What is the general consensus on making up your own names rather than using established ones?
I have combined [name_u]Ara[/name_u]- (the first part of Arabella) and bellum (meaning war) and I think Arabellum sounds pretty good. [name_f]My[/name_f] question is, is it too obvious this is not an actual name that exists? Does it sound like trying to hard? Is there a chance of people becoming offended since upon further research I realized that bellum is usually connected to the American Civil war in particular.
If I did entertain Arabellum as a name from now on I really appreciate it for its strong yet feminine sound and the nickname possibility of [name_u]Ara[/name_u] which I associate with [name_f]Arabella[/name_f] (a favorite of mine) that’s just so light and youthful. Thus far as middle names are concerned I like Arabellum [name_f]Nephele[/name_f] or Arabellum [name_f]Nox[/name_f].
Thoughts, critiques, support all welcome!