Category: nicknames for boys
For generations, there was the name your parents chose, and then there was the name you actually used.
Some names were outgrown, of course.Â Others held on long after youâ€™d expect them to fade.Â My great-uncle Flash was once a high school track star, but even as a portly gentleman in his 60s, he still answered to his nickname.
Of course, Billy and Mimi and Flash grew up in an era when lots of kids shared the same names, sometimes in the same family.Â Flash was really Anthony, as were a few of his cousins.Â Mimi is one of three Marys on her yearbook page alone.
Definitely! we agreed. Â At least it’s one of them!
What’s the cutest nickname you’ve ever heard? Â Maybe it’s one you came up with on your own, maybe it was invented by an older sibling or by your child himself. Â It might have been by design, or it might have come about by accident.
Vintage names have been cool for a while now, but old school nicknames are just starting to come into their own.
The Brits have led the way on the revival of the retro nickname, with their fashionable little Alfies and Evies, Freddys and Teddys — though Teddy just might be a girl.
Using one of these new old nicknames for your child can be a way to give a fresh spin to a classic name, to distinguish a little girl from her namesake grandma, or to set your Henry apart from the five others on the block.
Here, a roundup of classic and vintage names and their old school nicknames.
You do your best (Of course you do! Â You’re here!!) to give your child a name that’s elegant, enlightened, perhaps even nickname-proof.
And then — maybe from older siblings, from nursery school friends, maybe even from you! — your child ends up with another, unexpected nickname.
Maybe the nickname is cute, maybe it’s horrifying, but in any case it was unplanned.
What do you call your child that you never expected to? Â What nicknames have they taken on, from the outside world or inside the family nest? Â What about your own unexpected nicknames and those of your siblings? What are those unexpected nicknames, and where did they come from?
If a name is in the Top 10, it might be easy, but what if they’re further down the list….and how far is far enough? Judging popular names gets even more difficult when they’re short forms, maybe not so popular at all on their own.
Just how ubiquitous is Lily?, an expectant mom asked recently on our forums. Lily as itself is Number 17 on the official popularity list; up there, for sure, but there are only a third as many Lilys as there are girls who get the number one Isabella. So is Lily really one of those names youâ€™re going to hear coming and going?
Sadly, the answer may be yes, and hereâ€™s why.
Lily, along with a handful of other nickname names, is not only popular on its own, but itâ€™s used as a short form for several other popular names: Lillian, Liliana, and so on. The result: Many more Lilys than you might guess.
This phenomenon can be applied to names with many spelling variations: Leila or Michaela or Mackenzie in their rainbow of flavors. But todayâ€™s focus is on nicknames gone wild. Sure, these are adorable, but they all come with a warning label: rampant popularity ahead.
Addie â€“ Addie is sweet and old-fashioned and even fresh-feeling, a followup to the now-overused Abby. But Addie is coming up fast thanks to a host of newly-popular mother names, from the trendy Addison to cool classics Adeline and Adelaide, often chosen specifically because they come with cute short form Addie.
Alex â€“ Alex may be the unisex nickname name of the decade, not only a Top 100 name on its own for boys for a short form for boysâ€™ Number 6 Alexander along with a huge contingent of popular girlsâ€™ names: Alexis, Alexa, Alexandra et al.