Whimsy But Grounded Names?

[name_m]Hi[/name_m]! So, I was just scrolling through the forums and I saw this thread for practical yet whimsical names and the idea really appeals to me! So, I’ve decided that I would like to use that theme for LO #1’s name! I suppose that my name, [name_f]Cressida[/name_f], is a good example!

Necessities:
Must have a nickname
Solid history
You must be able to see it on an old grandmother, someone at a law firm or a CEO, a teenage girl and a child!
Must be whimsical too, though!

Bonus:
[name_m]Long[/name_m]
Slightly sassy/spunky

Names my partner and I’ve considered:
[name_f]Viola[/name_f] (the only nn we like is [name_f]Lola[/name_f] and that’s the dog)
[name_f]Ophelia[/name_f] (can’t actually imagine it on our own child for some reason)
[name_f]Aurelia[/name_f] (same as above + I can only imagine it on a child or teen)
[name_f]Elowen[/name_f] (too whimsical maybe?)
[name_f]Eliora[/name_f] (absolutely adore this one but is [name_m]Leo[/name_m] an acceptable nn?)
[name_f]Avalon[/name_f] (I know five Avas and four Evas under the age of ten)
[name_f]Rowena[/name_f] (nickname possibilities?)

I don’t really “care” much about popularity but I honestly enjoyed being the only [name_f]Cressida[/name_f] in school. I wouldn’t however want something too popular, though. My patner says being the fourth [name_f]Alison[/name_f] in the class wasn’t fun, lol.

  • [name_f]Cressie[/name_f]!

[name_f]Hermione[/name_f] ([name_f]Maia[/name_f])
[name_f]Ottavia[/name_f]/[name_f]Octavia[/name_f] ([name_u]Avi[/name_u], [name_f]Via[/name_f], [name_u]Ottie[/name_u], [name_u]Tavi[/name_u])
[name_f]Theodosia[/name_f] ([name_f]Thea[/name_f])
[name_f]Agatha[/name_f] ([name_f]Aggie[/name_f])
[name_f]Ginevra[/name_f] ([name_u]Nev[/name_u], [name_f]Evie[/name_f], [name_f]Ginny[/name_f])
[name_f]Atalanta[/name_f] ([name_f]Attie[/name_f], [name_f]Annie[/name_f])
[name_f]Celestine[/name_f] ([name_f]CeCe[/name_f])
[name_f]Ariadne[/name_f] ([name_u]Ari[/name_u])
[name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] ([name_f]Maris[/name_f], [name_f]Amy[/name_f], [name_f]Ami[/name_f], [name_u]Ellis[/name_u])
[name_f]Seraphina[/name_f] ([name_f]Fina[/name_f], [name_f]Sera[/name_f])

[name_f]Cordelia[/name_f] ([name_f]Delia[/name_f])
[name_f]Louise[/name_f] ([name_f]Lulu[/name_f])
[name_f]Camellia[/name_f] ([name_f]Cami[/name_f] or [name_f]Melli[/name_f] or [name_f]Lia[/name_f])
[name_f]Genevieve[/name_f] ([name_f]Vivi[/name_f] or [name_f]Ginny[/name_f])
[name_f]Nadine[/name_f] ([name_f]Deedee[/name_f])

Sorry for the very long list and any repeats. I’m not sure the names will all meet all the categories, but hopefully there’s something in there that you like!

