Aquila - yes yes. One of my favorites for you. Incredibly refreshing and sharp and evocative. Love it.
Averill / Everild - Prefer Everild “ever-wild.” Averill is wonderfully old and French, but makes me think of Avril Levigne, and “avarice.”
Anastasia - Grand and windswept. A great name, but it alphas Antoine in a big way.
Aristea - Like Aristedes? Cool. To me it feels a bit thinner, more sketched than some of your other names.
Constance - Such a good virtue to wish on a child. I remember you liking Constantine. Constance could be a very down-to-earth nod to Constantinople.
Cosima - With my obnoxious nicknaming habit, I’d probably end up calling her Cozy. But Cosima is a Renaissance beauty with pearls braided into her hair. Gorgeous.
Cyrielle (prn. with hard K) - Sorry, but I hear some cross between cereal and kirie eleison.. but I think a Cy name would be perfect for a child of word-fanciers, with the connection to the cyrillic alphabet and St Cyril. Cyprian feels stronger and more balanced to me.
Endellion - Yes yes yes. It’s silvery slithery yet solidly contained by the Ns at both ends. Powerful.
Evanthe - Sounds witchy to me, though I know the character was not. Reminds me of Circe. Beautifully balanced.
Lucienne - Eh. Too close to other Lucy names... I think it would be misheard as Lucy-Anne.
Melisande - I love this, but it’s hard to say fast.. You have to slow down and say it in a really fawncy voice. I like a name that sounds good in lots of different accents.
Meriel - This one’s sneakily beautiful. Such a vast feeling about it. “Bright sea!” I do love her frumpy cousin Muriel but I know you prefer the lightness of the E.
Myriam - Smart and French, unassumingly elegant. I do know a Miriam who hates her name and goes by Mimi. Another marian name I like: Soledad. Could be cool with Antoine, for a little Afro-Cuban flavor. Acacia from the crown of thorns... Or the Magdalene names.
Nerissa - Splashy, free, nereid name. A completely different animal than Marissa, but I fear it may suffer from the Belphoebe Effect (see Lucy-Anne.)
Rosamond - Weighty and beautiful. An excellent name for a traveler. I imagine her spinning a globe with her eyes closed, or bathed in colored light from a rose window.
Sunniva - Very Scandinavian to my ears. If your husband’s Sunni, it might be kind of nifty.
Sylvia - This is my middle. I really enjoy it. Not as unusual as some of your others, but lovely with Antoine. It’s woodsy and mysterious, yet ladylike.
Ambrosine - I prefer Ambrose, but this is a pretty great feminization. Makes me think of ambrosia.
Alair - tracheal suction, right? Whatever happened to Altair on the boy’s list? Or was that Otter’s name...
Apolline - What would you pair it with? Sylvia Apolline, sun in the forest...
Cassiane - Cassia feels purer to me. “Cassie-Anne.”
Chrysanthe - Gorgeous, layered. Don’t you love the smell of chrysanthemums? Hard to describe- very alkaline, like the smell of rain.
Eirene - “eye-REE-nee?” Cute as a button. Is that what you’re going for? I prefer Cybele for that kind of bouncy sound.
Floriane - Prefer Florian for a boy.
Maris / Marina - Maris. More bite.
Myrrine - Purrrrr! Ooh la la I love this.
Noor - I love this MADLY. It’s marian, it honors your husband’s heritage, it’s just fricking beautiful.
Solenne - A bit sterile imo.. but it does have a nice open sound. Prefer Solace.
Sylvaine - Yes. It’s darker than Sylvia. The forest at night.
Theophane - Fabulosity.
So my favorites are: Aquila, Everild, Constance, Cosima, Endellion, Evanthe, Meriel, Myriam, Rosamond, Sylvia, Ambrosine, Apolline, Chrysanthe, Maris, Myrrine, Noor, Sylvaine, Theophane.
Adding: Xenia, Limnaea (after Saint Limnaeus but also close to Linnea, from Linnaeus. “Limn” is a good word.) Emmanuelle, Anthousa, Manon, Delphine, Justine. And since your baby may be born on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception- Nunzia!
More ideas and combinations later. I really want to jump on the Rosamond Chrysanthe bandwagon, but it’s too many florals in one name for my taste.
The ones that I really like from your list
All very pretty!
I have been crushing so much on the "ine/een" ending names lately. It's nice to see you have some of them here! I really love Marina or Marine such a lovely sound. Some others could be
Good luck choosing!
Aquila Sylvaine, Aquila Chrysanthe, Aquila Maris, Aquila Delphine, Aquila Noor, Aquila Vincenza, Aquila Melisande, Aquila Nunzia, Aquila Aquila Aquila!
Everild Myyrine, Everild Chrysanthe
Constance Endellion, Constance Noor (I love it, but does it sound like “constant snore?”) Constance Ambrosine, Constance Reine, Constance Magdalene
Cosima Nunzia, Cosima Solace, Cosima Floriane, Cosima Noor, Cosima Endellion, Cosima Myrrine, Cosima Delphine
Xenia Endellion, Endellion Justine
Evanthe Noor, Evanthe Sylvaine, Evanthe Limnaea, Evanthe Xenia, Evanthe Seraphina
Meriel Endellion, Meriel Ambrosine, Meriel Apolline
Myriam Solace, Myriam Noor, Myriam Delphine, Myriam Aalis, Myriam Colette
Rosamond Noor, Rosamond Constance, Rosamond Myrrine, Rosamond Apolline, Rosamond Emmanuelle, Rosamond Anthousa, Rosamond Ambrosine, Rosamond Ebba, Rosamond Anastasia, Rosamond Perpetua, Rosamond Clare, Rosamond Soraya, Rosamond Solace, Rosamond anyoldname just Rosamond!
Sylvia Maris, Sylvia Manon, Sylvia Lucienne, Sylvia Rosamond, Sylvia Noor
Theophane Delphine, Olympia Theophane
From the girls I love these names...
Myriam (prefer Miriam spelling wise)
I love the potential combination of Anastasia Maris, so elegant and strong.
Not sure if you read any French baby name sites but www.journaldesfemmes.com has great baby name boards, I LOVE Myriam, very high up on my list, Myriam Athénaïs may even surpass Josephine Athénaïs as my favorite future dd name. the only negative feed back I've received is that it sounds trendy in the states but I still wouldn't hesitate to use it. I've been very busy lately so I don't post much but I can probably come up with a list of obscure French names if you're interested. Nothing you can't find online but since I love them I would be more than happy to share in case there might be a few that are new to you.