Favorites from the old list: Morgana, Circe, Cleopatra, Guinevere, Isolde, Olympia, Zenobia
Favorites from the new list: Artemisia (Morgana and Artemisia are pretty much tied for my favorites; adore it so much!), Callisto, Cassandra, Isabella (yeah, definitely a difference in popularity with Aphrodite, but I think their four-syllable length ties them together enough so that it isn't too strange), Nehalennia (although I prefer it spelled Nehelenia, which would make Helen a nice nickname), Pandora, Rhiannon, Titania, and Veronika.
These are my favourites from your list.
Guinevere is No 1 as it has charisma in bucket loads
Melusine has a sweet, lovely flow
Cassandra one of my faves ever
Ostara name for a Spring time baby
Gwenillian has a trill to it as if you were singing, v. pretty
Guinevere (Both love, but uncertain if we can use this and Morgana)
Gwenllian (One of us loves this more than the other)
Isis (We can't have an Isis and a Cleo, nor an Isis and an Isolde)
Isolde (can't have Isis and Isolde, we're in disagreement)
Pandora (If I can convince Him)
This is a long and lovely list of names that may please you.
People of Legends/History/Myths
Alala: greek: The sister of Ares
Alcina: greek: A sorceress who ruled over a magickal island. When she tired of her lovers, she turned them into animals, trees, or stones
Alena: russian: A form of Helen
Aleris: greek: Ancient name
Amara: abyssian: Legend="paradise"
Anastasia/Stacia: greek: One who will rise again
Andromeda: greek: Beautiful maiden rescued by Perseus
Anicula: latin: Crone
Anteia: greek: Wife of sea-god Proteus
Aurnia: celtic: Historic name
Batya: hebrew: Daughter of God
Bilquees (bill-kwees): muslim: Queen of Sheba
Cassandra: greek: Prophetess to whom no one listened
Castalia: greek: Wife of King Delphus
Daphne: greek: Daughter of the River god Peneus
Delia: latin: An inhabitant of Delow, birth place of Artemis and Apollo
Elissa: greek: Queen of Carthage
Erinna: latin: Lesbian poetess
Fabula: latin: Myth
Ganymedes (gahn-nah-mee-dees or gah-nah-meeds): latin: Jupiter's beautiful cupbearer
Gratidia: greek: Cicero's Grandmother
Harmonia: roman: Daughter of Mars and Venus; Harmony
Helen: greek: In the Trojan War, this woman was fought over for her remarkable beauty.
Hero: greek: Priestess of Aphrodite in Sestos; beloved by Leander of Abydos
Inga: swedish: Hero's daughter
Ingrid: teutonic: Hero's daughter
Kahina: african: Berber leader, prophetess and warrior princess. Died in Tunisia A.D. 703
Kala: arabian: Fortress, castle; also listed as a Buddhist saint's name if pronounced 'cha-lah'
Khadijah (Kah-dee-jah): muslim: Mohammed's first wife, means "born prematurely"
Larissa: greek: Mythical woman
Latonia: latin: Mother of Apollo and Diana
Layla: swahili: Famous beauty in Leyla and Majnun
Leda: greek: Mythology, a Spartan Queen, Mother of Helen of Troy
Lilith: hebrew: Spirit of the night; First woman created by god, whom spurned Adam because she didn't like him dominating her, said to have become a demon.
