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    Mar 2012
    Quote Originally Posted by tuitree View Post
    Lovely. We have an Ayla and are considering Cleo for number 2. Although Ayla may not appear to have the same history behind it as Cleo it is the name of a city in Arabian Nights and if spelt Aila is a nn for Aileen.
    Ayla is beautiful. Said "eye-la" it is also a Turkish girl's name meaning "the halo of light around the moon."

    Anyway, some other ideas. (Though I like Ayla very much)

    Iris - rainbow goddess, a flower that comes in many colours and varieties, some delicate and ethereal and some wild and hardy. Plenty of history as a name yet redolent with legend and magic. I see an Iris as a little more studious and quiet than a Cleo, but in a compatible way. I picture her as having a level of strength and tenacity under a 'good girl' veneer that peels away if she has to defend herself or a friend. This is also the one with no nickname options, putting it on par with Cleo.

    Esther- 'star' This is a name I see as brushed metal, grey and shimmering. It is regal but not snobby. I see an Esther having big thoughtful eyes. I see her as strong but she prefers solitary sport to teams - archery and wandering through the woods or swimming alone at the beach, not soccer or softball.

    The nickname thing is the killer. I could make a great argument for Susannah as far as history/weight but it is CRAWLING with nicknames. Same for Beatrix, which I love too. (Though I prefer Betty to Trixie)

    Phoebe has been suggested a bunch of times already but it's really good, considering the varied facets of Biblical/mythological/bird/astronomy meanings but still having a short, perky, lively feel. And little need for a nickname. A rarer option could be Luna.

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