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WeDONTneedanotherhero Tue 02-Aug-11 13:20:01

DH and I love it, DD OTOH screwed up her nose and said it was "weird".

What's the MN consenus?

CoteDAzur Tue 02-Aug-11 13:21:44

Is that a name?

Penthesileia Tue 02-Aug-11 13:23:09

Well, given that our nickname for Aeneas when we were reading the Aeneid at school was "Anus", I'd personally steer clear.

But, you know, lots of names have potentially dodgy nicknames, so whatever floats your boat!

How about Anchises? Astyanax? wink

Penthesileia Tue 02-Aug-11 13:23:57

Yup, a Roman name, mythical founder of Rome, etc. etc.

Haven't you read your Virgil, Cote? wink

WeDONTneedanotherhero Tue 02-Aug-11 13:24:48

LOL yes Cote

Penthesileia Tue 02-Aug-11 13:24:55

Oh, and when we were performing Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, we - very maturely - would refer to it as Dildo and Anus.

What larks.

WeDONTneedanotherhero Tue 02-Aug-11 13:26:13

Damm you Pen! We hadn't thought of the "anus" nickname.

WeDONTneedanotherhero Tue 02-Aug-11 13:26:50

Back to the drawing board.

Cattleprod Tue 02-Aug-11 13:26:55

Do you mean Anais? Or is it pronounced as it's spelled, in which case it's a bit too similar to anus imo.

Oh, just realised it's a boys name, Greek, meaning 'to be worthy of praise'. Still not sure how it sounds though.

AberdeenAngusina Tue 02-Aug-11 13:26:59

I suggested it for DC1, but husband thought it was too close to "anus."

When I was at school, there was a plaque commemmorating a Victorian former pupil Aeneas somebody-or-other and I think seeing it every day at school in gold paint imprinted it on me as a good name.

CoteDAzur Tue 02-Aug-11 13:29:31

I realize who Aeneas was. I'm asking if that is a name here and now. As in, chosen by non-cruel parents to name English children in the 21st century.

Penthesileia Tue 02-Aug-11 13:31:03

Also, Aeneas goes all mental and violent at the end of the Aeneid and brutally murder Turnus, the indigenous prince whose land Aeneas nicks to found Rome, so not exactly a role model. grin

Penthesileia Tue 02-Aug-11 13:31:42

LOL @ non-cruel parents. grin

Penthesileia Tue 02-Aug-11 13:35:49

If Roman, what about Marcus? Marius? Titus? Gaius? Julius?

If you want a Greek name, do you want a mythical name or an 'historical" name?

CalamityKate Tue 02-Aug-11 13:38:33

It SERIOUSLY hadn't occurred to you that "Anus" would be the immediate and logical nickname??

Bless you grin

Penthesileia Tue 02-Aug-11 13:41:09

I am getting into this thread... grin

For Greek mythological names, borrow or buy a copy of "Apollodorus's" Library of Greek Mythology, which contains shortened versions of most Greek myths - lots of name inspiration there.

For Roman mythical names and some historical ones, browse through Wiseman's Myths of Rome.

You could check out this site too.

WeDONTneedanotherhero Tue 02-Aug-11 13:47:58

Historical Penthesileia, thank you for the link.

It shows you how innocent I am Kate grin.

We also like Atticus and Tiberius.

ShoutyHamster Tue 02-Aug-11 13:52:30

What! No. Aeneas was a little shit.

Land-nicker and jumped-up lothario.

Call him Hector smile

Penthesileia Tue 02-Aug-11 13:55:04

Atticus is nice, and has good 20thC connotations wrt "To Kill a Mockingbird".

Cassius is also a good name, IMO.

I wouldn't go for Tiberius, as Tacitus has rather ruined his reputation, and by the end of his reign, things were not well in the imperial household...

Penthesileia Tue 02-Aug-11 13:56:18

grin @ "jumped-up lothario. Yes, poor old Dildo Dido.

WeDONTneedanotherhero Tue 02-Aug-11 13:57:18

Cassius reminds me of a calculator grin

Penthesileia Tue 02-Aug-11 13:57:41

Trouble with Classical names is the men are - mostly - homicidal maniacs, and the women were - frequently - rape victims... hmm

Penthesileia Tue 02-Aug-11 13:58:41

Hee hee. I'd forgotten about Casio calculators.

ShoutyHamster Tue 02-Aug-11 14:41:00

Yeah... 'the gods made me do it' hmm

If only poor Dido had read 'Not Just Friends' by Shirley Glass...

BalloonSlayer Tue 02-Aug-11 15:06:36

Do you remember the Dukes Of Hazzard?

The monumentally gormless young police officer was called Aeneas. I was surprised when I found that out. I always thought he was called Eeenis.

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