Ikaros

(45 Posts)
GiannaK Tue 20-Nov-12 11:10:05

...and other names for a boy.

Thanks for lots of helpful feedback on girl names in my other post. Now I need your wisdom in case dc is a boy!

Blah blah partly Greek background etc. Here are a few I like best. Would like to hear how they sound to other English speakers as I've lost all objectivity.

Ikaros - I've never met one in either country but I like it (pregnancy brain?)

Alexandros/Alexander - probably top of my 'sensible' list. Useable in both cultures. But is it boring? Over popular? Would be always be called Alex?

Giorgos/George - Would be mainly out of familial obligation if we use this. Please help me love this name! I know how much it would mean to DH's family if we use it but I just don't love it.

Orfeas - think this has popped up on here before. I've always liked it and DH is really keen. But again - does it sound strange if you have no previous knowledge of Greek names?

That's it so far. Any other suggestions would be great!

SplendidTopHat Thu 22-Nov-12 23:53:59

My DS Alessandro is an Ally by nickname, long name when i'm calling him to dinner.

cogitosum Thu 22-Nov-12 18:53:53

Thank you Alexpolismum that's really interesting... I found the English link thank goodness - didn't fancy getting DH to translate!

alexpolismum Thu 22-Nov-12 14:51:49

wow, I've just seen Kondylia on that list. I cannot believe that is an actual name! (Kondylia means "funds" in Greek)

alexpolismum Thu 22-Nov-12 14:43:05

here you are cogitosum!

It's in Greek, but it says English somewhere near the top (I can't seem to see it at the moment, sorry! It's porbably staring me in the face!)

cogitosum Thu 22-Nov-12 14:37:26

please could someone post the link (sorry if it's been posted on this thread i can't find it!)

alexpolismum Thu 22-Nov-12 12:37:13

Glad you like it. A Greek friend gave me the link some time ago because I'm useless at remembering the dates of all the namedays. It hasn't really helped, because now I just forget to check, but it's been nice seeing all those names!

GiannaK Thu 22-Nov-12 10:31:18

Thank you for the continuous feedback everyone smile

Ikaros is still my fav at the moment!

Nooka - we are in London. Am confident that an Ikaros would probably be the only one in his class, but it doesn't matter to us, really. As someone said, names from all corners of the world pop up here.
That said, the only thing about picking a name with no English equivalent when our surname is so undeniably Greek is that DC will never be able to pick and choose between his or her identities, if you see what I mean. If he's a boy called Alexandros but doesn't want to make reference to his background, he can just be Alex/Alexis and get on with it. If he his Ikaros or Orfeas, he'll never be able to get away from being asked where (part of) his family are from.

Alexpolismum - the website is great! Haven't found any names I hadn't come across and would want to use, yet, but am tempted to start a thread with some of those beauties! Some are v unusual and interesting!

nooka Thu 22-Nov-12 08:34:42

For me I would immediately think of the Greek myths and in this case the sad ends of both characters because they are the only reference points I have, and are stories I know well so to me they would be slightly odd names until I knew the child instead. I'm not sure that this would be an issue for most people though (I had a fairly classical education). I suspect whether the names are thought strange or not depends on where you live, and how much of a demographic mix you have locally.

AThingInYourLife Thu 22-Nov-12 07:25:43

Love ikaros and Orfeas.

alexpolismum Thu 22-Nov-12 07:18:39

Some suggestions from my children's classmates:

Paschalis, Stelios, Periklis (nice ancient name in keeping with your Ikaros, Orfeas), Leonidas

Teapot13 Thu 22-Nov-12 00:16:18

Ikaros - the myth would put me off, but I don't know the name in any other context. If it's a normal name in Greece, that would be different.

Alexandros/Alexander - very sensible - not exciting - but if you pick such a classic there are bound to be other people with the name

Giorgos/George - I do love these -- I would love to use George but DH refuses.

Orfeas - I don't know why, but this myth would not put me off as much as Icarus Maybe because I like the name itself better.

GiannaK Wed 21-Nov-12 16:49:33

Nahh Pavlos just doesn't do it for me at all. Sorry! smile

MammaMo Wed 21-Nov-12 13:27:19

GiannaK - How about Pavlo - Paul sounds better in Greek!

GiannaK Tue 20-Nov-12 15:08:52

Where is he from Lebkuchenlover?

Lebkuchenlover Tue 20-Nov-12 14:22:30

I love Ikaros and actually know a little boy called Ikarus.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 20-Nov-12 13:44:20

I'm sure yours will be fine. smile I was out of it and couldn't stick up for myself. smile Most I met were fine.

GiannaK Tue 20-Nov-12 13:41:27

That's awful for you Schro! Can't believe a midwife would do that! Scared now!

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 20-Nov-12 13:33:02

I think I am going to, it will cause family arguments.

Always thought about complaining about the MW who laughed at me. She was saying all sorts about me and put me off his name when he had been born for only 30 minutes.

SamSmalaidh Tue 20-Nov-12 13:30:59

Eirik is only close to Eric written down though - it is said quite differently. If you always call him AY-rik and introduce him as that then it will stick, and he will correct people as he gets older.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 20-Nov-12 13:26:44

He's only just coming up to 14 months. smile I have no worries that he would get used to it, it's his Dad and everyone else.

We wont be moving until he's a good bit older.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 20-Nov-12 13:25:39

Just use the name you like the best. If you're prepared for all the repeated spelling and correcting then it should be fine.

I think my problem is Eirik is so close to Erik so it is confused very easily. That family member has a child called Tor as well, I bloody love that name.

alexpolismum Tue 20-Nov-12 13:24:22

That depends on how old he is, Schro. And also on how old he is when you move. Although I do know someone who was born in the UK, called Elena (prn el-AY-na) and then moved to Greece, where everyone started calling her ELL-ena. She must have been around 11 when she moved, and she got used to the new pronunciation, and now says she feels that is her name (she must be about 35 now). So you never know! Perhaps there is still hope for your son!

GiannaK Tue 20-Nov-12 13:23:49

Ooh thanks about the link, I forgot! Heading there now!

GiannaK Tue 20-Nov-12 13:21:52

Thanks everyone!

Schro - interesting regarding the spelling thing. Something I need to prepare for too, as whatever name we pick is likely to be the Greek version of that name/out right not an English name and I can imagine it being annoying - but then if you love the name, you go with it. I already have experience of this with our impossible-to-spell surname. DC will have to put up with misspellings for life either way. Eirik is nice!

Good to hear positive feedback on Ikaros, too. I wa worrying that I am totally lacking any perspective and that my brain is thoroughly marinated in pregnancy hormones and it would be met really negatively by others.
It is true, many will think of the boy who flew too close to the sun but the nice thing about using mythical names (amongst Greeks) is that nobody bats an eyelid if the original bearer of the name met some horrible end or fell in love with their father etc. Same deal with Orfeas and the underworld.

Agreed that Alexi is a better nickname than Alex.

Orestes I like too, just not to use.

Keep them coming! smile

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 20-Nov-12 13:19:40

Nikolas is lovely, I love that.

DS doesn't know the correct pronunciation though as everyone calls him Erik. I kind of feel I can't change that now. sad

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