Cutest. Nickname. Ever.

This question of the week was inspired by a Berry who wrote in telling us of a friend whose daughter Imogen was called the unexpected Idgie. Wasn’t that, she asked, the cutest nickname ever?

Definitely! we agreed. Β At least it’s one of them!

What’s the cutest nickname you’ve ever heard? Β Maybe it’s one you came up with on your own, maybe it was invented by an older sibling or by your child himself. Β It might have been by design, or it might have come about by accident.

For today’s all-cute question of the week, we ask: What’s your nomination for cutest nickname ever?

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MissusAytch Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I love Jet as a nn for Bridget. Just heard it recently. I also love Ree for Rebecca or Theresa.

Kibby Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Essie for Esther is definitely the cutest I have heard lately!

namelover77 Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

I don’t know if it’s cute, but I knew a girl named Eleanor whose little brother couldn’t pronounce her name, and called her Gemma. The name stuck πŸ™‚

chicamerlin Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Muff or Muffin as a nickname for Mary, I heard it on a 7 year old girl.

augusta_lee Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Djuna, as in the great Djuna Barnes. Such a cute story, and such a fabulous name.

brynnash Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

I went to college with a girl named Elizabeth who went by Tizzie. Adorable. I also know an Elizabeth who goes by Bit, which is also cute.

4PerfectNames Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Idgie is the main character’s name from the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. Real name in the movie – Imogene. Awesome movie. Mom must have been a fan.

ellieberry Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

I know an Elizabeth who goes by EB. I think it’s adorable.

sjazami Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

My name is Sahar; Persian for dawn. But growing up I loved to bake and cook. So around 3 or 4 I yearned the nickname Saucey. Over the years Saucey has evolved to Saucilito as well. I love my nickname. πŸ™‚

KateMcNameLover Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

I loooove the nickname “Rue” for Ruby, or even “Roo” for Rooney πŸ™‚

alzora Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

When my friend Kelly was brought home from the hospital, her sister, very little at the time, called her “Keddy.” The nickname stuck for a while among close family and friends.

But I think the cutest nickname actually comes from the classic novel Silas Marner, in which the baby Hephzibah is known as “Eppie.” Can you get much cuter than Eppie?! I prefer Eppie for Elspeth, though, or just on its own.

I also think “Mim” would be cute for a Miriam.

dresdendoll Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

One of my son Springer’s nicknames is Springbok!

ottilie Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Foo and Roo and names like that are adorable. I also think Bea (although very traditional) is very very cute. I know a little Delphine who goes by Phinee, that’s very sweet as well.

cookiesnatcher Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

I love the nickname Lulu, or just Lou is really cute too.
My little cousin’s full name is Fenway, but he’s sometimes called Fennie or Fen.
His sister is Griffith, and she goes by Griffey, which is so adorable.

shanade213 Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Solomon nn Solo
Imogen nn Ginny
Jeffrey nn Free
Celia nn Cece
Lucille nn Celie
Clementine nn Emmy
October nn Toby
November nn Nova
Susannah nn Sunny
Crispin nn Kip
Thomas nn Massey
Elliot nn Leo
Barrett nn Rett
Gideon nn Dean or Ian
Jeremy nn Remy
Malachi nn Kai
Maxwell nn Wells
Orison nn Ori
Serefin nn Finn
Thaddeus nn Teddy
Zajac nn Jack
Zeben nn Ben
Reuben nn Ben

Abby Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

I’ve heard Jet for Juliet, too – love that idea!

inkonherfingers Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 11:03 pm

I love Fee for Phoebe, Bea for Beatrice, and my absolute favourite is Roo for Ruby.

KateMcNameLover Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

I also recently heard of the nickname Scout for Scarlett.. Swoon!

coolcat33 Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 11:27 pm

I once knew a Katherine who went by Katio! Everyone called her that, including teachers, parents, etc. I thought it was spunky and cute.

I also knew a firstname Mary-middlename Elizabeth who went by Emmy (from *M*ary *E*lizabeth), which I LOVED. It’s made me think of Emcat for a Mary Catherine, which I think is super super cute but not quite usable (because of its similarity to the dreaded med school entrance exam, among other reasons).

