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Lisabeth leaves open the how to pronounce question. Should it should like Elizabeth without the e or Lisa-Beth?
From your list, I like Livia the best, partly because it is the most familiar.
Have you considered Lizette, Lynette, Lydia?
I'm with the above. I prefer Natalie.
I love all the Elizabth nicknames. I continue to have many Elizabeths in my classroom, many of whom have different nicknames. In recent years I've had Liz, Lizzie, Bess, Daisy(!) and Libby. Betty would fit right in. Go for it!
I'm a huge Tillie fan, I like Matilda (I love Matlida by Roal Dahl.), but Otille is lovely too. It seems to me that Tilda could stand on its own as a name, with Tillie as a nickname.
Both my boys and my husband have the same middle name, giving us all 'J' middle initials, which we love. (It helps that both the Irish side and the Italian side had a grandpa Joseph, everyone felt honored.)
Leo James has the advantage of being able to call the kid 'LJ'. Initial names are not my thing, but they appeal to some, and Any-Letter-J seems to be a good recipe.
Claire, Olivia and Amelia will all fit into their classmates well.
Thank you for explaining why I have struggled with this name! I have heard both ways to pronouce it, but in my head, I've tried to meld them, and it's a mess! Lenora and Leonora are easily confused by me.
For this reason, I like Leona. But honestly, all are lovely, and I would adapt were this student in my classroom.
Of the three, I like Victoria the best.
Keira, Kiera, Kyra, Kira, etc has too many spelling issues for my tastes. Your mileage may vary.
Anastasia is a lovely name, but I personally find it a mouthful.
That said, I have known lovely people by all these names, none of these issues is a full stop.
Both names are in common enough use, I have two Dylans and a Grayson among my HS students this year. You can't go wrong with either. I know a Grayer as well.
I personally prefer Dylan because I can't get past the color Gray. It just seems like a dark, rainy day to me. But that's my hang up. It doesn't need to be yours!
It is all dog to me; I suppose I can imagine it as a nickname, but it is hard to imagine on a person.
You could take a page from the "rhymes with Aiden" trend and use Misten or Mitten.
How about Maine, Merritt, Merle, Meryl/Merrill or Marion?
(I'm a long E Megan, MEE-gan, so I'm a little biased).
I prefer Vivienne. I think it flows better with Garzon. I can also tell you from a lifetime of experience there is no combination of vowels that will earn you the correct pronunciation on that first syllable. People constantly tell me how I should spell my name.
I wouldn't worry abou tthis until there are actual babies to be named. That said, the only way to resolve this is to talk with your friend if the situation arises. Personally, I don't think it is a 'stop'. Many families have multiple people named after the same relative and they all get along fine.
Coretta was my suggestion exactly!
Naming subsequent children is always harder. You've more than likely used up a favorite name and rhymes are out for most of us.
For no reason I am aware of, I always associate Naomi with Phoebe.
I'm delighted to hear she responded! I've missed her pithy, knowledgeable comments.
So wait?!?! What did you name him?
I like Judd Robert; you also get the nickname JR that way. But I like Judd.
I prefer Veronika to Angeline(a). I also prefer the "c" spelling of Veronika, but if I lived in/spoke a language where K was the dominant spelling I would pick that. I'm not a big fan of any "angel" names because I think they are hard to live up to. Given the popularity of those names over many years, others clearly disagree!
Hiram is definitely further "out there" than Caspian. I'm a softie for both names, but I think to the modern ear, Caspian blends in with all of the -ayden sounding names.
Max could be Maxine or Maximus
Sam - Samuel or Samantha
Mike - I've met both male and female, Michael/Michaela
Marty - Marta/Martin
I worked with "John Sr." who had a son with wife #1 named "John Jr.". When Dad remarried, the new wife already had a son "John". I can't even imagine the confusion. (Real name less common than John).