Philippa redux

After Elisabeth so helpfully (and eloquently!) pointed out that Philippa Guinevere Alice sounded like she lived in a library with a dozen cats, I went digging for less heavy, more appealing pairings.

I found half a dozen that appeal for various reasons. If you’re at all familiar with me, you’ll know why. So without further ado, The Philippas:

Philippa Saffron Alice
Philippa Lucy Godeleve
Philippa Saffron Jane
Philippa Frances Loveday
Philippa Ruby Llanfaire
Philippa Ruby Valentine
Philippa Io Violet
Philippa Juno Adele

So, what do you think, any winners there? There’s at least two I really like and one I can live with. Wanna guess which ones? 😀

As always, thanks for stopping by and reading!

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The Official Girls List!

After three weeks of neverending name discussions we have a tenative girls list!
And boy, do I mean neverending. They start before breakfast, ” Which do you like better, Poppy, Penny or Nell”. Continues throughout the day in texts/chat/email, “What do you think of Philippa Andromeda”? and winds down over supper, “I still like Maud, could we give her initials that spell it out”? So I’m happy to report that from here on out, it’ll be a less intense discussion. 🙂

The list has 7 names plus 2 wildcards, one for Him (1) & one for me (2). Without further ado, the
‘Official’ Girls List!’

Penelope Juno Alice
Cecily Pandora Jane
Beatrix Juno Frances
Winifred Elinor Plum
Elspeth Scarlett Jane
Ottilie India Violet
Jemima Lucy Frances

(1) Philippa Guinevere Alice
(2) Clementine India Jane

Noot a bad set of 9,if I do say so myself. What do you think? Aw, c’mon, you know you wanna say something!

As always, thanks for reading! 😀

Presenting: the Family Girls on my list!

Here they are, the Family names on the list:

Cecily: honors Babci Cecilia, who’s already been honored & in use by three different cousins, Cecilia, Celia & Ceil. Cecily is the only girly variant that hasn’t been used. I’m closer to the cousin Cecilia and think she’d be tickled to have a “namesake”, so to speak. I like that she’s three syllables and not common but familiar enough that she won’t get strange looks. Her combo: Cecily Pandora Jane, honors all the way through, just like Josie’s.

Tallulah: Was my Paternal Great Grandmother, my Grandpop’s mother. I never knew her. But I like Tallulah’s galloping rhythm quite a bit. I like that her combo honors beginning to end too, it’s: Tallulah Frances May.

Elspeth: Was my Great Aunt. Same Grandpop’s (from above) sister. I always knew her as Aunt Elsie. My Grandma filled me in long after both she & my Grandpop were gone. Elspeth charms me to my toes, she’s Scottish and so matches my surname very well. I like nn’s Bess, Elsie, Lily & Elsa best. But I like that she’d have about a dozen to choose from, should she want. Again, like Josie. I found the lovliest combo for her too: Elspeth Scarlett Jane.

Margery: Margery’s a lovely cousin I haven’t seen since we were 14 or so, but I remember her well. I’d probably nn Margery, Daisy or Maisie/May. Margey, which the cousin got, does not appeal, nor do the countless Mag- nicknames. Mag- is so masculine a sound to me. I’ll have a Magnus to nn Maggie before I’d use it on a girl! I found a lovely combo that honors thoroughly too: Margery Elspeth Violet.

Winifred: My lovely Auntie. Yes, really. Uncle Skip’s wife. Pop’s youngest brother. He’s a flake and a half, but she’s lovely! She’d be tickled too, if I used it. I found the perfect combo for her too: Winifred Elinor Plum. Elinor honors His side (a cousin) and Plums are His favorite fruit. And Plum is such a luscious sound!

So, there they are. What do you think? 😀

Lurverly Elspeth one more time!

I can’t remember when I started loving Elspeth. Elsie was my Grandpop’s sister. What a lovely woman! It never occurred to me that it was short for anything but Grandma Lily told me when I was in my late 20’s that Elsie was Elspeth.

So at least 20 years Elspeth’s been a love. I’ve had her in the middle of combos, at the end of combos but I’ve only tried her as a first name a handful of times. But nothing has stuck.

