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Nightstar Fri 23-Sep-11 21:34:13

The girls in my family have all been named after stars, or a foreign version of the meaning of star (e.g. my name is Seren, which is star in Welsh)

But I'm having trouble coming up with boys names that don't sound daft.

So far the only one that seems vaguelly normal is Orion, which i dont like. Any suggestions?

EdithWeston Fri 23-Sep-11 21:36:10

The best ones have been used in HP - Bellatrix, Sirius, Draco, Andromeda

I think Castor and Pollux are underused! I'll see if I can find you a nice link with a list, for you proper perusal.

Nightstar Fri 23-Sep-11 21:42:08

Thanks, yes I went through a few lists and it seems JK Rowling was at the same lists!

Would prefer not to have a HP name if possible. I did have Castor on my list then DH said Castor Oil, and so it got struck off. I think Pollux sounds like a skin condition.

Oh dear, it's very hard!

EdithWeston Fri 23-Sep-11 21:43:54

Here's wiki - boyish possibilities include: Leo, Hercules, Phoenix, Tarazed, Achird, Alphard, Rasalas, Aldebaran, Alioth?

Nightstar Fri 23-Sep-11 21:44:59

Maybe I need something else that is connected to Astronomy but not an actual star? (Just to explain a rather famous atronomer in history was a relative and its become a family tradition)

Nightstar Fri 23-Sep-11 21:46:11

Thanks Edith, I think Leo is top of my list right now

EdithWeston Fri 23-Sep-11 21:46:38

Patrick?

acsec Fri 23-Sep-11 22:04:18

Altair
Rigel
Antares
Orion
Aldebaran
Corvus
Eridanus

Any good??

CointreauVersial Fri 23-Sep-11 22:07:19

Pluto
Jupiter
Mars

Uranus grin

ChineapplePunk Fri 23-Sep-11 22:21:24

What about Tycho, after Tycho Brahe? Or does it sound a bit pretentious?

IndieNile Fri 23-Sep-11 22:35:46

Galileo?

Stella?
I have a Phoebe which means bright, shining moon.

Nightstar Fri 23-Sep-11 22:41:12

Ummm, most of those are a bit odd, maybe Jupiter could go on the list.

Ursula - We have both a Stella and a phoebe in our family, but we are having a boy

Sorry I didn't read the boy bit!

Okay, Stellan is great but apparently means peaceful or calm, I'd consider it though. I'd twist Altair into Alistair possibly.

Asa apparently means 'starting life at dawn' which is nice and I adore the name.

Tobias 'born with a star' - meanings quoted are according to random google generated website <unreliable>

EdithWeston Fri 23-Sep-11 22:46:17

What a lovely tradition!

And what a challenge for us - as I dare say you'll have thought of,or used up, just about everything!

But I'll have a go - how about:

Ptolemy, Isaac, Herschel, Lockyer, Jacobus, Brian, Wilson, Wolf/Wolff, Russell, Shapley, Rossi, Allen, Dicke, Christy, Elliott?

CaptainNancy Fri 23-Sep-11 22:51:11

Perseus?
Sirius (I know a little Sirius)
Mars
Herschell (?sp)
Neil (Armstrong)

Luke as in skywalker? grin

rushofbloodtothefeet Fri 23-Sep-11 23:01:15

Chineapple I have a secret love of Tycho, but was put off pushing with DP for potential DS when I found the man himself pronounced it like 'teeko' rather than the 'tyke-o' I'd presumed

One of my fave star names is 'Vega' - though for a girl of course.
Dashiell apparently means 'of heaven'
Finley, Holmes and Halley are comets

My DD's middle name is Seren smile

freerangeeggs Fri 23-Sep-11 23:33:51

Marius is probably derived from Mars.

I think you should check this entry on Dashiell before making any decisions.

I've heard Atlas used before but it's a bit... mad

Pollux rhymes with bollocks

greenzebra Sat 24-Sep-11 07:27:53

what a great tradition

Cosmo
Edmund (Edmund Halley)
minor planet names Amos, Aaryn, Aldrin, (heres link to the list because its far to long for me to go through www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/lists/MPNames.html

Arun - sun dawn
Ravi -sun god

greenzebra Sat 24-Sep-11 09:24:26

Sterling - English menaing 'little star'

Zeke - arabic for 'shooting star'

Samson - hebrew 'sun'

Astley - latin 'stars'

Astin - French 'star like'

Ashwin - indian 'star like'

Psammead Sat 24-Sep-11 10:21:15

I like Leo!

MammaInTheMaking Sat 24-Sep-11 11:09:59

Love this thread! Is 'Bear' a constellation of stars...?

I'm not great on stars but 'Orion' has just gone on my list of nature names smile

Nightstar Sat 24-Sep-11 16:38:33

There are some great suggestions! Thanks girls.

I've added

Zeke
Cosmo
Perseus
Astin

Though I think Leo is still tipping the balance right now. My poor husband thinks they all sound a bit mad.

I cant go with Stellan because my cousin is Stella, and her sister is Vega (which I agree is a fab name!)

LOL to Luke Skywalker and also to Pollux rhyming with Bollocks!

Nightstar Sat 24-Sep-11 16:39:23

Do you think it would be totally ruining the tradition if we went with David? As in Star of David?

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