Oh, my faves are ones that he vetoed!
I love Irene. I love the nicknames for it - Renie and Ree
I love Nerissa! It is so ethereal.
Others I like are Verity, Anastasia, Phillipa, Sylvia (prefer Sylvie though), Rosamond is nice, What if you spell it Rosamund? and Maris!
I noticed that a few of the names on your list have meanings related to the sea. These names are not all Greek, but you might like them:
Nerida, Nerina, Marina, Morwenna, Morwen, Marisol, Darya, Evadne, Briseis, Andromeda, Pelunia, Nautica? I love the thought of Nautica as a name, it reminds me of Nadia, but I think it is a brand name. Booo!
Sorry, I'm not fond of any of these names except maybe Phillipa nn Pippa. These names totally give visions of a nerdie nerd getting constantly teased. Nothing personal, just IMO.....
Maybe I'm missing something with Cassiane. I'm pronouncing it just like "Cassie-Anne," which makes me think of gingham tablecloths and freckled girls in sunflower fields. Not bad images, just untempered sunniness. I imagine a daughter of yours having more mystery, maybe a ninja star in her back pocket... The connection to St Cassian is a nice thing, and the cassia plant. Do you pronounce it "Cass-yahn" or something?
I think of Cassie as the kind of girl who's so cheerful you want to yank her pigtails. Cass is great though.
Casilda? I think your husband's fondness for Cassiane bodes well for Cosima.
Yes on all accounts. :) I don't know Victor Kiriakis but the surname is clearly Greek and clearly derived from the name or more likely its masculine variant Kyriakos... perhaps an ancestral Kyriake/os in the tree somewhere. In Greek, "Kyri-" is the root meaning "Lord," as in a reference to Christ. You might have heard the chant "Kyrie Eleison," which came over into Latin and into English intact, meaning "Lord, have mercy." [Kyrie is the vocative case]. Anyway, it means "of the Lord" and is a relatively popular name in Greece.
Originally Posted by niteowl13
Emms, Cassiane is just my favorite spelling of the name usually rendered in English as Kassiani. It's got four syllables and is pronounced cass-ee-AHN-ee. I have a potentially irrational belief that Kassiani skews tryndee to people unfamiliar with it.
Cassiane is so so much better with the "AH-nee" in there. Now I see the appeal. Without the pronounced last syllable to keep the rhythm balanced, it's a very different name. Not sure the spelling is intuitive, but who cares. Just cross your fingers that the Kardashians don't snatch up Kassiani, as suggested by the Nameberry blog. I cannot for the life of me understand why a black hip-hop artist would want to give the third member of his family another K initial. Seriously not a good idea.