Algernon - no. I like The Importance reference, but the sound is awkward to me.
Ambrose - like, but feels like it doesn't hold up to Aphrodite.
Attila - No. Love Eastern Europe, but don't love this name.
Auberon - Meh...references are cool but feel like it blends in with the -on, -in, -en names of today.
Bensiabel - eh, just Ben? The -bel ending might be too feminine, too?
Casimir - YES. LOVE.
Damon - Kinda boring, with or without the Matt pop reference.
Darius - YES. I feel like in the US, this is one of those names that the African-American community has retained for use but is rare otherwise...like Moses. But I don't think it's that common. After the Persian King, I do think of Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish. Not sure how common that would be. LOVE it, though.
Endymion - Like, but don't think it fits the H's requirement of being masculine enough.
Evander - All I can think of is Evander Holyfield. Sorry. Too close to Alexander for me, too. And somehow feels somehow too modern for you, even though I know it's an ancient name.
Gawain - Not with Aphrodite. Has a weak sound to me, actually. Don't love. Though, again, great reference.
Herne - Hernia. And on the too-masculine-with-no-romance side, definitely.
Leonidas - YES.
Leopold - YES. Oh dear, I can't decide with of these Leo names I like better. The Germanic side of me might go for Leopold. However, I do think of the nasty King Leopold of Belgium who kind of ruined the Congo, so the associations with Leonidas are better. But there are plenty of other Leopolds.
Lucius - eh. Not exciting enough somehow.
Melchior - How is this pronounced? I think I like it, but I'm confused.
Odin - Like the Norwegianness. I actually really want you to go for the Norwegian/Germanic/E. Europe side this time since Aphrodite is so Greek myth.
Orion - I have a BIL with this name and it's great, very usable but strong meaning/story. However...it is possible to be a popular name? Something about it seems TOO usable to me. It might be because it sounds so close to Ryan and Brian that it loses a little bit of magic because of the connection to those very common names. It is near 400 and climbing in the US.
Percival - Have never liked. Percival and Percy both sound a bit weak to me, somehow.
Perseus - But this I love.
Rainier - LOVE this, actually. Feels strong enough to match up to Aphrodite, and unexpected but still usable. Like that it has so much personal connection for you.
Romulus - Eh. Like it okay. If you like wolves so much, I like Wolfgang better. :)
Snowdon - Can't see this on a person. Makes me think of a cat named Snowy or Snowball.
Tiberius - YES. Unexpected but very usable.
Xerxes - I like. It feels a little silly alongside Aphrodite, though.
Middle names I love:
Hawthorn, Hector, Rufus, Vladimir, Wolfgang.
(Ha, didn't notice you had Wolfgang here til after I suggested it above. LOVE. Also Vladimir.)
For you and Roo I think these are best: Casimir, Leonidas/Leopold, Perseus, Rainier, Tiberius, Odin, Darius....or something else more Norwegian, E Euro, or Germanic. :)
Ottilie: Your list is amazing! I narrowed it down to five names, based on how they look and sound with Aphrodite.
Algernon, Casimir, Darius, Gawain, Orion, Perseus, Rainier, Tiberius, and Xerxes all rock.
Algeron- Hate the nn Al, that's the only thing not to love about this name.
Casimir- An interestingly unique choice that could really stand up to Aphrodite.
Darius- I love this name and the namesake... although it has the strength and spunk of Aphrodite, it is a bit more common.
Orion- I love this name and the celestial connection, but I've read different versions of his myth... one made it sound like Orion was not such a gentleman.
Gawain- Does it get more romantic than that? Although I feel like it's dashing, it doesn't feel as strong as Aphrodite.
Perseus- Perfect match for Aphrodite.
Rainier- Love this... perfect match of swoon-worthiness and strength...
Tiberius- Love, love, love! So perfect!
Xerxes- Although I love it, I've always viewed it as a bit overly macho. Also, I'd worry about pronunciation...
By the way, just saw Snowdon... unless everything calms down with Snowden (whistle blower), people might think you're naming your kid after him...
Algernon - Has the feel you're looking for. Also reminds me of the prince in 'The Ordinary Princess'
Ambrose - CUSTARD!
Attila - Too girlish
Auberon - I prefer it spelt Oberon but nice. I LOVE Titania for a girl as well.
Bensiabel - Looks complicated.
Casimir - Hmmm...
