Righto! I'm not due until bonfire night, but my OH isn't interested in talking about names atm (the lure of the xbox is too strong!) so I thought I'd run my ideas past you here. The only things I have to guide me are that he likes traditional names (luckily so do I) and that he'd like it if we could pay homage to his roots by working a Danish name into the middle names somehow. So any Scandinavian names you can suggest will be gratefully listened to! His father's name is Rasmus (which my mum weirdly likes!) so please save my poor child from that appalling fate!
Here's my list of first names:
Adelaide Claudia Eve Constance Prudence Penelope Tabitha Beatrice Esther Harriet
Frederick Henry Edward Edmund Reuben Seth (no our surname isn't Starkadder!) Theodore (Theo) Matthias Alexander Ptolemy
So far on the Danish names front we could reuse Axel, which is my husband's second middle name, or Jorgen (pronounced Yohan), but goodness knows what you could do for a girl. I'd be happy with Klaus, but apparently in Denmark there's a family rift with an Uncle Klaus on the other side. Ho hum!
Ooh Danish names lovely. Something to bear in mind is that there are a lot of shared names (especially bible names) in English and Danish so have a think about whether it's important that it "sticks out" as Danish to reflect his/her heritage or you just want it to be pronounceable in Danish IYSWIM.
I ended up spending last night going through a huge list of Scandinavian names online, giggling at most of them and reading them out loud to the Man-of-the-Xbox-Controller.
Of the ones I read out we liked Felix and Mia (apparently Scandinavian meaning bitterly wanted child, and Star of the Sea.. as this one was a surprise I think the latter meaning is more apt!) but I don't think they're too obviously Danish. Do you think that matters?
Thanks for the link. It's interesting how names with English heritage like Tristan can be I think more popular over there than they are here.
No I don't think them being "too English" is a problem at all - Denmark gets more and more influenced by England/America by the day. Had an interesting conversation with my (Danish) mum about how some of the really popular names are actually reaaally English to the point where you can't really pronounce them using Danish sounds - you have to switch into an English accent to manage it! Oliver is the prime example.
Anyway, back on topic - Felix and Mia are both beautiful!
(PS Meditrina - at the risk of outing myself - Bodil is my name I do like it but it's a bit of a pain to have to spell out and because of the lack of a or e at the end people often think I'm male before they meet me! )
Wow! That's a truly unusual name.. I think I'd like it too. But our child will also probably be very tall (husband is 6ft6- one inch taller and he'd officially be a giant! :D) and ginger (my genes), and will always be the new kid as we're a forces family, so needs a first name at least that won't single them out too much when at school. Shame, I rather like names that noone else has- Clementine for example. Underused and very pretty.
I will bear in mind the more unusual names for their middle name(s) of course.
I do quite like Astrid. Pretty in an unconventional way. I'm not so sure about Asta though as it makes me think of Asti! :P
I'm glad you like Felix and Mia. They're really working their charms on me!