Still dreaming of Jemima

Despite last month’s devestating loss, (well,it was for me!) I’m still dreaming of Jemima. I just adore her sound. Her look is pretty sublime as well. ūüôā

Jemima Frances Ruby (had to flip middles, JRM are Fifi’s initials). So absolutely perfect. At least, I think so!

What middles would YOU pair with Jemima if Frances Ruby wasn’t perfectly fabulous for you? I’m just curious. Go ahead, let me know! ūüėÄ

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. ūüôā

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! ūüėÄ

Rethinking My Top Girls

My top girls have been ordered & reordered for months and I’m thinking of reordering them yet again. Here’s what I’ve got (& why):

Clementine – I just love her sprightly sound and the fact that she feels perfectly matched with Josephine. Her combo: Clementine India Jane is divine!

Winifred – Honors and I love Winnie. I have to admit the potential for Freda/Frida thrills me too. Her combo: Winifred Elinor Plum is sheer perfection.

Cecily – Again, honors, feels pretty but I’m worried about a possible rise in popularity also. I love her combo: Cecily Pandora Jane but I’m toying with a newer combo love: Cecily Oona Violet.

Maud – My favorite favorite. She honors the same relative Josie’s middle does and I adore that link between possible sisters. I love the delicate sound & the simple simpatico of four letters. Absolute perfection. She’s remaining on top, her combo makes me swoon: Maud India Scarlett.

Beatrix – I love Trixie! And her combo is sweet & her middles honor: Beatrix Violet Jane. Simply perfect.

Zelda – Don’t care about the video game, Zelda’s been my favorite name forever! And her combo makes me feel like singing: Zelda Violet Blythe.

Ottilie – Has been my # 1 or 2 for years. still deciding on combos, Ottilie Alice Ghislaine is lovely but Ottilie Frances Valentine, Ottilie Frances Godeleve & Ottilie Frances Loveday thrill me a bit more (while honoring too).

Jemima – The name on my list that’s been there near as long as Zelda! I love her nn potential: Jemma/Jem & Mimi. Her combo is perfect for us too: Jemima Lucy Maud.

Imogen – I love the quiet, regal feel of Imogen. And Immy’s cute, even if it’s not my fave nickname possibilty. I’ve got a couple of combos I love equally: Imogen Violet Mathilde, Imogen Ottilie Frances & Imogen Violet Oph√©lie.

Edith – Love Edie’s funky, starchy feel and her combo is divine: Edith Ottilie Violet.

Look for the Wildcards (read: runners up) in the next day or so!

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!¬† ūüėĬ†¬†

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!¬† ūüėÄ

The Girly Wildcards

I have far too many wildcards, those combos I love but not as much as the top ones. Or in some cases, more, but I find them a tiny bit unwieldy for day to day use.

 

Ideally, I’d have a top 10 and 10 wildcards. Recently I’ve added three names to the wildcard list, bringing the total up to 16 Wildcards. There’s already 11 girls in the top 10 (I know, I know…) so I need to cull these down to three or four at best and am having the hardest time getting rid of any of them!

 

Ottilie Alice Ghislaine – Tillie, Ottilie, Leeloo, Lina
Susanna Ottilie Pearl РSukie, Zuzu, Zanna   
Pomeline Frances Elinor – Poppy, Polly, Millie, Molly, Lina

Laetitia Amabel Violet – Lettie, Etta, Lettice
Araminta Lucy Violet – Minna, Mina
Euphemia Elinor Glory РEffie, Mia, Fifi
Elspeth Margery Violet – Elsa, Elsie
Aurelia Romilly Jane – Goldie, Rellie
Mathilda Lucy Elanor РTillie, Maud, Maudie
Henrietta Ruby Lilias РHattie, Hettie,  Etta, Harriet
Lucretia Ruby Iris – Lucy, Lulu, Lux
Jemima Frances Ruby – Mimi, Jemma
Zuleika Esme Violet – Zuzu, Zooey
Zenaida Ruby Frances РZen, Zeni,  Aida, Zinnia, Flower
Florence Lila Ghislaine – Flora, Flory, Fleur, Ren
Romilly Alice Kathleen – Romy, Millie

 

If pushed, I’d say probably the bolded 4 are the biggest loves but I’m already mourning the loss of¬†6 others not bolded. If you had to pick 4 from this list to use on a girl, which 4 would you pick and why?¬†See why I’m having problems?¬† ¬†Any help at all would be completely appreciated!¬† Thanks!

