There are some good ends-in-ee names, they're not all bad! I would want to keep the tradition too, but I would pick my names very carefully.
These are my own favourite ends-in-i names, some are repeats and some I haven't seen in this thread:
Naomi or Noemi, both are valid but not said the same way.
Razili - roz-ee-lee
Lazuli, like the gemstone.
Libi - pronounced lee-bee. It's a Hebrew name meaning "my heart" and I love it but my poopyhead husband thinks it looks like a kreative-ed Libby. Grrr.
If you think an -i nickname would fulfill the tradition, I think some of the cutest and most "correctly spelled looking" are Vivi, Gigi, Demi, Indi, Toni, and Tori, for Vivien/Vivienne/Viviana, Georgia/Georgiana Demetria, Indigo, Antonia/Antoinette and Victoria respectively.
Thanks for all the ideas. I'm definitely not sold on continuing the tradition, but now I've got some names I like that fit. I'm still considering having a nickname ending in an "I", or just forgetting about it altogether. I've got awhile yet to consider my options :)
find a natural i ending, dont keep up the tradition of misspelling names
best bet is to to international:
Kari (Car-i, not a misspelling of Carrie)
Missouri (better than Reese Whitherspoon's Tennessee lol)
Eleri is 'el-EH-ree'. 'eh' like in 'get'.
Originally Posted by ashthedreamer
Out of these suggestions, i like Lorelei, Heidi, and Sarai.
My favorites are Naomi, Heidi, Sarai and Lorelei
The furthest I'd go into trendiness would be Kari.
Just replacing a -y ending name or an -ie ending name with an i looks really ugly and unfinished to me.
Eleri (name of a Welsh river)
Inari (a lake in Finland)
Kaneli (cinnamon in Finnish)
Lumi (snow in Finnish)
Suvi (summer in Finnish)
Taimi (young tree in Finnish)