Edited for privacy.
Edited for privacy.
Ooohhh.. I love Tinuviel. But I think I might love Luthien even more. I just wish I had a baby and enough courage to give it to her..
Atalanta - Not quite distinct enough from Aphrodite for my liking, but it is a big strong beauty so it makes my first cut.
Belphoebe - over Bellicent any day. I don’t think of it as soft. I think of it as bright green, sharp, sparkly, wild. One of your babas will surely have Belfée in her name somewhere.
Bradamante - Beautiful, sexy, strong. Love.
Ceridwen - The tenderness of the “wen” sound tempers the frosty bite of the “Cerid” part. Such an interesting name, strong and Welsh. I think there’s definitely a place for a Ceridwen in your baby-pantheon. It’s not like Olympia, which is so on-the-nose in its Greekness next to Aphro-D. I do wish Ceridwen had some intuitive nicknames...
Circe - I love the unexpectedness of Circe next to Aphrodite. Keep.
Cleopatra - I fricking love Cleopatra. Love love love with Aphrodite. Cleo might be a bit over the top in the Afro funk department when thrown in with Aphro-D, but that’s part of what makes it great.
Gwenllian - Beautiful. This name has such an.. earnest strength to it.
Hypatia - Fierce, smart, very cool.
Morgana - Yup, dark and velvety. Depends on the energy of the critter as you get to know her I think, but Morgana is a good one.
Pandeia/Pandia - Love the meaning. I don’t know much about the character but I like the sound, so she makes the cut. Although on second thought... If I were an eight year old boy I might call her “panda panties.”
Serafina - The Jennifer Garner Serafina effect hasn’t trickled into England? JG notwithstanding, I think it’s a great, fiery, beautiful name.
Xenia - Fabulous name, and fabulous paired with Aphrodite.
Zenobia - See Xenia.
Isolde - I’m mixed. I prefer Isolde in the middle.
Lyonesse - Because it’s so close to “lioness,” it reads a little Queen of Sheba for me, especially next to Aphrodite. It’s cool but I’d save it for a middle.
Nimue - Not as strong as Aphrodite. Niniane has more oomph imo, though Nimue is very sleek and pretty.
Sunniva - Middle name material imo. More of a sunwashed sweep of color than a nameish stamp the way Aphrodite is.
Tinuviel - I like Tinuviel, but the lack of obvious nicknames would deter me. Tinny? Tintin?
Befana - Because I’ve always celebrated Epiphany, naming someone Befana seems about the same as naming them Santaclaus to me. Somehow Melchior makes the cut, but I hear Befana and I think about my godfather bringing us presents dressed as an Italian witch.
Bellicent - Nixed for Belphoebe.
Hermione - Not for me. I like the name quite a bit, but it’s not in the same league as elaborately beautiful Aphrodite.
Jezebel - Whatever your take on Jezebel, choosing a name that’s inherently misunderstood sets up a bit of a chip-on-the-shoulder thing, where the kid may have to constantly defend her name.
Lysistrata - What a weird and interesting play and a great character, but I can’t at all see Lysistrata on a little girl. Also, I find the sounds of this name a little unpleasant.. I think of Listerine, Lysol, lysosomes...
Musidora - I think of mucous-clearing medicine.
Olympia - I loved this at first, but on second thought, I agree that she’s too much next to Aphrodite.
Ourania - Ouriana is not at all surprising to me in terms of its sounds... Might as well be Ariana or Maryanna.
Ok gotta run Otter, but I'll be back later tonight for the boys. XO
I'd like to add Elfrida and Alfhild/Alvhilde to my suggestions:)