Help!

I want to narrow my top 10 to a top 5, at least for now. I’m going to either/or them and pick one? Thanks!

 

Ottilie or Jemima?
Winifred or Clementine?
Maud or Zelda?
Beatrix or Cecily?
Lucretia or Pomeline?

 

Cassius or Clarence?
Remy or Cosmo?
Rufus or Barnaby?
Alasdair or August?
Arthur or Francis?

 

I couldn’t choose if my life depended on it.¬† One minute it’s one way, the next it’s the other. I love them all and just cannot decide which 5 are best! Can you help? I’d really appreciate it!¬†¬†

As always, Thanks! ūüėÄ

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? ūüėÄ

 

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 РStill 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!

The Battling Girls!

I am going crazy over girls names. With boys, I’m much pickier and it’s easier to figure out what I really like vs. what I simply enjoy. With boys, it’s practically a three way tie between Cosmo, Rufus & Barnaby and that’s about it. Everything else on the list pales by comparison. So it’ll be easy to decide on a boys name if we have one.

 

But a girl? I’m going crazy, literally.

¬†There’s the “normals”: Cecily, Beatrix & Clementine and the oddballs: Jemima, Zelda & Winifred.¬† I love all six of them and couldn’t decide which one I’d actually use if you paid me to decide.¬† I could have sextuplets and happily use them all. Sadly, it’s probably just one and I have to choose.¬† I love all their combos, really. Clementine’s probably been on the list longest of the normals, She went on the list back in ’95. Zelda’s been on the list of oddballs since ’73, since that’s when I first started keeping lists. She was on the mental list in ’69! I wanted to name my sister Zelda but Mom was having none of it.¬† Cecily & Winifred are¬† the newest; Winifred 5 years on, Cecily, two on. Beatrix & Jemima have probably been on the list for about 8 years now.

When I was deciding on Josephine’s name, I brought my notebooks of names in my bag and after she was born, I dug through the lists I had at the time, assembled what appealed in several instances and tried them out on her little self when she was in the room¬† (I only sent her back to the nursery once, that first night, so I could sleep. Otherwise she was in my room no-stop so I had plenty of time to try them all out.¬† I finally found something that not only made me sing, but seemed to suit her. I can’t explain how that huge name seemed to suit the little baby she was then,¬†it just did.

 

How did you decide on your children(s) names? What were the deciding factors for you, How did you narrow it down? How do¬†I do so?¬† Goddess knows, I’d happily name a girl all of these, ridiculous as it sounds but I know I can’t.¬† So, how do I go about choosing? Any hints? Pointers? Words of advice? Anything?¬† ¬†Help!

 

 Thanks!

Beatrix, Again

I can’t seem to let go of Beatrix, but I am rethinking her combo. Beatrix Poppy Elinor charms me with her upbeat sound and her bright colors but it feels almost too “British” if that makes any sense. But Beatrix, I can’t shake her off. I keep thinking “I hear her a lot online” And that scares me off a bit. I don’t want her to have a dated name, and I’m a touch afraid that Beatrix might. But I like her so! So I’m rethinking middles for her.

Which means,¬† I’m running a poll at BtN, as usual, and as usual, here are those poll choices; ¬†in case you don’t want to bother clicking.

 Beatrix Elinor Plum РElinor honors the cousin,  Plum has a luscious sound I just want to be able to say daily!

Beatrix Esme Ruby – Esme for Esmeralda who sounds ridiculous with my surname, Ruby’s for me, my birthstone!

Beatrix Esme Valentine – Mentioned Esme above, Valentine’s for my Pop.

Beatrix Alice Rupinder– Alice should have been my name, to honor thwarted Mom, Rupinder is just a love. I love her feel, her sound and her look. Can’t ask for more!

