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  1. #6
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    Very cool & interesting names! I like Niobe and Theonie the most.

    Some others that might fit the bill:

    Agnes "Aggie"
    Aikaterine "Kat"
    Decima "Dezi" / "Dia"
    Floriana "Flora" / "Florrie"
    Isaura "Izzy" / "Ari"
    Honorine "Nora" / "Onnie" / "Ria"
    Persis "Percy"
    Pherenike "Nika"
    Tanaquil "Tansy" / "Quilla" / "Annie"
    Viatrix "Vi" / "Trixie"
    Zosime "Zo" / "Ozzy" / "Zimmy"

  2. #8
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    I'm sorry, but most of these aren't quite my style. I'm sure they're lovely and I just don't have the palate for them. Favorites of your list are Io and Penthea. Sidonia too.. though it's sort of halfway between Sedona and Sidonie (as in S. Gabrielle Colette) which I slightly prefer.
    Adelphie has a fraternity feeling to me, for some reason.
    Aiazeti - baked ziti
    Avani - reminds me of the Italian "avanti"
    Nayeli - pretty, but Aya makes me think of Ayahs, Indian nannies to British children.
    Niobe - sounds a lot like Nairobi.. Not that that's a bad thing, just slightly confusing.
    Parthenie and Theonie are too lispy-sounding for me.
    Neutral on: Aoede, Asta (well, there's "hasta la vista") and Onile.

    Some botanical ideas, mostly for my own enjoyment:
    Cleome - Cleo
    Anemone - Emmy. wonderful flower, also sea anemones...
    Alchemilla - Millie? Is it Greek? I think so... it's the proper name for lady's mantle, a beautiful plant that catches dew in its leaves like silver beads. It seems like a cross between "alchemy" and "Camilla!"
    Sykea - Kiki? An alternative to Psyche? Fig tree
    Mentha - Mint. Does it need a nick?
    Rudbeckia - Becky "Ruhd-BECK-iah" Black-eyed Susan! So you could use the nickname Susie too. Woops! This one's not Greek. Named after Olaus Rudbeck, teacher of Linnaeus.

  3. #10
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    Some more!

    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 Valor | Eloise Lily | Judah Sage | Thea Marina | Felix Orion | Iris Cordelia | Roscoe Benjamin | Lydia Wren | Jasper Conroy | Phaedra Naomi | Adrian Bruno | Lucinda 'Indie' Jane | Wallace Finnegan | Sylvie Winifred | Charles 'Charlie' Elliot | Juniper Faye | Julian 'Jules' Atlas | Matilda Sailor | Marlowe Charles | Alice Elizabeth | Jack Mariner | Marigold 'Maggie' Susan

    Just a grad student, dreaming ahead...

  4. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by emmabobemma View Post
    I'm sorry, but most of these aren't quite my style. I'm sure they're lovely and I just don't have the palate for them.
    Again, opinions without apology are most welcome I may be the only one, but when someone says "I'm sorry" as a preface for expressing distaste for names, it comes across as "I'm sorry, but your taste sucks" hehe, in which case the "sorry" reads as "yikes I feel sorry for your future children."

    I know that's not necessarily how most mean it, it's just how my brain interprets it!
    Last edited by yellow; February 5th, 2013 at 12:51 AM.

  5. #14
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    Oh rats. Not at all my intention :-/ Actually, in this case, I feel like many of these names are objectively very cool, but I don't recognize their beauty. Do you ever feel that way? Like with Eleanor - I know it's a beautiful name, but I just can't make myself like it.

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