My husband and I are stuck on naming our second daughter. Our first daughter's name is Emma Grace. We are both perfectionists, and thus have gone back and forth so much on her name that we are stuck. She is set to arrive October 15. We chose Emma after the Jane Austen novel (my husband was NOT a fan that it was the #1 baby name at the time; I had chosen her name for 9 years and did not care about how popular it was.) We love traditional, old-fashioned names, but nothing too rare. We also really want it to sound like a sister name without being too similar (We have friends/family with sibling names like Audrey and Natalie, Natalie and Lily, Payton and Taryn; all sound like they should go together, while still being unique.) We are hoping for at least a 2-syllable first name that is feminine and classic. So, here are names we have considered:
1. Lillian Claire (Lillian and Clara are my husband's gread-grandmother's names); nickname Lily
2. Abigail Claire (nickname Abby)
3. Margaret Claire (nickname Maggie; I don't like that this is so similar to my first name of Meghan)
4. Annabelle Claire (too many nicknames for Annabelle?)
5. Madeline Claire (don't like Maddy though, and would like it pronounced with "lyn" ending without changing the original spelling)
I know an Emma and Abby sister pair, so Abigail was going to be my suggestion---and I see you have it on the list. I think Emma Grace and Abigail Claire is perfect.
If I were narrowing list, I'd remove Margaret and Madeline, because of the points you mention.
For Clara, I suggest the middle name Rose: Emma Grace and Clara Rose.
Let's have a poll over to the right. [Poll closed; see results below.]
Name update 10-29-2010! Meghan writes:
Thanks again for all the name help! My husband made the final name decision: Clara Lillian, and we love it! We decided that Lily was just too popular, as was Abigail- especially in Southern Caliornia where we live. So, we went with using both great-great grandmothers' names, and we think Clara's name is sweet and classic, just like big sister Emma's. Thank you!!