Unexpected, soft, and pretty girl names?

As my never-ending quest for the “perfect” girl’s name continues. I would like to try just ONE more time (and I promise, this will be the last time I will enlist everyone’s help on an excursion for the perfect name) before the baby is here in less than 4 weeks. I like the names on our list, but I still can’t help but think that THEE name is still out there somewhere. I am looking for a soft and pretty, but unexpected name.

I love the reaction with my daughter’s name ([name]Alanna[/name]) when I tell it to people. “Oh, that’s such a pretty name”. Oh - as in they really weren’t expecting it, or they’ve never heard it.

The names on our list are:
[name]Cadence[/name]
[name]Juliana[/name]
[name]Sariah[/name]
[name]Shayla[/name]

[name]Sariah[/name], is probably closest to what I’m looking for - pretty, soft and unexpected, but hubby isn’t completely on board with it. He’d prefer [name]Shayla[/name] or [name]Cadence[/name]. I like [name]Cadence[/name] alot, but don’t think it’s as soft as what I’m looking for. [name]Juliana[/name] is soft, but it’s not unexpected. [name]Shayla[/name] is hubby’s pick, and I’m not entirely crazy about it.

I am open to unusual names, as I have combed through the top 1000 in the US quite a few times (ok, more than a few).

Thanks so much in advance!

[name]How[/name] about one of these.

[name]Delilah[/name]
Sorsha
[name]Jemima[/name]
[name]Tabitha[/name]
[name]Flora[/name]
[name]Felicity[/name]/[name]Felicia[/name]
[name]Noelle[/name]
[name]Melody[/name]/[name]Melanie[/name]
[name]Salome[/name] (sah-low-me)
[name]Selena[/name]

Oh, boy, [name]Raquel[/name]. [name]Just[/name] when I was going to leave, you’ve got me roped back in here…

[name]Calla[/name] - “beauty” - Greek
[name]Camilla[/name] - “perfect” - Italian
[name]Cara[/name] - “dear” - Italian
[name]Carina[/name] - “dear one” - Greek
[name]Cassia[/name] - “cinnamon” - Greek
[name]Celia[/name] - “heaven” - Latin
[name]Delia[/name] - “person from [name]Delos[/name]” - Greek
[name]Dora[/name] - “gift” - Greek
[name]Elsa[/name] - “short form of [name]Elizabeth[/name]” - Scandinavian
[name]Fiona[/name] - “white, fair” - Scottish
[name]Flora[/name] - “flowering” - Latin
[name]Gia[/name] - “God is gracious” - Italian
[name]Gisela[/name] - “pledge” - [name]German[/name]
[name]Helena[/name] - “light” - Greek
[name]Linnea[/name] - “lime tree” - Scandinavian
[name]Malia[/name] - “form of [name]Mary[/name]” - Hawaiian
[name]Malina[/name] - “woman of [name]Magdala[/name]” - Scandinavian
[name]Marisa[/name] - “sea of bitterness” - Italian
[name]Miranda[/name] - “admirable” - Latin
[name]Olesia[/name] - “holy” - Polish
[name]Priya[/name] - “beloved” - [name]Indian[/name] (Sanskrit)
[name]Raya[/name] - “friend” - Hebrew
[name]Regina[/name] - “queen” - Latin
[name]Sarina[/name] - “princess, one who laughs” - Hebrew
[name]Selena[/name] - “moon” - Spanish
[name]Talia[/name] - “morning dew” - Hebrew
[name]Tessa[/name] - “harvester” - English
[name]Vanessa[/name] - “combination of [name]Van[/name] and [name]Esther[/name]” - English
[name]Viola[/name] - “violet” - Italian
[name]Willa[/name] - “feminine form of [name]Will[/name]” - American

To me, soft ends in an A, like [name]Alanna[/name], and doesn’t have a lot of T, V, R, D, K, or CH sounds…

[name]Audra[/name]
[name]Bettina[/name]
[name]Dorothea[/name]
[name]Eulalia[/name]
[name]Francesca[/name]
[name]Helena[/name]
[name]Hermione[/name]
[name]Isadora[/name]
[name]Jacinta[/name]
[name]Minerva[/name]
[name]Nerissa[/name]
[name]Ottilie[/name]
[name]Paolina[/name]
[name]Rosalia[/name]
[name]Selah[/name]
[name]Theodora[/name]
[name]Twyla[/name]
[name]Viviana[/name]
[name]Zenobia[/name]

[name]Delilah[/name] and [name]Noelle[/name] I like, but hubby already vetoed them.
Sorsha - I kind of like. I’ll put that on the list to propose to hubby.

I tried [name]Calla[/name] yesterday, and he said ‘like Ocala, FL’ Geeze!

