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  1. #1
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    Adapting an unusable name

    We choose names for our kids after people we want them to aspire to be like, people who model a certain trait very well. Sort of like how the puritan would name their children virtues to remind them to be like that. We just learned the story of Telemachus and his efforts in ending the gladiator battles and wow! This could be the boys name we've been looking for (We're not expecting a boy at the moment. We just like to have a good name for each gender sitting on the shelf ). Except that Telemachus is completely unusable. And we can't figure out any way to adapt it to make it work. Can we please get some help on figuring out how to use the name Telemachus?

  2. #3
    I'm not exactly sure if you're looking for another FN to use, or some nn's, but I can only think of a few for the latter:

    Mac/Mack
    Tal
    Charlie (??? - possibly, from the 'ch' in the name)

    Another way to use it could possibly using Telemachus as a FN, but calling the child by his middle name, as many people do with aged or "unusable" names that are still important namesakes.
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  3. #5
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    You could always follow the time-honored naming tradition of putting it in the middle. Otherwise, why don't you use Homer, since Telemachus appeared in Homer's Odyssey? Odyssey would make an intriguing, if bold choice, and would work especially well as a middle name.

    Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Winifred or Simon Atlas | Atlas Dov or Alice Violetta | Lucien Wilde or Lucinda Jane | Jane Lucinda or Jack Mariner | 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

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    You may also want to consider names that have the same meaning as Telemachus, or names that embody a virtue you admire in this character. Valor, Concord, Honor, Paladin, Prosper, Victor, August, Justice, Loyal, Clement, Hale, and Legend come to mind. Names like Abel and Abraham are more usable names of equally loyal sons; Benjamin means "son of the right hand; son of my old age," and Dylan means "son of the sea," which would be particularly appropriate given that Telemachus's father was Odysseus. "Mac" just means "son of."

    And speaking of the sea, why not look at names related to water and adventure? Sailor, Venture, Nemo, Murphy, Antaeus, Morgan, Kai, Leomaris, Marius, Merritt, Marvin, Zale, Orman, Perseus, Nereus, Murrow, Mariner, Somerley, Ferdinand, Fisher, Raleigh, Archer, Marco, Castor, Pollux, Nestor, Peregrine, Faramond, Romer, Arvad, Brendan (all found via ThinkBabyNames, if you want to look up meanings).

    Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Winifred or Simon Atlas | Atlas Dov or Alice Violetta | Lucien Wilde or Lucinda Jane | Jane Lucinda or Jack Mariner | 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

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  5. #9
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    The sounds of Telemachus sort of evoke Talmadge to me. Talmadge is rare as a first name and as a surname, but has some history of use in the US. What else...you could go for the faintly similar rhythm of Atticus or Thaddeus. There are some good suggestions above. Going with Odyssey, I think Ulysses is due for a revival.

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