Anastasia- every time I see this name I think of the music box and Once Upon a December.
Beatriz- beautiful name plus nn Bea (BAY-uh) is equally beautiful.
Camila- sounds beautiful in Spanish and great nn options.
Cassandra- gorgeous and enchanted with Greek Mythology.
Elinor- as in Dashwood ;)
Miranda- Shakespearean goodness! Plus my inner geek loves this because of Serenity!
Noemí- every syllable is beautiful and you just can't help repeating the name over and over again.
Ophelia- A hauntingly beautiful name.
Vashti- a terrific heroine with a stunning name.
Zoe- Saint Zoe of Rome is a very admirable namesake though she met a tragic end.
@rosamonte Thank you. I ran them by the fiancé and he shot me down. :(
@bonfireazalea- thanks for the feedback.. That is exactly how I feel about Cecilia... I think this one is becoming a top contender. From what I understand, she's also the patron saint of music and my dad is a musician which would be a sweet way to link a daughter to her only grandfather.
@oliviasarah- I haven't been able to find any other source that has that meaning for Amaya in Japanese. I much prefer that meaning, obviously. I love all your suggestions especially Zoe Amaya, Elinor/Vashti Madeline and Cassandra Eleni
@elizabeth_rose you just made me fall in love with all of them all over again. I do love that namesake for Zoe. When I have to name babies for real I'm in trouble!
I love Alina, Elinor, Cassandra, Anastasia, Zara, Kassiani, Madeline, Miranda, Eliora, Carina, Eleni.
Lior is ehh to me, I know a man named Loir so I think of him. It also looks like a play on the brandname Dior.
Amaya is also apparently, a Japanese name meaning "night rain" so that negates the other negative meaning if spelled that way.
As for the other negative meanings, I'm big on meanings and would scrap them.
Would you like having a name meaning end, or blind? Also, I firmly believe that what you name your child, is what you're calling them. Meaning and all.
As for Aisha, it's definitely a very political and loaded name. Both with in the religion of Islam and outside of it.
It can also be viewed as insulting to use on a non-muslim by some Muslims.
A little tidbit: Only Sunni Muslims believe that Aisha was the favourite wife of Prophet Muhammed. Shias have no fondness towards her at all.
Since she's such a prominent figure in Islam, I highly suggest avoiding it, or at least doing intense research before using it.
Ofelia! Ese es uno de mis nombres favoritos! Always makes me think of the movie Pan's Labyrinth though!
I love Beatriz, Luz, Elinor, Zoe, Camila, Miranda, Eliora y Noemi.
something to keep in mind: Zara and Sara will sound exactly the same in Spanish.
Also, I've known plenty of people with the name Aisha that I'm pretty sure weren't Muslim. They used various different spellings as well, like Iesha.
@east93- that's what I was figuring with Aisha.. I don't love it as much as I love the others, so I can let it go. I'm with you on the meanings... this has always been my struggle with Cecilia, especially because it works so well and it sounds so pretty.
@rojaverde- La película es la razón por la cual me encanta el nombre!
@amelieamour- I love your suggestions, but I can't use Sofia, Marisol, Olivia, Ariana, Juliana, Emilia, Francesca, or Elena because they are either family friends' children, family members have them, a student has ruined it for me, or someone at church has it, and I don't want people to think I named my child after them. :( I do know Zara and Sara sound the same, I just like the Z.
Zoe- I've never been a huge fan of the name Zoe.
Noemí- Beautiful name, looks good written and spoken
Alina- Another pretty name
Elinor- My best friend is Elinor Maguerite, the spelling where I live is slightly more common that the Eleanor version.
Cassandra- I like the nn Cassie, but Cassandra is a bit too heavy for me.
Anastasia- I think it's beautiful, but I doubt I would use it.
Cecilia- I think it sounds pretty, how about Cecily or just Celia?
Amaia/ Amaya- Prefer the Amaya spellia, doesn't look quite right spelt with an i.
Zara- Classic, regal and pretty. I think this name is lovely. I once knew a girl named Azariah, and she was very beautiful her nickname was Zara.
Kassiani- Not my cup of tea really sorry.
Madeline- I think it's a very pretty name, it's one of my favourites
Miranda- Never really appealed to me, but I think it's gained popularity because of Miranda Kerr
Lior/ Eliora/ Liora- Eliora is my favourite from the 3, Liora could be a nickname. Very pretty.
Carina- My favourite name from the whole list, I love it! It's also on my list.
Camila- Meh, sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't.
Beatriz- Never been a fan of Beatrice, Beatrix or Beatriz sorry.
Eleni- Love it, sounds quite similar to the name Eleri.
Zahira- I want to like it, but there's something stopping me...
Ophelia- Really like it think it's a cute name.
Aisha- My non-Muslim best friend is named Aiesha. She's never had any trouble being named it, she's never been questioned on it at all. Although when I introduce her to people I don't think they quite expected a tall, blonde girl to be named Aiesha. Also I know another girl named Iesha, and she wasn't a Muslim.
Vashti- Don't a huge fan of Vashti sorry, it's a little to harsh for my liking.
Some other names I would recommend for you are: (sorry if I'm way out!)