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  1. #1
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    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:

    Philippa
    Scarlett
    Flutura (Albanian for 'butterfly')
    Epona
    Niamh (I don't mind alliteration. Our last name is Wakefield, so it's not like it's a triple N)
    Yara
    Genevieve (name stealing from another name on my list)
    Bedelia
    Arwen (too out there to use a Tolkein name?)
    Ceridwen
    Electa

    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 06:21 PM.
    Mommy of Juniper Teagan & Pyrus Nikolai

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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...)
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  3. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by ottilie View Post
    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.
    LOL!!! I'm sorry, but the Goldenrod comment was hilarious.

    I'm actually naming DD2 Arwen, so I consider it usable. Though with a unique name like Nettle, I'd usually recommend a more "normal" middle name so the child has another option in case they don't like their first name (I'm using either Rose or Violet as a MN for Arwen). From your list I really like Scarlett and Genevieve.

    Since you specifically asked for magical names though, I'll share some of my favorites:

    Hermione
    Aurora
    Ariadne
    Lyra
    Luna
    Andromeda
    Freya
    Cassandra
    Elara
    Eleri
    Serena

    EDITED to add:

    I just thought of another -- Maeve! The name of the Irish Fairy Queen! Fits your naming style perfectly.

  4. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by ottilie View Post
    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...)
    Lol on the Goldenrod comment. I think the issue with Arwen is the same issue I have with Hermione. I love both names dearly, but they are heavily associated with specific characters from popular series with huge followings. It's hard to imagine the name on anyone else. Like Yoko and Madonna, kwim?

    Anyways...
    Nettle Marzanna - ooh I like. I do wish I knew more about Slavic mythology. I'm studying Norse right now.
    Nettle Aine - love this. Hubby vetoed Aine with Juniper though, so I'm not sure how he would feel about it.
    Nettle Titania - I played Titania when I was in high school. The guy who played Oberon would call me "Titan titties". Can't get over that association.
    Nettle Cicely - I like it.
    Nettle Albinia - I'm always curious on the correct pronunciation of this. Does it rhyme with Lavinia?
    Nettle Cressida - this keeps going on and off of the list. On one hand, it is lively and fresh. On the other, my husband says it reminds him of an old creepy cat lady.
    Nettle Belladonna - I grow my own belladonna as a sleep aid. It has the same problem as Cressida though and was already vetoed as a FN.
    Nettle Rusalka - Ru-Saul-Kah? Am I pronouncing this right? I like it.
    Nettle Melusine - like
    Nettle Elfreda - lol I actually really like it and the meaning is fun. Tim will probably think it's a joke if I suggest it, but we shall see.
    Nettle Florisdelfa - while I do like it, it feels a little "too much".
    Nettle Godiva - a very interesting character. Now I am craving chocolate:grin:
    Mommy of Juniper Teagan & Pyrus Nikolai

    Catkin Winifred, Owl Arianrhod, Celandine Ceridwen, Heliotrope Isolde, Nettle Chiyo, Chicory Tallulah, Pennyroyal Matilda, Wedelia Imogen, Mallow Araminta, Dandelion Jane
    Senna Lazarus, Bramble Gideon, Comfrey Azrael, Thistle Dorian, Huckleberry Iver, Larkspur Saul, Bear Cornelius, Yarrow Barnaby, Sol Aurelius, Hawthorn Otis, Centaury Eben

    New Crushes: Criofan, Silver, Bastet, and Noctua
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  5. #9
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    Nettle Marzanna would be so lovely!
    Love Nettle Belladonna too but I do think it might be too planty.
    From your original list I prefer Nettle with Niamh.

    Also your husband's nuts - Juniper Aine is gorgeous.
    And for the record I much prefer Ziporrah to Sephora.


    Nettle is a wonderful choice whatever mn you end up going with. I really love it.
    Last edited by katieydenberg; September 22nd, 2013 at 11:53 PM.
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