Nicknames: Sne, Snea, Jana
Detail: Derived from the Slavic word snežan meaning “snowy”.
Nicknames: Nim, Moon
Detail: A moon goddess who was sometimes called Lady of the Lake. The Lady of the Lake is usually referred to by various spellings of the names Nimue or Vivienne.
Nimue is thought to be related to Mneme, the shortened form of Mnemosyne, one of the nine water-nymph Muses of Roman and Greek Mythology who gave weapons, not unlike Arthur‘s sword, to the heroic Perseus.
Origin: Native American
Meaning: “Circling around.”
Nicknames: Noot, Nutella
Detail: When James Cook (British explorer) first encountered the villagers at Yuquot in 1778, they directed him to “come around” (in their language “nootka”) with his ship to the harbour. Cook interpreted this as the name of their tribe. In 1981 the term Nuu-Chah-Nulth (meaning “all along the mountains”) was chosen as the new name of the tribe.
Nicknames: Mira, Miri, Mia,
Detail: The name is derived from the root word mirari “to admire; to wonder at”; it was invented by Shakespeare for the daughter of Prospero in his play The Tempest.
Miranda is the smallest and innermost of Uranus’ five major moons.
Meaning: “Bow; Yew.”
Nicknames: Yffy, Effy
Detail: Possibly derived from the French name Yves, which originated as a shortened form of any Germanic name containing ‘iv’ (‘yew’).
Yfke Sturm is a Dutch supermodel.
Meaning: “Maiden; Innocent.”
Nicknames: Immy, Immo, Imzy
Detail: Imogen was the daughter of King Cymbeline, in Shakespeare’s play, Cymbeline.