Zelda Again!

After much arguing back & forth, Zelda is on the official list with approval. Now, he thinks she needs “something light and frilly” in the middle and I think she needs a little grounding.  I went through our lists (the whole extensive mess!) ad have it down to these three. I tried to balance light & frilly with something a bit more down to earth in the middle. Zelda strikes me as a touch heavy but not too much so.

I have a poll going at Behind the Name with these three in it as well, feel free to go vote, if you wish!

Zelda Rosalie Violet
Zelda Frances Rosemary
Zelda Lily Caroline

I think I like Zelda Rosalie Violet & Zelda Lily Caroline best, but I’m also charmed by Zelda Frances Rosemary in fits.  Which do you like best? And if you don’t mind, why?  I’d love to hear anyone’s thoughts!

 

Addendum: I just saw someone asking about Zelda at fairly trendy  babynames.com, some of the things I thought of to go with Zelda but ultimately discarded are in that thread; Carys, Caroline, etc.  I am quite thrilled with Zelda Rosalie Violet and was very happy indeed to not see Rosalie or Violet in that thread. Not that I expect either name to remain quiet, Violet’s already on the way up and with ‘Twilight’ the huge hit  it appears to be, Rosalie’s going to start climbing as well. 

Yet Another Maud Post!

Maud India Scarlett

Is moving up my list, quickly! She started out as a wild card, then way down at #14. But after re-shuffling for Likability, usability and just plain aesthetics, Maud India Scarlett now rests at #5 behind Pomeline Frances Elinor but ahead of Mathilda Esme Primrose.  Not of Earth shattering importance, but a stunner for me. Thought you should know.    😀

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Some Manly Oddballs

Just in case you thought all my weirdos were female, surprise!  Submitted for your perusal, the men:

Peregrin/e– Yes, I am a shameless LOTR fan. The man was a linguistic genius and I bow to his superior skill. Pippin is easily my favorite of the Hobbits and hence the inclusion of Peregrine (I also like Peregrin) on my rolls.

Porfirio– Despite his playboy image (Porfirio Rubirosa), I’ve love the flowing, happy sound of Porfirio since I was two. He’s so fun to say and anything that makes me smile is worth hanging onto.

Ignatius – Yes, I like Iggy, he sounds zippy and wildly creative to my ears. He’s a family name for me, the first of the maternal line to hit America. I’d love to honor the guy who made it possible for this at least partially Russian chick to have a Scottish surname!

Clarence– Yeah, he’s a much too optimistic Angel in my least favorite Christmas flick but there’s still something mightily appealing about Clarence.  He feels simple, attractive and creative to me. I can’t make him leave my boys list.

Valentin– One of the Maternal Great Uncles, I adore Valentin because not only was he family, he reminds me of my Dad, born on Valentine’s day and cursed with a trendy name that he intensely disliked. Valentin makes me think of Pop without being him. And yes, I think Val is mightily sexy on a grown guy. But Tino’s a cool possibility too.

Tiberius– Yes, Trekgeek extreme here (Don’t even start me on the remake movie due late next spring!). If he didn’t say “already done” to James Tiberius; it’s one bit of fan geekdom I could happily live with forever. *sigh*

Solomon – One of the few overtly Biblical names I adore. I love his sound, his image and his strength. I think Solly would be really adorable on a toddler,  pretty cool on a teen/twenty something and not too shabby on a 70 year old either!  That’s an awesome run for a nickname.

Aloysius– Yes, he’s a bit stiff and stuffy but say him aloud, he’s so swooshy and fun to say. No, I don’t have a problem with Al potentially but I love saying this in full most often so he’s mainly middle material for me.

Apollo – My favorite of the Greco/Roman Gods. Light, the sun, music, poetry, you name it, he’s been ascribed to rule over it through time. How Renaissance-y of Apollo!  Never fear, he’s also slated for middle use only. Willem Apollo, in particular is a favorite combo.

Tilden/Tillo/Tielo – All three are on my lists, strictly for the Till part. Tilley is the family surname for the other half and I keep looking for ways to use that sound somewhere. Tillo charms me the most.

Bede – Fascinating because of  (The) Venerable Bede. Get yourself a copy of “Ecclesiastical History of the English People” and enjoy the reading. It’s simply a wonderful piece of writing, significant for it’s history more than it’s religion. A real Renaissance sort of guy, long before the Renaissance!

Imre– Fun to say (eem-ree). A variation of Emeric/Emmerick  that appeals greatly to me because of his pronunciation. Middle material for me, there’s no familial link.

