Cuteness is a delicate quality when it comes to choosing a name. Of course a cute name is adorable on a baby, but will it fit a grownup? That’s when you might want a more formal name with a cute nickname.
In England, nicknames that stand on their own as cute baby names are very much in style, but in the US parents are just starting to adopt this trend. Many parents still are more likely to give girls all-out cute names like Lula or Tessie but to hold back on cute when it comes to son, calling a baby boy Ozzie, perhaps, but naming him the more grownup Oscar to use on college and job applications.
Sexist? Undoubtedly. But there are cute baby names to fit every style and gender. Here, the major classes of cute when it comes to baby names.
Cute Nicknames, Serious Names
There are hundreds of cute nicknames for girls you can create from more proper names. Here are a handful of our favorite cute nicknames. If you are reluctant to give your daughter a name that may forever undercut her seriousness, choosing a serious formal name and distilling it to a cute nickname is the way to go.
Cute Baby Names with Formal Names for Boys
Cute nicknames for boys have historically been created from much more buttoned-up formal names. Diminutives such as Jamie from James and Billy from William are classics, but more surprising cute nickname-names might be Ike from Isaac or Kit from Christopher. Of course, these cute nicknames can stand on their own if you want to simplify things, but this may be a way to have the best of all worlds.
Cute Vintage Names for Girls
Cute doesn’t have to be new, as these cute baby names for girls that have enjoyed centuries of use can attest. Cute vintage names come ready made with an inner seriousness but are undeniably cute for a modern baby. One telltale sign of a cute girls’ name: the ee sound at the end.
Cute Vintage Names for Boys
Cute vintage names for boys often end in an o or an ee sound, and may feel like nicknames even though they’re not. These are some of the most stylish cute baby names around for boys today….and they also happen to be vintage.
Cute Modern Baby Names
In many ways, it’s easier to go cute with a modern name. Modern baby names usually don’t demand more formal versions, and their cuteness may lie in their being unusual or surprising rather than the more conventional cuteness of nickname-names. Here are some cute modern names that come from the categories of nature names, place names, word names, and invented names.
Cute Baby Names A to Z
What are the cutest baby names for every letter of the alphabet? If you expand your definition of cute names to include vintage names, nicknames, invented names, and all-around cute names, you can pull together a pretty adorable collection. Here a wide range of cute baby names from (almost) A to Z.
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