I'm not sure if you're still looking suggestions, but what about "Nostromo".
I'm not sure if you're still looking suggestions, but what about "Nostromo".
Algernon - I love the Importance of Being Earnest reference. I'm actually hankering after a pair of rats called Ernest and Algernon.
Ambrose - Never been a fan and it reminds me of custard (Am-brooo-sia!).
Attila - Sorry, can't get past the Hun.
Auberon - Love this. I love A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Bensiabel - Not sure how it's pronounced, but I don't think I'd like it any way.
Casimir - Very handsome.
Damon - Not really a fan. Just seems a bit dull.
Darius - I really like this. King Darius was a good king.
Endymion - I find it quite dashing.
Evander - This is handsome too.
Gawain - As is this.
Herne - Has quite an ugly sound to me.
Leonidas - Very handsome, but...
Leopold - I much prefer this.
Lucius - It has evil vibes to me.
Melchior - One of the Wise Men. I like.
Odin - Quite like this.
Orion - And this too.
Percival - I adore Percival.
Perseus - And I like Perseus too, but see above.
Rainier - I think the 'rain-' bit makes it sound a bit grey and depressing.
Romulus - Awesome name.
Snowdon - I just think of Lord Snowdon.
Tiberius - Not really a fan, but I don't hate it.
Xerxes - I normally love X-names, but I'm not a fan of this one.
Been working on this off and on whenever I found a free moment. So much fun!
Algernon - Eh, I'm not a fan.
Ambrose - I don't like this name in the first spot for some reason, but I adore it in the middle.
Attila - Way too similar to Ottilie, and I'm not so sure about the Attila the Hun connection...
Auberon - Like some previous posters, I think the Oberon spelling feels more winter-y. Auberon seems more like an autumn name (probably because of the "Au" beginning). But either is lovely.
Bensiabel - Feels a bit too "fantasy" to work in the real world and doesn't feel "strictly masculine".
Casimir - One of my guilty pleasure names! I do have the Polish heritage to pull it off, but I just can't see myself with a Casimir. I can see it as a brother to Aphrodite, though!
Damon - Cool name, but it seems rather tame compared to Aphrodite. Might be better in the middle.
Darius - I prefer Darian, but as far as -us names go, he's one of the more tolerable ones.
Endymion - LOVE! He's definitely "dashing, romantic, yet strictly masculine" and matches perfectly with Aphrodite. My favorite for you.
Evander - Like better in the middle.
Gawain - I think Gawain sounds fine as a brother to Aphrodite, but you have better choices.
Herne - Not romantic at all, and I don't like the sound. My least favorite.
Leonidas and Leopold - Hmm, Leonidas is a better match with Aphrodite, but Leopold feels closer to the "dashing, romantic" feel your husband wants. (No surprise it's his favorite!)
Lucius - Again, not really a fan of -us names, but it's one of the better ones, and the meaning is great.
Melchior - Ooh, a Magi name! I adore them, obviously. We used Balthazar for Liam's middle name, Casper is in my Top 20, and Melchior has been growing on me a lot. Seems mismatched with Aphrodite, though. I think he'd work better in the middle.
Odin - The deity connection is fun, and I like the nod to your heritage, but I'm not a huge fan of the name itself.
Orion - Probably my second favorite for you after Endymion! It seems to have everything you want in a name.
Percival and Perseus - Percival doesn't seem to be getting much love, but I think he's wonderful, and much prefer him to Perseus.
Rainier - Great personal connections for you, but I like him better in the middle.
Romulus - Now this is an -us name I just plain don't like at all.
Snowdon - Huh, I surprisingly kinda like this, actually, but more as a middle. Snowdon and Aphrodite just seem like a weird pairing.
Tiberius - I can't decide if I like this or not...
Xerxes - Awesome! My third favorite on your list, but if you use Xerxes, you'd have to give up Circe for a girl, and if it's between Xerxes and Circe, I think I'd pick Circe.