Damon - Sounds outdated
Darius - A name of kings! Persian kings! I really like it, and was quite surprised he brought it up.
Endymion - See above
Evander -YES YES YES!-Leafy and masculine and a perfect vowel start. I don't think he will get lost-you will make sure of that and if he has any of your genes then he will want to be different. Have you ever thought of Skandar?
Gawain - Nah
Herne - Nah. Bad.
Leonidas - OK
Leopold - Leopardy but masculine.
Lucius - Definitely light but so light it is smothered by Aphrodite.
Melchior - Nah but it has nice sounds.
Odin - Hmmmm...I do like it at first glance [this is my first little peek]
Orion - Prefer Odin.
Percival - Cute!
Perseus - LOVE LOVE LOVE-and nn Percy
Rainier -Playground teasing
Romulus - Nah
Snowdon -Middle name?
Tiberius - This sounds like a bone.
Xerxes - Prn issues.
This list is a mixture of LOVES and HATES. I think it is hard to find a name that isn't overshadowed by Roo's little treasure but not so aristocratic that he will be thought of as weird that you live in the city centre or something [I have no idea though so don't chop my head off] I can just imagine little Algernon Leonidas trying to hide a he is shy.
Evander is my winner!
I really love your 2nd list and wanted to share my thoughts before going back to thinking of Hugh Jackman in a fur lined velvet cape.
Attila - Not weird to me but a strong name. No cape though.
Auberon - I still love this! Auberon and Aphrodite, I just want to say it over and over
Casimir - It's just rocking - couldn't have said it better. Its really growing on me.
Darius - This one feels like the fur lining to me, love it but maybe not in first place.
Endymion - Stunning name, wonderful balance, loved the suggestion of Ender as a nn
Lucius - The name I would expect to be wrapped in fur and velvet
Orion - I knew an Orion in high school and have loved this since. Seems like a great choice for you
Rainier - Beautiful and just exotic enough. When you brought up Mt. Rainier, it took my breath away - A wonderful mind picture of what kind of man he could become. Is this to weird a thing to say?
Tiberius - Adore this! Takes so much of my personal loves into account. History, Archaeology, and Star Trek!
So I would have to say my favorites are:
Rainier: the picture feeling I had is still so strong I almost can touch him
Auberon - because I love it with Aphrodite
Orion/Lucius - can't decide between these 2; Orion seems to speak of you yet Lucius wears your husband's metaphysical cape so well.
I really love Evander and Leonides. I also love Ambrose and Casimir. In fact, Casimir might be my very favorite.
As for your husband's idea for the name: I keep thinking of Artegal. It's one of my GP favorites. (My husband would never let me use it.)
I like these names with Aphrodite from your list. If you're not concerned with same initials, I won't care either! :)
I like these middle names:
Altair, Antony, Bayard, Calidore, Emrys, Finvarra, Grenfell, Hawthorn, Hector, Lorengel, Lugh, Oliver, Ranulph, Rowan, Rufus, Rupert, Sebastian, Taliesin, Thor, Valemon and Winterson.
The only one I'd advise against is Bensiabel, purely for the popularity of the -bel/-belle/-bella names on girls at the moment. I don't know quite how you pronounce it but I know on first glance I read it as Ben-Isabel, before realising I'd got the s and the i the wrong way round, but if I did it so might other people, it's just something to consider. I'd also caution Attila for its similarity to Ottilie (if that's your real name and not just a screen name) but it might not bother you.
I really like Casimir, Leonidas, Tiberius, Evander and Algernon with Roo's name.
Whoa, four pages. I will do a group thanks for the ones who simply gave their favourites, as there's not really anything to say but thanks!
Mbrow22, Jfern, Boy&Girl, Shanade, Shieldsc, Pardalote, Northern Lights, Whisk me away, JTucker, Kyemsma, Mischa: Thank you all so much! I appreciate it.
Dina; Thanks, I’m loving the list too. So many good boy names. I love the ones you picked out, thanks for commenting on them :D!
Rkrd; Alexei was on the list at some time for last baby, Alexios is a bit too… something for my taste.
Alzora; Thanks! Casmir is definitely one of my favourites… Thurlow sounds very cool, I will have to look this one up!
Sparrow; yeah, we changed it. The thread is called The Roo Redo ;) Thanks for commenting on your favourites. I miss Sylvan too, but we might use it somewhere for a future baby.
