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  1. #1
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    Jul 2012
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    The Wonderfully Brave Girls

    After going up and down my list a thousand times, we're only keeping Morgana as a first name. She's definitely the front runner (I can't imagine myself not having a daughter named Morgana), but it feels like a very specific name, so I do need backups. Husband has nixed Pandora (because she was man made) and Hespera (because "it doesn't feel serious enough, and she was silly").

    My...Our new list is (Update here)
    Artemis
    Aradia
    Bellicent
    Bradamante
    Calliope
    Circe
    Cleopatra
    Delilah
    Electra/Elettra
    Guinevere/Ginevra
    Hecate
    Hypatia
    Isis
    Isolde
    Nausicaa
    Nefertiti
    Niniane
    Olympia
    Silmarien
    Sybilla
    Vashti
    Zenobia
    Zorya

    What do you think of these? Which one do you think we should choose? I'd ideally like a top five. I like it when the names feel different from each other.

    If you have suggestions, they're more than welcome. We want names of women who were brave, interesting, funny, clever and magical (or some of these). I don't want names of treacherous women, women who couldn't think for themselves, silly women. Mythology, history, literature, folklore... all good sources. I'm not a big fan of Bible names (I know I have two there, but they were exceptional women), or names from contemporary history (I just prefer the ancient ones). And no Jane, please.

    Thanks!
    Last edited by ottilie; August 5th, 2013 at 05:57 AM.
    [FONT=Palatino Linotype][CENTER]My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014[/CENTER][/FONT]

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
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    I can't get it down to a top 5. Here's a top 9:

    Morgana
    Artemis
    Bellicent
    Circe
    Cleopatra
    Electra
    Isis
    Isolde
    Zenobia

    Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Winifred or Simon Atlas | Atlas Dov or Alice Violetta | Lucien Wilde or Lucinda Jane | Jane Lucinda or Jack Marlowe | Marlowe Charles or Roscoe Thomas | Charles ' Charlie' Wallace or Marigold 'Maggie' Wynn | Eloise Lily or Elliot Darwin | Iris Cordelia or Thea Marina | Jasper Augustus or Juniper 'June' Lovelace | Julian Felix or Judah 'Jude' Reeve

    Just a grad student dreaming ahead...

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
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    I'm glad you're keeping Morgana as I think she's a good choice to match Aphrodite's strength. I would avoid names that share the same "ee" ending (Nefertiti, Circe, Calliope etc...). Here are my top five choices (other than Morgana).

    1 Guinevere (fave) - I love this name with Aphrodite. I like that the two names are mythological but from different cultures.
    2 Zenobia - rare and exotic

    Honorable Mentions

    Hypatia
    Isis
    Olympia
    All the best,
    Mischa.

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
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    I love Morgana
    from your backup list my favorites in order would be
    Calliope I really love this one
    Guinevere
    ARTEMIS
    then Isolde, I love the name my son is Tristan

  5. #9
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    Love
    Artemis
    Calliope
    Circe
    Cleopatra
    Guinevere
    Olympia
    Zenobia

    Like
    Delilah
    Electra
    Hecate
    Isolde
    Nefertiti (but I would ax it as a sister for Aphrodite; they're very similar sounding to my ear)
    Vashti
    Zorya

    Indifferent
    Aradia
    Hypatia
    Isis
    Niniane
    Sybilla

    Dislike
    Bellicent
    Bradamente
    Nausicaa
    Silmarien

    I would go with a top five consisting of Morgana, Guinevere (I'm loving her as a sister to Aphrodite!), Cleopatra, Zenobia, and Calliope.
    Proud mother to William "Liam" Balthazar, and expecting Catherine "Cate" Ophelia in September 2014!
    Future Daughters: Isobel "Zoe" Theophania, Veronica "Vera" Seraphine
    Future Sons: Alexander "Olek" Crispin/Leopold, Dominic "Nico" Valentine

    Nicholas ~ William ~ Alexander ~ Sebastian ~ Gabriel ~ Benjamin ~ Dominic ~ Oliver ~ Crispin ~ Gregory
    Zoe ~ Catherine ~ Veronica ~ Penelope ~ Elizabeth ~ Daphne ~ Anastasia ~ Seraphina ~ Ophelia ~ Felicity

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