Letâs say you like the casual and peppy energetic feel of some nicknames, the short, relaxed sound of others, but you still want on your babyâs birth certificate a name that has roots and substance and meaningâone that will be accepted as a ârealâ name. There definitely is a category of names that allows you to have it both ways.
Let me modify that a little: Yes,Â quite a fewÂ of the names below did start historically as diminutives or pet forms of othersâNell emerged as a nickname for Eleanor or Helen and Cleo is, obviously, a short form of Cleopatra.Â And some suffer from guilt by association–the biblical Jesse sounds an awfuÂ lot like Bessie and Tessie. Â But the point is that they have stood on their own for long enough to have their own substantive histories,Â not to be dismissed as âjust a nickname.â
Here is a list of options that fill that billâlight in feel but strong on tradition.
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