Eliza, Elodie, etc...
I was set with the name Eliza for my first baby, until we found out he is a boy :) so, naturally, I'd want it for the next, if she's a girl... But I see Eliza in ALOT of signatures.... That doesn't mean babies are being named that, I guess... But I do not want my daughter to be the Jennifer of the 80s.
Here is my girls list. Please comment with your opinions. Our last name sounds like co-LU-see.
Elsie (maybe doesn't sound good with LN?)
Anna (or something that ends in Anne or Anna)
I love the name Eliza. However, I agree that it does seem to be getting quite popular. I am not a big fan of Elodie, however I really do like the name Elsie. If you would prefer to use Elsie as a nickname, I think Elsa is adorable. Violet, Catherine, and Anna are very pretty as well. I think Anne is also a lovely variation of the more commonly heard Anna.
Yeah, I'd cross off Elsie. Too rhymey.
I like Eliza and Catherine (though I prefer it spelled Katherine). I also like Anna when it's short for Annaliese.
Since you like EL names, have you considered something like Ellery? Other EL options you might like:
Elise (similar to Elsie, but it goes better with your last name)
No girl's name is going to be the next Jennifer. Jennifer was #1 for 15 years with a peak popularity of almost 64,000 - three times the number one name in America, Sophia (and twice as much even when you factor in all the Sofias and Sophies). And this is back when the U.S. (if that's where you're from, but I'm sure this can be said of most English-speaking countries) had 100 million less people, so the proportion of girls given the most popular name has shrunk even further.
I like Elsa/Eliza but prefer them as nn for Elizabeth (although Eliza works as a standalone). Catherine is beautiful, especially with the C instead of the K.
But my favorite name would probably Anne/Ann on its own, a simple yet lovely classic that's surprisingly underused.
Oh and btw, Jennifer, while it reigned for the first half of the 1980s, was mostly associated with the '70s. It unseated Lisa in 1970 and peaked in 1973, maintaining its top spot until 1985 when Jessica took over. :)
I love the name Eliza.
It is definitely my pick from your list of names.
Eliza is very pretty and I don't think it will become the next Jennifer. I don't care for Elodie which sounds heavy to me. Elsie makes me think of a cow and it wouldn't sound good with your last name. Catherine and Anna are classically beautiful names that are very workable - I do like Catherine with your last name. The nn Cate also works very well with your last name.
With you go with Eliza, El names put together are fairly popular so I would avoid the Nn Ellie and use Liza. In fact, I might go with name Liza itself as it would stand out from the El names more that way. I had a great aunt named Mary Eliza who was always called Lila. My sister, Lisa, is named after her. Personally, I think Mary Eliza is a stunning name and if I were to use it I would go with nn Liza.
Eliza sounds the best with your last name. I love it! I wouldn't worry about its popularity - I think it is popular on NB, but not elsewhere.
NB lists Eliza's popularity at #225.
What about Elif, Elina, Aline, Elin...
I have found all of your suggestions and opinions very helpful :) keep them coming if you have more.
We were drawn to El names bc we both liked the nn Ellie.... Then I realized everyone likes the nn Ellie haha.
My husband has a first cousin named Kate with our last name hyphenated with her husband's ln, but she lives in Georgia and we live in PA. But Catherine is his gma's name. Eliza, violet, and Anna are my great gma's names. I don't know.
Thanks for the reassurance on Eliza's popularity. Elodie is my hubby's fav, but I agree that it sounds heavy compared to Eliza.
I have never met a baby named Eliza or heard of anyone naming their daughter that. I have met two Eliza's, both in their 30s and I find it a very uncommon, beautiful, stunning, classic name that is easy to pronounce and spell and won't ever feel dated. Sounds good with your last name too. My fave from your list, and in my top 3! Although I dislike the nn Liza, reminds me of Liza Minelli and Broadway and I just don't like the nn. Love the nn Ellie though, and I've met two baby Elle's who don't use that nickname, and one Ellie in her 30s who again when I heard her name I loved it!