babyhansolo thanks so much for your comment! [name]Elspeth[/name] isn’t particularly common here (Australia) but I know one or two of them. It’s the Scottish version of [name]Elizabeth[/name], and feels much softer to me.
DH doesn’t mind [name]Elspeth[/name] now; he doesn’t like it but he doesn’t dislike it - and he loves the nickname [name]Elle[/name]/[name]Ella[/name]. We do have a few other names on the list, but he isn’t fussed - he feels that the name will become defined by who the child is, so as long as we avoid the ones he really dislikes it’s a-ok!
A few names we’re agreed on are [name]Esme[/name], [name]Audrey[/name], [name]Claudia[/name] (and [name]Elspeth[/name]) for a girl; [name]Oliver[/name], [name]Tobias[/name] or [name]William[/name] for a boy.
There are a lot more that I love but he doesn’t want, so they are most definitely off the list! Like [name]Madeleine[/name], my great-grandma’s name, and [name]Odette[/name].
phaedrap I like [name]Elsie[/name] for a nickname, and w can always use [name]Mim[/name] (such a cute nn) if she doesn’t really suit [name]Elsie[/name] or [name]Ella[/name]
poptart I just saw your reply as I was typing this DH loves [name]Elle[/name], so we’d probably go with that even though I like [name]Elsie[/name] too; it’s nice to find out how other people see the names/nicknames since I’m so in love with it I see it with rose-tinted spectacles!