I am two weeks out from having baby #2 (a girl), with a 2 year old toddler son named Gabriel.
My dilemma is that my husband will not focus on having a worthwhile and productive discussion about the name for our impending arrival. So I seek outside input on a variety of combinations that I like, and perhaps this might help spur a decision making discussion for the two of us. Our last name is a crisp one syllable name.
Here are some that I'm mulling over:
*Is Madeline just too popular these days?
If there are other names that one might suggest to include as a new combination(s), I'm certainly open to it.
Thank you very much for your input!
Fiona! Choose Fiona! ...Er, I mean, let's get started on a discussion of the options!
Fiona is my favorite from your list, I won't try to hide it. It's a steady resident of my own personal Girl Name List, and I think it has a lot going for it. It's uncommon but completely familiar, and that's a hard combination to find. I think it's beautiful, feminine and strong, and I love it with Gabriel. Gabriel and Fiona. I think either middle name is good with it.
In my opinion, Madeline is not excessively common. It was #61 in the U.S. in 2007 (source: Social Security Administration), which makes it less common than the names Brooklyn, Destiny, and Nevaeh. Furthermore, its popularity is holding steady: it's been hovering in the 60s/70s/80s rankings for the last thirteen years without any big lunges toward the top ten.
The name Keira, in contrast, was #1004 in 2001, but #128 in 2007. It's a less common name than the name Madeline---and yet that's a much more alarming leap in popularity. I'm also less certain of the name with her brother's name when I say them aloud: Gabriel and Kiera.
Let's put your six options to the vote.
[Poll results (254 votes total):
Keira Madeline: 15 votes, roughly 6%
Keira Allison: 10 votes, roughly 4%
Madeline Fiona: 13 votes, roughly 5%
Madeline Jane: 42 votes, roughly 17%
Fiona Madeline: 49 votes, roughly 19%
Fiona Jane: 125 votes, roughly 49%]
[Name update! 09-29-2008: "Thank you all for the fantastic and very helpful feedback on baby names. We were blessed with the early arrival of our daughter on September 9th and decided on Fiona Madeline."]