My top 3 from your new list:
Cora and Ivy
Cora and Elsa
Cora and Esme
I have a little Cora so maybe the other names on our short list will help? They were:
Esme (LOVE this!)
Cora and Esme is my favorite :)
Me too. They're both four letters that pack a punch, utterly distinct from each other but fit together perfectly.
Originally Posted by emsky
I like all your options save the little-girl nicknames like Emmie. Cora is a cute but grown-up name; in contrast "Emmie" would feel perpetually like the little sister.
Esme is my favourite too! I read through the whole thread and all the amazingsuggestions but Cora and Esme are the perfect match. Esme is sweetly vintage with no frills but very feminine, just like Cora. And, funnily enough, it is almost a smoosh of your original favourites, Elsie and Esme.
Cora is beautiful!!!
My immediate reaction when reading your entry was Liza. Not Eliza, not Elizabeth, just Liza. I love it so!!
From your list of favorites I also really really adore ivy. I feel the same about iris too. So my top 3 for you would be....
Cora + Ivy
Cora + Iris
Cora + Liza
Lots of love for Esme which I agree works really well. Also has a scottish connection (albeit as a boys name!) which is great. DH surprisingly likes it so may be on to a winner!!!
A little late to the party, but I wanted to suggest Louisa -- obviously my favorite, since it's my daughter's name. ;) It has the vintage charm of Cora and is surprisingly unusual (at least in the US). I also like the suggestion of Eloise.
Of your list, Ivy is definitely my favorite.
Good luck and have fun deciding!