Nicknames for Boys

Suddenly, nicknames are cool again. Not the cutesy Jerrys and Larrys, Randys and Andys of the '60s and '70s, but rather older, funkier diminutives with a Victorian pedigree. Among the nickname names that you can consider putting directly on the birth certificate are the following.

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  • Alfie

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    Alfie is the eleventh most popular boys' name in England and Wales, where retro nickname names are ultratrendy, but it hasn't really been picked up on in the U.S. Thanks to some louche fictional ... Read More 

  • Archie

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    Forget Archie Bunker, forget Archie comics, and take a fresh look at this amiably retro nickname name. It's made a big comeback in the UK--where it's now in the Top 20-- and seems destined for star... Read More 

  • Art

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    Its meaning may be creative; its abbreviated sound is not.  Read More 

  • Ash

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    Ash has Southern charm plus the arboreal-nature appeal. Plus your little boy will prize Ash as the name of the hero of the "Pokemon" cartoons. Ash can also be a dashing short form of Asher, Ashton,... Read More 

  • Barney

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    This may be hard for American parents to believe, but the name Barney is hot among hip Londoners who are perhaps unacquainted with our purple dinosaur.  Read More 

  • Beck

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    The popular single-named alternative singer (born Bek) has moved this onetime shortening of Becky into male territory.  Read More 

  • Benno

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    Benno is a cool name in its own right -- there was a tenth century Saint Benno -- though it is also used as a lively nickname for Benjamin. Saint Benno of Meissen is the patron saint of anglers and... Read More 

  • Bertie

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    Long a royal nickname in England, it's coming back there along with Archie and Alfie. British singer Kate Bush calls her little boy Bertie. Read More 

  • Billy

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    Cute kid with freckles, bouncing a Spalding ball. Cool couple Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton put the name Billy Burton on their son's birth certificate.  Read More 

  • Cal

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    A homey sitting-by-the fire-type nickname name.  Read More 

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