Thank you, JimmyFallon, for naming your new daughter WinnieRose, and proving our point— which is that we’re into a whole new era of nickname names. These are worlds away from midcentury short forms like Cindy and Mindy and Marci and Lori, but go further back in time to faded Victorian favorites. It’s a trend that started in the UK, where 10% of the current Top 100 girls’ names fit this description, and several of the boys— Alfie, Archie, Freddie, Ollie—rank high as well. Here are some of the vintage girls’ nickname names, with their uniquely charming combo of sentiment and sass, which illustrate the trend.
This diminutive of the yet-to-be-revived Minerva may have a tougher trek to climb because of her still solid link to Mickey, though singer Minnie Ripperton and actress MinnieDriver made the path a little less rocky. Minnie was the fifth or sixth most popular name in America throughout the 1880’s.