ashleyjuliette: thank you, i added Aries, Ontario & Nikolai to my list!
bonnielyn: i really like Lys- as a first syllable for the mn. i think i'll do a search for some alternatives to the -ander ending (fiancé doesn't like -ander)!
dantea: OMG, thank you so much for this awesome list. there are a number of names on there that i haven't heard or thought of before!
i've now added Solaris, Solon, Eleodor (might eliminate the -o at the end -- perhaps too close to Eleonor though?), Ravi, Sulien ( <3 ! ), Sulvyn, Alamar, Armend, Kiran, Valo, Lucius and Lesedi to my list!
how do you pronounce Sulien, though? that's my absolute fav of your list. i see it's Welsh. i would have gone with SOO-lee-en, but i see the correct pronunciation is SEE-lee-en. hmm..
I don't think Eleodor is too close to Eleanor. Eleanor is eh-leh-nor. Eleodor is ee-lee-oh-door.
Sulien is seel-yan or see-lee-an from what I gather of the Welsh language. Nameberry has it as sil-yan but I haven't seen any of the Welsh speakers on here pronounce it that way.
from the names already suggested I like the 'A' names best with Sage - Sage Antony, Sage Atticus etc...
So how about
It helps give a masculine touch but still has some soft sounds to it.
nat108, i like Sage Solaris a lot too! and Sage Abraxas sounds like a wizard! i kinda like it :)
rubyblueandviolet, yes, A names seem to go well with Sage. adding Sage Archer to the list, thank you!
new_mama, we have a new Landon close to our family so can't use that - although i agree and like the soft sounds!
so it seems my fiancé and i are really liking the names starting with Sol-. Sage Sol- ? trying out the different options mentioned so far. do you guys think Sage Sol- is an ok combination? it does not flow super great, definitely not as well as names starting on a vowel but i guess it makes up for it in meaning. any opinions on that combo?