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I know a little Ariel, and several Auroras, and although there is the Disney association, as with all the Belles and Jasmines and Tianas running around, it isn't a big deal. The kids make the name their own, and I know many little girls LOVE having a Disney princess name. As an adult name I find it more like a hipster or a nature name, due to its 'airy' sound. I've always admired this name, and consider it unisex largely from the character Ariel in William Shakespeare's play The Tempest.
I love pp suggestion of Amabel, since you get Mabel and he gets Amma, which sounds so much like Anna he may give it the thumbs up. It'd be a lovely compromise.
Other names for girls that I deem British vintage (some of which are enjoying popular revival) or "fusty" are:
Haha, my husband does this too! He disliked Florence then fell in love with it, same with Penelope... yes it's best to be sure yourself before convincing the hubster. And I also found, if he raved on about a name toooo much, I'd start to go off it, even if I'd previously lobbied for it. I guess I'm fickle too *sheepish look*.
Hi. I just wanted to let you know we named her Lorelai. It really suits her bold personality. Thanks for all your advice xx
Thanks for all the advice and all of the great name suggestions. To the person who put the long list of names, you were right on track with our naming style and we added many of those names to our list! And then we used the bracketing technique as indicated by another poster to narrow down the list. So we eliminated all the ones that we didn't like individually for whatever reason / excuse.
I was most disappointed to lose my Eve names (Eveline/Aveline and Evangeline) but my husband decided that he would be ok with Lorelei (in that spelling) and so that was added to our new short-shortlist as well as the 1 exception to it all, which was Genevieve (thanks for the suggestion!) And it had the Eve option in there too. We're trying out Genevieve today and Lorelei tomorrow, and hoping one name will 'stick'.
I will let you know what we ultimately decide. Thanks again. :-)
Lovely! Pleased for you :-)
I think Josephine and Francine are fine together, especially as nn are used. But how about Francesca or Frances or Francina instead?
I love the name Meredith!
Out of Meredith Rose or Meredith Primrose I like Rose. Meredith is an unusual enough name to have a more popular middle.
Alternatively I like other peoples suggestions of Meredith Lily and Meredith Willow. Both very on trend and botanical and beautiful.
I recommend sounding them out when said with your surname as well. It may help you to narrow it down.
Totally forgot about Violet Baudelaire from a series of unfortunate events - suffers loads of tragedy but remains strong! :-)
Elinor has been a possibility for me, but is not a name dh will get on board with.
Thanks for the suggestions, but we can't use Juliet (altho it is beautiful) or Isabelle/any Belle name, or any M name. Blanche just isn't our cup of tea.
Thanks for the suggestion of Viola. And suffers tragedy but remains upbeat! And happy ending! Violet was one of my favourite names, but the only literary reference I knew of was Violet Beauregard in Charlie and the chocolate factory where she turns violet and has to go to the juicing machine to be squeezed, else she'll explode. A funny children's cautionary tale of greed.
What you said about a prominent literary character, this is exactly what I want. Where a character instantly comes to mind. Like Scarlett, another old favourite of mine. This has just become too popular near me. Unfortunately (or fortunately!) I know a Dora, so Dorothea is out. I also know a Luna. Rosalind is nice, and Rosalie too (twilight reference, sorry!)
Yes I do know several Imogens. Helena seems of an older generation to me. Emma is too popular too. I even considered Buffy lol, formal name Elizabeth but its soooo popular, however, does this matter when a call-name is rare?
Thank you. I am looking this up :-)
Dying and coming back to life is the challenge I admire in The Sleeping beauty. If only it were possible. A 'sleep like death', that one can be awakened from. That Aurora is a Goddess name too, the Roman goddess of the dawn, which brings us new light and a new day, is a beautiful metaphor to me. And makes the name more intriguing. The only other Aurora I know of is in terms of endearment.
Yes I liked little house when I was little but Laura is too much of a common name, unlike Arwen, that is strongly associated with one main thing, that i wouldn't jump to that association first. I like Laurel though.I also like Gilmore girls, so I considered Lorelei or Lorelai, but not exactly a happy story originally, the positive modern namesake makes it good. But this is a tv show and not literature, unless it's based on a book?
Now I'm thinking of Piper from Charmed. Gosh now I'm nostalgic! My dog is actually called Phoebe. But Piper is nice. I don't know about literary references, except for the pied piper lol! I think charmed is in book format too. Piper could be shortened to Pip - well there's an extremely famous rags to riches tale of morality.
Sorry for the Xtra long reply. I've got food for thought! :-)
Thanks. Lots of great suggestions!
Nerissa is pretty. I like Portia but my husband says its too much like the car. We used to like Astrid, but found it too hard. And Scarlett will be a favourite always, but far too popular imo but I will save it for my next four legged friend, though she will have to have a fiesty character ;-)
Arabella is gorgeous, but my 3 year old daughter is another Belle name, so can't use this...
Beatrix is nice.... my husbands grandma was called Beatrice, so definitely a contender - though this is for the author not a character? Or both? Beatrix Kiddo maybe - not literary I don't think, although there are comic books about her. And the Kill Bill films - haha - wow.
Beatrice, all i can think of is Dante's inferno and the more modern Divergent series (she is a strong female role model) who everyone calls Tris. My husbands mum goes by Tricia. I'm not sure if this is too close.
Beatrix would be a nice alternative. Trixy or Trixie? Cute or something else?
Childhood memories... :-D
I am looking into the vorkosigan saga on amazon now, as several people recommend this. Interesting character! :-)
Haha - yes - I meant to write Swan Lake, but have been watching the cartoon happy ending version with my 3 year old daughter so it was on my mind. Yes, the tragedy does bother me in the ballet, but, having 'happy versions' of the story out there makes it acceptable to me. Like Ariel (Although the little mermaid isn't actually called Ariel and dies tragically) disney has lifted this tale of woe and made this name synonymous with a mermaids 'fairy tale' ending, so far from the original.
Yeah, good point, Hermione in HP is still a good character, even if people do think of her first. :-)
I must admit I haven't gotten around to reading the Anne books yet, Im from the UK so we didn't grow up with Anne, moreso Matilda and the usual fairy tales (Grimm/Anderson/Carroll) but I recently watched the Netflix series Anne with an E. I was surprised Cordelia is mentioned so much, as I thought it was a name Anne mentioned only once, upon arriving at green gables, or is this series nore accurate and Anne dresses up as "Queen Cordelia"? It was a charming series, but you may not have seen it? I might have to get Anne moved to the top of my reading list so I can get a different and more positive perspective on the name.
I am currently studying Shakespeare (again) so its reopened old wounds (oh I just hate the total lack of morality in Lear. I'm far too hormonal for sad endings lol!)
I also loved Buffy the vampire slayer as a teen, although Cordy isn't the nicest or humble of characters she grows in Angel to become really deep. And, spoiler alert, she was always strong, which I like, and had wicked one-liners. But again with her ending... so unnecessary and disappointing.
Iris. Straight away. It goes with your other kids names and is a vintage gem. Juniper is a bit 'hippy' maybe. But June is another classic I like. Ripe for revival.
A friend of my father is called Maz, who has always gone by that, short for Mario and his Z Greek last name. So I think Mads, pronounced like you described is perfectly fine. I also know a Danish man called Life, pronounced like leaf.