I was long a stickler for the Eleanor
spelling but have lately come around to finding Elinor
quite lovely. Playing with pairings, I found that some names felt "right" with both spellings while others seemed "right" with one or the other. So, I now use whichever suits the feel of the name for me.
, if I truly loved Summer Rose
or Summer Rain
infinitely more than any other names, I would not let others dissuade me from using them. It's true that most folks won't know the child's middle name and I've always felt that's the best way to incorporate something very uncommon/unexpected/"kitchy". That said, it sounds as though imagery and feeling are really what you are after and I would explore looking for something, even a word-name, that gives a more abstract or poetic sense of your desired image. For example, do you see a red rose symbolizing love? If so, something like Summer Carys
or Summer Valentine
might give you same feeling or image without the "kitchy" effect. Just an idea to play with. :)
ETA: Summer Tahlia
might be an option you'd like. Tahlia
means "dew from God" and there are variant spellings.