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  1. #11
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    Honestly, none of these are striking me as contenders for the "true-possibilities" list. I like each of your Top Four better than any of these choices, and personally I would put Caian and Caius at the top of your "just-in-case" list, along with Conrad. I think Halston (I like Nameberry's listed meaning "hallowed stone"), Lionel, Anselm (I prefer this to Ansel for you) and Adair (I really like Adair--more as a middle than a first, though) would be good additions to a back-up list. To me, each of these comes close to matching the ususual-but-not-outlandish, ancient-but-usable, international air, infused with a bit of mystery, that each of your Top Four choices possesses.

    Osias is cool but a bit cumbersome; Amias is similar but better. Cyril is so little-used outside of England (as far as I know) that it strikes me as a very British choice. I have also always thought it sounds kind of wimpy, sorry. I do like its origin and meaning. Aldous is a bit cumbersome and more typically Germanic than your other German choices. Errol and Alton seem insubstantial beside some of these others. I might warm to Amaury/Amari (these names are sound-alikes with separate origins, are they not?) For you, I'd probably choose Amaury. Amari looks a little incomplete with that final I, and recently it's being used for girls as well as boys in the U.S. (Well, so is Adair ).

    Some choices from my boys' names master list that might appeal to you:

    Basil
    Caedmon
    Edmund
    Gareth/Garth
    Othniel
    Reuel (Names ending in L won't sound so good with your surname, though)
    Selwyn
    Tarquin
    Wystan

    Best wishes!
    Last edited by auroradawn; April 15th, 2013 at 05:07 PM.
    "He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names."
    Psalm 147:4

    Still dreaming:
    Tobias Rory Benjamin ~ Crispin Isaiah ~ Ransom Horatio ~ Lucius Olórin ~ James Deliverance
    Una Marguerite/Oona Sylvestra ~ Jessamyn Agnes ~ Branwen Evangeline ~ Alice Emmanuelle ~ Christiana Linnet

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