Favorites for a first name: Endymion, Orion, Xerxes, Leonidas/Leopold, Casimir, Percival, Auberon/Oberon
Would move into middle contention: Ambrose, Damon, Evander, Melchior, Odin, Rainier, Snowdon
Neutral: Darius, Gawain, Lucius, Tiberius
Would scratch off the list: Algernon, Attila, Bensiabel, Herne, Perseus, Romulus
Algernon - Moustachioed and bespectacled. I like it a lot, though I don’t see it as particularly “swashbuckling.”
Ambrose - Lovely, deep. Amber and roses. Hey apparently Ambrose Bierce was one of thirteen siblings - Abigail, Amelia, Ann, Addison, Aurelius, Augustus, Almeda, Andrew, Albert, Ambrose, Arthur, Adelia, and Aurelia. I think he got the best name, though Aurelia and Aurelius are not too shabby.
Attila - Yes! I think Attila would be fabulous. Love how close it is to Ottilie, love Attila the Hun. I have a big old crush on Genghis Khan too though. Oh those ruthless conquerors with their brilliant strategic minds and excellent hand-eye coordination! Attila could be nicked Hun, Hunny, Hunny Bunny etc.
Auberon - Gorgeous. Definitely a “velvet cape” name.
Darius - Handsome, sleek, strong... I think of tall-masted ships for some reason, sextants, the sea at night. Darius Rainier...
Endymion - Yes. Must must be used for one of your babies.
Evander - I like it, and I think it’s strong enough to stay in the running. I hear what you’re saying about it getting lost amongst similar names though -Evan, Anders, etc.
Herne - I think Herne is incredibly romantic and beautiful. Dark, mossy. Love.
Leonidas - I prefer Leonidas to Leopold. It’s both fine and fierce.
Lucius - Candles in the snow. Luscious and lovable. Lucius has a roundness. Is it too.. gentlemanly next to Aphrodite?
Melchior - Beautiful name. So wintry. Have you ever read A Book of Memories, by Peter Nadas? The narrator’s sexy poet lover is named Melchior.
Odin - I kind of like the ODI link to Aphrodite. Crisp sounds, great namesake, nice way to honor your Norse roots. Big deity #2 though.
Orion - Wonderful name. Wasn’t this on your “safe” list though? Not as daring as Roo, for sure.
Perseus - Mm Perseus with his winged helmet.. Good to have a constellation with your name on it. I do like Perseus with Aphrodite, but it’s not my favorite.
Rainier - Perfection.
Tiberius - Would be divine with Aphrodite. Quite well-matched in strength.
Bensiabel - Very sweet, but not epic enough next to Aphrodite.
Casimir - Exotically beautiful. Roo and Caz are great together. But the meaning is so crummy: “destroyer of peace!”
Damon - Perhaps as a middle? I think it’s not wild enough as a first, beside Roo.
Gawain - I agree with you. Not quite right with Aphrodite.
Leopold - “Appalled”, “poled”... Loses to Leonidas. Of the Mozart family names, I prefer Wolfgang.
Percival - It just feels over-the-top knightly/chivalrous to me. Great story though, the Fisher King. I'm on the fence with Percival.
Romulus - Romulus vs Attila... Attila wins!
Snowdon - Before I think of Snowdonia, I think of Edward Snowden now, of the NSA leak.
Xerxes - Cartoonishly butch.
Wow, what a list! My top five favourites from your list are Leonidas (definitely Hugh Jackman in a fur-lined velvet cape imagery!), Orion, Rainier (love the family connection), Romulus and Tiberius. Not that you need any more suggestions, however I went with a wolf-inspired theme, as you love the animal and your partner Wolverine! All names are connected to wolves in some way.
My suggestions are -
Lykaon: Also in mythology, this is the name of an early king of Arkadia.
