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Title: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: Vasiliy on May 25, 2007, 01:36:09 PM
As I understend a lot of German princesses had niknames ( Mossy, Alix, Viky and other ... )
May be we collect them here ? I think it will be interesting  :)
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: Elizaveta on May 25, 2007, 09:06:33 PM
Hmm, yeah, it's an interesting topic. Although I am still learning more and more about royals every day, here's the list of these German princesses whose nicknames I already knew:

1. Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by the Rhine (Grand Duchess of Russia) -- "Ella" -- I believe Ella's niece and namesake, little Elisabeth, was also called "Ella."
2. Princess Alix of Hesse and by the Rhine (Tsaritsa of Russia) -- "Alicky" "Sunshine" or "Sunny"
3. Princess Marie of Hesse and by the Rhine -- "May"
4. Princess Viktoria of Prussia -- "Moretta" or "Little Vicky"
5. Princess Margaret of Prussia -- "Mossy"
6. Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh, who was also a German princess due to her father being a Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha -- "Ducky" (I'm so desperate to know how did she get that peculiar nickname in the first place!!!)
7. Ducky's sisters, Princess Marie ("Missy"), Princess Alexandra ("Sandra"), and Princess Beatrice ("Baby Bee" or something like that  ???)
8. Sandra's eldest daughter, Princess Marie Melita von Hohenlohe Langenburg, was called "Marita"
9. Catherine the Great, who was born a minor German princess, was given the nickname "Figchen"

And lastly, but not least, we must not forget Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, who was also a Princess of Hanover, and her childhood nickname: "Drina."

That's all I can think of at this moment!  :)
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: grandduchessella on May 25, 2007, 09:09:41 PM
Princess Victoria of Prussia--Moretta
Princess Sophie of Prussia--Sossie
Princess Margaret of Prussia--Mossy
Princess Charlotte of Prussia--Charly; Ditta
Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (nee Prussia)--Addy
Princess Alix of Hesse--Alicky
Princess Elizabeth of Hesse--Ella
Empress Augusta Victoria of Prussia (nee Schleswig-Holstein)--Dona
Princess Caroline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein--Calma
Princess Elisa of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfurst--Elischen
Princess Helena of Schleswig-Holstein (married a German Prince who became a naturalized Briton, so technical)--Lenchen
Louise, Duchess of Connaught (nee Prussia)--Louischen
Princess Marie of Baden--Maroussy
Princess Frederica of Hanover--Lily
GDss Constantine (nee Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg)--Sanny
Princess Catherine of Oldenburg--Tina
Princess Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg--Feo (also for Princess Feodore of Saxe-Meiningen)

Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: Vasiliy on May 26, 2007, 03:37:30 AM
Thanks you !
I have newer seen such list before !
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: Vecchiolarry on May 26, 2007, 08:34:36 AM
Hi,

Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig Holstein = Lulu or Looloo..

Larry
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: Linnea on May 26, 2007, 10:33:36 AM
Duchess Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Queen of Denmark - Adini
Princess Luise of Prussia, Grand Duchess of Baden - Luischen ("Wie du willst Luischen" was the nickname of her husband)
Duchess Helene in Bavaria, Hereditary Princess of Thurn and Taxis - Néné
Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria, Empress of Austria - Sisi
Duchess Mathilde in Bavaria, Countess Trani - Spatz
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: José on May 26, 2007, 11:27:32 AM
A few more :

Charlotte of Prussia aka Alexandra Feodorovna Empress of Russia "Mouffy"
Dagmar of Dk aka Marie Feodorovna Empress of Russia "Minnie"
Victoria of UK & Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Empress Friederich III, “Vicky”
Louise S.Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, Pss.Friederich-Leopold of Prussia “Jaja”
Victoria Margaret of Prussia, Pss. Heinrich XXXIII Reuss  “Agra”
Marie of Mecklenburg, Gr.Duchess Wladimir "Miechen"
Carolina-Mathilde of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha “Calma”
Alexandra Hohenlohe-Langeburg  “Dolly”
Helena-Victoria Schleswig-Holstein “Thora”
Margareth of Connaught (Sx.Coburg) and Q.Margareth II of Dk  “Daisy”
Elizabeth of Greece (Oldenburg S.Holstein-Glucksburg) “Wooly”
Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen Queen of Portugal “Mimi”
A.Duchess Elizabeth Sisi’s daughter “Erzi”
Alexandra of Greece, Gr.Duchess Paul of Russia "Aline"
Elizabeth Sx.Altenburg, Gr.Duchess Constantine "Mavra"

Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: José on May 29, 2007, 12:29:55 PM
And "Onor" for Eleonor of Reuss, Gr.Duchess of Hesse-Darmstadt
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: RomanovFan on June 02, 2007, 08:31:21 PM

Alix's sister Marie of Hesse - May
Victoria of Prussia - Moretta
Charlotte of Prussia - Charly
Feodora of Lenigen (QV's half-sister) -Feo
Elisabeth of Bavaria (Queen of Belgium) - Lisa
Marina of Greece (Duchess of Kent) - Mara
Elizabeth of Serbia (Marina's niece) - Pixie
Helen of Greece (Marina's 1st cousin) - Sitta (See-tah)
Elisabeth of Hesse (Alix's niece) - Ella


Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: RomanovFan on June 02, 2007, 08:50:17 PM
Beatrice of Edinburgh - Baby Bea
Louise, Duchess of Fife - Lulu
Queen Maud of Norway - Harry
Marie of Greece, Grand Duchess George - Greek Minny
Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg - Ena
Victoria of Wales - Toria
Queen Mary of England - May
Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse - Fatima
Queen Louise of Sweden - Louisechen
Marie-Christine of Belgium - Daphne
Marie-Esmeralda of Belgium - Esme

Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: José on June 04, 2007, 08:41:13 AM
Does anybody know why on earth was Alice of HD named Fatima ?
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: Linnea on June 04, 2007, 09:28:27 AM
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Does anybody know why on earth was Alice of HD named Fatima ?

According to David Duff Alice was known as "Fatima" because she was a rather corpulent baby and therefore her father - who thought that in Britain it was necessary to make a little joke here and there - gave her that charming nickname.
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: Prince_Christopher on June 18, 2007, 11:20:15 PM
6. Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh, who was also a German princess due to her father being a Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha -- "Ducky" (I'm so desperate to know how did she get that peculiar nickname in the first place!!!)

I recall reading somewhere that when Victoria Melita was born, "Ducky" was a term that in general just meant "Cute" or something like that.  It would be like calling someone "Cutie" or something similar. 
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: Vasiliy on July 10, 2007, 04:13:31 AM
is it all ?  :D
Have you named all the princesses  ??? ;D
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: eejm on July 23, 2007, 08:37:42 PM
Princess Henry of Battenberg (aka Princess Beatrice of the UK) - Baby

Princess Helena of Waldeck-Pyrmont was referred by Leopold of the UK (her husband) as his "darling Nellie."

If I were Maud of Wales, I don't think I'd be pleased to have been known as "Harry."  Anyone know why that was her nickname?
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: grandduchessella on July 23, 2007, 10:22:47 PM
I think it was after her parents's friend Harry Keppel.
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: Mary R. on July 24, 2007, 08:49:49 PM
My imagination is most likely running away with me, but no relation to Alice Keppel?  ???

Mary R.
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: grandduchessella on July 24, 2007, 09:47:01 PM
No, he was a relation. He was the great-uncle of George Keppel, Alice's husband. The Keppel family was very close to the British royals (not just in the sense that Alice was!) from Victoria (and her Clarence & Sussex relations) through George VI. George's grandfather (Harry's brother)  was equerry to Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex. (Actually, they go back further than that in their royal service, and were in fact descended illegitimately from Charles II, but I'll stick to the modern ones.) George's father William worked in the Household of Queen Victoria. George's brother Derek served as an equerry to George V from 1893 to 1910 and was Deputy Master of the Household from 1910 to 1912. He was then promoted to Master of the Household in 1912 and served in this post until the King's death in 1936. He continued as the only Master of the Household under King Edward VIII's short reign and on the ascension of King George VI, he returned to being an equerry until his death. Harry's son Colin served as Extra Equerry to Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, was Aide-de-Camp to King Edward VII from 1907 to 190 and Extra Equerry from 1909 to 1910. From 1910 to 1912 and from 1915 to 1936, he was Extra Equerry to King George V, in 1936 to King Edward VIII and in 1937 to King George VI.

Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: eejm on July 24, 2007, 10:42:56 PM
So why was Maud in particular nicknamed after Harry?
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: grandduchessella on July 25, 2007, 09:11:18 AM
I don't have the info in front of me, but from what I recall I think that tomboyish Maud was just a childhood worshiper who liked to follow the Admiral around and ape some of his mannerisms. Thus, they bestowed his nickname upon her.
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: ImperialHighness on August 13, 2007, 04:31:57 AM
Princess Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie of Bavaria (Sisi or Sissi)- Lisi
Princess Helene Caroline Therese, her sister- Nene
Princess Mathilde Ludovika, sister- Spatz, sparrow
Princess Ludovika Wilhelmine, their mother- Vickerl
Princess Gisela Louise Marie, daughter of Sisi- Gisella, Ella or Gisi
Princess Marie-Polyxene (1872-1882) of Prussia- Polly
Princess Victoria Eugénie Julia of Battenberg- Ena
Princess Prinzessin Sophie of Prussia- Sossy
Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia- Vikilu
Princess Louise Alexandra Marie Irene of Battenberg- Lady
Princess Sophia Dorothea Augusta Luisa of Württemberg- Dorchen
Princess Maria Luise Albertine of Leiningen-Dagsburg-Falkenburg, Grandmother of the Prussian Queen Luise- Georgie or Princess George
Princess Augusta Marie Luise Katharina of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, wife of Wilhelm I- Anka or Kathi
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: Barbara of Hohenzollern on October 04, 2008, 08:00:50 AM
Hmm, yeah, it's an interesting topic. Although I am still learning more and more about royals every day, here's the list of these German princesses whose nicknames I already knew:

1. Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by the Rhine (Grand Duchess of Russia) -- "Ella" -- I believe Ella's niece and namesake, little Elisabeth, was also called "Ella."
2. Princess Alix of Hesse and by the Rhine (Tsaritsa of Russia) -- "Alicky" "Sunshine" or "Sunny"
3. Princess Marie of Hesse and by the Rhine -- "May"
4. Princess Viktoria of Prussia -- "Moretta" or "Little Vicky"
5. Princess Margaret of Prussia -- "Mossy"
6. Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh, who was also a German princess due to her father being a Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha -- "Ducky" (I'm so desperate to know how did she get that peculiar nickname in the first place!!!)
7. Ducky's sisters, Princess Marie ("Missy"), Princess Alexandra ("Sandra"), and Princess Beatrice ("Baby Bee" or something like that  ???)
8. Sandra's eldest daughter, Princess Marie Melita von Hohenlohe Langenburg, was called "Marit
9. Catherine the Great, who was born a minor German princess, was given the nickname "Figchen"

And lastly, but not least, we must not forget Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, who was also a Princess of Hanover, and her childhood nickname: "Drina."

That's all I can think of at this moment!  :)

Sophie Dorothea of Prussia, nee Hannover, mother of Frederick the Great of Prussia, was also called 'Fickchen' or 'Figchen' by her husband, Frederick Wilhelm I of Prussia. It was a short form of 'Sophie'. Today nobody would use this nickname in Germany, because it sounds very dirty in modern German.
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: Eric_Lowe on October 06, 2008, 11:24:11 AM
About the Keppel family, I just found out that a branch of it can be traced back to Mary Boleyn through her son Henry.
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: Russka Princess on October 06, 2008, 12:05:39 PM
 hmm i think the hesse-Children from Alice and Ludwig of hesse who called,

Alix of hesse, = Alix, Sunny,Alicky

Ella of Hesse (granddaugthers of russia) = Ella,

Victoria of Hesse = Vicky ? ????,victoria

Irene of Hesse = Irene ????? i think for the name "Irene" is there not a nickname, it is a short name so.

Marie of Hesse = May

Ernst of Hesse = Ernie

mabe im worng, i dont know but ii think so.
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: Eric_Lowe on October 06, 2008, 04:30:51 PM
No Ella's name was Elisabeth after St. Elisabeth of Hungary and her "other grandmother" Elisabeth of Prussia (Princess Karl of Hesse).
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: Mandie, the Gothic Empress on August 09, 2009, 12:53:08 AM

Sophie Dorothea of Prussia, nee Hannover, mother of Frederick the Great of Prussia, was also called 'Fickchen' or 'Figchen' by her husband, Frederick Wilhelm I of Prussia. It was a short form of 'Sophie'. Today nobody would use this nickname in Germany, because it sounds very dirty in modern German.

I know very little german, but curse words I know. that is VERY dirty. and it also made my day. lol
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on August 09, 2009, 02:09:48 AM
Concerning Reply # 25 of Miss Amanda Rose La Vecchia:    IMO, it is unfortunate that you seem to rely on crude words in your vocabulary ( "but curse words I know ") from which to "made my day."  Yes, you obviously don't know the German language, and I challenge you to document that specifically the nick-name "FIGCHEN" is rude/vulgar in the cruder sense. Possibly you have in mind a similiar sounding German verb that would better fit your amusement, but which has no need to be used here.  This comes from not checking facts again.  Get a good German dictionary, if it is important to you, and check the infinitives/spelling. ( And, to anticipate the question, yes, I am conversant in German.)   AP
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: Mandie, the Gothic Empress on August 09, 2009, 10:21:50 AM
Sir, It just made me laugh, because I its bad and can't believe it was once a nickname. Bad choose of words in my previous post I admit, I was mostly being sarcastic and I apologize.

 I would NEVER say such a thing to someone or call a girl name Sophie that. I only know two curse words in German, That I wouldn't not say because why would I need too. Like I said I know a bit more words in German, I know simple greetings in German besides those two  unfortunate bad words which i pick up from friends from Germany.  My vocabulary is actally not crude in any language, I really don't curse unless I'm angry or upset. And I think at least to know a curse word in a different language because what if someone try to trick you in saying something dirty? this happened to me, because the boys i know from germany are quite wicked (they are good guys, but not great teachers in German which is a great shame)
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: Carolath Habsburg on August 09, 2009, 11:58:58 AM
Question? its true that Kronprinzessin Cecilie`s nickname was "Cilly"?. Thanks in advanced!
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: HerrKaiser on August 09, 2009, 10:19:41 PM
yes, That is how the family referred to her.
Title: Re: Nicknames of German princesses ?
Post by: MarieCharlotte on August 10, 2009, 09:37:38 AM
Question? its true that Kronprinzessin Cecilie`s nickname was "Cilly"?. Thanks in advanced!

Cilly is still a common nickname for Cecilie (Cecilia or Cäcilia) in Germany. In Bavaria a lot of farmwomen are called "Cilly"... :-)