Thoughts on Tansy

What names besides [name]Anastasia[/name] would make for a nn [name]Tansy[/name]? If you met a little girl name [name]Tansy[/name] what would you think? I just came across this name and thought I would get some opinions! I think it’s delightful and would have no problem just naming her [name]Tansy[/name] (it means eternal life) but I wanted to see if any other names held a [name]Tansy[/name] quality :wink:

I think that [name]Tansy[/name] could be a nn for [name]Tamsin[/name] or [name]Tamasin[/name].
Possibly [name]Antoinette[/name] and [name]Antonia[/name] as well.

I think [name]Tansy[/name] makes a wonderful name in its own right – it doesn’t necessarily have to be a nickname for anything. I think of the pretty golden tansy flower, when I hear that name.

– [name]Nephele[/name]

[name]Tamsin[/name] doesn’t warrant a nickname - it’s short enough and cute on its own.

[name]Tansy[/name]'s certainly a much more attractive nickname for [name]Anastasia[/name] in English than the Russian standard, [name]Nastia[/name]. Never would’ve thought of it, but that’s because I don’t favor nicknames. I hold that if you expect to always call your kid something, that should be his/her name.

[name]Tansy[/name] is very much on the cute side. Cutesy, in fact, but I can’t resist anything cute. (That is, anything I find cute. There are all sorts of things - not just names - which I’m expected to find cute but don’t.)

As with most such names, my question wouldn’t be “What if I met a little girl named [name]Tansy[/name]?” but “What if I met a [name]Tansy[/name] in school?” “What if I met a [name]Tansy[/name] at work?” “What if I met an old lady named [name]Tansy[/name]?” That’s always my (and most others’) reservation about liking cute names. [name]Do[/name] they age at all? I suppose that’s the reason you want it to be a nickname for a more serious-sounding name.

I think [name]Tansy[/name] is a cute nickname, but doesn’t age well on its own at all.


[name]Tansy[/name] is a cute nickname for [name]Anastasia[/name], especially when most of the [name]Anastasia[/name]'s I know go by [name]Stacy[/name]. So dated…

I think that [name]Tansy[/name] is a cute name, and I love the [name]Tansy[/name] [name]Flower[/name] [name]Fairy[/name] - she is just what I envision. I imagine [name]Tansy[/name] to be a bright, curious little girl with long, flowing blond curls and big, beautiful hazel eyes. She is independent and strong, yet she appears fragile and small. I envision a little [name]Tansy[/name] wearing a sweet cream linen sundress, walking barefoot through a field of wildflowers. She stops to pluck a lone blossom and threads the bloom through her pretty, soft tendrils. As she runs back to her mother, I imagine [name]Tansy[/name] skipping giddily, her hair beating against her back as her bare feet hop through the dry grass. She stops and listens when she hears the call of a wild bird, and her calm face breaks out into a toothy grin as she calls her mother to come watch with her. She is inquisitive and gentle, emotional and intellectual. As she grows up, I see [name]Tansy[/name] being a bit of a loner, out of choice rather than force - she prefers to be in her own quiet, peaceful world rather than the hustle and bustle of everyday teenage life. I see her as a gentle woman, a kind mother, a soft-spoken but courageous activist. I think [name]Tansy[/name] would be a lovely friend to have, and a lovely little girl to watch over as she grows into the wonderful woman she will be…

Good luck! :slight_smile:

[name]Lemon[/name], I would [name]LOVE[/name] to read your descriptions of the rest of the [name]Flower[/name] Fairies. That was so much fun!

– [name]Nephele[/name]

Wow, [name]Lemon[/name]'s description of [name]Tansy[/name] was amazing. I was thinking that I like it, but it might not age well, but that completely changed my mind. I’m sold on [name]Tansy[/name]!

And now to seal the deal on the name [name]Tansy[/name], and perhaps even convert some of you borderline [name]Tansy[/name]-considers… What could be better than a name with literary associations? Step right up and meet a few Tansies from literature.

First up is a pretty [name]Tansy[/name] whose nickname stuck – the heroine in a novel set in Elizabethan [name]England[/name] titled [name]Tansy[/name] Taniard, by M.B.S. Strode [name]Jackson[/name] (1945):

But to return to my name. In the indentures of the porch there flounced out two great bushes of [name]Tansy[/name] (Tanacetum vulgare) which, as they did not look ill-favoured against the stone, and were useful for salletts and salmagundi, were suffered to remain. And it chanced that when my father brought his new bride home, I being then about four years old, I was brought by my nurse to greet them in the entrance. I was dressed in a pale grey gown that had been made from my dear mother’s robe, and my copper-red hair with a golden light on it was bushing out from a little cap of yellow silk, the which when my stepmother saw me lifted up to kiss her amid the grey and gold flowers, she exclaimed “Why! she is a proper little [name]Tansy[/name]!” and [name]Tansy[/name] I was called by my folk to this day!

Next we have a beguiling [name]Tansy[/name] from another historical novel ” this one about English immigrants coming to Australia. Moonfire, by [name]Linda[/name] [name]Lael[/name] [name]Miller[/name] (1988):

“A fine bit of business this is,” complained [name]Tansy[/name] [name]Quinn[/name], the one friend [name]Maggie[/name] had made aboard the ship in the five weeks since they’d left [name]London[/name]. A small, plump girl with plain brown hair, bright blue eyes, and a beguiling chip in one front tooth, [name]Tansy[/name] was emigrating to Australia for the second time in her short but eventful life. She was almost as well-traveled as [name]Maggie[/name], despite her poor beginnings in Liverpool, and, until now, she had exhibited unflagging confidence in her ability to make her way in this strange land where the seasons were turned topsy-turvy and flamboyantly colored birds flew free rather than being confined inside gilded cages in the parlors of the gentry.

