We are due with our first baby, a girl, on Christmas Eve and have not found that perfect name. We like classic, slightly old-fashioned names, nothing too preppy. Our last name is Acosta (pronounced with a long "o") so we are eliminating names with a long "a" ending. Tops on our list right now is Evelyn. It sounds soft and feminine and has cute nicknames like Eve and Evie. I really like it but I'm not sure it's perfect. Other names on the short list are Ivy, Sadie, Josephine, Lucy, Penny, and Hazel. I like the rhythm of the long "e" sound with our last name. Other names we really like but are a bit too expected are names like Grace, Emma, and Kate. I'm hoping you can suggest a few more names and one will strike that perfect chord.
I suggest Genevieve. It has the Eve/Evie nicknames you like (and also Gen and Genny if you want them), it has the long E sound you like, and I like it with your surname: Genevieve Acosta.
My second suggestion is Penelope. It gives you Penny as a nickname (and also Nellie if you want it), it has the long E sound, and I like the repeating long O sound with your surname: Penelope Acosta.
If you like Grace but it's too common for you to want to use it, you could use Gracelyn. Gracelyn Acosta.
You could do the same thing with Emma: Emmalyn Acosta. Or Emlyn: Emlyn Acosta.
I know the name Emily is common but I don't care, I love it---and in my area, it's not used much. Emily Acosta.
A name with the flavor of Emily but much less common is Felicity: Felicity Acosta.
This one has no tie-in, I just thought of it: Jillian Acosta.
One of my own favorites is Annabel: Annabel Acosta.
Sadie and Penny make me think of Molly: Molly Acosta.
I have a soft spot for the name Noelle used at Christmastime: Noelle Acosta. I like it as a middle name if not as a first: Genevieve Noelle Acosta, Felicity Noelle Acosta, etc.
More suggestions for the Acostas?
Name update! Megan writes:
We named her Evelyn Marie, born 12/14/09! She goes by Ev and Evie a lot too. Thanks so much for your help back then, it was very encouraging to hear positive feedback on our "vintage" name choice!