Marrok: In Arthurian legend, this is the name of a knight who was also a werewolf. In Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, "Death of Arthur," (1469-1470), there is a single line mentioning this knight; it reads as follows: "Sir Marrok the good knyghte that was betrayed with his wyf for she made hym seven yere a werewolf."
Sandalio or Sandalius
Zeeb - Hebrew name meaning "wolf," so called from its being tawny and yellow in colour. In the bible, this is the name of a Midianite prince.
Good luck in choosing the perfect name for your little one.
Yay I love when you are on a name search! Choices are so fun and refreshing. My favorites for you starting with my favorite and going down are
1. Rainier- love this one myself and even greater for the personal significance
2. Leonidas- I so love this name but husband would never accept :-/
3. Casimir- because I think it fits your description well (hello fur lined capped Hugh ;) hehe)
4. Auberon- just sounds masculine but also romantic and mysterious. Doesn't it mean Bear? Rugged!
I adore Casimir, Evander Melchior, Orion and Romulus! I think they all sound great with Aphrodite. Auberon and Leonidas are great too! But in my opinion, you should probably stay away from Attila, as naming a child after someone famous for raping, murdering, and pillaging their way across almost all of Eurasia could be a little odd.
Great list as always, Ottilie! These are the one I like from your list: Algernon, Evander, Leopold, Melchior, Odin, Orion and Percival. My favourites are the last three, actually. I do have a soft spot for Odin :) (Side note: saw a sibset of Odin and Isolde today, lovely!)
Suggestions: Alarik, Alistair (too common? I just love it!), Allvis, Amund, Andor, Astor, Elving, Emrik, Endill, Erenmund, Fridolf, Grim, Hilding, Inigo, Lindorm, Magne, Roald, Sigsten, Torgeir, Tormund, Trond, Tycho, Ulvrik, Vigmund, and Viking. Oh well. At least I had fun while looking for names:)
Aurara; Haha, I'm not sure the baby's taking requests! And thanks! I do say Lucius with three syllables, that's the best way. Thanks for all the comments on your favourites. The Romulus thing bothered me a little, but if I'd scratch every one who's killed someone off my list, I fear I'd have no names left!
Susan; I've not read Flowers for Algernon, but it does sound familiar. Is it the one about the IQ experiment?
Mrs. Anton; haha, Nostromo! Isn't that a Joseph Conrad novel?
Hannie; yeah, the custard throws me off a bit. I've never bought it though (never saw the point in buying custard, so easy to make!). But those tins are unappealing... Thanks for commenting!!!
Mama Muffin; The Magi! That's what they're called. Thanks for commenting, and putting them into neat categories for me! I hope you're enjoying lots of baby snuggles...
Emma; Genghis Khan, eh? Well, they must've been darn cool to make all that stuff happen... that's how I see it. I like Attila, glad it's on your yes list! Adore all your comments, especially Herne and Darius, and Melchior. I've not read A Book of Memories, but I will go out and get it. Sounds wonderful. Now over to the no's... don't you think destroyer of peace is fitting? I don't think my home will ever be peaceful after this baby ;)! Thanks so much, sweetie, you're a star!
Lex; you made me dig through my dvd collection to find A Midsummer Night's Dream. I must admit I find mr. Everett rather dashing (the whole cast is exceptionally beautiful in this movie!), and he does rock the part.
Mumma; hah, Wolverine! As much as I like super heroes, and X-Men in particular, this is too out there for me! I do like Lykaon, it's very cool. Will ask my other half what he thinks... Thanks so much!
Lindsey; Thank you! Fun and refreshing, those are lovely compliment. No, Auberon literally means King of the faeries. Or. elf ruler, but same deal ;).
Svea; Thanks! Odin and Isolde, whoa, that's amazing! I like that. Awesome suggestions! Alric is on our middle list, Alistair is a very close family member.... Grim is cool! And Vigmund, Lindorm (!) and Endill... and Inigo too. The rest are too close to my nephew's name or already belonging to family members. Thanks though!