Liddyhop Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 11:33 pm

I worked at a HeadStart a few years ago and there was a little boy there, about three years old, named Gabriel. He was called GusGus after the Cinderella character by kids and staff. I always thought that was adorable, and he completely fit the nn.

Samantha-Bianca Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 11:41 pm

My daughter, Bianca, gets called B by a friend of mine. I thought it was cool already and then watched re-runs of Buffy and realised that’s what Faith calls Buffy. Even cooler.

Also, not a new nickname, but I always thought Issey was a cuter nickname for Isabella than Bella. Or even Bells…it just sounds more natural. And isn’t overplayed to hell!

My friend Felicia gets called Fee. Cute.

Annoushka – whilst less of a nn and more of a diminutive – is great for Ann.

Elizabeth567 Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 11:48 pm

I knew a Matthew who went by Mash or Mashy bc his older sister couldn’t pronounce it.
My name is Elizabeth and my husband calls me Bets (before we ever watched a Mad Men episode!)
I also knew a Lila Louise and she went by LilaLou which I thought was adorable.

CountryLizB Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 11:56 pm

I saw an obit a few days ago for a woman name Poinsettia nicknamed Pins.

darby24 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 12:19 am

I have three daughters who have given themselves nicknames: Lucah, nn Lulu; Ruby, nn Rue; and Maude, nn Maudie. I’ve never been into nicknames, but they’re hard to resist when kids choose them themselves!

tencentwings Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 12:20 am

Two that I absolutely love that we very seriously considered:

Huck for Charlie
Jett for John the 3rd

LyndsayJenness Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 12:22 am

I know a Ria whose real name is Maria. Blew my mind! I used to nanny a Sofia who I called Fia and Fia Bia. Loved that too. We call my Dash Dashie and Flynn Flynnie, not unusual but I think they’re cute. :). My mom is a Katherine who goes by Kitty, I mean how much cuter does it get? Honey for Honora.

Dash says he wants a sister named Clementine nn Lemon. I also like nicknames like Scout, Cricket, etc.

Missmolly Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 12:35 am

Do you distinguish nicknames, derived directly from the given name, and what I think of as pet names, having no connection to the given name?

I’ve called my son “Mischkin” since he was a toddler. It just came out of my mouth one day, with no prior thought, and has no relation to his real name.

mclola Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 12:56 am

Lola for Lorelei πŸ™‚
but sometimes the nickname doesn’t come from the name. My son is named Christian and I swore he would never be called Chris. because he looked like a fish when he cried for the first two years of his life we called him Trout.

KTook76 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 1:02 am

My 3 year old has a favourite friend at pre school who’s name is Harper. My daughter started calling her Parper when she was about 18months and now calls her Parpy. From this her parents started to call her “our little parrot” and now she’s called Birdie by everyone including my daughter! Adorable!

nativoyoung Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 1:17 am

All these comments just remind me how much I dislike nicknames. However, my mom calls me by my middle name all the time and since she’s the only one who does it is sweet and special. Just nobody call my Miriam “Mim.” Or my Emeline, Emmie (gag) or my Harriet . . . I have no idea what absurd name people would come up for that one. I gave them names that sound intelligent for a reason. πŸ™‚

Ariel_Michal Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 1:36 am

I used to babysit a little girl named Sofia whose parents called her Fifi or just Fi, which I found refreshing. And I know a girl named Elisabeth that goes by Lilly Beth because that’s how her older brother said her name when she was a baby.

senoritashan Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 1:53 am

I adore Posy as a nickname! I want to use it for Penelope Rose, but I know it works really well for Josephine πŸ™‚

@nativoyoung: Harriet could end up as Hattie, I can see that πŸ˜‰

geeknamezyo Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 1:56 am

My little brother was nicknamed “Teddy” because of a teddy bear coat he wore as a toddler. People get very confused about it because his name is Benjamin.

senoritashan Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 1:57 am

I also would love to give my kids nicknames related to their name but not the actual sounds.

Juliet –> Sunny (“What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun”)

Eloise –> Skipperdee (Eloise’s turtle in the books)

Matilda –> chumbuck/little lamb (chumbuck is the word used for sheep in the song “Waltzing Matilda”)

Penelope Rose –> bumblebee (flowers?)