[name_f]Adaline[/name_f] - [name_f]Ada[/name_f], [name_f]Addie[/name_f]
[name_f]Adela[/name_f] - [name_f]Ada[/name_f], [name_u]Dell[/name_u]/[name_f]Della[/name_f]
[name_f]Alberta[/name_f] - [name_f]Birdie[/name_f], [name_u]Bertie[/name_u]
[name_f]Alexandra[/name_f]/[name_f]Alexandrine[/name_f] - [name_u]Alix[/name_u], [name_u]Sasha[/name_u], [name_f]Alexa[/name_f]
[name_f]Alida[/name_f] - [name_f]Lida[/name_f]
[name_f]Alouette[/name_f] - Alu, [name_f]Lula[/name_f]/[name_f]Lulu[/name_f], Louette, [name_f]Etta[/name_f]
Aludra/[name_f]Alula[/name_f] - [name_f]Lula[/name_f]
[name_f]Amaia[/name_f] - [name_f]Maia[/name_f]
[name_f]Amalia[/name_f] - [name_f]Mali[/name_f], [name_f]Malia[/name_f]
[name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] - [name_f]Aimee[/name_f], [name_f]Mary[/name_f], [name_f]Rilla[/name_f]
[name_f]Amelie[/name_f]/Amélie/[name_f]Amalie[/name_f] - [name_f]Millie[/name_f], [name_f]Amma[/name_f], [name_f]Mellie[/name_f]
[name_f]Ana[/name_f]ïs - [name_f]Annie[/name_f], [name_f]Naia[/name_f]
[name_f]Annora[/name_f] - [name_f]Annie[/name_f], [name_f]Nora[/name_f]
[name_f]Anoushka[/name_f] - Noush, [name_f]Annie[/name_f], Nounou (although Nounou does mean nanny in [name_m]French[/name_m])
[name_f]Aphrodite[/name_f] - [name_f]Dita[/name_f], [name_f]Roda[/name_f]
[name_f]Appoline[/name_f] - [name_f]Apple[/name_f], [name_f]Polly[/name_f]
[name_f]Aquinnah[/name_f] - [name_u]Quinn[/name_u]
[name_f]Araminta[/name_f] - Mint, [name_u]Ari[/name_u]
[name_f]Artemisia[/name_f] - [name_f]Aria[/name_f], [name_f]Emmy[/name_f]
[name_f]Astoria[/name_f] - [name_u]Story[/name_u], [name_f]Asta[/name_f], [name_f]Aria[/name_f]
[name_f]Atara[/name_f]/[name_f]Atarah[/name_f] - [name_f]Tara[/name_f]
[name_f]Athena[/name_f] - [name_f]Nina[/name_f], [name_f]Thea[/name_f]
[name_f]Aveline[/name_f] - Avey, [name_f]Elle[/name_f], [name_f]Ava[/name_f]
[name_f]Azura[/name_f] - [name_u]Zuri[/name_u], [name_u]Aza[/name_u]
[name_f]Beatrice[/name_f]/[name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] - [name_f]Bea[/name_f], Bissy, [name_f]Trixie[/name_f], [name_u]Bliss[/name_u]
[name_f]Blythe[/name_f] - [name_u]Billie[/name_u]
[name_f]Briony[/name_f] - [name_f]Bree[/name_f]?
[name_f]Calixta[/name_f]/[name_f]Calliope[/name_f] - [name_f]Calla[/name_f], [name_f]Callie[/name_f], [name_f]Lili[/name_f]
[name_u]Calypso[/name_u] - [name_f]Calla[/name_f], Lipsy, [name_f]Sosie[/name_f]
[name_f]Cassiopeia[/name_f] - [name_f]Cassia[/name_f], [name_f]Pia[/name_f], [name_u]Cass[/name_u]
[name_f]Catalina[/name_f] - [name_u]Tally[/name_u], [name_f]Cat[/name_f], [name_f]Plum[/name_f]
[name_f]Catriona[/name_f] - [name_f]Cat[/name_f], [name_f]Cate[/name_f]
[name_f]Cecilia[/name_f]/[name_f]Cecily[/name_f] - [name_f]Cilly[/name_f], Cici
[name_f]Chiara[/name_f] - [name_f]Kiki[/name_f]
