Taliesin as a First

[name_m]Long[/name_m] post ahead, but hopefully of interest to some.

[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] is a name that sticks to me and I just can’t seem to shake. It is not my partner’s favorite. Though he tacitly approves, there isn’t a combo that has won him yet.

It isn’t a family name per se (no one has been named [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u]), but there is a deep honor connection to my 2nd great grandmother [name_f]Genevieve[/name_f] “[name_u]Jule[/name_u]” who lived and worked at [name_m]Frank[/name_m] [name_m]Lloyd[/name_m] [name_m]Wright[/name_m]’s Wisconsin studio called [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u]. She was an interior designer and that work was what afforded her to put my great grandmother [name_f]Helen[/name_f] through college as a single mother widowed by WWI. [name_f]Helen[/name_f] spent a good chunk of her childhood living on-site and having mischievous escapades with [name_m]Wright[/name_m]’s step-daughter [name_f]Svetlana[/name_f] as the two were close in age. [name_f]My[/name_f] great-grandmother was alive until I was 16 so I have very distinct memories of her tales and remember the warmth with which she talked about [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u].

If I weren’t to use [name_u]Jule[/name_u]/[name_u]Jules[/name_u]/[name_m]Julian[/name_m]/[name_m]Julien[/name_m], I feel a strong pull to [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] as an honor name for our final boy. The only other people I would truly care to honor would be [name_m]Stuart[/name_m] and [name_m]Paul[/name_m], but my partner has unequivocally vetoed [name_m]Paul[/name_m] as “too boring,” so an honor for him would be more convoluted and I’m not IN LOVE with the options.

I have a few names I like with [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] as a middle, but I do like a good number of combos with [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] in the first spot. I need help narrowing and expanding with only the best combos to share with my husband. He has been swayed many a time by a dashing combo, but I have yet to approach the [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] talk. I’m biding my time until I know I have a few that could be “the one.”

In some ways now that I know my 2nd son’s name, [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] fits better than ever. I feel the T and S sounds are a solid fit with my sons and I like that they all three follow a very basic consonant-vowel rhythm without a lot of extraneous letters… have FAIRLY straightforward pronunciations [here I use tal-ee-ES-in with the first 2 syllables being very soft and swift] and seem SOMEWHAT familiar. I like the literary appeal, along with the magical druidic imagery I get from the name, but also how I feel [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] is a very flexible name that can fit easily in a modern context. I also love the idea of [name_m]Tin[/name_m] [name_m]Tin[/name_m] as a nickname, which would fit in seamlessly with Tio and Taz.

Please help me tease out the best and offer your own combos if you have them.

  • indicates an additional honor name

More normal (everything is relative) middle name:

[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Kit[/name_u]* (one of the few options honoring my husband’s family. His father’s Cantonese name is [name_f]Sun[/name_f]-[name_u]Kit[/name_u])
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Jules[/name_u]*
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Milo[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Hugo[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Yves[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Emile[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Verne[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Douglas[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Maxim[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Clement[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Prosper[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Remy[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Louis[/name_m] (LOU-ee)*
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Jacoby[/name_m]*
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Jasper[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Caspar[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Amory[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Oswald[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Enoch[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Roscoe[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Linus[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Oberon[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Osmund[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Adlai[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Benedict[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Bellamy[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Isaac[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Cedric[/name_m]

Particularly pleasing echoes in sound and assonance:

[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Osiris[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Isidore[/name_m]*
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Antony[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Ignatius[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Ignace[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Atticus[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Altair[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Calixte[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Aldous[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Atlas[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Otis[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Stuart[/name_m]*
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Simone[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Thierry[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Ulysse[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Ulysses[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Étienne[/name_m] (also love the ‘shining brow’ with ‘garland/crown’)

With a bit more panache (aka more “out there” but I’m brave enough and have little to lose with the grand finale for our sibset cohort):

[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] Rubeus
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Milos[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Faust[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Helios[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] Geode
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Calix[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Rune[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Tome[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Alto[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Spiro[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Laurus[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Lauro[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Hercule[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Octave[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] Octavi
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Pacome[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Raoul[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Viator[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Gaspard[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Roald[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Serafim[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Anatole[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Perine[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Scipio[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Inigo[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Ezio[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Caius[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Apollo[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Pollux[/name_m]*
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Asier[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Fernand[/name_m]

Thanks Berries!

