Eclectic Fairytale names

13 wks. Hoping for a girl - I know, I know tsk tsk. The boys names are pretty narrowed down because I've liked Gabriel all my life. The Arab pronunciation rocks my world -(Ji-brae-el).

I REALLY love fairytales/mythology. Child would be German-Irish-English/French(France)-Ecudorian. Will be raised in a French/English environment, Montreal and later France. We'll be traveling between european communes, and eco villages when the child is a year or two.

Despite the name the child will be raised in a gender neutral fashion, they can be whomever they chose to be. We're sort of open minded people ;)

Girl:
Abrielle
Adriel
Ada
Adara
Aidel
Adelaide
Adelyn
Alyn (Ay-lyn)
Alette
Alondra
Anwen
Arwen
Audrey
FAVOURITE: Aurelie (Awe-rae-lee) - nicknames(Aurelia, Aurielle, Arella, Aurelle, Relie/Raliegh, Lee, Aura, Aurl, Aulie, Ori/Aurie, Elle, Ellie, Rae, Aurea, Liea (leah or laia), Aurore, Arlie/Orly, Lilie/Lilly, Awe)
Audelette
Audelle
Ava
Avalyn
Ave
Aven
Avery
Abrielle
Ayla
Braelyn
Brielle (Brie - French Cheese)
Belle
Deirdre
Echo
Eden
FAVOURITE *Elora
FAVOURITE *Elodie
Emmeline
Eve
Ever
Everleigh
Evette
Evelyn/Evaline
Evraelle/Ev'rielle Ev-ray-el
Estoire (french for story)
Irene
Irina
Idea (Eye-day-ah)
Inara
Indra
Indira
Innana
Kerrigan
Key
Keira
Kylie
Lael
Lara
Liara
Lorelei - Lore
Lyra
Mabel
Moss
Myth - (Amethyst)
Nola
Nimira
Nolana
Odelette
Odelle
Odette
Shae
Story
Wonder

Boys:
FAVOURITE: Gabriel (Gable)
Kabriel
Capriel
Adrieyl
Aubrey
Caspian
Caelen/Kalen
Darien
Damien
Declan
Dimitri
Dryden
Eben
Elgin
Elden
Elk
Flynn
Finnegan
Gavin
Jaden
Kayden
Lochlan
Lore
Lucian
Lyron
Tobias - (Tobin)

Replies

1
August 13, 2013 9:56 AM

Have you considered Melisande? I've always liked that name. 

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August 13, 2013 5:26 PM

Well out of the girls names you listed I like Alette, Anwen, Arwen, Ayla, Aurelie (this is my middle name. I often go by my middle name as my first name is very popular), Brielle, Belle, Eden, Elora, Elodie, Lara, Liara and Odette. 

I really don't like the names such as Ever, Idea, Key, Moss, Myth, Story and Wonder. I really think your daughter if named one of these names or named something like these names she would be bullied at school.

3
August 15, 2013 2:25 PM

What about Arthurian legend?  Morgan, Faye, Gwendolyn, Margot, Maude, Vivienne?

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By hyz
August 15, 2013 2:50 PM

Congrats!  I'm still concerned about your intended pronunciation of Gabriel.  I could be wrong, but I don't think Gabriel, with that spelling, is ever pronounced as "Ji-brae-el", and I think it will be very hard to get people to use that pronunciation for Gabriel, even with multiple corrections.  It seems the more common Arabic transliterations for that pronunciation would be either Jibrael or Jibrail.  I would be inclined to pick one of those spellings if you want an Arabic pronunciation.

From your girl list, I like a lot of them.  Ada, Anwen, Eden, Elodie, Eve, Liora, Lorelei, Mabel, and Odette are my favorites.  For the boys, I like Caspian, Declan, Dimitri, Eben, and Tobias the best.

