Let's talk about Cas
I'm in love with the name Cas. The trouble is, I can't decide how I would use it. I've considered adding just Cas to my list; it's #38 in the Netherlands, and it doesn't seem too strange for an American boy. I also like Cas as a nickname, but I'm not overly fond of the obvious choices - Caspian (just doesn't feel right to me), Cassius/Cassian (dislike the "sh" pronunciation), and Casper (I actually do love this, but Jasper has more meaning to me). The other option is Castiel, which I love, but I worry that it's too fangirlish. Today's blog post has me considering Cassidy, but even on a guy it feels dated to me.
I'm not really concerned about Cas or any longer form fitting in with the names in my signature. I'm just looking for names I love. Does anyone have any ideas? Can you sell me on just Cas or one of the longer forms? Maybe there's something I haven't thought of? Thanks, ladies!
I think the nn Cas or Cas as the entire name is wonderful for a boy! My favorite Cas long form would have to be Cassidy or Cassius.
Have you considered? Castor or Casimir?
I love the nn Cas on a boy ( althought i slightly prefer the spelling Cash ) . My favorite Cas names are Caspar & Casimir .
Hmm, Casimir... beautiful name, but not really my style. Castor just makes me think of castor oil. Any more thoughts on Cas or a longer name with Cas as a nickname?
I've run into a similar problem; love Cas but for one reason or another can't use the tradition long forms. Part of me wonders whether it could be a stretch nn for Charles... a real stretch... too far?
I think Cas could totally work for Charles! It's no different than Jim for James.
I don't really think that Castiel is too fangirlish. Supernatural is more of an underground hit, and likely people that would recognize the name would actually love it, not be like "oh, that's the dude from Supernatural!" It wouldn't be the equivalent of naming your daughter Hermione and then having everyone be like "isn't that the chick from Harry Potter?" regardless of whether they have read the books or not. I don't know if that made sense or if it was word-salad. Basically, I would be surprised if a lot of non-Supernatural watchers know that it's the name of the Supernatural character. I think you'd be fine. Hell, Balthazar was on Sup too, and that's a NB fave.
I actually considered Charles nn Cas at one point. It's clever, but since I pronounce Charles as one syllable it doesn't really "click" to me.
I actually don't know anyone that says Cassius or Cassian as cash-uh etc. They all say cass-ee-us or cass-ee-an. I like it so much better that way and I think it's perfectly legit.
Casandro -- hero's brother
Cassander -- <3
Casca -- old
Casimir -- <3
Casta -- pure
Licas -- wolf -- lie-cas
Zoticas -- full of life -- varient form of Zoticus (Greek)
@Angel: Thanks for the ideas! I was actually flipping through K.M. Sheard's Complete Book of Names earlier, and she had the pronunciations for Cassius and Cassian listed as "cass" instead of "cash." I might reconsider now.