Next we have a kind and protective [name]Tansy[/name] from a fantasy novel about a wooden boy named Barkbelly who is forced to flee for his life. From Barkbelly, by [name]Cat[/name] Weatherill (2005):

But just when he was giving up hope of ever finding a warm welcome, he met [name]Tansy[/name] Furlow.

Finally, we have a no-nonsense country girl of a [name]Tansy[/name] from The Teacher’s Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts, by [name]Richard[/name] Peck (2004):

[name]Tansy[/name] was named for a wildflower, which suited her because she was just as countrified and rawboned as me and [name]Lloyd[/name], almost. She was our big sister…

I especially like this one, because [name]Richard[/name] Peck is a well-known author of some very funny books for children and young adults. Here’s what a librarian reviewer had to say about this book:

C’mon back to rural [name]Indiana[/name] in 1904 and join 15-year-old [name]Russell[/name], whose summer ends with the unexpected death of old Miss [name]Myrt[/name] Arbuckle. [name]Russell[/name] and his younger brother are thrilled because just maybe the school board will decide to stop its foolishness and tear down the one-room schoolhouse. Surely it doesn’t pay to hire a new teacher for the six students who attend. But to his utter horror, one is hired and it’s none other than his extremely bossy older sister, even though she still has a year left of high school herself. [name]Tansy[/name] takes to teaching with vigor and manages to circumvent all of the high jinx and calamities that threaten to undermine her authority, such as an accidental fire in the privy and a puff adder in her desk drawer.

And those are just a few literary Tansies. There are more, but I haven’t the time to pick all the Tansies growing out there. :slight_smile:

– [name]Nephele[/name]

I always put [name]Tansy[/name] as a nickname for [name]Constance[/name] or [name]Temperance[/name] over [name]Anastasia[/name]… :slight_smile:
I think [name]Florence[/name] might work as well…

Also, while [name]Tansy[/name] is fine as a name in her own right, I always thought of her in the same category as [name]Daisy[/name] which is ‘very sweet and lovely, but perhaps too much so to fully function as a first name in it’s own right’…
[name]Tansy[/name], [name]Daisy[/name], [name]Meadow[/name], [name]Plum[/name], Rosebud, [name]Tula[/name], [name]Nola[/name], [name]Wren[/name], [name]Wyn[/name], [name]Bell[/name], [name]Blue[/name] and such also belong in that category…
I love them as middle names or the last part of a double first, but not as first names. ^^

Wow, [name]Lemon[/name] and [name]Nephele[/name], those were amazing descriptions! They make me want to have my own little [name]Tansy[/name]!

Wow! I didn’t know my description could convert some non-[name]Tansy[/name]-lovers. [name]Nephele[/name], I love a name with literary connections, so way to go [name]Tansy[/name]!

If you want more descriptions, maybe we could do a daily [name]Flower[/name] [name]Fairy[/name] name description or something.

[name]Lemon[/name] :slight_smile:

Wow, that is a great idea, lemon! I have always liked [name]Tansy[/name]- it is a pretty name and I think it reminds me of the deceased actress [name]Jessica[/name] [name]Tandy[/name] whom I adored. I am glad to see someone considering it whether they use it as a fn or mn, a nn or a full name!

You guys should definitely do that! You could do other names, too, not just [name]Flower[/name] Fairies… but [name]Flower[/name] Fairies do have great names! Can I request [name]Magnolia[/name] and [name]Marigold[/name]?

After reading the whole thread, especially the descriptions, I have found a completely new love for [name]Tansy[/name]. It is now on my very long list of favourites, but undeniably in the top half. I think I like it better on it’s own, than as a nickname, but either way, I think its beyond brilliant.

good luck!

Yes, yes, [name]Lemon[/name], please do!!! You could use a [name]Flower[/name] [name]Fairy[/name] illustration for each topic focusing on one of the [name]Flower[/name] Fairies! [name]Feel[/name] free to lift them from my [name]Flower[/name] Fairies anagramming topic here:

I know that I will really enjoy reading these! And perhaps others here can add their impressions to each individual topic, as well. And find literary examples of the use of these floral names, as I did in this thread.

Oh, and also come up with suitable middle names for the [name]Flower[/name] Fairies. What sort of middle name would go with [name]Tansy[/name], I wonder? :slight_smile:

– [name]Nephele[/name]

[name]Tansy[/name], like [name]Daisy[/name], is a standalone name in my mind. It is cute, but I can see it aging gracefully. Think of [name]Daisy[/name] [name]Fuentes[/name] for the years beyond childhood and Driving Miss [name]Daisy[/name] for an older woman. A friend of my grandmother’s was [name]Daisy[/name] and she was lovely.

[name]Tansy[/name] is lovely and of the same flavour. Reminds me of [name]Pansy[/name], but without the unfortunate negative slurs.

AW! This picture just sealed the deal for me, love [name]Tansy[/name]!

I agree with you on the nn front! My name is [name]Gabrielle[/name] and that’s what my parents call me, though the world tries to call my [name]Gabby[/name]. I guess I am preparing them to have good nn’s just because I hated having to say “NOT [name]GABBY[/name]!” all my life, haha.

please comment on anything I ever post! [name]Ever[/name]! You made me mist up a little! If you get the chance I would love to hear your thoughts on- [name]Gwendolyn[/name] [name]Capri[/name], [name]Evangeline[/name] [name]Eden[/name], [name]Ireland[/name] [name]Elizabeth[/name], and [name]Lyra[/name] [name]Thisbe[/name]. [name]Just[/name] to see if we agree with [name]Tansy[/name] as much as we agree on these! Thank you for your beautiful thoughts!