So there you have my Manly Oddballs! See, I’m not feminine biased, entirely! 😀

Cosmo Revisited

Just a quick update – After watching the poll and a fair bit of discussion, we have a new Cosmo front-runner!

 

Cosmo Henry Gavriil

 

 

 

Gavriil was one of my Babci’s many brothers (Valentin, Arkadiy, Dmitriy, Pavel, Branimir, Ivan, Maksim, Sergei, Baltazar, Rafael, Pyotr & Constantin). While I never knew him, the stories of him were always my favorites and it’s the most fun to say aloud too: gah-vree-eel.

I think Henry adds a nice note of serious to Cosmo & Gavriil is a nice nod to the maternal line, which is tough to fit in with the Scots surname! Cosmo comes from my Paternal line and I feel a little badly that only Henry honors his side but he’s got no problem, himself. He says “the G’s enough to honor Graham, for me”. Isn’t he a doll? 😀

So it’s Hip, Hip, Huzzah for Cosmo Henry Gavriil!  

 

The Popular Kids I Like

Just in case you’ve been reading this blog and think I completely shun anything remotely normal, I thought I’d post a list of the guys & gals that I like, ranked in the top 100. I like them, but could never bring myself to use them. I still like hearing these on other people’s kids!

 

The Girls – rank in 2007:

Isabel – 86
Lily – 27
Elizabeth – 10
Katherine – 39
Anna – 25
Lillian – 33
Sophie – 82
Caroline – 99

And The Boys – rank in 2007:

William – 8
Alexander – 11
James – 15
John – 19
Nicholas – 20
Gabriel -28
Robert – 47
Diego – 58
Julian – 66
Xavier – 68
Sebastian – 72
Henry – 91
Steven – 97 
Timothy – 100

Some of these I wish were higher ranking, so I’d hear them a bit more. Especially on the boys side, Robert, Steven & Timothy particulalrly please me and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of Sophie, Elizabeth, Katherine & Lillian.

 

So, I do like some popular, mainstream, completly normal names. I just choose to go off the beaten path a bit more than most.

The Freaky Weird Girls

Well, that’s what I used to call them but I’ve grown rather attached to the following beauties (remember, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder [Not that Beholder doesn’t conjure up monsters for me!]). I just thought, after the Popular Kids post, that I really should try swinging in the opposite direction!  So, here, for your enjoyment are my favorite ‘Freaky Weird Girls’

Tullia– feminine of Tullius, as in Marcus Tullius Cicero.

Petronella/Petronel – a German (among others) feminine form of Peter.

Philomela – Greek, meaning “friend of song”, she’s got a nasty story but in the end, is transformed into a nightingale.

Silke– a German nickname for Celia, pronounced Zil-kə.

Salome– such a pretty sound: sal-OH- may. She’s got a bum rap as the chick who demanded John the Baptist’s head but there was a Salome at the crucifixion as well as later at the tomb, among the women who discovered it empty.

Minu/Minoo– Means ‘Heaven’ in Persian. Minoo’s a variant spelling that makes me smile. It feels like a flower. Beats Nevaeh!

Eos– is the Greek version of the Roman Aurora. Eos is easier to say and looks more awesome too.

Celandine– is a flower name, comes from the Greek word for "swallow" (as in the bird, not the action). Sell-an-deen, such a pretty sound. She’s the ‘cellar door’ of names, for me.

Lettice– No, she’s not produce, she’s the Medieval form of Leticia/Letitia/Laetitia. I love Medieval names and find this one so light and charming. If it wasn’t for the similar vegetable lettUce, I’d use her in a heartbeat. I adore her.

Eglantine– Another flower name, she’s more commonly Sweetbrier. She’s in Chaucer’s ‘The Prioress’s Tale’. Told you I was a sucker for Medieval names!

Clothilde– Pronounced: clo-TEELD, she’s light, lyrical and lovely. Sadly, everyone and their third Uncle  sees the ‘clot’ and thinks it’s awful. She was the wife of Frankish Clovis the Great, whom she converted to Christianity.

Pomeline – She’s actually on my working list, she’s French, for little apple. If only Gwyneth had known!

Cleome– is actually a flower (you may know it as a spider flower) clee-oh-MAY, isn’t she pretty?

Ottoline– in reality, she’s just really uncommon, not weird but ot-TEH-leen is light, beautiful and lovely. She’s at least got some precedent; Lady Ottoline Morrell and storybook Miss Ottoline Brown. Makes Ottoline as least nominally familiar sounding. And I adore her, she’s my #2 name for a girl.

