The reasons you give for liking or not liking names are really helpful, thankyou. I also like Abbie as a nickname, though I think I prefer it as Abby.
And I like Suzanna better than Susanna or Susannah, the s just looks weak to me. The same with Elizabeth and Elisabeth, the z version just seems stronger.
Well, almost any name you could probably find some sort of boyish nn if you looked hard enough--Al for Abigail, Cal for Caitlin, Lou for Lucy, Vic for Victoria, Jim for Jemima, Gabe for Gabrielle, Sal for Rosalind, etc. but they are all quite feminine names, so I can't imagine that happening spontaneously.
Is your last name 3 syllables or 2? Usually names sound a tad better if the syllables don't match. So Abigail Jack-son sounds better than Abigail Jami-son. This isn't a deal breaker of course, it's just a suggestion.
Abigail - like it, particularly like nn Libby
Tabitha - I like it! especially Tibby
Esther/Tessa - I really like this one! You could also use Tess or Tessa as a nn.
Lucia/Lucy - gorgeous. Lovely name with a limited # of nn's and it goes well with Dominic
Naomi - pretty, I like this one a lot
Rosalind - lovely name, lots of great options
Suzanna - underused classic. Lots of options to take her through life from Zuzu to Suzie to Sue to Anna to Zany :)
Annabel - I really like this one, doesn't "match" as well with Dominic as some of the others, but it's a great name
Eliza/beth - lovely name with a million and one options, maybe too many if you're worried about nicknames.
Imogen - just doesn't have a pleasant sound to me, like emergent
Jemima - It's a lovely name! but all I think of is syrup.
Gabrielle - I adore Brielle! Gabby and Gigi irritate me though, which is what keeps it off my list.
Elodie - I don't like that it sounds like the letters L O D
Caitlin - I don't like the numerous ways it's spelled, feel very trendy, definitely a pretty name, just not one I'd use.
Isobel - it's a nice name, but super common in it's many variations, similar to Caitlin in that.
Jasmine - nice name, but I agree that it wouldn't work with last name J___son
My favourites are:
Rosalind (having a Rosalind daughter is fantastic, just to let you know ;))
Tabitha (Do you like Talitha? I think it's even cuter than Tabitha, and there's sweet nicknames Litha and Tallie)
I love Tessa. Like, I love it. Like...it makes my heart sing. Use it.
My favorite would probably be Suzanna. (Partly because my younger daughter's middle name is Susannah, in honor of my sister, whose middle name is Suzanne!) It's a classically pretty name, not overly used right now, and goes well with Dominic. From your list I also like Rosalind, Esther, Jemima and Gabrielle.
If you want to eliminate names with boyish potential nicknames, Victoria is out - Vic.
Lucia and Lucy
I like a LOT:
Isobel (I LOVE the full name Isobel/Isabel/Isabelle but honestly cannot stand Izzy- Belle/Bella is alright)
I think these are OK:
Suzanna (I don't really like the Z, otherwise it would be a bit higher)
I don't find any of your names awful- I only dislike Caitlin because of the popularity of the Kate/Cate/Kait/Cait names, and Jasmine because Jasmine and pretty much all of the J___son names sound really similar, with the J and the strong S and the N ending- and all the rest would be wonderfully refreshing in the sea of names right now. Good luck!
You ladies have been super helpful, thanks ever so much. We've got it down to a top ten, now to try and crop it even more, and then find a middle. Good job we've still got another couple of months to go, as long as he or she doesn't decide to pop out early anyway!
Our top ten, and probably nicknames. As you can probably tell with Nico, we don't mind going against the norm (Dominic>Dom) when it comes to nicknames.
Abigail - Abby
Annabel - Anna or Annie
Elizabeth - we can't decide on a nickname for this, there's too many!
Isobel - Izzy
Imogen - Mimi or Immy or Genna/Jenna
Jemima - Mimi or Jemma or Jemmy
Rosalind - Rosa or Rosie or Lindy
Suzanna - Suzie or Zuzu
Tabitha - Tabby or Tibby or Bithy
We decided Tessa, Lucy and Ellen would go onto our middle name list though, as we like them but don't think they would work as a first name next to Dominic. I've also sadly crossed off Jasmine as not working with our surname, even though I think it's really pretty.