I am writing a story (set in the modern day) involving a Russian man who has an American girlfriend named Anna.
I'm trying to figure out what affectionate name he might use for her. Specifically:
- Is there an appropriate diminutive form for "Anna" in this situation? I found this site, but there are many forms of "Anna". Is there an important distinction between them or is it just a matter of preference?
- Is it common to use a pet/tender name instead of the diminutive? This site lists some, but doesn't provide context. For example, is “zvyozdochka” (little star) something you would use for a girlfriend or is it better suited to a small child?