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No Beckett, for the parents who want to sound literary but really aren't?
Jimmy Kimmel's son is actually William John Kimmel. Billy is an unusual nickname these days, though. His other kids all have normal names, too: Katherine, Kevin, and Jane.
namenut, I think David was pretty consistently popular throughout the 20th century, so it wasn't as representative of a particular decade. I know a boatload of Davids born in the 70's, too.
I love Lydia and Cecilia.
I know a Polish Joanna. It's a name I've always liked, and I think it's underused these days.
I have an Andrew, and I dislike both Bennett and Alec. Bennett feels like a random surname, and Alec is too attached to the cranky Mr. Baldwin for my taste. There are a number of other alternatives on that list that I like and that seem closer in style to Andrew, like Timothy or Paul.
I thought actress America Ferrera was the motivation behind the use of America as a name, but she wasn't in movies/TV until 2002. Maybe there was a character in a TV show or movie with that name?
Juliet (JAG isn't much of a word)
If your husband likes Evelyn, how about Eva to avoid the issue of ending in -n?
The main character in the show Boardwalk Empire was Enoch nicknamed "Nucky", and it premiered in 2010, so that's probably a big part of the reason that Enoch showed up 5 years ago.
I think they are all usable, except Elsie for the reason you mention. You could use Elsa with the nickname Elsie.
I have two young children. My son went to pre-school with an Ava, and my daughter goes with a Grace. I know one other young Ava outside of our town, and that's it. Despite both names being popular, there haven't been "two in every class," as people tend to claim.
I think Grace is more of a classic and probably will seem less dated in time than some of your other options. I like Adele, but I think you definitely will be hearing about the singer in years to come.