Tiggerian; yes, the Mio book is wonderful so it would be a sweet nod to Scandinavian childhood. It means loving doves? Oooh so sweet!
Reverie; I love the muses with just about anything! Such fabulous suggestions. I really like Cleopatra Ourania Maris, but all Mari- names are out because of Dita's Marian middle. I really like Alcyone Giselle too!
Alannah; well, Muffs cleared that one up. Maybe check a little before you start pointing fingers next time ;).
Muffinmama; Thank you!
Gwen; Class eh? And another for ADM. Thank you!
Dina; Back to work, how nice. All weeks are the same to me (sniffles). Thanks for casting your votes... :D!
Two more that popped into my head:
Cleopatra Daphne Atalanta
Daphne's got all the nymph beauty, some amazing sculptures, the Waterhouse painting, Daphne du Maurier, Daphne from Frasier, Smashing Pumpkins' song Daphne Descends, Nerina Pallot's song Daphne & Apollo... Daphne means laurel, and I had a dream I had a daughter named Laurel. Daphne might be Cleo's Marian.
But I also like Cleopatra Phoebe Atalanta.
Phoebe's got all the Titan beauty, also a hamadryad, an Amazon, one of the Heliades, a Cocteau Twins song, a Tori Amos song, Phoebe in The House of the Seven Gables, Phoebe in Friends, Phoebe in Charmed... it's a moon! It's part of Belphoebe from TFQ. So Phoebe could be this rounds Marian as well.
I'm swaying in favor of Phoebe, but only if Belphoebe is officially out of the running for good. I just love Phoebe so much! She's my favorite Charmed sister, all heart and passion, spunk and mischief and pixie sass. Such a thoroughly faerie name!
Daphne is pretty as well, softer, dreamier, and more springlike. I picture a faint spring green, delicate budding leaves, and dappled fawns. Not as sprite-like as Phoebe, but perhaps you like that better?
Either way, I am practically swooning over the combination of Cleopatra and Atalanta!! Atalanta has been one of your favorite names for so long, and one of my favorites of your favorites. With the selection of Aphrodite, she no longer works as a first name, but as a middle she's perfect for Cleo! I feel like she brings in everything you want in your golden seaside vibe, both the air of haunting mystery and the splashing salty-tang of little girl giggles. Perfection!
I've never been an Atalanta fan, but I know you love it, and I must admit, paired with Phoebe or Daphne it does have a magic spark. Phoebe is definitely sassier... Sleepysessha described it way better, so I won't try, but basically everything she said!
If I had to pick, I'd go with Daphne. :)
Ooh, I'm glad you three like them! I was so happy when I thought of these two, so I'm very excited now. oh oh oh! Phoebe's my favourite Charmed girl too, Sessh, and the name's always been a favourite of mine and has so many good associations for me. Husband keeps on going back and forth on whether he likes Belphoebe or not, so I've placed her in the no column, I just don't see it happening. The names he's unsure about usually ends up in the big beautiful no-pile. He did suggested, out of the blue, Rapunzel to me this morning, but not for Cleo. That was a huge shock. Unpredictable man.
Thanks girls, you're so wonderful!
Ooooh, these are nice! I really like Cleopatra Phoebe Atalanta. I like the Daphne one as well, but I don't like Selene in the middle of C&A; for some reason, I prefer her at the end of the name (like the flow better). I also love Melusine with Cleo - though she's so slinky and mermaid-like, I'm not sure she matches with your imagery. I'd choose Cleopatra Phoebe Atalanta. There are so many reasons for you to love her! I think it could be perfect :D
Yep, class. Yay, second day of school. Now that I'm back from Screenwriting Fundamentals:
The Daphne Atalanta and Phoebe Atalanta combos are both super gorgeous! I like them even better than Daphne Melusine--they feel more balanced, and I love me some Atalanta. Both combos flow well and I think the e's and a's are perfect with Cleopatra. I slightly prefer the Phoebe one because it feels like a smarter name than Daphne, but that would rule out Belphoebe forever (is it already ruled out forever? Alas.) Basically I agree with everything Sessha said.
On the other hand, it would be a good way to (almost) (kind of) sneak Belphoebe in there...
And this is a bit random, but imagery:
Phoebe - Sweaters, headbands, fall, the smell of books. Sweet, thoughtful, outdoorsy. A daydreamer.
Daphne - Green paint. The smell of rosemary. A bit tactless, sometimes inconsiderate, a good cook.
"Water" Names this web site has a lot of water related names
I am sad you give up Cleopatra Daphne Melusine, it was gorgeous.
I like both Daphne Atalanta and Phoebe Atalanta, but not as much as C. Daphne Melusine.
Sorry, I am late to the party! Originally my vote would have been for Cleopatra Daphne Melusine, but Daphne Atalanta is good too (and I love the Laurel connection that you already mentioned, that was the first thing I thought of. Also there's Daphne from Scooby Doo, because I would be a bad mother if I didn't bring that show up constantly haha). And I love love love Phoebe. I think she's one of the most approachable mythology names (plus Buffay and Haliwell are they're both such great characters!) even though I was previously not on the Belphoebe bandwagon. Does husband like this better than TFQ option as your possible Marian name in the combo? I really can't choose between the two Atalanta combos, both names have so much going for them! Hope you're doing well and not stressing about this too much. You still have plenty of time you know. =]