Names for our daughter
Here's our (my) list so far. I'm looking to add more names but am feeling a bit uninspired at the moment. We've talked about using a few of these IRL but I haven't gotten his opinion on the others. Please comment and feel free to suggest others. Ideally, I want something not too common but not unheard of, either. Trendy names are 'in' in my area so I'd like to get something that stands out, but is refreshing, not polarizing (I love Wilhelmina but I think it's a bit polarizing).
Some are family names... I think the front-runner is Josephine for a girl and Frederick for a boy.
June -- he's said he doesn't like this as a FN but I'm still pushing it somewhat)
Lilith -- Is this too polarizing for a Christian family?
Penelope "Penny" -- I love the nickname Penny but think Penelope is just okay. I don't care for any other Penny formal names (Millicent, Pennina, etc.)
ETA: Bonus points for using saints names, although that is NOT a requirement!
Josephine "Josie" - love this one!
Margaret "Maggie" - great name, I like some other nicknames more than Maggie but still solid.
June -- he's said he doesn't like this as a FN but I'm still pushing it somewhat) - Like June. There's also the NT Junia if you both like it more.
Edith - very nice, although I like it more with nn Edie.
Margot - I prefer Margot over Margaret (although I also like Margaret)
Alodia/Elodia - this just seems likely to confuse people. I'd go with Elodie or skip this name.
Lilith -- Is this too polarizing for a Christian family? - probably? I wouldn't want to use it. I see the appeal of the sound.
Penelope "Penny" -- I love the nickname Penny but think Penelope is just okay. I don't care for any other Penny formal names (Millicent, Pennina, etc.) - hmm. Do you love Penny enough for Penelope? Penelope has so many other potential nicknames too.
Josephine "Josie" -- I like this. I think it's cute for a little girl and works well for an adult. I'm not a huge fan of Josephine, but I agree with giving her a full name from which to draw the nickname Josie
Margaret "Maggie" -- I love this one. I think it's one of those classic names that you could never go wrong using. It's a plus that there are so many nicknames for it should she decide she doesn't like her name. I think Maggie is cute
June -- This is okay. Not my favorite. I usually don't like month names
Edith -- I really don't like this name. Nothing about it sounds youthful to me. I picture an old lady with this name, not a baby, toddler, grade-schooler, teenager, college coed, young adult, or middle aged career woman
Margot -- I love this. I think it works well on its own or as a nickname for Margaret
Alodia/Elodia -- Not a fan, sorry
Lilith -- Ditto
Penelope "Penny" -- Ditto for this one too. I never understood the appeal of Penelope and the Kardashian link just made me dislike it more
Other names that aren't too popular that I like (though they may not be your style):
Gianna (nickname Gia)
My favorites are Josephine, Margaret, and Edith. And yes I don't think Lilith is a good name for a Christian family. Some other names which are saint names: Catherine, Helena, Adela/Adelaide/Adele/Adelina/Adeline, Juliana, Mariana, Agusta, Cecilia.
I really adore Josephine, Margaret, Margot and Penelope. Edith is growing on me, too; love Edie.
Alodia/Elodia I believe is way more polarizing than Wilhelmina is. Willa or Mina are darling nicknames. I agree to go with Elodie or even Eloise or Elise.
Catherine/Katherine - ALMOST named my daughter Catherine Elise/Catherine Eloise but my husband made me panic because he said it was too popular. For our generation, perhaps, but I don't believe so for the current generations. I just love the nickname Cate/Kate. It ages well, too.
Tabitha - I think this is spunky yet sophisticated. Tabby is a fun nickname.
Mary - Similar to how I feel about Catherine. I would love to see this make a comeback.
Other saints names:
Anastasia (Ana, Annie, Stassi)
Beatrix or Beatrice (Bea pron. Bee or Bee-ah, Trix/Trixie or Tris)
Cecilia (Cece, Celia, Celie)
Claudia (Dia), Claudie)
Regina (Gina, Gigi)
Susanna (Anna, Zanna, Sookie)
Frances (Frannie, Francie, Frankie, Fran)
Genevieve (Gen, Genna, Eve)
Theresa/Therese (Tess, Tessa)
Theodora (Thea, Dora)
Veronica (Vera, Roni)
Victoria (Tori, Vickie)
Josephine "Josie" -- Don't love Josie, but I think Josephine is an amazing name. And if your daughter doesn't love Josephine or Josie, there are a bunch of other nickname possibilities there. Very excellent choice.
Margaret "Maggie" -- I don't love the full name, but I like it well enough, and the nicknames are great.
June -- he's said he doesn't like this as a FN but I'm still pushing it somewhat) -- I like it. I think it's cute.
Edith -- A tough name, but it's safe on paper, and Edie is so fun and lovely.
Margot -- I like it on it's own, I like it as a nickname for Margaret, I like it all around.
Alodia/Elodia -- I can't really explain why, but I don't like these. It sounds like something else I can't put my finger on, but not something pleasant. Yodel? I'm not sure, I just dislike the sound.
Lilith -- Is this too polarizing for a Christian family? -- I have no idea why this would be polarizing, but I think it's fine. My first though it of the Rugrats. Awesome!
Penelope "Penny" -- I love the nickname Penny but think Penelope is just okay. I don't care for any other Penny formal names (Millicent, Pennina, etc.) -- I'm with you. I think Penny is so sweet, but I don't like Penelope much at all. I can see a name like Peregrine turning into Penny...but you'd have to like Peregrine.
Peregrine's kind of cool... for a boy. It doesn't sound feminine to me at all. Would Penny work as a stand alone name?
Great list, sllah, thank you! My favorites:
Anastasia - I think all Anne/Anna names might be out though because his ex is "Annie".
Demetria - Love it, just not sure I'd be brave enough to use it. I don't care for Demi though.
Natalia - But, this is one letter off of Tally's name!
Susanna - This has actually grown on me as a path to Sanna.
Frances - I like this with the nickname Frankie.
Genevieve - I want to like this but just can't, for whatever reason. I love it the NN Evie.
Victoria - It's on the list but I don't like any nicknames for it.
Catherine - It's a form of my mom's name so it's on my list, not sure why I didn't mention it. I like it as a FN but will probably end up using it as a middle.
Mary - I do like this, and Mae. Mary was my great-grandma's name so it has special meaning for me. Mae is my mom's middle name.
Oh, Verity and Evangeline are also on the list. I wouldn't use Evangeline with Josephine, but I looove the NN Eve/Evie. Verity would get the NN Vera (I'd pronounce it VAIR-uh and dislike the VEER-uh prn).
The only one I like from your list is Margot although I prefer the spelling Margo which may be trendy for you since you seem to prefer old fashioned names. The other names are ok but nms.