New, expecting, need help!
Hi everyone! I'm a first time Mom-to-be and huge etymology nerd. I've had a long list of names I've loved for years, but now that the birth of my baby is rapidly approaching, none of them seem good enough, and it's NOT easy to get Dad on board with my naming style. I'm looking for input on my current ideas and any new suggestions:
If I had my say, all my own, I'd name a boy: Apollo Jude Lysander
My girl choices WERE: Aurelia Elizabeth Noelle or Beatrix Elizabeth Noelle - but now I think Beatrix is becoming too trendy, and Aurelia might be too hard for my family, and other folks, to pronounce/spell.
Other names I like:
Lily - it's too popular, I think
Marisol - this is at the top of my list, currently, but I & my family would pronounce it "Mar-ih-sol" (the English way) and baby will have some spanish-speaking family who will pronounce it differently (not sure if that would matter or not).
Felicity - but I don't like any nicknames for it and want something that can be shortened.
Leo (Leopold, or Leonidas but think the latter may be OTT)
Milo - but used this on my dog.
Dad is 100% stuck on Jayden for a boy, and has shot down all my suggestions except Tristan (which he said "at least that's sort of reasonable"). Girls names he likes are Ariana, Alexandra, Melissa. He would probably agree to Ariadne, Annabel, Aurora, or Marisol.
I want something that would be easily pronounced by both of our families (so needs to be pronounable in English (Irish and American South), Spanish, German, not horrendously difficult for teachers/classmates/doctors/etc. to spell and read, preferably not within the current 500 most popular names in the US OR having kept a steady spot on the list for the past 100 years (nothing that suddenly spiked in popularity). It also needs to have either a really positive meaning or a good historical/literary connection.