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June 25th, 2013 07:46 PM #21
Thank you all for your wonderful feedback! Wow -- I guess I had a front runner in mind, and I know what my other half's preference is and it appears to be an almost equal split between those two based on your comments!
For the nn questions:
Nathan / Nathaniel: His namesake was actually referred to by friends and family as "Nates". I'm not really sure when or why the "s" got added, but I've never heard anyone refer to Grandpa as anything other than Nathan or Nates. I'm fond of Nate but would likely always use the full Nathan if that's the name we choose or Nathan as the nickname for Nathaniel.
I think Ben is an adorable nickname, but I would feel strange using it. My oldest and best friend's (a woman) nickname is Ben (short for a VERY long last name), and I've never referred to her as anything but that in 25+ years. So perhaps that takes Benedict or Bennett out as a fn? Or maybe that's an added bonus?
@raptreverie: I had no idea about "the savior of the south" connection. hmmm. And yes -- you were correct on the sn. If you've noticed my NB name, you will have also figured out that I was a very kind wife when I dropped my maiden name for my husband's.
Thank you, everyone!