Trying out some Oddballs

I’ve  been swirling these six around again. I like all of them pretty much equally and can only put one of each at #10. Three boys, three girls. Would you be so kind as to help me pick one and tell me why that one, in particular, please? I’d appreciate the help so very much!

 

Without further ado, the six:

Edward Balthazar George
Roland August Valentin
Harvey Valentin John

 

Mathilda Esme Primrose
Romilly Alice Kathleen
Maud India Scarlett

 

The boys truly are equal, I like Edward, Roland & Harvey all and wouldn’t be able to choose just one if my life depended on it! Of the girls, I want to choose Maud, as she’s a family name, where Romilly’s a place where family lives and Primrose is a still living cousin. Maud honors the same G. Grandma Josephine’s middle does. The middles are pretty equally split for honoring/sounding good/having good imagery for me. So please, pick one of each & tell me why!  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! 

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!

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!

Medieval Girls that Rock Today!

There are girls names that have been used since medieval times yet still sound pretty and feel usable even today. here’s a small sampling of the ones I like enough to put somewhere on *my* lists:

Cecily – is my #1 name atm.
Joan
Matilda – prefer the Swedish (and English) variant Mathilda. It just looks better to me.
Alice – was what my Mom wanted to name me.
Godeleve
Amalia
Clotilde – so light, clo-TEELD. Lovely sound!
Elvira – I say El-veer-ah. Doesn’t that sound prettier?
Agnes – I love Agnes. I think she’s so soft & sweet.
Agatha – Another love. She’s a bit stern looking but her sound is lovely.
Elinor – She figures in a lot of working combos because his favorite girl cousin is an Elinor.
Amabel –  Softer than Mabel yet just as sweet.
Amis
Anne – I love simple Anne enough to have used it, it’s Josie’s second middle.
Annora – I just love looking at her. There’s something so peaceful about Annora.
Beatrice/Beatrix – Beatrix is a favorite. I like Bea, really, but I am far happier with Beatrix and her possible Trixie.  Old Trixie Belden fan here.  Beatrix is my #3 name.
Clara/Clarice (Funnily, I’m not as fond of Claire) – Clarice has been a favorite since I was 4. She’s Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer’s girlfriend!  *sigh*
Edith – Rounds out my top 10. I love her starched crisp feel.
Euphemia – number 9. I love her look, so strong, so capable but her sound is fluffy cake.
Mirabel – she means “wonderful, for Latin mirabilis. And she reminds me of plums.
Philomena – I just like her look.
Florence – was my mother’s second oldest sister. (Josephine, Florence, Helen, Valeria/Violet & Francesca/Frances they were). I’m fond of her sound but must admit, F is not my favorite letter.
Idony
Johanna
Rose
Helen – I like the simple, serene Helen best of all the related names.
Hilde
Sibyll – although I’d spell it the “modern” way: Sibyl
Ida/Idamay – just fun to say!
Isemay
Isolde  – How do YOU say this? I say ee-SOL-də.
Jemma – She’s on my lists as a possible nickname for Jemima, along with Mimi.
Thomasina – I’m a sucker for femininsed boys names.
Kateline/Katherine/Katerina/Kathrine – I like quite a few Kath- names.
Lettice/Leticia/Letitia – I’ve love Lettice a long time. I used to name my baby dolls Lettice before I blew their heads off with firecrackers. I think I’m gonna have to name the next cat Lettice!
Ysemay
Loveday
Lucia/Lucy – Lucy was the alternate “Mom” choice for me. Lucia gives me fits over pronunciation but I still think she looks pretty!
Margaret/Margery – I adore Margery but feel she’s a bit nicknamey. Margaret’s a bit too stern even for me… but Margery works as a nickname possibility that may last until adulthood.
Marion –  Makes me associate with Maid Marian. the two spelling seem interchangeable now but Marion was a G. Aunt of his and remains the preferred spelling for me. 
 Maud/Maude –  Maud is my #4 name. I love her look and her soft sound. Maude makes me think of Bea Arthur. 

 

So, what medieval names do you think would still work today? Which of those would you use or like to see used? I’d love to hear!

Now for the Girls

Figured I’d post the top 10 girls, singly and see what folks think.

