My “style”?

I am apparently all over the map, style wise. I really looked at my top lists the other day and was struck by the fact that I seem to have at least 2 separate styles. Weird and funky.  here, I’ve grouped them in similar piles:

Group 1
Maud India Scarlett
Ottilie Alice Ghislaine
Zelda Lucy Violet
Edith Zenobia Violet
Lilias Mehetabel June
Sylvie Mimosa Jane
Xanthe Iris Dorothea
Cleo Portia Rupinder
Cecily Pandora Jane

 

 

Group 2
Clementine India Jane
Jemima Lucy Maud
Lucretia Ruby Iris
Winifred Elinor Plum
Matilda Frances Ruby
Imogen Violet Jane
Beatrix Violet Jane
Euphemia Elinor Glory
Philippa Saskia Violet
Cecilia Violet Petronel

and those are just the girls!  I can do that to the boys too, to a lesser extent. See:

 

Group1
Rufus Wilder John
Remy Edward Xavier
Cosmo Henry George
Bruno Edward Rafael
Barnaby Edward Rex
Ignatius Edward George
Clarence Arthur Finlay
Caspar James Porfirio
Alasdair Barnaby George

 

Group 2
Arthur Henry Llewellyn
Oscar Valentin George
Linus Willem Bleys
Harvey Edward Augustin
Francis Henry Porfirio
Edward Balthazar George
Rafael August Anselm

 

So, do you agree, I’m mildly crazy? or do you see these in different groups?  Which group appeals more to you? Which ones? Anything really jump out at you up there? Let me know! 

 

And, as always, thanks for stopping by!  😀  

Jemima

I’ve been thinking about Jemima a lot recently. I think it all started with me thinking twinny again (they do run in the family and I’ve already had one set.. so I figure, potentially planning isn’t an awful thing to do).  So I asked him what he’d name girl twins. He said Clementine & Jemima.  Which surprised me. They’re sweet, but have history as a grownups name and I like the thought of Cleo & Mimi when they’re small. Why not?  (Boys we already know would be Rufus & Cosmo).

 

Now, I have a Clementine combo I am completely happy with: Clementine India Jane, so that’s not where my head went. It headed for Jemima. Where I have a combo: Jemima Frances Ruby.  I like her sentiment but I’m not sold, entirely, on her feel.  So I went digging again. And came up with a very few that I *do* like:

 

Jemima Romilly Elinor
Jemima Louisa Caroline
Jemima Lucy Maud*
Jemima Elinor Blythe
(And of course: Jemima Frances Ruby)

I really like Jemima Lucy Maud. I have had Lucy Maud together in other combos (Ottoline Lucy Maud, Agatha Lucy Maud, Araminta Lucy Maud, Cecilia Lucy Maud, Matilda Lucy Maud, Sibyl Lucy Maud) But I think this one is where she shines. 

 

Well, now you know which one appeals most to me! Which of these appeals to you, most?  I’d love to  hear thoughts on them! 

As always, Thanks a million!  😀

The Freaks

It’s a bit mean of a title but I mentioned yesterday there’s a handful of names I’d love to use even though they don’t fit with the rest of the kids. Thought I’d toss them out here, see if you agree!

Without further ado, here are the freaks on my name lists:

Anthea
Isis
Cleo/Cleopatra/Cleophée
Leonore (obviously, if Cleo rhymes, this *is* Leo)!
Aurelia
Dorothea
Coralie
Saffron
Portia
Lavender
Sibyl

Ignatius
Blaise
Lazarus
Florian
Laszlo
Maximilian/Maxim
Peregrin
Constantin
Caspar

 

I try to stick these in the middle but I would adore to use any of these up front. Do you think I could get away with any of these, or should I just keep thinking about them as potential middles? What do you think?  😀

 

As always, thanks a million for stopping by! 

Cleo

Yes, still loving Cleo. She’s simply velvet on my tongue and sings a sweet contralto coming out of my mouth.
I’ve had Cleo Portia Rupinder as a combo for a few weeks, and while I’m completely enamoured with her, it seems no one else is. So I thought I’d give Cleo a few more shots, see if anything else pops out at anyone. Here are my attempts last night:

Cleo India Apolline
Cleo Frances Matilde
Cleo Laetitia Valentine
Cleo Poppy Mehitabel
Cleo Iris Pandora
Cleo Penelope Iris
Cleo Saffron Isobel
Cleo Esme Genevra
Cleo Junia Eglantine

Yeah, they’re all oddballs. There’s a few up there I like quite a bit but don’t think anything comes close to Cleo Portia Rupinder. Of course, she’s not likely to be used, with Clementine India Maud still in place on the lists. But I keep adding her too because she seems so entrancing, another short, sweet dear. What  do you think, folks? Anything there worth saving?

