Mina

I have loved Mina since I was a tiny little girl. Yeah, really. I’ve been a ‘Dracula’  fan since I was 6. (Don’t scare me with Nosferatu, though.. woah, that was creepy!) and lucky me ended up with another ‘Dracula’ fan!

 So Mina’s on the table. I had Wilhelmina on the list last time around and she shows up at least somewhat frequently on my girls lists but honestly? She’s only there for her Mina potential. And I started thinking, “why not just Mina”? Which is the point of this post.

Mina is strong, the littlest bit sweet and clear, crisp and lovely. I think she’s aces and really don’t mind her next to Josephine in whole. It’s unusual to say the least.  And Josie &  Mina/Fifi & Mina/Posie & Mina/Poppy & Mina?  Can’t resist! 🙂

I like her with Alice & Lucy, so here’s what I’ve come up with in the last hour or so. If you like any of them, feel free to tell me!

 

Mina Alice Clementine
Mina Alice Clothilde
Mina Alice Minerva
Mina Alice Cleopatra (I figure she can’t hurt too much in third place, can she?)
Mina Alice Bluebell
Mina Alice Raphaela
Mina Alice Magdalene

And these:
Mina Lucy Eleanora
Mina Lucy Tamerlaine
Mina Lucy Raphaela
Mina Lucy Bluebell
Mina Lucy Clotilde

 

 I have several favorites, I love the feel of  Mina Alice Bluebell (I don’t think Bluebell in third place is going to cause any problems, really) and the bright crispness of Mina Alice Clothilde.

Conversely, I like the depth of Mina Lucy Raphaela and the clear feeling of Mina Lucy Clotilde.  (yes, I pretty much adore Clotilde with any spelling.   But I’m willing to hear any arguments for any others, if you’re so willing to put them forth. 🙂 What would think if you ran into a Mina?  Still trying to find something that rivals Maud India Scarlett, since she will be moving to #1 shortly if I can’t find anything that thrills me just a little more.  Would someone help? 

As always, Thanks !

Weirdness

Or maybe just free thinking today. Cat mentioned  that my Maud India Scarlett is different from everything else on my list (which may be why I’m thinking of bumping her to first place, I love her to pieces) so I started really looking at my lists and went digging.  I adore Maud, always have. I remember my first baby doll, I was 3 and she was supposed to be Goldilocks in a blue nightgown and a crade. I promptly reanamed her Maud. My mother asked me why Maud? I don’t remember saying anything but Mom used to say I said “because it’s the most bea-u-ti-ful name in the world!” Which does sound like something I would have said as a kid.  I accentuated words oddly when I was little. Enough of that!

 

 I found several names that repeat on my lists that feel like Maud to me: Zelda, Edith, Esme, Mina, Clio/Cleo, Lucy, Genevra.  So I went digging some more to make combos with those that  felt more like Maud India Scarlett and this is what I came up with:

Edith Esme Violetta
Zelda Ivy Blithe/Zelda Eleanor Odetta
Mina Imogen Odette/Mina
Clio Laetitia Plum/Clio Laetitia Isobel
Lucy Gwendolyn Isadora
Edith Genevieve Blithe
Genevra Ruby Mehitabel
Cleo Portia Isolde
and
Mina Alice Rosamonde

I’m particularly fond of the Minas,  the Clio/Cleos and the Ediths. Zelda intrigues me here too.  I know they don’t”go” with Josephine overmuch, but remember, she does go by Fifi at least half the week, so I think they do fit somewhat.  What do you think? Any better? Maud India Scarlett is definitely moving up my ranks, why not one of these?  Or have I gone loopy? 😀

A completely new thought

What do you think of Daisy Angeline? I stuck them together in my head and am rather pleased with the overall image and sound. I came up  with a  few combos for them as a middle. I could never use Daisy as a standalone name!
What do you think of these:

Cecilia Daisy Angeline
Elspeth Daisy Angeline
Matilda Daisy Angeline
Beatrix Daisy Angeline
Penelope Daisy Angeline
Winifred Daisy Angeline
Tallulah Daisy Angeline

 

Just random thinking today. I’m a bit scattered, oddly.  What do you think?  I’d love to know!

Winifred & Maud

My current infatuations on the girls side. I adore Maud and have for a while. She’s not so much an infatuation as a long term crush. I love her but don’t know how workable she is with the existing kids. Winfred’s a bit less long term. I’ve admired her for years but only recently have been brave enough to actually put her on the list.