[name_f]Cicely[/name_f] - [name_f]Sissy[/name_f]
[name_f]Circe[/name_f] - [name_f]Cece[/name_f]
[name_f]Clemency[/name_f] - [name_u]Clem[/name_u], [name_f]Emmy[/name_f]
[name_f]Clementine[/name_f] - [name_u]Clem[/name_u], [name_m]Lemon[/name_m], [name_f]Emmy[/name_f], [name_f]Minty[/name_f]
[name_f]Coralie[/name_f] - [name_f]Cora[/name_f]
[name_f]Cordelia[/name_f] - [name_f]Clio[/name_f], [name_f]Cora[/name_f]
[name_f]Cordula[/name_f] - [name_f]Ula[/name_f], [name_u]Love[/name_u], [name_f]Cora[/name_f]
[name_f]Cosima[/name_f] - Cosy, [name_f]Immy[/name_f], [name_m]Simmy[/name_m]
[name_f]Delilah[/name_f] - [name_f]Della[/name_f], [name_f]Lila[/name_f]
[name_f]Delphine[/name_f] - [name_f]Delphi[/name_f], [name_f]Della[/name_f], Phina
Eilonwy - [name_f]Isla[/name_f]
[name_f]Eirini[/name_f] - Rini?, [name_u]Ira[/name_u]?
[name_f]Electra[/name_f] - [name_f]Ella[/name_f]
[name_f]Eliane[/name_f]/Éliane - [name_u]Elia[/name_u]
[name_f]Eliora[/name_f] - [name_u]Lior[/name_u]
[name_f]Elodie[/name_f]/[name_u]Eloise[/name_u] - [name_f]Ella[/name_f], [name_f]Lola[/name_f]
[name_f]Eluned[/name_f] - [name_f]Luna[/name_f]
[name_f]Emilia[/name_f] - [name_f]Millie[/name_f], [name_f]Emmy[/name_f]
[name_f]Emmanuelle[/name_f] - [name_f]Elle[/name_f], [name_f]Emma[/name_f], [name_f]Emmy[/name_f]
[name_f]Esmeralda[/name_f] - [name_f]Esme[/name_f], [name_f]Zelda[/name_f]
[name_f]Estella[/name_f] - [name_f]Stella[/name_f], [name_f]Essie[/name_f], [name_f]Este[/name_f], [name_f]Star[/name_f]
[name_f]Eulalie[/name_f] - [name_f]Eula[/name_f], [name_f]Lula[/name_f], Laelie
[name_f]Finola[/name_f] - [name_u]Finn[/name_u], [name_f]Nola[/name_f]
[name_f]Florence[/name_f]/[name_u]Florentine[/name_u] - [name_f]Flor[/name_f]/[name_f]Fleur[/name_f], [name_f]Flossie[/name_f], [name_f]Flo[/name_f]
[name_f]Ginevra[/name_f] - [name_u]Ever[/name_u], [name_f]Ginny[/name_f]
[name_f]Gisella[/name_f] - [name_f]Ella[/name_f]
[name_f]Guinevere[/name_f] - [name_u]Gwyn[/name_u], [name_f]Vera[/name_f], [name_f]Neve[/name_f], [name_f]Plum[/name_f], [name_f]Era[/name_f]
[name_f]Gwyneira[/name_f] - [name_f]Eira[/name_f], [name_u]Gwyn[/name_u]
[name_f]Hermione[/name_f] - [name_f]Maia[/name_f], [name_f]Minnie[/name_f], [name_u]Hero[/name_u]/[name_f]Hera[/name_f]
[name_f]India[/name_f] - [name_f]Indie[/name_f]
[name_f]Iola[/name_f] - [name_f]Io[/name_f]
[name_f]Iphigenia[/name_f] - [name_f]Fig[/name_f], [name_f]Genie[/name_f], [name_f]Nia[/name_f]
[name_f]Isadora[/name_f] - [name_f]Dodie[/name_f], [name_f]Sadie[/name_f]/[name_f]Zadie[/name_f], [name_f]Sosie[/name_f], [name_u]Issa[/name_u]
[name_f]Isobel[/name_f] - [name_f]Zoe[/name_f], [name_u]Issa[/name_u]
Isola/[name_f]Isolde[/name_f] - [name_u]Zola[/name_u], [name_u]Issy[/name_u], [name_u]Issa[/name_u]
