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can we call our boy/ girl twins...

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HettySunshine Sun 31-Jan-16 16:20:18

Artimus (known as Arty) and Hetty?

We already have a daughter called Lyra.

Twitterqueen Sun 31-Jan-16 16:23:25

Well I don't see why not. Though I like Atticus more than Artimus, which makes me think of a flower - though I'm not sure why...

Flossieflower01 Sun 31-Jan-16 16:24:31

Three names from popular children's books? Will date them nicely!

msrisotto Sun 31-Jan-16 16:24:39

Artimus Fartimus grin

Twitterqueen Sun 31-Jan-16 16:25:31

Wiki says "Artemis was the goddess of chastity, virginity, the hunt, the moon, and the natural environment. She was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, twin sister of Apollo."

The key word here is goddess.... maybe not such a good name for a boy!

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Sun 31-Jan-16 16:26:28

I also like Atticus.

I knew guinea pigs called Jem and Scout.

SpaceDinosaur Sun 31-Jan-16 16:27:11

I don't know of that was meant to sound bitchy Flossie but it did to me.

FWIW OP I love your names.

Laquila Sun 31-Jan-16 16:27:20

Could you use Art instead of Arty? Arty and Hetty together doesn't really float my boat, but of course you can call your kids whatever you like 😃

Also you might get people confusing Artimus (which to be honest I'd never heard of) with Artemis, which is a girl's name.

HettySunshine Sun 31-Jan-16 16:27:51

Although Artimus was a goddess it has developed over the years and is definitely a boy's name now. I love it but I'm not sure if it'll be too much to deal with at school.

FrancisdeSales Sun 31-Jan-16 16:28:34

Please don't.

Error404usernamenotfound Sun 31-Jan-16 16:29:56

Artemis is a girl's name, and Hetty doesn't sound like a full name, IYSWIM. If she's Henrietta known as Hetty, then that's quite sweet. It also gives her the chance to change her name as she gets older if she wants to - Hetty does sound very little-girly to me.

Arthur and Henrietta, known as Arty and Hetty, would be lovely. Although they may end up being known as Farty and Sweaty, knowing the cruelty of children...

AbbyCadabby Sun 31-Jan-16 16:30:09

I love Artemis (with this spelling) but not for a boy. I don't view it as a boys' name at all. Obviously if I met a boy one I would accept it as a boy's name, but I'm not keen.
Why not Artemis for your girl twin?

Veterinari Sun 31-Jan-16 16:32:36

Artemis (spelled this way) is d finitely the name of a goddess
Not a good choice for a boy

HettySunshine Sun 31-Jan-16 16:34:04

Artimus means 'a follower of the goddess Artimis' and is gender neutral. But I do take your points.

Thank you ladies, we'll keep thinking!

Laquila Sun 31-Jan-16 16:41:10

So you like Harriet? For some reason Harriet and Albin popped into my head.

Laquila Sun 31-Jan-16 16:41:22

*so = do

BertrandRussell Sun 31-Jan-16 16:42:19

Do you mean Artemis? She was a girl.....

StitchesInTime Sun 31-Jan-16 16:43:19

Neither of those names are to my taste, but I don't think they're too samey or anything like that.

FatRun Sun 31-Jan-16 16:44:33

I like Henrietta with Lyra. I also like a pp's suggestion of Arthur too.

BertrandRussell Sun 31-Jan-16 16:48:42

Don't believe everything you read on baby name websites. They lie.

tinofbiscuits Sun 31-Jan-16 17:52:46

Artimus sounds great. It's far more refreshing than Atticus which reminds me of attics and has been faddy for a while. Hetty is fine too as nickname for Henrietta.

HackerFucker22 Sun 31-Jan-16 18:04:40

Arty and Hetty is too matchy for my liking (with twins I particularly dislike matchy names)

Arthur and Henrietta is much better.

florascotianew Sun 31-Jan-16 18:17:47

Bertrand Russell speaks wise words. Many baby names sites are very unreliable. Artimus does not mean 'follower of Artemis'. It is the version of the female goddess's name used in the area now known as western Turkey.Some scholars think it was the original version of the name:

The ancient Greek young female followers of Artemis were called 'arktoi' (Little Bears).

Gunting Sun 31-Jan-16 18:46:45

Artimus is too similar to Artemis without being it. I think he would need to spell it out every time.

Hetty is more of a nn and also a vacuum cleaner.

ZiggyFartdust Sun 31-Jan-16 18:51:19

It isn't gender neutral. Everyone who knows the name will think you can't spell it and have called your boy a poncey girls name.
As pp said, Arthur and Henrietta is a million times better.

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