The Middles

I thought I’d talk a bit about those names that you always see in my middle spots and why they’re there. It seems as if the same ones show up again & again and that can be tedious to  see over & over again.  At least, that was the thinking at the beginning of this post, I have no idea where this is going yet.   Now, onto those names!

 

The guys:
Edward/Edgar – I have two Uncles named Ed-, One married into the family (Edgar), one was born into the family (Edward).  I liked Edgar better than Edward, as far as Uncles go but like both names pretty much equally.

William/Willem – William is the family name, I have had several cousins with this name. Willem is my “MIL’s” Pop’s name, I found out recently.  Never thought to ask her parents names before this past summer. Duh. 😀

Arthur – One of my favorite Great Uncles on Pop’s side.  The sweetest guy on earth (next to my other half, that is).

Barnaby – He’s in the middle because we both like him very much. We allow ourselves one name that doesn’t honor. I’ve got him in a combo up front too. Which seems apt since we both do like him enough to do so.

Balthazar – Great Grandpa on Mom’s side. Father of my Babci and her 12 brothers (and one sister who died at 2). Mighty awesome dude with some really great stories. I like it enough to use up front but he’s wary of Getty. So in the middle he goes.

Henry – His Grandpop. I like Henry but not enough to use him up front. So in the middle he goes, again.

John/James – One of the other half’s middle names. James is the other.   He’s not fond of his name but like James & John. That’s why they’re on this list.

Valentin – My personal favorite of The maternal Great Uncles. Balthazar’s boys.   And he backhandedly seems to honor my Pop too, Valentine’s Day was his birthday and I’ve been  thinking  it’s a grand way to honor my Pop who hated his given name.

 

The gals:

Lucy – This is what my Mom wanted to name me, or Alice. She called me Lucy about 80% of the time anyway. I like the way I feel when I say Lucy. As Lucy though, I think she’s too short to stand well next to big sister Josephine.

Lily/Lilias – Lilian was Grandma. She went by Lily to one & all and called me Lily too. Lilias is just the Scots version that goes better with my surname.  I dislike the intense popularity of lil- so they go in the middle, where I can enjoy them but not share them often.

Alice –  She goes into the same category as Lucy. Even though she didn’t call me Alice very often, it still feels familiar and most definitely reminds me of Mom.

Elinor – I like her but not enough to actually use it in front. She honors a cousin of his that even I knew as a kid.  She died very young and I still miss her.  It’d be morbid up front too, for me.

Frances – Was Mom’s name.  She forbade me usage on a girl but She’s been gone so long (she died the same year the boys were born, but earlier in the year), I don’t think she’d begrudge me honoring in the middle, I hope.

Ruby – is a roundabout way of honoring me! It’s my birthstone. I love rubies too, more rare than diamonds, more precious too. Again, she’s unbalanced next to Josephine but works beautifully in the middle.

Esme/Esmée – Is the Barnaby of the girls list. We just like her. I prefer the streamlined Esme, he prefers the more obviously feminine Esmée. So I try out both variations to see where they’d fit best.

Violet – My lovely  Aunt. Well, sort of. I always called her Aunt Violet, she always answered to it. And always wondered why the older cousins & mom called her Val. But long after her death I find out her name was actually Valeria or Valeriana. The latter is on her BC the former on her SS card. And Violet is on her death Certificate!  I always remember her as Violet though, so Violet is what goes in the middle.

Kathleen – My younger sister. She’s a darling and I love her to pieces. She’s childless by choice and 39 so I doubt she’ll have any herself in the near future. I thin it’s one of the freshest forms of Kate around right now and love it because it’s her name.
 
Pandora – only shows up in the middle because it’s my “MIL’s” name. (I put mil in quotes because we’re not married and she’s not technically my mil, but  we’ve been together so long it’s like she’s unofficially so). A lovely, unassuming woman. She stepped right in when my Mom died and took over for her. Made  me feel safe again. Even though its usually “dead to be honored” around here, she means so much to me, I’d love to see her face  when she realises it’s for her. We’re not telling her beforehand.  I love it and would use it up front but the myth rather bugs me. So in the middle she goes. Where she’s safely honoring.

 

 And those are mine.  Any you like? Dislike?   What names do you find only “fit” for middle use? 

Ottoline again

I’m still loving Ottoline. I know she doesn’t appeal to the masses but I don’t care. I love it. And if I love it, she will.

My long standing combo of choice is Ottoline Alice Marigold. I love it but I’m waffling a bit on the whimsy. Ottoline’s different; is adding Alice Marigold going to make her miserable at 16? Marigold means something enough that she charms me and maybe that, being known to her will help her to like it too.