[name_f]Jessamy[/name_f] - [name_f]Essie[/name_f], [name_f]Emmy[/name_f], [name_u]Jem[/name_u]
[name_f]Josefina[/name_f] - Zeffie, [name_f]Fina[/name_f], [name_f]Posey[/name_f], [name_f]Jovie[/name_f]
[name_f]Kerensa[/name_f] - [name_f]Kizzy[/name_f]/Kissy, [name_u]Wren[/name_u]
[name_f]Lalita[/name_f] - [name_f]Lalla[/name_f]
[name_f]Leonie[/name_f]/Léontine/[name_f]Leora[/name_f]/[name_f]Leocadia[/name_f] - [name_m]Leo[/name_m]
[name_f]Livia[/name_f] - [name_f]Liv[/name_f], [name_f]Livvy[/name_f]
[name_f]Lucia[/name_f]/[name_f]Lucille[/name_f]/[name_f]Lucasta[/name_f] - [name_f]Lucy[/name_f], [name_f]Lulu[/name_f]
[name_f]Noemi[/name_f] - [name_f]Emmy[/name_f]
[name_f]Odilia[/name_f] - [name_f]Dilly[/name_f], [name_f]Lily[/name_f]
[name_f]Olympia[/name_f] - [name_f]Oly[/name_f], Imp, [name_f]Pia[/name_f], [name_f]Lily[/name_f]
[name_f]Ondine[/name_f] - Wave
[name_f]Ottilie[/name_f]/[name_f]Ottoline[/name_f] - Otter, [name_f]Tillie[/name_f]
[name_f]Paloma[/name_f] - [name_f]Lola[/name_f]
[name_f]Perdita[/name_f] - [name_f]Perdy[/name_f], [name_f]Dita[/name_f]
[name_f]Philomena[/name_f] - Lomi, [name_u]Love[/name_u]
[name_f]Phoebe[/name_f] - [name_f]Bee[/name_f]
[name_f]Rafaela[/name_f] - Faela, Raffie, [name_f]Ella[/name_f]
[name_f]Rosalie[/name_f]/[name_f]Rosaline[/name_f]/[name_f]Rosamund[/name_f] - [name_f]Rosa[/name_f], [name_f]Rosie[/name_f], [name_f]Sally[/name_f]/[name_u]Sammy[/name_u]
[name_f]Saskia[/name_f] - Sassy, [name_f]Kiki[/name_f]
[name_f]Seraphina[/name_f]/[name_f]Seraphine[/name_f] - Raffie, [name_f]Sera[/name_f], [name_f]Fina[/name_f], [name_u]Finn[/name_u]
[name_f]Sheherazade[/name_f] - [name_f]Zadie[/name_f]
[name_f]Shoshanna[/name_f] - [name_f]Lily[/name_f]
[name_f]Sixtine[/name_f] - Six
[name_f]Susanna[/name_f] - Sassy, [name_f]Zanna[/name_f], [name_f]Suki[/name_f]
[name_f]Talitha[/name_f] - [name_u]Tali[/name_u], [name_f]Litha[/name_f]
[name_f]Tallulah[/name_f] - [name_f]Lulu[/name_f], [name_f]Lula[/name_f], [name_u]Tally[/name_u]
[name_f]Tatiana[/name_f] - [name_f]Tati[/name_f], [name_f]Tatia[/name_f]
[name_f]Temperance[/name_f]/[name_f]Tempest[/name_f] - [name_f]Essie[/name_f], [name_f]Tess[/name_f], [name_f]Emmy[/name_f]
[name_f]Theophania[/name_f] - [name_u]Theo[/name_u], [name_f]Tia[/name_f], [name_u]Taffy[/name_u]
Tuppence - [name_u]Penny[/name_u]
[name_f]Verity[/name_f] - [name_u]Truth[/name_u]/[name_u]True[/name_u], [name_f]Vera[/name_f]
[name_f]Violetta[/name_f] - Vio, [name_f]Etta[/name_f]
[name_f]Winona[/name_f] - [name_f]Winnie[/name_f], [name_f]Nona[/name_f]
[name_f]Zahara[/name_f] - [name_f]Zsa[/name_f] [name_f]Zsa[/name_f], [name_f]Zara[/name_f], [name_u]Ara[/name_u]
[name_f]Zenobia[/name_f] - [name_f]Zoe[/name_f], Bia
[name_f]Zinnia[/name_f] - [name_f]Nia[/name_f]
[name_f]Zosia[/name_f] - [name_f]Sosie[/name_f], [name_f]Sia[/name_f]