Atticus –> Finch once in a while?

Rowan –> Captain (rowin’ a boat?)


Tay2thestars Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 2:15 am

I really like Indy for Indiana, Jet for Juliet, and Evie for Genevieve.

Justmelea Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 2:29 am

My Charlotte often goes by Coco by friends and family. But at school she insists on Charlotte.

maddiejadore Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 2:29 am

Sybbie from downton abbey is utterly adorable.
I’ve known a boy Nolan for a long time. Me and his sister called him Noli Ravioli and now we just call him Lil Ravioli.
I think Ollie is super cute. I also like Macky, Chlo, Phia, Winnie, And Teddy

Sjwatson Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 3:29 am

Just to clarify @senoritashan the term for a sheep in “waltzing Matilda” is a jumbuck not a chumbuck.
And as a side note in the song Matilda is actually slang for a swag (a bag) carried by a swagman. (itinerant worker)

KibaTalutah Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 3:46 am

Jae from Jaelyn! πŸ™‚

ebenezer.scrouge Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 5:14 am

I love Emmie or Cleo for Clementine
Mia for Miranda
Sosie for Sophie
Lulu for Eloise
Bella or Sibby for Isobel

Maerad Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 5:33 am

I am very good friends with an Idge/Idgie! I didn’t know it was a character name though, she became Idgie because the children her parents did youth work with couldn’t say her name!
That family is full of cute nns, Imogen nn Idgie/Idgie/Didgie/Didgiemon, Monique nn Niquey (prn Neek-y), Laurence nn Laurie and Hugh nn Hudge (as in Hug-dj not as in Huge).
I think Hudge is one of the cutest nicknames ever…
I recently discovered that a Puggle is a baby Platypus, I think ‘Puggle’ would be a cute nn.

Kiki Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 5:36 am

When my mum was younger my uncle couldn’t say her name, Elizabeth, and instead called her Libith. I think that’s pretty cute.

TheFutureMrsB Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 6:10 am

I call my seven year old brother is law Ozzie for Oscar which I prefer to his father’s preferred Oskey. His brother Frank gets called Frankie, Frankie Bean and sometimes just Bean.

Lauren-Kay Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 6:11 am

I think Midge is a cute nn for Imogen! Also like Kitty for Katherine and Lilibet for Elizabeth. My favourite for Elizabeth is Bessie. I like the old school feminine feel.
One of my nicknames when I was little was Juniper, all because my parents didn’t know what gender I would be but they knew I was due in June, hence: June Nipper.

Sraexx Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 6:25 am

My daughter Isolina Louise goes by Lina Lou or sometimes LiLu.

name-obsession Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 6:34 am

I know and love a little girl with the nickname Bean/Beanie. Her full name is Genevieve, so I’m not really sure how they got Bean! I’ll have to ask mum and dad some time.
I also know two Bug’s: Ari-bug and Molly-bug.
My sister was a self proclaimed Bessie when she was very young, because Bethany was too hard to say. Bessie didn’t stick, but it’s cute once you get past the cow image!

alibaba Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 6:48 am

My daughter Eliza is also known as Little E. A friend whose son is named Sebastian also goes by Seabass.

Pam Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 6:53 am

What a collection of lovely stories to wake up to! Plus lots of good nicknaming ideas. Can’t wait to read more! Thanks everyone.

Aurra Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 7:23 am

I know a woman who has a daughter named September, but they call her Tess. When Tess was younger, she couldn’t say her name, so it came out Sep-tess-ber. And so, they shortened it to Tess.

Ria for Rebecca is something my mom came up with.

Isabella nn Bee
Maria nn Mia/Ria/Mimi
Susannah nn Suki/Zan
Alexandra nn Lex, Xandra
Elizabeth nn Zibby
Bethany nn Bess
Saskia nn Kiki
Antonia nn Ant/Nia
Aurelia nn Ray

MaryKathryn Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 7:25 am

My cousin Sayde is called Tinkerbell and my cousin Taylor is called Tator, which is the nickname Sayde gave her

NiamhEthna Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 7:30 am

My name is Niamh and i’m seeing a lot more of it lately, it wasnt so popular when i was given it. I have a lot of nicknames, mostly derived from teasing at school but i dont mind, they’ve become a part of me now.
Mostly, Nim, Nimmy. A lot of my friends call me these.
Parents however call me Noodles…

OliviaSarah Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 7:35 am

I met an Elizabeth nn Zabby, her brother was Gabriel nn Gabe. And I know a Josephine, who is normally exclusively Josie, but gets called Phine or Phinie by her family.

