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  1. #26
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    Since Hubs loves Isabella, have you considered Isadora or Arabella? Or Annabelle, which is quite Southern.

    Some common Irish girl names without convoluted spellings:
    Bridget (from the goddess Brighid)
    Erin
    Colleen
    Deirdre
    Heather
    Liadan (nn Lia?)
    Nora/Noreen
    Sinead - I know we're treading into Gaelic-y waters here, but you could call her Jane!
    Tara
    Maureen (from Mairin)
    Nuala
    Orla
    Suanach - perhaps an alternative to Susannah? It is quite Gaelic, even though it's pronounced as spelled.
    Riona
    Teafa
    Tressa
    Una/Oona/Oonagh
    Aisling - perhaps my favorite "common" Irish name, as it means "dream or vision"

    One suggestion I have is a variant of Rose: There's the Gaelic Roisin (ro-sheen) and slightly anglicized Rosaleen, as well as Rosalind, Rosalie, Rosamond, and the spunky nickname Ros.

    Names that hopefully fit one or more of your personal criteria:
    Josephine (for all the reasons you love Josiah, plus Josephine March and the spunkiness of Jo on a girl)
    Cornelia or Cordelia
    Charlotte (for the South, and vintage nn Lottie)
    Magdalen (clunky, quirky, and an Ma- name)
    Abigail (Biblical and very similar in feel to Agatha)
    Temperance
    Philomena OR Wilhelmina (as in Mina Harker!)
    Victoria (classical, but underused)
    Adelaide
    Winifred
    Theodora or Dorothea
    Augusta (perfectly Southern name with a lot of history)
    Eugenia
    Miriam
    Geraldine
    Alethea (truth)
    Eleanor
    Amelia
    Hester
    Dinah
    Elmira or Almira
    Hadassah (vintage Biblical name that gives me a similar vibe as Susannah)
    Stella (or Stelmaria if you're feeling totally adventurous!)
    Zipporah or variant Sephora (One of my favorite Bible names...too out there?)
    Jerusha
    Cherith
    Drusilla

    Hope this helps
    Zion Nathaniel ~ Solomon Fable ~ Balthazar Wolf ~ Malachi Sparrow nn Kai ~ Tobias Rowan ~ Endymion _____ nn Ender ~ Caspian _____
    Alice Willow ~ Ophelia Wren ~ Lucia Pearl ~ Eve Wisteria nn Evie ~ Cosima Rose ~ River _____

    GPs
    Narnia Rose, Luna Seraphine, Astoria nn Story, Illyria, Serafina, Soraya, Faerydae
    Orion Melchior North, Tobias Loki, Edmund, Frost, Oberon, Kenshin, Remiel, Atreyu

  2. #28
    Some nice unusual 'celtic' names

    Liadan - it may be unfamiliar, but look at it, it's not a challenge (nn. Lia, Lee and Dani)
    Deirdre - it is er, dear to me so to speak - a classic that is yet to return
    Una - three letters, but powerful

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