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By EVie
August 15, 2013 5:32 PM

First of all, I absolutely love Gabriel as well—it's one of my favorite boys' names. The Arabic pronunciation is beautiful, but I agree with hyz that you're going to have an impossible time getting people to use it with that spelling. I also don't think you can very easily defend using that spelling for that pronunciation, because the Arabic version of the name is traditionally spelled using the Arabic alphabet (جبريل). The standard Latin-alphabet transliteration for that name is Jibril (http://www.behindthename.com/name/jibril). I actually wouldn't even consider Jibril to be the Arabic "pronunciation" of the name Gabriel, but rather the Arabic variant—they share an origin and meaning, but they are functionally different names. It's kind of like if you were to name your son Peter, but insist that it be pronounced "Pierre"—does that make sense?

That said, if you don't like the Jibril (or Jibrael, etc.) transliterations, and you can at least live with the standard Gabriel pronuciation, then I would recommend using the standard Gabriel pronunciation at school and in official capacities, etc., but go ahead and call him Jibrael affectionately at home and among family. Lots of kids who grow up speaking other languages at home learn to respond to different versions of their name (I did), and it's not a problem.

Of your girls' names, I love Aurelie, though I think I love the Latin Aurelia more. I'm also very fond of Eveline (I prefer this spelling to Evaline), Elodie, Adelaide, Emmeline and Lyra. I think a lot of your noun-names are very cool, though probably a bit much in the first name spot—names like Story, Wonder, Amethyst, Echo would be really fun middle names (Aurelie Echo, Eveline Story and Elodie Wonder would probably be my favorite combos). 

Of your boys' names, Gabriel is my favorite, but I also adore Caspian, Lucian and Gavin. 

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August 15, 2013 6:36 PM

I was in a hurry earlier when I posted and just got to look at your names.

Girl favorites:  Mabel, Brielle, and Everleigh.  But, Mabel is hands down my favorite!!

Boys: Gabriel, Darien, and Flynn.

Good luck!  You have such a long list to narrow.  It can be overwhelming!  I had the same problem.  I think it is best to focus on what you don't like about the names to narrow it down.  Then when you get to your top three, focus on what you love about them. 

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By mk
August 16, 2013 1:54 AM

I like Aurelie, Ada, Keira, Lya, Mabel, Emmeline, and Deirdre.

I don't really like any of the "word" names like Key, Story, etc. The one exception is Echo, though I wouldn't use it as a first name.

I agree with the others who said that you may want to come up with a different spelling for Ji-brae-el.

Is there a particular fairytale/myth you like? Perhaps start with those names to help narrow things down.

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August 16, 2013 5:59 PM

Echo was a name before it was a "word."  Echo was a nymph whose love for Narcissus was unrequited (becaue he loved only himself).  She faded away until only her voice, doomed to repeat what others said, remained.  If you want a mythological name. there it is.

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September 20, 2013 8:42 PM

Thanks for your input.

BTW my partner wants to name the baby Identity. Are your partners ever completely unhelpful in the naming process? 

I was particularily fond of the suggestion: Aurelie Echo Scholze 

Echo's mythological orgins are more then familiar to me.

I know what a lot of you mean about one word names that are better as middles then firsts.

 

What middle names would you give these firsts? Feel free to drop the Middle I suggested.


So my working shortlist is:

-nn = nickname for full name

<middle name posibilities>

 

Aurelie-nn Aurelia <Echo/Evraelle/Laila> Scholze

Elodie <Wonder/Lyra/Ambre> Scholze

Elora (full name Eloria?) Scholze

Ever-nn Evraelle <Lorelei> Scholze --Ever Lore Scholze

Story-nn Astoria Scholze

Story-nn Estoire Scholze

Colette Scholze

Odette Scholze

Eimirya <Fable> Scholze

Eveline Story Scholze

Lore-nn Lorelei Scholze

 

(Wolfgang was my opa/grandpa)

Gabriel (pronounced Jibrāʾīl at home) <Wolgang/Draven> Scholze

Tobin-nn Tobias Wolgang Scholze

Dorian Wolgang Scholze

Thaddeus Wolgang Scholze

Damon Wolgang Scholze

Aurelien Elvyn Scholze

Caspian Dryden Scholze

Thaddeus Valor Scholze

Lucien Scholze