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  1. #21
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    I still think that using two word names in a row looks odd, like you're describing a specific type of elm (the one at the river, the one where all the butterflies hang out). I love the name Magnolia, but it adds another tree to the bunch. Magnolia River Elm sounds like you couldn't pick which natural feature you liked best. I love the use of Elm to incorporate your family's names, so I'd keep that one. Between River and Butterfly, I guess I like River better. IMO Butterfly sounds like a name a four-year-old gives to her Barbie; it also makes me think of Madame Butterfly, who meets a very sad, upsetting end. To incorporate Butterfly, I would still opt for a name with that meaning or connection to butterflies, like Nova or Mazarine. Have you heard the Irish myth of Étaín? She is a princess that an Irish warrior falls in love with. Unfortunately, he's already married and his jealous wife turns Etain into a butterfly. There's a long string of adventures in which she gets reborn a thousand years later and eventually she and her hero are reunited and turn into swans or something. Etain has also been spelled Edain, Aideen, Aedin, and Adaon, and I think any of those would be a great nod to "Butterfly." Plus the part when she turns into a swan makes for a subtle connection to the constellation Cygnus.

    Of the four names you wrote out, I like Daphne Luna Elm best hands-down and Logan Aurora Elm the least (I think think all-star Logan doesn't fit with eclectic Wolfgang). I would recommend Azure Calliope Elm (love!), Scarlet Nova Elm (I still think Nova hits all the bases as a star and butterfly name), Daphne Etain Elm, or Daphne Aideen Elm. If you really want to use Butterfly, then I would recommend against using it with a color name like Scarlet. "Scarlet Butterfly Elm" makes me envision a tree covered in red butterflies. Aurora Butterfly Elm is better.

    Have you considered fitting the letters "ELM" into another name? Elma, Selma, Thelma, Wilhelmina (Winnie), Elmira or Elmire, Delma, Velma, etc? Or maybe you could unite all the names together? Lily Emmaline? Just some more ideas...

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