All of my husbands brothers have short middle names- the youngest's is "Jay" so it'd be after her uncle. Also she is due on thanksgiving and Jaydon means "thankful", so even though it's not the full name I thought it was cool :) My husband's middle name is "Dee" so "Jae" even though it sounds like an initial has the same idea. I'd love to pass on my middle name but I disliked having a middle name so common growing up..."Marie".
Loving all the thoughts and suggestions! I like Isla as well I guess there's no way to know how popular a name is going to get. My husband really likes Lillian "Lily" for short but oh my goodness at least in my neck of the woods there are so so many Lillys and Ella/Ellie little girls running around! What would a nn for Isla be? I like Lenna but think I'd prefer something a little more feminine possibly.
I like Lena and Alenna is pretty, but my thoughts are mixed about Lenna on its own. But it's definitely the most striking of the group.
Some names you might like: Zara, Marla, Vera, Mika, Livia, Kira, Annika, Neve/Neva, Leta, Stella/Estelle/Estella, Linnet, Coralie, Hermia, Sylvie, Noemie, Miriam, Leia, Felicia
Like Ashley, I was curious about Jae. Thanks for the elaboration. It seems like an ideal middle for your girl.
The list--with the exception of Lenna--isn't what I'd consider unique. There are quite a few Lillians, Katelyns, Mikaylas, and others running around from this and previous generations. Regardless, I find Lillian, Isla, and Hallie particularly lovely.
I guess I should have clarified, we're hoping for something unique and feminine, the list is just names we've come up with that we've considered or liked something about them :) The only two we are seriously considering as of now are Isla and Lillian. I think the others we like parts or the "feel" of them but they are either not feminine enough or too ordinary (Katelyn/Mikayla).
So on that note I'm appreciating the suggestions from people! :)