 On those maybes, I thought maybe I should rethink Ottoline combos. So I went to my notebooks & lists and re-found:
Ottoline Lucy Maud. I like proper Maud next to dancy Lucy and I like them both next to frilly Ottoline. (yes, I know they’re linked, literally). They’re beautiful together, why not use them again, especially if they mean more than the literary connection to me?

I’ve also come up with two polls worth: Ottoline 1  & Ottoline 2 .  (if you feel like voting)

 

I like these best from both polls:

Ottoline Ruby Adele
Ottoline Ruby Elinor
Ottoline Lucy Maud
Ottoline Elinor Rose
Ottoline Carys Elinor
Ottoline Alice Marigold
Ottoline Ivy Frances

As you can see OLM & OAM are still in there. But I was tossing around those little names that float around my family (Elinor, Frances, Maud) or just mean something to me (Ruby, Alice, Ivy, Rose, Marigold) and the few that just appeal  (Adele, Carys).

 

Like I said, I know Ottoline is not something that very many people like at all. But try to be open minded. 😀  Which of these do you like best? Or should I just stick with Ottoline Alice Marigold?

 

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Araminta & Jemima – the battling girls

I don’t think I’ve brought her up much recently but she’s climbing my list rather quickly, I am completely charmed by her sound and her color, which is silvery-white.   I like that she’s a literary name; she fits in the group with Zuleika for me. I’m also charmed by her multiple nicknames. No Minty here (She’s a “My Little Pony“!) but rather Minna or Mina, or like Josephine, Araminta in full.  I think she sounds awesome next to Josephine too, just look at them together:

                         Josephine & Araminta

 

How lovely they are!

I’m also quite enchanted with her combo: Araminta Alice Green. It’s warm, friendly and the Green actually makes me love the combo. The color of them together is awesome, Silvery-whitewhite-gold and pale spring green. They’re beautiful!  The combo of Araminta & Green  is linked in my head to some degree. Methinks  I read far too much sometimes!  😀  I don’t think Green does any harm in third like that either, so don’t bother complaining about it. 😛 It’s rather like Maud India or Elinor Glory, they just belong together in my head.  🙂

 

Now for Jemima. I live in the good ‘ol USA (despite the way I sound when I type) and have all my life. I’ve loved Jemima since I was a kid, yes I was raised by a mix of Roman Catholic (Mom)  and Protestant (Pop). Between the two of them, I went to church every Sunday and also read the Bible regularly. Dad was big on “read it and act, don’t just lip-worship” And while I do come across as snooty, I’m quite far from it, for real.  I only within the last 10 years realised it was a pancake/breakfast food brand here (I do not eat pancakes, ever and utterly loathe maple syrup).  I still love Jemima despite that and really don’t think it’s that big a deal. I mean, people name girls after Diseases: Alexia & Addison and Minivans: Sienna & Sedona (I know one, really!), what’s a pancake mix?  I know about her earlier advertising (I worked in the field for a number of years) and while I find it distasteful, I see no reason why it should keep anyone from using the name now. Using it, rather than keeping it off limits, to me, is showing that I disagree with the origins and find it lovely enough to use.  Not using it isn’t respecting it, it’s like I’m ashamed and want to hide that we were awful. I won’t do that.

 

I am also charmed by her combo: Jemima Frances Ruby. it’s all warm violets & reds to me.  Jemima’s the loveliest violet shade, Frances is a dusty red And I’ve described Ruby  before, suffice to say, the deep gemstone color of her sets off both Jemima & Frances most beautifully (I think I’m channelling “Bill & Ted” tonight).

 

I cannot decide which one to put in my #10 spot, Silvery-gold-green Araminta Alice Green or Violetty-red Jemima Frances Ruby, so I’d like to ask you, my readers to tell me which one you’d rather see in my #10 spot (or possibly higher) and, if you don’t mind, why? I’d appreciate it most mightily!

 

 Thanks!

