Just looking for some opinions/ideas for names please! It's our first baby and we don't know if it's a boy or a girl yet so have options for both. We like fairly strong, classic names, nothing wacky, hippy-trippy or cutesy, but not too try-hard either! We would use the shortened version where there is one. Surname is a shortish "Mc" name.
For boys our list is currently: Alexander (Alex) Daniel (Dan) Nathaniel (Nate) Elijah (Eli) Reuben
And girls: Elena Catherine (Kate) Evelyn (Eve - not Evie) Esther
Thanks all; Elena would definitely be El-ay-na, there is an (adult) Eleanor in close family hence I like the connection with it being similar but not actually using the same name. I hadn't thought about the other pronunciation tbh, or that people might say it differently because of a 'Mc' surname - is that the case? Hmm!
BikeRunSki thanks, I actually really like Edward but the Twilight connotation had put me off slightly - didn't want people to think we'd named our child after a sparkly vampire but that might have had its day by now?!
I really like the top 3 boys names listed. Nate is my favourite. But I'm not especially keen on any of your girls names. I quite like Eve but have never liked Evelyn for some reason (and Evie/Eva/Evelyn etc are so overused at the moment). So of your list I would probably choose Elena. I think it's a pretty name and I would pronounce it the way you intended (regardless of your surname). HTH
Thanks Seren - I think you're right about Eve, shame as I've always liked it but all the various versions of Evie/Eva/Ava etc. do seem to be everywhere at the moment. Plus I wouldn't want her (if a she!) being nicknamed Evie as I really don't like girly 'ie'-sound-ending names. Elena and Esther are probably our girl frontrunners, the boy options are trickier, I like too many of them!
Love the name James but not so keen on like Jim/Jimmy potential nns. Michael is nice but doesn't sound great with the surname.
Having read a lot of threads on here for inspiration I also like of Seth or Christopher for a boy??
Evelyn/Eve is definitely out. Girl would most likely be Elena, with Esther as back up in case she didn't look like an Elena! Juliet and Sara/h are both really nice too - my cousin's 2 year old is Sarah and that's probably the only reason we didn't list it as I think it's a lovely, classic name.
Hmm, not mad on Elspeth I have to admit; I like traditional names but I'm not into the really old fashioned name craze so much. Alasdair is nice for a boy though. We had considered Alexandra for a girl too, I quite like boyish names for girls sometimes and we would shorten it to Alex - I know a female Alex and it really suits her. The only issue would be I'd have to shoot anyone who tried to nn her Lexi as I really really hate that name!
Thanks again for all the suggestions, it'll help once we know what it is too!
El-en-a (like Ellen-a) is the correct Welsh pn of Elena rather than a trend or a mis-spelling of Eleanor (Welsh spelling Elinor, pn in Wales with the "or" more accentuated rather than an -uh sound) purplesky. I still prefer E-lay-na pn.