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April 10th, 2013 04:03 PM #11Senior Member
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- Jul 2012
- London, England
I love Philomena. It's on my new list. I don't see why you think it's unusable, it has two very familiar sounds and is very pretty.
Sister names: Berenice, Demelza, Eulalia, Euphemia, Gwendolen, Isadora, Perpetua, Roxana, Sybilla, Thomasina, Zipphora
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April 10th, 2013 06:21 PM #13
It's definitely usable! I've known a Philomena and never thought anything but, "what a lovely name."Loving right now:
Eulalie Catherine, Cordelia Iseult, Cosima Beatrix, Cecily Morgana
Ivo Marius, Euan Casper, Remy Nathaneal, Crispin Adair
April 10th, 2013 09:54 PM #15
Philly; Philomena is just so beautiful, and Philly doesn't convey the same feeling, in my opinion. I love the idea of bringing old names back.
Ophelia has a kind of rhyming thing with Aurelia, which we both adore so much. I did find out though that he LOVES Ophelia, as he is a big theatre nerd like me. I just really don't like the idea of sibling names to rhyme; it leaves out the other siblings too, and there will be a lot of mix-ups.
Olivia; many friends and family just call me Olivia, which sounds very much like Ophelia.
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April 11th, 2013 04:39 AM #17Senior Member
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- Mar 2012
I know a Philomena. It seems usable enough to me. I like it. It's no longer than Isabella. None of the sounds are particularly challenging. It's not incredibly hard to work out the pronunciation. I don't think its particularly hard to pick brother names for it? It actually works pretty well with Donovan I think - similar length and not too theme-y otherwise.
I don't find it more awkward than Ophelia, quite the contrary actually. I love Shakespearean names but Ophelia is not one I would gravitate to at all. Viola, now, gives me heart flutters. So does the Nameberry-standard Imogen. And Much Ado makes me love Beatrice. Ophelia... nah.
Ione is really exquisite, I am jealous you can use it. I cannot and I wish I could.
April 11th, 2013 02:11 PM #19
Donovan and how it sounds with both Philomena and Aurelia, and it's always been the man's favorite boy name, but I have a father named Donn, my mom's twin brother is Donald, and I have a cousin named Don too. Plus I was never fond of the nickname Don or Donnie. So that can stay a middle name... haha!
I've never really been too fond of Viola or Violet; maybe because it sounds like my paternal grandmother's name, and I haven't been happy with her for years. I've always loved Imogen, but that's the name my best friend is going to use, and I'm totally okay with it--I can much more picture her with a little Imogen rather than me! I've never liked Beatrice... it always makes me think of Aunt Bea from the Andy Griffith Show.
And I'm really lucky my maternal grandmother (who was a very sweet, loving lady) was named Ione, and I can honor her by using it. Same with her sister, Bernadette, who was like my second grandmother to me. I'm also lucky that I really like both of those names.
But the more I sat down and thought about it, I would be very unhappy if I just settled for a name that was more common or easier to spell than using a name that really speaks to me. I'd would regret naming my first girl something I didn't really like all that much in comparison to Philomena.aurora- autumn- ashwyn- bambi- bernadette- calliope- emmalou- henriette- indigo- ione- january- lark- leela- llewellyn- lydia- marnie- molly- narnia- noelle- oralee- penelope- philomena- rain- raven- roxy- ruby- snow- tessa- thora- waverly- willow- winter- wren- zoe | abel- aesop- angus- banjo- bartholomew- bear- bruce- burkley- darwin- elliot- finn- flynn- foster- henry- indigo - knox - laszlo - lyle - navy - nemo - noah - otis - oakley - rainn - thatcher - thomas - thompson - titus - zen