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  1. #1
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    Looking for elegant, classic, traditional names

    (Not pregnant, just thinking ahead.) I'm still on a mission to find a first name I love with the middle name Theophania, but I'm beginning to think it's impossible! There are names I like, but none (except my beloved Zoe, which hubby is still vetoing) are feeling like "the one".

    These are the names currently on the list, in rough order of preference:
    Zoe (if I can get DH on board...)
    Penelope (Combo may be too Greek? Same with Zoe, honestly, but I can't help it if I love Greek names!)
    Isabel
    Lucy
    Mary
    Gabrielle
    Juliet
    Violet
    Genevieve
    Eve
    Emily
    Rosalie

    Names I like, but wouldn't work:
    Eleanor - Oh, I love this with Theophania, but we have a niece named Elena.
    Lillian, Marian, Vivian - Too similar visually with William. (And Marianne and Vivienne are too frilly paired with Theophania.)
    Daphne, Sophie - Too much "ph"
    Gwendolyn - Similar ending sound to Catherine.
    Madeleine - Ditto.
    Charlotte - Kinda rhymes with my name (Margaret) and I don't really want to use two "C" names.
    Emmanuelle, Evangeline - I think they're a bit over-the-top religious paired with Theophania, unfortunately.
    Eden - Not really classic or traditional, but it does sound great with Theophania...

    Any thoughts on these names or other suggestions, based on these preferences?

    - Must be a classic, traditional name with history. Greek, Hebrew, and Latinate (Latin, Spanish, French, Italian) names are my favorites, and French names in particular seem to go really well with Theophania.
    - Two or more syllables. Surname is only one syllable, and I don't really love any other one syllable names other than Eve.
    - Doesn't end with -ia. I'd prefer nothing that ended with -a either, but I'm a little more flexible on that if it sounds alright.
    - Sounds good in a sibset consisting of William and Catherine (and maybe Alexander), and preferably not repeating an initial. (No "T" names either.)
    - No "ph" or "th".
    - Popularity doesn't matter to us.

    Thanks!
    Last edited by mega_muffin; August 17th, 2013 at 10:27 AM.
    Proud mother to William "Liam" Balthazar and Catherine "Cate" Ophelia
    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

  2. #3
    Join Date
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    Lucy is my favorite from your list. It's a beautiful name. I don't think Eleanor and Elena are too close for cousins (assuming they both don't go by Ellie or Ella), but if you think it'll be confusing, I respect that. You could always call Eleanor Nora.

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
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    I notice you have the name Felicity in your signature, I think that would work well. Felicity Theophania sounds really pretty.
    Blythe, Cassidy, Dahlia, Faye, Felicity, Ophelia...
    Clark, Elliot, Ezra, Graham, Holden, James...

  4. #7
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    I love Zoe! Oh well. Just keep on trying and maybe you can convince him : ) I think French names are a great idea:

    Azélie
    Soliél

    And I know you don't want one-syllables names, but I think Fleur would be beautiful with Theophania.
    Last edited by chrisco; August 17th, 2013 at 01:50 PM.
    Raphael Benedict-Charles Ransom-Jude Matthias-Damian Pascal-Eli Constantine

    Lucia Marguerite-Genevieve Aster-Maura Francesca

    Honor-Elisabeta-Maeve-Afton-Ophelia-Calhoun-Ishmael-Arthur-Monroe-Sasha

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