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February 4th, 2013 10:37 PM #1
Ancient names with cute, spunky nickname potential!
I've been trying to narrow in on what makes my taste in names 'tick,' and I've discovered that the names I gravitate toward are:
-Ancient or ancient-sounding, thick with tones of mythology and history - that preferably have nickname potential to fit my second thematic love:
-Spunky, unusual and quirky
This seems to apply across the board for me, but right now I'm looking at girls' names. The names that fit this bill (for me!) on my list are:
Adelphie (nickname options Ada, Adi, Della, Phie)
Aizeti (Aia, Zee, Ti, etc)
Parthenie (Pari, Theni)
Penthea (Penny, Thea)
Theonie (Thea, though I love Theonie all on its own )
...as you can tell, I also gravitate toward "-ee" sounds for the ending, as my last name ends in an "uh" sound which tends to rule out oherwise lovely --a names.
I'd love to hear ideas as to what names fit this bill for YOU! For my own selfish purposes, I do prefer non --a ending names, but please do share them still as others might be interested (plus I might see one that I could find variants for ). If you think of boys' names that fit of course throw them out as well
eta: As always, I appreciate honest reactions to the names I listed. No need to censor or be apologetic - I haven't used any and don't have immediate plans to.
Last edited by yellow; February 4th, 2013 at 10:40 PM.
February 4th, 2013 10:52 PM #3Senior Member
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Pallas - NN Polly. The Pallas Athena imagery is cool and Polly is cute.
Ione - One of my favourites of the I's, edging out Iphigenia and Iolanthe. Ione has such a soft, appealing sound not much heard beyond Naomi. The tragedy for me is due to our last name I can never use it.
Ianthe - Not quite as smooth as Ione, but I like it a lot.
Thisbe - the original star-crossed lover.
Xanthe - Isn't this spunky and whimsical enough itself? Zan-thee is how I say it, and I don't think it sounds too informal OR too buttoned up. I adore it. I don't know why it isn't more used.
Isis, NN Izzy - Isis (or Victorian-era spelling of Icesis) feels sleek and elegant to me. Izzy takes it to a different, spunkier place, and Izzy can blend in and then be most determinedly NOT Isabella when she's ready to stand out.
Khione - "snow" - a daughter of the North Wind.
Laetitia - NN Lettie. Laetitia's a very minor deity but being so minor avoids a lot of the more disturbing mythic sagas iykwim, and has a "nice" power.
Nerida - Means "sea nymph, mermaid" and also is, coincidentally, an Australian Aboriginal word for red water lily.
Thalassa - meaning "sea."
I've babbled on so that's all for right now but I'll be back later if you don't get sick of me.
I love Niobe best of yours, but I am not sure how I feel about Io. Something about "you named me after A COW?" haunts me.
February 4th, 2013 10:58 PM #5
Thisbe is really growing on me lately. I used to think it a little too inaccessible, but I think that's changing (whether in my own mind or the real world, who knows).
I am loving Pallas, and it's an excellent fit with our surname, but Polly feels so Pollyanna for me! I'm sure it will feel more fresh for my childrens' generation.
I didn't know there was an Io-cow connection, hehe, I love it for it's cosmological connections (Io is a Galilean moon).
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February 4th, 2013 11:07 PM #7Senior Member
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February 4th, 2013 11:45 PM #9
Thessaly or Thalassa - Tess, Tessa, Tessie
Octavia - Tavi, Avi
Persephone - Persy, Sephy, Effie
Ariadne - Addy
Corisande - Cori, Cora, Sandy, Andy
Aurelia - Lee, Lia, Rae
Philomela - Mellie, Phil, Pip, Pippa, Olie
Philomina - all the above plus Min, Mina, and Minnie
Calliope - Callie
Basilia - Baz, Lil, Lia, Lee
Persis - Persy, Polly
Concordia - Connie, Cordi, Cora, Dee, Didi
Athena - Thena, Thea
Astraea - Tay, Tea, Ray, Raya
Ceridwen - Winnie
Innana - Nan
Calypso - Callie, Pip, Sosie
Minerva - Min, Minnie
Morigan - Maggie
Calixta - Callie, Lita
Pandora - Pan, Panda, Dora, Dory, Dot, Dottie
Tulia - Tuli
Phaedra - Phae (prn Faye)
Artemis - Artie, Archie
Nikita - Nik, Nikki, Kit, Kitty
Parthenia - Thea, Nia, Thena
Rhiannon - Rhi, Annie, Nan
Cressida - Cress, Sidda, Sid
Zipporah - Zip, Zippy
Elisheva - Shev, Sheva, Ellie
Arcadia - Cady, Dee, Didi, Ari
Jerusha or Jerusalem - Jeri
Salome - Sally, Mae
Keziah - Kizzy
For you I also like Dido and Isis, which are short, spunky, and mythical all on their own.Simon, Eloise/Louise, Faye, Judah, Thea, Felix, Iris, Cordelia, Roscoe, Lydia, Jasper, Phaedra, Adrian, Lucinda, Jane, Conrad, Wallace, Finnegan, Sylvie, Charlie, Dashiell, Juniper, Atlas, Matilda, Julian, Alice, Marlowe, Octavia, Jack, Marigold, Archer, Gabriel, Persephone, Raphael, Dov
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