 

My Ee – girls

I’ve been trying to figure out how to narrow my girls list and thought, well, I have three girls on my lists that begin with E. I think they’re all awesome but figure I really need to narrow it to one. It’s a start anyway.  Here they are:

Edith – My charmingly strong and regal one. I’ve mentioned my love for medieval names before and here’s one example. I love her history. Her sound is simple and crisp and like all E names, she’s yellow to me.
I have two combos for her I utterly adore and cannot decide between:

Edith Alice Bertille
Edith Lucy Valentina

Euphemia – She looks heavy, yes, but say her: u-FEE-me-ah; so light and fluffy, like an angel cake, her yellow is deeper, definitely very cakelike. I like that her strength is in her look but not her sound,very, very much.  I only have one combo for her that charms me completely:

Euphemia Elinor Glory

Eulalie – Another light as air baby, u-LAL-ee. She doesn’t look as heavy as the other two Ee girls but she’s got the same ending as my surname and I waffle on whether she’s usable at all. I really love her sound though. And her yellow is the most delicate next to Elinor’s. (the sunbaby on the left is Eulalie’s shade).

 

This picture just makes me think of her:treby-moondance-eulalie

And her lovely combo is: Eulalie Frances Madelief.

Would you help me decide? 

Thanks!

 

Zelda Again!

After much arguing back & forth, Zelda is on the official list with approval. Now, he thinks she needs “something light and frilly” in the middle and I think she needs a little grounding.  I went through our lists (the whole extensive mess!) ad have it down to these three. I tried to balance light & frilly with something a bit more down to earth in the middle. Zelda strikes me as a touch heavy but not too much so.

I have a poll going at Behind the Name with these three in it as well, feel free to go vote, if you wish!

Zelda Rosalie Violet
Zelda Frances Rosemary
Zelda Lily Caroline

I think I like Zelda Rosalie Violet & Zelda Lily Caroline best, but I’m also charmed by Zelda Frances Rosemary in fits.  Which do you like best? And if you don’t mind, why?  I’d love to hear anyone’s thoughts!

 

Addendum: I just saw someone asking about Zelda at fairly trendy  babynames.com, some of the things I thought of to go with Zelda but ultimately discarded are in that thread; Carys, Caroline, etc.  I am quite thrilled with Zelda Rosalie Violet and was very happy indeed to not see Rosalie or Violet in that thread. Not that I expect either name to remain quiet, Violet’s already on the way up and with ‘Twilight’ the huge hit  it appears to be, Rosalie’s going to start climbing as well. 

Cecily & Cecilia

 Cecilia has been one of my favorite names since at least Kindergarten.  It was my Babci’s name.  I was nearly cecilypatchwork2named for her which would have been weird as a kid, as my BFF is named Cecilia!  So, move forward all these years later and I am still loving Cecilia. Seems like a perfect sister for Josephine, no? If I named another girl Cecilia, she’d get lost with the three cousins I have already named that. They go by Ceil, Celia & Cecilia. Funnily enough, those cousins are half cousins and their Grandmother was Catherine. My Babci was wife #2!  So I started looking around for variants and rolled right into Cecily. Cecily’s perfect! She’s a bit frilly but no lacy little darling; Cecily’s got a core of steel. I like that the Cec- girls are also feminised boy names, in this case, from Cecil (which came from the Roman family name Caecilius, which was derived from Latin caecus” blind”. I don’t care about the meaning, my association is with Babci and St. Cecilia, patron Saint of Music! 

We have finally decided on a combo: Cecily Pandora Jane. Cecily for My Babci, Pandora for his Mother, Jane for my Mom (her middle name).  It wasn’t easy coming to that decision either, here’s what we ran through coming to CPJ, in just the last three months (I won’t bore you with anything before that!):

Cecily Frances Rupinder           Cecily Jemima Frances 
Cecily Zuleika Jane                   Cecily Rosalind Elinor
Cecily Esme Valentine              Cecily Mathilda Jane
Cecily Pomeline Jane                Cecily Eglantine Jane
Cecily Tallulah Alice                Cecily Juno Valentine
Cecily Saskia Jane                    Cecily Frances Petronel
Cecily Henrietta Plum              Cecily Frances Innogen
Cecily Harriet Valentina           Cecily Jemima Rosaline
Cecily Wilhelmina Violet          Cecily Jemima Marigold
Cecily Winifred Violet              Cecily Jemima Llanfaire
Cecily Flora Marilyn                 Cecily Frances Baudelaire
Cecily Marilyn Grace                Cecily Frances Ophelia
Cecily Marilyn Iris

😀 So you can see, Cecily Pandora Jane was no easy feat. It’s taken me a long time to warm up to Pandora.   I still am a tiny bit wary but I figure, in the middle she’s less likely to cause any damage in middle school. And if they give her too much grief, she can always say “It’s my NanaHoney’s name!” and that’s that.

 

Cecily’s absolutely terrific, feminine, strong, lyrical and the teensiest bit soft. I absolutely love her.

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