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September 21st, 2013 07:18 PM #1
I need a magical middle name for Nettle
If you haven't seen me around, I am the crazy nature namer. My kids will grow up to be fairies apparently (that was actually a response I got from someone on another naming site back when I wasn't bold with first names and was considering Foxglove as a MN for Rhoswen. Funny, tongue-in-cheek story I guess on why I call my naming style "Posh woodland fairy")
Anyway. I am name crushing on Nettle. I don't obsess over nicknames (neither of my kids have real world nicknames, just endearment names), but Nellie and Nettie come to mind as options. Nettles remind me of my childhood as I used to pick bouqets of flowering nettles for my mom. My mom was recently diagnosed as being in the early stages of dementia and I feel this name is a way to honor her. They are also very healthy and have uses in medicines and teas. I feel a name like this should have a "magical" middle name to compliment the tree-huggingnish of the first. Ones I am considering are:
Flutura (Albanian for 'butterfly')
Niamh (I don't mind alliteration. Our last name is Wakefield, so it's not like it's a triple N)
Genevieve (name stealing from another name on my list)
Arwen (too out there to use a Tolkein name?)
I am open to suggestions. I am looking for something that has a significant meaning, is from mythology, is a nature name in disguise (Yara, Philippa, Flutura as examples), or just feels magical in general. I really love Welsh, Gaelic, and Celtic names either in their pure forms or Anglicanized. This name will probably end up in my top 5, so I will probably be over-analytical. It's a challenge, I guess.
EDIT: Also thought I would add that I am of Russian/Irish/Polish descent and my husband is English/Dutch/Japanese. Kind of gives you a variety of cultures to play with.
Last edited by nymphalis antiopa; September 21st, 2013 at 07:21 PM.Mommy of Juniper Teagan & Pyrus Nikolai
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September 21st, 2013 07:36 PM #3Senior Member
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I'm sorry but I need to say this. You've got Goldenrod on your first name list and you're wondering if ARWEN is too out there for a middle name? Arwen's a completely normal name, Goldenrod sounds like an award given to skilled adult movie actors.
I think Nettle Niamh and Nettle Ceridwen would be beautiful options. I really like your Nettle story, it sounds like it is very significant to you, and it's a lovely plant. I know people with Nettle as a surname so I would choose something feminine in the middle.
Nettle Marzanna (Slavic mythology, Goddess of the dead and winter)
Nettle Aine (Irish Goddess of Midsummer and the sun)
Nettle Titania (the queen of the faeries )
Nettle Cicely (too much nature? Cicely's also queen of the elves in The Faerie Queene)
Nettle Albinia (Etruscan Goddess of the dawn)
Nettle Cressida (Cressida's so feminine and I like that it reminds of watercress next to Nettle)
Nettle Belladonna (too much? But it's fabulous....)
Nettle Rusalka (Slavic mermaid/nymph)
Nettle Melusine (an other worldly creature, mermaidesque)
Nettle Elfreda (elf strength!)
Nettle Florisdelfa (an enchantress in Arthurian romances...)
Nettle Godiva (the lady who rode naked through Coventry...)[FONT=Palatino Linotype][CENTER]My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014[/CENTER][/FONT]
September 21st, 2013 07:39 PM #5Senior Member
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Love your list of middle names, but it seems I spend half my life combing nettles from my pets' fur, so I have a strong negative reaction to using that as a name. I do love the thought behind your impulse, though. Perhaps Nettle in the mn spot?
September 21st, 2013 09:11 PM #7Gwen
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September 21st, 2013 11:06 PM #9Member
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