We are due in a couple of days and have been agonizing over first names for our little girl. She's our first child. I want to use Elizabeth as her middle name after my Granny. My husband wants to use Lynn as her middle name after me. We both are open to picking either one based on first name choice, but we don't want to use either name as a first name. Also, our last name is Ford and really no girl's name sounds good to me with Ford.
We have two names we like:
Avery Lynn - we both love this name. I'm having a hard time with it because of popularity. We don't know of any Avery's but from researching it, it appears trendy and popular, which I don't want. I really don't want her to be Avery F. in school.
Emery Elizabeth - I love this name and it's my husband's second favorite, but he really doesn't want to give-up Lynn and I don't like Emery Lynn.
I'm also not a big fan of nicknames. I will always use her full name.
Avery is indeed popular: #18 in 2011, and likely to be even higher when the 2012 Social Security Administration statistics come out in May.
Emery is currently much less common, but climbing even faster than Avery did: Avery went from "not even in the Top 1000" in 1988 to #465 in 1995; Emery has gone from "not even in the Top 1000" in 2004 to #272 in 2011. To boil down those numbers: in their first seven years in the Top 1000, Emery made far more progress than Avery did, and so may possibly continue to move even more rapidly to where Avery is now.
However, even if that DOES happen, an Emery born in 2013 will not have anywhere near as many Emerys among her peers as a 2013 Avery will have Averys. For comparison, in 2011 the Social Security Administration records 7303 new baby girls named Avery and 1162 new baby girls named Emery.
Both Avery and Emery are likely connected to the popularity of their Top 10 more traditional versions: Avery is the modern surname equivalent of Ava; Emery is the modern surname equivalent of Emma. If you like Avery and Emery, I wonder if you'd like Ellery (the modern surname equivalent of Ella). It's not yet in the Top 1000, but has a very similar sound to the other two names. Ellery Elizabeth Ford.
Or Ellison. Ellison Elizabeth Ford.
Or Brinley? Brinley Elizabeth Ford.
Or Waverly: it's Avery with a W and an L, and it's not even in the Top 1000. Waverly Lynn Ford or Waverly Elizabeth Ford.
Or Everly, not in the Top 1000 yet either. Everly Elizabeth Ford.
Delaney is ranked in the 200s and seems to be hovering right there---no lunging for the Top 10 or even for the Top 100. Delaney Elizabeth Ford.
Emery Elizabeth, Ellery Elizabeth, and Everly Elizabeth all bring Emily Elizabeth (from the Clifford stories) immediately to my mind. But the Clifford TV show was popular at my house when my eldest child was a toddler, so I'm not sure everyone's mind would leap to this, nor is it a negative association.