One’s I’ll put on the list to propose to him:
[name]Carina[/name]
[name]Cassia[/name] - I love this, but thought he’d never go for it. I’ll try once though!
[name]Elsa[/name]
[name]Linnea[/name]
[name]Malina[/name]
[name]Selena[/name]
[name]Willa[/name] (he liked [name]Willow[/name], I think)

Lol - Sorry, [name]Lauren[/name].

[name]Audra[/name]
[name]Bettina[/name]
[name]Dorothea[/name]
[name]Eulalia[/name]
[name]Francesca[/name]
[name]Helena[/name]
[name]Hermione[/name]
[name]Isadora[/name]
[name]Jacinta[/name]
[name]Minerva[/name]
[name]Nerissa[/name]
[name]Ottilie[/name]
[name]Paolina[/name]
[name]Rosalia[/name]
[name]Selah[/name]
[name]Theodora[/name]
[name]Twyla[/name]
[name]Viviana[/name]
[name]Zenobia[/name][/quote]

I tried [name]Francesca[/name] today on hubby - nope. :frowning:

Hmmm - [name]Eulalia[/name] is interesting. Is it pn’d u-lay-lee-uh?
[name]Selah[/name], I like too. Would that be see-luh or say-luh?
[name]Twyla[/name] - where did you get that from? I don’t know if I like it or not, but it’s interesting and reminds me of Twilight.

It’s okay!

Like Ocala, FL. Goodness! You should say, no, like the [name]Calla[/name] [name]Lily[/name] - http://www.venuscandles.com/ebay/scent_pages/calla_lily_garden.jpg!

Why wouldn’t he go for [name]Cassia[/name]? It seems actually closest to his style, especially with the potential nickname [name]Cassie[/name] - very much in the style, generation-wise, as [name]Shayla[/name]. All you can do is try, though!

Good luck, again!

YES! Someone who pronounced [name]Salome[/name] correctly! You just made my day. :slight_smile:

And that is EXACTLY what I said to him. But no, he doesn’t like it.

We know a [name]Cassia[/name] - actually [name]Kasia[/name] - but same pn. That’s one reason he might not like it. I really like it, I think it’s so pretty, and I’m going to try it - we actually never see this person - it’s one of those friend of a friend of a friend that we met once. But, also the name might sound too eastern european for him.

YES! Someone who pronounced [name]Salome[/name] correctly! You just made my day. :)[/quote]

lol - I actually like the name, but I already know what my hubby’s going to say. No offense to you, but he’s going to tell me ‘did you just say salami?’

Thanks for the laughs, [name]Raquel[/name]. I can always count on that husband of yours! But, everyone has their styles, so I can respect him on that…

[name]Cassia[/name], Eastern European? I think [name]Svetlana[/name], [name]Jelena[/name], or [name]Oksana[/name] when I hear Eastern European, not sweet, lovely [name]Cassia[/name]! By the way, I think the fact that it means “cinnamon” is perfect for a winter baby. [name]Do[/name] let me know what he thinks, even if he hates it!

Sigh. [name]Alas[/name], Salami references are the fate of [name]Salome[/name]'s everywhere. ;o) Whether you’re a [name]Salome[/name], [name]Salem[/name], Selam, [name]Shalom[/name] or any of the other endless variations, your fate is sealed. But adversity makes us stronger! lol. Go [name]Salome[/name]!

Not that this was self-serving or anything… um, back to the topic.

[name]Eulalia[/name] - It’s between this and [name]Ottilie[/name] as my favorite from the list. But I say it you-lah-lee-uh.

[name]Shayla[/name] - I’ve known one, but for some reason her name never gave me a good vibe, even though she was a sweet girl. [name]Even[/name] though it’s not made up, for some reason, it gives me that impression. And oddly, it sound country to me.

Sorsha - Is a pretty name. I went to school with a girl named Sorsha but she spelled it [name]Sorcha[/name]. She was brilliant and hilarious, but that’s a personal association. There certainly aren’t too many Sorsha’s around, so that fits the unexpected requirement.

[name]Twyla[/name] - There’s a singer named [name]Twyla[/name] [name]Paris[/name]. That’s the first and last I’ve ever heard of it. It sounds rather country. This would be great it she had a brother named [name]Huckleberry[/name].

[name]Selah[/name] - I’ve always heard it say-LAH. It’s very pretty and I’ve heard it used before on girls but it’s very rare.

[name]Ottilie[/name]/[name]Ottiline[/name] - Very soft and very feminine. It’s frilly but it a beautiful way.

