Alexander : I prefer Alexander! It being the name that I'd want him to go by throughout his life, I would also use (maybe even ~40%) Alex or Al when I felt like being nicknamey.**
William : William or Will. I used to have a dislike to Billy, but it's growing on me. (I find Billy only boy appropriate though.)
Charles : Charley. In fact, if I had to use this name, I'd just use Charley as the given name. I'm a supporter of full names first, nick names later. But Charles I would not want to use; there wouldn't be a use for it.
Richard : (LOL, you're nickname I only saw as ****) Just Richard. It has a somewhat aristocratic feel to it. Nicknames not so much. I might use Rich or Richie, but again if I felt like call him by a nickname.**
Edward : Ned or even Ted. I got this idea from Emmy Jo. Apparently these are nicknames for Edward as well. On another thought, if this was *Edmund,* I would SO call him by his first name. I love this name (though probably won't use it b/c it's too similar to Rosamund.)
Nathaniel : Nate. I prefer Nate to any other form of this name actually. Nathan I'm a bit warmer too, but I'd still call him Nate. Like Charley, I'd use Nate instead. It's a bit too short though... Should Nathaniel/Nathan be a must for Future Daddy, letting me call him Nate would be a terrific compromise...
Fredrick : *Fredrick* Maybe Freddy when he is a baby.
Jeremiah : Maybe Jerry or Jer. Not particular fond of the name or the nicknames.
Christopher : He'd probably get called Chris, like everyone else. I might call him Christoph OR go with Christoph in place with Christopher
Patrick : Maybe Rick. I can see me calling him Patrick Starr.**
Robert : MAYBE Rob. Robert is like Richard. I don't love either one, but there is a nice high-class feel to the full version.
Tabitha : Tabby or Tabby Cat! :)
Adelaide : Adele or Dele/Dell or perhaps even Lady.
Barbara : Bobbie. That's my grandmother's name and her nickname.
Rebecca : The whole name. Maybe Becca.
Elisabeth : Elsabeth. Lisa. Beth/Bethie. Elsa. There's are the top nicknames - and forms I'd like to use in full would I use a nickname as a first name instead.
Caroline : Caro, Care, Carolina.
Lucinda : I love Lucy. :)
Deborah : Deb. I always like the idea of "Borah"
Cordelia : Core, Cora, Cordy...\
Esther : Essie. I like that!
Henrietta : Etta is nice. Maybe Hen as well.
Virginia : Ginny is pretty. I can't think of too much else that isn't "Virgin."
Catherine (I'd use Katherine) : Kat. Katty (sounds like Catty, like a catty person :/ ) Kathy. If it's were pronounced "kah therr rinn" I might even use Wren!!!
Melissa : Missy, Lissa, Lissie Bumble Bee - I love the latter nickname!! Melissa means bee. I think of the nickname for the teacher in the Roald Dahl book "Matilda" who's nickname was Bumble Bee...
Charlotte : Charlotte. This name is stellar and I wouldn't want to simplify it.
Margaret : Maggie. This is my sister's and an aunt's name. They both go by this. I might, on the other hand use (say) Margaux instead of Margaret...
Wilhelmina : Willa! Mina! Willamina is actually a nice version of this name. I used to LOVE this name. In my teenage years I was so into 1800 names. I still am to an extent, but more as the old, traditional dusty name (Ansel, Ethel, Frances, Ester, etc.) My "old names" now are more for their quirkiness; the former for their oldness is the strictest sense.
Natalie : Natie or Lie/Lee. I kind of like the idea of just using Natalie!
**When I feel like being nicknamey, I give out a lot of them. Typically, a nickname will rhyme with their name or describe some sort of attribute - I may not have ANYTHING to do with the name. Being nicknamey is a way of me being playful. I get it from my dad (among others). For example, I have a cup name Skullivan because it, being a Halloween cup, has skulls on it. (I sits in my car ALL THE TIME. It's the unofficial TN cup, as that's where it came from and sort of commerates my time there.) I had a cat once named Madelinn that was called almost strictly "Short Legs."