Nan

June 9, 2015 § 2 Comments

ORIGIN:
Diminutive of “Ann” / “Anne“, or shortened version of “Nancy“.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Ann, Anne, Annie, Anny, Nainsi, Nancie, Nancy, Nana, Nance, Nandag, Nanette, Nanice, Nanine, Nannie, Nanny, Nanse, Nansi, Nansie, Nansy, Nenci, Nensi, Neske, Nest, Nesta, Nina, Ninette, Ninon, Nona, Nonna, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
Nan Duval, Diana’s younger sister, who lost an eye in a dart accident, in Sleeping Arrangements, by Laura Cunningham (published 1989, set in the 1950s).

QUOTATIONS:
– From The Merry Wives of Windsor (1602), Act IV scene 4, by William Shakespeare: “My Nan shall be the Queen of all the fairies, / Finely attired in a robe of white.”

WRITERS:
Nan Agle (1905-2006), American children’s book writer.
Nan Chauncy (1900-1970), Anglo-Australian children’s book writer.
Nan Cohen (b. 1968), American poet.
Nan Fairbrother (1913-1971), English lecturer and writer.
Nan McDonald (1921-1974), Australian editor and poet.
Nan C. Robertson (1926-2009), American author, educator, and journalist.
Nan (Anna) Shepherd (1893-1981), Scottish novelist and poet.
Nan Bentzen Skille (b. 1945), Norwegian biographer and editor.

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