My husband just started reading [name]Robert[/name] [name]Jordan[/name]'s Wheel of time series and was telling me about some of the characters, and a thought occurred to me. There are many names out there that are very cool and unusual but have mainstream abbreviations that make them totally socially acceptable.
Matrim from the Wheel of Time, called [name]Mat[/name]
Samwise from The [name]Lord[/name] of the Rings, called [name]Sam[/name]
I was curious to see what other names people knew of that are really truly unusual, but no one would know it by the nicknames they bear.