Celebs are Crazy for Nickname Names!
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Nickname names are hot! Who by now hasn’t met, for instance, a girl named Sam or Charlie? And nobody loves a nickname name more than celebrities, and many of them have displayed a lot of originality, discovering and reviving long forgotten relics. Here are some of the most outstanding recent starbaby nickname names. We’re focused on the girls for now, but look for the boys’ list coming soon.
ANDY—Jack and Lisa Osbourne gave two of their three daughters nickname names—perhaps inspired by grandad Ozzie (born John). For their middle child, Andy Rose, born in 2015, they chose one rarely heard for a girl: actress Andie MacDowell (born Rosalie Anderson) uses a different spelling.
BIRDIE—In 2008 actress Busy Philipps named her baby girl Birdie (inspired by First Lady Lady Bird Johnson), followed by Maura West’s Birdie West the next year. Birdie, now Number 346 on Nameberry, Birdie was in the 150s at the end of the 19th century.
ELSIE—This old Scottish Elizabeth diminutive is definitely having a revival, now at #31 in England, 90 on Nameberry and 301 across the US. It’s been picked by singer James Morrison, and by Ioan Gruffudd for his sweetly named little Elsie Marigold.
IZZY—Familiar as a short form of Isabel, Isabella, etc, but rarely used on its own, especially for girls, but that all changed with Grey’s Anatomy. Eddie Murphy was inspired to use it for his daughter in 2016—his ninth child.
MILLIE—Vintage frilly Millie has become thoroughly modernized, ranking at #355 in the US in 2017, #20 in Scotland, and #34 in England, and now represented by Stranger Things young British star Millie Bobby Brown. Musician Curtis Rempel is one recent dad of a Millie.
MINNIE—Minnie Theodora Osbourne is the sister of Andy Rose and Pearl Clementine; and Maya Rudolph named one of her daughters Minnie to honor her late mother, the acclaimed singer Minnie Ripperton. So now Minnie has officially broken her engagement to Mickey Mouse.
What’s your favorite female nickname name?
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on August 24th, 2018 at 6:37 am
From the list I love Billie, Edie, Elsie, Frankie, Lulu, Minnie, Sunny, & Winnie. My favourite nickname name is Kitty, closely followed by Sally (to be honest I don’t feel she’s much of a nn anymore, but I’m from the UK), Sylvie, Trixie, Roxy, Libby, and Evie (plus many more).
on August 24th, 2018 at 10:08 am
Isn’t Liv Tyler’s daughter Lula rather than Lulu?
I really like Sunny, Birdie, Polly and Zuzu.
on August 24th, 2018 at 10:39 am
@cece84 Thanks on Lula–I have fixed it.
on August 24th, 2018 at 11:18 am
I love Elsie, Josie and Millie! They are some of the names I feel can truly work as a full name.
on August 24th, 2018 at 3:53 pm
Winnie and Edie are the only ones I’m so so about. Nickname names just aren’t my cup of chai.
on August 24th, 2018 at 5:01 pm
Love nickname names! Our daughter’s name is Elsie (it’s a family name), and I call her Elle sometimes. Her “nickname” name has a nickname 😂
on August 25th, 2018 at 7:52 am
Loads of these names are so pretty and definitely love hearing and seeing these names, but I just don’t love ie/ee/y ending names as first names, too cutesy!
on August 29th, 2018 at 5:17 pm
I love Sadie, though I don’t know if it really counts as a nickname anymore; it can stand on its own!
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