
Roxana Pandora Yvaine
Titania Selene Berenice
Titania Eirene Villanelle
Zenobia Iris Niniane
Zenobia Gwenllian Charis
I agree with Sessha - it's so cool to be naming another child of yours again so soon! Unfortunately, I don't think I'm much help on your naming threads because your names, while beautiful, aren't really my style. Also, I don't know much background on the mythological-type names. However, I'll make an attempt at dividing your list into "love" and "love not so much" categories:
Belphoebe (prefer Phoebe)
Love not so much:
Callisto (prefer Calypso)
Gwenllian (prefer Gwendolyn)
I haven't done middles because it's a lot more "anything goes". Besides, first focus should be on creating a short list of first names! Good luck and I'll be excitedly following your progress!
PS: You hate dolphins? How is that even possible? ;)
As an introductory salvo, I'd say that with a sister named Aphrodite, I would be very leery of #2 having any Greek name whatsoever, but particularly a mythological name. And, as you said, I would avoid names of major deities from other pantheons, too. Otherwise you risk a "boxed set" syndrome. Since you're hoping for a large family, many of these choices would be wonderful farther down the line when they can shine instead of looking like beads on a string.
Therefore from the first name shortlist I would whittle it down to:
I left Hypatia because Hypatia was a real person and such a kickass namesake I think it deserves to stay on the list. :)
Titania = large, titanic, etc; not so flattering
Messalina = just don't care for the opera, nor the namesake. She slept with half of Rome, conspired to kill her husband, and was executed. Hmm.
Boudicca = everyone will see/day "DICK-a"
Tanaquil = sounds like a sleep aid (Nyquil), despite being a good historical namesake. Do you like her other epithets like Cyrilla?
Melusine = still a monster, albeit one with a beautiful name. Aphrodite & Melusine? Conflicting imagery?