Remember when all Jacobs were nicknamed Jake, and every Theodore was Ted, and Victorias were automatically labeled Vicky?
Well, things have changed. Today’s baby namers are putting a tremendous amount of thought into nicknames. 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 babies’ everyday/pet names as on their birth certificate appellations, sometime picking the colloquial form first and then finding a formal name that’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. Here are some of the recent examples we’ve noticed:
BEATRIX—BIXIE instead of Bea or Trixie
CAROLINE—CALLIE instead of Carrie
ELEANOR—NORA instead of Ellie or Nell
ELODIE—NELL instead of Ellie
FELICITY—FLICK or FLICKA
FRANCES—FANCY instead of Franny or Fanny
GWENDOLYN—DOLLY instead of Gwen
JOSEPHINE—EFFIE or FEE or POSY instead of Josie
JULIETTE—LETTIE instead of Julie
PENELOPE—PIPPA instead of Penny
ROCHELLE—ELLIE instead of Shelley
TABITHA—BIT instead of Tabby
THERESA—REESE instead of Terry
VICTORIA—PLUM (as in the Victoria plum) instead of Vicky
VIOLA—LOLA instead of Vi
VIOLET—VIO instead of Vi
AUGUSTUS—GUSTO instead of Augie or Gus
CRISPIN—PIP instead of Cris
JACOB–COBY/COBIE instead of Jake
JAMES—JEM instead of Jim
MALCOLM—MAC or MALCO instead of Mal
NICHOLAS—COLE instead of Nick
PHILIP—PHILO or FLYNN instead of Phil
RICHARD—HARDY instead of Rick or Dick
THEODORE—THOR instead of Ted
WALLACE—ACE instead of Wally
Have you come up with any innovative nicknames for your favorite names?