Embla and Olympia: Choosing their Names

One thing that Kirsty and I have always had in common is an interest in onomastics, the etymology of names.  We love names; we love exploring the sounds, the meanings, finding the perfect fit.  In our world everything has a name – even the mouse who lived behind our skirting board until we evicted him had a name (Aloysius, and he was SUCH an Aloysius).  So you can imagine how much fun we have had naming four small humans.

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Balthazar and Lysander, as I’ve shared on the blog previously, are Balthazar Octavian Percival and Lysander Edmund Odysseus (also known as Nenky and Plumpkin, or Zaza and Sasha).  For a while they were going to be Rupert and Ariel but Kirsty didn’t like Rupert enough and the silly Disney mermaid put us off of Ariel.  We also liked Benedict, Hugo, Barnabas, Melchior and Stellan.  Had they been girls, one of them would have been Hermione and the other would probably have been Octavia, Mina and Tavy.

Channel Mum asked us to make a little vlog this month talking about how we named our children and as we hadn’t yet shared Embla and Olympia’s full names on the blog, we couldn’t resist popping over to YouTube for the big reveal.  You will have to watch the video if you are interested to hear the girls’ middles and their nicknames, but the other names that we threw around were: Promethea, Thisbe, Magnolia, Aurelia and Xanthe.  We liked Ptolemy and Peregrine for boys but had a bit of a panic wondering how one earth we would find six more boy names that we liked enough to name two of them!

How did you name your children?  I love naming stories so please comment here or on my video and share yours.

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4 Comments

  1. Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
    September 24, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    Gorgeous names for gorgeous girls – I loved chosing the names for our three, and I could happily name several more – maybe I need to get some fish!

  2. Bex @ The Mummy Adventure
    September 29, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    Lovely video and they have such beautiful names! I love that they are called Beetle and Pig too (Finn has the affectionate name of Finnbo fattybum which I am also hoping he grows out of!)

  3. Vicki
    October 15, 2016 / 8:04 am

    My boys all have family names. James full name is James Ian Michael after my grandad, my dad & Andy’s dad. Freddie is Freddie Andrew Tinline after Andy’s grandad & my great uncle. Andrew after his daddy & Tinline was my grandads middle name. It was much harder naming Freddie than James!

  4. October 5, 2018 / 10:00 am

    I had a nightmare because I had tonnes of possible girls names (Hermione would have been one of my top names after I’d liked it since knowing a girl from music school when I was 9yo) had it not appeared in Harry Potter – I’m surprised there aren’t more of them around nowadays. But boys names there were only 3 I liked that went with our surname. Unfortunately Sebastian Tustian would have been a joke! The OH refused to discuss names until the baby arrived, but had already turned his nose up at the name Oscar (N definitely isn’t one of those). Oliver I love but was just so popular so I was glad the OH agreed with Nathaniel. I loved the name ever since I fancied a trombonist in orchestra called Nathaniel. I think the shortform Nat is too girly so he’s a Nate in short form (after a Mills & Boon hero – not that I’d ever tell the OH that! The one thing I didn’t think about is how hard he had to work at school to learn to write a 9 letter name, compared to most of his school friends. I hope yours are all more academic than mine is!

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