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  1. #1
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    Suggestions for a Byzantine Baby Blade

    I'm expecting a small human, sex determined but unknown, in early December; I'm namestorming away.

    Requirements for a baby blade (boy) are similar to the girl (http://nameberry.com/nametalk/thread...#post1894049):

    - I like scholarly, gentle, masculine names. Nothing cartoonishly manly.
    - 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-.
    - since I'm not Arab, I'm not looking for an Arabic first name, but would consider one for the middle
    - 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. For boys, French names need to be very easily recognized & pronounced to be considered (there aren't many).
    - if we picked one of the more... ornately Byzantine middles (like Auxentius) we'd pair it with a very traditional first like John, Peter or George
    - should pair coherently with son Antoine Raphael

    Thoughts thus far
    Ambrose
    Blaise
    Cadfael
    Cassian
    Cyprian
    Edmund
    Elias
    Evander
    Gerard
    Julian
    Laurence
    Leander
    Lionel
    Lucian
    Malcolm
    Marius
    Peregrine
    Sergius
    Stavros
    Victor

    Middles only
    Athanasius
    Auxentius
    Esmond
    Gratian
    Ignatius
    Rainier
    Sylvan
    Theodosius
    Blade, MD

    XY: AR
    XX: CVN

    Aquila * Chrysanthe * Emmanuelle * Endellion * Ione * Jacinda * Lysandra * Melisande * Myrra * Petra * Rosamond * Seraphine * Silvana * Theophane / Blaise * Cyprian * Darius * Evander * Giles * Laurence * Lionel * Malcolm * Marius * Peregrine * Rainier

    كنوز الصحراء الشرقية Hayat _ Qamar _ Sahar _ Maysan _ Iman / Altair _ Fahd _ Faraj _ Khalil _ Najid _ Rafiq _ Tariq

  2. #3
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    Congrats Blade!

    Here are some french names for you (they might be to hard to pronounce though):

    Gaétan
    Alain
    Michel
    Rhéal
    Serge
    Maurice
    Stéphane
    Sylvain
    François

    Missed the part about the diacritical marks.
    Last edited by uselesskitty; May 11th, 2013 at 06:23 PM.
    Ttc a baby brother or sister for Luther Wolf!

  3. #5
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    Omg, really? Yay!
    ~Boys~

    Jory Leander Atticus, August Eli Benedict, Casimir Mordecai Stewart,
    Edmond John Meirion, Horatio Ethell Emery, Bram William Jasper,
    Julian Remy Charles, Vasiliy Lochlan Michael.


    ~Girls~

    Aira Rose ___, Eleni Fiorella Charlotte, Sylvia Sayuri Noor,
    Merit Eleanora Adelaide, Clover Elodie Seraphine, Bridie Scarlett Viola,
    Marguerite Cecilia Iris, Eilidh Clara Valentine.


    Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.

  4. #7
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    Thanks Kitty. The diacritical marks make it tough... and I would need the name to be a bit more familiar for a boy than for a girl (for a girl I can dip into really obscure French names, as most Americans stereotype French as feminine). I've got Laurence, Victor and Blaise right now. Don't want anything too nasal like Etienne or Arnaud.
    Blade, MD

    XY: AR
    XX: CVN

    Aquila * Chrysanthe * Emmanuelle * Endellion * Ione * Jacinda * Lysandra * Melisande * Myrra * Petra * Rosamond * Seraphine * Silvana * Theophane / Blaise * Cyprian * Darius * Evander * Giles * Laurence * Lionel * Malcolm * Marius * Peregrine * Rainier

    كنوز الصحراء الشرقية Hayat _ Qamar _ Sahar _ Maysan _ Iman / Altair _ Fahd _ Faraj _ Khalil _ Najid _ Rafiq _ Tariq

  5. #9
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    Blade, congratulations! I don't think I've said it yet...? Lots of new little berry babies on the way! I don't have any creativeness in my brain at the moment I'm afraid, but I think your list is basking in glittering sunshine already. I like so many so very much (not surprised there as we share a lot of our favs), but Cyprian and Leander strikes me as the most suitable for a little bro for Antoine. I love Sylvan and Rainier as middles, but holy moses, Athanasius and Auxentius might've stolen my heart. Beautiful awesomeness!

    I'll be back when I feel better and can think
    [FONT=Palatino Linotype][CENTER]My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014[/CENTER][/FONT]

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