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On My Mind: 2-14-2018

Aud - I stumbled upon some photos of Audrey Hepburn during her days as a chorus girl - she was posing on top of a building with some other chorus girls and some ice in a bid to stay cool during a summer day. The other girls were Enid Smeedon and Aud Johansen. I thought Aud's name was especially interesting. Aud is the modern form of Auðr, an old Norse name meaning "wealth, prosperity".

Dulcinea - A gorgeous name, especially for those who like longer, more dramatic options. Dulcinea would be a lovely name for a Valentine's baby - it comes from the Spanish dulce, meaning "sweet", and was invented by Miguel de Cervantes for the love interest of Don Quixote.

Pollux - I was surprised by this name's meaning - "very sweet" - because I don't think I've ever seen a boy's name with a meaning like it. In Greek mythology, Pollux is the twin of Castor, sons of Zeus, and the constellation Gemini is meant to represent them.

Boyish


For me, I love the thought of a frilly name with a edgy boyish nickname to fall back on. It seems to balance out the overwhelming fluff of some of these, making them much more usable for real life.

Evangeline - Evan
Augusta - Gus
Catherine/Katherine - Kit
Harriet - Harry
Josephine - Jo
Alexandra/Alexandria/Alexandrine/Alexandrina - Alex, Alec
Charlotte - Charlie
Wilhelmina - Will, Billie
Petra - Pete, Petey
Maximilienne, Maxine - Max
Jessamy, Jessamine - Jessie
Thomasina, Thomasine - Tom, Tommy
Roberta - Robbie, Bobbie
Theodora, Theodosia - Teddy, Theo
Aurora, Aurore - Rory
Jacqueline - Jackie, Jack
Johanna - Johnnie/Johnny, Jo
Veronica - Ronny/Ronnie
Francesca, Francisca, Francine - Frankie
Bernadette - Bernie, Bern
Phillipa/Philippa - Phil, Philly, Pip
Artemis, Artemisia - Art, Artie
Louise, Louisa, Luella/Louella - Lou, Louie
Martina - Marty
Edwina - Eddie
Callista, Callisto, Calixta, Calypso - Cal
Georgia, Georgina, Georgiana - Georgie
Henrietta - Hal
Antonia, Antonella, Antonina - Toni
Winifred - Fred, Freddie

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