Quick Help for a Friend

The pregnant lady down the street shared her thoughts for a girl this morning:
Sibyl/Sybil, Millicent, Frieda & Phyllida (which is as close to Phyllis as I’ve ever seen)!  This would be a sister for Byron.
Her potential brother list is smaller still: Lysander, Leon, Leander & Lucan (which she’s not so sure about) I suggested Hugo, Samson & Tillo/Tycho (somehow I thought with poetic Byron, Tycho was a pretty good fit).

I just thought it would be nice to share her list and potentially ask for suggestions for her, she’s due in June!  So here it is, a plea for suggestions! 

Thanks gang!

Philippa once again

Have been mulling Philippa yet again. Philippa Saskia Violet is the standard bearer but I’ve been thinking more “fun” than “solid” and came up with these few:

Philippa Lucy Jane
Philippa Ruby Jane
Philippa Romilly Elinor
Philippa Ottilie Pearl

So I’ve got ‘fun& cute’ twice, a little ‘trendy’ one, once and a ‘musty oddball’ one. And Philippa Saskia Violet is still on the wildcard list (but may be moving North soon).  I’m really liking the thought of Josephine & Philippa! And I even talked to Yvonne (the Swedish GF) who said as long as I was okay with hearing  just ‘Philippa’ from her, she could accept that. 🙂  Makes me happy, as I’m not entirely adoring of Pippa myself, it would be an occasional nickname at best. She’d be Pip or Pippin far more often at home, I think!

I’m really drawn to Philippa again. I heavily considered it for Josephine but ended up writing it off because it’s not exactly family. I say “exactly” because my Great Auntie Lesley’s married surname was Philips, so it could be considered a slightly honoring sort of name, perhaps.  What do you think? And yes, I like simply Philip as well, but we have three friends who are either named Philip/Phillip or have a son named so.

Anything up there strike you as “better” than Philippa Saskia Violet? or is she the keeper here? All thoughts are most welcome, as always!

Edith, revisited

I’m still thinking about Edith. I have my standard bearer, the one on the list: Edith Viola Petronel, which I’m still loving.

But I had a new thought yesterday, Edith Moon. yeah, Hippie thread on BtN. I’m a closet Hippie, thanks Mom & Pop! and I have to admit, the thought of Edith Moon ___  or Edith __ Moon really intrigues me. I tried out Edith ___ Moon first, as that’s how closet a Hippie I am and came up with these few that really wow me:

Edith Eulalie Moon
Edith Fenella Moon
Edith India Moon
Edith Raphaela Moon
Edith Roxana Moon
Edith Clarissa Moon

What do you think?  Anything there that looks better than Edith Viola Petronel? Or even Edith Zenobia Violet, which held place for a few weeks?  Sorry for the short post today, We’re off to the park (if it’s not raining by lunchtime)!


Thanks for any & all thoughts, they are most appreciated!  😀


Yes, he’s back. 🙂 I was thinking Edgar around Xmas time last year and he’s resurfaced in my quest to put something “on the charts” on a boy. I realised the other day that all the boys names on our list bar Edward, Francis, Oscar (all wildcards) and Arthur are fairly odd, if you get my meaning.

So Edgar. He intrigues me more than Edward. Maybe it’s because of “Twilight” (which was fine but I’m no 16 year old girl anymore and ho hum, am bored with hearing about “teh hot vampire”. Enough already!

Edgar Frog is where my brain goes first. Yeah, I’m generally a vampire fan, but Edgar was a vampire hunter in “Lost Boys” and I’m the perfect age to be a huge fan of that flick! Edgar Rice Burroughs is next for me, Tarzan & John Carter rule! 🙂 Then Edgar Allan Poe third, Big fan of him here. Off the top of my head, there’s also Edgar Degas, he of the ballerinas on canvas and Edgar Cayce, American psychic, too. I’m sure there’s a handful I’m still missing but these few are what I first associate Edgar with myself.

