Category: nickname names
Did you know that Nameberry’s own Popular Names List ranks 2000 baby names of each gender rather than the official US 1000?
That gives you a lot of ideas for unique names that often lie beneath the surface and out of sight. Surveying the baby names in the 1000-2000 group, we noticed that there was a sizeable contingent of nickname-names — short forms that have grown up to become full names standing on their own.
Can you really put Ani or Art, Zelie or Zack on the birth certificate? Of course you can, and it might make more sense to go with the name you actually plan to use rather than taking on a long form you don’t even like. Though of course, you also might want to start with an appealing nickname and work from there toward a long form you find equally attractive.
Here, a contingent of unique and adventurous nickname-names we found swimming beneath Nameberry’s Top 1000.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Our British cousins have long been nuts for nickname names, and now we’re seeing in the latest Social Security stats the increased use of vintage nicknames on their own in the US as well. No jumps for UK faves Alfie and Archie yet, but here are some others that are moving up, all of which rose at least 20 places, arranged with highest climbers first.
By Abby Sandel
The Olivers are the parents of Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, and Buddy Bear Maurice. The kids’ first names are pretty mainstream. Poppy and Daisy have been favorites with English parents over the last two decades; Buddy fits perfectly with the preference for nickname names; and while Petal is unusual, nature names of all kinds are more common than ever.
We can make a few guesses about the name of the littlest Oliver:
By Abby Sandel
Mardi Gras is tomorrow, and in New Orleans, that means one thing: a parade featuring Rex, King of Carnival. Mardi Gras parades begin days earlier, and every parade organization – called a krewe – has its royalty. But Rex and his Queen, along with their court of Maids, Dukes, and Pages, occupy a special place in the revels.
Rex traces its roots to 1872, and their royals have been drawn from the most prominent of New Orleans families. The men named Rex are accomplished civic leaders; their consorts are chosen from the season’s debutantes.
Over the years, Rex and his court have worn some fascinating names – a mix of old Southern tradition and French influence. Here are some of my favorites, drawn from decades of Mardi Gras’ reigning royals:
A “hard knock life” is so much sweeter with a great name!
Annie is a beloved musical that opened on Broadway in 1977. There have been many stage, film, and TV adaptations of this heart-warming rags-to-riches story. As a child, watching the 1982 film version, I used to pretend I was one of the orphans in the movie. Sometimes I was Pepper, but usually it would be Molly. The spunky, sweet orphans in Annie have some really sweet names, let’s check them out!