Cecily & Cecilia

 Cecilia has been one of my favorite names since at least Kindergarten.  It was my Babci’s name.  I was nearly cecilypatchwork2named for her which would have been weird as a kid, as my BFF is named Cecilia!  So, move forward all these years later and I am still loving Cecilia. Seems like a perfect sister for Josephine, no? If I named another girl Cecilia, she’d get lost with the three cousins I have already named that. They go by Ceil, Celia & Cecilia. Funnily enough, those cousins are half cousins and their Grandmother was Catherine. My Babci was wife #2!  So I started looking around for variants and rolled right into Cecily. Cecily’s perfect! She’s a bit frilly but no lacy little darling; Cecily’s got a core of steel. I like that the Cec- girls are also feminised boy names, in this case, from Cecil (which came from the Roman family name Caecilius, which was derived from Latin caecus” blind”. I don’t care about the meaning, my association is with Babci and St. Cecilia, patron Saint of Music! 

We have finally decided on a combo: Cecily Pandora Jane. Cecily for My Babci, Pandora for his Mother, Jane for my Mom (her middle name).  It wasn’t easy coming to that decision either, here’s what we ran through coming to CPJ, in just the last three months (I won’t bore you with anything before that!):

Cecily Frances Rupinder           Cecily Jemima Frances 
Cecily Zuleika Jane                   Cecily Rosalind Elinor
Cecily Esme Valentine              Cecily Mathilda Jane
Cecily Pomeline Jane                Cecily Eglantine Jane
Cecily Tallulah Alice                Cecily Juno Valentine
Cecily Saskia Jane                    Cecily Frances Petronel
Cecily Henrietta Plum              Cecily Frances Innogen
Cecily Harriet Valentina           Cecily Jemima Rosaline
Cecily Wilhelmina Violet          Cecily Jemima Marigold
Cecily Winifred Violet              Cecily Jemima Llanfaire
Cecily Flora Marilyn                 Cecily Frances Baudelaire
Cecily Marilyn Grace                Cecily Frances Ophelia
Cecily Marilyn Iris

😀 So you can see, Cecily Pandora Jane was no easy feat. It’s taken me a long time to warm up to Pandora.   I still am a tiny bit wary but I figure, in the middle she’s less likely to cause any damage in middle school. And if they give her too much grief, she can always say “It’s my NanaHoney’s name!” and that’s that.

 

Cecily’s absolutely terrific, feminine, strong, lyrical and the teensiest bit soft. I absolutely love her.

Henrietta and other Girly Misfits

The names I love that seem to get no love anywhere. Misfits? Maybe. All I know is that I really love them and could easily picture myself using them.

Top of the list, Henrietta. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like Henry. I just don’t like his Harry potential. And don’t get me started on what I think is wrong with Hank (foremost, it makes me think of a hankie). Hal is the only nickname possibility I like for Henry, which is why he’s mainly middle material for me (woah, lots of M’s there!) But Henrietta, I adore her plethora of nickname potential: Hettie, Hattie, Etta, Ettie or simply Harriet!  Generally, the more possible nicknames from a name, the happier I am. I love options more than just about anything!  Henrietta Ruby Lilias is my preferred combo.

 

Some of the “other” Misfits:

Florence – I love her fiercely but cannot middle name her for the life of me. Closest to best I can do? Florence Lila Ghislaine.

Euphemia – Another “Oh, I adore her”! Effie is just to die for as a nickname possibility and if that’s too fluffy for her, Mia’s not only doable, it’s livable.  Euphemia Violet Esme, Euphemia Alice Maud & Euphemia Alice Valentine are my top favorites.

Zenaida – She was brought to my attentions by Verity, at Appellation Mountian  And immediately Zenaida Ruby Frances jumped into my head (preceded only by  Zenaida Ruby Alice) and ZRF has stuck. I think she’s awesome. She just makes everyone I mention her to blanch.

Gloriana – I’ve been love with her since I was about 8 when I found her in Ruth Alberta Brown’s Tabitha’s Ivy , I think it was the second of the “Ivy Hall” series. Then again in Edmund Spenser’s “The Faerie Queen” where Gloriana’s allegory for Queen Elizabeth I.  She’s so lush and gorgeous, how could she not appeal?  She’s hard to middle.  Gloriana Ivy Mathilde is my best pairing attempt so far, and I’m still not quite happy with that.

And finally,

Edith – I find her sweetly charming and soft in that lispy storybook sort of way I love. Edith Alice Bertille is my combo of preference and I don’t think I could top myself there. Love her to pieces. Too bad everyone else thinks I’m nuts.

 

So there they are, my Girly Misfits for all to see.  What do you think of them?  Keep them around or mourn their passing? Maybe for the grandkids?  What do you think?