I like Edgar, his brooding, Gothic vibe really appeals to me. But then, deep down inside, I’m a Gothgirl. 🙂 He’s also a bit pugnacious feeling to me, anyone else get that sort of vibe?

Have been thinking combos but only have beginnings:
Edgar Ignatius (for the patriarch)
Edgar Damien
Edgar Conan (Because Arthur doesn’t work, two ‘r’ enders together 😦   )
Edgar John (bland yes, but it’s one of Pop’s middles)
Edgar Blaise/Bleys (Blaise for the Math, Bleys for Zelazny!)
Edgar Graham (His grandpop, too ggg-y?)
Edgar Magnus (just because)
Edgar Florian (I LOVE Florian but realise it’s too flowery for a Yank boy)
Edgar Tiberius (for Kirk)
Edgar Rudolf (because I love him)
Edgar Jocelin (because it’s one of my favorite gone girly boys names and I know better than to use it up front)
Edgar Morgan (Piratey & rummy)
Edgar Xerxes (because I dig the sound and love the strength)
Edgar Malcolm (Malcolm sounds cartoony with my surname up front, so I think he fis well in the middle)
Edgar Maxim (still trying to fit my G. Uncle’s name in somewhere)
Edgar Valentin (another G. Ucle and Pop in a roundabout way)
Edgar Porfirio (Sweet! I love the swoosh of Porfirio!)
Edgar Cotton (as a nod to NE)
Edgar Hugh (I think Hugh softens Edgar up a bit)
Edgar Taliesin (Because I like the myth and have a friend with the name too [‘husband’ of my GF Sue])
Edgar August (For Mom)
Edgar Barnaby (Barnaby lightens up Edgar nicely)
Edgar Malachy (another lightener upper?)
Edgar Phineas (I like his expansive feel next to Edgar)
Edgar Peregrin (as a nod to da MAN)
Edgar Maxfield (for  Parrish, our favorite Artist)
Edgar Lucius (maybe Lucius isn’t so heavy in the middle?)
Edgar Miles/Milo (Still thinking about this one from Josephine)
Edgar Laszlo (One of the G. G. Uncles)


And that’s where my brain stops.  There’s a couple (well, more than a couple) that I really like up there. I was trying to stick those more “out there” names he likes in the middle just because I can and I think Edgar carries off the “odd in the middle” quite well.


 What do you think of Edgar these days and does anything up there jump out at you?  Let me know, please? 😀


I think everyone knows I’m completely taken with India at the moment. I have her in two different combos in the middle:

Maud India Scarlett
Clementine India Jane

But am still toying with India possibly up front. What do you think of these possible pairings?

India Callisto Elinor
India Clementine Jane (why not?)
India Frances Elinor
India Elinor Valentine
India Frances Isobel
India Lucy Kathleen
India Mathilda Irene
India Margery Primrose
India Lily Marigold
India Lily Winifred
India Mehetabel Jane
India Lucy Raphaela
India Alice Valentina
India Lily Gwendolen
India Ivy Marguerite
India Esme Lavender
India Violet Mathilde
India Aurelia Violet
India Gwendolyn Adele

Anything there make India a bit more appealing as a first name?  there’s a half dozen up there I’m really digging. I’m finding I really like India with C names, M names and L names next to her (and that’s the only clues you’re going to get for now).   What do you think about India, alone? As a set? Usable? No? Talk to me!  😀

Ruby Marilyn

I’m loving this tiny pairing right now. Ruby warms Marilyn right up. And Marilyn is one of my favorite Aunties on Mom’s side that’s still alive. I love her to pieces! And of course, Ruby’s for me, the July kid.

But what to pair her with?  I have a few thoughts:

India Ruby Marilyn
Edith Ruby Marilyn
Esmée Ruby Marilyn
Beatrix Ruby Marilyn
Imogen Ruby Marilyn
Ottilie Ruby Marilyn
Xanthe Ruby Marilyn
Fenella Ruby Marilyn (yeah, he suggested this one!)
Mina Ruby Marilyn


Anything there jump out at you? I’m liking a few but don’t want to say anything now as to sway anyone. I want first thoughts on these, really. What do you like here? Or not?   Let me know!



