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Thread: Bothered by common nickname
June 14th, 2012 08:02 AM #16
Maddie or not.
I understand where you're coming from- if I thought my daughter's name would be shortened to something so common, I would probably not want to use it.
Also, it sounds like you're not really down with the name, because you said you only picked it because you couldn't find anything you like better- I would definitely encourage you to keep looking ( I know it can take a lot) because once you do find a name you truly love- nothing compares to it and nothing could really turn you against it (in my experience).
Perhaps if you let us know what it is, we could also suggest similar names that you might like?
If you don't want to though, I understandMum to Evie Delilah and another baby girl on the way in September 2012! Self confessed birth and name nerd!
June 14th, 2012 09:16 AM #18
June 14th, 2012 09:27 AM #20Senior Member
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For what it's worth you do have some measure of control of what nickname your child is called by, at least in the beginning. I made it quite clear to my family that I didn't want my children to be called by nicknames. Pet names are fine, but no shortened forms of their names, and they honored it (after one or two attempts to do otherwise). Obviously older children are able to choose what they are called but in my experience they generally favor whatever they have been called by their parents. My own name could easily be shortened to Lin, but I've never in my life gone by that, or any other form than than my full first name.
However I do understand your concern; it's the main reason I've relegated some favorite names to middle-name only rank.
June 14th, 2012 11:19 AM #22Junior Member
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Thank you for all of the name suggestions and replies! Sorry I forgot to say the name is Madelaina. I believe it's more traditionally spelled Madelena/Maddelena, but I'm not 100% sure if they're all pronounced the same. We want the end to sound like lay-nuh not len-uh which is why we chose the Madelaina spelling. After looking at the link "lori johnson" posted, I found that all spellings of the name are used far less than I thought! That definitely makes me happy! I really love the name as a full name, my only hang up is the nickname problem.
I don't want her to be another Maddy J. or Maddy S. at all, and if no one can seem to get past Maddy in her name, I'm not sure I can use it. I can see both Maddy or Addy, both which are beautiful names but way to popular for my tastes. Thank you to "ashthedreamer" who suggested Della and Lainey/Laine as nicknames for a different name, I definitely like those. I also think she could go by Laina. Are there any other nicknames that I'm missing? And do you think that if we never call her Maddy or Addy, but called her Della or Lainey instead, that others will stick to those nicknames?
Honestly, I'm really hoping that she will be called by her full name and not by a nickname, however that's unrealistic when it comes to my husband's family - they're all about nicknames so I would really rather chose her nickname on my own.
June 14th, 2012 11:27 AM #24
Della and Lainey/Laine! I think Laina works really, really well, too. (BTW, I adore Madelaina! It was on one of my first ever name lists, I think it's gorgeous.) I know a Madeleine who's mom refuses to let her be Maddy--they call her Mad/Mads, which is pretty close to Maddie, but somehow it stands out more to me. I think you could get away with Lady, too--if Adelaide could go by Lady, then why not Madelaina? I think you could use something like Leia/Laia (LAY-ah, however you want to spell it), too, or even Leila/Laila... I think I honestly like Della and Laina/Lainey the best, though.
I think most people follow parents' cues--I was always Ashley, NEVER Ash, and I'm pretty sure it has to do with the fact that my parents insisted on calling me by my full first name. Same with my sister Natalie (although I call her Tallie, but everyone else calls her strictly Natalie). But my brother and other sister (John nn Johnny and Rebecca nn Becca) go almost exclusively by their nicknames, still, and we're all in our twenties now (save Tallie, haha). Madelaina is quite a bit of name, so I think people will want to shorten it, at least sometimes, so it'd be good to have a back-up nickname picked out to use if people try to start calling her Maddie.
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