Usually, when baby names are related, the resemblance is pretty obvious. For example, Christopher’s foreign versions include Christophe and Christos and his short form is Chris; Patricia is otherwise known as Patrizia or Patrice, Pat or Patty.
But this isn’t always the case. Alexander might be Alistair to his Scottish cousins, Sasha to his friends.
This can come in handy if you’re 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
Eugene.Owen, Euan, Ewan
George.Joren, Jori, Yuri
James.Hamish, Seamus, Jago, Semaj
John.Euan, Eoin, Jens, Ivan, João
Joseph.Joos, Joop, Sepp
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