We want a name for our baby girl that is feminine, pretty, "old lady", to stand the test of time so it suits her in both childhood and adulthood. Our surname is difficult to spell and pronounce, so need something simple. We'd also like it to match a boy's name we already have picked out for future use, Oscar Reuben.
The final three are...
Ava - I like that it's short, vintage, feminine, sweet and can't possibly be misspelled. But, is Ava too common?
Adeline/Adaline - I like that it's elegant, glamorous and "old lady", plus she could have the nickname Addie or Ada. But, is it too hard to spell? Which spelling is the traditional way? Will people mispronounce it and say "Ad-ah-lyn" instead of what I want, which is "Ad-ah-line". Is it too similar to Madeline?
Elsie - I like that it's pretty, sweet, spunky, very old-school, a little uncommon. But, does Elsie sound too much like a nickname? Will people assume it's short for Elsa or Elsbeth? Is it too "cutesy" for when she becomes a woman one day? Will people go to call her Elise instead?
Let me know your thoughts.