We are expecting a little girl and are trying to find a good name for her. One rather large complication is that we are very likely moving to Germany next year and will probably be there for a while, so I would like to find a name that works equally well in both countries without being really popular or really strange in either. I'd also like the name to be pronounced basically the same in both countries and the pronunciation to be fairly obvious from the spelling in both countries. We have come up with short list that appears to fit all those rules:
We have one little boy right now whose name is Elias. Eva was actually our "just in case" girl name for him. I'm not sure about two E names though and have heard/read mixed things about v's sounding like f's in Germany. I also worry about it being confused with Ava a lot in the U.S. I like Miriam, but since Elias seems to be the German form of Elijah, I wonder if they'll sound very "Old Testament" paired together in Germany. Cora is pretty, but my DH doesn't like it as much as the others. I like Amalia, but am concerned that it'll be confused with the more common Amelia in the U.S. Thoughts?