Macaria (mah-kay-ree-uh): greek: Daughter of Hercules and Deianara
Maia: greek: Mythology; Daughter of Atlas; Mother of Hermes
Megara: greek: Wife of Hercules
Nila/Nyla: egyptian: An ancient Egyptian princess; the river Nile; Egyptian
Penthesilea (pehn-theh-sil-ee-ah): greek: Queen of the Amazons
Phaon/Phaonis: latin: Beautiful Lesbian youth beloved by Sappho
Rhea: greek: Daughter of Heaven and Earth
Sanjna: indian: Wife of the Sun
Sappho: latin: Lyric poetess of Mytilene
Shirin: persian: Sweet, a legendary beauty
Shanley: gaelic: Child of the old hero
Siv (seev): norwegian: Kinship, wife of Thor
Sunita: indian: A daughter of Dharma
Timandra: greek: Daughter of hero Tyndareus
Zenaide (zah-nay- ed): greek: Daughter of Zeus
Zenobia: greek: Given life by Zeus
Zita (zee-tah): latin: Patron of housewives and servants
Furia: latin: Hell-hound
Harpy/Harpyiae: greek: Half woman and half bird
Hydra: greek: Seven-headed serpent, killed by Hercules
Jini: kiswahili: A genie
Scylla: latin: A sea-monster with the upper body of a woman and lower half serpent; daughter of Phorcus
Agnola: italian: Angel
Anela: hawaiian: Angel
Angela: greek: Heavenly messenger; angel
Angelica: latin: Angelic
Angeni (ahn-gay-nee): native american: Spirit angel
Ariel/Ariella: hebrew: Lioness of God; air or water spirit (angel); ethereal; Angel of animals
Arella: hebrew: Angel, messenger
Aymelek: turkish: Moon angel
Dabria: latin: Name of an angel
Dara: persian: Angel of rains and rivers
Esme: welsh: Gracious protector
Gabi: hebrew: Pet form of Gabriella, name of an angel
Gotzone (goh-tsoh-nee): basque: Angel, messenger
Hadiya (hay-dee-yah): arabic: Guide to righteousness; gift
Kamali: rhodesian: Spirit Protector
Malaika (mah-lah-ee-kah): kiswahili: Angel
Melek/Melik: turkish: Angel
Meredith: old welsh: Guardian from the sea
Muriel: latin: Angel of June
Neria: hebrew: Lamp of god, angel
Nitika: ?: Angel of precious stones
Olinda: old german: Protector of property
Oriel: old french: Golden, Angel of Destiny
Ramona: teutonic: Wise protectoress
Sarafinah: hebrew: Ardent, like the angel who protects God's throne in Christian Mythology
Sarea (sair-ee-uh): latin?: name of an angel
Serafina/Seraphina: spanish-latin: Seraph, angel
Talia (tah-lee-uh): hebrew: Heaven's dew, name of angel
Terentia (ta-ren-shah): greek: Guardian
Vesta: latin: Guardian of the sacred fire
Druidae: latin: Druids
Dymphna: gaelic: Suitable one, virgin saint
Haimi (hah-ee-mee): hawaiian: The seeker
Helenus: greek: Soothsayer
Kachina (kah-chee-nah): native american: Sacred dancer
Kaimi/Haimi: polynesian/hawaiian: The seeker
Kaula: polynesian: Prophet
Keara (keer-uh): irish: From a saint's name
Meda: native american: Priestess; Prophet
Miko: japanese: Priestess or literally translates "beautiful child"
Nahimana: native american: Mystic
Noita (Noi-tah): finnish: Witch
Peneope: greek: The weaver
Pythia (pith-ee-uh): greek: Prophet
Rahibe (rah-hee-bee): turkish: Nun
Ramla: swahili: Fortune-teller or prophet
Rhiamon: welsh: Witch
Saga: latin: Witch
Satinka (sah-teen-kah): native american: Magic dancer
Shannon: irish: Little wise one
Sibley/Sibyl: greek: Prophetess
Sybil: latin: Prophetess
Talib: arabian: Seeker
Talibah: muslim: Seeker of knowledge
Veleda: german: A virgin and prophetess
Alecto: latin: A Fury, one of three Fates
Atropos: greek: One of the three Fates, the one who cuts life.
Clotho: greek: One of the three Fates, the one who weaves life.
Eryn: latin: A Fury
Kismet: english: Fate
Lachesis: latin: One of the three Fates, the one who measures life.
