Posts Tagged With: Thomasina

Spot of the Week: Radio 1

So today I officially moved down south to Reading, and during the 3 hour mostly-motorway journey I found myself tuning into Radio 1. Now, normally I’m a 5Live or Radio 2 girl, but since my car refuses to acknowledge the existence of 5Live and Simon Mayo wasn’t on Radio 2, in a moment of need I turned to Radio 1.

During the drive, a girl came on air to try and win tickets for some music awards show, and try as I might I couldn’t quite catch her name. I’m pretty sure it ended -ina, and I kept hearing her name as Thomasina.

Too much to hope for?

Elsewhere, this week I met two people who answer to Morgan. One was the 8ish-year old sister to newborn Evie, whilst the other was a strapping great big lad.

It’s almost the very definition of a unisex name if you can imagine two people of such extremes as those outlined above wearing the name well.

The picture this week comes from a train station platform I was stood on recently. I suspect it may be St. Pancras, but if you’re on the lookout for an obscure-ish male saints name and don’t fancy Pancras, what about Alban? The place called St. Albans is relatively well known, but people named Alban are few and far between.

Oh, and yes I was silently thrilled to discover that there’s a place called Flitwick.

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10 Feminisations We’re Not Using (Much)

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Some people don’t like the idea of feminised names at all, but the simple fact is that with Oliver and female form Olivia occupying the top spots for either gender, lots of people do and lots of people are using them. That said, there are still plenty of other popular male names with female forms, but the female forms are nowhere near as popular as their male counterpart. Why so? Admittedly, some seem a bit too much clunky, but there are some with potential. So, here’s my list of 10 names which could work:

1. Adamina

Male equivalent Adam is at #39, whilst Adamina does not rank (although Adama does rank at #3156). That certainly does surprise me, given that Adamina can give the nickname Addie, which many parents are striving for these days. If you don’t like Adelaide (#910), Ada (#499), Adriana (#567), Adele (#683) or Addison (#601), then Adamina is one to consider.

2. Alfreda

The male version of this name is Alfred, but it’s his short form Alfie which has taken the popularity charts by storm – ranking at #4 in England&Wales in 2010, all this whilst Alfreda does not rank at all. That said, Freda and Frieda both rank at #2392.

3. Benjamine

Benjamine is very much the French feminine form of Benjamin, a name which ranked at #22 in 2010, whereas Benjamine did not rank at all – and isn’t much in the way of popular back in her home country of France.

4. Frederica

Frederick is at #95, whilst Frederica is is the first name on this list to boast a ranking at #3156. We’ve previously mention Frederica in one of our sibset posts, talking about the children of comedian Harry Hill.

5. Henrietta/Henriette

Henrietta is one of the highest ranking names on our list at #730, but she’s still nowehere when compared to her male equivalents of Harry (#3) and Henry (#34), and indeed sister Harriet (#86). Variant Henriette ranks much lower down at #5707 (which was the lowest possible ranking a name could get in 2010, aside from being unranked).

6. Jacobine

Jacob was #1 in the States in 2010, whilst he was just outside the Top 10 at #12 here in England&Wales. However, Jacobine did not rank at all, nor did Jacoba.

7. Jamesina

Brother of Jacob is James, who ranks just that little bit higher at #10, whilst, like Jacobine, Jamesina does not rank. However, plenty of parents are happily using Jamie for both genders: #49 for lads, #634 for lasses.

8. Owena

The Welsh Owen is at #59, whilst Owena do not rank – but plenty of similar sounding names do rank, such as Lowenna (#1389), Rowena (#2392) and Elowen (#5707).

9. Roberta

It was recently reported that Robbie Williams is considering the name Roberta for his unborn baby girl, and I’m surprised to see the name rank as high as it does, at #1653, compared with Robert’s ranking of #90.

