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Baby Boy Names: The long and short of it

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

A friend is searching for baby boy names that start out long – three or more syllables long – and can be reduced to one-syllable nicknames.

If you’ve got a two-syllable last name, this is a good strategy. You end up with not one but two euphonic pairings.  And your child has the benefit of a proper, even imposing formal name as well as a short, friendly, accessible nickname.

Some stylish options for long baby boy names with short nicknames:

AbrahamAbe or Bram

AlexanderLex or Xan

Augustine or AugustusGus

Balthazar or Lazarus – Zar 

CasimirCas

EdisonEd or Ned

EzekielZeke

Finnian or Finnegan or PhineasFinn

FrederickFred

GabrielGabe

Isaiah – I or Zay

JebediahJeb

JedediahJed

JosiahJoe

Jupiter — Jupe

LeopoldLee

Ludovic or LudovicoLu

Macarthur, Macgregor etc – Mack

MatthiasMatt

MaximilianMax

NathanielNat or Nate

Octavio or OctaviusTav

OziasOz

Rafael or RaffertyRafe

SebastianBas or Seb

SolomonSol

SullivanVan

ThaddeusThad

ValentineVal

WhitakerWhit

Zebulon or ZebediahZeb

 

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