Please help us name baby - pagan/nature names

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Hi all - DH and I are expecting our much wanted first and only child (due to fertility reasons I won't be having any more). We don't know if its a boy or girl, but we are finding it absolutely impossible to agree on names.
We have agreed that middle name for girl will be Rose, and for boy will be Andrew (both family names).

However, my husband's first choice of boys names are James and Daniel. Both ok names, but I am a Pagan and would rather not use biblical names. They are also quite popular and I'd prefer something less traditional.

I love the names Cory, Rowan and Leo. Hubby hates them all!

Please can you help us find names that are traditional/normal sounding enough for DH, but have a non-Christian meaning behind it?? I am 39+1 and freaking out that we are still at odds on naming baby!

In biblical astrology, Leo the lion symbolizes Jesus. I'm not trying to put you off, just pointing out that a non-Christian meaning to a name might not be as simple or easy as you reckon.

How about:

Rowan
Flora
Summer
Autumn

Girls

Summer
Jade
Lily
Willow
Amber
Celeste
Aurora
Savannah (treeless plain)

Boys
Dylan (means Sea)
Hunter
Brody
Cameron
Seth

scaevola Wed 06-Mar-13 07:29:08

Might the ancient religions might be less obvious than those centres on the three Books?

Isis, Iris, Juno, Artemis?

Alexander, Lysander?

Ooh I didn't know that Pottering, I thought it simply meant lion!

I might get hubby to concede on Dylan... Sounds normal but has a lovely meaning. I LOVE Lysander but I can picture the look on hubby's face now...!

Iggly Wed 06-Mar-13 08:44:47

Given that Christianity ripped off a lot of pagan festivals, does it matter too much?

What about Aeron, Aiden, Bronwyn, Connor, Seren?

Iggly Wed 06-Mar-13 08:45:51

Or names from trees like

Olive, Ash, Hazel?

Thanks Iggly, I don't think I would mind so much if the meanings for the names hubby likes weren't "Gods gift" and "judged by God" - it just doesn't sit right with me. Sorry if it seems silly.

Bronwyn is beautiful smile

Iggly Wed 06-Mar-13 09:54:25

Yes I love the name Bronwyn.

campergirls Wed 06-Mar-13 09:56:41

It's 'Bronwen' though - in Welsh, 'wen' is a feminine ending and 'wyn' masculine, so Bronwyn as a girl's name looks really odd.

HappyJoyful Wed 06-Mar-13 09:57:42

Some of the nicest names heard for while!
I love Cory and Leo..
Hazel is nice
Juno - great

hatebeak Wed 06-Mar-13 09:59:22

Robin - for a boy or girl.

FriggFRIGGisPoorlySick Wed 06-Mar-13 10:28:29

Lots of names here that you might like.

Have you considered old English names?

Or how about;

Maud
Aelfwyn
Clytie/Klytie (nymph in love with sun god,means lovely one)
Merewyn (MEH-reh-win). (I love this name)
Elfreida
Mildri (means 'mild and lovely' in old Norse)
Phaedra
Juniper
Thora
Aldith
Hebe
Fritha
Idonea
Maeve

FriggFRIGGisPoorlySick Wed 06-Mar-13 10:36:15

And boys....

Io
Albie
Broc
Farlan
Errol
Innes
Iver
Torrin
Fie
Ivo
Idriss
Loki
Lowen
Roan
Esau (pron EE-sah)
Auden
Emery
Imre
Florian
Fabian
Balthasar
Artan (little bear)
Ulric
Alban
Alden
Kip
Elwin
Yule
Talisen
Cato
Harte
Taliesin
Odin
Sorren

RoseGarden123 Wed 06-Mar-13 10:39:07

coming in for a sneak peek as well as these are the sort of names we love and DS2 due in May smile

FriggFRIGGisPoorlySick Wed 06-Mar-13 12:20:46

Oh, Gaia it means 'earth' or 'mother earth' smile

FriggFRIGGisPoorlySick Wed 06-Mar-13 12:24:17

Luna
Hera
Willow
Aurora
Phoebe (bright,moon)
Maya
Isis
Anya
Estel (star/hope)

