I know the feeling! I've been waffling for months on one of my girls' names.
Thea -- like it
Arabella--cute and on the fun side of eccentric. As a first, it's either quite posh or chavvy here in the UK, depending on who has the name.
Kailani--the sound of it is lovely, but it feels like something Kimye might have considered.
Maddison--1996. Also not keen on the yooneek spelling.
Morgan--Feels a little dated to me.
Mila--very pretty, though it's rising up the charts really quickly.
Jade--this one sounds like a stripper to me... sorry! Pretty in theory, though.
Sadie--Not my style, but likeable
Chardonnay--Eek! Isn't she a Footballer's Wives character? Least favourite on the list, by a long shot.
Thanks for all the replies :) great to get some feedback.
My favorites, all pretty names:
I wouldn't use:
Maddison (very common and trendy)
Morgan (seems dated to me)
Chardonnay (just no, sorry)
I really like Thea and Arabella from your list! They best fit the "unique but not off the wall" goal you're aiming for, and they're just lovely.
Maddison is not remotely unique, sorry. Also, I had to type it out three times before my phone stopped correcting the spelling to Madison...so if you want to use this one, I'd definitely use the correct spelling.
Chardonnay is way too tacky. Please don't name your sweet baby after booze. Charlotte or Siobhan have the same soft sh sound but are much nicer!
I wouldn't use Kailani unless you're Hawaiian, just because of pronunciation issues and cultural appropriation stuff. If you are Hawaiian then it's a fine choice.
Morgan is okay, not really my style and some think it's dated...Morgana is lovely and really spices it up though, and it's unique without being weird!
I'd avoid Jade if you want unique, what with the excessive popularity of Jayden and all its variants. Mila and Sadie are cute but neither are uncommon...Mila especially seems to be skyrocketing up the charts.
Some other ideas:
Isadora (I've heard people use Sadie as a nn for this, which I think is cute)
Thea- love this name! It's been on my long list for a while now and is great if you're also loving the nickname Teddy:) But it's adorable even if you're not.
Arabella-bee on my short list for a little while. I love the sound, and it immediatly makes me think of a beautiful, pretty, adorable, little girl. It also has a hint of flare to it that I just can't pinpoint. LOVE all of the nicknaming possibilites for this name (for example:ara, belle,bella, aria)
Kailani-Different from the other nams on your list, and very beautiful. It sounds very pretty and makes me think of flowers and the sun, (and a little of Hawii). So cute but not my favorite out off all of these names)
Maddison-VERY CUTE. I have only met a handful of Maddy/Maddie's in my life and each one seems to be pretty and with a beautiful personallity to match such abeautiful name. Not my favorite, but I do love this name.
Morgan- MY NAME!!! Thank you so much:) I love my name ad love it when I see it on any forums for a girls name that people actually love, which isn't all that often...In my life I have loved my name entirely, and thaink that it is apsolutly beautiful and graceful and fits my personality (funny, bright, lovely, amazing, beautiful:) to a T. And, more than that, it's not all to common. I've only ever met two Morgans in my life, and only know of two others. :D
Mila-just georgeous. It is unique and sounds great, and isn't extremly popular. It does make me think of the actor Mila Kunis, but that's a good think, in my opinion, because she is beautiful and successful.
Jade-I find this name to be a little over-used, and have heard it on a few people, as well as new babies. Its a little popular for my taste, but love the ossociation to the beautiful Jade stone.
Sadie-Completely wonderful and full of life but not used as much as i've hoped it would be. Greeorgious and great. Makes me think of a beautiful little girl with a big smile andan even bigger heart.
Chardonnay-wow. This one's new. I like it, but not enough to ever even consider it a name other than as a character in a book of story. So sorry. I justdon't see this as a usable name compared to the other names on your list.
Thea - this is quite cute and spunky. However, I do see it more as a nickname than an 'actual' name
Arabella - this is one of my favourites! I think it's cute and feminine, and elegant but stops short of being stuck up or snobby.
Kailani - this sounds a bit 'made up' to me, and I don't really like it.
Maddison - I like it spelt with 1 'd' (Madison). It's one of my favourite middle names, but I wouldn't use it for a first
Morgan - this is quite nice. It's cute with a strong edge, and I think I like it
Mila - this is short and sweet. I wouldn't use it myself but I do think it's a very nice name.
Jade - I don't really like this, it sounds a little bit 'chavvy' to me (although that might just be the area I live in). The only gem name I like is Rubie, and even them only as a middle name
Sadie - I don't like this. To me, it sounds a bit old fashioned for nowadays.
Chardonnay - you definitely shouldn't use this! If I met a girl named Chardonnay, or any other name that makes the mind go straight to alcohol, I'd assume the mother was either an alcoholic or a young mum who wished she was still a party girl.
Out of these, I'd definitely go with Arabella, but I also like Thea and Madison
PLEASE do not name a child Chardonnay.
I love Morgan... and Arabella.
Thea - it's ok - how about Tess or Tessa?
Arabella - ok
Kailani - too trendy sounding
Maddison - if you use it, spell it right - Madison
Morgan - ok
Mila - I like this one
Jade - not a fan, sounds cheap to me
Sadie - my favorite from your list
Chardonnay - no, stripper name