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  1. #11
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    @lexie Thank you for your suggestions! I like Matilda, but prefer Mathilde. Rosalia is also pretty,but not as germanic/clunky as i’m looking for. Fredegund sounds pretty in German, and i love the Fre-beginning, but in Dutch the g is quite harsh and I’m not fond of that sound in a name (with Hadewych/Hadewig being the exception). Same goes for Radegund and Gertrude/Geertruida.

    @yma Thanks for the compliment and the names:
    I like Bathilde, Edelinde, Elswitha (isn’t this a smush-name?), Farahilde, Godelinde (however, i would probably never use a name with God in it, since i’m not religious), Trudeliese is really cute

    @ottilie, what a list! I like Claramond but like Rosamond the last part of the name is also the dutch word for mouth and feels a bit awkward. Elysande sounds pretty, can you tell me something about it’s origin? Estrid or Astrid is a name i quite like, but is a bit dated here.
    I love Heloise! And Rohesia is also pretty, even though it makes me think of Rhodesia Somerild/Somerilde i like, is this related to the scandinavian name Somarliðr? Thanks for the inspiration you gave me with this list!
    Last edited by phloxie; May 12th, 2013 at 09:43 AM.
    Hadewych Ebba Aurora

    or

    Ramses .... ......

  2. #13
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    About Elysande: Alahsind is the original spelling; it consists of the two Germanic words Alah (hall, temple) and sinþ/sind (travel/journey/way/path). James II of Aragon's last wife was called Elisenda (which I am assuming is the Catalan version of the name as she was from Catalonia). Other variations include Alicsen, Elicsenda, Elisende, Elisèn, Elisind, Elysant, Helisende and Helisent.

    Somerild/Somerilde/Somerilda: They come from the old Norse name Sumarhild (summer + battle). The word liðr in Somarliðr means "to pass". So not the same, but, of course, both have summer in them.
    My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014

  3. #15
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    Hildegard, Hedwig and Magda come to mind.

  4. #17
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    Thank you Ottilie for the additional info!

    Bigsweater: Thanks for your reply I do like Hedwig, but love Hadewych better, since it is a family name.

    More input is still welcome!
    Hadewych Ebba Aurora

    or

    Ramses .... ......

  5. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by phloxie View Post
    @yma Thanks for the compliment and the names:
    I like Bathilde, Edelinde, Elswitha (isn’t this a smush-name?), Farahilde, Godelinde (however, i would probably never use a name with God in it, since i’m not religious), Trudeliese is really cute
    Aww, glad you think so!
    I believe Trudeliese was the only smush-name I suggested; to my (limited) knowledge, Elswitha/Elswyth/Alswitha/etc. comes from the Old English (Anglo-Saxon) name Ealhswith, a compound of O.E. ealh "temple" (also found in Elysand/Helisent, I see!) + swith "strong".
    I know what you mean about God- names (Godiva, Godfrey, Godric...), but have yet to write them off completely myself – in part because they're so ancient that the "God" syllable represents a lost pre-Christian (i.e. pagan) concept, which appeals to this subversive geek girl, anyway
    (Another thing! It is really too bad about the -mond names (sadly, eliminates Florimonde, Esclarmonde), but what about -mund?)

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