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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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  • Hank

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    Hank is a midcentury guy nickname (which actually dates back to the seventeenth century) of the Al/Hal/Dick school, which has been on recess from the playground for decades. Now it's just beginnin... Read More 

  • Jax

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    Jax is the Dex-Jex-Bix type of x-ending cool -- possibly too cool -- variation of Jack or nickname for Jaxon or Jackson. Jax has shot up almost 400 places in the last four years and is one of the f... Read More 

  • Jeb

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    Both Jeb and Jed are very attractive Old Testament short forms with long and bright futures. Jeb's main current association is with the Bush brother and former governor of Florida, but the name wa... Read More 

  • Jed

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    Cowboyish short form that's both macho and cool. Got prime time exposure on The West Wing. Read More 

  • Joe

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    Joe is still the ultimate good-guy name, not at all diminished by its longevity or popularity or its everyman rep as Regular Joe, Cowboy Joe, G.I. Joe, Joe Millionaire, Joe Blow, or even Average Jo... Read More 

  • Johnny

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    The ultimate midcentury nickname, retaining a good measure of retro charm, was chosen for her son by Mira Sorvino.  Read More 

  • Jud

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    More commonly spelled JUDD, this is a strong but sensitive short form that can easily stand on its own. Read More 

  • Kit

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    Nickname occasionally used on its own, has a bit of a western twang thanks to Kit Carson. Actress Jodie Foster used it for her son. Also used as a female pet form of KATHERINE. Read More 

  • Lem

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    Lem is a corn-cob pipe-smoking, back porch-rocking nickname name. But we predict as Sam and Gus become ho-hum, more parents will look to Lem. Read More 

  • Lev

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    This concise one-syllable name, Hebrew for heart or the Russian form of Leo, has definite potential, being more unusual than the increasingly popular Levi. The leonine Lev is the Russian birth nam... Read More 

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