I am expecting DD3 and have a shortlist.. I already have an Amy (full name Amelia but never uses it) and a Kyra... For DD3 I am kean to have a name which isn't extemely common but isn't unusual/hard to spell or pronounce etc. My main problem is me and DH like nicknames but often not the full name!
Liberty (Libby) Flora/Florence/Florianna (Flo) Lydia Thea India Matilda (Tilly, Tilda) Emmeline (Emie, Emma, Mia, Millie, Emilie) Olivia - Although worried as this is my best friends name, I have been best friends with her since school and we see each other/our kids are friends etc so feel I can't use this.. Saffron (Saffie) Hilary/Hillary- A friend close to me called Hilary (Hils or Ree nn) passed away last year, she was very inpirational in many ways and close to me, and I always loved her name but can't imagine it on a baby, but think its beautiful for a young adult/when DD grows up Poppy
As you can see its quite a long list! It is ranked... Opinions- just want people to point out things I havent seen about names.
That's a very nice selection you have there, I can understand why you're finding it difficult to choose.
My favourites are Liberty and Emmeline, with Liberty just slightly ahead. This is only because with Emmeline people will assume she's called Emily unless you pronounce the end very definitely all the time.
The only Lydia I ever knew disowned the name and was known by her middle name...I couldn't disagree with her! I knew someone with the middle name Emmeline who was very embarrassed about it... And as for Hilary/Hillary...in the same bracket as Doris, Edna and Phyllis.
Liberty (Libby) Love Libby as nn for Elizabeth but hate Liberty Flora/Florence/Florianna (Flo) - like Florence; Florianna is horrible imho. Lydia - lovely Thea - not fond India - not fond Matilda (Tilly, Tilda) nice Emmeline (Emie, Emma, Mia, Millie, Emilie) - love Emmeline Olivia - don't like Saffron (Saffie) - don't like Hilary/Hillary- ok Poppy - like