Sage Eilonwy is beautiful, it has a mystical fairy sound to it. I like it.
This is exactly why I'm not mentioning my short list names to anyone in my immediate circle - because it is MY choice (+hubby if course!), not theirs, and it shouldn't matter what they think! (Of course, this is all bravado on my part, if my mum didn't like the name I chose I would feel bad, which is why I'm not telling her until its too late! By which stage she will be in love with her new grandchild anyway and won't care what he/she is called!!)
Be brave!! (Love Sage and Hope with your MN choice, the single syllables are lovely with the complex sounds of Eilonwy)...
Firstly, congratulations, all the best! I have to say that I only really like 'Sage' out of your list. I think it's such a beautifully sweet name and it also fits perfectly with the (very interesting) middle name you have chosen! I believe that if you were to have a little girl, 'Sage Eilonwy' would be beautiful!
Sage also has that natural feel without being too hippy/virtue-ish. It is fresh and can sound contemporary with the right middle name. Definitely a favourite of mine!
Another pro-it is perfect matched with Everett!
Wow! Thank you for your kind responses everyone!! I really appreciate all the feedback. I knew my husband and I loved these choices, but it's nice to hear that they aren't too far out there. My mom thinks they are, but I know of 4 girls named Sage in our town (all different ages), so it is at least fairly popular around here. Callie is very similar to Callan, so I'm hesitant with it, but it was my great grandmother's name, so I feel a bit connected to it :-) I'll just have to continue to ignore my mom for the next 8 weeks ;-) We'll manage. She wasn't crazy about the name Everett at first either, though she didn't protest it quite as much. And who knows, this one might be a boy anyway. And we are completely stuck on boy names, so he might be unnamed for a bit :-) She should be happy cause I removed some of my crazier name choices already. My husband usually keeps me fairly grounded. Thank you again! Can't wait to meet this little one!
@renrose- The name is Welsh inspired, but it was created by the author. I heard a forward for the books that he recorded (it is fairly old. He has been deceased for some time) and that was the way he pronounced it. With the eye beginning rather than ay, so that is what we're going with. Thank you for the help though. I have a major soft spot for Welsh names and it's nice to have someone around who knows how to pronounce them correctly :-)
The names you have chosen are absolutely darling! I'd be delighted to meet a little girl with any of those names.
My parents didn't like that my brother's son was to be named Phenix when he was in utero. As soon as he arrived they fell madly in love with the name and can't imagine him being called anything else. Once there is an adorable bundle of joy to associate the name with it becomes easier to fall in love with a name. I hope that is the case with your mother too!
I love every one of your choices. Just tell mom to back off!
Think I agree with roseymaam; Sage Eilonwy and Hope Eilonwy flow the best spoken and on paper (or a screen :P). I LOVE the name Tabitha, but I think it would suit better with a shorter middle. As the middle's decided... yeah.
In agreeance with what jazz1509 said, everyone has different opinions about different names. If it offends her that much, would it be possible to find a nickname she likes? That has the added effect of giving your child a 'special bond' with her grandmother.
(As an aside, I think your names are far superior to those your mother's picked out. Emma's far too popular, and has the E. E. initials with Eilonwy, and Lindee's just not my cup of tea at ALL.)
I love Tabitha and think it is a great counterpart name to Everett some of your other choices feel a bit nicknamey or short. But none of them are as crazy. Your mother is implying.
Two of my cosins just had babies and my mother really disliked both names when she first ad them. Now she loves them both - it took her three days. When she asked what I would have chosen and I rattled of my signature she literally went from searing to laughing out loud because she thought they were all sooooo awful. She couldn't understand why Sophia (which is so of a family name) didn't make it on my list. She's now informed me she's going to start a naming campaign to change my mind. Note that at this point I'm not pregnant or TTC so it's all rather ridiculously humerous. So you're not alone in the 'my mom hates my choices' camp. Your list is great don't let her opinion get you down, and don't change anything you and your husband don't want changed because of external pressures. Cyber hugs.
(Apologize for typos on the train and on the iPad).