Toying with Maud again

I’ve been playing around with Maud again. Just because I can. I’m not removing Maud India Scarlett from #1 at all but it’s such a pretty name to toy with. And a bit challenging as a one syllable. So it appeals to me for that aspect as well.  Talking about Princess names at Nameberry yesterday and was reminded of the loverly Maud Angelica, Princess of Norway. Which is what prompted all the Maud in my head lately.  Here’s what came out along with my profuse apologies for the sheer amount of it!

MaudAngelina:

Sylvie Maud Angelina
Ottoline MaudAngelina
Marilyn Maud Angelina
Margaret Maud Angelina
Violet Maud Angelina (but I’m still not sold on Violet up front)
Clio Maud Angelina
Imogen Maud Angelina
Coralie Maud Angelina
Eulalie Maud Angelina (which Enchants me to no end!)
Rosalind Maud Angelina

Now, Maud Angelica itself:

Esmée Maud Angelica
Romilly Maud Angelica
Sylvie Maud Angelica
Sibyl Maud Angelica
Lilian Maud Angelica
Zoya Maud Angelica
Lily Maud Angelica
Jemima Maud Angelica
Eulalie Maud Angelica (I like I like Eulalie better with Angelina, I think)

and Maud up front:

Maud Alice Angelina
Maud Tallulah Frances
Maud Coralie Alice
Maud Lila Ottoline
Maud Aurelia Mathilde
Maud Iris Valentina
Maud Lucretia Cecile
Maud Lavender Delphine
Maud Elinor Raphaela

 

Like I said, I’m still completely enamoured with Maud India Scarlett, but it was fun to try out again. And if anyone else stumbles across this, looking doe some Maud love, well, it’s here!  😀

 

 Anything up there strike you as better than Maud India Scarlett?  I don’t think so but hey, I’m not all knowing! 😉  What do you think, folks? 

Mathilda

 Yep, she’s definitely on the list now. Granted she’s in #7 spot right now,  but I have a feeling she’s going to be climbing higher before long. She’s very appealing!  😀

Mathilda’s pronounced the same as Matilda and feels quite a bit more regal to me (I know the precedent runs the other way) and does not make me think of kangaroos. I think I’d call her Tillie (for the family Tilley) or Maudie at least once in a  while. Josephine goes by Josie, Poppy, Fifi, Effie and the full Josephine about equally. Mathilda, Tillie/Maudie works for me!

Mathilda Esme Primrose MacK. Oh yes, I do like her.

The full Girl list looks like this right now:

Cecily Pandora Jane (I’ve been won over to the dark side, I’m in love with Pandora!)
Ottoline Alice Marigold
Eulalie Frances Madelief
Beatrix Flora Ophélie
Pomeline Frances Elinor
Lucretia Ruby Elinor
Mathilda Esme Primrose

 

Now, I have to admit, Ottoline & Pomeline (rhymey though they may be) are the two that have been on my lsit the longest, close to three years now for both of them. Pomeline hasn’t always been in the top 10 but she’s never left them. Ottoline has drifted between #’s 1 & 2 for that whole time. I think she’s just awesome but am not sure how liveable she is, entirely. I’d’ve loved to have a distinctive name like that as a kid, myself. But how to guage the “need” for that before you see them? I’ve no idea.

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Has the coolest site for not only some of the loveliest stationery I’ve seen in a good while, they allow you to personalise everything form birth announcements to business cards (and everyhting in between (Kids calling cards? Awesome!)  I like to go there, pick out a buisness card and put my combos on it with the surname. (I must admit, that’s what really sold me on Ottoline Alice Marigold MacK. Stunning. Absolutely stunning written down. And so fun to write out too! )

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*

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.