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May 14th, 2013 07:24 PM #61
Congratulations, Blade! I get scarce time to reply around here these days, so I'm mostly reduced to lurking, but I wanted to wish you well. I have four little ones and if memory serves, the Chinese calendar was correct on two of them. I figure just about anybody has 50/50 odds of guessing a baby's gender so I don't put much stock in the thing, but it is fun nonetheless.
Of your current list, Cyprian is by far my favorite. If you don't want two -n suffix names, my next pick would be Raoul. A brother set of Antoine and Raoul would be pretty heart-stoppingly romantic. The rest are nice but aren't outstanding to me, though the only ones I would eliminate are Blaise and Elias. Blaise always seems bizarrely feminine to me, perhaps because of the spelling -- and I've never liked the sound of Elias, because depending on the accent I end up hearing some variation on "he lies," which always makes me wonder what he's lying on, or about.
I don't have any complaints about your middle name list and though I like Esmond and Rainier in general, I can hardly pass up beauties like Auxentius actually being on a list.
May 14th, 2013 07:59 PM #63TTC #1
Zoe Aurora | Noemí Esther
Lucas Emmanuel | Levi Alexander
Adele | Adira | Arabella | Eliana | Elizabeth | Milena | Susannah | Zara
May 14th, 2013 09:00 PM #65Member
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May 14th, 2013 09:39 PM #67
Ooh, I love your new, evolved list! I liked the first one, but there are some new additions I really love! Pairing with Antoine Raphael, I think all your first name choices work, but if you're looking to make cuts, I'd lose Ambrose (starts with the same letter as Antoine), Cyprian and Lucian (don't pair well with surname Na...), and Raoul and Victor (Raoul sounds Spanish and Victor sounds Russian, which, to me, sounds odd with French-sounding Antoine...but maybe that's just me). The rest are all lovely. My personal favourites are Leander and Marius (and, despite double letters, I love Ambrose, too).
Last edited by sarahmezz; May 16th, 2013 at 01:25 AM.TTC #1
Audrey - Blythe - Clara - Daphne - Flora - Harriet - Mabel - Susannah
Arthur - Barnaby - Frederick - Henry - Hugo - Rupert - Theodore - Walter
May 15th, 2013 12:12 AM #69Senior Member
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Lovely new list. Raoul, Altair, Aurelian, oh my! Your husband’s input will undoubtedly help focus things.
Let’s see how they look next to Antoine.
Antoine and Ambrose - Almost like a twin-set. I adore Ambrose, but a bit more contrast might be nice. Then again, I can just imagine Antoine calling Ambrose “Bro.” Pretty cute.
Antoine and Blaise - Blaise is so much fun. Keep him around a while longer, won’t you? But does he sing to you, or is he a quick-burning flame?
Antoine and Cyprian - Beautiful. I really like the OI and the IA. Both names are six letters. They feel balanced in strength but have distinct personalities and represent different places in the world.. Antoine is more French, but Cyprian sounds wonderful in a French accent too.. I’m not bothered by the two N-endings, but then my top two names both end in N. Besides, it’s “juan” and “ee-ǝn.” Different.
Antoine and Elias - Both are slinky, but Elias doesn’t have the groundedness of Antoine imo.
Antoine and Evander - Actually really liking the contrast of these two. Didn’t expect to. I like that they both feature that AN, and both are so gentlemanly. Antoine is creamy, Evander citrusy.
Antoine and Laurence - I love this pairing. Ravishingly formal. Both very established names. Laurence takes Antoine to more of a leather armchair place than some of the other names, and I like that.
Antoine and Leander - Everyone else loves this, so I must be missing something. Again, the double-vowel slink is there, which is nice. Phonetically, these two are good together. Visually, Antoine has such a peaceful presence, perhaps because of the rootedness of the A, the ns, the t, the i - all have feet. Leander looks like he’s about to run away, with the L leading him forward and the r opening out to the future and no strong vertical posts connecting him to the ground, other than that lone n. Evander has a lot of forward movement too, but the buzzy resonance of the V gives him more substance.
Antoine and Lionel - Oh sweet Lionel. I don’t see him as an exclusively African American name. The Lionel I know is half Indian. All the elaborately Biblical names have a real old-fashioned black American porch-sitter feeling, and they’re coming into vogue. Lionel is so unusual, I strongly doubt that anyone’s first thought upon meeting a Greek-ish-Lebanese Lionel would be “white guilt!” I really like the pairing, the OI and IO, the jazzy yet formal thing they share.
Antoine and Lucian - Here, the N-endings bother me. Both two syllables as well. Lucian is such a BEAUTIFUL name. Too beautiful, know what I mean? Not enough bite.
Antoine and Marius - Marius is not my fave, but I admit that they look nice together. I imagine two curious little trouble-makers with eyeglasses and knobby knees, liberating mice from your lab, taking apart all your kitchen appliances and putting them back together.
Antoine and Raoul - Oh Raoul! I wish you’d survived my husband’s scrutiny. So French, so sexy. I don’t think this name will win in the end, but I’d be tickled if it did. It's kind of like a wing-man for Antoine. “Have you met that dashing redhead, and his mysterious younger brother Raoul?”
Antoine and Victor - Suddenly, next to Cyprian, Laurence, Lionel, and Raoul, Victor is looking kinda predictable. I will change my mind tomorrow.