June 9, 2015 § 2 Comments

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

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.

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).

– 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.”

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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