Beatrix Malu Primrose– I love the sound of Malu (meaning’s pretty awesome too) Primrose is a cousin.

Beatrix Romilly Violet– Finally, Romilly where I would feel more comfortable, Violet for my favorite Auntie on Mom’s side.

 Beatrix Lily Alice РLily for Grandma Lily, Alice for my Mom again.

Beatrix Oona Pearl– Oona’s a love, I like her swoop, her feel: sleek and Pearl because I like the way it looks and sounds follwing Oona.

and can’t forget to add the standard bearer: Beatrix Poppy Elinor ¬†– Poppies are one of my favorite flowers, the color alone makes me smile. My Uncle Jim thinks Poppy’s for him, they’re apparently his favorite flowers too. And Elinor’s that cousin again.

 

So, should I even bother? Is Beatrix going to be the next to jump upwards? (this is the same problem I have with Clementine, she’s gone from being #1 two years ago, to being #10, and that’s after being #17 for a good while) Anyway, should¬†I worry, or is Beatrix worth it? And which combo do you like best? I’d love to know. Anyone happening along, feel free to add your 2¬Ę!¬† New voices are always welcome!

 

 Update: Down to three combos:
Beatrix Scarlet Jane
Beatrix Elinor Plum
Beatrix Jemima Alice

Have a favorite here? Let me know, if you’re reading!

Jemima

She’s risen to #3, right behind Cecily & Ottoline and¬†directly ahead of Lucretia. I’m really loving¬† Jemima and her nickname options of Jemma & Mimi.¬† I find her fresh, sprightly and feminine. Jemima’s really a lovely name if you can get past the pancake thing! ūüėĬ† I’ve had Jemima Frances Ruby on my list for a little over a year now and I will admit she started out as¬† Ruby Frances Jemima & Frances Jemima Ruby.¬† Both were attempts to find a home for Jemima. And after a few weeks, I figured, why not Jemima Frances Ruby? Tried it out and liked it, very much.¬† I don’t think Josephine & Jemima are too much of a mouthful, either.¬†

I know the pancake thing is a turn off and her roots are even more so. But I’m tired of people saying because it was used badly,¬† it’s off limits. Why? The practice was shameful, the name isn’t. She’s Biblical, for goodness ¬†sake!¬† I’m tired of trying to placate one & all. From now on the only ones I really want to please are Him & I. Jemima stays at #3, for now. Who knows, by next year, she may be #1!

 

¬†Do you have any thoughts on Jemima? Any kid of mine is likely to be blond (or at least sandy brown) , with curly hair and eyes are up in the air (I have green, he has blue but we have a blue, a green & a brown eyed kid, one each) and about 5’10” tall for a girl,¬† I expect. (he’s short but I’m over tall and over tall runs predominantly on both sides of the families. Short is the aberration. (And by short, I mean 5’6″ or so for guys, 4’11 for girls, we have him, the lone short guy and I have a cousin [and had a great Aunt] that stand (stood) at 4’11”).¬† Do you think that description fits a Jemima? If not, what do you think a Jemima should look like?¬†¬†

 

Thanks!

My latest Top 10 Boys & Girls

Yep, here to bore you again is my most recent top 10.¬† I’m less than imaginative today, Ken is 43 today and I’m concentrating on the Birthday party for later. Bear with me!

 

 Boys:

Cosmo Valentin George/Cosmo Lucien George
Barnaby Edward Rex
Cassius Barnaby Rex
Remus Edward Xavier
Clarence Arthur Finlay
Alasdair Barnaby George
August Edward Valentine
Lucius Edward Porfirio
Arthur Henry Llewellyn
Linus Edward Anselm

Wildcard: Edward Balthazar George

Girls:

Cecily Pandora Jane
Ottoline Alice Marigold
Beatrix Poppy Elinor
Lucretia Ruby Iris
Pomeline Frances Elinor
Maud India Scarlett
Jemima Frances Ruby
Zelda Rosalie Violet
Winifred Elinor Plum
Edith Malu Violet

Wildcard: Eulalie Frances Madelief/Eulalie Frances Aricie

What do you think? How would you rank them? Which would you love to see used? My goodness, I have to go bake a cake for tonight! 

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