But I just melt everytime I hear Lulu/Lula/Lou, regardless of what it’s a nickname for.

rachel27 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 7:37 am

I called my aunt Laura Yo Yo for years, because I couldn’t pronounce Laura to begin with.

My favorite traditional nns are Ollie for Oliver and Fee for Felix. Also Juju for Julian or Juniper.

R_J Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 7:44 am

I am in love with Sosie for Susan or Susannah.

Didi8367 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 7:57 am

I have a friend who has a Cosette, nn “Cozy.” Absolutely adorable. I also recently heard of a Lavinia, nn “Lovey.” Finally, one of my friend’s grandmother’s name is Henrietta, but she’s been called “Honey” her whole life. I always thought that was super cute.

dolliedagger Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 8:04 am

My kids are – Tabitha who gets called Tabby or Tabs
– Mathilda Rowan who goes by Tilly-Ro or Tilda,
– Seth Atticus who often gets called Sethicus as a pet name,
and – Ramona who we sometimes call Little Mo or Mobot

Danica Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 8:13 am

I’ve heard Ember and Emm for September.
Elisabeth Belle was called Elisabel.

And I love both Tilda and Tilly for Matilda.

Harplayer Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 8:24 am

I have a friend who’s little 5 year old little sister Lydia goes by Huckle as in Huckleberry because she is a little mischief maker. I think that is the cutest thing ever.

Jessica Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 8:44 am

Rah for Sarah

norskelove Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 8:52 am

Oohhh, I love Jet for Juliet! I have always loved Rue/Roo for Ruby, and Sosie for Susannah. I also love the nickname Nellie (for Anneliese or Penelope). Our little neighbor girl is named Molly but goes by “Moe”, it fits her perfectly. I love Essie for Ester, so cute! We nearly named our daughter Ingrid nickname Indie, but the name didn’t stick.

niteowl13 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 9:21 am

Idgie is from Fried Green Tomatoes.
My fave is Mim for Miriam. However, I am not really a fan of nicknames. Not all names need nicknames.

Flick Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 9:28 am

I love nicknames.Three of my favorites off the top of my head would be Cordelia nickname Corrie, Sunniva nickname Sunny and Penelope nickname Nell or Lola.

mattandmelissa Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 9:37 am

Our 3 year old daughter’s name is London, who we have called Lolo since she was born. Her little brother, who is just starting to talk, is now calling her Nani, which we never expected, but think is super cute. We’ll see if it sticks!

TeamHorn Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 10:02 am

My name is Angela (Angie to family) and my nieces call me Gigi. I love knowing I’ll always be Auntie Gigi.

klcalder2 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 10:05 am

My niece took to calling me Aunt Kiki since she couldn’t say Kristi. I kind of miss it. But my mom will still call me that from time to time.

My own daughter is Arabella, but I’ve taken to calling her Boo. I’m the only one that does, but I’ve really used it heavily as of late and I kind of love it. I think it stems from watching Bunheads. One of the girls is Boo, who’s given name is Bettina.

My other favorite less expected nn is Thea for Catherine. Adore Thea!

Supermomwannabe Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 10:11 am

I’m not big on nicknames coming from a name, for some reason, but we call my girls (who are Iris and Cora) Pumpkin and Munchkin. For some reason they stuck. But what I think is really cute is Cora’s teacher calls her Mushie. I don’t know where it came from but it’s cute!

can90 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 10:12 am

My favorite nn is for my little niece, Francine. We call her Cici (pronounced Cee-cee). I also have a neighbor named Michelle and they call her Mina. Her little sister couldn’t pronounce Michelle and so Mina stuck. Both of those are totally cute and my favorites right now.

littleb Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 10:35 am

My little Camilla is called Milly, but calls herself Mimi. And her big sis Brigid is called Bea by us but her little sis calls her Gigi. She has also renamed her cousins Eden as Edie and Ella as Lala. πŸ™‚ Cant wait to see what she renames our next little peanut!!

surpriseme Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 10:36 am

Our Cosima Rose is Cozy Rosie. When she started talking, she called herself Coey, and that’s stuck for a few months now.

