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  1. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    William -- Lia, Illia, Mailey, Milly, Mala, Wiam (WHY-am),
    Michael -- Michelle, Mikhail (mick-HAIL), Shale, Mickey, Milly, Cale, Kell
    Harry -- Halle/Hallie, Harris, Rory
    Alfred -- Ally, Fred, Alfie, Red, Farlen, Delfrey
    Mary Jane -- Marjorie, Maje/Mage, Mane/Maine, Jeremy, Jemma, Janey, Maren
    Shirley -- Sugar, Shey, Shell, Lisha, Lesley/Leslie, Rilley, Riley
    Agnes -- Nessa, Genny, Genna, Sage, Agen
    Heather -- Heath, Thea, Aether, Hattie, Rhea, Tharen
    Sheila -- Shyla, Ashlie, Halie, Leia, Leah, (see Shirley)

  2. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    William (I'd be interested to hear other ideas besides Willa) - Willow, Willem, Wilfred, Wilhelmina, Liam, Billy/Billie, Wilhelm,
    Michael - Micah/Mika, Michaela, Mikhail, Michelle, Mikkaline, and many in other languages - Miguel, Michel, etc.
    Harry - was this short for Henry? Henry, Harriet (<3), Harriman, Hal, Hank, Henrietta
    Alfred - could do any with -Fred or -Al, Allison, Alfie, Frederic, Federico, Federica, Wilfred, Alfreda,
    Mary Jane - Using these initials, or just half of the double name, would work in honouring someone (Mary Kate, Mary Faith, Mary Beth, or Ella Jane, etc.). Different ways to honor Mary or Jane - Marietta, Marie, Marisol, Maria, Jeanine, Janet, Jayna - although I think Jane is nicer than the alternatives!
    Shirley - this one is hard!
    Agnes - Agatha, Agate, Inez, Anais
    Heather - I can't think of anything for this, either! I don't think it has a male version or any diminutives! Using another floral name would be a nice theme, but is kind of a stretch.
    Sheila - Shayla or Shyla are similar, and I think Sheila may be derived from or has influenced Cecelia/Cecil/etc.

  3. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Zelia • 20s • Exporting names from Greenland & Inuit mythology
    Henry Ásgeirr Lórien • Alexander Adelin Pemba "Sasha" • Aksel Atticus Ivik • Oscar Edmund Igaluk
    Nor Valdemar Oisín • Asa Bjørnstjerne Dante • Marcel Endymion Theo • Vincent Akiva Lysander

    Cosima Ingrid Zenobia "Mimi" • Asta Ivalo Galadriel • Aviaaja Catherine Françoise "Avi" • Evelyn Brontë Cleopatra "Evie"
    Olga Alvaret Lúthien • Noor Dagmar Evangeline • Edith Faraday Thérèse "Edie" • Eleonora Gry Patricia "Ellen"

  4. #12
    I love the name Liam - even though it's so popular right now I would use it as a MN. I love Willa (also popular) and would use it on a girl in a heartbeat. So Liam would be an awesome choice for a boy.

    The only name for Michael that I have heard that I like is Micah - don't love it - my husband doesn't like it. This is my dad so I would really love to use something - so some more research/thinking here. LOVE Marina for Mary Jane but one of my favorite girl names for a first is nautical so I couldn't combine the two (too nautical..) but I thought of using Maren (stands for Pearl - so a bit nauticaly but it doesn't scream it so I actually like it). Also the name Mane/Maine/Mayne intrigues me, too.

    Still need to think over some names to use for Alfred.... didn't think about the 'fred' part so there could be something there.

  5. #14
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    What about, instead, using your father's middle name (or a derivative) to honor him, or giving the same initials? Or, if your maiden name/father's surname is transferrable into a FN, you could use that for a son (assuming he'd have your husband's surname).

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