Some of the Newer Infatuations

I have a few names floating around the edges of my lists, don’t know if they’ll make it on the lists or not so I thought I’d toss them out here for you all to dissect. Tell me what you think of these:

 

Zoltan – is one of those names that hang about the family tree that intrigue me. But it’s so far back there that I wonder if it’s really usable anymore.  I think he’s cool, has power and verve, what’s not to love about Zoltan?

Eugenie – for Eugenia, which is too rich for me. Eugenie, with just the simple  English pronunciation is fine with me. Don’t know about using it, was Napoleon’s first wife, and I’ve already used the name of his second wife. How weird would that be?

Graham – Yeah, he’s showing up on my lists again. It was his Granddad Henry’s middle and after all the Monty Python, I’m loving Graham Chapman again (yes, I know he’s dead…) 😦  Graham Arthur?

Tullia/Tula– Something about that Tu- sound is really appealing to me right now. The oo sound is really pretty!  Related to all the Lu- names floating around my lists, in my head. And Ruby.

Zoya– One of the few simple Russian, names on  the family tree. Zoy-ah. the Russian equivalent of trendy and frequently misspelled Zoe.  I think she’s pretty cool and beautiful too. But it Zoya too odd next to Josephine/Josie?

Belinda– Yeah, really. I’ve always liked Belinda’s happy sound and open feel. And I think it’s one that will age pretty well. But I’m not sure about sistering with Josephine.  *shrug* I think she’s lovely.

Alaric – One of those medieval names that appeals. I could happily name a boy Alaric Morgan ___ .  But then, would anyone get where that came from? He is one of my favorite literary characters, so noble and strong. handsome as he** didn’t hurt either!

Caspar – I like Jasper, really I do, but Caspar’s the related family name. I would love to use this but wonder how usable he really is.  I think he is, but want to hear from others on this! Caspar Felix? Caspar Edward? Caspar John?

Perry– I’ve loved the light & airy Perry for years. Mom used to listen to Perry Como, the cousins watched Perry White take chunks out of Clark Kent and in my own Generation, Perry Farrell doesn’t hurt Perry at all.  He feels jazzy and debonair to me. I’ve thought about Peregrin, nn Perry but would happily just use Perry. Usable, or no? Perry Willem & Perry Felix are floating around my head right now.

Aurelia -This has been floating around my thoughts for a long while. I think Aurelia’s absolutely beautiful and perfectly wonderful. I think she stands up well next to Josephine and already have Aurelia Violet kicking around in my head as a starter combo, which is a good sign for usability, to me. What do you all think of her?

 

Tillie & Tullia

After brewing Tillie combos because of the family link, I’ve fallen in love with Tullia, ancient Roman dear she is.  Some days I think she’s a bit frilly. Tullia reminds me of nothing more than tulle. But I’m discovering I like frill in small doses. Who knew? 🙂 I like Tullio too, for a boy but can’t get it past the other half.  I have a few thought for a beginning combo, but nothing full yet:

Tullia Lucy
Tullia Ivy
Tullia Frances
Tullia Jane

I’m still thinking though./ Done thinking, what about these?:
Tullia Lucy Scarlet
Tullia Lucy Petronel
Tullia Ivy Rosalind
Tullia Ivy Catherine
Tullia Frances Lenore
Tullia Jane Petronel

 

On the update front, Here’s  the narrowed bunch:

Ottilie
Clementine
Maud
Cecily
Zelda
Lucretia

with Pomeline the wildcard, I’d be sad if she vanished.

Rufus
Cosmo
Remy (can’t shake them both off!)
Clarence
August
Arthur

and Barnaby’s staying as a wildcard, for now. Neither one of us wants to see him gone.

The Freaky Weird Girls

Well, that’s what I used to call them but I’ve grown rather attached to the following beauties (remember, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder [Not that Beholder doesn’t conjure up monsters for me!]). I just thought, after the Popular Kids post, that I really should try swinging in the opposite direction!  So, here, for your enjoyment are my favorite ‘Freaky Weird Girls’

Tullia– feminine of Tullius, as in Marcus Tullius Cicero.

Petronella/Petronel – a German (among others) feminine form of Peter.

Philomela – Greek, meaning “friend of song”, she’s got a nasty story but in the end, is transformed into a nightingale.

Silke– a German nickname for Celia, pronounced Zil-kə.

Salome– such a pretty sound: sal-OH- may. She’s got a bum rap as the chick who demanded John the Baptist’s head but there was a Salome at the crucifixion as well as later at the tomb, among the women who discovered it empty.

Minu/Minoo– Means ‘Heaven’ in Persian. Minoo’s a variant spelling that makes me smile. It feels like a flower. Beats Nevaeh!

Eos– is the Greek version of the Roman Aurora. Eos is easier to say and looks more awesome too.

Celandine– is a flower name, comes from the Greek word for "swallow" (as in the bird, not the action). Sell-an-deen, such a pretty sound. She’s the ‘cellar door’ of names, for me.

Lettice– No, she’s not produce, she’s the Medieval form of Leticia/Letitia/Laetitia. I love Medieval names and find this one so light and charming. If it wasn’t for the similar vegetable lettUce, I’d use her in a heartbeat. I adore her.

Eglantine– Another flower name, she’s more commonly Sweetbrier. She’s in Chaucer’s ‘The Prioress’s Tale’. Told you I was a sucker for Medieval names!

Clothilde– Pronounced: clo-TEELD, she’s light, lyrical and lovely. Sadly, everyone and their third Uncle  sees the ‘clot’ and thinks it’s awful. She was the wife of Frankish Clovis the Great, whom she converted to Christianity.

Pomeline – She’s actually on my working list, she’s French, for little apple. If only Gwyneth had known!

Cleome– is actually a flower (you may know it as a spider flower) clee-oh-MAY, isn’t she pretty?

Ottoline– in reality, she’s just really uncommon, not weird but ot-TEH-leen is light, beautiful and lovely. She’s at least got some precedent; Lady Ottoline Morrell and storybook Miss Ottoline Brown. Makes Ottoline as least nominally familiar sounding. And I adore her, she’s my #2 name for a girl.