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The nicknames of my Pokemon are simply that - nicknames. They're shortened version of their species (or, in the case of a Pokemon that evolves, of the first stage of th eveolution [excluding my Blastoise, Toise]).
For example -
I like to give my team Pokemon colorful nicknames if I can...
Gardevoir: Ardent - Adjective for an enthusiastic or passionate person
Flygon: Desert Rose
Talonflame: Flambeau - a burning torch used in a procession
Aurorus: Borealis - after the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights
Ninetales: Foxy Loxy - after the Chicken Little character
Sawsbuck: Solstice - Named after the longest and shortest days of the year
Swanna: Valkyrie - named after the Norse war maidens who took the fallen to Valhalla. In some legends they take the form of swan maidens and wear cloaks made of swan feathers.
Zoroark: Slylock - based on the main character in "Slylock Fox & Comics for Kids" comic strip
Lucario: Stalin - Double entendre on the Russian word for Steel and the Russian dictator Joseph Stalin
As a side note, I love how in pokemon games you can't name your pokemon Hitler but you can name them every other ruthless dictator that ever lived. I once traded my friend a female Haunter name Che Guevara. She uses her all of the time. xD
Was breeding for Switcheroo Klefki and got two with the desired IVs: one brother-and-sister duet.
Their names contain "ring" as Klefki is a key ring Pokémon. The female is Ringlet (ever heard of the royal ringlet hairstyle?), her little brother is Ring-yu (pun on Ryu, after Ninja Gaiden's Ryu Hayabusa).
Now that I've gotten in to Y I've got a whole new batch of Pokemon. Being as predictable as I am I have all my Pokemon French names whose meanings all correlated to the Pokemon itself (there are a few exceptions).
so i managed to get an Anticipation Eevee (male) on Pokemon X. i bred it with a Ditto, and i got a FEMALE Eevee with ANTICIPATION! so now i have a female Sylveon. no nickname yet, but i'm thinking of nicknaming her 'Miracle'. my MALE Delphox is nicknamed 'Mystic', and i got a LOT of Pokemon off Wonder Trade that i can't nickname . some are really cool, too. like, my friend gave me that male Anticipation Eevee, and i REALLY wanted to nickname it, but since it's traded, i couldn't. oh! i got a MALE Magician Fenniken that i hatched. i'm gonna nickname it 'Magic'. but right now my 3DS is like, dead, so i'm charging it. by the way, does ANYONE have a Friend Safari with Ditto/Eevee in it? preferably Eevee. i have enough room for 70 more friends (i think). 2 normal Safari's, yet NO Eevee! if anyone has one, please tell me and we can exchange FC.
Many of my Pokemon are traded so I can't rename them. I got a french Pokemon, but sadly it changed it name when it evolved.
These are my own:
Heliolisk - Tesla (I must teach this Pokemon a destruction ray)
Delphox - Kaikii (from Japanese 怪奇 and 奇異)
Talonflame - Hinokaze
Yveltal - Khurbn (I think that means 'destruction')
Gogoat - Life (has 3 techniques that heal HP and one that strengthen his body)
Because I liked Fire Emblem Awakening so much I've gone with a bit of a naming theme.
Chestnaught- Kellam because he's a tank and nobody seems to care about him.
Tyranitar- Frederick who unfortunaitly has not lived up to his namesake
Absol- ShiroShinobi my favorite nickname so far.
Other Greninja- Bubba
Other Umbreon- Blake
I have every intention of doing two RWBY Teams made up of Eeveelutions. One for team RWBY, and one for Team JNPR.