Ceridwen! Ceridwen! Ceridwen! When naming Roo you said you were saving Ceridwen for a winter baby, well winter baby is on her way, so if baba's a girl she should definantly be Ceridwen!
Some Ceridwen combos
Ceridwen Circe Morgana
Ceridwen Circe Aradia
Ceridwen Giselle Cissea
Ceridwen Zepherine Celeste
Ceridwen Daphne Clenency
Ceridwen Elbereth Noor
I narrowed it down to my favorite five of your names. The other 4 are (in no perticular order);
Fiametta Morgana Circe (I really like Circe and Morgana togeather, can you tell?)
Fiametta Daphne Celeste
Fiametta Cissea Giselle
Fiametta Sybilla Eirene
Fiametta Vashti Eirene
Hespera combos (possibly my second favorite on your list, just not sure if I like it for Aphrodite's sister)
Hepera Giselle Celeste
Hesper Circe Nephele
Hespera Iris Noor
Hespera Chloe Cissea
Hepera Daphne Cyrene
Melusine (nn Lu?) combos
Melusine Daphne Eirene
Melusine Morgana Celeste
Melusine Blodwen Celeste
Melusine Elbereth Circe
Melusine Cissea Yvaine
Zenobia Alcyone Blodwen
Zenobia Circe Celeste
Zenobia Charis Celeste
Zenobia Daphne Eirene
Zenobia Chloe Cissea
Wow! Your choices are so adventurous, magical and beautiful! It's going to be quite difficult to pare down this list. I'll do what some pp's did: give a list of the firsts and middles that I like the most, and give veto points to some of the names.
Firsts I Love:
I do agree that you need to tread carefully; with a sister named for the goddess of love and beauty, you don't want a name that falls short! With Aphrodite as a sibling, my top five are (in no particular order): Oriana, Atalanta, Fiammetta, Gwenllian, and Melusine (though I heard a mention of Starbucks with this name - not sure what that's about)
Middles I'd Veto:
Blodwen (if I'm pronouncing this right, I really dislike the sound)
Idony/Idunn (same with this one)
Ursaly (prefer Ursula)
Villanelle (sounds like villain to me)
My favorites from your middle list are Alcyone, Eira, Phoebe, Iris, Thalia, Lyra, Ophelia, Arcadia and Eos, but I really like a lot of them!
I'll try my hand at some combos, but I'm not very good and I'm new to this!
Oriana Eos Nephele
Atalanta Lisanor Iris
Gwenllian Arcadia Eos
Roxana Clemency Eirene
Ceridwen Phoebe Selene (moving Selene)/ Ceridwen Ophelia Selene
Zenobia Belphoebe Celeste
Morgana Olwen Yvaine
Callisto Endellion Lyra
Genoveva Elbereth Eirene
Liriope Thalia Celeste
Sorry for writing you a novel! Hopefully some of that was helpful :)
Oowf! That's a long list! My favorites:
I like Aracadia, Celeste, Lyra, Noor as middle names.
Ah and once again the lovely British government has spoilt my whole naming life-this time with exams...and exams...and even more exams so I yes I of name-nerdiness have to miss out on all the fun. I haven't really been on nb eeeeek I miss it soooooo much.
2. Criticisms of your top 5:
Belpheobe-gorgeous and sea urchin on a tropical island feel. Doesn't make a that great sibset with Roo.
Ceridwen-Lovely. I think Welsh names will be great for you as they aren't greek godesses but they still have that magical quality.
Hespera-Purpley, pink, flowers. It does remind me of despair though.
Illyria-Hmmm...I thought this was Roo's middle name? Have I missed something?
Tinuviel-Reminds me of Cornwall with rocky cliffs, sea plants and castles. Also reminds me of an ear for some odd reason.
3. I think you should use Pearl as a middle name. If Roo2 is being born in February then this would be a great choice as in Finland february is the month of the Pearl.
4. Other names you should consider (firsts or middles):
Ophelia-I LOVE this with Aphrodite
Myfawny-As a middle
Iola-Short, Celtic but magical
Anenome-As a middle
5. Some random combos I made in my break:
Ceridwen Mimosa Fawn-So welsh fairy forest
Illyria Myfawny Pearl
Iola Ninane Pearl
I will think of more when I am sailing tonight.
6. Off your other list I like:
7. I think you should avoid -ee endings ( but that is just personal style as I dislike matchy endings)
First of all, Congrats!! Super happy for you!
Of course, I love your first list, i'm sure you'll find new names in the coming months, but this is a wonderful start!
This is my top five and reasons:
1. Belpheobe ... Loved loved loved since you first mentioned it on one of your past posts, so pretty and i think it fits in with what people consider 'normal' because of the Belle and Pheobe sounds, but still stands out.
2. Ceridwen ... Think this is perfect for your winter baby! so snowy and magical, plus goes with so many of my favourite choices for middles!
3. Circe ... pretty much the same reasons as i like Ceridwen, whimsical in a witchy kind of way. Reminds me of Game of Thrones, though they spell it Cersei. Much prefer the original spelling.
