Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Unusual Nicknames

I've gotten so I love unusual nicknames! I think they're great. Here are obscure nicknames for some classic names, or maybe a few different ways to get to your favorite nickname!
Lotta Crabtree
Girls:


Charlotte/Charlotta - Tottie/Totty, Totta, Harlo, Lotte, Lottie, Lotta
Margaret - Daisy, Pearl, Mamie, Greta, Gretel, Greet
Beatrice - Bice, Bea/Beah
Henrietta - Etta, Hettie/Hetty, Hallie
Mary - May, Polly, Malle, Moll
Patricia - Patia
Victoria - Toya
Susanna/Susannah/Suzanna - Sanne, Sukie, Zanna, Susanita, Zula
Felicity - Lissy, Flick
Harriet - Hatsy
Alexandra/Alexandria - Andy, Zandra/Xandra, Andria, Alexina
Katherine/Catherine/Katharine - Kitty, Katica, Cato, Rina
Elizabeth/Elisabeth - Lilibeth, Libbie, Lilibet, Buffy, Tetty, Elle, Bettina, Elsa, Liesel, Babette, Betta
Josephine - Jo, Fifi, Josie, Joetta, Jojo, Posy/Posie
Sarah - Sal, Saija, Sassy, Sarita
Virginia - Ginger, Gigi, Virgie
Frances - Frankie, Cissy/Sissy, Francie/Franci, Fancy
Eleanor/Elinor - Elea, Nell/Nella/Nelda, Lenore
Helen - Leni/Lenny, Heli, Lena, Nellie/Nelly, Nell
Georgina/Georgiana/Georgia - Georgie, Gina, Gigi
Miriam - Miri, Mirele, Ria
Louisa/Louise - Lula, Louisette, Louella/Luella, Ouida, Ouisa
Ruth - Rue, Ruthie
Anne/Anna - Anneke, Ninon, Anouk, Anneli, Annikki
Matilda - Tilda, Maudie, Tilly/Tillie
Theodora - Theo, Teddy, Dorinda, Doretta, Tea
Isabella/Isabel/Isabelle - Ibbie/Ibb, Sabella, Isa
Edith - Eda
Martha - Matty
Priscilla - Cilla
Florence - Flo, Flossie
Dolores - Dola

Boys:
William - Wim, Wilmot, Wilky/Wilke/Wilkie, Wilkin
Wilkie Collins
Alexander - Sandy, Lex, Alec, Sander
Nicholas/Nicolas - Nico, Col, Cole
Christopher - Kit, Topher
Edward - Ward, Ned
Jacob - Coby, Jeb
Nathaniel/Nathanael - Nat, Niel/Neal
Thomas - Tam
Charles - Charlot
Benjamin - Benji/Benjy
Robert - Bertie, Robin, Hob, Hopkin
Lawrence/Laurence - Laurie/Lawrie, Loren, Lorne, Laz, Larkin
Henry - Hal, Hank
Philip - Pip
Jonathan - Jonty
Michael - Mick, Michi, Misha, Michel
James - Jemmy, Jamie, Jem
David - Daw, Dewey, Taffy
Martin - Tin
Abraham - Bram, Avi
Bartholomew - Tolly, Bertok
Adam - Addy
Jordan - Judd
Oliver - Noll
Simon - Sim
Patrick - Pate
Eustace - Stacey, Stace
Sebastian - Seb

Violante

"Violante" by Titian

Origin: Italian
Gender: Female
Meaning: "The color violet"
Pronunciation: vyoo-LANT, bee-oh-LAHN-teh, vee-oh-LAHN-teh
Other forms: Yolanda, Iolanda, Yolande, Jólánka, Jolanda

A beautiful and regal name, Violante is an interesting take on the Violet trend. This name comes from the French-Provincial Yolant or Yolans merging with the Italian Viola. Duchess Violante Beatrice of Bavaria was the Grand Princess of Tuscany, she was married to Grand Prince Fernando of Tuscany and loved him very much, unfortunately he did not love her. He declared her too ugly and too dull. Fernando eventually died from syphilis leaving her a childless widow. Cosimo III, the reigning king of that time, made her Governor of Siena where she stayed for the rest of her life.

The painting "Violante" was once thought to be by Palma the Elder, as his daughter is normally referred to as Violante, though eventually it was attributed to Titian because of its similarity to his other works, the feature of a young woman with curly golden hair. Titian was supposedly enamored with Violante which may be why he painted her.

This name is a beautiful alternative to Violet, especially for those who have ties to Italy.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Names for That Family Who Live in the Old Decrepit Castle

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And may, or may not, be vampires, who may, or may not, have a mermaid in the lake behind their house, who may, or may not, have a ghost for each room. You know the family. They all dress in vintage clothing, they play with Victorian dolls, and have pet ravens named Faust and Hyde and serve you chocolates which might have a dose or two of cyanide, for fun, of course. Here is a new segment in which I will be naming different families from my imagination. I would assume this family would use very elaborate, Gothic, or fusty names.


Ladies:


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Godiva
Wilhelmina
Verbena
Ulrica
Desdemona
Bellatrix
Lydia
Perdita
Blanchefleur
Isolde
Raphaela
Lilias
Pandora
Ligeia
Theodosia
Pathenia
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Vespertine
Hesper
Valentine
Annabel
Roberta
Lillemor
Ursula
Lilith
Saskia
Matilda
Susannah
Joan
Odilia
Lucasta
Rosamund
Jocasta
Ione
Prudence
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Gents:

Oberon/Auberon
Felix
Desmond
Quincy
Bartholomew
Linus
Roland
Julian
Bruce
Victor
Gregory
Silas
Ulric/Ulrich
Roald
Sebastian
Marcel
Ivan
Hamish
Ashley
Marcus
Clive
Birch
Fabian
Humphrey
Valentine/Valentin
Andrea
Zephyr
Simon
Cecil


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Crane



Origin: N/A
Gender: Unisex
Meaning: Name of bird
Pronunciation: CRAYN
Other forms: N/A

After seeing this name a few times, once in a book, and once in a movie, I thought it was time to finally profile it.

This name has a lot going for it. I think of it as purely masculine, though I'm sure some would view it as unisex, since it is a nature name. For those that don't know, cranes are similar looking to herons, though unrelated, they have long necks, legs, and beaks. There are fifteen different species of cranes, in four different genera. It has been thought that cranes mate for life, however, recently scientists have found out they have different mates throughout their lifetimes, though they usually stay together for a long time.

Cranes are known for their elaborate mating dances, and lousy courting. In Korea, a crane dance has been performed since the Silla dynasty in the courtyard of the Tongdosa Temple. Also, in Hokkaido, the women of the Ainu people do crane dances. In Greek mythology, cranes were seen as an omen.

So I definitely think Crane would be a great option for those seeking something different, yet familiar, with a strong, masculine sound and ties to nature.