I'm sorry I never have a very intricate response, but I just wanted to say Zenobia is perfection with Aphrodite. I also love Morgana and Ceridwen for you, but Zenobia is numero uno in my opinion. :D
Winne is an adorable nickname, and with Roo... too cute. I also like the nickname Zen for Zenobia, and you call Aphrodite "Dita" right? Dita and Zen, adorable.
Thanks, Clocktower and tct!
Amy, your post made me laugh! 8 kids, ok. Good thing you've named them all for me so I don't have to! Good choices too. Yes, Winnie is cute isn't it? I'm hoping He will like it, and maybe help convince him to let me use it... but maybe I could use Winnie as a nn for Gwenllian as well? I know Gwen, and Lill are more intuitive though... The B-thing doesn't really bother me, but seeing people mention it makes me a little weary... hmm. Thanks, sweets!!!
RGE; thanks! yes, I love Zenobia with Aphrodite too. I do call her Dita, Roo, Ditaroo, Babaroo... and on and on. Zenobia has got so many nickname possibilities too; Zen, Zoe, Bee, Bia, Nobi.
Ceri (Kerry) would be what I'd nickname a Ceridwen :)
Originally Posted by ottilie
I think you could use Jezebel here but I don't think it goes that well with Aphrodite.
It doesn't pay to come late to the party; you have to do a lot of reading if you don't want to miss anything! There are some beautiful names here. I'll try to do what I did over on the boys' thread--pick a Top Five and some runners-up.
Belphoebe--A lovely name which pairs well with Aphrodite. When I first encountered it, it seemed a bit extraneous next to just Phoebe, but it's grown on me. If the A-B initials don't make you feel bound to a theme, I don't suppose the matching E-endings would either.
Ceridwen--this seems perfect since you were saving it for a winter daughter. Ceridwen nn Winnie would be so cute! I don't think the major-deity theme is very obvious, since Ceridwen is lesser-known than Aphrodite. I hope your husband comes on board...
Circe--this should definitely be a contender, you've loved her so long. There's the matching E-endings and the Greek theme, but their myths don't clash, and Circe's spunk holds up nicely to Aphrodite's powerful image in spite of the uneven lengths.
Hermione--Greek again, but holds her own beautifully with Aphrodite. Hermione Granger is a good association if you're a HP fan (I know you are!), but she has perhaps made people lose sight of Hermione's other associations. Hermione feels much more "popular" than Aphrodite because of her.
Tinuviel--I'm with augusta_lee; how can I not love this name? The story of Beren and Luthien is one of Tolkien's loveliest. Tinuviel is gorgeous in every way, though definitely a twilight name--no sunshine. Personally I'd use it as a middle, but I'd be thrilled to see you use it as a first.
Runners-up would be Atalanta, Gwenllian (how are you pronouncing this? I checked it on Forvo and it sounds something like gwen-shee-AHN. That Welsh double-L can be very tricky), Bradamante, Cleopatra (personally I don't like this one, though I do like Clio/Cleo, but I think it works for you), Isolde and Morgana.
I'm mildly surprised that you adore Jezebel but dislike Jael. Talk of strong women...! I know an elderly gentleman who named his daughter Jael Ann, admiring the grit and strength of this Bible lady. Sorry, I'm with the majority on Jezebel. She really was bad, but even if you disagree, the name has a lot of baggage (though maybe not as much anymore in Britain?)
I'm enjoying seeing Elbereth and Eowyn on your middles list, and Silmarien makes me think of The Silmarillion (a potential problem?) I also adore Loveday. A name I'd also love in the middle, which I see as similar to Loveday, is Fairlight.
Oh, and I meant to mention I'm sorry to see Polyhymnia is no longer on the lists! It seems she wasn't getting much love in the forums, so here's a bit from me. She's over-the-top, I know, but I love her anyway. Polyhymnia is so much fun to say--it falls all over itself, it's so eager, sunny and energetic. I like the association with Madeleine L'Engle's novels. And it comes with sweet, down-to-earth nn Polly built right in--or maybe Mia, if Polly's not your style. Seems it's off the table, and that's probably for the best :(, but I do love it too.
