Hello! I am new here and hoping for some advice. We just learned that we are expecting a little girl, and think we’ve narrowed the name choices down to these two names ([name]Helena[/name], [name]Lucy[/name], and [name]Beatrice[/name] were the other front-runners).
We do still have loads of time, but are still struggling to pinpoint which name we should go with. To provide a bit of background, our baby will a dual British/American citizen, born in [name]England[/name], and most likely raised in [name]America[/name] for at least most of her childhood. I love the idea of giving her a very British-sounding name to reflect where she comes from, though ideally I would like the name to ‘work’ in the US, as well.
[name]Amelia[/name] was the name my husband and I first fell in love with, way back before we were even pregnant. It was also one of the ONLY names we seemed to agree on in the initial stages of talking through names. I have been pretty attached to this name all along, though once I did more research and saw just how popular it is now (#9 in the UK and #55 in the US, I believe), I started to hesitate. Popularity is definitely not a deciding factor for either of us, but I do have some fears about choosing a name that may become the next “[name]Isabella[/name]”. I have thought about just letting this name go, but have a nagging fear I’ll regret not using it since it was the first one we came to initially. To add to this, I still dream about using the nickname [name]Mila[/name] with this name, which, while maybe a bit of a stretch as a nn for [name]Amelia[/name], is a family name I have loved ever since I was a teenager.
[name]Imogen[/name] is a name we recently came to and we’ve both fallen pretty hard and fast for this name. About 2 minutes after learning we were having a little girl, this was the very first name we both said out loud and it feels ‘right’ for us on so many levels. It fits so much of what we are looking for in a name, and my husband is incredibly smitten over the idea of having a little [name]Immy[/name]. My only true hesitation with going for this name is trying to figure out just how unfamiliar people in the US will be with it. We will most likely be moving back to the South, and I fear that either no one will have heard of the name before and think we made it up or they will only be familiar with the “[name]Imogene[/name]” version–the pronunciation of which I hate. I REALLY don’t want people to think we were trying to be ‘youneek’ by spelling [name]Emmy[/name] with an I…and part of me questions whether the name will ever be familiar enough to not sound weird on a resume. Am I completely overthinking this and not giving Americans enough credit (I am the American in the family, by the way)? The name is incredibly popular in the UK and I seem to hear it more and more these days, so perhaps it is not as huge of a deal as I am imagining?
I would love to hear opinions from you all–this is pretty much the only baby name forum whose members’ opinions I actually trust and respect! Does one name jump out over another? Are my concerns about either name valid or ridiculous? Should we be considering other names entirely at this point?