I'd use a variation as well. My favourites are:
Love the nn Nina.
Isn't Nina the Russian form of Anne? Nina is short for Antonina, and that starts with An...
I ADORE Anaïs. I think it is so beautiful but also poses some promunciation problems here in the U.S. although the rest of these, while all lovely names, I have to say, aren't quite my style.
I'd use some variation of the names too.
Annabel, Annika are great choises.
Orpossibly a double-barrelled combo like Anna-louise, Anna-Sophia. Or something like Marianne, Luciana or the like. But my suggestions dont get you to Nina, sorry.
I love Annia or Annika - or Anna. Antonia might get you to Nina while preserving Ana/Anna.
What about Annie? Love that name! Nina would still fit as a nickname, in my opinion. I don't really like Anastasia just because of the whole "50 shades" fad. And Annabel doesn't do it for me either. What about...
Annie Nicole? Anne Nina? Anne Nicolette? Annamarie? Nina-Anne (one name)? Annelise? Anne Nisha? Annie/Anne Odina? Anne Lena? Anne/Annie Sabrina? Anne Valentina?
Just a few off of the top of my head! ....
I have a soft spot for Ana. It's my niece's name. Its simple femininity really stands out among all the Isabellas and Madisons in her age group. She's three and a half and the only Ana she knows, and the only Caucasian Ana most people have ever come across.
I just really like it on a little girl, and it ages well, too.
I also like Anna and Anne. And Annie.
As for the other variants, my favorites are Anneke, Anouk, and Anoushka. I also love Anastasia with the nn Ana.
I like Anneliese! I was going to suggest Anya though.
Originally Posted by meetcute
I second the suggestion of Antonina! It seems like the perfect way to name her Anna and call her Nina :) I think Antonia could even work as well.