Ideas on what Nina can be short for

I love the names Nora and Nina for twin girls as nicknames. Eleanor for Nora. But I can't come up with any ideas for Nina to be short for. The site only has Antonina or Janine, does anyone have other suggestions on what Nina could be short for?


May 18, 2018 1:30 PM

Eponine (actually know a toddler with this name)


Ninevah (some may have a negative association)



Or Alternatively any Ni- name with an N- middle would work too.

May 18, 2018 3:03 PM

Nicolette Nancy or something along those lines (or maybe her grandmothers were named Nicolette and Nancy). You could also write into the backstory that she was named after one of Columbus's ships, or perhaps she's Daddy's little "niña".

May 18, 2018 5:52 PM

Deneen (or one of its variants)! Especially if she was born in 1964, or named after someone born that year. Otherwise, I think the other suggestions are great. For a more unusual story, maybe her name was something like Marina, but she and/or her twin couldn't say it, and Nina was the compromise.

May 20, 2018 12:21 PM

In various European languages, Nina is traditional as a nickname for (the local-language versions of) Anna, Joanna, Catherine, Caroline, and Antonia.

July 19, 2018 2:29 PM

Anita, Josephina

You could even stick to longer e- names with Evangelina or Emmelina/Emmeline

February 9, 2019 6:47 PM

All that comes to mind are                  

Trinity, Antoinette, Caronlina, I think Janine works fine too.