Oisin seems to be most popular so far.
Oisin sounds rather close to ocean. Is that an issue with Winter?
I don't think Oisin's pronunciation is to close to ocean that it would make winter sound strange.
I really like the story behind Oisin. It's strange that it sounds close to ocean but means little dear.
Other O names she may like are,
Ollivander (I know it's from Harry Potter but it sounds like it could be a surname)
I still like Oisin best. I voted for Oakley because I like it too but it does seem a little much with Winter.
@lovitalane: I've messaged her. She really likes Oberon. She prefers Oliver to Olivier. Ollivander is way too out there. She doesn't like that it's made up. To name your son Ollivander means you're a Harry Potter fan, which isn't a bad thing to be. But it lacks the history that other names have. Orville reminds her of Wright and Redenbacher. All she said to Oscar was Tony and Grammys. Thanks for the suggestions. I also really like the history behind Oisin. Her husband is concerned that it ends in "sin". I really wouldn't spell it Oisin instead. Do you have any middle name suggestions?
Oakley Winter does sound a bit like a candle, lol. I think it's too heavy on word names, which makes the whole combo seem a bit cheesy instead of as awesome as it was meant to. Unfortunately Oxford Winter just sounds like you're talking about a time of year in Oxford...
Off the list I voted for Oisin, because it is a legitimate name that flows well, with the bonus of an adorable meaning and a strong history. However, she would have to be willing to accept with the fact that it will absolutely have a great deal of spelling issues. I personally don't think it sounds too much like "ocean" but I do see the slight similarity, especially taking into account pronunciation mistakes by anyone who isn't a name nerd or familiar with Irish names. And that does put it on the borderline of the Oakley territory with too many nature categories wrapped in one. It is still my favorite of the three choices though, and it definitely is a great name. What about:
Orion Winter (my favorite O name, I LOVE the magical, starry sound of this)
Orlando Winter (possible place/season issue here. Another option Oren would solve that.)
Owen Winter (perhaps a bit repetitive with W sounds but I still happen to rather like it)
As a child, I always loved the name Oakley...but I didn't know it was a real name, and being a child I didn't think I could use it...
Growing up, I decided it was definitely usable, and a couple years ago discovered it was in fact an actual name.
I would definitely pick Oakley! I love the sound of the name...with the nn Potential of Oak, Oakes, or Oakey.
The name means "meadow of Oak trees" which is quite nice..
Picture a meadow of trees in the winter...beautiful...just like the sound of the name Oakley Winter.
For a middle name you may want to go with something more classic, Perhaps, Oakley Charles, Oakley William, Oakley James, Oakley David, Oakley James, Oakley Grant?
However, another nature themed name would also sound lovely...Oakley Hawthorn? Oakley Bramble? Oakley Summit? Oakley Asher? Oakley Wilder? Oakley Hawk?
I also like the sound of Oakley Thatcher, Oakley Thayer, Oakley Leviticus?
Also, I think of it as a name immediately, then trees, Oakley sunglasses, and Annie Oakley..
So she doesn't want Oisin to be pronounced O-sheen? It kind of sounds like Ocean Winter? I dunno about that.
Oakley is such a cute name. Oakley Winter sounds cute too!
I really don't like Oxford. Very macho.
Other O names:
Odysseus (which if she likes Ulysses, that's not too far of a stretch)
Ollin / Ollyn (like Collin)
To be honest you could find a lot of names and drop the first letter and get an O name. You can even put an O in front of most names and it works. Or replace names that start with vowels with O. (Like Collyn to Ollyn, Silas to Osilas, or Asher to Osher.)
I think Oscar (champion), Oliver (peace, elven), Owen (young warrior, well-born), Osias (salvation), or Oran (pale little green one) sound great with Winter.
Osias is close to Oisin, and actually sounds better with Winter.
Osias Winter or Oliver Winter are my votes.
Whilst I do think Oisin is a very nice name... I just wanted to throw out this association honestly.
As a lover of chinese food, Oisin reminds me alot of Hoisin (sauce)... I don't think I can get over the association and if it is just me then fine :(
** I figured if I thought of it someone else might and it's better to hear it now than later
I don't really case for any of her O-names. Oakley feels trendy to me, and Oakley Winter does sound like a candle scent. Oisin Winter sounds too close to Ocean Winter, which also sounds like a candle or maybe a "nature sounds" cd. Oxford is just plain unattractive as a first name, brings to mind hipster shoes for me. I also own a candle called simply "Oxford" which smells really great, so i can see Oxford Winter being candle-y as well.
I really like Osias or Oswald for her. Both flow with Winter. Oswin, my favorite O-name won't work for her, but she could use it as a nickname by taking the Os of one name and adding the Win of Winter. That might be kind of cute to have an Osias Winter or Oswald Winter and nickname him Oswin.