Please excuse my edit
Please excuse my edit
Roxanne/Roxana -has possibility of cute, spunky nickname Roxy
Maeve -more refreshing than Mary, but not too out there
Beatrix -Slight change from Beatrice but definitely adds some flair without going crazy, plus has some literary sentiment with Beatrix Potter
Violet -less common alternative to Lily
Sloane -uncommon, but not completely unheard of or unusable
Winter -has the same feel of your other names, but slightly less popular
Isadora -close to the more popular Isabel, but definitely more exotic
Cora -less common alternative to Clara
Nora/Norah -very usable but less common
Cleo -reminiscent of Cleopatra, but definitely way more usable
Kaya/Kaia/Caia -spunky and less common than the popular Maya, but just as charming and usable
Hope this helps!
Lily - Liliosa, Anemone, Calla, Liliane, Chrysanthe, Xanthe, Zinnia, Viola, Yolanda, Zita
Grace - Gratia, Graciella, Engracia, Graciosa, Igraine, Esperanza, Solace, Hopestill, Joyous, Acacia
Mary - Maren, Maija, Mariana/Marianna, Mariel, Marigold, Miriam, Maryam, Moira, Muriel, Marisa, Marina
Alice - Ailis, Alida, Aliza, Alcina, Alba, Aida, Aglaia, Alaia, Alodia, Amabel, Alvina, Almira
Clara - Chiara, Clarinda, Clarissa, Clorinda, Kerensa, Ciara, Cassia
Vivian - Bibiana, Niniane, Nimue, Vesper, Viveca, Undine
Hazel - Juniper, Jessamine, Oliva/Olive, Briony, Briar, Waverly
Eliza - Eliane, Eira, Eudora, Elspeth, Irina, Elisha, Elysia, Adeliza
Jane - Tess, Nell, Bess, Gwen, Fleur, Pearl, Blythe, Maeve, Blanche
Vera - Verity, Viridis, Viridiana, Veradis, Verbena, Veronica/Véronique, Verona
Gwendolyn - Guinevere, Genevieve, Geneva, Ginevra, Winifred, Fiona, Gwyneira, Gwyneth, Bronwen, Gaynor, Rhonwen, Elowen
Helena - Hermia, Hermione, Elaine, Alaina, Ilona, Galina, Eileen
Greta - Hanna, Ingrid, Freya, Minna, Astrid, Signy, Dagmar, Thora, Sunniva
Matilda - Mafalda, Wilhelmina, Magda/Magdalen/Magdalena, Marcella, Augusta, Armina, Hermina, Amalie, Eloise, Elise, Lorelei
Beatrice - Beata, Macaria, Felicity, Leatrice, Belinda, Althea, Anthea, Bonita
Ellen - Elena, Eleni, Eleanora, Leonie, Leona, Leontine, Liora
Frances - Franca, Francesca, Ines, Iris, Imogen
Susan - Susanna/Susanna, Shoshana, Saskia, Sephora
your existing list isn't boring... it's *classic* (just reframing). To complement your likely middles:
Antonella (nn Nell)
Astrid (nn Triddy)
Magnolia (nn Maggie, Nola)
Paget (nn Page)
I bolded the ones I really like but I figured why not try updating your list by using your current list as a jumping off point? I looked at behindthename.com and found variations that I think sound fresh but could still honor the names your hubby likes. Maybe he'd be amenable to exploring alternatives if you start small. (Also using a variant that honors your or his heritage could be cool).
Lily - Lileas (Scottish), Lillia (diminutive of Lilian),
Grace - maybe different virtue name like Hope, Honor, Temperance would work well too. (They are equally traditional just not as common).
Mary - Miriam/Mirjam (Arabic/Germanic), Polly, Molly, Moira (Irish), Maja (Swedish), Mairwen (Welsh).
Alice - Alise, Adelaide, Alida (German), Ada (Polish - super popular right now),
Clara - Kiara, Clarisse (French),
Vivian - you could argue against this by pointing out it was traditionally a boys name. (If he's traditional). How about Viola or Violetta
Hazel - maybe other color or nature names would work. Ruby, Wren, Rowen, Poppy, Hyacinth (virtually any flower).
Eliza - oh choose any Elisabeth derived name... some of my favorites are Elisabetta (nn Lilibet which is sort of Lily and Eliza), Bettie, Buffy, Ella, Elise, Liesel (German)
Jane - Johanna (Biblical), Janneke (Dutch), Janina (German), Gianna (Italian), Siana (Welsh)
Vera - there aren't a lot of varients on this one. How about Vesper?
Gwendolyn (DH is tentative on this one) -
Helena - Helen, Eleni, Eleanora, Elena, Illena.
Greta - Margaret nn Greta would work. Meta (Swedish), Maisie (Scottish)
Matilda - Maude,
Beatrice (tentative on this one, as well) - wonderful name not a lot of variants on this on either. (I have nothing up my sleeve as I think this might be the one non-nn B name I like)
Ellen - See Helena but also Olena (Ukranian), Elin (Welsh), Elaine (Welsh Mythology)
Frances - Francesca (Italian), Sissy (which is an English diminutive)
Susan - Susanna, Savannah, Zula (Polish)
Hope that helps some.
Okay I'm looking at more distinct/exotic names that won't scare your traditional Southern Family
Liliana or Liliosa - in consideration of Lily
Francesca - I like this name more than Frances
Eloise - Fresher version of Helena or Ellen or Eliza
Beatrix or Bellatrix - instead of Beatrice
Genevieve - instead of Gwendolyn
Maybe even go in the route of less common Shakespeare name like:
I was even thinking of Perla which is the Spanish version of Pearl so it is a typical southern name with a bit of a flair to it
Adelaide which is becoming more common now was also the name of an old queen so you have history on your side with that one