Megaera: greek: A Fury
Nona: greek: latin: One of the three Fates
Parca: greek: "One of the Fates"
Tisiphone: latin: A fury
Aglaia: greek: One of three Graces epitomizing brilliance
Clio: greek: Muse of History
Erato: latin: The Muse of lyric amatory poetry
Euterpes (yoo-terp-ees): latin: Muse of lyric poetry
Melpomene(s): greek: The Muse of tragic poetry
Polythymnia (pah-lee-theem-nee-ah): latin: Muse of the pantomimes; also of lyric poetry
Serendipity: latin: Muse of Inspiration
Terpsichore (ter-see-chor-eh): latin: The Muse of dancing
Thalia: latin: The Muse of Comedy; blossoming
Urania (yoo-ray-nee-ah): greek/latin: Heavenly; Muse of Astronomy and Astrology
Aasiyah (ah-see-yah): muslim: Queen with a powerful dynasty
Alysa/Alyssa: greek: Princess; logical
Ameerah: arabic: Princess
Amira: muslim: Princess, ruler
Aricia: greek: Princess of the royal blood of Athens
Daria: persian: Queenly
Dionne (digh-oh-nee): greek: Divine queen
Fallon: irish: Grandchild of the ruler
Farica: teutonic: Peaceful ruler
Henka: teutonic: Ruler of an estate
Hime: japanese: Princess
Kisaki: japanese: Empress
-kouhi: japanese: Queen; it's placed after name.
Malha: hewbrew: Queen
Malka: hebrew: Queen
Marina: latin: Princess of the sea
Morag: gaelic: Princess
Niamh: gaelic: Irish mythical princess of the land of promise
Noelani: hawaiian: A princess, means "Beautiful one from heaven"
Nusta: inca: Princess
Ra'eesah (rah-ee-sah): muslim: Leader, princess, noble, a wealthy lady
Rane (rah-neh): latin: Pure, queen
Rani: hindu: A queen
Rashiqa/Rashieka: arabian: Descended from Royalty
Regina: latin: Queen
Riane/Ryanne: gaelic: Little king
Riona: celtic: Queenly
Sari (shah-ree): hebrew: Princess
Sharon: hebrew: Princess
Shazadi: persian: Princess
Syeira (sigh-ehr-ah): gypsy: Princess
Sydelle (sigh- del): hebrew: Princess
Akela: hawaiian: Noble
Alita: spanish: Noble
Alix: teutonic: Noble
Alison/Allison/Alisson: old german: Noble; Kind; Little truthful one
Catilina: roman: Noble, or the name of a noble Roman
Della: teutonic: Of nobility
Ducissa: latin: Duchess
Edlyn: old english: Noble woman
Freya: norwegian: Noble woman
Majidah: muslim: Powerful, noble
Nabila: egyptian: Noble
Nola: celtic: Noble
Palla: inca: Noble Lady
Patricia: latin: Of nobility
Samia: muslim: Noble,lofty
Saree: arabic: Most noble
Tessa: italian: Countess
Ariadne/Ariana/Arianna/Ariane: greek: Very holy one
Airlia/Airlea: greek: Ethereal
Aisling/Aislinn/Ashling: gaelic: Vision, dream
Alima: arabic: Wise
Althea: greek: Healing
Ani: nigerian: A spirit
Asiza: african: Forest spirit
Disa: norwegian: Active spirit
Enid: gaelic: The spirit or soul
Felcia (fehl-shuh): polish: Lucky
Geneviene: celtic: Magick sighs
Artemisia (I'm so glad you've put her on your list)
Tinuviel (kinda cutesy, but with a great literate history to back her up)
Undomiel (I have only ever considered this as a middle, but I also secretly love it as a first name)
If it's between Cleopatra and Zenobia *sobs*, then my vote would go to Zenobia. Both were wonderful, strong ladies and I love them both dearly, I do think that the female conqueror throughout history was Zenobia of Palmyra, and to me, that makes her superior to all of the other great ancient Queens (including Cleopatra, Artemisia etc.). I still really love Cleopatra though, she was a very wise woman who perfectly knew that it was too unrealistic for Egypt to defeat Rome, and therefore she worked within Rome's power structure and thereby giving advance to herself, her family and her people. I also think that Cleopatra is picture perfect with Aphrodite (just sat for a while and gushed over the beauty of the paring of Aphrodite and Cleopatra).
