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Nan (F)>

Nan (female)

Variants:Nandag (F)
Diminutive for:Nancy (F)
Pet Name(s):Nannie (F) Nanny (F)
Pet Name for:Agnes (F) Ann (F) Anne (F) Annis (F)
Derivative(s):Nanette (F)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG
Private communication [JB2]

English pet name for Ann and Annis.

Nan was formed by the addition of an initial 'N-' [in the same way as Ned for Edward]. In modern times Nan is more likely to be a diminutive for Nancy.

A correspondent [JB2] reports the use of this pet name for Agnes.