Many moons ago I pondered on alternative nicknames for Sebastian and Alfred, well now it’s the turn of the girls, and we’re going to kick the week off with the name of a friend of mine. I will admit, I’m not a great lover of the name Caroline, which may be because my friend doesn’t like her name. That thought is reflected by the rankings, in 2010 Caroline ranked at #683 with just 54 born.
The name Caroline is the female form of Carolus, a name which means man. This leads to some debate on whether Caroline also means man, or it’s meaning is feminised along with the name to mean woman. Personally, I’d stick to the latter.
I really like the name Luna, but she does get a place on this list by her own merits, coming from the end part of Caroline – line. This would work for those of you who like the name Luna, but are not confident enough to use her up front because of Miss Lovegood, or indeed for any other reason you may have. In 2010, Luna actually ranked higher than Caroline, placing at #526 with 76 births.
Luna is the Latin name of the Moon, and indeed the French word for glasses in lunette, and in the French word lune means moon. Luna was also the Roman Goddess of Moon. So if your little Caroline were to be born on a full moon, this nickname would be more than apt.
Another nickname sometimes used for Caroline is Callie, so whilst it looks far removed from the name, the suggestion of Calix comes with some logic. Or I, at least, wish to believe so. Either way, neither spelling ranked in 2010 in England&Wales.
The name has it origins, like Luna, in mythology. In Greek mythology we can find not one Calyce, but three. One nursed Dionysus; one was the mother of Endymion; one was the mother of Cycnus.
She’s another fantastic name, and would work well if you don’t feel ‘Irish’ enough to use it up front to begin with, or indeed feel like she’d never be spelt/said correctly. The name itself can either be spelt Úna or Oona, but when we’re pitching her as a nickname for Caroline, the latter seems more logical.
As a name, Oona means lamb, which would suit a spring baby to a tee. Only 7 were born in E&W last year, compared with 24 girls being named Una.