Baby girl names

okay, so I am expecting a baby girl in november and baby names are a HUGE deal to me. The thing is, there are a few names and I can't narrow it down any more. They pall have quite deep meanings to me. 

Jenna- Welsh, was also the name of the woman who saved my life, I love the name

mair- Welsh, my favourite teacher from back when I was in school 10 years ago, but doesn't sound very feminine

esmae- I don't like the spelling of esme, it just doesn't seem sweet. i love esmae but I don't want her name to look odd 

McKayla- I love the name but it might sound chavvy, I think so maybe not. 

any combination of these names is welcome. thanks so much! 

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August 11, 2017 5:05 PM

You list Jenna first, and say only good things about it, which makes me think it is your (maybe subconscious?) front-runner. It's lovely, and would be my pick for you for first name based on what you've said.

With Jenna, I would personally probably drop McKayla because of the repeated -a sounds. I like both Jenna Mair and Jenna Esmae quite well. I don't think style or spelling issues matter nearly as much in a middle name, since it is often "invisible" to the outside world or just contracted to an initial, so I would pick based on what means the most to you and/or what sounds best. On sound, I would probably give Jenna Mair the edge, because I have a little trouble with the -a Es- junction.

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August 11, 2017 5:15 PM

I do love Jenna Mair, thank you so much. I think I will have a word with family about Jenna Mair or Jenna Esmae, b I am leaning strongly towards Jenna Mair. Thanks so much! 

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August 11, 2017 6:21 PM

Jenna is lovely

what about Mairi, Maira,  Mairin, Mairead, Mairwen,  Amaira, Samaire, Tamaira or Samaira instead of Mair 

I do prefer Esmae for the spelling,   its ok

what about Makayla or Kayla or Makaylee or Kaylee

 

Jenna Esmae,  Jenna Mairi,  Jenna Kaylee

Makayla Esmae

Mairi or Maira Esmae

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August 11, 2017 6:36 PM

Why do you believe Jenna is Welsh, and do you care that it isn't actually? (It's a medieval English diminutive of Jane, or a modern American derivative of Jennifer.)

Mair, as a form of Mary, sounds plenty feminine to me, but perhaps you'd be interested in Mairwen or Mari?

Technically, the feminine name should be written Esmée. Unfortunately, the diacritic will be lost in English contexts, especially wherever a computer is involved (read: everywhere), and Esmee looks like it should be said /ess-mee/, not /ez-may/ like the pronunciation I'm pretty sure you're going for. I don't know a good solution to this dilemma: variant spellings will look odd or juvenile to many (most?) people. Perhaps use this one as a middle name, where spelling and pronunciation are less important?

The correct spelling is Michaela. Anything else is unnecessarily confusing, and runs the risk of making the parents look clueless.

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August 11, 2017 8:00 PM

And Jennifer is Cornish, not Welsh.

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August 11, 2017 11:01 PM

I imagine the OP was thinking Jenna < Jenny < Jennifer < Guinevere < Gwenhwyfar, so ultimately the name has Welsh roots.

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August 12, 2017 5:49 AM

Jenna would be my first choice of your names, and if you love it then I'm not sure what's holding you back from using it (as you didn't give any downsides to it) so I vote go for that as her first name. :)

Mair is a lovely name and I don't think it's unfeminine but I feel like it would have a lot of pronunciation and spelling difficulties (unless you are actually living in Wales). Which doesn't make it unusable but I think is definitely something to consider.

Esmae I do really like as a name (although I personally prefer both Esme and the 'correct' female spelling of Esmée to Esmae) and I don't think it looks odd with your preferred spelling, most people will probably think nothing of it. You (she) would likely get one of the other spellings from time to time but at least people won't have trouble saying the name when they read it.

I think the way to avoid McKayla being chavvy is to use Michaela, as for me the chavvy-ness factor comes from the obviously creative spelling rather than the name itself.

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August 12, 2017 7:20 PM

Yes to all of this, and I agree that Michaela is as far from chavtastic as it gets!