I’ve got a lot, so I’ll pick out a few of my favorites to keep it from getting too long.
October [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] [name_f]Moon[/name_f]: [name_f]October[/name_f] is a name I’ve loved for a while. It’s my favorite month in my favorite season and has a lot of family birthdays in it. The deal was sealed when I started reading the [name_f]October[/name_f] [name_m]Daye[/name_m] series by [name_m]Seanan[/name_m] McGuire, and I fell in love with it and the main character. [name_u]Toby[/name_u] can be selfish and sarcastic, but caring, selfless, and heroic to a fault, even if she complains about it every step of the way. Those are traits I’d love for my daughter to have (minus all the blood). [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] is in honor of [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] Kirchherr, the first person to photograph the Beatles before they were the Fab [name_u]Four[/name_u]. When I became a Beatles fan, I absolutely fell in love with her and her story. She was my fashion icon for so long and had a huge influence on my life. One of my friends even calls me [name_f]Astrid[/name_f]. She sadly died earlier this year and it was a blow. I would love to honor her. I’ve always had a fascination with the moon. I’ve tried out longer names like [name_f]Luna[/name_f] and [name_f]Selena[/name_f], but there’s just a beautiful simplicity to [name_f]Moon[/name_f]. I don’t usually like two middle names, but I made an exception for this combo.
Rose [name_f]Serenity[/name_f]: I love roses and I love [name_f]Rose[/name_f] names. I love [name_f]Rosalie[/name_f], [name_f]Rosalind[/name_f], [name_f]Rosalina[/name_f], [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f], and Wildrose, but there’s just a lovely simplicity to [name_f]Rose[/name_f]. I love that roses are beautiful and sweet, but have a dangerous edge underneath if you mishandle them. [name_f]Serenity[/name_f] I love because it reminds me of peace, royalty (ala [name_u]Sailor[/name_u] [name_f]Moon[/name_f]), and freedom (ala [name_u]Firefly[/name_u]). Whenever I think of this combo, I think of a nature child who is kind and intelligent and always has eternally bare feet.
Belladonna [name_u]Snow[/name_u]: I love [name_f]Belladonna[/name_f], but I don’t know if I would ever use it. The poison connection doesn’t bother me (in fact it’s almost a plus), it’s just that it’s a lot of name. Still, I love the witch connection and it makes me think of [name_f]Belladonna[/name_f] Took, the mother of [name_m]Bilbo[/name_m] Baggins, who was by all accounts an awesome lady (I don’t know if you could tell I was a fan). Plus, I love the nickname [name_f]Bella[/name_f]. [name_u]Snow[/name_u] is a nice, one-syllable name to balance it out and makes me think of taking the first step into freshly fallen snow on a cold winter’s night.
Faline [name_f]Temperance[/name_f]: I love cats. They are my absolute favorite animal. I love their intelligence, their independence, their beauty, and their ultimately loving nature. [name_f]Temperance[/name_f] is for the fact that I am a huge tarot nerd. In almost all of my themed decks, [name_f]Temperance[/name_f] has my favorite artwork of any card of the major arcana. Overall, though, this is probably more of a guilty pleasure name than anything else (yes, even I have my limits).
James [name_m]Thorin[/name_m]: [name_u]James[/name_u] is for a family tradition where the first-born son is named [name_u]James[/name_u], but never goes by it. This is true of my great-grandfather, grandfather, father, brother, and nephew. [name_m]Thorin[/name_m] is for [name_m]Thorin[/name_m] Oakenshield. Flawed though the films were, I really liked how they portrayed him. He was stubborn and prejudiced, but he was also brave, loyal, and a great king. [name_m]Even[/name_m] in the book, his friendship with [name_m]Bilbo[/name_m] was one of his most redeeming features. Plus, I just love [name_m]Richard[/name_m] Armitage (that voice).
Wolf [name_m]Helios[/name_m]: I really love wolves. They’re one of my favorite animals, second only to cats. I find them majestic and I love their devotion to their pack. I’ve considered both [name_m]Beowulf[/name_m] and [name_m]Wulfric[/name_m] as long names, but as with [name_f]Rose[/name_f] and [name_f]Moon[/name_f], there’s a nice simplicity to [name_u]Wolf[/name_u]. [name_m]Helios[/name_m] is for my grandmother, who died a few years ago. Her name was [name_f]Helen[/name_f]. I didn’t like any of the variations for a girl, so I decided on [name_m]Helios[/name_m] for a boy. It’s also a nod to my love of Greek mythology.
Hemlock [name_m]Etienne[/name_m]: Hemlock is for a running joke I have with myself. I notice that Hemlock and [name_f]Belladonna[/name_f] get shot down a lot because they’re the names of poisonous plants, but I also see [name_u]Foxglove[/name_u] and [name_u]Oleander[/name_u] mentioned a lot despite the fact that they are also highly poisonous. So, I put all of them on my list somewhere. That’s not to say I don’t like Hemlock in its own right. I really love the gothic feel of it. [name_m]Etienne[/name_m] is a name I first came across in [name_f]October[/name_f] [name_m]Daye[/name_m] (most of the names on my list can be tied-back to [name_f]October[/name_f] [name_m]Daye[/name_m]). I love the soft, gentle feel of it and I think it really balances Hemlock out.