The Coolest Thing Online, Alphainventions!

I noticed a few of my visitors coming from a place called  http://alphainventions.com, turns out it’s a wicked cool thing. Submit your site and get some hits. Hang around to see what else is on and check them out too. A reciprocal blog fest. Awesome!

The Scattered Boys

Once again, tromping through the boys that, these days, roll around in my head on any given day!

 

Remy, Rex, Remus & the lone Celtic name on my list: Alasdair!

Verity gave me a thought late yesterday. Remy Edward Xavier. I’ve had Remus Edward Xavier on my list for months now, nickname potentials: Remy or Rex (for his initials!) But if I used Remy Edward Xavier , I could still occasionally call him Rex for his initials and  just use Remy everyday. My only pause is simple, is Remy too casual for a grown man Can anyone picture a 40 year old Remy?  I think I can, but I still waffle. I can clearly see an older Remus, I know one.  He’s just starting to go gray these days and it wears pretty well on him.

So I’ve run a poll between Remy Edward Augustin, Remy Edward Xavier & Remus Edward Xavier. As of this minute, Remus is in the lead but It’s only been up for half an hour. I don’t count anyone out yet!

I’m running off Rex, he came in as a three way tie yesterday.  I must admit Rex Porfirio Noble is the odd beast that appeals most. So strong!  But he’s a completely wildcard. If I can get Rex some other way, I will probably take it.  I know my own proclivities best!

 

And I just wanted to run my Celtic oddball past you all, Alasdair Barnaby George.  George is for St George, who was my Pop’s patron Saint and his statue stood on his dresser forever. It’s now on mine.  Alasdair just because I love him, he’s so sharp & handsome! Barnaby’s long been my preferred Barn-name. The reason he’s in the middle? I don’t like the potential Barney. If anyone can come up with another nickname possibility, I may put him up front! As of now, Alasdair Barnaby George would be Alec or AB. I’m liking the initials for some reason.  I don’t think he’s too unreasonable a name or combo and I think he’ll age pretty well too. He’s a bit odd when standing next to the boys, Leo, Simon & Alasdair? But seems perfectly fine when standing next to just Josephine: Josephine & Alasdair? See?

 

Well, there’s the ramble, seems to be a bit less rambling than I thought! 

Remy – The other R boy!

I’ve been enamoured with Remy since “The Big Easy” back in 1987.  No, Dennis Quaid doesn’t ring my bells but I do indeed like Remy’s easy sound. His most recent incarnation;  Remy the rat, in “Ratatouille” is actually not much of a turnoff, either. I prefer the French pronunciation: ray-MEE, but don’t mind the English: REH-mee much either.   

He’s happy, cheerful & sprightly. A real winning trio for me.  I really like him when paired with my surname,  that annoying, gone to the girls Scottish Mac thing.  He sounds really awesome then!

I have a few combos I’m trying out today at BtN  Here also for your perusal:

Remy Oscar Valentin
Remy Edward Augustin
Remy John Valentin
Remy Oscar George
Remy Reuben George
Remy Victor August
Remy Francis Peregrin

My three favorites are bolded blue but I can find something appealing about them all.

I don’t think he’ll be overtaking Cosmo any time soon but he’s climbing up the ranks lately. He may just displace Remus since I have him as a nickname for Remus as well. 

How do these stack up against  Remus Edward Xavier?

Rex

My favorite of the “Kingly” names. He’s short, simple and oh so strong! I’ve gotten lots of ‘dog name’,  one  ‘sounds like a bark’ and even ‘pretentious’ more than once. I rarely, if ever hear anything nice about him, which makes me kind of sad, he’s so handsome, how can he be universally hated?

Wanna know a secret?  I love him anyway!

 

I think he’s pretty awesome, all that power in three little letters. I love that he simply *is* ‘king’ in Latin. He’s fun to write out too.  I’m working on using him up front in all his glory, but for now, he resides in third place in our second place combo: Cassius Barnaby Rex. I also have him as a nickname possibility for our third place combo: Remus Edward Xavier. Remy as his nickname is far more likely but take a gander at those initials, REX!  😀

Aint that just awesome?

 

What I would love to know, is this: of the two, which do you like better?
Cassius Barnaby Rex or Remus Edward Xavier?

 

Anyone?

 

And some Rex combos:

Rex Benjamin Arthur
Rex Lucien Malachy
Rex William Martin
Rex Julien Oscar
Rex Barnaby Edward
Rex Malachy Edward
Rex Peregrin August

 

The folk at Behind the Name will be voting on them tomorrow, I’ll provide the link here, when I have it.

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