Just like the season.
Honestly, I wouldn't stress about the pronounciation issue. Kids eventually work it out, and as for non-English speakers, unless you have immediate relatives that don't speak English it's not worth stressing over. I live in Japan, which is famous for issues with the L sound. And I have an Eleanor, Clara, and Wesley, so they all could be a bit tough for our neighbors. But it's really a non-issue. I actually love listening to their leittle voices learning how to say their names. Clara started out being "Care-ka" and then to "Key-air-rah" and now that she's three she says it fine. I sort of miss the sweet little way she used to say it.
As a Summer myself I love my name, but I would never give my kids a seasonal name. However, I do love the name Mae as a nickname (I just can't find a full name that my husband likes as well).
I had cousins named Autumn, Spring, Summer, and Winter. We were all born in the 80's.
I love your taste. I have both a Clara and Eleanor (we chose this spelling as it is the most common, but I love that yours is like Sense and Sensiblity). I like that they aren't terribly common but no one thinks I've given my kids fusty, grandma names (though a lady in WalMart one time made a crusty face at "Eleanor")
I think Violet is maybe too popular if you think Amelia is too popular.
I'm curious as to your boys names. We just had a boy and vascilated between James and Wesley, but picked Wesley because we hated all the nicknames for James.
Panaca Rex Sunlight
or Long-lashed Mother
Soap opera: Lee Ranch (sounds more like a salad dressing)
Porn: Shadow Ranch
I can't remember having dreams with names, but I remember I distinctly disconcerting dream where my child didn't have a name.
I was pregnant with our second and we didn't yet know the gender. We had just moved to Japan and our oldest girl was then 18 months. I dreamt we were looking for a home and we were touring a house that was pepto-bismal pink-everywhere. There were lots of sort of secret passageways and we had two little girls with us and they were running around this crazy house. When it was time to go, I could remember Eleanor's name, but whenever I tried to call for the second daughter, I couldn't think of her name and it was making me incredibly frantic! I woke up all anxious and scared that I had lost my daughter and that I was losing my mind because I couldn't remember her name!
Funny thing, we did end up having second girl, and named her Clara. Thankfully, we will never live in an all pink house with little passageways.
My best friend's last name is Player. Her parents had planned on naming her Amanda Lynn. Until they said the entire name together- Amanda Lynn Player. So they quickly choose something different, and named her Tiffanie.
No lie, I have second cousins named Autumn, Spring, Summer, and Winter. The funny thing is, Autumn and I are the same age, only I was born first. My parents named me Summer, and then the cousins' parents said "Oh we were going to do Summer, but now we can't, so we'll name her Autumn." They they had Spring. And then they figured there was enough time between us to have their own Summer. And when they had a fourth girl they decided to round out the set with Winter.
I also knew some brothers that were Ronald (Ron), Donald(Don), John, and by the time they had number four they intentionally named him Lon.
We'll still listing and discussing. Thanks for all the suggestions.
I do like the idea of Liam as a nickname for William, especially since my husband doesn't like Will/Willie (nor I'm I all that keen on Willie).
And I think we could do Oliver without doing Ollie. I don't care for Ollie as a nickname for a boy.
I still like Owen, and recently added Gabriel/Gabe to my list.
One funny thing I noticed is that several of the names suggested are because they are already the names of close family members-brothers, uncles, and nephews (ie David, Grant, Andrew, Louis/Lewis, Benjamin, Samuel, Thomas). Guess my family all have similar taste, well mostly we all just like Biblical or very traditional boys names.
My husband and I only have two "rules" when it comes to names. Partially because I was and he is a teacher, and both spent a lot of time substitute teaching during college, we want a teacher to be able to look at a name and know 1-how to say it (i.e. no creative spellings, or "made-up" names) and 2-if the child is a boy or girl. I can't tell you the number of times I messed up a kids name because their parents couldn't spell, or how taxing it can be to have 3 Taylors in a class, 2 girls and 1 boy.
Anyway, thank you again for the good advice.