The first one I thought of was Áine (Aine
). It is Irish (the character is part Irish), it means 'radiance' (the red hair reminds me of that), her mom is into history (Aine
was queen of the fairies in Irish mythology). The only problem is that it doesn't really come with a nickname. I guess Ainie would work (pronounced AWN-nee) as Aine
is pronounce AWN-ya. Or maybe even Annie
You could also change the spelling to Anya
and use Annie
as a nickname. That would be Russian, not Irish, but you could work it into the story somehow that her parents wanted to use Aine
but chose to change the spelling to make it easier for her.
I think Seraphine
would be a good name for her as well. It reminds me of fire (= color red) and she could go by Seri. I don't like Sera
as much because it sounds like the popular Sarah
, but Seri is cute.
If you want something a bit more rough or tomboy-ish you could go with Rowan
and her nickname could be Ro.
Other names that make me think of red hair:LilyPaigePhoebeScarletSeraphinaSophroniaSophronia
would be kind of cool actually. She could go by Roni
, Ronia, Sophrie...