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June 18th, 2013 09:54 PM #11
Redwoodfey, you have a bunch that sit just right for me! Asher, Oliver and Evander used to be on our list.
Others I had heard, but hadn't considered, that I really like are Fenris, Theon, Caspian and Evander. I love the nickname Cas/Cass but had trouble separating it from Castiel (Supernatural was a guilty pleasure show of ours for awhile!).
Caspar / Casper has been growing on me. While I like them objectively, my association has always been the friendly ghost since I loved the movie as a kid! It feels like a much fainter association now, though, and I love that it's out of the top 1000 yet still so familiar.
I'm glad you think Anders would work for Alsander, and I love it from Leander as well (Lysander is another option for us).
Thanks for the thoughts on nicknames. I think I shouldn't worry about something like Nolan (even though that particular name isn't a good surname fit), it would be something like Cass or Noel that would hit my sore spot ("what's it short for?"). I think Theon would be borderline for that as well, but I do love it (minus the Theon Greyjoy association).Expecting a little surprise in January!
June 18th, 2013 10:24 PM #13My cherished daughter, Rowan Jane. ~b. 10/2011~
Sawyer ~ Aven ~ Elowen ~ Sage ~ Eilonwy ~ Eleanor
Morgan ~ Asher ~ ___ ~ ___ ~ Currently trying to fill the blanks...
Trying for #2 in January 2014.
June 19th, 2013 12:41 AM #15Member
*~Proud Mommy to Shane, River and Rowan. Expecting #4!~*~Emery~Penelope~Hazel~ ~Sage~Shiloh~Lyric~Shepard~
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June 19th, 2013 10:56 PM #17
As far as nns are concerned, I think it makes sense to consider the obvious. I mean, if you hate the nn Al, then naming your kid Alaric might not be the best option. On the other hand, I know people who go by their full names only. It depends a lot on the family, and eventually on the kids themselves. I know a set of now grown-up brothers named Daniel and Samuel. Even though their parents called both by their full names, and you wouldn't even dream of pulling a nn on Daniel, almost all of Sam's friends call him -- well, you see? And then to blow all theories to smithereens, there was an old man in the community where I grew up called Toad. Toad wasn't his given name, and yet nobody seemed to know his real name, or how he came to be called Toad, or if he liked it, or anything, but everyone knew Toad and that Toad and been called Toad just forever.
In the end, if you like nns, use one, and if not, don't. It's not a hill worth dying on any more than whether someone decides to name their kid Winston or Weston or Wesley or Wyatt. Stylistic difference, and we all have our favorites.
Incidentally, I do agree that Anders would work for Alsander. Also, Ian would work for Caspian if you're not into Cass.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand (and congratulations on your pregnancy!) I tend to like boys names that are just this side of swashbuckling on the masculine-but-soft scale, so I think some could be a bit too rough for you, but it's hard to judge where exactly that line will fall so here goes (also with some nn observations/ideas)
Peregrine (Perry, Penn, Rin, Perrin, Aaron, Pippin, Pip)
Frederick (Fred, Rick, Erik, Derrick)
Zephan (Zeph, Finn)
Ragnar/Rainier (Ran, Ron)
Pierce (there's really no nn to put on this)
Alaric (Al, Rick)
June 20th, 2013 12:40 PM #19
^^ not too rough AT ALL! Thanks for the list.
Everyone has had varied experiences with nicknames (myself included, of course). Just like everyone else, I know plenty of people with and without nicknames, or nicknames from varied sources, people who love having them and people who've been Katherine their whole life and will cut you if you try to pull Katie on them!
My personal preference is for nicknamable names, in that they don't sound like nicknames already, but we have plenty of exceptions on our list for both genders (Lev and Ezri are my go-to examples from our list).
It's interesting how what feels like an offhand meaningless comment in the prompt post can become the topic of the thread the primary issue with Nolan is that it doesn't work with our surname, AND it has no logical nickname that does work with our surname. If Nolan worked with our surname the nickname issue would be moot.Expecting a little surprise in January!