Dd1 is Maeve and we are expecting dd2. Only name we can agree on is Anna. Do you think they would work as sisters' names? Is it odd to have one Irish name and one not? And would Anna seem 'dull' (I know it's not) compared to the more unusual name?
Just musing really, and interested to hear thoughts.
Thank you for all your replies. Not keen on Aine or anya, no particular reason, just not doing it for us. Would also try to avoid the nn Ellie if we went for Eleanor but I think that it would be inevitable even if we tried to go with nell!
Dd is Anna so I am biased but I think they sound lovely together. One is irish but it's a classic name, it's not like you've gone for something crazy and then something very plain. And they match in terms of sounding grown up rather than cutesy and are similar lengths. Good choice I think. I like Eleanor too though but don't think it's a better match.
I do generally agree bikerunski, although I was at school with sisters who had such different types of names (one seriously flowery and posh, one quite plain and ordinary and very dated now) that it did jar a bit. But hopefully Anna and Maeve aren't that far apart in style.
I think Anna is beautiful and it doesn't strike me as boring or overused. I know three grown-up Annas (all lovely, I've never worked with an Anna who wasn't), one of them Irish, and one baby Anna; I thought it was such a fantastic choice when my friend told me.
IMO it goes better with Maeve than Eleanor/Elinor and Elizabeth (although those are pretty too - both would have been on our shortlist if we were having a girl --possibly because of our shared Jane Austen obsession--)