Wow, this thread is so informative! Thank you everyone for the advice.
I guess I am certainly not alone in having to be brave when selecting a slightly more unusual name. Any parent who chooses something out of the ordinary must have to get used to negative reactions - I think the only difference is that my Mother and [name]Sister[/name] are important to me, if it was my extended family or friends and strangers I wouldn’t give two hoots!
Also, I went to school with a [name]Paisley[/name] and so was very used to her name - to me it is not that unusual. And when I analyse it, [name]Paisley[/name] is a surname name, just as [name]Addison[/name], [name]MacKenzie[/name], [name]Ainsley[/name], [name]Keely[/name], [name]Kelly[/name] are, and they were all adopted as first names and accepted… eventually. I don’t see why [name]Paisley[/name] would be any different?!
The only other name I was considering was [name]Lacey[/name] [name]Juliet[/name]. My family like the name [name]Lacey[/name], but, we have a [name]Lacey[/name] already (a 3rd cousin who is 11 years old) and to me it is just not quite as pretty.
I could name her [name]Lacey[/name] but for me it would be a second choice, and I know if I ever met a little girl named [name]Paisley[/name] it would make me sad
I hear babies being named names I dislike all the time. Some I get used to and change my opinion of the name, others I always think of as ludicrous! But all the different choices make for a more interesting society, and classroom. If everybody was [name]James[/name], [name]Emma[/name], [name]Matthew[/name] and [name]Sophie[/name] it would be very confusing… not to mention boring.
Thanks again for the advice. I still love [name]Paisley[/name] and will most likely go with my instinct and name her that