Baby girl due this September can not agree on a name. Help please.

Hi guys just joined here and I would like some name ideas for my baby girl due this September. My partner and I can still not agree on a name for her.

We are not looking for a name that is popular like Amelia or Emily. At the same time we are not looking for an obscure name like Ocean or Echo. We have nothing against these type of names. We are not bothered about name trends either.

We want our daughter to have a name to be proud of. This means for us a name that is known but at the same time not very common. We want a name that sounds sweet on a little girl (or an nickname of her formal name) and a name that suits an adult at the same time.

I don't want to post any names as we are looking for completely fresh inspiration. The names we have discussed are liked by us but not loved.

Feel free to post as many names as you like. You can post a range of names. Origins of the name do not matter to us but we speak the languages English and French. I also speak Spanish. Just post some names that you like and feel fit our criteria of not being common but at the same time not obscure.

Thanks everyone.


August 17, 2013 5:12 PM

Well, honestly, I think what you're looking for is what nearly All prospective parents are seeking-that perfect name that hits the sweet spot between popular and odd and girlish and grown-up. I understand the desire for fresh lists, but I do think you'll find the regulars here will do a much better job if you give at least a few hints (and there are some posters on here with impressive knowledge about language and culture).

I'll just name 10 that I happen to like that should fit your criteria. Disclaimer: One of the challenges is that everyone has a different idea of, "Too popular." For some, it's a name in the top 10, while others want something not in the top 1,000. Your idea may differ from mine... Enough hedging-lol

Lucia, Marcella, Giselle, Mathilda, Elsa, Jocelyn, Margo, Daphne, Cordelia, Verity


August 17, 2013 5:23 PM

Thats a good point from the post above. The names I like are Selene, Seren, Estelle (love this name), Serena, Lilia, Aurora, Athena, Bryony, Naomi, Isabel. There are a lot more. 

August 17, 2013 10:08 PM

I agree that some idea of your style would be helpful.  I came up with the following, kind of all over the place style-wise, but all should be familiar and not very common.  Let us know if any of our suggestions appeal, it'll help us refine future suggestions for you.

Aria, Nora, Sadie, Maisie, Elise, Eden, Fiona, Willow, Luna, Isla, Arabella

August 18, 2013 12:45 AM

I really love some of the names posted already.  Here are some of my favorites.

Margo, Maude, Maeve, Marina

Livia, Romy, Mina, Phoebe, Blythe, Tallulah, Sadie, Fiona, Heidi, Natasha, Paulina, Agatha, Ophelia, and Beatrice.

August 18, 2013 12:13 PM

Have you browse the top 1000 girls' names in the SSA? 

Popular is defined differently by different people, so for me, I'd like to stay out of the top 10, but for others that is out of the top 100, and still others don't want anything 500 or up. Maybe just looking through the names will pop up some fresh ideas?


August 18, 2013 1:42 PM

Chantal, Deirdre, Everly, Hester, Karene, Liesel, Melinda, Rebekah, Serenity

August 18, 2013 2:09 PM

Norah, Nelle, Nellie, Eleanor, Eliza, Adrienne, Sylvia, Audrey, Evelyn

August 18, 2013 9:27 PM

For me, personally, the sweet spot of names like that is around the 200-300 section of the US top 1000 list.  Another trick I might use is to look at the list of top 200 girls' names, and find the ones that are nicknames for other names (or related to other names) but where the long (or related) name is NOT in the top 200. (For example, "Ella" and "Ellie" are in the top 200 for the 2000s, but "Ellen", "Helen", and "Eleanor" are not). 

August 18, 2013 9:35 PM

My 4 year-old daughter's name is Sylvia. I think it strikes the balance you're looking for. It's not common (it's been in the 500's on the SSN list for years), it fits in well with all the little Sophias and Olivias running around, and it's got a natural meaning.  I've gotten nothing but compliments on it and we just love it. It's also easily pronouncable throughout Europe.

By EVie
August 19, 2013 12:16 AM

One that immediately comes to mind is Susanna/Susannah. Everyone recognizes it, it comes with the sweet, classic nickname of Susy (or there are a number of other nicknames to choose from), and it even fits in well with current trends—soft, liquid sounds, very feminine and ending in -anna, Biblical. And yet it's not even in the top 1000. I've never quite understood why. Too closely associated with the more dated versions Susan and Suzanne? The song?

August 19, 2013 9:01 AM

Some of my favorites: Jessamine, Theresa, Bronwyn, Rosalie, Louisa, and Dorothy.

August 19, 2013 12:29 PM

Based on your criteria, my first suggestions all fall below 200 on the current top 1000 list and I believe are well within that "known but not popular" category:

Cecilia, Hope, Cassandra, and Helena (many nickname options for this one but my personal fave is "Laney").

Two other names for consideration that are slightly more popular but still not in the current 100 are:
Ivy and Valerie.

For some slightly more adventurous options that most people will still recognize or at least not find "out there": Nadia, Noelle, Greta, Simone, Astrid, Elodie and Lorna.

August 23, 2013 6:51 AM

What about Hadley? I have a great friend named Hadley, so it's too roles for me to use but I adore it! 

August 25, 2013 9:50 PM

My middle name is Natalya. I don't know anybody with that name. My sister's middle name is Lucinda. I have never met anyone named Lucinda. Therese is my mom's confirmation name. Therese is a French name. Lillianna is a great name for a little girl or a grown woman. When I think of Lillianna I think of a woman with a strong personality.