New twists on old names
But this isnt always the case. Alexander might be Alistair to his Scottish cousins, Sasha to his friends.
This can come in handy if youre looking for an invisible (to non-nerds) or at least indirect route to honoring a namesake. Ways you can do this include finding an interesting but accessible international variation, or an unexpected nickname that can be used on its own, or a mythological, biblical, or other name switch, or dual identity.
Here are some possibilities you might consider. How many of the connections are visible to you?
Elizabeth .Elspeth, Isabella, Libby ad infinitum
Jane .Ivana, Siobhán, Jensine
Margaret .Maisie, Daisy, Pearl
Mary .Miriam, Moira
Sarah .Sally, Sadie
Violet .Iolanthe, Yolanda
Eugene .Owen, Euan, Ewan
George .Joren, Jori, Yuri
James .Hamish, Seamus, Jago, Semaj
Jerome .Geronimo, Hieronymus
John .Euan, Eoin, Jens, Ivan, João
Joseph .Joos, Joop, Sepp
Lawrence .Lars, Lorenzo
Peter .Piers, Piet
Nameberry is a baby-naming site produced by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, co-authors of 10 bestselling baby name guides, including the newest, Beyond Ave and Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby. See more at www.nameberry.com © 2013, Nameberry.com Distributed by MCT Information Services
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