First off, I feel that I must preface this with stating that we are not expecting now nor will be anytime soon. So this challenge is purely hypothetical. I would just like to get some new name suggestions for the future that perhaps I haven’t already thought of.
In terms of naming style, I would say that we are drawn to classic, timeless, romantic, and regal names. We also seem to like names that have a mythical or etheral quality. Meanings are important. We like ones that are related to strength, beauty, royalty, love, warrior and virtue themes. Our family is of breton/gaelic/anglo-saxon, scandinavian, german, and prussian origins, so we would consider names that are related to any of those cultures. (It would be fun to find something that is reminicent of the ‘Fingalian’ culture, a mix of Old Norse, Anglo-[name]Saxon[/name], and Gaelic.)
My DH and I both love to read, and I could see using a name that reminds us of some of our favorite stories. A few of my favorite authors are J.R.R. Tolkien ([name]Lord[/name] of the Rings), C.S. [name]Lewis[/name] (Chronicles of [name]Narnia[/name]), and L.M. [name]Montgomery[/name] ([name]Anne[/name] of [name]Green[/name] Gables). My DH also loves fantasy fiction (Tolkien), and his favorite author is [name]Robert[/name] [name]Jordan[/name] (Wheel of Time). We also like Arthurian [name]Legend[/name], [name]Shakespeare[/name], and Medieval Mythology.
We have two daughters now. Their names are [name]Katherine[/name] [name]Ariana[/name] and [name]Cassandra[/name] [name]Mae[/name]. We put a lot of time and thought into choosing these particular names for our girls. We consider their first names as “[name]Princess[/name] names” and their middle names as “[name]Fairy[/name] names”.
[name]Katherine[/name] - greek origins, means “pure”. Traditionally used throughout Europe (including several royal families), it is also my DH’s grandmother’s name. We love the nn “[name]Katie[/name]”, which is what she goes by, but we also like the fact that the name is veratile enough that she could choose any number of nn’s as she gets older.
[name]Ariana[/name] - This has always been a favorite of mine. One of the name books I have says that this name was derived from the Welsh, “[name]Arian[/name]”, meaning silver. [name]Both[/name] my DH and I love that meaning. Other sources have said that it could be a derivitive of “[name]Arlene[/name]” (my grandmother’s name, means “pledge”) or a diminutive of “[name]Ariadne[/name]” (means “most holy”).
Thus, [name]Katherine[/name] [name]Ariana[/name] - “pure silver”, pure pledge", or “pure, most holy”. We love the “pure silver” meaning because it reminds us of the mythical “mithril” (light as a feather, yet harder than tempered steel, shines like moonlit silver, and of great value). These qualities certainly describe my daughter’s personality well. I also like the “pure pledge” meaning as the birth of our firstborn child was like a symbol of our commitment to each other.
[name]Cassandra[/name] - greek origins, means “shining upon man”. The name, because of the mythology, has developed some rather undesirable alternative meanings, but for us, “[name]Cassandra[/name]” means “bringer of light to mankind”. Again, we love the nn “[name]Cassie[/name]”, yet it also has several alternative nn’s if she wanted to change it in the future. It has also been historically used throughout Europe and in european royal families. Our [name]Cassie[/name] has an extremely rare medical condition and has been pioneering treatments for it since birth. The name fits her so well, because the “light” that she brings is to enlighten the doctors, scientists, and the world about her condition. ([name]Little[/name] did we know when we chose this name for her.)
[name]Mae[/name] - so sweet, so small, so endearing, just like our daughter. “[name]Mae[/name]” could be a diminutive form of “[name]Margaret[/name]” (means “[name]Pearl[/name]”) or from the roman goddess “[name]Maia[/name]” (for whom the month of [name]May[/name] is named for, she was the goddess of spring) means “great”, or may even be a variation of “[name]May[/name]”, English for the hawthorne flower. Whatever the meaning, “pearl”, “great”, or “flower”, to us those combine as “precious” (as in a valuable[great] gem [pearl] or a sweet flower).
Thus, [name]Cassandra[/name] [name]Mae[/name] - “Bringer of light to mankind” + “[name]Precious[/name]”. She is our miracle baby and our little angel on earth. We almost lost her as a baby, so we consider ourselves blessed and thank God daily for her.
So siblings? I don’t know if we will have any more children, but if we are so blessed in the future, I would like some ideas for names that would fit in our family. (Our last name is probably the most common scandinavian surname that starts with ‘L’ and ends with ‘-son’) I have some names that I like, but I would like to see your suggestions before I share.