Remember when all Jacobs were nicknamed Jake, and every Theodore was Ted, and Victorias wereÂ automatically labeled Vicky?
Well, things have changed.Â Todayâ€™s baby namers are putting a tremendous amount of thought into nicknames.Â Not only are they more willing to put them on the birth certificate (Gracie, Gus), but they are placing almost as much importance on their babiesâ€™ everyday/pet names as on their birth certificate appellations, sometime picking the colloquial form first and then finding a formal name thatâ€™s fits it.
And in many cases, the connections between the two are way less direct than they used to be, sometimes just sharing a first initial, or playing with a middle or last syllable, such as using Lia for Cecilia or Amelia.
Our own nameberries are especially inventive when it comes to creative nicknaming.Â Here are some of the recent examples weâ€™ve noticed:
BEATRIXâ€”BIXIE instead of Bea or Trixie
CAROLINEâ€”CALLIE instead of Carrie
ELEANORâ€”NORA instead of Ellie or Nell
ELODIEâ€”NELL instead of Ellie
FELICITYâ€”FLICK or FLICKA
FRANCESâ€”FANCY instead of Franny or Fanny
GWENDOLYNâ€”DOLLY instead of Gwen
JOSEPHINEâ€”EFFIE or FEE or POSY instead of Josie
JULIETTEâ€”LETTIE instead of Julie
PENELOPEâ€”PIPPA instead of Penny
ROCHELLEâ€”ELLIE instead of Shelley
TABITHAâ€”BIT instead of Tabby
THERESAâ€”REESE instead of Terry
VICTORIAâ€”PLUM (as in the Victoria plum) instead of Vicky
VIOLAâ€”LOLA instead of Vi
VIOLETâ€”VIO instead of Vi
AUGUSTUSâ€”GUSTO instead of Augie or Gus
CRISPINâ€”PIP instead of Cris
JACOB–COBY/COBIE instead of Jake
JAMESâ€”JEM instead of Jim
MALCOLMâ€”MAC or MALCO instead of Mal
NICHOLASâ€”COLE instead of Nick
PHILIPâ€”PHILO or FLYNN instead of Phil
RICHARDâ€”HARDY instead of Rick or Dick
THEODOREâ€”THOR instead of Ted
WALLACEâ€”ACE instead of Wally
Have you come up with any innovative nicknames for your favorite names?