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  1. #21
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    Mama to C, Z, E, P, D, G & I

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    Update!!!

    Balthazar is back, people!

    I've been looking for a name to honor my Uncle Danny, who I was very close to before he passed, despite the fact that I was only three at the time. Using a family name is really out-of-the-box for me, but in this one case I really wanted to try. Unfortunately, the name Daniel is not really usable for us despite the positive association with my uncle. So I was looking for something that connected to his name without being the same.

    I was reading the story of Daniel and researching the name on Behind the Name. The Biblical Daniel had two names: his Hebrew name, Daniel, and a Persian name: Belteshassar, aka Balthazar. As soon as I found this connection, I went straight to Hubby with it, fully expecting him to take like two weeks to think about it and maybe say no, or middle-only. But in one of his trademark shocking plot twists, Husband said yes! He couldn't remember his reason for vetoing the name in the first place, and he said the connection to my uncle really crystallized things for him, so that he could totally see us having a son named Balthazar. I'm shocked, but definitely not complaining!!

    I shared this on my Daniel thread, but one of the meanings of Balthazar is "God's protection," which is also significant. Because of my uncle's motorcycle accident and his involvement in motocross, my grandma attends racing events to pass out copies of his story and pray over the bikers before they ride. We also have a family ritual of flashing the peace sign or thumbs up at passing bikers and saying, "God bless the biker and his bike." Some of the racers in my grandma's area know the story of my uncle so well that they teasingly call him the red-haired patron saint of motocross, so I feel like the meaning is yet another way that this name sort of connects to his spirit.

    We'll probably go with Balthazar Wolf, because now that I've found this awesome name with a crazy behind-the-scenes family connection, I can't see using it as a middle. So that leaves me with Caspian to worry about. Caspian Tobias? Or keep looking?

    Thank you guys so so much! (Sarah, I'll write a real response to your reply in a bit!)
    Zion Nathaniel ~ Solomon Fable ~ Balthazar Wolf ~ Malachi Sparrow nn Kai ~ Tobias Rowan ~ Caspian _____
    Alice Willow ~ Ophelia Wren ~ Juliet Snow ~ Lucia Pearl ~ Eve Wisteria nn Evie ~ Cosima Rose ~ River Seraphine ~ Elowen Briar

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    Narnia Rose, Astoria nn Story, Illyria, Serafina, Soraya, Faerydae
    Orion Melchior North, Tobias Loki, Edmund, Frost, Oberon, Kenshin, Remiel, Atreyu

  3. #23
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    Oh Sessh, I am so glad that you found something so meaningful! And. So. Awesome. Balthazar Wolf is basically the most amazing name I've ever heard. I love the strong Z in there to make the full effect feel so powerful. I'm picturing a dark, strong, natural-born leader with glowing yellow eyes... Well ok, you know who I mean. But seriously, I think that is a great choice both as a meaningful first name and as a perfect fit for your Wolf combo. I adore it. I would seriously love to tell people that was my name. I'm going to be walking around swooning over this all day... Way to go husband!
    So happy for you. =]
    Dominic James~ 9

    Benedict : Gabriel : Jude : Phineas : Roland
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    Yay! Balthazar Wolf is just brilliant! Glad hubby loved it too; very happy for you!

    I'll mull over a few names for Caspian overnight - though I thought I might give a special mention to a long-time love of mine: the name Bacchus :x There's no 'flow' there, with Caspian, but I had to get it out of my system, lol. Wdyt?

    As much as I'd love to use it, with the last name Marsh, it becomes a well-known place in Australia :/ Just not sure about that one :S

    Again, Congratulations!

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    Sarah – Okay, here's the real response finally

    I'm sorry about the popularity thing with Ethan! I think as a middle though, especially one of two middles, he'll be okay, especially since Ragnar isn't even on the charts. My trouble with using Ethan as a middle is the same as your trouble using it as a first, haha – too many repeating an/en/on endings. You and my hubby are definitely alike in the sound similarities department. When we were looking at middles for River, he vetoed Isolde because he was like, "The River is old. Yeah, not happening." There have been a bunch of others but I can't think of examples off the top of my head. To the names! I have heard of Benaiah, but never considered it. I'm not sure how it flows with Caspian, since we're not looking for a Wolf name anymore. Theophilus is TOTALLY FAB, but unfortunately our friend has dibs. Two little Theophiluses…Theophili?? in our group would be way too much. Zebulon is cool, but I don't like it as much as Zion or Solomon, and –on ending rules it out for Caspian. I LOVE Naphtali!! I tried that one out on Hubby way back in the beginning, but it was vetoed…maybe he'll come around now that he's been subject to so many of my out there choices Issachar will not make it past Hubby. It's too bad about the meaning of Ishmael, because it's a beautiful name. Sinai is awesome, but I'm not sure Hubby will agree. We'll have to see! I do think Caspian is more familiar to the general public after the Narnia movies (we just pretend the Dawn Treader never happened….otherwise I'd be crushed that they ruined my favorite book in the series and turned it all into this weird villainous green mist…things were going so well with the first two adaptations!). I'm not in love with Caspian Tobias, but I might just give it to him if I can't find anything he likes more, since he so graciously reconsidered Balthazar!