10. Thomasina

The name Thomas is at #6, whilst Thomasina is at a lowly ranking of #4688. Famed food writer Nigella Lawson has sisters named Horatia and Thomasina, and sticking with the cooking theme, a lady by the name of ThomasinaTommi‘ Miers won Masterchef in 2005.

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Oui, mais Maisie est…

Maisy Mouse, from

I love the name Maisie, for a variety of reasons, and despite not being a fan by any means of similar-sounding sister Daisy. Mais also happens to be one of my favourite French words – it means but. I remember a French teacher of mine trying to coax us out of the standard ‘oui, mais’ response when engaged in a debate.

Maisie does originally derive as a nickname – she’s one of the many Margaret offshoots, along with the aformentioned Daisy. Strictly speaking, she comes from Margaret’s Scottish form of Mairead. However, I had my mind on another name the other day, and realised she too could shorten to Maisie – fantastic! And thus I went in search of more:


I’m suggesting this name on what I shall dub the Bob-principle, that is, whereby Bob evolved as a nickname for Robert as a slight alteration of his short form – Rob. Plenty of Anastasia/e’s are likely known as Stasie, which rhymes with Maisie, unless you re-jig things to make Stasie sound just like Stacy. The name Anastasia comes from the Greek anastasis which means resurrection.


Maisie is composed of 5 different letters, all of which make a slightly jumbled up appearance in the name Artemis. Shortening Artemis to Maisie rather tickles me somewhat, given that as a child I was confused about the gender of Artemis thanks to Eoin Cowlfer, but Maisie is, frankly, all-girl. Artemis is the Greek Goddess of the moon and hunting and she had a twin brother named Apollo.


The same 5 letters make yet another appearance in a name belonging to a completely different style of names, and this one certainly feels more-girl to me than Artemis, but that’s probably more down to personal opinion than anything else. I don’t think shortening this name to Maisie feels completely natural to me – Jessie probably takes that honour – but it remains another option one could further explore. Jessamine herself evolved as a variant of the name Jasmine, another name which also exists as a possibility but she has the same number of syllables as Maisie, which always makes me question the worth of the nickname.


The name that inspired this post. I stumbled across the name Mazarine about a fortnight ago, and she’s remained on my mind ever since. I recognise that I like her as a name, but couldn’t imagine myself not shortening her to something, so have been dedicating time to exploring the options. Maze was certainly one thought, as were Rin, Azure and Ari. The Azure thought certainly tickled me, since Azure is a shade of blue – and so is Mazarine.


Hello once more to our favourite 5 letters. Like Jessamine, this name doesn’t easily lend itself to the nickname of Maisie, so little Melissa may well end up as a Mel despite your protests. It is a great, if even modern, take on Melissa – as she’s a name one would more likely associate with children of a previous decade, but given that Maisie is certainly enjoying peak popularity right now, she’s certainly a name one would more likely associate with today’s children. I do love the meaning of Melissahoneybee.


There are plenty of short forms for RosemaryRomy, Rosie, Marie etc. so there’s plenty of competition if you wish to view it as such. If you think about it, the names Mary and Maisie are pretty similar sounding. There’s also a herb called Rosemary, whose name means dew of the sea. Also, if you switch Rose and Mary you get Mary Rose, the name of Henry VIII’s prized warship for which the common explanation for the name is that is was named after the Tudor Rose and Henry VIII’s sister Mary. It’s currently on display in Portsmouth after being salvaged in the 1980s.

Thomasina/ Jamesina

A last minute brainwave of mine was Thomasina, and one I’m reasonably proud of. I then realised whilst writing about her that the similar name Jamesina could also apply which is why these two have been lumped together as one. Both a feminisations of male names which have never enjoyed the popularity of their male counterparts – Thomas and James were both in the Top 10 for 2010 in England&Wales. I’m probably more of a fan of the name Jamesina than Thomasina, although I’ve met few who’ve liked either which likely explains why neither feature highly in the popularity charts.

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