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Thread: Nicknames vs Full Names?
December 12th, 2012 11:57 AM #1Member
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Nicknames vs Full Names?
If you plan on calling a child by a nickname, is it better to make their legal name the full name or the nickname?
DH and I are planning on shorter names for our children: Jude, Molly, Lily, etc. But with our short last name (Rey), I worry that having short first names might sound awkward. Because of this, I would prefer to give them longer names: Judah, Margaret, Lillian, etc. in order to flow better.
Are there any opinions on what would be better/sound better? also, how do I convince DH that longer names are OK?
Thanks in advance
December 12th, 2012 07:58 PM #3
Personally I prefer giving full names and then just call the kids by their nicknames.
Nicknames are nicknames for a reason, it's sweet and affectionate versions of the full name.
It must be so boring for a Dolly for instance, instead of naming her Dolores (or whatever) and then nicknaming her Dolly, she'll have to live with a nickname and most likely wont have a nickname because a nickname for a nickname just sounds silly.
It's also kind of hard to take a President Dolly *something* serious. I often refer to Prince Harry of Wales' old girlfriend, Chelsy. That would just never work, Princess Chelsy? I don't think so.
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December 12th, 2012 08:07 PM #5
I feel like there was a similar discussion earlier this week. You might enjoy reading the posts in that thread.
Personally I'm for a formal given name and separate nick names. I particularly enjoyed being able to change my masculine nn to a more feminine one when I was starting college and I went from my tomboy only phase to a girly-er me.
Link to other thread: http://nameberry.com/nametalk/threads/114609-Nicknames?highlight=nicknames
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December 12th, 2012 09:16 PM #7Member
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thank you for the link!
December 12th, 2012 11:57 PM #9
I prefer giving the full name and just using a nickname. That being said, if you genuinely despise the full name and/or another common nickname of it, I could see justification for just using the nn as a given name. I had a friend in school that was just Christie because her mom loathed the idea that she'd wind up getting called Tina.
I think it also depends on the name. Some nicknames are almost always assumed to be nicknames, while others are more commonly used on their own. Of the ones you listed, I think Lily is the best as a stand-alone name and Molly in most need of a full name back-up. Jude sounds the most choppy with a short last name since it's the one that's the shortest on its own.
Judah and Lillian would give the kid another option should he/she want it later in life. Margaret not only is a really solid, adult-sounding name itself, it is a wealth of nicknames.