    Amy – Hooray, I'm so glad you love it! You described exactly the way I feel about this name, haha. I couldn't have said it better. I'm thrilled that he changed his mind!!

    Aveline – Thank you!! I look forward to your Cas ideas Bacchus is totally bad@ss, but he'll never fly in this crowd. Our families are basically the modern equivalent of Prohibitionists, so naming our kid after the god of wine would totally flip them out. Plus Hubs is totally going to make some debauchery crack, I just know it. I'd actually love to meet a little Bacchus though, and if you want to use it, go ahead! If you're worried about the place name, there's also Dionysus and Silenus if you're going for association over sound.

    I seem to remember way back when I was first looking at Caspian combos that Husband liked Eli. I'm going to check with him to see if that is still the case, and if so, whether he likes it better than Tobias. I could totally get behind Caspian Eli, especially now that I'm still on Cloud 9 from Balthazar and feeling generous towards some of the names I crossed off in the past.
    Zion Nathaniel ~ Solomon Fable ~ Balthazar Wolf ~ Malachi Sparrow nn Kai ~ Tobias Rowan ~ Caspian _____
    Alice Willow ~ Ophelia Wren ~ Juliet Snow ~ Lucia Pearl ~ Eve Wisteria nn Evie ~ Cosima Rose ~ River Seraphine ~ Elowen Briar

    GPs
    Narnia Rose, Astoria nn Story, Illyria, Serafina, Soraya, Faerydae
    Orion Melchior North, Tobias Loki, Edmund, Frost, Oberon, Kenshin, Remiel, Atreyu

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    Oh, Sesshie, Balthazar Wolf is quite exquisite! I feel the same way Amy does, she described it very well indeed. I actually like Caspian Eli a lot too, it's very sweet and romantic. So congrats, it looks like you can start making those ten babes now!

    (on a side note, you thought the adaptation of Prince Caspian was good?)
    My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014

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    Thank you, Otter! I love the flow of Caspian Eli, and having looked up the meaning, I find that I like it even more.

    I don’t mean to say the Prince Caspian movie was as good as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which stayed very very true to the book. But for all the changes that were made, it still managed to stay close to the feeling of the book, so while they took some dramatic license, they didn't completely gut the original story (UNLIKE the third movie. Shudder...) I think the additions of Susan/Caspian's romance and especially the scene with Edmund overcoming the White Witch provided really good character development in places where the original story wouldn't have translated quite as well to the screen. However, I was extremely displeased with the rivalry between Peter and Caspian, as well as Caspian's participation in the summoning of Jadis, so points off for those.
    Zion Nathaniel ~ Solomon Fable ~ Balthazar Wolf ~ Malachi Sparrow nn Kai ~ Tobias Rowan ~ Caspian _____
    Alice Willow ~ Ophelia Wren ~ Juliet Snow ~ Lucia Pearl ~ Eve Wisteria nn Evie ~ Cosima Rose ~ River Seraphine ~ Elowen Briar

    GPs
    Narnia Rose, Astoria nn Story, Illyria, Serafina, Soraya, Faerydae
    Orion Melchior North, Tobias Loki, Edmund, Frost, Oberon, Kenshin, Remiel, Atreyu

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    I came on here to comment a middle name for Caspian which I thought might be quite nice, only to find that the new discovery Balthazar (which is INCREDIBLE by the way, and sounds perfect with Wolf and all your other lovely names) might be the one thing that rules it out... I thought Caspian Melchior sounded and looked fab, but I'm beginning to think I've seen it suggested here before... So sorry about that if it has, and also the Magi thing might be a problem. But they were very wise and kinglike, so they're not that bad role models really. Good luck!

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