Cecily – Celie, Cece, Celia
Ottoline  – Tillie, Ottilie
Beatrix – Bea, Bebe, Trixie
Pomeline – Millie, Polly, Poppy, Molly
Maud – Maudie
Mathilda – Tillie, Maudie, Millie
Lucretia – Lucy, Lulu
Jemima – Mimi, Jemma
Henrietta – Hettie, Hattie, Etta, Harriet
Zuleika – Zuzu, Zooey

 APTOPIX GERMANY

And if you want to see the rest of the girls (and these in combos), check them out, here .

Yet Another Maud Post!

Maud India Scarlett

Is moving up my list, quickly! She started out as a wild card, then way down at #14. But after re-shuffling for Likability, usability and just plain aesthetics, Maud India Scarlett now rests at #5 behind Pomeline Frances Elinor but ahead of Mathilda Esme Primrose.  Not of Earth shattering importance, but a stunner for me. Thought you should know.    😀

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Maud Evermore

I was talking about Maud the other day, here and it has boiled down to three stunning combos, I have them up in a poll and it’s already a tie between them. I thought I’d ask for a few more personal thoughts on them here. So without any more fanfare here they are with what I like about each:

 

Maud Coralie Alice – she feels a bit Gothy to me, in a Victorian sort of way. And that gives me vampire overtones. I dig vampires. ‘nuf said

Maud India Scarlett – she feels warm and ochre to me, lush but dry.  I could happily wrap myself in the feel of this combo and just perish ! 😀

Maud Lila Ottoline – she’s misty, mauvey and fresh. Ever listen to Led Zeppelin’s “Battle of Evermore”? That’s the same almost eerie feel I get from her. Oooh, I just love that!

maud-coralie-alice-flowersThat might have been a bit much but well, what the heck!  😉

Anyone want to say anything now?  😉

 

Since no one wanted to say anything more,  I just thought I’d update to say that Maud India Scarlett won in the poll. And honestly? She is my favorite of the Maud combos. I love Ottoline far too much to bury her happily in third place.   Maybe I should do a post on simply Ottoline? Hmmm.

Maud Anew

Maud, glorious Maud!

I went searching again last night and came up with some beauties. (Not that many will agree with me, Maud being almost universally disliked)

Isn’t she the softest, sweetest thing ever? Maud, so lovely.

This is the color Maud is to me!

This is the color Maud is to me!

Here’s what I came up with late last night:

Maud Coralie Alice
Maud Isobel Clementine
Maud Ottilie Rose (or maybe Maud Ottilie Alice)
Maud Roxana Elinor
Maud India Scarlett (or Maud India Elinor) [to heck with the GWTW images, I love this!]
Maud Sophie Angelina
and three Maud Lila combos (I’m quite taken with sweet little Lila these days and think I could live with her happily ensconced in the middle, forever):

Maud Lila Valentina
Maud Lila Celestine
Maud Lila Ottoline

If I had to pick one of those Lila combos, it’d probably be Maud Lila Ottoline (and part of me is tempted to flip it, Ottoline Lila Maud which would compete with Ottoline Alice Marigold in my head).

Anyone have any thoughts on Maud, themselves? 😀

Maud/Maude?

Maud has long been on my lists. I mean, it was on my list almost 5 years ago for Josephine. I think she’s lovely. Simple, honey-sweet and delicate. I also think she’s got a bit of a clunk going and to be honest, I love that clunk! Maud, nn Maudie or even Tillie, just because I could!

I’m not toying with combos for her just yet. I’m still weighing how slighted she might feel next to a sister named Josephine. Lovely, regal Josephine and Clunky, sweet Maud.  ehhhh, not quite there yet, I think. 

I just love Maud. Absolutely lovely in a  simple, clear manner. Bang her around in your head for a while, you’ll see what I mean. She’s lovely.

Spent the last hour thinking of potential pairings. Preliminarily:
Maud Celandine
Maud Penelope
Maud Francesca
Maud Pomeline
Maud Primrose
Maud Valentina
Maud Pandora
Maud Ophelia
Maud Violette
Maud Elspeth
Maud Rupinder
Maud Zuleika
Maud Clementine
Maud Henrietta
Maud Euphemia
Maud Ghislaine

 

See, she’s got potential!  😀

 

Update: Tried to find second middles for any of these and am coming up fairly enpty handed. Everything sounds better in between Maud & Whatever.   *Sigh*

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