Just to echo everyone else, Violet is a nice name, but it is becoming popular, so it's not as uncommon as you think! I also like Serena and Magnolia.
Luna - I love the connection to my name, Diana, and the thought of a "Little Luna" is just adorable. I also like names where I can provide a Chinese nickname, which would be Xiao Yue (Little Moon)
Flora - I like short and sweet names, obviously, and this one is just so classic and sweet. Also another easy Chinese nickname: Xiao Hua (little flower)
Euphemia - This one is just super sweet sounding, it really doesn't fit in with my other favorites, but I still adore it. I love the nickname Euphie.
Caroline - Another one that doesn't fit in, but it grew on me after watching 2 Broke Girls. I just love the sound.
Artemis - Another name I like due to the connection to my name. She's also my favorite goddess. I think Missy could be a cute nickname :)
I really like your favorites, Serena in particular.
Zoe- I've loved this name a very long time. It took just as long a time to convince the fiance but he came around. I love the meaning, I love the sound.. The image I have in my head is a little girl running down a hill, laughing, with wild curly hair streaming behind her. It's crazy, I know, but that's what I see when I say the name.
Noemí- It's my fiance's favorite, but I've grown to love it too. It reminds me of a favorite blanket or sweatshirt.. comfortable, warm and peaceful. It makes me happy. Lately I've been contemplating using Zoe and Noemí together... Zoe Noemí
Elinor- I love the way it sounds, I love the history, and I love how elegant it looks.
Cassandra- it's sassy and spunky
Alina- every Alina I've known has been a beautiful person inside and out so I feel like I could give that to a future daughter.
Anastasia- the meaning is my favorite.
I have a few outliers- Cecilia, Lucía, Ophelia, Elizabeth and Catherine.
Fiona- Beautiful name! I also adore the nn Fi/Fifi. Also, the alliteration with the last name is not a problem, so long as you don't use another name that starts with "F" in the middle.
Ivy- Timeless. Ivy Annabelle sounds lovely.
Violet- Love it. Vi is also a cute nn.
Susanna- Feminine and pretty. I prefer Susannah though.
Maya- Although I also pronounce this name as my-uh, I can see how others would pronounce the name as may-uh.
Serena- I agree completely! I still love Sabrina as well though.
Wonderful list! Here's my list:
Amelia: I love the name Emily, but Amelia is a wonderful alternative.
Beatrice “Trixie”: I adore the nn and the meaning: 'Blessed, brings happiness'
Diana: Meaning: 'Divine'
Naomi: Meaning: 'My joy, delight'
Nora: Family name.
Phoebe “Feebs”: Meaning: 'Radiant, shining one'. The problem is that I also love the name Holden for a boy, and I don't want to copy the characters' names from Catcher in the Rye!
Vera: Meaning: 'Faith; truth'.
Timeless/Popular names (that I would most likely use for middles): Anna, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Jane, Victoria
I just had a Phoebe Amaryllis but if I had heard Delphine before she was born, that's what her name would be now:)
Love your top girl names, especially Fiona and Ivy.
My favorite girl names would have to be (in no particular order)
Clara: I love this name, and it's association with the Nutcracker. I did ballet as a little girl and loved it. Clara sounds charming and beautiful to me and would age well on a little girl imo.
Daphne: This name is pretty awesome to me as well, it's very pretty and not very common (especially where I am from). I think it is feminine and pretty.
Eleanor: Love this name, I feel it's elegant and classic. Plus has great nn potential.
Ivy: To me this is classic, simple, and stunning. Easy to spell, easy to say and brings in my mind a very pretty and sweet lady.
Violet: I know one of the sweetest ladies with this name, so to me it is beautiful and reminds me of a woman who has a wonderful heart!
Moira: This is one of my favorite names, unfortunately for me it'll never get used as a baby name b/c DH thinks it's weird and "made up", which it isn't, but whatever. I think it's stunning and underused and it was Wendy from Peter Pan's middle name, loved Peter Pan growing up.
Merida: This name is a newer favorite of mine, it's spunky, sassy, and pretty all at once!
You've got a nice list, I especially like Maia and Serena.
My favourites & why I love them:
Alcyone - It makes me think of very calm azure seas, the smells and feelings of being by the seaside in Italy in Summer. And I love the beautiful painting by Herbert John Draper, kingfishers and the beautiful story.
Atalanta - I get a feeling of breeze and needing to hold on to your dress so it doesn't blow off. Warmth and laughter and rushing through meadows. I love nickname Attie.
Gwenllian - I'm a sucker for Gwen-names, and this is my favourite of them. Gwenllian was a Welsh princess who led an army in battle. Badass namesake (I love names tied to history or mythology). It means flood and it's such a cute name.
Hespera - Sounds like a warm evening whisper. A nymph in Greek mythology, Tennyson has a poem about her and Frederick Lord Leighton a beautiful painting.
Liriope - Another nymph. It rolls of the tongue and makes me incredibly happy to say. I have to smile when I say it.
Lyonesse - So romantic! I love to say it, and the lion-connection. It's also featured in the Arthurian legends as the land Tristan came from (which sank under the sea) and the name of Gareth's beautiful wife.
Melpomene - It means celebrate with song! Nickname Pom! A muse! And it's fun to say.
Morgana - Beautiful, dark and stormy, romantic and still sweet. And the enchantress...
Niniane - It's simply hauntingly beautiful. It's the name of the lady of the lake and it's another one I just love to say. And my boyfriend loves it.
Polyhymnia - Another muse, and nickname Polly! How cute is that?
Roxana - I love that this name sounds as if it's dripping with gold and rubies, and a smell of roses and jasmine. Cute nickname Roxy.