Quick decision!

Trying to decide which one belongs in 10th place, here they are, you tell me:

Winifred Elinor Plum
Araminta Violet Isobel
Xanthe Iris Dorothea

Which one would you pick? Why?





Philippa & Gwendolen/Gwendolyn

Two names that have been in the back of my head for a few years, I see them being used occasionally online and am really warming up to both recently. Philippa is one I’ve been charmed with since before Josephine, I find her completely charming and she’s orange! (No clue why, either, most P’s are blue!) The other is Gwendolen (or Gwendolyn) which has been a favorite since babysitting one of the most fantastic girls (now women) I’ve ever known. Gwendolyn was 11 then, the oldest of the four kids I watched overnights and was so open, caring, friendly & poised, I loved her instantly. We used to sit and talk for hours after the other three (younger ones) were in bed & asleep. I met her again about 10 years later and she was a pre-med student on the local first aid squad, volunteer, the squad was. If I could remember her surname, I’d google her and tell her how awesome I thought she was (and still do), but I can’t.
But yeah, I love the name Gwendolyn and typical for me with Welsh names, prefer the Gwendolen spelling.
I’m only beginning to toy with combos:

Philippa Alice, Philippa Violet, Philippa Mary, Philippa Ruby, Philippa Iris, Philippa Ivy, Philippa Lucy, Philippa Lily, Philippa Daisy.

Gwendolyn Frances, Gwendolen Frances, Gwendolyn Ruby, Gwendolen Alice, Gwendolyn Oona, Gwendolen Iris, Gwendolen Plum, Gwendolyn Mina.

Like I said, just toying for now. I wonder what sort of reaction to these people would have, so I’d love to hear what you think of Philippa & Gwendolen/Gwendolyn (and of the latter, which spelling you prefer). Should I bother making full combos? C’mon, tell me! I’d love to hear!

Thanks a million!


Yes. Really.

Xanthe has intrigued me for quite awhile. Strong, pretty and unusual, with that X up front. I have a fantastic combo for her, up front: Xanthe Iris Dorothea too. But  next to Josephine? (never mind Leo & Simon!) I’m not so sure. I could see me using it, oxymoronically, since I have one blond and two brunettes (although Josie looks to be going blonde, herself).  Since I’ve been thinking Josephine rather stands by herself since the boys are so much bigger and how bad, really is Josephine Rosamel Anne & Xanthe Iris Dorothea?


If not, he suggested Xanthe as a middle for Henrietta the other day: Henrietta Xanthe Violet. I’m not completely sold, but yes, I am charmed. I think Xanthe gives the pretty but somewhat flat Henrietta a nice kick in the pants, makes her feel stylish. And Violet, well, the color’s a bit clashy but honoring’s a bit more important, I think. And since Henrietta and Violet both honor, what’s a little flash in between to humor him?


Just curious as to whether any of this make sense to anyone but me, what do you all think? How crazy is this idea?



The Girly Wildcards

I have far too many wildcards, those combos I love but not as much as the top ones. Or in some cases, more, but I find them a tiny bit unwieldy for day to day use.


Ideally, I’d have a top 10 and 10 wildcards. Recently I’ve added three names to the wildcard list, bringing the total up to 16 Wildcards. There’s already 11 girls in the top 10 (I know, I know…) so I need to cull these down to three or four at best and am having the hardest time getting rid of any of them!