I love this thread! The options you and your partner are considering are gorgeous :).

When I think “whimsy but grounded” the first name I think of is [name_f]Gwendolyn[/name_f]. It’s a name with history and is connected to mythology, but also perfectly usable and practical. I think [name_f]Gwen[/name_f] is a great nickname that works for someone of any age or profession. It fits all your requirements and is so lovely I think.

My favorites you listed are:

[name_f]Aurelia[/name_f] – SO MANY NICKNAME POSSIBILITIES! [name_u]Ari[/name_u], [name_u]Rae[/name_u], [name_f]Lia[/name_f], [name_f]Ellie[/name_f], [name_f]Aura[/name_f], etc. Also I can easily imagine this on an adult because of [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] Path’s mother!

[name_f]Elowen[/name_f] – I don’t think this is too whimsical at all! I think it fits all your requirements nicely. Can use lots of nicknames: [name_f]El[/name_f], [name_f]Ellie[/name_f], [name_f]Winnie[/name_f], etc.

[name_f]Eliora[/name_f] – So beautiful. [name_m]Leo[/name_m] is a very cute nickname for a girl, and I think [name_f]Lia[/name_f]/[name_f]Lea[/name_f] would easily work as a nickname as well.

[name_f]Rowena[/name_f] – Could use [name_f]Ro[/name_f] as a nickname. Or [name_f]Winnie[/name_f].

Good luck!

[name_f]Cecily[/name_f]
[name_f]Giselle[/name_f]
[name_f]Millicent[/name_f] - I know its grandma name, but nickname [name_f]Millie[/name_f] makes it suitable for child
[name_f]Juliet[/name_f]
[name_f]Lumina[/name_f]
[name_f]Rosalie[/name_f]
[name_f]Helena[/name_f]
[name_f]Lucina[/name_f] - not [name_f]Lucia[/name_f], just [name_f]Lucina[/name_f]
[name_f]Ottilie[/name_f]
Valkyrie
[name_f]Saskia[/name_f]

Sorry for any repeats. I tried my best to be whimsy, but I’m not sure if all of the names are. I italicized my favorites.

[name_f]Angelina[/name_f] - [name_f]Lina[/name_f], [name_f]Gina[/name_f]
[name_f]Anneliese[/name_f]/[name_f]Annalisa[/name_f] - [name_f]Annie[/name_f], [name_f]Liesel[/name_f], [name_f]Liza[/name_f]
[name_f]Annika[/name_f] - [name_f]Anya[/name_f], [name_f]Nika[/name_f]
[name_f]Araminta[/name_f] - [name_u]Ari[/name_u], [name_f]Minty[/name_f], [name_f]Minnie[/name_f]
[name_f]Beatrice[/name_f] - [name_f]Bea[/name_f]
[name_f]Cecelia[/name_f] - [name_f]Celia[/name_f]
[name_f]Clarissa[/name_f] - [name_f]Clary[/name_f], [name_f]Rissa[/name_f]
[name_f]Cordelia[/name_f] - [name_f]Delia[/name_f], [name_f]Cordie[/name_f]
[name_f]Cornelia[/name_f] - [name_u]Corrie[/name_u]
[name_f]Delilah[/name_f] - [name_f]Lila[/name_f]
[name_f]Dorothy[/name_f] - [name_f]Dot[/name_f], [name_f]Dodie[/name_f]
[name_f]Estella[/name_f] - [name_f]Stella[/name_f]
[name_f]Felicity[/name_f] - Lissy, [name_f]Flick[/name_f]
[name_f]Francesca[/name_f] - [name_f]Franny[/name_f], Chesca, [name_u]Frankie[/name_u]
[name_f]Geneva[/name_f] - [name_f]Gen[/name_f], [name_f]Neva[/name_f]
[name_f]Georgina[/name_f]/[name_f]Georgiana[/name_f] - [name_f]Gina[/name_f], [name_u]Georgie[/name_u]
[name_f]Guinevere[/name_f] - [name_f]Gwen[/name_f]
[name_f]Gwendolen[/name_f] - [name_f]Gwen[/name_f], [name_f]Wendy[/name_f]
[name_f]Helena[/name_f] - [name_f]Nell[/name_f]
[name_f]Henrietta[/name_f] - [name_f]Hattie[/name_f], [name_f]Etta[/name_f]
[name_f]Lorelei[/name_f] - [name_u]Rory[/name_u]
[name_f]Louisa[/name_f] - [name_u]Isa[/name_u], [name_u]Lou[/name_u]
[name_f]Lydia[/name_f] - Liddy
[name_f]Magdalena[/name_f] - [name_f]Maggie[/name_f], [name_f]Lena[/name_f], [name_f]Maisie[/name_f]
[name_f]Matilda[/name_f] - [name_u]Mattie[/name_u], [name_f]Tilly[/name_f]
[name_f]Penelope[/name_f] - [name_f]Nell[/name_f]
[name_f]Persephone[/name_f] - [name_u]Percy[/name_u]
[name_f]Rosalind[/name_f] - [name_f]Lindy[/name_f], [name_f]Roz[/name_f]
[name_f]Rosamond[/name_f] - [name_f]Rosie[/name_f]
[name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] - [name_u]Romy[/name_u], [name_f]Rosie[/name_f]
[name_f]Samara[/name_f] - [name_u]Sammy[/name_u]
[name_f]Susannah[/name_f] - [name_f]Sanna[/name_f]
[name_f]Virginia[/name_f] - [name_f]Ginny[/name_f]
[name_f]Wilhelmina[/name_f] - [name_f]Mina[/name_f], [name_u]Billie[/name_u], [name_f]Willa[/name_f]
[name_f]Zipporah[/name_f] - [name_f]Zora[/name_f]