Thanks everyone, for sharing! I'm actually not interested in a full name for Huck other than Huckleberry (I love Huckleberry Finn, and I get pretty happy when I think about having a little boy who shares a name with such a beautiful little character:)), but was genuinely curious about how easy/difficult it is to pull off a nickname that has no etymological (?) tie to the actual given name.
I think it depends on the nickname and it depends on the people in your life. If your family is already outspoken about not approving of a baby name, making it a nickname instead of an official name might give them a way out of using it. Likewise, I can see a elementary school teacher undermining your plan to call your daughter Elizabeth, Bitsy, a lot easier than I can see one undermining your plan to call her Beth.
I am trying to make a nn happen that is nothing to do with my actual name. It is hard because I am already grown a bit but I think from birth it is much easier. As for Huck-its the obvious nn for Huckleberry.
Historically, nicknames did not always come from a 'prescribed list' like people seemingly try to enforce now (at least in my part of the US) so I definitely think it will and can work as long as the child is introduced as whatever the nickname is. I actually really prefer nicknames that are not necessarily related or at least not expected/ obvious so I plan on using one if I have another girl (for some reason, I'm not big on nicknames for any of the boy names I like).
I suppose it depends on whether, because of the association with Huckleberry Finn, this should really be designated in books and forums like ours, as strictly a masculine name ? Huck certainly is - well, as certainly as anything, these days - but what about Berry ? Which, by the way, is what most people use for our little Huckleberry Florence (2 years old a few days ago) - many people have difficulty accepting the name Huckleberry - I uspect that would be true if she were a boy, too - so they look for ways to shorten it. Her NN (for the "traditionalists") has become Berry. But we LOVE Huckleberry.
I have 2 examples. One of it working, and one not so much.
1. My name is Margaret and have always gone by Maggie. My mother never had any trouble getting people to agree to the nickname. Maggie is a traditional nickname for Margaret though so it's not exactly the same as your situation, but they still are 2 quite different names.
2. My sister's name is Stephanie and my mother decided before she was born that she was going to be called Stevie (a-la Stevie Nicks, it was all very 80s you see). She was probably called Stevie a total of 3 times right after she was born and that was the end of that.
Anyway I think you'd have to be persistent, but its definitely doable. Just introduce him as Huck, then if people ask for the full name after that, Huck will probably still be seen as the primary name.
i just commented on a post about a choice of nicknames and asked something similar!
THEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FULL NAME.
one maybe - if you contort their variations and back stories enough. which i dont think is the point of a nickname.
i think people wish they could use these 'forced' nicknames as real names but they are just too scared.
in this last ladys case it would have been fine, they werent too 'nicknamey' and could easily stand alone as a first name.
in your case Huck is the nickname for Huckleberry, done. its the reason people name their kid Huckleberry in the first place. and since Huck is so charming on his own and thats all he will ever be called his entire life, why not cut down on paperwork and trouble and just name him Huck?
This, exactly. My sister's name is Elizabeth nn Betsy. While I know that was a popular nn for a while, it was pretty past its prime when she was named (she's 24 now). But regardless, I never remember anyone trying to call her Beth or Liz or something, because her name is Betsy and it would be weird to call her anything else.
Originally Posted by amandachristine
A few stories:
My friend Rebecc@ introduces herself as Rebecc@. Within five minutes she's Becc@. Sometimes it's really natural on a person.
My fried P@vneet has been P@vi for as long as I've known her. Even though we all know that she's 'really' P@vneet, no one really knows who that is without thinking for a second.
My little sister Aish@ is named after our grandmother. Before she was even born, our aunt remarked that she could be called U$hie (like pushy). Now she's U$hie about 80% of the time at home or with family friends/my close friends. Her school friends know her as Aish@, but they do sometimes switch when they come here and hear us calling her U$hie!
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