@lavendyr - I actually love the connection to his church! My grandmother's MN is Grace, which is one of the reasons Grace is in my top combo, but I've been asked if I would consider an Anna name instead, and the answer's always no--while I feel they connect to her, Grace connects to her in a way that Hannah or Anna or Anneliese won't--it not only is her MN, but it ties to the faith that we both share. If your grandfather's faith/church was important to him, it might be a lovely connection!
Are you searching for other ways to honor him? Possibly a feminization of his name (FN or MN?), his birthstone/birth flower, or a hobby? A girls' name he loved? That might be a bit less contrived than Grace, although Grace is lovely!
Well that makes a difference :) Eilidh Grace really is pretty and I say meaning trumps sibset a million to one! That said, if you're open to more suggestions:
This might be a stretch, but the December birth flower is narcissus/daffodil. I kind of think Eilidh Daffodil is really awesome. Extremely unexpected but not weird or goofy. IMO at least.
Another thought. December's stone is turquoise, and I'll be the first to admit it's an unappealing middle. However, upon digging deeper, turquoise was chosen as the month's stone for it's color - blue. Guess what blue represents in Christianity, from most of the sources I've seen? Eternity, heaven, and Christ's eternal nature. I've even seen it described as heavenly grace ;) With that in mind:
Just some food for thought.
Thanks tk! I love the creativity. Daffodil is sweet but my husband would die. He doesn't like anything too different sadly! Going to think of the other ideas though!
Jacqueline is a French feminization of James/Jacob. :) I also like Jamesina, Jacobina/Jacoba. Not as attractive as Gabrielle or Charlotte or something, but they might work. I like Eilidh Jacqueline. I hate the American pronunciation (jack-kwah-line), but I think the French one is very classy (ZHAHK-leen).
Or maybe you could use his initials? I don't know if you have a "J" name on your top 10, but something like Eilidh Juliana Abigail or something might be nice. Or even just Juliana Abigail/etc. :)
I read through the comments before voting because I too thought maybe we could find something based on his name over his sister's name or his church since he remains to be so important to you. I can relate, on a couple levels. My firstborn, a boy, was due on my beloved pappy's birthday, and he wanted me to name my son after him but I just didn't love his name or it's variants so I picked something Irish after my granny (his wife and my namesake), and promised him I would name my girl something Italian in his honor. I not only kept my promise but went one further, once this baby is born then all of my girls will have Italian names :D
So maybe you can work his heritage into the name and that could open other possibilities. If you're still looking that is. I voted for Fiona Lilidh by the way. Fiona is so gorgeous! I love Lily, but would never have guessed that is how you pronounced Lilidh. I have a really difficult time trying to decipher Irish/Scottish names in their traditional spellings. I mean I'm taking a stab in the dark in thinking Mhairi is Mary? If it is, then I have to say I think I prefer Flora Ceit in a sibset with Mary Elizabeth, no matter how pretty I think Fiona is!