Names which nickname to "Mist"

So, I'm looking to find a new name for myself, to hopefully go by next year at college or potentially later. I identify as nonbinary, and my given name is rather feminine, but even before I realized I had gender dysphoria my first name never fit me. I am currently planning to introduce myself as my last name, but that's not an ideal solution. The thing is, I already have a name that I love and identify with - I go by "Mist" online. It started out as a pseudonym inspired by my favorite book (Mistborn) and, over the course of years, grew to be the name I most identify with. However, I worry about how I'll be perceived if I introduce myself as Mist - I worry that the name has rather "hippie" connotations. I'm planning to go into quite a competitive/traditionally masculine STEM field, so I don't want to be seen as weak or too odd. What I'm looking for now is a name which is sort of "normal" (and hopefully a bit androgynous, but I'll take whatever) name for which "Mist" is a reasonable nickname. (for example, Mystery, although that name also is too "odd" for me to go by it.)

TL;DR: Normal-sounding names which have "Mist" as a nickname.

Thank you!


May 25, 2018 2:05 PM

Misty is used as a feminine name (for example Misty Copeland, ballerina, and Misty May-Treanor, beach volleyball player). It is traditional as a nickname for Melissa, and less commonly for Michelle. It's also the nickname of fantasy author Mercedes Lackey. It would make perfect sense to me to shorten Misty to Mist for a more mature and gender-neutral nickname.

There's also a Russian masculine name Mstislav which could naturally nickname to Mist in English.

By EVie
May 25, 2018 6:48 PM

Melissa was my first thought, too, but that might be more feminine than you're looking for? If you want something truly androgynous, and don't mind going a little unconventional, you could look into surnames, place names and word names. An easy and fairly intuitive option would be Mellis, which is an English place name and surname that sounds very close to Melissa but is unrelated (it comes from the Old English word for "mills"). Mistley is another English place name, though that one may read as both more feminine and more hippie. It comes from the word for mistletoe. Mistel, the Old English root of mistletoe (and I think still the word in German and Dutch?) could also work as a name, as could Mistral, as in the Mediterranean wind (that would probably also lean hippie, although less obviously for people not familiar with the word). 

And if you decide that Mist isn't the answer, I can't help but suggest Vin as a truly excellent androgynous name.

May 26, 2018 7:18 AM

Except that Vin might get mistaken for the French word for wine. Elend sounds androgynous and would avoid that complication.

May 25, 2018 7:48 PM

You could take a page from the "rhymes with Aiden" trend and use Misten or Mitten.

How about Maine, Merritt, Merle, Meryl/Merrill or Marion?

Good luck!

May 25, 2018 8:00 PM


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May 26, 2018 3:24 PM

Themistocles was the name of an Athenian general who was victorious against the Persians in the Battle of Salamis.  The name means "glory of the law", according to Behind the Name.  But it's probably not quite what you were looking for in terms of being a normal name.

I could see using Amistad--it's not traditionally used as a name, but it sounds as if it could be, it is a feminine noun but it wouldn't necessarily strike English-speakers as feminine-sounding, it means "friendship" in Spanish, and it will be familiar to some people because of the movie of the same name (the story of the Mutiny on the Amistad carries its own baggage, which you would at least want to be familiar with before using Amistad as a name).

I think the suggestion of "Mistral" is very wearable.

May 26, 2018 3:39 PM

Thank you all! I quite like Mistral as a name, and I appreciate the other Mistborn suggestions :) (And thank you, also, to those who suggested names I didn't mention here - I appreciate the diversity of names & respect with which you handled my question!!)

May 30, 2018 12:31 AM

This is such an exciting challenge. First, I love Mist as a name: I live in an area where I know both kids and grown-ups with lots of nature names, from more traditional (Juniper, Jasper) to more hippy (Sequoia, Banyan). Mist would fit right in, but still be nicely distinguished.

I like the frill-free nature of Mist, and it's worth noting that Mist is also a traditional name (it's the name of a Valkyrie!) but I also understand your desire for a more weighty version for use while you get yourself established professionally. 

First thought could be to trawl preexisting names that have the Mist sounds. Armistead would be the most obvious choice, for me. I think mostly of Armistead Maupin, which is why it seems more of a given name than a surname, although it's one of those too and thus very plausibly agendered. Similar sounds to Amistad, but fewer slave ship associations and more use as a given name (it shows up in the data starting in 1906).

Armistice also shows up as a name, and I think that is a name that I'm actually surprised not to see in more regular use. It was given to both male and female babies in 1918 to celebrate the end of world war I.  That would be my choice... it's about as non-ethereal as it comes, thanks to the military associations, while simultaneously being a name that invokes peace (like more popular choices like Pax). This is my favorite choice for you.

Mistelle is another elaboration of Mist that I think is more serious than Misty, though it strikes me as feminine-skewing.

Mistivir is a Scandinavian name that strikes me as fairly accessible and sleekly androgynous. 

Mistoffolees has T.S. Eliot, but it's based on Mephistopheles or Mephisto which I cannot recommend them for their association (the name of the devil in Faust). 

Another option would be to consider names that have something to do with mist-the-noun, like Grey or something... or to consider names where part of Mist comes from the first name and the other part from the middle name, like Micah Steven or Artemis Topher or James Thomas or similar... But I think you have so many better more intuitive choices that I'd encourage you to explore those instead!

May 30, 2018 12:33 AM

Ha, I responded before I read all the replies. I can't believe no one else got Armistead, but Amistad was such a big suggestion. (Amistad DOES make it into the SSA data, in 1998, following the release of the Spielberg film.)

May 31, 2018 5:05 PM

There's the Modeste/Modesta/Modesto/Modestus family of names.  You could try a new ending to make it more neutral (although Modeste could work as is), like Modestin or Modestux or Modestal.

Or Maristella could become Maristellan (Mari/Mary is feminine, Stellan is masculine).  That gives you the M and the ist.

Monserrate (mountains are gender neutral!)

Madalitso (appears to be used on both men and women)

Misaki (feminine)