by Pamela Redmond
I was browsing the name Theodosia a little while ago — you know, the way some people browse bookstores or designer clothes — and I thought, There’s an interesting route to Thea!
At first thought, finding an unusual formal name that gets you to a popular nickname might seem to give you the worst of all worlds. The unusual, distinctive name you worked so hard to find is hidden away on the official documents, while the world knows your child by a nickname — Ellie or Addie or Max — that lots of other kids share.
But you can look at it another way that makes a lot more sense. You get to give your baby a truly unique name without having to worry that it’s too difficult to spell or pronounce or understand because it has an eminently user-friendly nickname. And if at any point you or your child wants to be Theodosia instead of Thea, it’s waiting right there.
What are some unusual routes to popular nicknames that you can think of? Treat us to your cleverest choices.