Mrs Anton; Ulysses is cool, but that would mean scratching Circe off my girl list, and I can’t do that.
C&P m’dear; Thank you!!! I agree with so many of your bizarre thoughts. Especially Casimir, it kind of reminds me of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe… Edmund and the sleighride. Before it goes horribly wrong of course. I also adore how you see Romulus, Rainier, Lucius and Percival! And six sons? You’d better do some babysitting ;)
Reverie; thanks for all your comments! Casimir is rocking isn’t it? Your spot on about most of the names (Auberon, totally fairytale, total hunk made me happy!). Thanks so much :D
Augusta; Thank you! I’m so glad you love Ambrose and Auberon and Casimir and on and on and on. Wonderful and thoughtful comments. And you’re right about Snowdon. It is nixed.
Angel; Thanks, it’s spooky though. But good. You’ll get to make combos later, I promise. I’ll need your expertise… Love the ones you picked out and your reasons. Thanks so much, sweetie!
Averella; Casimir and Endymion are two of my absolute favourites…
Sansa; thanks for your comments and picking out your favourites. Very helpful!
Sarah; haha, yeah, we should just call him Hugh… Thanks for dividing the list, I love Lucius too. So sweet.
Celianne; Thank you for your comments (especially the Auberon one!). I’ve looked at pictures of mt. Rainier, and it’s on our destination list for the future… and thank you for picking out the ones you think are best.
Clocktower; thanks for picking out your favourites. Cormac really isn’t my style… too harsh and Irish.
Ruolan; I like Lysander, but it has been nixed because I dislike the Shakespeare character, and Aragorn is amazing. Big Tolkien fan here.
Vicoustrollop; I quite like Lucian, but Lucius is better. Samson, I like the sound, but not the man, and Rhys is too macho. Thank for picking out your favourites!
Victoria; Thanks or picking out your favs and commenting. I think you’re right about Xerxes, it might be too over the top. Well, I cried a little when he said no to Isidore, but maybe I can sneak it in as a middle? Hmmm… Uriah is pretty cool, but I only think of Uriah Heep. Orlando would’ve been on the top of my list, but an acquaintance who’s got identical taste in name as me used it a few months ago for her son. Othello is cool, but not the namesake I wish for my son. Odysseus I like, but it rules out Circe. Thanks, sweetie!
Amy Love; Categories! Stars! Awesome comments! Thanks so much for doing that, having you along with me on my naming journey makes me feel like I’m in safe hands. I love how you describe them and the obvious thought you’ve put into it. And of course you’re right about almost everything… But you don’t like mr. Malfoy? How can that be? Am I the only one? And yes, HUSBAND. Simple little ceremony, nothing fancy, he wore jeans. Thanks so so much sweetie!
Loisvs; Thanks for all the comments. I know Darius is kind of an African American name, but I think that makes me love it even more. I think you (and a few others) might be right that Orion is too usable, we need something rarer to match Dita. Yeah, I like Wolfgang, but only in the middle I think. Probably because I need the first name to have a rocking namesake...
tfzolghadr; thanks for your comments. I hate the nickname Al as well, it makes me sad. Thanks for bringing the whistle blower thing to my attention. I hadn’t thought about that.
Whirli; Thanks for your comments, very helpful!
Bonnie; thank you! For picking out your favs, and your comments are appreciated. I love how you talk about Lucius and Rainier… definitely two of my favourites…
Rachel; I looooove Artegal! I am a huge Faerie Queene fan, but my husband doesn’t think Aretgal is a suitable name. I am hoping I might convince him to use it as a middle (or Marinell, another favourite of mine)
Essjay; yeah, Bensiabel might be too out there. It’s ben-see-AH-bel. Attila might be too close to Ottilie, it’s my middle but plenty of my friends call me by it. Thanks for picking out your favourites!
Oh how lovely! Congratulations Mrs. Roo's Mommy!! =]
Thank you so much for the kind words, I am always happy to help! Listen ok, there have to be like, 3 maybeee 4 HP characters that I don't like or else the books would be far too overwhelming for me. I have a feeling that's also where my Percy aversion stems from. But the Lucius is great, it's just a shame that a Malfoy had to be the one to wear it and have that be my first exposure to the name, haha. But I'm quite sure I could get over it the second I saw a small (blonde??) boy version of Roo. ;)