Alternatives to Sierra
I have loved the name Sierra for the last 20 years, but now that I'm ttc, it seems a little outdated. I like it because it sounds pleasing (I love the three syllables and the "a" sound on the end). Does anyone have any alternatives? They don't have to be strictly -ierra. I actually would prefer they not be.
The two alternatives I thought of were Serena and Seraphina--similar sound to Sierra, a bit more updated. There's Sienna, too, but I've always liked Sierra much more than that. A former coworker of my mom's has a Sierra, and some of the other names she liked for her second daughter was Leah (I think this is actually what she went for) and Bella (I think it was just Bella, but I like something like Isabelle, Annabel, or Arabella much more, personally)--I think stylistically, they could be a nice replacement. Or even a name that yields Lea(h) as a nn--like Liliana/Lilia/Lillian, Aurelia, Natalia, Amelia/Emilia, Julia/Juliana, Azalea, etc.
I love Sierra too! One of the reasons behind my love for the name is the imagery of the mountain range. Maybe another nature name would appeal to you?
I don't find Sierra dated at all. If you have loved it for 20 yrs, then by all means use that.
The first thing that comes to mind is Samara.
I also recommend Sienna, I've always loved it. Here are a few names I thought of for you.