Lydia because I love Groucho Marx's version of "Lydia the Tattooed Lady." Watch it.
Laurel for the botanical imagery and the clear, round sound.
Corinna because it's spicy and gives you a great built-in lullaby to sing to your daughter ("Corinna, Corinna")
Serena is classic, elegant, and lovely.
Irene because it's strong, has great namesakes like the Greek goddess of peace, and has a fun vintage flavor ala Dot.
1. Irena: I think this is such an underused gem! Somehow the -a ending for me makes such a difference, making Irene a little more modern, a little more global...I love it.
2. Laurel: I feel like I say this too often, but Laurel is perfect. It's a non-flowery floral name, sweet without feeling fluffy or overly perfumed, another favorite.
3. Raquel: I don't think I'd ever use it, but it's spunky and fun and I'd LOVE to meet a little Raquel. I don't think you need to be Hispanic to pull this off at all.
4. Leila: I love Leila (yes, said Lay-luh), but with all the little Lilahs and Lilas and Lillys, she does lose a little something if youre looking for an "unexpected" name (personally, I dont think it bothers me).
5. Lydia: I used to love Lydia, but for some reason I know more little Lydias than little Sophias at the moment, again, only a warning if youre looking for less common, I have a feeling she may be on the rise. I do still like the name though!
From your list I like:
Estella-underused and stylish
Irena-I like Irene also but Irena is a bit more contemporary
Laurel-Pretty and spring like
Lorraine-Classic and not used often enough, also like the Laraine spelling
Lydia-Beautiful but has gotten steadily more popular over the past few years.
Serena-Have always loved this, it has a wonderful calm sound, never understood why it isn't used more.
I like these the best:
Corinna - so beautiful, I really like this. Makes me think of poetry...
Estella - Would prefer Estelle or Stella (Estella makes me think of Great Expectations) but still lovely.
Irene - The personification of peace, how lovely is that! Beautiful name as well.
Laurel - I love Laurel, one of those names that makes me happy saying it and looking at it. And I love laurels...
Lydia - I've always likes Lydia, it's so stong and calm and beautiful. An ancient kingdom in Asia Minor.
Raquel - First I thought no, but the more I look at it the cooler it seems. Raquel would be really amazing on a little girl. Especially if she's a little firecracker.
Serena - Gorgeous, simply gorgeous. Very calm and clean.
I think my top three would be Laurel, Corinna and Raquel.
Adria (I'm saying it with a long A at the beginning, as in the word ate, is this correct?) I like it. :)
Arielle (I like the are-ee--ELLE pronunciation) LOVE
Corinna (rinna, not reena) That's the first pronunciation that came to mind, "Cor-RIN-uh".
Estella - Meh.
Irene/Irena - Too old lady-ish
Laurel - LOVE
Leila (I say lay-luh is that correct?) - Yes, that's right.
Lorraine (I like the nn options - Lor, Lora, Raine, Rainie, etc) - See Irene
Liana - Seems like it should be Elliana,
Lydia - This used to be one of my favorites.
Raquel (does this work for a non-Hispanic family?) - It depends...
Reva (not sure how to pronounce this. REE-vuh or RAY-vuh?) - Meh.
Serena - Meh.
Shana (pronunciation?) - I would be inclined to pronounce it "SHAY-nuh"".
I really love Lydia!! It sounds so worldly and exotic but has rich history.