[name]Calla[/name] - So pretty! I wonder if you can whisper it in his ear while he’s sleeping until he comes around…

Sorry for repeats, [name]Raquel[/name]! :slight_smile:

Names that remind me of [name]Alanna[/name]'s feel…

[name]Cecilia[/name]
[name]Clarissa[/name]
[name]Camille[/name]
[name]Celestia[/name]
[name]Dahlia[/name]
[name]Flora[/name]
[name]Gemma[/name]
[name]Jessamine[/name]
[name]Larissa[/name]
[name]Mariana[/name]
[name]Marielle[/name]
[name]Nerissa[/name]
[name]Rosalie[/name]
[name]Serena[/name]
[name]Samara[/name]
[name]Talia[/name]
[name]Tessa[/name]
[name]Zara[/name]

Have a good night! :slight_smile:

Oh! I forgot [name]Willa[/name]! This is even better than [name]Calla[/name] for me. Maybe this time he won’t have a negative association. :slight_smile: After all, there really is nothing in Ocala…

lol - yes. he is pretty funny.

I’m assuming [name]Cassia[/name] is pn’d - cah-sha, not cass-ee-uh. [name]Kasia[/name] is a Polish, diminutive of [name]KATARZYNA[/name] - as it says here on nameberry. They also suggest [name]Katya[/name] (i think Ka-tee-uh) Which I also like, since I am polish. I would have like [name]Katya[/name], but again, it’s way to eastern european for him.

I will let you know. There are 2 or 3 names I’m going to hit him with tonight - [name]Willa[/name] and [name]Cassia[/name], and maybe [name]Selena[/name]. The others, I think I’ll go slowly with him, they might be out of his comfort zone, and I don’t want to bombard him with completely foreign names.

I don’t know if I’ve gotten to you before you’ve told him the names, but [name]Cassia[/name] is not pronounced like ‘[name]CASH[/name]-ah’ - instead, it is like the classic Greek name [name]Cassiopeia[/name], so it is [name]CASS[/name]-ee-ah. [name]Do[/name] you like that name?

You can see its pronunciation from its Nameberry variations: [name]Casiah[/name], [name]Cassa[/name], [name]Cass[/name], [name]Casia[/name], [name]Casya[/name]

Good luck tonight!

What about:

[name]Annora[/name]
[name]Samira[/name]
[name]Susanna[/name]
[name]Silke[/name]
[name]Lila[/name]
[name]Althea[/name]
[name]Amalia[/name]
[name]Ananda[/name]
[name]Priya[/name]
[name]Athena[/name]
[name]Ariadne[/name]
[name]Aurora[/name]
[name]Calista[/name]
[name]Dahlia[/name]
[name]Camilla[/name]
[name]Flora[/name]
[name]Freya[/name]
[name]Kaia[/name]
[name]Leda[/name]/[name]Leta[/name]
[name]Indira[/name]
[name]Isolde[/name]
[name]Maia[/name]
[name]Melia[/name]
[name]Niamh[/name]/[name]Neve[/name]
[name]Rhea[/name]
[name]Samara[/name]
[name]Anya[/name]
[name]Sela[/name]
[name]Raina[/name]
Astraia
[name]Soleil[/name]
[name]Rowan[/name]
[name]Riona[/name]

I’ve only heard [name]Cassia[/name] pronounced “[name]Cash[/name]-uh,” like the bark. The people who created those variations must have been mistaken about [name]Cassia[/name]'s correct pronunciation (or perhaps just preferred [name]Cass[/name]-ee-a.) I looked it up and found an audio pronunciation here:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cassia

I love [name]Cassia[/name], and for what it’s worth, it sounds very Greek to me (which it is), not Eastern European.

Have a good night! :slight_smile:

[name]Alanna[/name] &

[name]Erin[/name]
[name]Ophelie[/name]
[name]Imogen[/name]
[name]Eibhlin[/name]
[name]Orla[/name]
[name]Cordelia[/name]
[name]Opal[/name]
[name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Zelda[/name]
[name]Caroline[/name]
[name]Cecily[/name]
[name]Leonora[/name]
[name]Coraline[/name]
Rosabel
[name]Aurelia[/name]
[name]Dolores[/name]
[name]Pearl[/name]
[name]Ellen[/name]
[name]Polly[/name]
[name]Mabel[/name]
[name]Adeline[/name]
[name]Penelope[/name]
[name]Julia[/name]
[name]Clementine[/name]
[name]Pippa[/name]
[name]Phoebe[/name]
[name]Clara[/name]
[name]Naomi[/name]
[name]Keturah[/name]
[name]Calliope[/name]
[name]Lucinda[/name]
[name]Seraphine[/name]
[name]Evangeline[/name]
[name]Prunella[/name]
[name]Maeve[/name]
[name]Vivienne[/name]
[name]Cassidy[/name]
[name]Soraya[/name]

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