Hard name to pair

Hubs is a chem guy and we lucked out in that the name I had my heart set on for girl 1 was Beryl and had a nod to his chem through beryllium. So she ended up Beryl Rose (as a slight nod to my love of Sleeping Beauty growing up). 

Now with a 2nd kid on the way we're set on boy names (he's got his first boy tradition that I'm cool with continuing), but for a girl we're at a loss. He doesn't have any suggestions other than something that follows the same theme as Beryl - chemistry and literature nods. I have been in love with the name Eilonwy forever and would love to use it as a first name with a more chemistry middle name,  but no opposed to the reverse. 

I'm not big on the obvious Ruth or Ruby options in general or in conjunction with Eilonwy. 


And yes, I get that it will have pronunciation issues. But the I'm willing to deal with it in the beginning and as someone with friends with odd names they never minded during school and those who did got to class early day one and clarified and there were never any issues. 


September 12, 2017 5:55 PM

what about

Amethyst  Diamond Emerald Pearl  Opal Sapphire  Peridot  Coral Topaz Agate Ione

Ruby and Ruth are a great nod to Chemisty too - Eilonwy Ruth is lovely


September 12, 2017 6:19 PM

How about Marie, as in Curie, or Rosalind, as in Franklin?

September 12, 2017 6:38 PM

First of all, I love Beryl, and I'm so glad to hear of someone who used it!

How do the two of you feel about etymology-based names? If they interest you, perhaps one of the names that means something like noble, as in noble gases and noble metals? Behind The Name has a bunch of names in this category; some that I like include Adara, Adela, Adelaide, and Arwen (there are also names from later in the alphabet!). There are also quite a few that have derivations related to gold or silver; some that I like include Silver itself, Oriana, Paz, Chryses, and Aurelia.

Another way to approach it would be to find names that you like and see if you can spell them with element abbreviations. For example, Laura could be Lanthanium, Uranium, and Radium: LaURa. Oxygen, Lithium, Vanadium, and Iodine get you almost to Olivia (OLiVI); if you wanted to use it, perhaps you could claim the final A is for the mythical element Adamant (or the Marvel alloy Adamantium).

Looking through elements, I also like Selena or Selene, though I know next to nothing about the element selenium. Curie (for Madame Curie and also for the eponymous Curium) also just made it into the SS list this year; maybe that would be of interest?

September 12, 2017 7:03 PM

How about Selene for Selenium? Or maybe Titania for Titanium (which has the bonus of the Shakespeare connection to make it literary as well as chemistry) or Sylvia for Sliver. I'm sure someone better at name derivations could suggest some girls names that "mean" gold, but my mind is blank on that currently.

Another route you could go is to use the name of a famous female chemist to get the chemistry connection, which would open up a lot more choices. The most famous ones that spring to mind would obviously be Marie or Rosalind, but a quick search for women chemistry on wikipedia gives a long list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_chemistry or you could look for notable women in whatever your husband's specific field of study/interest is to make it more personal.

September 12, 2017 7:13 PM

Have you thought about having the baby's first and middle (and if possible, first/middle/last) initials match an element on the periodic table? I know someone who did that, and I always thought it was clever.

I can't think of any E ones off the top of my head, but I'm sure there is one! Especially with a husband as a chem guy, I bet the could think of something!

September 13, 2017 3:10 AM

Ooooh, I'm loving the Aurelia suggestion above.  And you mentioned that you have a Sleeping Beauty link to your first daughter's name.  I believe in the legends where she's not Briar Rose, her name is Aurora.  So Aurelia nods to  both chemistry AND Sleeping Beauity just like your Beryl Rose.  I'm not a fan of matchy sibling name sets, but this is clever and subtle.  Not to mention gorgeous.

Aurelia Elionwy?  Vavoom!

September 13, 2017 3:35 AM

I know nothing about chem names, but am just popping in to say that I will burst with happiness if someone uses Eilonwy. Please, please do! I also love Beryl. It always makes me think of Sherlock Holmes.

I also like the balance of fantasy and chemistry this will give both your girls...

By mk
September 13, 2017 2:03 PM

Lots of elements where named after myths

Ceres: cerium

Niobe: niobium

Thora: thorium

Color names:

Iris: iridium (rainbow)

Ione: iodine (violet)

Chloris: chlorine (green)

any Franc- names work with francium: Frances, Franca, etc.

meitnerium was named after Lise Meitner, so you could use Lise

September 13, 2017 4:28 PM

or Molly, Francine, Selene, Lauren, Ceri. Samara, Tera, Maggie, Cae, Caesey, Lantha, any names starting with Indi. Gallina, Helene, Helena, names starting with Car, Asta, Vana all relate to chemisty

September 13, 2017 5:24 PM

No decisions yet...but you are all wonderful people. I asked this somewhere else and just got a bunch of hate  for dooming my children for the rest of their lives. It's nice to see that not everyone feels that way lol so thank you!