Calling all berries for a character naming!
I ask all you wise namers for some help on this one. I need a name for a female character that is fairy-tale-like. This means it can’t sound modern at all (I will hunt you down if you as much as type anything in the vein of [name]Britney[/name] or [name]Ashley[/name]!), nor can it be at all popular (in the “real world”, though I’d prefer some names that aren’t popular on Nameberry, as well. Sadly, this means that beautiful names such as [name]Isabella[/name] and [name]Sophia[/name] are out. I’d rather not see quickly climbing ones either, but that is negotiable).
The criteria is that the name must be fit for a princess. Give me some gothic-esque treasures that if you were transported into a fairy tale, you would choose for yourself. They must be slightly mysterious and full of a timeless, age-old beauty. Feminine, but not frou-frou. Pretty, but full of substance. The names can’t be strongly affiliated with any other movie/book characters, nor would I like to see that many notorious star-baby names ([name]Seraphina[/name], [name]Cosima[/name], [name]Matilda[/name], [name]Florence[/name]: goodbye. You would be perfect otherwise).
I’d also like to hear some heroic guy names, please! On one end of the scale, I need some non-flashy, but still handsome names–think [name]Jack[/name], versus [name]Theodore[/name]. “Unexpectedly dashing” names are great, too–the ones that might not appear completely breathtaking at first, but on the right person grow on you. On the other hand, I’d also like some masculine, princely and (might I say?) perhaps a little more ornate names, suiting for a…you guessed it…prince! Same as girls, I love old-fashioned names and names that aren’t at all popular. ([name]Edward[/name] is nixed, too. Sorry, but Twilight ruined that for me for any male character.)
Side note: I’m sort of feeling [name]German[/name] and Italian names right now (I think maybe partly because I associate fairy tales with the [name]German[/name] Brothers Grimm? And Italian because I used to have the [name]Paul[/name] O. Zelinsky illustrated Rapunzel book that was very Italian-style), but I am open to names of ALL ORIGINS!
Please pile on the lists! (The more the better, really!) And I’d love to hear any persuasive arguments you have as to why your choices are so befitting! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer, this is a big help. (: