I posted months ago because I couldn't decide whether I liked Natasha or Sasha more. The baby is now here and I still can't decide - I like them both. We're now considering covering all bases and calling her Natasha, but using Sasha as a nickname.
But part of me thinks this is just a silly compromise. We already have one dc who is formally called something with a nickname that is completely different.
Oh, and just to throw in a complication, we recently thought of Imogen which we both like and my other thread has thrown up some possible shortenings that I quite like too.
Aaaagh! Surely it's not meant to be this difficult to decide.
Sasha and Natasha are, technically and Slavonically, both nicknames. Sasha is usually a short form of Alexander/Alexandra and Natasha of Natalia/Natalya. So it seems bit odd to me. But I'm a name purist !
StripeyKnickers, it's a very common slang term;, there's even a book about east european sex slavery with that title, I believe. I have a lot of empathy with my Russian friends (they're straight from Russia, not second generation) because I've done a lot of tooth-grinding in the US at the treatment of Irish boys' names there. (Rory, Sean, etc. for girls).