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Suddenly, nicknames are cool again. Not the cutesy Cindys and Mindys, Candys and Randis of the '60s and '70s, but rather older, funkier diminutives with a Victorian pedigree.

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  • Nell

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    Nell, once a nickname for Helen, Ellen, or Eleanor, is a sweet old-fashioned charmer that is fashionably used today in its own right. While Nell is perfectly in tune with contemporary vintage name ... Read More 

  • Nellie

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    This ready-for-revival name recalls the old Gay Nineties and bicycles-built-for-two era.  Read More 

  • Nessa

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    Like its cousin Tessa, Nessa -- a shortening of Vanessa or Agnes or Anastasia among other possibilities -- is an attractive nickname that can stand on its own.  Read More 

  • Penny

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    Like Peggy and Patsy, the kind of zesty moniker young Judy Garland would sport in her early let's-put-on-a-show flicks, rarely used today.  Read More 

  • Pippa

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    Pippa, a peppy condensation of Philippa that turns it from serious to sprightly, has come into the public eye in a big way via the former Kate Middleton's sister. Heard far more in the U.K. than t... Read More 

  • Polly

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    An alternative to the no-longer-fresh Molly, the initial 'P' gives Polly a peppier sound, combining the cozy virtues of an old-timey name with the bounce of a barmaid. Associated with Tom Sawyer'... Read More 

  • Poppy

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    Poppy, unlike most floral names which are sweet and feminine, has a lot of spunk; Poppy makes an especially good choice for a redhead. Jamie Oliver -- the British "Naked Chef" -- used Poppy for his... Read More 

  • Pru

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    With the return of the less obvious virtue names such as Verity and Prudence, vintage nickname names like Pru may follow in their wake. Read More 

  • Rosie

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    Rosy-cheeked and cheery, Rosie (also spelled Rosy) has been standing on her own for many decades, back to the days of songs like Sweet Rosie O'Grady . She's one of the perky nickname names that are... Read More 

  • Sadie

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    Sadie started as a nickname for Sarah, but their images couldn't be more disparate. Where Sarah is serious and sweet, Sadie is full of sass and spunk. Sadie now ranks at Number 124--exactly where... Read More 

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