Thanks (once again) for your input. After thinking on them, the only name that I would seriously consider is [name]Zara[/name], but am very much liking the following;
[name]Beatrix[/name] - fiestier than [name]Beatrice[/name], less common, but still recognizable
[name]Cordelia[/name] - I get both a stately and playful vibe from this. Then there’s the obvious ‘[name]King[/name] Lear’
association. Hmmm…have to think about this one
[name]Eleanora[/name] (I think the A spices it up) - Agreed! [name]Love[/name] this, as does my husband
[name]Esme[/name] - Gorgeous, but I’m not sure that I’m avant-garde enough to use it!
[name]Francesca[/name] - [name]Love[/name] it, but it’s very Italian, (which I am not)
[name]Fiona[/name] - [name]Love[/name] it, but it’s very Irish (same story)
[name]Georgiana[/name]/[name]Georgia[/name] - [name]Just[/name] watched ‘The Duchess’ and really love the name. My grandmother’s
middle name was [name]Georgina[/name], another derivative.
[name]Helena[/name] - Stunning, graceful and with the ‘a’, less common
[name]Isadora[/name] - Always liked this, but my husband is not a fan
And yet…our top four are [name]Vanessa[/name], [name]Miranda[/name], [name]Eleanor/name and [name]Charlotte[/name].
Thanks for all your suggestions, all the same.