Need a different name for "Sophia"
She's in her 20s, was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1820ish, and is of French Huguenot extraction. I originally named her Sophia, with a (hated) nn Sophie, but I'm not really happy with that name now.
I know it's not exactly realistic, but I'm really not digging Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, Ann, Nancy, Catherine.... in other words, any of the really popular names of the time :) and Margaret is already taken for her little sister. Names for this family so far have really trended towards Classical and Ancient History (see the list at the bottom).
Parents are Ada and Francis, sister is Margaret nn Pearl. Last name is Gentry.
If possible, I'm feeling out Poesie (Posey) as a nickname for her (which exists as a childhood name that she hates) but I'm not too thrilled with either Josephine or Penelope. Both of those are mainly failing because I can't come up with an alternate nickname for her to like better, and I really don't want to write out Josephine or Penelope all the darn time for her. :)
Nickname trouble is also why Sophia is bothering me. Sophie wouldn't be any better than Poesie from the character's viewpoint, and I already have a Sophronia (Sophie) and a Sophia (Fifi) as established characters. I could just leave Sophia alone with no nickname, but since that name is already bothering me a bit, I don't know whether I want to go that route.
Persephone is an option (with Persis as the preferred nickname - what can I say, she's a weird person), but it is not my first choice due to story considerations, and I also don't feel like Persephone is the best match for Margaret as a sibling. If I can't find anything better, I do currently like Sophia best (even though it's bothering me) and then after that, it's Persephone better than either Josephine or Penelope.
Poesie isn't required as a nickname, but if I can wrangle it in, I'd like to.
Off the table (mainly because I've used them for other people already) but useful to know for ideas on how this family names their people:
Thank you all!!
Tue, 05/08/2012 - 6:37pm