This site says there are almost 2000 girls names that begin with M. A lot of them are variations on names such as [name]Margaret[/name] and [name]Mary[/name] and [name]Madeline[/name] and [name]McKenzie[/name]/[name]MaKayla[/name] so far, but there have to be some there that are nicer to both you and your husband than [name]Michelle[/name]. I really like [name]Michelle[/name], don’t care that it’s dated. “[name]Lila[/name] [name]Michella[/name]” sounds like you forgot when to stop at the end of saying [name]Michelle[/name] and got caught up in the rhyming.
So far, looking over for a wild variety of appealing options:
[name]Malena[/name] (a variant of [name]Madeline[/name] - takes out the “mad” part some people don’t like)
[name]Marilyn[/name] - I think cute in the middle
M”laine - not a misspelling of [name]Melanie[/name], but a variation
There are a lot of other choices, so you may want to take a few minutes and just use the search for names form - choose girl and input starts with M. I tried to pick some I thought would be attractive to both of you (without repeating any mentioned so far), so you can find something to agree on. Maybe if you had more names on a list, he wouldn’t think [name]Michelle[/name] was the only nice one that starts with M.
I also like [name]Mabel[/name] a lot and [name]Margaret[/name] is a perfectly nice middle name (I think so!). I have what might seem a “dated” middle name (moreso when I was born and through school) that has become important to me, because I know it was chosen carefully, so I’m not so fanatic about modern, current middle names, so long as the name is at least real and not a fad. [name]Michelle[/name] is just out of style a little, but it’s a real name. I also like [name]Michaela[/name] if you spell it for real and not [name]MaKayla[/name], or [name]Micheline[/name] is very romantic and a pretty name for the middle. For the most part, people will not call or refer to her as [name]Lila[/name] M______, so picking something that’s interesting or solid in personal meaning is more important to me than absolutely loving the fashion of it, the now, the today. You’ll find one that’s right.
Also, I have no preference to the spelling of [name]Lila[/name]/[name]Lyla[/name]. I love that name and sorry I cannot dare to use it myself for family reasons - glad it is getting use.