I love Cleopatra to go with big sisters name Aphrodite. Sunniva sounds nice too, but I do t know if it creates the same feel as Aphrodite.
Oooo I do like Aphrodite, Cleopatra and Zenobia!
Originally Posted by ottilie
Really, really late to the party but just wanted to chime in with my thoughts on your list :) Gorgeous names in general as always, Ottilie!
Atalanta- I've been really loving this since I (finally) finished reading Twelfth Night- the references to her are beautiful. I like the spunky, familiar-yet-different sound, feminine and elegant but no-nonsense and strong
Befana- sounds like an evil sorceress, not very kind
Bellicent- nice but not very girly, I like the Arthurian romance connection
Belphoebe- beautiful! like Atalanta, it's rare but the Phoebe part makes it much more approachable. medieval, magical and otherworldly
Bradamante- heavy but charming in an old-lady sort of way
Ceridwen- I know how much you love this... I wasn't a fan originally but seeing how much you love it has definitely changed my tune. wintry, nature-y and fairylike
Cleopatra- another name that would be hard to pull off and one of the few that are too far out there even for me, but given you have an Aphrodite I can't see that problem applying to you. strong, gorgeous, don't-mess-with-me name that can totally hold its own next to Aphrodite
Gwenllian- never heard of this, but sounds pretty and dreamlike. Nice reference with the Welsh princess
Hermione- it does have a cool sound, and goes well with Aphrodite, but I can't help thinking of Harry Potter even though I'm one of the few people I know who's never read it
Hypatia- great name, soft and approachable sound, wonderful story behind it
Isolde- I don't know the legend, but the name has a beautiful sound and medieval vibe
Jezebel- The woman in the Bible totally turns me off, sorry
Lyonesse- just sounds like "lioness" mispronounced to me
Lysistrata- it's a mouthful, but I actually love this name. modern-sounding and lyrical
Morgana- nice sound, and I like the idea of using an Arthurian name but I didn't really like her character
Musidora- a bit too whimsical and lighthearted for me, a bit flimsy
Nimue- pretty name, but not very feminine compared to Aphrodite, and I kind of want to see a longer name. I'd love to see it in the middle though
Olympia- maybe too themey with Aphrodite, but I do love it and it would actually be a cool theme (not cheesy or tacky at all)
Ourania- not a fan, sorry
Pandeia/Pandia- reminds me of a misspelling of panda, not a fan
Serafina- pretty and girly, but seems almost too normal for an Otter baby :p
Sunniva- not sure why but never liked this
Tinuviel- dreamy and fanciful, but also doesn't sound very feminine
Xenia- nice, but I could see definite pronunciation issues
Zenobia- pretty sound, I like the queen reference, and goes very well with Aphrodite
Ren; yes, Ceri! Dude, look how dumb I am... thanks, sweetie ;)! Yeah, I think Jezebel's usable here, but something feels off. Besides, she would rule out Belphoebe & Bellicent, and I can't have that! And MIL would probably tear her hair out.
Saracita; Yay! Winnie is adorable isn't it? I love Ceridwen so much, I am hoping he will come around. He just hates the rid part of it.
Aurora; Better late than never! Gwenllian is pronounced gwen-LHEE-an. The dude on forvo is way off. To pronounce Welsh double l's put your tongue behind your upper teeth and try to say LH. That should be about correct ;)! Thanks for your top five, lovely. I think we're taking Hermione off, at least as a first name. But I'm not quite sure yet. I actually have Circe and Tinuviel in one of my favourite combos together; Circe Ophelia/Olwen Tinuviel. Polyhymnia might be put back on actually, I have a feeling this little one could be a Polly. And I love the name, so gorgeous and fun! But we'll see... Thank you so much for all your comments!
Lex; yay! I think they sound nice together!
Bonfire; Thanks for all your comments! You don't like Morgana? Hmm... I love her. Isolde is the beautiful princess in the medieval romance Tristan & Isolde. Tristan was sent by his uncle to Ireland to carry the beautiful Isolde over the seas to him to be his queen. Instead she & Tristan fell in love and tragedy befell.
We (I) are doing an edit today, so will update later.