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August 27th, 2013 11:30 PM #53
Okay guys. LOL – I think you’re influencing me in the wrong direction. I found Quenilda on the “Knights and Ladies” thread and showed The Man. He did like the “Quinn” part but not the “ilda” part. Eh, well, I had no way of predicting that when he liked Astrid. Seemed like a short trip to me, but he said it was ugly like Brunhilda. Okays, dear. (Actually I was just impressed that he even knew Brunhilda).
Rapunzel, nn Zelda, that’s hilariously cute, but crosses the out-there line for me. Hubby was quite amused at the suggestion though. He was all sarcastic saying, “What’s the nickname, Puny??” but then he looked impressed when I said Zelda.
So then I showed him Melisende and Ondine, and he said compared to what I’m showing him, Rapunzel doesn’t seem so bad. Oy.
Shenandoah came up thanks to the bad review it got earlier today, and my reasons for having it on my list. For those of you who missed that, apart from the geographic region and the country band (which are definite strikes against), “Shenandoah” is an American folk song about a river sailor who loves an Indian chief’s daughter (Shenandoah is the chief’s name). Hubby and I used to perform it together all the time. We have Native American as well as European heritage – on both sides – so the story is interesting to our family as well as the song being significant in its own right. Anyway, I guess I hadn’t gone over my reasons of significance before, and he liked them, and says he likes Shenandoah a lot better now. So, yay! It gets a solid spot on the middle name list. If we could have it pronounced more like shen-an-dough with the final “ah” less enunciated, like the song, instead of shen-an-dough-uh like the region, we’d probably move it up to first name status. Boo. Here’s a YouTube link for anyone who wants to hear the song. Michael Landon Sings Shenandoah (by tig365) - YouTube
Alright…on to the individual replies:
@kashed22 – thanks for the mention! Hubby turned Melisende and Ondine down flat, sadness!
@rhiatayler – Zenobia is so cool, I think I really will have to sneak it onto my middle names list. Thessaly is sweet, but I know it’s just bound to be a problem…is that starting sound TH or T? Amayllis – is this the actual name or was it supposed to be Amaryllis? We did have Amaryllis on the mutually-approved list, but it wasn’t quite holding among the others. I think I’ll give it a second chance before we completely discard it. Grr, Nerissa is one I just cannot get DH to bite on. I forget what his objection was but he really didn’t like it. I like Ceridwen but that’s about guaranteed to be too clunky. Gweneira is probably DH’s least favorite of the Gwen names, I can’t get any interest for Gwenllian either. Gwendolyn was the first I got any interest out of, and then he started to come around to Gwyneth a bit.
@sleepysessha – I think we’re coming to the end of the options here, as hubby is not liking the direction I’m heading, but it has been a really good run and very enjoyable! And I’m glad to hear a good word for Willow. I think what bothers me is I can’t think of many good nns, except maybe for LoLo, which is sort of cute, but I guess I would have to meet the kid to know if it would work. Peregrine was fun because I had a whole long list of possible nns for him… Perrin, Penn, Rin, Perry, Reggie, Aaron…but he refused to be anything other than Pippin, which was my last pick (because I was afraid we would go into fantasy overload, haha!).
Rapunzel nn Zelda is pretty brilliant, but I’m going to have to pass. I had an interesting conversation about her recently with my cousin (the one who made me read Dealing with Dragons and is getting a PhD in Victorian Lit). We were discussing the original fairytale and how when the blinded Prince and Rapunzel find each other, Rapunzel has two children. So then the discussion of course, was “what we up in that tower” vs would a girl locked up in a tower her whole life have any idea of what was going on? Is it rather likely that the Prince was doing whatevertheheck he wanted, and the whole story ends merrily with a nice little dose of Stockholm Syndrome? I mean really, why didn’t a valiant and brave prince stick around to “do in” the evil captor and bust the babe out of there? Some of those medieval tales are just so dark before they get Disney-fied, and even their version has that poor girl suffering some serious mental trauma.
