I really like the idea of having multiple levels of formality in a name. I think my ideal might be to have the full, formal name used only on special occasions; the everyday version; the endearing nickname; and one syllable used for convenience. So for instance, a girl could go by [name]Christa[/name] or [name]Josie[/name] in general but be [name]Chrissie[/name] or [name]JoJo[/name] to intimates in tender moments and [name]Christabel[/name] or [name]Josephine[/name] on certificates. [name]Chris[/name] and [name]Jo[/name] could be used when the speaker’s being lazy.
What do you Nameberryites think of this? And can you come up with other names that offer formal, normal, sweet, and short versions? I haven’t been able to think of one for a boy yet.