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  1. #86
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    First names from your list I LOVE:

    Combo I like (from your/posted ideas):
    Lucian Rainier

  2. #88
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Blade, where have I been! Congratulations, you dear beautiful creature! I literally swoon over most of your choices. I hope it's not too late to be helpful, because I'm about to gush all over your list, haha.

    Ambrose - I love this for you...soft, rich, and powerful. Antoine and Ambrose is a darling pair, but they do sound a bit like twinsies. Have you considered Ambrose in the middle? There is the Aurelius Ambrosius connection.
    Blaise - Love the soft burr of this one on the tongue, and digging the connections to Blaise Pascal and the patron saint of wild animals. The lisping meaning is unfortunate, but the Urban Dictionary entries make it so worth it Antoine and Blaise is a lovely softly masculine pairing.
    Cyprian - Huge fan of Cyprian. He brings to mind maps and clipper ships, dashing sea captains and the like. Not sure why this name is so gallantly nautical for me, unless perhaps it's the similarity to Caspian (but even then, Caspian is more high fantasy and Cyprian is more gentleman privateer). Antoine and Cyprian is definitely a swoonworthy combo. Shivers of happiness!
    Elias - Elias is a strong, vintage, Biblical choice. I think it is a beautiful name, but it is not my first choice with Antoine. It strikes me as more puritanical and less historically and culturally rich compared to some of your other options.
    Evander - The usability of Evan and Alexander with ten times the charm. The lore on this one is fabulous too! Antoine and Evander make an adorable sibset, and I can just see a little Evander with Antoine's glorious red curls.
    Laurence - of Arabia? Cute Love the laurel tree connection and the cadence of this name, but I have a deathly fear of the probable nickname Larry! Antoine and Laurence are quite handsome together though!
    Leander - For you, I like this even more than Evander! The Hero myth is beautiful, if quite tragic, and what little boy wouldn't want to be named "lion man"! Antoine and Leander is another swoonworthy combo, for sure.
    Lionel - Another fabulous leonine choice, and the Arthurian knight is an excellent namesake. This one is thoroughly tied to the singer Lionel Richie for me, however, and I vastly prefer Leander. Antoine and Lionel do not pair well enough to sway that opinion
    Lucian - Adore. I have mad crazy passionate love for Lucian and I always have. He's just so lush and dashing, and I love the juxtaposition of the "light" meaning with the often dark (or misunderstood?) characters who bear the name. But I digress. Antoine and Lucian is a sibset to die for!!!
    Marius - A lovely choice, not one of my favorites. I do like the ancient feel, but the simialrity to the common Mario kills some of the magic for me. Antoine does dazzle him back up a bit though...Antoine and Marius is quite charming.
    Raoul - I share the mad love for Raoul...I love the liquid-airy sound and feel and taste of it as it rolls off the tongue. Such a rich sensory name! The wolfish meaning appeals to me too, and it's one of the best matches with Antoine yet. Antoine and Raoul...Antoine and Raoul...Raoul and Antoine...Antoine Raphael and Raoul...I can't stop saying it!!
    Victor - Not as melodic as some of your other choices, and can come off as a word name, a la Ransom and Chase, despite the long history of use and namesakes such as Hugo. Have you considered Vittorio? Antoine and Vittorio sounds much more harmonious to my ear than Antoine and Victor.

    My favorite firsts are Cyprian, Lucian, and Raoul, though I love nearly all of them. Of your middles, Altair, Aurelian, Ignatius, Rainier, and Theodosius are my clear favorites, Theo and Nash being the wild cards. While I can see the appeal of Athanasius and Auxentius as unique and original choices after powerful historical figures. they are a little over the top even as middles. Antoine Raphael is magically delicious without being pretentious, and I think that is a good formula to follow for baby number two as well. I love the sound and feel of Esmond, and the meaning is beautiful. I just fear it would be mistaken for a lopped off Desmond.

    Combo ideas:
    Antoine Raphael and Lucian Rainier - I die. Simply. Die.
    Antoine Raphael and Lucian Altair - so melodious! I love how the cadences are the same as well, it ties the sibset together
    Antoine Raphael and Lucian Theodosius
    Antoine Raphael and Lucian Aurelius - only because the two -ian endings back to back was redundant
    Antoine Raphael and Lucian Ignatius - love the repeated "sh" sounds

    Antoine Raphael and Cyprian Ignatius
    Antoine Raphael and Cyprian Altair - This name just got even more "adventuring seafarer" for me with the addition of starry Altair. I didn't know that was possible!
    Antoine Raphael and Cyprian Theodosius - a mouthful, yes, but a delectable one!
    Antoine Raphael and Cyprian Aurelius - same reason for the suffix switch as with Lucian. This actually turns out to be quite dashing!

    Antoine Raphael and Raoul Theodosius
    Antoine Raphael and Raoul Altair - I didn't expect to enjoy this one because of the profusion of Rs and Ls and vowels...but it's really quite liquid and magical! I love the AR - RA initials as well
    Antoine Raphael and Raoul Ignatius - utterly handsome
    Antoine Raphael and Raoul Rainier - too much alliteration?

    I feel that Cyprian Rainier and Raoul Aurelian have too many similar back-to-back sounds to make workable combos.

    All this to say, my absolute very best favorites are....

    Antoine Raphael and Lucian Rainier OR Antoine Raphael and Raoul Altair

    Cannot wait to see what you choose, my dear!! After I've rested up a bit, I'll check out your girls' thread that I know has to be around here somewhere. Cheers!
    Last edited by sleepysessha; June 8th, 2013 at 11:45 PM.
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  3. #90
    renrose Guest
    I'd take off Cyprian. To me it's the same as calling someone Britton, American, French etc. I hear Cyprian and think 'Cyprian or Cypriate, a native of Cyprus.'

  4. #92
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    I love your list! So many great names. My favorites are:

    Last edited by kashed22; June 9th, 2013 at 07:21 AM.

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