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!

Ottilie, again

I’m still loving Ottilie. Ottoline’s still hanging around in my head, but not on the list anymore. Ottilie’s a touch more mainstream in that searches will pull up  a good number of Ottilies, Ottoline mostly pulls up Morrell.

 

Ottilie Alice Mehitabel has been my lushest  Tillie combo to date but I wanted to try out a few others that also appeal, humor me, please? 🙂  Here:

Ottilie Alice Valentine – Valentine for Pop.

Ottilie Alice Godeleve – I just adore medieval Godeleve.

Ottilie Alice Ghislaine – was G.Grandma’s first middle, Maud followed.

Ottilie Alice Celandine – Celandine’s just so pretty!

Ottilie Alice Gwendolen – I like Gwendolen’s lush but familiar feel. Not as much as the previous ones  but enough to include her.

Ottilie Alice Celestine – not sure about the repeating sounds but I love Celestine’s meaning  “of the sky, heavenly”. Beautiful, no?

and the last, but not least,

Ottilie Alice Lavender – Pretty, pretty, pretty!     😀

 

Anything there appeal more than Ottilie Alice Mehitabel?  Feel like selling it to me? 😉  I’ll take anything!

A Handful of Oddballs

Frida/Frieda, Vashti, Adele, Rowena, Zora, Louisa & Gwendolen/Gwendolyn. All of these are names that appeal to me on some level but will never be used for one reason or another.

Frida/Frieda, Adele, Louisa & Zora because they’ve been vetoed by the other half. Vashti’s too exotic, Gwendolen/Gwendolyn is weird, I prefer the -en ending, it’s instinctively the -yn spelling. So rules it out.

Do you have names you’d admire but can’t use, for whatever reason? I’d love to see some of them!