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aufaniae Mon 11-Feb-13 14:40:41

Trying a different tack as still stuck with names! Our DD will born in April, so I thought maybe a Spring-related name. Some we've considered:

Persephone - but we have a friend called that already.
Olwen - (Welsh goddess of flowers and springtime) - I like but DP not keen.
Freya - (Nordic fertility Goddess linked with spring growth and flowers) DP loves but I'm not keen as very popular not so long ago
Maia - (Spring goddess) - lovely name but very Maya is popular and a friend's DC called this already

Generally we like Celtic and more unusual names (we have Welsh and Scottish heritage) - not so keen on popular names like Lily, Rose, Iris, April etc.

I'd be grateful fro any help, I'm sure her name is out there somewhere but atm I'm stumped!
TIA smile

amck5700 Mon 11-Feb-13 21:57:23

Owena - yew born
Ayalah/Ayala/Ayla - means Deer in Hebrew

Duckegg80 Mon 11-Feb-13 22:03:17

Fiadh - pronounced fee-ah, Irish for 'little deer' -I think it's lovely

Duckegg80 Mon 11-Feb-13 22:13:19

Can also be spelt Fia if the 'dh' at the end is confusing, although I prefer it

MoppingMummy Mon 11-Feb-13 22:20:26

Nia / Nyah ( means purpose)

LeoandBoosmum Mon 11-Feb-13 22:23:52

What about Poppy? I also love Eponine too, though I don't think it's related to Spring... I like the name Aisling (pronounced Ashling) which means 'dream, vision, inspiration' in old Irish. Orla is Irish for 'golden woman'. I think Orla is really pretty and I've only ever heard the name once, Orla Kiely. I know you may not want to share the surname but I find that helpful as some names go with some surnames better than others...

aufaniae Mon 11-Feb-13 22:30:31

Love Nia, however DS's name is taken from the same legend as Nia, they're lovers. (Some of you will know DS's name now!)
It'd be like calling your DCs Romeo and Juliet, I couldn't do it!

Orla, Aisling, Fiadh and Ayla all lovely, but not "the one" yet. (Picky aren't I, sorry!)

MidnightMasquerader Mon 11-Feb-13 22:31:22

Maybe stretching it a bit, but I think the name Eléa is really pretty - means 'light'.

Duckegg80 Mon 11-Feb-13 22:55:03

Ok I'll give you more Irish names as they are my particular thing

Niamh - pronounced like eve with an N in front, starts sounding like knee and then into eve - 'neeeve', means radiant
Aoibheann - pronounced 'ayveen', there are other, easier spellings of the name
Aoife - 'eeefa' - means beautiful
Roisin - 'rowsheen', little rose
Réiltín - 'rayilteen' - little star
Ciara -keera, kiera
Maeve - mayiv

LeoandBoosmum Tue 12-Feb-13 01:14:37

I know you weren't sure about flower names but I thought I'd suggest Iris because I think it's beautiful and not so girly girly as other flower names. It also means 'rainbow' in Greek.
Also, love Anya - no idea what it means but I've only met one Anya IRL.
Have you made any progress? smile

Startail Tue 12-Feb-13 01:20:32

Hazel is probably a bit mainstream, but lovely spring catkins

In have liked to called DD2 Esther, but it was DHs turn.

Startail Tue 12-Feb-13 01:21:10

I'd, daft autocorrect

Dottiespots Tue 12-Feb-13 01:33:30

Hi.....Ebrill....means April in Welsh; Haf .....means summer
Lili......Lily; Mai......May; Nia means brightness.
Were Welsh and these are some names we here often.

LeoandBoosmum Tue 12-Feb-13 02:15:33

I have to add Cerys (pronounced Kerris), which I believe means 'love' in Welsh smile

Dottiespots Tue 12-Feb-13 04:04:25

Thought id better add.....Ebrill...pronounced Ebrith .
Mai.....pronounced Mi (sort of as its hard to explain)
Haf.....pronounced Hav

HouseOfBears Tue 12-Feb-13 08:34:31

How about Anthea (meaning flower/blossom) or Aurora (meaning Dawn)?

HouseOfBears Tue 12-Feb-13 08:51:00

Ooh or Gaia (meaning earth) or Ianthe (meaning violet flower)

CheeseStrawWars Tue 12-Feb-13 08:54:24

Or Iolanthe?

Pasiphae Tue 12-Feb-13 11:50:38

Persephone is also called Korë, which became Cora in English?
Azalea, Dahlia, Fleur/Flora, Florentina (means blooming), Laverne/Laverna means born in Spring.
Anthea symbolise Spring in poetry quite often.
Cerelia, born in spring too.
Chloris minor goddess of spring.
Marcella/Marceline after Mars the roman god for which March is named for?

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 12-Feb-13 12:03:24

I thought of Laverne last night, Pasiphae, it's still uncommon and makes a change from Laura or Lauren.

How about herb or spice names, Saffron (from the spring flower, crocus) or Anise?

WingDefence Tue 12-Feb-13 12:09:23

I have a friend who called her daughter Meadow and another one who called hers Clover if you fancy either of those (following on from Pasiphae).

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 12-Feb-13 12:12:08

Dymphna and Meadow, rare and striking.

telsa Tue 12-Feb-13 12:48:16

all spring-related


aufaniae Tue 12-Feb-13 21:06:54

Oh wow, lots of suggestions! I'll have a look now ...

aufaniae Mon 18-Feb-13 15:51:04

Some lovely names here, thanks for the suggestions.

I love Nia, but in legend Nia is the lover of DS's name, so that's out!

Nana is actually my gran's name! (Her real given name, not a NN for gran). But we know a Nana (Danish I think) so that's out too!

I do like Cerys, have done for years. I'd gone off it by the time we has DS though as it's become so popular but I think it might have to be the back-up name if we can't think of anything else! (Must check with DP what he thinks of it!) My side of the family (Welsh) would be delighted if DD has a Welsh name, and I do like Cerys Matthews, come to think of it, I saw Cerys Matthews live in Glastonbury with DP before we were together, so maybe ...

I like Aoife, but know someone called Aoife already.

DP loves Roisin but I'm not so keen.

aufaniae Mon 18-Feb-13 15:53:20

Pasiphae I like your thinking on Persephone > Cora smile
However my best friends has just named her LO a name that could be shortened to Cora, so would seem a bit odd!

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