That changed three days ago, purely by accident. Elspeth was yet again on my mind and somone at Nameberry said they heard a mom on the playground yell out “Scarlet/t Rose! (no idea of Scarlet/t’s spelling). And my brain went: “Scarlett! The perfect first middle for sweet, sedate Elspeth!”

So, I went to Him with Elspeth Scarlett and said “what next?” He thought for a split second and said “Jane, Jane’s perfect; spunky, sweet, smart and Your Mom”

So, Elspeth Scarlett Jane is now on the list. She could be nicknamed Bess, Elsa, Elsie or even, gods help me, Ellie.
There’s a couple right behind us with kids named Dylan & Ellie. We know them but aren’t super friendly with them. Dylan’s 5 to Josie’s 7 and Ellie’s almost 2. How confusing would it be to have a Bess, Elsa or Elsie next door to an Ellie? Maybe just Bess or Lily (since Grandma Lilian Elisabeth was “double Lil’ “quite a bit).

So, what do you think of Elspeth Scarlett Jane? Too sedate? Pretty? Not regal enough to be the little sister of Josephine Rosamel Anne? or what?

Can I have some thoughts on Elspeth Scarlett Jane? Anything? All would be very appreciated.

And, as always, thanks for reading! 😀

Philippa Guinevere Alice

What exactly is wrong with this combo?

Philippa Guinevere Alice

I think she’s beautiful, but she gets no love anywhere. Even He loves it, thinks Guinevere is just different enough in the middle. And it was one of Grandma Lily’s favorite names and how we wound up with a Lilivere hanging in our tree. I’d use Philippa Lilevere but think it’s far too ‘l’ heavy for daily use. Philippa Guinevere flows better. And Alice was my Mom’s first pick for me!

So: Philippa Guinevere Alice. No longer than:
Josephine Rosamel Anne, I think.

So, what’s wrong with her that I’m missing? 😦

Marvelous Margery!

I’ve mentioned Margery in the past, I’m sure. I’ve loved Margery for a long time. I’d nn her Daisy!

My problem with Margery is that she feels more like *my* name than her big sister’s. So I went digging, again, to try to find middles that made Margery more elegant. I found some that appeal quite a bit but I need help narrowing them down!

I can make combos all day, they’re fun to do. But I went a bit overboard with Margery:

Margery Elinor Blythe
Margery Luna Frances
Margery Frances Amabel
Margery Lucy Frances
Margery Primrose June
Margery Elinor Primrose
Margery Louisa Romilly
Margery Isobel Blythe
Margery Juno Coralie
Margery Honey Llanfaire
Margery Violet Leonie
Margery Frances Ruby
Margery Alice Mimosa
Margery Elinor Rosamond
Margery Elspeth Violet
Margery Honey Annabel
Margery Io Violet

See what I mean? 😀
I’m partial to a few of them,but not attached to any one overmuch, can I have some help choosing? I’d appreciate comments with any choices, so I know why they got chosen.

As always, thank you for stopping by! 😀

Rethinking Winifred!

I’ve had Winifred Elinor Plum on my list forever. It’s light, a bit whimsical and still pretty in a solid sort of way.
Winifred’s my Auntie’s name and she’d be tickled persimmon if we used it. She goes by Win sometimes, but most often is just Winifred. I love Winnie and Freda equally. I actually think, in a perfect world, that Freda has far more character than Winnie. But I digress.

I’ve decided to try Winifred out in new ways, maybe enveloping a muse or minor goddess since they thrill the Mr. so.

So here’s what we’ve whittled the masses of combos we came up with down to:

Winifred Juno Frances
Winifred Cleo Elinor
Winifred Juno Gwendolen
And
Winifred Xanthe Amabel

I couldn’t decide if my life depended on it. Anyone wanna try picking one and telling me why they chose that particular one? I’d really appreciate it! Please?

Also working on sweet Margery (I’ll call her Daisy!), Tallulah, Philippa & Susanna. Bt have to admit, Susanna’s giving me fits! More to come. Stay tuned! 😀

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