Zenobia - Sweet, spunky and stunningly beautiful. Historical ties, literary ties, Cornish ties. And it's fun to say. And it starts with a Z.
nkethdy – Love Nora and Daphne!
Severine – my top name right now. having a difficult time getting others to warm up to it though!
Evan – love guy names that are spunky on a girl too!
From your list I like:
Fiona- one of my favorite names, at the top of our list
Violet- very sweet
Susannah- prefer this spelling, love this name but my fiancé has a crazy aunt and cousin named Susan and Suzanne so we can't use it:(
My entire list is in my signature butmy favorites right now are:
Fiona- this has been a favorite of mine for awhile, I love that it is sweet, yet spunky. My fiancé always refers to our future "daughter" as little Fiona (or little Asher for a boy)
Naomi- my fiancé's suggestion but I have grown to love it. I love that is shares almost all the same letters in Fiona but has a completely different sound
Eleanor- when I worked at a daycare we had the sweetest, happiest little girl named Elinor and I feel in love with the name. Plus I love the nickname options from Elle to Nora
Eva- I love the sweet simplicity of Eva but that it still has nickname options
Alice- I love the connection to Alice in Wonderland and I think it's a pretty, classic name
Gwyneth- I have always loved "Gwen" but I love the elegance of Gwyneth. Gwen is spunky and Gwyneth is sweet, I really like it as a sister to Fiona
Paloma- this is a new addition to my favorites. I'm not sure exactly what it is about this name but I just thinks a cool and pretty name. I would use the nn Paz to reference it's meaning and our last name starts with Z
Now to only have 7 girls to use all the names!! :D
All your names are lovely, but I particularly like Serena, Fiona, and Violet!
Zoe - My favorite girls' name EVER. I'm devastated that DH has vetoed it. I love that it means "life" and Z is is my second favorite letter in the alphabet. I also think it's spunky and elegant at the same time.
Catherine - This is our top pick for a daughter, which I love almost as much as Zoe. I kind of inherited my love of the name from my mother, who wanted to use it for my younger sister, but unfortunately, Dad vetoed it. I think she would love having a granddaughter named Catherine, though, and we would use the nickname Cate, which was my paternal grandmother's maiden name. (Although I also love a lot of the other Catherine nicknames, too!)
Veronica - I mentioned Z was my second favorite letter -- well, V is my favorite! I love almost all the V names, but Veronica has always been at the top of the list. In fact, I chose it as my confirmation name, since I really like the story of St. Veronica. I also just adore the elegant sound of the name, especially the "nic" part, which also appears in my favorite boys' name, Nicholas (which DH vetoed as well -- boo!).
Penelope - I have a thing for Greek names ending with "e", and this is probably one of the most fun to say. It just sounds so happy and cheerful, doesn't it? Especially with the poppy "P" sounds. I also admire the mythological Penelope for her faithfulness and cleverness.
Elizabeth - Our choice for a second daughter. How can anybody not love Elizabeth? She's classic and beautiful and has a ton of wonderful nicknames. I like the idea of calling her Beth, because my nickname Meg came from Little Women, so it would be neat if she had a LW-inspired nickname as well.
Daphne - Again, another Greek name that ends with "e" -- I told you I adored them! The story of Daphne was one of my favorite Greek myths -- I even wrote a play about her for a school project -- and I like that it means "laurel", giving it a subtle connection to Laura, my sister's name. The "ph" is really cool, too.
Anastasia - Gorgeous, just gorgeous! It was my great-grandmother's name, but for some crazy reason, she hated it and preferred to be called Nancy. (Outrageous, right?) I love the meaning of "resurrection".
Seraphina - Seriously one of the most beautiful names ever. It sounds so soft and angelic. (Again, loving the "ph".)
Ophelia - Yeah, she went a little crazy in Hamlet -- so what? It's still a stunning name, a less popular alternative to the equally beautiful Olivia. (And, yet again, "ph".)
Felicity - It means "happiness"! What better meaning is there? I love how it just rolls off the tongue. I become happier just saying the name aloud!
mega_muffin, I love your reasons for using Catherine. I actually love the reasoning behind all your favorites! Your style is totally different than mine I think, but absolutely beautiful. I also know a little Anastasia (born on Good Friday, mom cited the meaning as the reason she picked it over her other choice, Annabella!) who is one now and just the most precious thing. It really warmed me up to the name :)
Stella - it's getting a bit popular now for my taste, but I still love it. It's familiar-sounding but different than the Ella/Isabella crowd that's running around. It's also the surname of an artist (Frank Stella - I'm an art history buff) and the college I went to has a logo with a very prominent eight-pointed star, so there's that connection.
Leona - oh gosh, there is absolutely no personal meaning here whatsoever. If anything I should have bad associations with this name, but I just love it so. I think the way it sounds is gorgeous, so sing-song. And the meaning, 'lion', gives it a strength that I just adore. I would call her Leo, which I know the Berries hate, but I just can't get over the idea of a little Leo in braids and bows.
Florence/Flora - Florence was the name of two of my great-grandmothers, so there's definitely a family connection. It's also the name of the city in Italy, which was one of two major cities for art during the Renaissance, known as the city of truth (again with the art history). Flora and Wren are the likely nicknames I would use, although I also like Flora on its own. Plus it means 'flourishing, prosperous', and who doesn't want their child to flourish?
Mabel - again, there's really no personal meaning here. I just love the way this sounds, and it's a great long form for nicknames Mae and Bel(le). Meaning-wise, you can't get much better than 'lovable', either.
Vivian - also no personal connection, but I love its sprightly sound and the meaning, 'lively'. She'd most likely be called Viva, which is another spunky, lively name.