Dagmar (the birth name of Maria Feodorovna, the very beloved mother of Tsar Nicholas II, who, contrary to her son and daughter-in-law, was very popular among the Russian people)
Ellisif (IIRC, Norway has actually had a Queen consort named Ellisif, I don't know anything about her history though)
Jord (or Jörð/Fjorgyn/Hlodyn; the personification of Earth and the mother of Thor in the Norse Mythology)
Josephine (or Josefina/Josefine to make it more Scandinavian (or Swedish, whatever); after Josephine of Leuchtenberg, wife of Oscar I of Sweden, who I like to refer to as the Scandinavian Catherine of Aragon. She basically could have led the country more successfully than her husband, if she had been given the opportunity)
Katla (I know Katla is a volcano in Iceland and the dragon in Nangijala, but it's such a lovely name)
Wu Zetian (the only female in Chinese history who has ruled as an emperor - and her rule was successful)
My favorites are Isis, Isolde, and Morgana.
My daughter's name is Phaedra, in Greek mythology she is the daughter of King Minos and her sister (in myth) is Ariadne.
The other names that came to mind are the literary characters Trilby and Fiametta. As well as Solveig (SOLE-vay)
I'm correcting pronunciations in Rollos post.
Zenaide -- zen-AY-dee
Tarentia -- tah-REN-tee-ah
Terpsichore -- TERP-see-COR-ee
And just from my bit of Cherokee my grandmother taught me:
Angeni -- awn-jeh-nee
Kachina -- kah-tshee-nah -- CH is pronounced like TS in Cherokee.
I might be wrong on the Native American names because Cherokee and other native languages are hard to translate right.
As a rule, the vowels are like this:
a, as a in father, or short as a in rival
e, as a in hate, or short as e in met
i, as i in police, or short as i in pit
o, as o in note, approaching aw as in law
u, as oo in fool, or short as u in pull
v, as u in but, nasalized
ai, as the i in ice
The Cherokee language uses the following English consonants: d g h k l m n q s t w.
The following English consonants do not exist in the Cherokee language: b f p r t v x z.
So like Nektosha would be nek-doe-sha, Misun is me-soon, Meli (the Cherokee version of Mary) is may-lee, Atian is ah-tee-ahn etc
I could do a whole big post on Cherokee and other Native languages. The other half of me is Cherokee. ^_^ So I'll stop >.<
Alright, let me try to help you cut down your current list and then I'll make some suggestions to confuse you even further :D
This vs. That:
Boadicea vs. Bradamante: I say this round goes to Boadicea. I prefer her to Boudicca and Bradamante is still totally masculine to me (though I know you love her). Perhaps you can use Bradamante as a middle? She goes very well with many of your names, in my opinion.
Cleopatra vs. Isis: I still say Cleo. While I've come around to Isis and agree she's a short name that packs a punch, Cleo is so dramatic and wonderful that I can't resist!
Cleopatra vs. Zenobia: Ooh, tough one. A&Z would be super cute - DitaRoo and ZennaBee! However, I still love Cleo so much. I feel like she has a slight edge over Zenobia for me.
Isis vs. Isolde: Isolde. Isolde all the way. Doesn't matter though, I've already vetoed Isis in the Cleopatra pairing (I feel like I'm watching a boxing match right now).
Nimue vs. Niniane: I'm still championing (did I just make up a verb?) Nimue. Love the ethereal, flowing sound.
Guinevere vs. Gwenllian: I think you can probably use Guinevere & Morgana; while it's not an ideal sibling pair, I don't think it's terrible. And the fact that you say you both love it is encouraging! Of the G's, I do think I prefer Guinevere.
Veto with Morgana as a sister:
Yavanna: I don't think that they're exactly alike, but I do think they're a little too similar to be sisters. Say it aloud: Aphrodite, Morgana and Yavanna. I feel like Dita might be the odd one out.
Bellicent: I did a quick bit of internet research on her, and I agree with Husband that you should veto if you prefer Morgana. Also, I'm sorry but I still see a smoosh of Belle & Millicent. Sorry sorry!
Veto for other reasons:
Circe: I agree that she works better in the middle.
Tinuviel: Well, I think that's a weird thing to worry about, because how on earth can a name be too cute? Haha, but in all honesty I don't love this one as much as some of your others. I think Aphrodite and Tinuviel *might* be a bit mismatched.
Names still on my list for you:
Olympia: Why save her for a future child when you can use her for this one? :D I love Olympia! I think she's perfect with Aphrodite. Though I do see that it might lock you into a bit of a Greek theme.
Boadicea: While this is not my favorite, it's quite pretty and has lots of cute nickname options.