@jtucker – Thanks for the suggestions! You know I really liked Iris, I love the flowers, and everyone knows how to say it – and my husband said it made him think of the iris of your eye. Saywhaaaa?? See what I’m working with here? LOL But, to be fair, he likes Daphne and I can’t get over that it sounds so much like “daffy.” We’re hopeless, aren’t we!
@joyfulmomto8 - Thanks! Ack, wouldn’t you know, I raised livestock up until I married, and one of the many names I ruined for myself was Josie. It’s such a darling name, but I don’t think I will ever, ever be able to see that name on my own child. Another plus for Willow, thanks!
-- An aside here to acknowledge the searching and finding thereof of the Knights & Maidens list! Yay!
@islandgirlroxxy – I’ve never heard Azeneth before, I don’t think DH will like it but I’m still going to go look it up, it looks so interesting. Thanks!
@corvet – Hi, thanks for taking the time to say hi and thanks about Zephan too! People seem to either love it, hate it, or they just plain don’t get it. I’ll be sure to tell my little man that someone said his name was great, he gets overshadowed by Caspian so much. I think the regional aspect of Shenandoah is probably the biggest drawback to it as a name – it’s the name of the chief in the song – so that’s why it’s likely to stay in middle name territory.
@owlett – Hello again! Elfina, well you’re right, I think that’s a new one. I’ll have to go over and add it to that massive huge list I have going! Hubby will croak over the “elf” at the beginning though, lol.
@lvs1989 – I saw Ffion recently and had been contemplating it. I think my hubby will just be like, “it might as well be Fiona,” and probably won’t like the double-F thing either…but on the other hand, he won’t take Fiona because of the Shrek connection (he feels like he would be naming his daughter an ogre name, ugh), and says Fia needs a full name. I guess it won’t hurt to throw it at him, what’s the worst that can happen, his eyes will get all big again? Heehee. He does like Lucy and we could follow that path halfway around the globe but I have a problem with ALL the names that have “loo” in them. I just…can’t do it. Luna is as close as I can stomach and that’s only because of the moon, but it’s such a short trip to lunatic (no pun intended), and our surname starts with T, so…yeah no. Thanks for your comments, I appreciate it!
This is such a fun thread, everyone chatting away and finding links and admiring avatars, not to mention throwing bajillions of fantastic ideas at me. Thanks a lot, Berries!
Okay, new this time is Ffion; getting a nudge to get another consideration are Amaryllis & Lydia; sneaking onto the middle name list is Zenobia; and just for kicks I’m going to look up Azeneth because I’ve not come by that one before.
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August 27th, 2013 11:31 PM #55Senior Member
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Okay, a few more C names just in case they haven't yet been suggested or thought of:
And these are sort of random:
Gretel (love this one with Eve actually . . .)
Edwina (I'm almost sure this has been offered up as a way to get to Gwen, but just in case it hasn't . . .)
Also wanted to say that Willow is really lovely and I hope it can be a bit of a relief that you have one good name that overlaps your and husband's lists. Though of course I understand the impulse to keep searching!
August 28th, 2013 01:13 AM #57
August 28th, 2013 06:11 AM #59Junior Member
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Ffion Willow sounds nice.
I have both names in my family actually:
Ffion Doro And Erin Willow are amongst my cousins' unusually named children.
Ffion isn't all that popular although its a beautiful sound and everyone I mention it to says 'oh I love that' and no one questions the Ff - it's just welsh and that's normal in the UK. I'd go for Ffion Willow personally.F: Esmé, Willow, Daisy, Mathilde, Alice, Tessa, Violet, Evelyn, Beatrix, Rosalie, Amelie, Arya, Julia, Maya, Caitlyn, Clementine.
M: Gabriel, Noah, Ivo, Benjamin, William, Alfred, Sasha, Jacob, George, Eliot, Tristan, Oliver, Louie, Lucas, Dylan, Vincent.