Hello! I’m also in England (home of thousands of baby Ellies, Avas, Lily Graces, Isabelles, Sophias etc).
Personally, due to my own life experience, I wouldn’t go near one of these names. My real name is totally different to my weddingbee name. It’s a proper traditional name from another European country, it’s easy to pronounce, feminine and I have always loved it. One of the reasons I love it is that I have only met two face-to-face two people who shared my name (both times on a different continent as well). If I ever hear it in public (rarely), I freak out and do a double take, because I assume the person must be talking to me. I can’t imagine being called Helen or Sarah and just blocking out all the many times a day your name is called around you in supermarkets, airports, restaurants etc. It makes me feel very privileged!
Sometimes people miss-spell my name. I really don’t care. It’s not a wacky spelling, it’s just a vowel sound people sometimes hear wrongly. No big deal.
Talia is not a chavvy name, by the way. I find it quite elegant and classy. It depends on who uses it! It’s easy to put some class to the name. Just don’t pair it with a typical trendy middle name like Rose, Grace, Sophia or May or it could sound that a little common.
Also, people who want to avoid popular names tend to just look at the top 10 or top whatever. My advice is to also look very carefully as the top RISING names (how many places the name has risen since the previous year or years), as that predicts much better what will be popular in the next few years. A name that is currenly #20 but last year was #84 and the year before that was #140 is going to be a mega popular trendy one, whereas a name that’s been consistently hovering between #40 and #20 for ten years, won’t date in the same way.
Another reason I love my name is that it doesn’t date me to any particular year. Noone would ever be able to guess. My friends called Nicola, Claire and Sarah-Jane are very obviously babies of the 70s and 80s, just as my mum’s friends Janice, Sue and Pam are obviously born in the 40s and 50s. Just as now you’ll meet an Ella with an Alfie and just know how old they are- right now that will be a toddler group, eventually it will be the typical retirement home names. In a way that’s nice and it helps us to identify people better and draw conclusions about them easily, but I would rather myself to be outside a stereotype!