Cleopatra: Love love love! Perfect with Aphrodite and perfect nickname of Cleo!
Isolde: I absolutely adore this one too. Your pronunciation of it is the most beautiful IMO and I just think it's wonderful.
Nimue: Love the namesake and love the sound.
Guinevere: Stately, regal, and beautiful.
My top five (in no particular order) of your old faves: Morgana, Olympia, Isolde, Cleopatra, Guinevere
Now for opinions on your new additions. I'm just going to be very straightforward with you:
Angharad: I'm sorry but it sounds harsh to me. I also don't like the idea of having two A first initials (as well as yours, correct? Is Husband an A as well?) However, I love the meaning (most love if I'm not mistake). Perhaps as a middle.
Artemisia: Again with the A thing, as well as the Artemis-Aphrodite connection. I'd nix this one, though I think it's a gorgeous name.
Atalanta: I feel like it'll be misread as Atlanta a lot, and the A initial again - but if it doesn't bother you, then don't worry about it! Beyond that, I think it's quite pretty. Middle maybe?
Belphoebe: This has been a favorite for quite a while, yes? While I think it's very beautiful, I do think there's an excellent chance of it being shortened to either Belle or Phoebe, both relatively "common" names. Provided that possibility doesn't bother you, I say go for it.
Callisto: Gorgeous! That is all.
Cassandra: I think this one is beautiful as well. Does the fact that it's more popular bother you? Perhaps better suited to her normal middle?
Coventina: I just see coven and then I think of vampires. You'll have to give me the pronunciation of this one, for I'm unfamiliar with it. But as I'm pronouncing it right now, I'd veto it.
Daronwy: Spelling looks awkward and masculine to me. However, I did a quick search and it looks to have a good namesake. You really know your stuff as far as mythology & literature are concerned, don't you? I'm quite impressed!
Elbereth/Elentari: I think I prefer Elentari. Both, however, are very pretty names. I don't know if I love how either looks in a sibset with Aphrodite though. I think I might like both better as middles.
Galadriel: I know who the LOTR namesake is, but I still see Gabriel. I don't know why, I just do! I wish I loved it :( Maybe a middle? It is VERY Lord of the Rings.
Hespera: I do think it's beautiful, but it will be just as nice as a middle for Morgana. If your husband doesn't love it and you can't convince him to, I wouldn't push it. Not worth the headache!
Inanna: I'm indifferent to this one. Don't love it, don't hate it.
Isabella: AHHHHHH OMG LOVE! Love love love love love. I have always loved the name Isabella. It's been my number one name since looooong before Twilight and I'm trying so hard not to let the popularity bother me. I think Aphrodite and Isabella are adorable together. However, I'm worried about the popularity gap and whether they will be jealous of one another's names. It does sound rather tame next to Dita.
Laudine: I like it but don't *love* it. Maybe middle?
Melusine: Ooooh, very pretty. I wouldn't let the Starbucks logo bother you. Who knows that thing's name anyways? Very slinky and slippery.
Nehalennia: Spelling looks awkward to me and pronunciation is not intuitive. I'd nix it.
Ostara: We've just been out west and all I can think of is the beautiful star-filled sky we saw every night out there. It brings up a gorgeous picture in my mind! Though for some reason, I'm having trouble picturing it on an actual kid and adult.
Pandora: So gorgeous! If you can't get it for a first, try to put it in the middle.
Pulzella: I don't love the sound, though Zella would be a cool nickname.
Rhiannon: Feels tame next to Aphrodite (this from the girl swooning over Isabella, LOL)
Silmarien: Sounds too close to Marian in Aphrodite's name.
Titania: Very pretty.
Trephina: I just don't like the sound or the vibe I'm getting. Who are you referencing here?
Undomiel: Don't love the sound. Veto.
Valkyrie: I do think of airplanes. I know you're honoring Norse mythology, but I also think of airplanes.
Veronika: Feels too normal (even though I was swooning over Isabella. Yes, I'm aware that I am a hypocrite).
So, to wrap it up, I would keep these names from your new list: Atalanta, Belphoebe, Callisto, Cassandra, Isabella, Melusine, Pandora, and Titania. The rest I would use as middles or veto (I marked the ones I would get rid of).
