Baby Names with No Nicknames

Do you hate nicknames, or just hate the idea that someone other than you is going to decide what your child is actually called by shortening, say, Alexandra to Lexie? Then you might do well to choose among the baby names that don't have nicknames, or are too short to be abbreviated further, like the names on this list.
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  • Chance

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Once a cavalier Mississippi gambler type name, Chance has entered the mainstream since being endorsed by such celebrity dads as Larry King and Paul Hogan. It's been in the Top 250 every year since... Read More 

  • Chase

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Chase, with its sleek and ultraprosperous aura, is redolent of the worlds of high finance and international banking. Chase has been well used during the last decade, seen as a character on... Read More 

  • Claire

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Claire, luminous, simple, and strong, with a barely distinguishable French accent, is one of those special names that is familiar yet distinctive, feminine but not frilly, combining historical... Read More 

  • Cody

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    In the early 1990s, Cody was in the Top 25 in the USA; but it has been in a sharp decline since then, nowadays ranking at 237. It retains a greater degree of popularity in the UK, however. Read More 

  • Cole

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Cole -- a short name that embodies a lot of richness and depth -- has long been associated with the great songwriter Cole Porter. Currently, Cole, which has been on a roll since the mid-90s, is... Read More 

  • Drew

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Drew is an elegant formerly male-only alternative to Andy that joined the stylishly upscale Paige-Brooke-Blair sorority, thanks largely to Drew Barrymore. Barrymore comes by her first name... Read More 

  • Eli

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Eli--a solid Biblical name with lots of spirit and energy -- has been bounding up the popularity charts, now just outside the Top 50 at Number 53.

    While Eli is a full name on its own,... Read More 

  • Faith

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Faith is one of the most straightforward of the virtue names popularized by the Puritans in the seventeenth century, many parents still choosing it as an indicator of their religious conviction.... Read More 

  • Finn

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Finn is a name with enormous energy and charm, that of the greatest hero of Irish mythology, Finn MacCool (aka Fionn mac Cuumhaill), an intrepid warrior with mystical supernatural powers, noted as... Read More 

  • Gray

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    The girls have Violet and Scarlet and Ruby and Rose, but for the boys there's a much more limited palette of color names. Gray (or Grey), is one exception, which could make for a soft and... Read More 

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