Ottilie Alice Ghislaine – Tillie, Ottilie, Leeloo, Lina
Susanna Ottilie Pearl – Sukie, Zuzu, Zanna   
Pomeline Frances Elinor – Poppy, Polly, Millie, Molly, Lina

Laetitia Amabel Violet – Lettie, Etta, Lettice
Araminta Lucy Violet – Minna, Mina
Euphemia Elinor Glory – Effie, Mia, Fifi
Elspeth Margery Violet – Elsa, Elsie
Aurelia Romilly Jane – Goldie, Rellie
Mathilda Lucy Elanor – Tillie, Maud, Maudie
Henrietta Ruby Lilias – Hattie, Hettie,  Etta, Harriet
Lucretia Ruby Iris – Lucy, Lulu, Lux
Jemima Frances Ruby – Mimi, Jemma
Zuleika Esme Violet – Zuzu, Zooey
Zenaida Ruby Frances – Zen, Zeni,  Aida, Zinnia, Flower
Florence Lila Ghislaine – Flora, Flory, Fleur, Ren
Romilly Alice Kathleen – Romy, Millie


If pushed, I’d say probably the bolded 4 are the biggest loves but I’m already mourning the loss of 6 others not bolded. If you had to pick 4 from this list to use on a girl, which 4 would you pick and why? See why I’m having problems?   Any help at all would be completely appreciated!  Thanks!


Alright, I can lay this infatuation at Emmy Jo’s feet, I first realised just how much I liked it after reading her “Names that Sound Like No Other” post and have been toying with the idea of Rosamund ever since. This is one of my favorite 499px-queen_eleanor__fair_rosamund         pictures, ever.  I love the imps & the cherubs!  This is the reason I cannot stand the spelling Eleanor (or Aliénor or  Éléonore as well) and prefer Elinor.  Nevermind that Elinor is family and Eleanor is not.

Fair Rosamund Clifford has been a fascination for me since I was a small child and wow, would I love to use Rosamund up front but have hit a brick wall, in terms of nicknames. I already have a Josephine, Josie and while Josephine & Rosamund look spectacular together, and while I don’t mind full names rhyming a bit, I think Josie & Rosie is a bit much. Then again, they don’t exactly rhyme. Josie is jo-see, Rosie would be rose-ee. But that’s likely to just be here, at home, even though Josie’s already taken to correcting people at school, as she did last week.  Whether she keeps that up with her peers is something I’m leaving up to her. What I’m looking for are other possible nicknames for Rosamund. Are there any? I can’t think of a single thing but then, I’m a bit brain dead at the moment.  Can anyone help?  I’d really appreciate it!  Thanks!

I have a few beginnings, not sure if it’ll go further but here they are, see if anything jumps:

Rosamund Cora, Mina
Rosamund Ivy
Rosamund Xanthe, Sophie, Oona
Rosamund Clara, Helen
Rosamund Alice, Ruby, Frances
Rosamund Viola
Rosamund Lydia
Rosamund Lucy, Pearl
Rosamund Sylvie, Tilley
Rosamund Sibyl


So overall, what do you think? Am I nuts?

Araminta & Aurelia

 Brought up Aurelia yesterday, he countered with Araminta.

Now, Araminta’s been on the list before and has been hanging out in the Wildcards recently.  Araminta Lucy Violet or Araminta Alice Green, I waffle as to which I prefer although he’s come down firmly in Araminta Lucy Violet’s camp, so she may be the default winner here.  I’ve been thinking Araminta Daisy Jane too.


 Aurelia’s down to three:

Aurelia Violet Petronel
Aurelia India Pearl
Aurelia Romilly Jane


Now I like both names and if you Google Araminta, there’s an absolute cutie with the name, just a bit over a year old now.  I’m not posting any more on her, don’t want to invade anyone’s privacy. But go ahead & Google, she’s the first link, in a wordpress blog.  So cute!  Whereas this is the littlest Aurelia I can find: Baby Aurelia  And she’s about Josie’s age ! 

I also find a sister set: Aurelia and Annalise which makes me cry a little, Anneliese, not Annalise !  But I think their Mom has an Etsy shop (I haven’t dug further) and they’re probably adorable.


So of these:
Araminta Alice Green
Araminta Lucy Violet
Araminta Daisy Jane
Aurelia Violet Petronel
Aurelia India Pearl
Aurelia Romilly Jane

Which would you pick  and why?   Most of you visiting know why these are in the order they’re in but I’ll elaborate if you want me to, in a comment, later. 

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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