Is what we’ve decided to name the baby if it is a girl.
- It is the latinized version of the Greek name Ναυσικαα, which means "burner of ships"
- She resembles the Greek goddess Artemis
- She is the princess of Scheria, land of the Phaenecians - a key character in Homer’s Odyssey - in the sixth book she and her handmaidens are washing laundry when a shipwrecked and naked Odysseus approaches them. Her wits end up saving him, and supplies him with ships to return to Ithaca. There is a unique relationship between Nausicaa and Odysseus - she expresses that she wants to marry a man like him, it is also expressed that even though she is younger, she serves as a mother-like figure to him and that he is eternally grateful to her. She later marries Telemachus, his son.
- Victorian author Samuel Butler concluded that Nausicaa represents the real author of the Odyssey as the handmaidens/laundry/naked Odysseus scene is the only realistic and plausible story within the epic. His theory was that the Odyssey was actually written by a woman.
- Chapter 13 in James Joyce’s Ulysses is titled "Nausicaa" and alludes to the Greek story as Gerty McDowell tempts Bloom.
- Nausicaa has been credited with the invention of ball games, as she is the first person written into known literature who is playing with a ball.
- In his novel Mosquitoes, William Faulkner named a cruise ship Nausikaa.
- In his novel Homer’s Daughter, Robert Graves portrays Nausicaa as the author of the Odyssey.
- Composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks composed the libretto "Nausicaa" with Robert Graves in Majorca, Spain for the 1961 Athens Festival.
- There’s a big-ass aquarium in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France named Nausicaa Centre National de la Mer.
- In 2010, the Bay Area “cerebral” rock band Glass Wave recorded a song titled "Nausicaa," in the voice of the Phaeacian maiden.
- Nausicaans are a race in Star Trek.
- And of course there’s Hayao Miyazaki’s 1984 anime film, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, in which the protagonist Nausicaa is portrayed as absolutely the most wonderful human being: highly intelligent, creative, resourceful, brave, and compassionate. In the film she saves her home - and the entire world (depending on how one views the story).
So we really dig all of these things - especially the whole “woman who wrote the Odyssey" aspect. And Artemis is my favorite classical deity, so the name makes sense on that level too. And it is rare, which is kind of what we were going for. It just all fits. However, considering the fact that I think it will be a boy, we need to figure out an equally superb boy’s name…
All of the bulleted information from Wikipedia and The Oxford Dictionary of Classical Myth and Religion.