C names

And my seeming fascination thereof.  😛

I do appear to be stuck on the letter C this time around. I mean I have 4 C boy names and 2 girls on my working list, at the moment. Cosmo, Cassius, Clarence & Casimir, Cecily & Clementine.

There are more that I like:

Camilla/Camellia/Camille
Carmelite
Carolie
Caroline
Cassia
Calla
Calliope
Calypso
Carmel/Carmela/Carmella
Carys/Cerys
Catherine
Catarina
Catrin
Cecily/Cicely/Cecile/Cecilia
Celandine   Celeste/Celestine
Charlotte
Clara/Claire/Clare
Clarice
Clarimonde
Clarissa
Cléophée
Clemence
Clementine
Clio/Cleo
Constance
Cora/Coral/Coralie/Coretta
Cordelia
Cornelia
Cosima
Cressida
Cymbeline (yes, I know it’s a boy in Shakespeare’s play, it still sound feminine to me)
Cyprilla
Cyriana (I just like the sound of this one)
Calvin
Carmine
Casimir/Casmir
Caspar
Cassiel/Cassian/Cassius
Cecil
Cedric
Celestin
Cesar
Charles/Charlot
Chaucer
Christophe/Christopher
Clancy
Clarence 
Claud/Claude
Clement
Coe
Colin
Conal
Conan
Constantin/Constantine
Cormac
Corwin
Cosmo/Cosimo
Crispin
Cyrus
Cyprian (yes, I just like the crisp sound, I doubt I’d ever consider it for anything more than the next goldfish)

 And there’s the collected favorites list (that’s about 5 years old now).  

my C combos:
Cosmo Valentin George
Cassius Barnaby Rex
Clarence Arthur Finlay
Casimir Amadeus John  (he’s the ‘why not?” here) 🙂
Cecily Pandora Jane
Clementine Lily Elinor

 

 So, what C names do you like? Do I strike you as seemingly obsessed with the letter C or is it just that it looks so appealing written down?   What is it about the letter C?  What do you think?  😀

 

 

Clementine

I’ve liked Clementine for a long while, three or four years, at least.  And I’ve tried a whole host of combos to try to compliment her.  Clementine Lily Elinor is the standing combo. I like that her initials would mimic her first name: CLEM.  But it took a long time to get to her (and I’m still not entirely taken with the combo, someone sell it to me!)

Here’s some of the predecessors:

Clementine Lila Elspeth
Clementine India Alice
Clementine Lily Ariadne
Clementine Frances Isobel
Clementine Alice Isobel
Clementine Isobel Maud
Clementine Maud Leonora
Clementine Rosalind Maud
Clementine Lilith Zsofia
Clementine Lucy Aurelia
Clementine Lily Agnes
Clementine Lucy Elspeth
Clementine Rosalind Verity
Clementine Alice Maude
Clementine Juno Axelle
Clementine Beatrix Lily
Clementine Louisa Maud
Clementine Juno Viola
Clementine Violet Maud
Clementine Lucy Kathleen
Clementine Lily Matilde
Clementine Lucy Maud
Clementine Lucy Annabel
Clementine Ariadne Grace

 

And those are just the winners from the polls!  I’ve probably run through a thousand combos trying to pair Clementine up. She’s tough to pair. Nature names sometimes look silly next to her, and other things are too ornate, she’s pretty frilly herself.  I think Clementine Lily Elinor is sleek, rather polished and works well as a set. Lily isn’t too ridiculous next to fruity Clementine and honors Grandma Lily/Lilian too  (Clementine Lilian’s too L heavy for me).   I’m afraid Clementine’s going to get hot soon, so I’ve  kind of pushed her down my lists a good bit. What do you all think of Clementine?  Do you think she’s going to jump up the charts a fair bit or no? Should I move her back up into a working position or keep her down? And if I move her back up, who should I take off the list? Give me your thoughts, any & all are welcome! 

 

 As Usual, Thanks a million!

Which Oddball?

Have got it down to two, actual working possibilities for the wildcard spot. I have one Wildcard, That one that I normally wouldn’t use but find so charming that if circumstances are right, Will be used.  Both first names are loves, middles honor (as usual), Here they are, along with why they are:

Clementine Lily Elinor– I love Cleo/Clio. Ask anyone who knows of my passion for names. I have been insisting I’m a Cleo/Clio/Cleopatra since I was two. The story of “Cleopatra & I”  was one of my Mother’s favorites.  And my loathing of my first name has long been documented by family.  I think Cleo’s aces and would happily rename myself it if I thought everyone would actually stop referring to me as Lola.   I like the fresh feel of Clementine, don’t mind either possible pronunciation and really like the way it looks on paper (yes, paper is still a priority for me) 😉  And well, Clemmie stinks as a nickname, the CLE is rightthere. Haven’t you ever heard someone make a nickname by adding ‘O’? I have, hence Cleo for Clementine! I love it, just  a teensy bit offbeat and the possibility of Cleo? Awesome!

Lily was Grandma. Well, Lilian was, but she was always called Lily/Lil by Grandpa & her sisters. She called me Lily until her death in 1994.  She always said I should have been named for her. So I’m guessing the thought went something like this “They named her Laura, hmm? Not for me? Well, I’m just going to call her Lily and see if they can stop me!” Yep, that was Grandma. A ‘do what she wanted, to He** with everyone else’ person. She was my hero!  😀  (Where’s that cheesy grin smiley when you want one?)

And Elinor is a cousin that died when I was 9. A lovely young lady, always was willing to hang around with us kids. I still miss her and think about her every day.

Mathilda Esme Primrose– Mathilda’s  been a love since I was a kid. 80% of my dolls were Mathilda. I have no clue why I prefer this spelling over the more standard Matilda except to offer Matilda looks lopsided to me and reminds me of kangaroos. Mathilda feels elegant and regal and no hint of kangaroos!  I also like the possibility of Tillie. Tilley is THE family surname and Mathilda, nn Tillie works for that sort of recognition. and rather matches Poppy’s Rosamel in the middle (It was a surname before it was a first name!). And I think Tilley is too nicknamey on it’s own to use in the middle.  Anyone have thoughts towards that end?

Esme is for Esmeralda, Great Grandma’s older sister. She was a real oddball of a lady, smoking cigars and speaking her mind. Great Grandma always spoke of her fondly. Esmeralda died the year before I was born.  Of course, Esmeralda, Great Grandma Rosamel and their sisters were Spanish. Full Spanish. And Esmeralda in full (while if greatly appeals) is just too unwieldy with the Scottish surname I inherited.  I like simple Esme for her elegance and she’s the loveliest shade of plum. 

Primrose is one of those “weird” flower names that’s all over the family tree. We’re apparently great lovers of florals for girls, Eglantine is another possibility. (I love her, but that’s another story). The Primrose in question went by ‘Prose’ as a nickname. I can see why, but wonder “why not simply Rose”?  Anyway, I find her a bit fluffy and not at all serious but I love that touch of whimsy after the regal Mathilda and the lush Esme. So she’s my choice for third here.

 

I have a poll running at BtN now:  

 

Feel free to stop by and vote for your preference, but you can also post here, if you so choose. Feel free!

 

*Update! Mathilda Esme Primrose won the poll 15-11 as of noon today. Generally, a poll won’t get many more votes after it’s slipped onto the second (or further back) page but I must admit, a few more votes won’t bother me. I still love them both but find Mathilda/Tillie/Maudie more practical than Clementine/Cleo/Clio for daily use. And that, right there may be what wins out, in the end.

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