Thank you, Jimmy Fallon, for naming your new daughter Winnie Rose, 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.
Lottie and Letty
These were both typically dainty Victorian faves—Lottie short for Charlotte, and Letty for Letitia or Lettice. Yes, Lettice, once a well-used name. Letty appeared in George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Lottie is Number 138 in the UK.