LOVE [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Jules[/name_u]!!! I think [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] is an excellent honor.

You’ve got loads and legions of names so I’m just going to pick a few of my absolute favorites.
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Emile[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Verne[/name_u] ( I think of [name_u]Jules[/name_u] [name_u]Verne[/name_u] :slight_smile:)
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Clement[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Remy[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Kit[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Antony[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Atlas[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Rune[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Octave[/name_m]

Faves from 1st list:
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Kit[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Hugo[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Linus[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Cedric[/name_m]

Faves from 2nd list:
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Osiris[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Antony[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Atlas[/name_m]

Faves from 3rd list:
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] Rubeus
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Helios[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Rune[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Spiro[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Caius[/name_m]

[name_f]Hope[/name_f] this helps!

Combos aside, I just wanted to pop in and say I really love [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] as a name, it feels so magical and poetic, and I love the connection to [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] in Wisconsin and the snippets of family history you shared. I think it works great with your other two boys as well. For middle names, my favorites from your lists are:

[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Jules[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Isaac[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Remy[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Stuart[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Apollo[/name_m]

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[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] sounds like a good fit for you and such a subtle and interesting way to honour

[name_f]My[/name_f] favourite of your middle choices are
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Kit[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Milo[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Douglas[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Louis[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Roscoe[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Atlas[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Otis[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Spiro[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Caius[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Isaac[/name_m]

[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Ptolemy[/name_m], [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Pascal[/name_m], [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Marcel[/name_m], [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Jago[/name_m], [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Ira[/name_u] and [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Roderick[/name_m] came to mind

Thanks everyone for pointing out your favorites. It is illuminating to see which were chosen, particularly which were mentioned more than once. And also it is helpful for myself to see which of those haven’t yet been mentioned as favorites are screaming at me not to be abandoned. It all helps me consider further.

Right???

@Greyblue, I love your suggestion of [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Ira[/name_u]! Beautiful combo!

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It’s a cool name, I believe [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] was a bard? There is a voice actor called [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] also, sounds lovely when spoken x

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I love [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u]. I first came across it on an adorable little boy when I worked in childcare. He was ever only called [name_u]Tali[/name_u] there though.

From your lists I like:
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Hugo[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Jasper[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Caspar[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Osiris[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Atticus[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Atlas[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Otis[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_u]Rune[/name_u]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Apollo[/name_m]
[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Serafim[/name_m] - I prefer [name_m]Serafin[/name_m]/[name_f]Seraphin[/name_f]

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I would LOVE to meet a [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] in real life! I may just have to settle for making my own, though.

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[name_u]Love[/name_u] the story, love the name, love everything about this! Your naming style is always so enchanting. No one’s child could pull of [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] as well as yours!

[name_f]My[/name_f] favorite middles for you are [name_u]Kit[/name_u], [name_u]Jules[/name_u], [name_m]Prosper[/name_m], [name_m]Isidore[/name_m], [name_m]Thierry[/name_m], [name_m]Gaspard[/name_m], Rubeus, and [name_m]Inigo[/name_m]. They’re all so beautiful and special. Are two middles an option, because [name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] [name_m]Gaspard[/name_m] [name_u]Jules[/name_u] would be the name of the century!

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[name_u]Taliesin[/name_u] is a handsome choice and I love [name_u]Jules[/name_u], [name_u]Kit[/name_u], [name_m]Hugo[/name_m], [name_m]Isaac[/name_m], [name_m]Jacoby[/name_m], [name_m]Jasper[/name_m], [name_m]Caspar[/name_m], [name_m]Atticus[/name_m], [name_m]Isidore[/name_m], [name_m]Atlas[/name_m], [name_m]Altair[/name_m], [name_m]Otis[/name_m] and [name_m]Inigo[/name_m] for you as middle name choices - with [name_m]Isaac[/name_m] probably being my favourite!