FriggFRIGGisPoorlySick Wed 06-Mar-13 12:26:37

*Estelle (sorry,auto correct is on a mission to destroy my spelling)

dopeysheep Wed 06-Mar-13 12:28:34

I love Gaia
Skye?
No help on boys as I would choose Leo. Or maybe Colt or Magnus.

dopeysheep Wed 06-Mar-13 12:31:05

I like River but think it suits a girl more than a boy even though I think it is a boy's name.

NC78 Wed 06-Mar-13 16:38:20

Arthur

ErikNorseman Wed 06-Mar-13 19:45:38

Lilith or Loki

Varya Wed 06-Mar-13 20:00:27

Girls

Lila
Riola
Candina
Nandine

Boys

Warwick
Brodie
Coran
Lucas

Thank you SO much for all your suggestions ladies!!

Am going to show this thread to DH later and see if he likes any of the suggestions - hope so as I've fallen in love with some of them! Thanks again for helping with an unusual baby name quest!

pineapplesherbert Thu 07-Mar-13 11:59:20

btw seth is an old testament name

snuffaluffagus Thu 07-Mar-13 12:14:13

I love the name Raven for a girl.

Gwennan Thu 07-Mar-13 12:41:39

You know Andrew is a Biblical name, right?

Yes I do know Gwennan, but the middle names were chosen because they were family names - Andrew for DH's brother who died last year, and Rose for the little girl I lost in 2nd trimester five years ago. It's only the first names we want to choose based on meaning.

MortifiedAdams Thu 07-Mar-13 17:57:25

Love love Rose! Girls wise along your nature theme - Amber, Olive, Pearl, Fern/Fearne, Holly, Robyn, Fleur

Boys - really stuck!! Hmmm....... Morgan (means dark sea if I recall)

cityangel Thu 07-Mar-13 17:57:32

Kirk, Kurt, Curtis

Orla, Malia, Harriet

mathanxiety Thu 07-Mar-13 18:56:33

Charis
Penelope
Alice
Matilda
Cosima

mathanxiety Thu 07-Mar-13 18:58:51

Lochlann
Elliott
Emmett
Marshall
Struan

lalabaloo Thu 07-Mar-13 19:11:10

Just seen Esau as a suggestion, that is a name with strong biblical associations. How about:

Hazel Rose
Holly Rose
Willow Rose
Lowenna Rose (I think it is Cornish for happy?)

Felix Andrew
Blaze Andrew
Storm Andrew

LentilAsAnything Thu 07-Mar-13 19:24:03

I found a wonderful blog by a Wiccan naming enthusiast. Maybe you can find a name you like from these lists:
Girls
Boys
Unisex

mathanxiety Thu 07-Mar-13 20:58:11

Kerenza
Loveday

both Cornish.

MsAkimbo Thu 07-Mar-13 22:44:43

OP, I don't know exactly how it goes on Paganism, but is there a particular...ugh, I don't want to sound ignorant, but certain diety you connect with? I only ever knew one pagan and she said she strictly worshipped Celt gods/goddesses.

Again, I apologise if that sounds stupid. I really do find Paganism fascinating.

FriggFRIGGisPoorlySick Thu 07-Mar-13 22:55:01

It's often more to do with worshiping the elements,than a particular deity...

MsAkimbo Thu 07-Mar-13 23:00:20

Ah, got it. Thank you!

MsAkimbo Thu 07-Mar-13 23:05:46

As for suggestions:

Girls:
Caia
Chloe
Cordelia
Ava

Boys:
Lachlan
Bryn
Phoenix?

Congrats and all the best!

FriggFRIGGisPoorlySick Fri 08-Mar-13 09:03:53

But Paganism is an umbrella term,so it depends which 'path' OP has taken,Wicca,Occult,Druidry,Heathenry,shamanism etc..and even within those there are often differing opinions.

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