I’ve been thinking of combos for Winifred and have pretty much decided on Winfred Esme as a first two. Esme for me honors Great Auntie Esmeralda, whose name I love but find a bit unwieldy with the scottish Mac- surname. So, my options are:
Winifred Esme Ruby
Winifred Esme Frances
and
Winifred Esme Valentine

 

 Maud has her combo, Maud India Scarlett. I absolutely love it. She sounds so lush.

I also had the rather Victorian/gothy Maud Coralie Alice for a while but much prefer Maud India Scarlett.

What do you think of Winifred & Maud? Their combos?  Winifred’s my #4, Maud’s my #3 right now.  Am I crazy for thinking of these two?  Tell me! 😀 

 

As always, Thanks for stopping by and speaking out!

The Shakespeare Game

Thought I’d post this since it comes up so often when I mention Shakespearean names.

When I was little, my Grandmother and her sister May used to hate doing the dishes, so their mom came up with this to get them to work it out equitably and to get them to read (as well as do a chore!). Whomever is washing gets to quiz; quote a line of Shakespeare and the dryer has to guess where it’s from, bonus points if they can tell who said it and extra bonus points for act and line. It makes us re-read our Shakespeare quite often and keeps us laughing while we do the dishes. A weird but fun game from our family, to anyone who wants to start doing it themselves.

The Merits of My Boys

My boys. I love them dearly. There are days I think I was really meant to be a mother of just boys. I am not a girly girl and I have one. It can be trying at times. 😀

So I’ve really been stewing over boys names, These are the ones that not only have approval, he wants them near the top. But he can’t tell me which one he likes best, so I want some honest opinions on these 5 that are absolutely going to be ordered 1-5.

Barnaby Edward Rex – Barnaby is so happy!  I actually like Barney but my lazy tongue will most likely make him Barns/Barnes more often. There’s also the Bex possibility, should he end up as jazzy as his big brother Simon. I adore Rex but think the world’s not ready for him upfront, so here he resides next to Edward for my Uncle.

Rufus Wilder John – Rufus is just a love of his. He can definitely see himself calling for Rufus, playing with Rufus, tucking Rufus in. Wilder is His Aunt’s surname. His Pop’s sister. It’s the closest we can get to honoring his Pop’s side of the family (His Pop was beyond awful to him and caused a lot of problems that took a long time to work through & past). So Wilder it is. Stan’s sister was Agatha, and I love that enough to put on the girls list, at least as a wildcard, but her surname pleases me on a boy immensely. And John is for Him.

Cosmo Henry Dashiell – Cosmo was my Great Granddad. What a cool guy he was too.  I love Cosmo’s open, airy sound and the way he looks. I do not care if anyone links it to Kramer, the mag, the drink or the word Cosmopolitan, Cosmo is definitely staying.  If I’d thought a bit more when I was pregnant with the boys, one of them would be Cosmo, probably Leo.  I  love Cosmo. Henry was his Grandpop and Dashiell just feels snazzy with them both, doesn’t he? 

Cassius Barnaby Rex – Cassius strikes him as a strong and He-man sort of name. Most of the -us names give me that He man feel (Ignatius notwithstanding)  so I concur and let him be. Barnaby’s my fun sounding name. I adore him. If I could make Rufus Barnaby Edward work for him, I’d be happy. Unfortunately he thinks Rufus Barnaby is a bit OTT. I think it is too, but it would be a solution to our minor dilemma here.  I like Cash too, as a nickname, at least once n a while.

Alasdair Barnaby George – Alasdair charms me to my toes. He’s warm, friendly (not as friendly as Barnaby, but that’s why he’s the middle!) and charming. And sounds awesome with the three syllable Mac surname.  Barnaby, well, I think I’ve gone into enough detail about him, I don’t want to bore anyone. 🙂  George is one of my favorite classics, really, I swear. It reminds me of St. George, who sat on my Pop’s dresser for decades and is now on mine. So, George also reminds me of my Pop. Hence his inclusion here. 

 

So now you’ve seen why they’re on my list, what do you think. How should they be numbered? Which would you put in first, and why?   And most importantly, what do you think? Am I completely crazy? 😉

Margery Elspeth-Elspeth Margery

I mentioned this combo a few days ago on Cat’s blog. And of course, that made me start thinking again. As if I’m not already up to my ears with girls names I like and can’t choose between!   😀  So anyway,  I’m trying a few combos out with this pair. Margery Elspeth or Elspeth Margery. I can’t decide which way I prefer it. Margery would be Daisy as it’s the one Marg- nickname that hasn’t been used yet in the family or maybe Pearl once in a  great while. Elspeth is for my Elisabeth, which was for Grandma. Elspeth would likely get Lily (again, for Grandma) or Elsa/Elsie or maybe even Bess. I like them both together, either way I turn them. I added a second middle but still can’t decide which way I like them. See, here:

Margery Elspeth Jemima
Margery Elspeth Lenore
Margery Elspeth Primrose
Margery Elspeth Louisa
Margery Elspeth Violet

Elspeth Margery Jemima
Elspeth Margery Lenore
Elspeth Margery Primrose
Elspeth Margery Louisa
Elspeth Margery Violet

 

And now you see my dilemma, I like them both ways! Margery Elspeth Violet in particular and Elspeth Margery Primrose.  The Jemima ones I almost want to flip again and make them Jemima Elspeth Margery or Jemima Margery Elspeth, but that’s a whole different post, apparently. 

