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  1. #66
    Atalanta: It feels much clunkier than the light as air Aphrodite. I fear Atalanta would envy Aphrodite. I do adore the myth though.
    Befana: Reminds me of Bandana. How do you pronounce Befana? Be-fawn-a or Bef-ahna or Be-fa-na. I don't know what to make of this.
    Bellicent: As sweet as Bellicent could be, I hear "Belly-cent". Some moments she seems sweet and othe
    Belphoebe: Gorgeous! It feels light like Aphrodite. Belphoebe feels very goodnatured and innocent.
    Bradamante: Feels darker. Perhaps because (Bradamante) is within it. Also the Brad beginning feels rather masculine
    Ceridwen: Doesn't feel as effortless as Aphrodite. Beautiful history though.
    Circe: I feel like she will be a Circe. It's a strange thing to say, but I feel it.
    Cleopatra: It feels too distant from Aphrodite. I would never guess that they have the same mother. What would you do for a possible third child?
    Gwenllian: Surprising and sweet. Kind of love it. I could totally see her as Aphrodite's sister.
    Hermione: I love the courageous and brave Hermione from Harry Potter and the myth.
    Hypatia: Same as Gwenllian. But I like Gwenllian more. Hypatia would probably lead to pronounciation problems.
    Isolde: I love their story but she seemed to be acted upon more than acting in her own right. Isolde may also be read as: Is-old. I still like it very much though.
    Jezebel: My favorite biblical name, but I really don't like biblical names. Would you use Jazz or Bell as a nickname?
    Lyonesse: Adorable! You could go for the tomboy nn. of Lyon or the girlie Nessie. It's also strong in its imagery. I imagine a fearless lion like Aslan from Narnia. You can't really get much better than that.
    Lysistrata: I agree with others that it may cause spelling problems as she's younger and possibly pronunciation problems throughout her life. It contains sis and rat: Lysistrata. Not a favorite.
    Morgana: Reminds me of Circe. Circe give me a blue/green feeling, whereas Morgana is a dark burgundy. I think Circe fits better with Aphrodite.
    Musidora: As lovely as it sounds and with the meaning, I fear a Musidora would envy the history of Aphrodite. Musidora is really sweet though. I imagine her being soft and shy.
    Nimue: I imagine this as being your youngest daughter. Little innocent Nimue. That is if you plan on having more children. I just can't imagine her right after Aphrodite.
    Olympia: A bit much with Aphrodite. Lovely, nevertheless.
    Ourania: Agree with pp, such lovelier names around. Perhaps, find one you don't have to change.
    Pandeia/Pandia: Sweet and light!
    Serafina: Rather similar to Aphrodite when spoken. I said them in quick sucession and something felt off. Probably just me. Serafina feels very much like Aphrodite, light with a blue sky. Don't get any pink hues though.
    Sunniva: Carefree and happy all the time. Beautiful!
    Tinuviel: I loved her story in the novel and the meaning of her name. It would be such a story to share!
    Xenia: I'm one of those people that thought of the Warrior Queen. Feels harsh next to Aphrodite.
    Zenobia: I hear: Zen, no, be, a. If you gave her the nn. Zen and told her to be a good girl, it would be "Zenobia Good Girl". I don't know. I personally don't like hearing words and commands in names. It feels aggresive to me.

    My favorites in order:
    Circe
    Lyonesse
    Hermione
    Belphoebe
    Tinuviel
    Musidora
    Nimue (Would be higher for a different child.)
    Pandia
    Serafina/Sunniva

    Least favorite:
    Ourania
    Bradamante
    Zenobia
    Xenia
    Befana

  2. #68
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    How I love reading your list!

    Husband? Wait, when did you got married? I was away for a week or so I missed everything. Congrats, Otillie.

    Atalanta
    Befana - Never heard this one before, absolutely like it.
    Belphoebe - LOVE this! It's on my long list too.
    Bradamante - Not sure
    Ceridwen - Perfect. Are you still considering Ceridwen Chione Soleil/Ondine/what was the 2nd mn? I think it's perfect for your winter baby.
    Cleopatra - Usually not a fan, but I like it with Aphrodite
    Gwenllian
    Hermione
    Isolde -
    Jezebel - Actually, I love this. Still on my GP list.
    Nimue - I like it, but not as fn.
    Serafina
    Sunniva
    Tinuviel
    Xenia
    Call me Cynthia, Angie, or Luna. 22. Name nerd.

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    Vanessa | Audrey | Ariadne | Callista | Belphoebe | Bellatrix | Lyra | Valencia | Valentina | Laetitia | Cytherea
    Gavriel | Hermes | Flynn | James | Orion | Alexander | Caspian | Peregrine | Marius | Altair
    Callum | Cadmus | Jason | Perseus | Theseus | Oliver | Éomund | Luca | Amias

  3. #70
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    Thanks everyone for your feedback! I'm sorry I haven't responded in a few days, I've just been so tired. But here we go!

