China. I realize that may be more complicated for a child who has lost their connection with their family.
My daughter is named Annabelle, and I love your boys names, so we must have similar naming styles! My favorite girls name right now us Gemma (it means precious gem), its not super common (at least where I live), but IMO it is farmiliar because of the "emma" sound.
Other girls names I really like are Grace and Violet which I would like to use in middle spots for a future daughter. Annabelle's middle name is Molly.
Thanks for all the ideas! Her Chinese name is Zi Shu. Our agency tells us Zi means violet or purple and Shu means kind/gentle. I wish I loved Violet, I think it's a very cool name, just doesn't feel quite right for us. Also, her name was given by the orphanage director, every child in the orphanage has the same last name. we want to honor her heritage but also give her a fresh start.
We're still not sure what we're going to name her but this helps!
I love the idea of keeping her Chinese name as her middle name. Thank you :). So wonderful!! I really like Annabelle :). CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Perrine! Gorgeous name and it suits her well.
You might have to think about whether the name fits her or not, because I know a lot of names don't fit Chinese girls. I think Anna or Alice are nice names and would fit an Asian well. What about Jasmine, Fiona, Ivy, Lily, Sammy? Maybe you could use a name that sounds similar to her Chinese name. Like Li could be changed to Leah, or Xia could be translated to Charlotte.
Congrats! Just a note on "keeping her Chinese name", you may want to ask exactly how she got that Chinese name. My friend's little brother was adopted from China, and he showed up on the orphanage steps with a note saying his name... however, they changed his name to a line from one of Mao's poems. So it wasn't really his name... When I used to work at a foster home in Xi'An, we would get kids from the orphanage with mostly arbitrarily assigned names. Some of the names were actually borderline ridiculous... others had low class names... and still others just had names with political messages. So, if you're looking for a bridge to her culture, I don't think it's at all unethical to change the Chinese name to something meaningful. So, if you'd like to check out what her name means (and how natives would regard it), feel free to message me.
There are some names that work in both cultures (but very few)...
May can become 梅 or 美 (Mei... a kind of flower, or beautiful)
Fay can become 菲 Fei fragrant
But with your boys names Gabe, Dexter, and Quincy... my fav is Penelope (nn Penny would be so cute)... others:
We just adopted a little girl about the same age from Ethiopia. We're currently here waiting for a visa- what very big and exciting experience for your family!
My only advice is to give her a name that has some meaning to you. A connection to your family, a family name, or a name that links her to your kids somehow.