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paperbackwriter27 Sun 04-Feb-18 13:25:36


I'm a writer after suggestions for a name for a character, rather than a real life baby (not quite at that stage of life yet!) so I hope it's still OK to post for advice here!

I'm after a pretty girls name with three syllables and a possible NN which you wouldn't necessarily associate with the full name. It can't be immediately clear that the two characters are the same person - so nothing obvious like Susannah and Suzie.

In return, all I can promise is the satisfaction of knowing it was your idea, if ever you read the finished book!

CheapSausagesAndSpam Sun 04-Feb-18 13:28:35


Patienceisvirtuous Sun 04-Feb-18 13:29:27

Genevieve nn Viv or Genie

Ginnifer, nn Ginny

ScreamingValenta Sun 04-Feb-18 13:36:17

Annabel, NN Nan.

tabulahrasa Sun 04-Feb-18 13:36:41

Margaret and daisy or Peggy

Mayhemmumma Sun 04-Feb-18 13:37:04

Evelyn and Evie

snotato Sun 04-Feb-18 13:50:11

Ooh sounds like you have an interesting twist in your book.

I can’t actually think of any names that can be shortened to something that doesn’t sound similar.
I can list a few three syllable names though if anybody can think of a nick name for them.


Threeandabit Sun 04-Feb-18 13:55:48

I remember watching something ages ago where one of the characters was referred to as Nana. You automatically assume that they are talking about their grandmother. Then later on it turns out that the Character's name is Hannah, and the nickname stems from how they pronounced their name as a child.
Obviously Hannah does have enough syllables. What about Johannah?
I did know someone called Dorothy with the nickname Doffy, due to how they pronounced their name as a kid.
Richard Hammond's wife uses Mindy, as a nickname for Amanda.

ErictheHalfaBee Sun 04-Feb-18 13:58:55

I knew a Josephine that called herself Feena.

Fretfulparent Sun 04-Feb-18 14:02:39

Philippa (Pip)

7ways Sun 04-Feb-18 14:03:52

Aveline (Lina)

SoMuchToBits Sun 04-Feb-18 14:08:35

Dominique - Nicky
Miranda - Andie
Juliet - Ettie
Rosamund - Sammy
Rosalind - Sally
Daniella - Nellie
Eleanor - Len

BewareOfDragons Sun 04-Feb-18 14:09:12

Cecily / Cece
Josephine / Jo
Annalise / Anna or Lise
Fiona / Fee
Theresa / Terri

MumInTheCity Sun 04-Feb-18 14:09:32

Sophia - Fifi
Isobel - Bella

ChocolateCrunch Sun 04-Feb-18 14:13:27


Purplerain101 Sun 04-Feb-18 14:14:11

Susannah - Suki
Katrina - Katie/Kate/Kat/Trinny
Antonia - Annie
Marley - Lee

LittleMooMoo Sun 04-Feb-18 14:15:06

Meredith-NN- Dita.

Threeandabit Sun 04-Feb-18 14:16:12

Alison / Madison = nn Sonny?
Georgetta = nn Jet?

Posy can be a nn for Josephine.

I once read an autobiography, where the author's aunt was Brittannia, but she went by tannia. So if she was your character she could go by Tannia / Brit...Shame it's too many syllables!

I am interested to know what you pick, op. It's quite a challenge when you stop and think about it.

applebags Sun 04-Feb-18 14:17:15

Georgina is sometimes shortened to Geo (pronounced Jo)?

IVflytrap Sun 04-Feb-18 14:18:52

Martina - Marty
Meredith - Ed, Eddie, Dita
Verity - Ree, Rita
Livia, Julia, Celia - Lia (I know an Olivia with this nickname)
Eleanor - Leni/Lennie, Nora
Caroline - Caro, Callie, Cal
Alison - Allie, Lisa, Liss... er, Sonny I suppose too! grin
Annabel - Nancy
Susannah - Sukey
Margaret - Greta, Pearl, Peggy
Erica - Ricki
Honora - Nora
Cynthia - Cindy, Thia
Madeline - Della
Emmeline - Mel
Maria - Molly, Polly

I love coming up with nicknames. I could go on, but I won't. smile

Gotofriggingsleep Sun 04-Feb-18 14:20:47

Imogen, nickname Jenny?

kitkatlady Sun 04-Feb-18 14:22:03

francesca - frankie

chipsandgin Sun 04-Feb-18 14:22:12


Threeandabit Sun 04-Feb-18 14:27:37

Taking inspiration from Britannia, as above: -

Brittany nn annie

Pandora nn Andy

Yika Sun 04-Feb-18 14:28:40

Melinda - Lin
Melissa - Lissy
Maria - Em
Caroline - Carly
Cassandra - sandy
Cecily - Cici
Artemis - Missy
Beatrice - Trish
Livia - Vivi
Monica - Niki

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