    Angel; love your suggestions! Elida is indeed lovely, but it's one of two names my sister's called as hers. It was the name of my mother's grandmother and my sister is the only one of our generation who remembers her, so it's very important to her. Eir, Udunna and Signe are all middle material, love them all! Alcyone is out as a first, my husband thinks they're too similar. Nausicaa is a favourite of mine, but husband isn't crazy about it. Nephele is lovely, Proserpina too. Isis is one of my favourites for a middle, but I've got to admit, it would be cool as a first. I could have a brood of little Gods and Goddesses! Thanks sweetie!

    Lex; Thanks for the categories! And the comments. I agree with you about Lysie. I might have to take her off. As for Cleopatra, I think Zenobia, Isis and Circe all could fit as sisters, don't you?

    Irieisis; thank you! Serafina might be better as a middle. It was hubs suggestion, and usually I don't like to veto what he comes up with unless they are terrible.

    Sarah; I think so too! Belphoebe is so beautiful and sweet, and has so many nicknames (I've become a nickname junkie!).

    Saracita; thanks for your comments. The reason he doesn't want a ph sound is because it's in Aphrodite's name. He loves it, he just thinks it's too much if both of them have it. But he might come around. I know he loves the name. I think Bradamante is strong, but very very romantic and just beautiful. Circe is definitely one of my favourites! Thanks!

    Celianne; yay, you like it! I'm happy. And you've inspired me to re-read those books... must dig them up .

    Noetje; yes, I love Luthien more, but it's too close to lithium for me.

    Emma dear; Ooh, you like Bradamante! yay! I'm very happy about the ones you've picked out as keepers, those are mainly my favourites too. Love what you say about Cleoptara. The Ceridwen nickname thing is one thing that bothers me too. As I've told you before, you've made me a big fan of nicknames. The only thing I've come up with is Winnie. Thank you for saying what you said about Befana. I gre up celebrating Epiphany too, so I found it weird. But he really liked it (I like the sound of it), so I thought I'd see what others thought. He changed his mind reading some of these comments, so I'm happy. Tinuviel has nicknames Tiny, Nuvi, Elle! Thanks so much for all your comments, it all makes sense to me.

    Svea; Alvhilde and Elfrida are both gorgeous! Thanks!

    Muffin Mama; Thank you! Zenobia, Morgana and Cleopatra are definitely front runners for this baby. At least for me. I get what everyone say about Jezebel, it just makes me so sad... and I think it might be different here in England? Britberries, what say you? Zenobia something Lyonesse would be great. I would love to pair Zenobia with Isis (Zenobia Isis Alcyone is my top Zen pick at the moment).

    Ren; Thank you! I love Pandeia, it's so so cute and glittery!

    Mousehouse; I like Zenobia Morgana Lyonesse, so pretty! Zephyrine is indeed gorgeous, I just prefer it in the middle. Morgana Eos Zephyrine...

    Christina; well, that does it. Have to name her Belphoebe (if she's a girl). You paired up Zenobia and Isis! I love those two together, I've been pretty sure for a while that if we go with Zenobia, Isis would be the first middle. Thanks!

    Liz; yeah, I know. I have a friend who was on the Xena show as well, so it might be weird. I don't know... Morgana is one of my favourites, I can't imgine not having a daughter named Morgana some day! I've always felt a special bond to Morgana le Fay... Thanks!

    Irms; look at you! Befana is be-FAH-nuh. I love that you have a feeling about my baby, how cute! Circe is one of my favourites. Yes, we plan on having many more children. Nimue might be more of the little whimsical one than one of the older ones. I feel like Nimue would have to be blonde and curly and a bit of a naughty one. Thanks so much for all your comments, very helpful!

    c@29; thank you! Yes, we tied the knot last week. Simple, easy, no fuss. We're celebrating in a dress and with a big party after this baby is born sometime. Thanks for the comments, if he gets on board with Ceridwen, it's either Ceridwen Chione Solenne or Ceridwen Chione Noor. I love both.

    Thanks so much again, everyone. I'm going to edit later!
    [FONT=Palatino Linotype][CENTER]My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014[/CENTER][/FONT]

  4. #72
    I think Bradamante is strong, but very very romantic and just beautiful.
    I agree. It's beautiful name and think it could be very feminine with right girl and right accent. It's now become one of my faves for Roo's little sister.
    Last edited by theclocktowerofjoy; June 29th, 2013 at 11:00 AM.
    Sorry for bad English, I am from other country

  5. #74
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    I love so many of those names, but my favorites are Circe, Olympia, and Xenia. I love Olympia nn Oly.
    Mom to 2 girls ♥ Bayard McConnell "Bay" & Marguerite Davis "Maple"

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