Thought it might be helpful to add the perspective of someone named [name]Laurel[/name]. I really like the name! I think it is soft and feminine, but also substantial. It is nice that it’s really rare, but has a familiar sound because of [name]Laura[/name]. The name is often misheard as [name]Laura[/name], but most of the time I find that fun, because I end up getting to have a conversation about my name. I get lots of compliments on my name, people don’t seem to think of it as weird. [name]One[/name] of the best things about the name, in my opinion, is its meaning which is tied to the use of laurel wreaths for royalty and victors in ancient [name]Rome[/name] (and maybe other cultures too?). I’ve seen the meaning written as “victorious spirit,” “victorious,” and “crowned with honor” before, and I think it’s really nice to have a name with an inspiring meaning as well as a nice sound.
[name]Laurel[/name] sounds really nice with [name]Cecilia[/name] – I think they have a lot of similar qualities! I really love the suggestion of [name]Laurel[/name] [name]Caroline[/name].
[name]Hope[/name] that helps!
EDIT: Oh, and I forgot to add that the laurel flower is very unique and beautiful!