I can't pick an overall top five! I'll come back later with some suggestions and hopefully an overall top as it's late here and this is a huge post!!
Oh, there are some really lovely new ones!
My favorites of the old:
Guinevere - I LOVE it, and it's so good with Aphrodite, but if you're certain you'll have a Morgana then I wouldn't use this. (If I were choosing between Guinevere and Morgana, though, I'd choose Guinevere. Better with Dita, I think.)
Gwenllian - perhaps now my favorite of this list; she's a balance of pragmatic and romantic, with a love of animals and the sea, and a remarkable green thumb. She's understanding, soft sea-green-blue with a mist, a protector of the defenceless with a poetic heart.
And of the new:
Artemisia - oh I love this - she's clever, an old soul, bookish like the ones who can read plotlines in life--on the edge of clairvoyant. Fiercely kindhearted, a steady adventurer, with a strong sense of herself.
Hespera - you know I adore this with Dita. I'm not even sure why I love it--it's so far outside my usual style. But she's golden and bright and insightful and reads books in trees, with a twinkle in her eye.
Melusine/Melicien (how I first saw the name spelled)
Titania - I love the idea of Aphrodite, Titania, and Guinevere...3 very romantic, powerful women.
Congrats on finding out the gender! I admit I was hoping for a girl again, since I'm much more interested in girls' names... Not exactly the best reason, is it? Either way, I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well!
Just a quick keep/go since I've commented on these before:
Boadicea- not sure how it's pronounced with this spelling, but love the name! (well I love Boudicca :p)
Cleopatra/Zenobia: I know you said pick one but I really love them both! Why can't there be two or more ancient queens? :(
Nimue- prefer this over Niniane
Olympia- true, a bit matchy with Aphrodite, but the perfect name is the perfect name! and what if you never have another daughter?
Guinevere- I would keep this myself even over Morgana, but wouldn't use them both and given how much you love Morgana...
Isis- if it rules out both Cleo and Isolde
Tinuviel- kind of inclined to agree with your husband, sorry
Comments on the new ones: (sorry if you've already heard my thoughts on some of these)
Angharad- classy, strong, powerful but may cause pronunciation issues (not sure about England but it definitely would here)
Artemisia- also a strong and brave woman to look up to, but maybe too much with Aphrodite?
Atalanta- sleek, spunky, modern sound but lots of history. I love that line "Atalanta's better part" in As You Like It (I did have to look up the exact line)
Belphoebe- you know how much I love this :) glad to see it's back! magical yet wearable
Callisto- as I've said before, I find this a bit too masculine
Cassandra- fun, sassy and lively but feels too "normal" for you
Coventina- never seen this before, looks Italian? pretty and demure
Daronwy- not quite sure how to pronounce this
Elbereth/Elentari- both feel a bit too clunky for me
Galadriel- a bit too fantasylike to work in the real world, sorry... as a middle though maybe
Hespera- ooh, fingers crossed you can persuade him to use it as a first!
Inanna- the 3 Ns and 2 As make this feel very repetitive- there are only 3 different letters in the name!
Isabella- pretty, but too normal next to all these rare gems
Laudine- this sounds like it should be a French luxury fashion/cosmetics brand to me
Melusine- another gorgeous ethereal name I'm glad to see back on the list! (what happened to Melpomene?)
Nehalennia- not sure how to pronounce this. feels African for some reason
Ostara- exotic, unusual, feels somewhat celestial
Pandora- cute but a bit too froufrou for me
Pulzella- has a harsh sound to me and seems like it may cause pronunciation issues
Rhiannon- also a bit harsh and masculine for me
Silmarien- again, not sure of pronunciation
Titania- very unique, magical and whimsical vibe but grounded and can hold her own
Trephina- pretty, unusual combination of sounds, feminine but not flimsy
Undomiel- interesting but could be hard to wear- would be great as a middle
Valkyrie- powerful and comes with a really interesting story/history
Veronika- pretty and I like the Slavic spelling, but also seems a bit too familiar
Not that you need any more to think about, but my personal top 5 (well, 6):
Cleopatra/Zenobia (I honestly can't pick!)
Always so much fun to go through your lists, Ottilie!