I think we're pretty settled on our girl name and I think we fairly settled on a boy first name, but we've been feeling a bit stuck on a boy middle name. The problem has been that DS has a middle name that feels personally meaningful to us...Orion...DH majored in astrophysics, our second date was to watch a meteor shower, we got married in a planetarium, etc. Our girl middle name is Aster, also meaningful to us...we're into our garden (DH does all the gardening) and love having asters blooming in the fall when most other things have stopped blooming, and Aster means star, so it goes with Orion. But we were having trouble coming up with a boy middle name that also had meaning to us personally (i.e. didn't just sound good with the first name).
So, for this potential boy middle name, I just started flipping through one of DH's astronomy books. When I got to the page with the names of the moons in our solar system, I thought "hmm...Callisto (one of Jupiter's moons) is a cool name." Ran it by DH and he also liked it and thought it sounded good with the potential first name (Zander). Then I started looking it up online to get more info about the name....which is when I started to wonder if there was a potential issue with the name.
You know how baby name websites will label a name as either "girl" "boy" or "unisex"? Well, I checked out 4 or 5 such websites and some said it was a boy name and some said it was a girl name and nobody called it unisex for some reason. Callisto was the name of one of Atremis (Diana's) nymphs who took a vow to remain a virgin. Jupiter (Zeus) was smitten with her, tricked her and lured her away, had his way with her and she got pregnant. She was cast out of the nymph club for no longer being a virgin. Jupiter's wife was jealous and pissed and turned Callisto into a bear (after she gave birth I guess). 16 years later her son was hunting in the forest and was about to shoot his own mom, the bear. Jupiter didn't want that to happen, so he turned them both into bear constellations (Ursa Major and Minor). So, the astronomy connection...both the Ursa Major thing and the moon thing, are cool. But I'm wondering if it will be weird to say to our son, "yes, dear, for your middle name you were named after a virginal nymph who was raped and turned into a bear."
But, then there's the "boy name" part. Callisto is apparently a popular boy's name in Italy, based on another variation of the name, which I don't think has a connection to this nymph stuff. This other variation was the name of a couple of popes back in the day. Not into the religious/Catholic connection...but feeling like the fact that Callisto is a boy's name in Italy makes up for the nymph origin.
What do y'all think? Ok to use Callisto for a boy? Won't traumatize him?