We are expecting our first baby at the start of May 2010 and don't plan to find out the gender in advance. We've sorted out a boy's name, and thought we had worked out a girl's name - Annalie Hazel Rouse. However we are now having second thoughts due to the issues raised here! Swistle Baby Names: Analeigh
"Emily" would be a good alternative, but that's my new sister-in-law's name and we also have a niece named Amelia. Sadly that rules out "Amelie" as well.
Another option might be Freya, but Freya Rouse seems like more of a mouthful than Annalie (could be I'm just not as used to it).
Olivia would be nice but as it is extremely popular here it is not an option - we do not want there to be another girl in her class with the same name.
We quite like "Ebony".
Thanks for your help!
Addalie is very similar to Annalie but avoids the, um, issue. Natalie is another such choice.
Emmeline is similar to Emily but less common, and I think it's particularly wonderful with your surname.
Ivory is similar to Ebony in that it reveals my '80s-music childhood.
Abilene is a name I just saw in a book and thought "Hey!" Same rhythm as Annalie, and nice and unusual.
Here's a name I'd never heard until I saw it in The Baby Name Wizard: Bellamy. So pretty, very similar to Emily, and with the nicknames Belle and Bella.
Some more possibilities:
Name update 07-04-2010! Rosemary writes:
Just to let you know that Philip Tristan was born on 16 May, and that had he been a girl we would have chosen the name Leonie Hazel!
Thanks to everyone for all their suggestions! :)