4. Liriope ... Never heard this before, but as soon as i saw it i loved it! Not conventionally pretty but so mystical, makes me think of someone who would be sorted into Slytherin at Hogwarts! In good way, myself being a Slytherin.
5. Melpomene ... Just rolls off the tongue so sweetly and satisfyingly, I could say this all day. Like a poem in itself. Magical!
Made up some random, not-really-thought-out combo's here for fun:
Belphoebe Isis Florimell
Belphoebe Endellion Chloe
Belphoebe Tinuviel Zenobia
Ceridwen Circe Melpomene < FAVE
Ceridwen Circe Winsome
Ceridwen Morgana Signe
Ceridwen Isis Tinuviel
Circe Galadriel Morgana
Circe Endellion Daphne
Circe Titania Winsome
Liriope Celeste Arcadia
Liriope Florimell Ariadne
Liriope Isis Epipole
Liriope Arcadia Signe
Melpomene Isis Arcadia
Melpomene Titania Eira
Melpomene Callisto Eira
Good luck Ottilie, and I look forward to another naming journey!!
Actually i'm pretty sure that the Dolphin is a common symbol of Aphrodite.
Awesome list Ottilie (of course)! Can't wait to see how this naming process develops. Congrats on the second little one!
My favorites from your FN list (that also work with Aphrodite) are:
Amarantha - I think this would work great, unless the two 'A' names is an issue for you. It has the same kind of cadence as Aph, but is a very different name. It also has a kind of underlying strength to it, the same way Aph does.
Callisto- I do prefer it with an 'a' at the end though.
Ceridwen- This would be a gorgeous choice with Aph, but it is another mythology one. But it's not Greek, so it feels less 'themey' than if you went in the Greek myth direction.
Circe- I know how much you love this name. And though I wouldn't personally suggest going in the direction of Greek mythological names so soon after Aph, if you really wanted a Greek myth name, this would be the one to go with I think.
Eulalia- This has a very different feel than Aph. It sounds a lot more princessy and flowery. Less strength than Aph. But it is a very distinct name in itself, and could work quite well. I'm actually a little surprised you like it so much, doesn't quite seem your style to me (and it doesn't quite seem to fit my style either, yet I also really like it).
Melusine- There's something about this name that just sounds like the right name to choose. I don't know why. I don't know anything about this name. But, to me, it just feels like it should be the name you choose.
Morgana- I like this name, and think it has some qualities that match up quite well with Aph. It's a very magical name.
Oriana- This is one of my favorite names. I think it'd be a great choice. It's got a quiet strength to it that allows it to stand up next to Aph well.
Xenia- It would be a bit Greek themey, but I just think this name is fantastic. I had a friend in college with this name, and always thought it was stellar.
On the fence about:
Amoret- It's nice, but not great with Aph. Also a bit too 'word' sounding to me (amor).
Fiammetta- This one is new to me, and I think it could really grow on me. If I let it sit a bit, it might move up to the above category.
Genoveva- I think I prefer the sound of Genevive (sp?), but this is nice too.
Lyonesse- Has an inner-strength which I really appreciate.
Tanaquil- I really want to live this name more, but I can only like it a moderate amount.
Don't like so much (Many of these I might have different opinions on if I knew more about them, but my first impression is not wonderful):
Atalanta- Sounds like a strange version of Atlanta.
Boudicca- sounds too much like bodacious
Godiva- Feels weird next to Aphrodite to me.
Messalina- Sounds/looks like Alina's mess.
Niniane- Maybe I'm pronouncing it wrong, but it almost sounds like it should be a dirty word.
Olympia- I like it, but not with Aphrodite. Way too Greek themey.
Pandora- Not with Aphrodite.
Roxana- Doesn't feel significant enough to stand next to Aph.
Selene- Same as above.
Titania- Wouldn't wanna start a name with 'tit'
Zenobia- Sounds like some sort of phobia.
And for MNs, my favorite non-normal options are:
And my favorite more-normal kind of options are:
Melusine Sylvia Eos
Melusine Giselle Vashti
Oriana Celeste Nur/Noor
Xenia Endellion Iris
Morgana Celeste Nephele
I have more suggestions.
In the book Decameron, there are seven girls and three boys who tell stories to readers. Their names were Lauretta, Elissa, Fiammetta, Philomena, Emilia, Pampinea and Neifile. I suggest all these names.
I also really like Leontine and I add this name on my list, along with Arcadia.
I suggest Margery, medieval version of Margaret, Maerwynn, Aleida, Rohese, Avice, Claremonde, Helisent, Mirielis, Freyja, Leda, Leta...
Congratulations on number 2... We had hoped to have 2 very close together but our little Bug is 9mnths and still no magic... Yet...
It will be a busy few years for you but I think two babies close together has more pros than cons. Roo will not be old enough to get jealous or possessive of a newbee, and together they will have a life time of fond memories. Anyways back to the business at hand. Names!
Melusine Godiva Noor
Melusine Lyra Celeste
Melusine Sylvia Amoret
Melusine Yvaine Lior
Melusine Ceridwen Noor
Morgana Selena Bastet
Morgana Iris Noor
Tanaquil Isis Selene
Tanaquil Yvaine Amore
I like Melusine best with Aphrodite.