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Vintage Nicknames for Boys

Vintage nicknames that were once widely used for boys and might be revived by modern parents include:
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  • Ned

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    Ned is a gently old-fashioned Nancy Drew-Bobbsey Twins-era short form for Edward that sounds cooler than Ed and is enjoying a small style renaissance. Usage of Ned in literature goes back to a Ben... Read More 

  • Newt

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    Rarely used on its own and irrevocably tied to former House Speaker Gingrich -- who was christened Newton.  Read More 

  • Obed

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  • Odie

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  • Ollie

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    Down-home nickname name once associated with the friendly dragon on kids' TV.  Read More 

  • Paddy

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    Because it's a generic (and often derogatory) term for an Irishman, Paddy fell out of use as a diminutive or given name, though actress Mare Winningham used it not long ago.  Read More 

  • Riah

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    If you think there are too many Zachs around, you can use this historic nickname for Zachariah instead, though it does have a somewhat feminine feel. Read More 

  • Rollie

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  • Sandy

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    Like Red, Brownie, and Blondie -- rarely given on its own.  Read More 

  • Si

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