From the approved list I love Cassiane and Mariam/Maryam (although pronunciation might be a bit of an issue with both) From the yet to be discussed list I absolutely adore Everild and Averill. Everild Noor would be stunning! I also like Cosima and Sunniva. Theophane is interesting too, but I prefer the frillier Theophania. Good luck getting your husband to agree to the yet to be discussed list, you have some awesome names on there!
Um....too too funny and oh so real. I like it that he has strong opinions, that they're very down-to-earth and non-name-nerdy but also that he's kinda right! I mean, I love, You're a girl, would you want to be named Irene? He's got a point!!!
I know Days of Lives so this made me smile. I also can now pronounce Kyriake. I couldn't imagine how to pronounce Cassainne (Sorry I am not looking at the name right; not sure of spelling) and I would never have thought to pronounce it the way you do.
Originally Posted by niteowl13
I am Greek and while the names are beautiful it is very hard growing up with a name no one can pronounce.
Panagia - I had to think over this one as it did not click it was Panayia (Yee-ah). It is not something one in my culture would name their child, usually a variant - such as Panayiota/Panayioda, Maria, etc
Photini - my cousins have the last name Fotinos. I cannot imagine naming a child after a light. (Blunt way to put it)
Thalassa - the same. It mean ocean/sea. Weird name.
Kyriaki - I know many kyriako's (go by Jack in Australia) and the Kyriaki's I know go by nick names (Kyra, Kyri)
Cassiane and Chrysanthe are lovely. The silent E would trump many people.
Do not like Aquilla or Noor.
I too will be naming my child with a name under the Eastern Orthodox Church (I am Greek Orthodox Christian) and like looking on your threads for new ideas :)
I think personally, and from experience, you need to pick a name that can be pronounced easily. Cosima is my top pick from your list at the moment.
Antoine and Mariam as a sibling set gives me goosebumps, as does Antoine and Verity.
I also like Maris, because it reminds me of Merris, which is my new girl name crush.
Cassiane is gorgeous, as is your pronunciation. I am not a huge fan of Cassie as a nn, though. Avoiding a nn is always possible, but may take effort. And that's assuming you do not like Cassie, which you may not have an issue with..?
I love Chysanthe so very much.
Too bad Cosima was vetoed, however, cosmic manure made me truly laugh out loud. Definitely, "no way" to Cosima Noor!
Aquila is a cheap brand of wine in Australia and NZ that's a little bit infamous for being what college girls drink to get drunk. For that reason, I would avoid the name.
Cosima and Verity are my picks with Antoine.
I love all of your names, of course :) Excellent choices!
Adding to what Liana said, one thing leaped out at me: Panagia is the actual honorific given to the Virgin Mary, not the female name honoring the Virgin Mary (which would be Panagiota). Naming your daughter "Panagia" would be akin to naming your daughter "Virgin Mary" or "God". Please don't!
I love Chrysanthe! What do you think about Marianthe? Are you open to other -anthe names? It's one of my favorite Greek name roots.
I saw Pelagia somewhere - totally gorgeous! It's actually my alternate middle for my daughter. From a Greek speaking perspective, I like Pelagia better than Thalassa - to me, Pelagia is a name and Thalassa is a noun.
Anastasia is one of my favorite names ever, but maybe too matchy with Antoine?
Can I suggest Arete?
Can't wait to see what you come up with!
I agree a hundred times about the Thalassa/Pelagia debate. I don't like Thalassa much but was really gobsmacked he suggested it (there *were* people named Thalassa, even though it's an everyday word). And I suggested Panagiota but he said no, Panagia. So I'm glad he's wrong. :) And Photini is a little too cutesy for me.
@milasmama too bad about Aquila being a cheap wine. It hasn't hit these shores, luckily.
Cassiane is getting a lot of love, which is exciting.
This may be just a personal preference, but I'd immediately eliminate any name that has a strong "An-" sound. For me it's just too matchy with Antoine. So I'd nix Chrysanthe, Panagia, and Anastasia right off the bat even though I think Anastasia is a pretty name... the other two are too out-there for me personally. Sunniva, oh gosh. I know it's pronounced Soon-ee-va or something similar (I'm terrible at writing things out phonetically), but when I look at it all I can think of is "son of a gun/son of a b___". I think most non-name-nerds would think the same.
I really love Mariam, Noor, Verity, Cosima, and Meriel. Actually, I think Antoine Raphael and Mariam Noor would be a swoon-worthy sibset. Or Cosima Noor! Gorgeous :)
The rest are NMS, but I don't think there's any glaring reason NOT to use them if you love them! Good luck convincing the hubby!