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  1. #1
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    Suggestions for a Byzantine Baby Bladette

    I'm expecting a small human, sex determined but unknown, in early December; I'd love to start namestorming!

    Requirements for a bladette (girl):

    - I don't care for frilly or lacy names
    - historical depth and namesakes are very important to me
    - no more than 1 middle name (brightline rule per husband)
    - at least one of the two names must be that of a saint recognized by the Eastern Orthodox Church. This includes all Christian saints canonized before the Great Schism in the 11th century, and all Greek/Russian/Arab/Slavic saints canonized since.
    - baby's surname is distinctly Arabic and phonetically works like "Nawaal" or "Nasim." First syllable is Na- so any girls' name ending in -na is out.
    - since I'm not Arab, I'm not looking for an Arabic first name, but would consider one for the middle
    - I love medieval, romantic, strong girls' names
    - French names are great; I speak French fluently as does husband's Lebanese family. However in the States diacritical marks aren't allowed, so nothing whose pronunciation depends on one
    - should pair coherently with son Antoine Raphael

    Thoughts thus far
    Aquila
    Averill / Everild
    Anastasia
    Aristea
    Constance
    Cosima
    Cyrielle (prn. with hard K)
    Endellion
    Evanthe
    Lucienne
    Melisande
    Meriel
    Myriam
    Nerissa
    Rosamond
    Sunniva
    Sylvia


    Middles only
    Ambrosine
    Alair
    Apolline
    Cassiane
    Chrysanthe
    Eirene
    Floriane
    Maris / Marina
    Myrrine
    Noor
    Solenne
    Sylvaine
    Theophane

    Suggestions and combinations more than welcome. Until we find out the gender, husband has zero interest in discussing this, so feedback will be all mine.
    Last edited by blade; May 11th, 2013 at 06:42 PM.
    Blade, MD

    XY: Antoine Raphael
    XX: Cassia Viviane Noor

    Aurea * Emmanuelle * Endellion * Fleur * Jacinda * Lysandra * Melisande * Myrrine * Rosamond * Seraphine * Sylvana * Thea * Verity / Blaise * Cyprian * Evander * Jules * Laurence * Lionel * Malcolm * Marius * Quentin * Rainier

    كنوز الصحراء الشرقية Hayat _ Qamar _ Sahar _ Maysan _ Farah / Altair _ Fahd _ Faraj _ Khalil _ Tariq

  2. #3
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    I can't wait to follow your naming journey! From your list so far, here are my favourites:

    Cosima Noor
    Myriam Alair or Myriam Solenne

    Myriam (I prefer Miriam, personally), and Noor are two favourites of mine. I'd love them together, but don't think the 'm' ending and 'N' beginning flow off the tongue very easily.

    Edit: Regarding Cyrielle, I thought it was a soft C, not a hard K (I've never heard it before), and I suspect that you might spend an awful lot of time correcting people. When I read it with a soft C, it sounded a bit like Cereal! Oops! Pronounced as it should be, it's very pretty, but I'd worry that the majority won't know how to say it.
    Last edited by labmama; May 11th, 2013 at 06:51 PM.

  3. #5
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    Thanks!

    The Myriam spelling is the French variant. The Arabic form of Mary (used by Christians & Muslims alike) is Mariam, so I think this preserves it somewhat.

    I have an irrational prejudice against the letter K, but think you're right-- Cyrielle will be pronounced with an S sound up front (as it often is in France) whereas the Greek original is Kyrielle.
    Blade, MD

    XY: Antoine Raphael
    XX: Cassia Viviane Noor

    Aurea * Emmanuelle * Endellion * Fleur * Jacinda * Lysandra * Melisande * Myrrine * Rosamond * Seraphine * Sylvana * Thea * Verity / Blaise * Cyprian * Evander * Jules * Laurence * Lionel * Malcolm * Marius * Quentin * Rainier

    كنوز الصحراء الشرقية Hayat _ Qamar _ Sahar _ Maysan _ Farah / Altair _ Fahd _ Faraj _ Khalil _ Tariq

  4. #7
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    Beautiful, refreshing selection so far!

    Anastasia Chrysanthe
    Anastasia Myrrine
    Aristea Ambrosine
    Aristea Sylvaine
    Cosima Apolline
    Cosima Ambrosine
    Constance Sylvaine
    Melisande Noor
    Melisande Alair
    Melisande Eirene

    (Melisande is a name we are for sure using as a middle if we have a little girl so I may be a little biased, but I love it.)

    Excited to see how this develops and what you end up deciding.
    Guilty Pleasure Names:

    Magnolia, Delphine, Magenta, Fuchsia, Lavinia, Sandrine, Loveday

    Lionel, Icarus, Lemuel, Eros, Horatio, Lucien, Menelaus, Onyx

  5. #9
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    What a lovely list! I would love to see Cantara, Nasima, Samira, Vega, Yara, Zora, Caprice, Elodie, Francine, Magritte and Zelie on your list.

    Some thoughts...
    Constance Apolline
    Ingrid Solenne
    Elodie Vega
    Zelie Chrysanthe
    Agatha Noor
    | Arabella Monet | Henrietta Plum | Isolde Noor | Agatha Ruby | Marian Primrose |
    | Emma Berlin | Cressida Lilac | Jessamine Lark | Vivienne Snow | Ireland Eve |

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