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I agree with everyone else, for me it is too similar. I like the suggestions of using a slightly different Emma name (my favourite is Emmaline) and will also second the suggestion of just having Emma if that's what you intend to call her anyway.
And even if you did end up with rhyming names for your girls there is no reason you would have to rhyme future boy's names with your son.
I think that you'd have a fair chance of Sasha sticking through childhood if you call him by it all the time and introduce him as Sasha when you meet people, because if everyone's calling him that then it's likely to be what feels like his name and the other Alexander nicknames won't. Of course there's no guarantee (which you seem to realise).
I think Ysa/Ysabel is the perfect solution for you; it will help a lot with pronunciation (I would imagine you'll still get a fair few spelling mistakes but that's true of so many names), means that you are not using a male name, and is distinct from all the Isabel's while still having an air of familiarity because of them.
Lucy. I'm also in the UK and I think that would be the default spelling for most people here.
I think you have some really great options there.
I absolutely love Jessamine and while it's clearly the most unusual of your girl options I wouldn't say it was too unusual at all, plus it could easily nickname to Jess/Jessie/Jessa if your daughter ever felt like blending in a bit more. Naomi would be my other favourite from your list but I don't think any of them would be a bad choice. I will echo what others have already said in that a popular name nowadays will have nothing like the saturation of a popular name a few decades ago, and if Evelyn is the name you both love then you shouldn't be put off too much by the fact that other parents love it too.
As for the boys Nicholas and Alexander are wonderful classic names, and I like the fact that both have multiple potential nicknames. Quentin is not to my personal taste but again I don't find it too uncommon (by which I assume you mean people will think it's weird), and I agree that it's in that sweet spot of names where most people will not struggle to say or spell it but it's not really popular either.
For more suggestions how about: Hugo/Hugh, Felix, Philip, Edward/Edmund, Oscar, Felicity, Beatrice, Helena, Sylvia, Imogen, Claudia
I have cousins (who are brothers) called Alexander, Nicholas and Oliver so for me that's a perfect fit stylistically. ;-)
I'd go with Cece, that seems more intuitive to me.
I think you have some good options there. :)
Amelia Kate-Pretty. I like the nickname option of Millie for Amelia and the 3-1 syllable pairing of first and middle makes a pleasing flow to me (although the flow of first and middle name is not really very important unless you plan on using both names fairly often it can be considered a bonus).
Lila Elizabeth-I like this too. Short L-prominent names just always feel happy to me for some reason which makes me really like them (the majority of my favourite names fit this pattern). I don't find the combination problematic to say at all and again wouldn't be overly worried about the flow anyway, especially if the middle has some extra meaning for you (eg if it's an honour name). I do think Lila is more likely to have occasional mispronunciations/misspellings than Amelia, just because the 'LI-lah'/'LEE-la'/'LAY-la' names seem to be fairly ambiguous on how they are spelt, but I don't think it would be so frequent as to put me off using the name.
Both Amelia and Lila have a similar vibe to me, kind of classic-but-spunky; I can equally imagine a little girl called them sitting at a prim tea party or running through the woods climbing trees (I tend to judge names by picturing what kind of book character I think they would suit, lol).
Millie Morgan-Alliteration is always going to be divisive. Although, once again, it's worth remembering that as Morgan would be the middle name it's likely to be almost entirely hidden away and so not really an issue. I actually quite like the sound of Millie Morgan; for me it hits more on the superhero end of the alliterative spectrum than the silly end. What I do wonder though is as you're happy with the idea of Millie as a nickname for Amelia why you wouldn't make it Amelia Morgan and have Millie as a nickname here too? While I like Millie, and by no means think that you must have a "full" name on the birth certificate, it is firmly in the cutesy nickname category imo and your daughter may well appreciate having a more formal name to use as she grows up. If you disliked the longer versions that would be a different story but as Amelia is already on the shortlist I'd advise using it here even if you call her Millie 99% of the time.
I think Clara goes really well with S1mon and Henriett@/H@ttie, I agree with you that it has a similar feel to them and for me the fact that it's more popular does not change the impression I have of them. I love the sound of Clara Geraldine as well, I think the bright, bounciness of Clara offsets the more staid, fustiness of Geraldine well. I would encourage you not to worry too much about the popularity issue; as is said very often on here popularity is not what it used to be and national statistics are no indication of what will be popular in your area/your children's school. The real question I think is which name do you feel more of a pull to/a joy for? You say that neither you or your husband completely love Louise Georgiana so if Clara Geraldine makes you happier to think of I'd say that easily outweighs Clara's position on the charts, and I do think that it would be very sweet and special to have her big sister as part of her name story for both your daughters. (Which btw is what my response would be if anyone did tease you about picking a more popular name, not that I imagine they would.) Of course it would be perfectly fine to take both options to the delivery room along with George and see how you feel if baby is in fact a she.
Noa doesn't strike me as un-traditional so much as European. I don't think it's unusable at all, just something that's worth thinking about but if you have loved the name for years I certainly wouldn't eliminate it.
