Morgana - It's pretty, pairs well with your daughter's name and is obviously your top contender. Also, it doesn't lock you into a Greek mythology theme.
Calliope - I just think that this is really cute and underused. I also like Callisto and Calypso, which have a similar feel.
Isolde - Love this. I know there could be pronunciation issues but it's just so beautiful that I think it would be worth it.
Olympia - Very grand and would work just as well on a child as it would an adult.
Sybilla - I just like this paired with Aphrodite.
That actually isn't correct. Samson fell in love with Delilah first, then she was offered money to betray him. She was never a spy, just a chick who betrayed her boyfriend for some silver. It's still a great name (we had it on our list for awhile) but if you're wanting to avoid treacherous women, you'd probably want to steer clear of Delilah.
Originally Posted by ottilie
The only name I can think to suggest is Boudicca/Boadicea, since she was a pretty bad@ss lady.
Great choices! My top 5 would be:
I can't wait for your birth announcement- I love your name style so much.
My top ones with Aphrodite (favs are starred):
I really love Zenobia with Aphrodite but Olympia and Circe are two of my favorite names as well. I can't tell if Cleopatra is too much with Aphrodite. Bellicent is super gorgeous, too. I'm guessing you've already thought of and nixed Thisbe?
For me, it's between Zenobia and Olympia. They're both substantial enough but also pretty.
ETA: totally forgot about Morgana. I like it third behind Z and O.
Artemis - not overly fond, and I agree with others that already having Aphrodite kind of rules it out
Aradia - never heard it before, but very pretty
Bellicent - unfortunately it reminds me of Millicent which I hate
Bradamante - I like -amante, but I don't like Brad-
Calliope - love this, though I've only discovered recently its not pronounced cal-ee-oh-pee, but cal-ai-oh-pee. Did prefer the first one, but it's still great
Circe - seems too short compared to Aphrodite
Cleopatra - I don't particularly care one way or the other about Cleopatra, bit I do love Cleo
Delilah - and now the song's stuck in my head again...
Electra/Elettra - never been a fan
Guinevere/Ginevra - I really love both of these and am finding it impossible to choose between the two
Hecate - dislike the sound. Apologies for sounding disgusting, but to me it sounds like someone clearing their throat
Hypatia - quite like, bit don't love
Isis - I do love this, but it seems too short unfortunately which is a pity
Isolde - I think this is my favourite. Very pretty and I love the story of Tristan and Isolde
Nausicaa - nauseous?
Nefertiti - not a fan
Niniane - I can't get over 'ninny', sorry
Olympia - really love this too
Silmarien - not a fan
Sybilla - really like this too. I do prefer just Sybil myself, but I do think Sybilla is better with Aph.
Vashti - like, don't love
Zenobia - I still hear xenophobia every time
My favourite five, in no particular order, are;
Circe, although I think there may be quite a few people that mistakenly believe that you’ve named her after Cersei Lannister, a character in the Song of Ice & Fire series that’s currently being televised (aka 'Game of Thrones')
Honourable mention to Vashti.
You mentioned that you didn’t want any names of treacherous women, which makes me curious about the inclusion of Delilah and Guinevere in your list. Given that Delilah sold out Samson, and Guinevere committed adultery, do you not consider these namesakes treacherous to some extent?
Nausicaa (the movie was fabulous-- and you get to honor Miyazaki and the character!)
best of luck!
I love the title of this thread! Of those on your list, these are the ones I like best:
My top five might be:
Circe (she's short next to Aphrodite, but I think she has substance; and as I've said before, you've loved her so long, she really should be on your backup list. Circe feels very specific to me, too.)
Ginevra (I'm liking this lately, and I like the fact that this form distances you a little from King Arthur's Guinevere. Is she a little...normal?...next to Aphrodite, though?)
Isolde (Very pretty, very tragic, yet substantial too. I like the culture contrast between Aphrodite and Isolde, and the E-endings give them a suitably subtle link.)
Zenobia (This has never been one of my favorites from your lists; I just don't care for the sound, I think. But it seems to have staying power for you, and it does have the sparkle and the substance to stand up to Aphrodite. I also like the A and Z, though not sure where you'd go from there--B and Y? :))
Best wishes! I'll add suggestions if I think of any.
I like Isolde, Zorya, Sybilla, Olympia, and Calliope.
I really dislike: Nausicaa, Cleopatra, and Nefertiti (The last two are way, way too tied to historical figures--I don't think they would really suit a child well. Despite Nefertiti being awesome. If you must use them I'd put them in a middle spot)
This is only somewhat on topic, but I seem to recall that you removed Gwenllian because it's difficult to pronounce for Italians, correct?
If that's the case and you're on the fence about it, I should mention that I've taken Spanish immersion classes since I was little, and although my various Spanish teachers could never say the G with the W, I was fine with answering to [vague phlegm sound]-wen.
And this is all relevant because Spanish is close to Italian. Kinda. The point is that I don't think the pronunciation issue by itself is a good enough reason to ditch Gwenllian if you really like it. And I feel like Winnie would be even easier to pronounce.
Also, if you're on the fence about Pandora and need to be persuaded, I'm prepared to defend it. With catapults and boiling oil and everything.
And while I really like Proserpina and think it's woefully underused, part of me is hesitant about it because it doesn't feel as brave as your other choices.