I think Elspeth fits with Josephine the tiniest bit better, but That doesn’t make me like Margery any less. Margery’s been my favorite form of Margaret for years. I have a cousin named Margery that I haven’t seen in at least 20 years  (one of the many hazards of a great big family).  And the possibility of the lovely medieval Margery, nn Daisy is almost too pleasurable to bear.  So sweet yet grows up well.    Elspeth charms me. I find her strong with a storybook feel. Not much, just a touch. I think it’s the -speth that does it. I think Bess is my favorite nickname for any of the Elis/zabeth variants and Elis/zabeth. Bess charms me with her bounce and verve, yet feels soft and ladylike. My Mom would approve of Elspeth, nn Bess  I bet.  Lily &  Elsa/Elsie would be alternatives like Fifi & Posie are for Josephine.

So you see my dilemma. I couldn’t decide flipping a coin.  Anyone want to help me decide? I’d appreciate it greatly!  😀

The Battling Girls!

I am going crazy over girls names. With boys, I’m much pickier and it’s easier to figure out what I really like vs. what I simply enjoy. With boys, it’s practically a three way tie between Cosmo, Rufus & Barnaby and that’s about it. Everything else on the list pales by comparison. So it’ll be easy to decide on a boys name if we have one.

 

But a girl? I’m going crazy, literally.

 There’s the “normals”: Cecily, Beatrix & Clementine and the oddballs: Jemima, Zelda & Winifred.  I love all six of them and couldn’t decide which one I’d actually use if you paid me to decide.  I could have sextuplets and happily use them all. Sadly, it’s probably just one and I have to choose.  I love all their combos, really. Clementine’s probably been on the list longest of the normals, She went on the list back in ’95. Zelda’s been on the list of oddballs since ’73, since that’s when I first started keeping lists. She was on the mental list in ’69! I wanted to name my sister Zelda but Mom was having none of it.  Cecily & Winifred are  the newest; Winifred 5 years on, Cecily, two on. Beatrix & Jemima have probably been on the list for about 8 years now.

When I was deciding on Josephine’s name, I brought my notebooks of names in my bag and after she was born, I dug through the lists I had at the time, assembled what appealed in several instances and tried them out on her little self when she was in the room  (I only sent her back to the nursery once, that first night, so I could sleep. Otherwise she was in my room no-stop so I had plenty of time to try them all out.  I finally found something that not only made me sing, but seemed to suit her. I can’t explain how that huge name seemed to suit the little baby she was then, it just did.

 

How did you decide on your children(s) names? What were the deciding factors for you, How did you narrow it down? How do I do so?  Goddess knows, I’d happily name a girl all of these, ridiculous as it sounds but I know I can’t.  So, how do I go about choosing? Any hints? Pointers? Words of advice? Anything?   Help!

 

 Thanks!

Beatrix revisited

I’m still not entirely happy with her combo. Beatrix Poppy Elinor stands until I find something that really makes my heart sing. I’ve got beginnings that intrigue me:
Beatrix Jemima Frances/May/Alice/Rose, Realised Beatrix Pandora Jane is pretty spectacular, And Beatrix Scarlet Jane is rather pretty too. Beatrix Alice Rupinder is really close to making my heart pitter-pat. Alice Rupinder makes me sigh, Beatrix in front is swoony!

So I’m still thinking obviously, if anyone likes any of these thoughts, let me know. Maybe someone can toss something at me that would enlighten me?  Or should I just give up on Beatrix entirely? I feel as though I’ve been playing with her forever and I’m starting to bore myself, never mind other people! 😀 

To lay it out, finally:

Beatrix Jemima Frances
Beatrix Pandora Jane
Beatrix Scarlet Jane
Beatrix Alice Rupinder
Beatrix Jemima May
Beatrix Jemima Rose
Beatrix Jemima Alice

or should I just stick with Beatrix Poppy Elinor because I like her just fine, she just doesn’t sing to me like Josephine’s name does for me.  I can’t seem to find anything that does sing to me with Beatrix.  Does that mean I should write her off?

