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I would argue that Dove is not new. "Dovie" was a fairly popular name in the late 1800s/early 1900s. I like it, though! Mostly because it does have a more traditional vibe.
Excellent blog. We experienced this with the opening of a new middle school in 1994. The district allowed the incoming 8th graders to vote on the mascot's name. We overwhelmingly voted for the Fighting Furballs. That name was not implemented by the district. Really, though, what do you expect when you open voting to 8th graders?
Honestly? I find Graeme too confusing as to pronunciation just looking at it. Is it like Graham? Otherwise, I like them all. You and your husband seem to have drastically different styles, so I can see how it is difficult. Maybe somewhere in the middle and German might be Andrea or Lena and Ansel or Simon?
My favorite uncommon names:
I also vote for Anaya as the easiest cross-over. I have good friends named Kavita and Nisha, which were both rarely mispronounced.
I named my dog Harper almost 4 years ago, so I have been very aware of its explosion. It's a little strange having a trendy dog, especially as my son's name is not.
I have not heard of any around us, HOWEVER, please be aware that the Divergent triligy of books will be released as a movie in 2014, and the lead character is named Beatrice. This may prompt more namings as it is being billed as the next "Twilight". That being said, she was a great character!
I really like the Latin varient Aoede (Ay-ee-dee) instead of Aoide (Ay-oy-dee), but probably would never use it. I do know an Elene (Eh-leh-nee), though, and think that's quite pretty.
I genuinely like all your choices, though I would probably avoid Oliver because of the "Ollie" thing. I was going to suggest my son's name, Robert/Robby, but...Bobby Brown might not be the greatest idea. What about Simon, Oren, Martin, or Samuel?
My Aunt is Sheldon "Shelly". Or Delaney, Ellis "Ellie", Devin, Bennett "Nettie", Blake, Cornell "Nellie"
I have friends with a lovely little boy named Sagan (after Carl Sagan), which I love. Or Cosmo, Gene, or Niels (Bohr)?
I'm laughing because you're listing our girls' name list. Josephine (Josie), Margaret (Maggie), Eleanor (Nora), but also: Andrea, Eliza, Maeve...oh too many. I'd also suggest Ruth, Pearl, Elsie, Cora, or Vera?
How about: Josie (Josephine), Maggie (Margaret), Hope, Pearl, Willa...
Oops, meant to add: Which means that I like Lewis a lot!
We had the exact same mentality as Laura V. Ours is slightly more popular, Robert (61), but you don't run into any. I liked that everyone KNEW the name, but no one knew children with it.
I made the connection (I'm 32), but I doubt I would have thought anything of it if you hadn't said anything. Especially since there are other siblings, too.