Cosmo, Cleo & Similar

I’ve been thinking, I love Cosmo and Cleo. So what else is like them, vibe wise. So, trolling though my lists, here;s what I’ve come up with, both boy & girl.  In the interest of “I like them but want something different” here they are:

 

Boys:
Tycho, Theophilus, Dmitri, Elias, Augustus, Romeo, Ezra, Galen, Ulysses, Philo, Titus, Alexander, Alistair, Silvio, Jethro, Clement, Leonardo, Angelo, Carmine, Bruno, Theron, Benedict, Pascal, Leander, Florian, Ignatius, Simeon.

Girls:
Isadora, Violetta, Zelda, Rosario, Alice, Ariadne, Xanthe, Danae, Valentina, Salome, Apollonia, Clementine, Tallulah, Drucilla, Portia, Beatrix, Scarlett, Sidony, Imogen, Ophelia, Oona.

 

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Want to add some? Write some off? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you all!

Clementine Redux

Working on the thought I barely recalled: Clementine, nn Cleo. Since I adore Cleo and thoroughly like Clementine I figured I should try out some different combos for her, see if anything really jumps out out me. Wanna see? 😀

 

Here goes:

Clementine Portia Clotilde – love the lush feel of this one
Clementine Lucy Isobel – feels a bit expected.
Clementine India Maud – ooh, interesting, I love India and well, Maud’s in contention for first place…
Clementine Alice Elinor – very pretty.
Clementine Eos Faye – No one’s going to ‘get” Eos, but she’s so pretty!
Clementine Mina Alice – love Mina and Alice together.
Clementine India Jane – a bit crisper than India Maud.
Clementine Ottilie Echo – Alright, so Echo’s whimsy. It gets two of my favorite names in there with the whimsy.
Clementine Ivy Agatha – Or maybe Agatha Ivy, either way, Agatha grounds both very nicely.
Clementine Sylvie Violet – Loving Sylvie recently and Violet’s gorgeous and honors.
Clementine Jemima Adele – Love, love, love Jemima andAdele feels light & sweet here.
Clementine Esme Viola -terminally elegant!
Clementine Violet Rosalind – maybe too nature-y all around?
Clementine Agatha Violet – utterly charming, Agatha Violet.
Clementine Edwina Violet – I love Edwina, she’s charmingly quaint. Violet honor, again.
Clementine Lily Adele – Lily honors Grandma, Adele is just sweet. (now if I could just get him to stop saying Adele like they do in “Natural Born Killers…)
Clementine Lilias Pearl – Lilias honors Grandma a bit more circularly, Pearl just charms me.
Clementine Viola Odette – still hooked on those Opera names!
Clementine Maud Elinor – My beloved Maud with Honoring Elinor.
Clementine Alice Grey – Still feeling a bit Steampunkish, this suits the mood. And feels sort of buttoned up and respectable at the same time.  

 

So there you go, along with all my thoughts at the moment. What do you think?  Let me know!

 

As always, Thanks!

Cleo/Clio again

It’s down to figuring out which way to spell Cleo/Clio.

Cleo Portia Rupinder or Clio Portia Rupinder?

Yep, Cleo/Clio Portia is staying as is (I love them together!)  and I am completely enamoured of Rupinder here and refuse to consider anything else. 🙂 But which way is more appealing: Cleo or Clio? What do you say?

Cleo

Alright, I’ve been trying to get people to call *me* Cleo since I was two and have failed miserably. 😀    So I keep coming back to her for another girl. yeah, I’d use Cleopatra for myself, even now but not on a kid, she was too nasty a bint, ruined it. So Cleo it is. (I love Clio, the muse but seeing as how Verity already has a daughter ‘named’ Clio… I feel I should go back to my first love). Still sticking with Cleo Portia; I have a whole bunch of combos to sift through, wanna help? 🙂

Cleo Portia Clementine
Cleo Portia Matilde
Cleo Portia Delphine
Cleo Portia Rupinder
Cleo Portia Melisande
Cleo Portia Rosamund
Cleo Portia Katharine
Cleo Portia Valentina
Cleo Portia Bluebell
Cleo Portia Clotilde

 

My favorites are Cleo Portia Clementine. Cleo Portia Matilde, Cleo Portia Rupinder (yes, still trying to fit her somewhere, I think here is Perfect!), Cleo Portia Rosamund & Cleo Portia Katharine (Katharine might balance Cleo & Portia a fair bit).  But couldn’t pick one if my life depended on it. (well, maybe Cleo Portia Rupinder).

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated!

 

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? 😀

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.