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Which of these do you prefer? Rosamund, Isolde etc

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Idonthaveenoughtime Mon 30-Jan-17 18:42:06

We are looking for a romantic name with historical associations or a celtic/british isles connection.

Our short list at the moment is:
Rosamonde or Rosamund
Isolde ee-zold or Iseult ee-zolt (if anybody watched 'The Last Kingdom' it is pronounced like that.) we aren't sure which pronunciation is better.
Guinevere - the association may be a bit much
Kerensa (cornish name)
Elowen - another modern cornish name
Gwendolyn

Preferences? Can anyone suggest names that would fit this criteria that we might not have considered?

Middle name is Bridget as a tribute to a family member

ItchyFoot Mon 30-Jan-17 18:44:02

I couldn't have Rosamund because it makes me think of Calvin and Hobbes's babysitter Rosalind grin
I like Isolde

MadameJosephine Mon 30-Jan-17 18:46:37

I love them all!

My favourite is probably Rosamund, closely followed by Isolde.

What about Igraine?

Justfred Mon 30-Jan-17 18:53:33

I love Isolde.

How about Olwen?

I also love Nimue (NIM you ay) but I'm not brace enough to use it.

MrsMarigold Mon 30-Jan-17 18:54:59

Rosamund and Elowen

MrsMarigold Mon 30-Jan-17 18:55:04

Rosamund and Elowen

Sadik Mon 30-Jan-17 19:03:09

I like Kerensa and Elowen the best. DD has friends called Ceridwen & Tanwen, both of which I think are beautiful.

KlingybunFistelvase Mon 30-Jan-17 19:06:00

Guinevere or Elowen!

Weirdly, an acquaintance of mine has three DDs and all three names are in your list!

TDmoocher Mon 30-Jan-17 19:25:06

Kerensa. Is Carenza the same name just different spelling?

daisydaisychain Mon 30-Jan-17 19:30:53

Guinivere, Rosamund or Gwendolyn. Gwendolyn is on my list but I think people assume gwendolyn is welsh which might be annoying because I'm not! Although apparently it appears in authurian legend.

CactusFred Mon 30-Jan-17 19:45:33

Elowen is lovely!

Rosamund would become a Ros and I do not like that at all even though the full name is lovely.

bythewatersedge Mon 30-Jan-17 19:47:43

Beautiful names but honestly I wouldn't go for any of them.

I have a Cornish name and no one can say it and I'm constantly repeating myself. In the same vein, my French friend got so fed up of being called I-sold she changed hers.

JellyWitch Mon 30-Jan-17 19:50:30

Both lovely names. My DD has one of them.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 30-Jan-17 19:50:38

Lowenna is a lovely Cornish name. 😀

Sophronia Mon 30-Jan-17 19:56:50

Lovely names. I especially like Rosamund, Kerensa, Iseult and Gwendolyn (prefer Gwendolen or Gwendoline spellings)

How about...

Morwenna
Lamorna
Morgane/Morgana
Demelza
Elaine
Lowenna
Endellion
Rosenwyn
Olwen
Senara
Merryn
Ismay
Nineve
Niniane
Angharad
Avalon
Bronwen
Clarinda
Enid
Genevieve
Clarimond/Clarimonde
Thomasin
Cecily
Galienne
Matilda
Loveday
Imanie
Jessimond
Linnet
Miriel
Anstice
Margaretta
Sibylla
Arabel
Christabel
Claribel
Dulcie
Clemence
Constance
Annora
Idony
Idonea

ZuzuMyLittleGingersnap Mon 30-Jan-17 20:42:19

Kerensa. Very pretty...have never heard of it.

Gulsink Mon 30-Jan-17 20:49:56

Kerensa
Elowen
and Loveday, are lovely Cornish names.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 30-Jan-17 21:17:09

Yes, I agree, Loveday is wonderful.

Jooni Mon 30-Jan-17 23:19:26

Rosamund, Isolde and Guinevere are my favourites. Guinevere would be amazing!

autumngold6 Mon 30-Jan-17 23:26:22

Rosamund

lisara79 Tue 31-Jan-17 00:37:23

Isolde is pretty.... I have a friend called Kerensa and she us the nicest and most beautiful girl I've ever met so the name has good connotations for me!

reuset Tue 31-Jan-17 11:01:56

You don't stress the 'i' quite like that to make 'ee'. Watch a production of Tristan and Isolde. Also 'i' zold -uh is fairly common pronunction in UK. Be careful using a name where you're not sure about pronunciation.

Wayfarersonbaby Tue 07-Feb-17 01:29:07

Isolde, Rosamund and Elowen are the ones I like best.

Gwendolyn would inevitably end up as Gwen, which is less dramatic Cornish legend and more middle-aged middle manager.... ;) But if you like Welsh names, what about Gwenfair, which is lovely and a bit more unusual?

Guinevere a bit OTT. Also the modern form is likely Jennifer, which is somewhat less romantic.

What about Tamsin or Tamzyn? (Cornish)

ShoutOutToMyEx Tue 07-Feb-17 01:37:11

Demelza is a bloody cool name. So is Morgana.

Off your list I like Gwendolyn the best.

Dulcie's on our list, I didn't know it was old English blush

SuperBeagle Tue 07-Feb-17 01:46:13

I thought Isolde was "is-old-uh"

I'd assume Iseult was "is-oh" too, as the end would make me assume it was a silent lt (like Renault, Chenault etc).

The only one I like is Kerensa, because it seems the least OTT and it could be shortened to Ren which is sweet.

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