TBh I don't think any of my favourite names got anywhere near the discussion!
I'm actually glad. DD has a name I would never have picked for her in a million years if I had been naming her myself. But it was a compromise at the time.
Because it wasn't a name I'd have even considered, really, it feels as though it is especially her name - as if we were handed a baby and told her name was 'X'. I sometimes think if I have given her a name I'd adored for so long it would have more attached to it, and so it would feel less like her name. If that makes any sense!
I loved a particular girl's name from about the age of 15. My first child was a boy and then I had twin girls. For some reason it felt wrong to bestow one twin with my favourite ever name so we ended up choosing two completely new ones. Our fourth child was a girl and I did consider using it then, but DH felt the time had passed and we should choose a new one. To be fair I really liked his suggestion.
I still love the original name and to some extent regret not using it for DC4 as it remains fairly unusual whereas the name we used is really popular.
If you love it and have for a long time I would use it - it's obviously special to you for a reason.
Curious now Emphatic - what was your longstanding favourite? We did use my favourite name I think...at least it's still a name I get a kick out of saying, and seeing written down, and even though it's incredibly popular I still think it's gorgeous and am thrilled we chose it (forgive the excessive excitement - only 7 months into parenthood!). None of my more offbeat choices got near the drawing board, but I'm not sure there was one I preferred.
I wanted to call 11 year old dd Persephone. We didn't. We called her my other favourite name (Iris). Sometimes I wish we had gone with Persephone, although Iris really suits her, I do so love Persephone. I think you should go with the name you really love.