 

 I could use some help here, for sure!   Thanks!

Tillie

I’ve got two ways to get her. And I really want to get her. It would mean a lot to him. Tilley is “the” family surname for his mom’s side and no one else has used it. We’re the babies of the family here, his sisters are a small bit older (5 -7 years) and my siblings don’t want kids. So if we don’t use it with this last one, somewhere, it’s going to be gone.

I thought about using it as a middle for a boy, but it sounds too feminine for him there. So, spelling changed on a girl.

My choices are Ottilie & Ottoline. I toyed with Matilda, found I preferred Mathilda and then dismissed it altogether as potentially too popular. I mean, I know Matilda, in any form is not on the charts but I’m hearing it a lot and that bothers me.  I heard Josephine a lot after I had her but that didn’t other me, she was already here.  I don’t have Tillie yet (and don’t know if it will be a Tillie). 

 I love Ottoline, I find her charming and I adore her length. I love saying it. I think she looks pretty neat despite the ‘otto’ at the beginning. I actually like the ‘otto’ at the beginning, I don’t find it any different from any other feminised boy name. But I’ve been rethinking Ottilie, since it’s 1) more familiar, 2) what she’s be called the other part of the time she’s not “Tillie” and 3) a bit more feminine sounding.  I’m not entirely sold on that last point, I mean, I don’t mind feminised boy names and generally find those the fluffiest of all girl names, so maybe consider just points 1 & 2.  🙂

Ottilie feels a bit short to me too, which is odd because she’s three syllables just like Ottoline. And I’m not sure I’m sold on the frilly feel of Ottilie. Ottoline is a bit less frilly and a lot more satiny.  I prefer the satin, overall.

I have a solid combo for each:
Ottoline Alice Marigold – which I absolutely love and couldn’t replace if I had to. It’s perfect!

and

Ottilie Violet Jane – sweet, short, simple. I like it very much but it doesn’t feel as warm and inviting to me as Ottoline & her combo.  And it feels really simple next to her sister’s whole name! The poll for the battle of the Tillie’s is at BtN now, here . Votr of you’re so inclined. Thanks. 🙂

 

So, can you help me?  Which should I put in my #2 spot, possibly #1?  I know you’re all probably sick & tired of me mentioning these two, but I swear, this is the last waffle with her. I’m completely satisfied with both combos.  Please, help?   Thanks!

Rufus!

Just a quick post to say we’ve finally come to an agreement on Rufus. Well, it’s down to three different choices at the moment.
Rufus Wilder John – His favorite
Rufus Milo August – My favorite
and
Rufus Alastair Grey – in case we’re still fighting over RWJ or RMA late this summer. 😉

Henrietta

I’ve been thinking about Henrietta again. I’ve liked her since I was little, honest. She was the dainty and well mannered Hippo on New Zoo Revue when I was a tiny thing obsessed with renaming myself on a daily basis. Funny though, my favorite thing to watch then was “The Magic Garden” with Carole & Paula and I never wanted either of their names! (But I still have a soft spot for those two, they’re still friends nearly 40 years later).

Anyway, back to Henrietta. I love her grand, almost stuffy manner and adore her many nicknames, Hattie, Hettie, Harry, Harriet, Etta, Ettie, Attie. And those are just the ones that I can think of at the moment, if I’ve forgotten one or more, enlighten me, please!

So, Henrietta. She’s quite a mouthful with the three syllable surname but then, Josephine’s no slouch there either. I love saying both names in full, I sing Josie’s out more often than you’d think. Henrietta would honor his Grandpop, Henry too, without me resorting to Henry, which I like but is far too popular for my liking. I’ll admire him on everyone else’s kids and send my Barnaby to play with them all! (well, that’s the thought now, anyway).

I like her frouf and her strength, a lovely blend of the two. I had a combo for her, Henrietta Ruby Lilias or Henrietta Lilias Ruby, couldn’t decide which way I preferred the middles. 

I also had these at one point or another:

Henrietta Xanthe Violet
Henrietta Leonie Pearl
Henrietta Ruby Valentina
Henrietta Carys Rosine
Henrietta Iris Elinor
Henrietta Lucy Elspeth
Henrietta Cecilia June
Henrietta Ottilie Violet
Henrietta Lucy Kathleen
Henrietta Alice Plum

 But I definitely prefer Henrietta Ruby Lilias/Henrietta Lilias Ruby over any of those (although Ottilie Violet makes me think, hmm…)  😀  I’m not sure Henrietta fits with Josephine overmuch but I do like it and am going to be re-ordering the girls list today, I think.   Off to stew over that!

 

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