We named our first child [name]Eliana[/name] and love that it’s an unusual name with a more familiar nickname ([name]Ellie[/name]). As she grows she will have the option of being more distinctive or blending into the crowd depending on her age and personality. We are now pregnant with our second and would like to continue in the same vein for this baby. Ideally, we would like our names to meet the following criteria:
- Unusual in its long form, but not too out there.
- Common nickname
- Spiritual meaning ([name]Eliana[/name] means “The [name]Lord[/name] has answered”)
We like [name]Matthias[/name] ([name]Matt[/name]) and [name]Josiah[/name] ([name]Joey[/name]) for a boy but are still open to suggestions.
For a girl, we are having a little more trouble. We like a few names but none of them quite fit the bill:
[name]Annalie[/name] ([name]Anna[/name] or [name]Annie[/name]) – tempted to spell this name [name]Analie[/name] to make it a full anagram of [name]Eliana[/name], but that version has the potential to be said in an unflattering way. A little too cutesy for us, but we are considering it.
[name]Arabella[/name] – love this name but have no common nicknames for it.
[name]Amadea[/name] – same as #2, and also might be a little bit too unusual.
Input and/or suggestions welcome!