I came across your blog in my seemingly never-ending search for the perfect name for our baby girl due in November. This is our first baby and we are so excited, but can't seem to come up with a name that we both love. About us: his name is Daxx k (yes, middle name is just the letter, lower case); mine is Katherine Elaine (I go by Katie) - needless to say, his parents were a bit more adventurous than mine! Our last name rhymes with Perry, and starts with T. If we have a son in the future his name is likely to be Daxx Turner - Turner is my dad's middle name, and that is what we will probably call him, to avoid confusion and because we both love the name Turner for a little boy.We want Baby Girl to have a name that is a little different, not too common, and we don't want her to share it with a lot of girls her age. My husband would love it if her name had a double letter in it (like Daxx, Kenn - his dad, and Lleyton - our nephew.) Names we've come up with:Elizabeth Kate (we would want to call her Eli Kate, but I worry that Eli is too boyish), love Kate as a middle name since my mom and I are both Katherine, I'm not sold on Elizabeth as it is SO popular, but I also love the nickname options and that she would still have a classic namePaisley Grace - we worry that Paisley is becoming too popular/don't love the idea of naming our baby after a fabricEllodie Claire - I loved the name Ellodie, but after referring to her as that for a few weeks, it doesn't feel right, and I hate that every time I tell someone "Ellodie" they say "Like Melody without the M?"Reagan - like it, but worry about it with our last name, seeming like she has 2 last names/people being confused about which is her first name vs. last nameRiley - he loves this, but I'm not soldHadley - I love Hadley, or even Hadlee (to incorporate a double letter), but worry it's getting popularVivienne - I like Vivienne a lot, but I'm just not sure about itEverly - i love, but every time I say it, he says "Like Beverly?"Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated :)Thanks so much!
Let's start by looking at the current commonness of each name on the list, according to the Social Security Administration:
Elizabeth: #11 in 2011, and has been hovering right around there for decades
Paisley: #195 in 2011, coming up rapidly from its first appearance in the Top 1000 in 2006
Ellodie/Elodie: not in the Top 1000
Reagan: #122 in 2011, rising slowly now after some rapid rising in the 1990s
Riley/Rylee/Rylie/Ryleigh: hard to figure out the popularity because of many spellings; the spelling Riley was #47 in 2011 for girls, and #111 for boys. Because it's popular for both girls and boys, this increases the possibility of another Riley (girl or boy) in her class.
Hadley/Hadlee/Hadleigh: rising fairly quickly; the most popular spelling is Hadley at #178
Vivienne: #383 in 2011; it's only been in the Top 1000 for three years
Everly: not in the Top 1000, but likely to get there next year; the #1000 name for girls was used 250 times, and Everly was used 222 times, and Everleigh was used 147 times
I think Eli would be a hard sell as a nickname for Elizabeth: it isn't a familiar nickname for it, and the letters are the same but the emphasis and sounds are not---"EE-lie" vs. "eh-LIH." It might work if you used Eliza, nickname Eli---though it would still be an unexpected nickname.
If you like Elizabeth, Ellodie, and Everly, I suggest Ellis. It has a double letter, it works with Kate and with Daxx. (I'd also mention Ellery, but I'm not sure it works with the surname.)
A similar suggestion is Hollis.
Similar in sound to Paisley is Hazel.
Similar to Riley: Kiley and Briley---or you could spell them Kylee and Brylee to get the double letter.
Similar to Reagan: Morgan, Teagan/Teegan.
Similar to Vivienne: Vienna.
More double-letter possibilities:
Padgett (might be too much T with surname)
Scarlett (might be too much T with suname)