As far as middle name combos go I wouldn't worry too much about the flow, especially if you're wanting to use family middles, because middle names are very rarely used and I think meaning trumps overall sound. I actually think Ileen works fine with Leah, Noa and Maren and Hiday would also go well with them, although I'd consider changing the spelling to Heidi. You could also think about changing Kyler to Kyla or Michael to Michelle/Michaela for more girls' middle options. I noticed most of your middle options are surnames, are there any more first names from family members you like?
In fairness to the OP most of the names she's considering are not as nickname-y as Mimi or even Suzi. I doubt most people would find Nathan, Emma, Kate or Ben unprofessional. Possibly my opinion is being coloured by the fact that I'm in the UK where it's far more common to have the 'short' name be the only name than it is in the US (where the majority opinion seems to be that you need a "full" name for the child to fall back on) but I don't think it matters if you don't give your child the option of a longer name.
I know it's fairly far off if you're just now considering ttc #1 but you might think a bit about sibsets and if any of your names would rule out any of the others. I actually think most of the names you listed would be fine in any combination, and it's obviously a very subjective thing but as an example I would find Lane and Leah too similar for siblings so if Leah is your absolute favourite girl name and your first child is a boy I wouldn't use Lane (and vice versa). The only other thing I'd consider is that Noa is likely to often be misheard for/confused with the name Noah, which is currently very high in the charts for boys (assuming you're in the US). That's not a reason to remove it from your shortlist but I do think you should consider if you like the name enough to deal with, and make a potential daughter deal with, having to correct people.
Your name style seems to be fairly traditional and I'm guessing you prefer shorter names (as from your list only Emily is more than two syllables). Other suggestions that might suit you:
Boys- Logan, Evan, Eli, Josh, Ethan, Alex, Joel, Max, Sam, Owen, Zach/Zack, Theo, Ryan, Luke
Girls- Megan, Julia, Tessa, Hannah, Chloe, Erin, Elise, Zoe, Maeve, Lana, Anya, Mara, Beth
If you both like Dorothy there is absolutely no reason why you couldn't each have your own nickname for her. In fact I think it would be quite special for her to have a nickname from each parent. The only way I can see it being problematic is if you planned on having the nickname be her call name pretty much all the time (effectively a 'the nickname is her name and the full version is just on her birth certificate to give her options as an adult' situation); if you would be introducing her to people as Dorothy then I think it would be completely fine, I've known many children with multiple nicknames and nobody ever found it confusing. Unless you each hate the other's nickname so much that you couldn't stand to hear it used it seems a shame to throw out a name you agree on.
Agreed. It would also be good to know at least the initial of baby's last name in case that rules some names out (eg if it were Thomson I'd steer clear of any middle names begining with A or she'd have initials that spell EAT)
Congratulations! I've been keeping my eye out for your announcement :) I still love Betty Nightingale, great choice.
Congratulations! Great choice! Thanks for coming back to update us. :)
Honestly if I saw the name Ryce I would probably assume it was a misspelling/creative version of the name Rhys and pronounce it as such. While I also don't love the name Rice, and think it would perhaps be a struggle to live with, if it's the name you love and want to use I think you'd be better off spelling it Rice than Ryce.
Glad to hear you worked out a couple of names you're both happy with (both good options!), look forward to finding out which one sticks!
I agree with this; if you both love Willow then use it! Personally I don't find it overly hippieish (maybe if it was in a sib-set with names like River, Summer and Hope but paired with Mir@bel I just find it pretty) and I really wouldn't worry about popularity.
I will just ask with Eleanora does your husband actually not like Nora or does he just think it will be out of place and seen as old-ladyish by others? Because if it's the latter you can assure him that Nora is definitely poplar again and would not be out of place (in 2016 it was the #36 most popular girl's name in the USA. If you just search the name on here you can see its curve on the name voyager). I do think Eleanora is very likely to get nicknamed so if you dislike the Ellie variants you would need to institute an alternative while she's young and Nora is the most obvious one.
Lorelai is just as 'pretty' to me as Mir@bel. I would go with the most common spelling where you are.
I can understand preferring Aurelia to Aurora; Aurelia has a prettier, more liquid/flowing sound to me (which seems to be something that matters to your husband) and while I don't dislike Aurora it has the Disney-princess association which I'd consider a negative point. Although in fairness it's probably the least strong association of all the Disney princess names. I agree with everyone that said you needn't worry about the meaning of Aurelia being golden when she will likely have dark hair. Maybe it's just British slang but here you can say something's golden to mean really good/wonderful, and there's also 'heart of gold' or just the fact that gold=precious, there are a lot of meanings that you could get from golden beyond 'blonde hair'. However if you don't really like Aurelia (it sounds like maybe you don't?) then it should also be taken off the list imo.
Good luck choosing!
Interestingly I don't find Joe and Jen as bad, but I still think that could be to do with emphasis. The way I say Joe the stress is on the 'oh' part; my mouth makes a different shape when I say Joe to when I say Jen but the same shape for Rose as for Wren so Joe and Jen feel more different to me even though they are arguably not.
I also I wouldn't think anything disparaging about siblings named Rose and Wren, and do think Wren is usable for the OP if her and her husband are fine with the similar sound at the start.