Her brother is Sylvan, and she calls him Dilby or Bubba. I hope the Bubba doesn’t stick, Dilby’s way easier on my ears!

Pam Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 10:42 am

From Sylvan to Bubba — that IS about as far as you can stretch a name! I’m LOLing….

PaleJewel Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 10:58 am

My name is Victoria, and my mom has always called me Tortellini πŸ™‚

PaleJewel Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 11:00 am

Or Tortuga! Forgot that one!

Luvinbeingmomma Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 11:00 am

I know a Michael who’s family calls him Mick, or Mishy (mee-she), or Mish (meesh)

I also now a Luke who is Buds, or Fred

Others I love:
Wells for any name with well in it, like Maxwell
Elle or Lucy for Elisabeth
Wills for William
Brigitta for Bridget
Annie for Susannah
Lynlee for a Melinda Lee
Whit for Whitman
Mira or Miri for Miranda or Miriam
Cara for Caroline
Ange for Angela or Angelique
Marta for Margaret
Sadie for Sarah

tarynkay Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 11:04 am

My father has called me T-Bone since I was small, he still does. One of my bosses started calling me that out of nowhere, not knowing that it is my family nickname. i thought that was funny, i guess i just look like a T-Bone?

I love Mim for Miriam! Miriam is definitely on my list. I heard Eno once for Eleanor, and I love that. I love Silo for Silas. I was always jealous of people with nickname able names, like Elizabeth or Margaret or Katherine.

kazee Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 11:11 am

My daughter is Marilena, and her dad calls her Marzie, or Marzipan-Babycakes. She will often introduce herself as Marzie as well.

Also when she first started to talk- she came up with all sorts of crazy nicknames for people around her. Her babysitter is Bijeta, and she called her Jaba, with has evolved to Jabby. Her cousin is Theo, and she started calling him Tadou.

rowangreeneyes Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 11:17 am

Rowan is called “Monkey” and “Munkin” (A pumpkin/munchkin cross) at home. I’m very anti nickname names, so I would never use an actual nickname for my children. It just bugs me. If you like the nickname so much and plan on calling the child that exclusively, why not just use the nickname?

HerMajesty Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 11:33 am

I have heard so many! From Drusie for Drucilla, Prissy-Prissilla all the way to Banjo out of Josiah Benjiman Amos-Joel! But my favourite by far, and the cuttest one I have ever heard, was a little girl I baby sat for once named Theodora, with the cute nickname of Teddy!

catloverd Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 11:47 am

My niece, Nina, is called Nina Bean, sometimes Beanie,(she looked like a bean in her sonogram) I thought that was cute.

swish Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

My name is Marie but my dad has called me Swish for as long as I can remember, still does, and I’ve no idea why. Some of my friends picked it up too. I’ve also been called Rie, Mertz/Mertzy, and MC (my middle is Claire).

My friend’s son is Felix and they call him Fee, which I love.

I also like calling people by the first letter of their names. Some of my favorites are Vee for Vanessa, Bee for Brett and Eee for Erik. Anything with that “ee” sound is cute.

SantaMonica1115 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

My Christopher morphed from being called “Topher” to “Tophie”! Everyone comments how cute!

namesnerd Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I knew an Alexandra Catherine. She was Ally Cat to her family.

dannyva Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Our daughter Savannah goes by Savvy, and our son Miles goes by Milo some of the time.
Their more off-the-wall nicknames are Beans (I used to call Savvy my little bean, and somehow that transformed into “Beans” for her) and Mr. Smi (a friend used to call Miles “Smiles” so Smi stuck). I can only imagine what baby number three will go by. πŸ™‚

ThadsMom Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I knew a girl named Lindi, which I thought was really cute since it seemed to fit her bubbly personality. I thought it was her given name for the longest time, but it turned out it was short for Melinda or something like that. It could work for a variety of names.

tiberiuskirkwood Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

My Mom’s given name is Kathleen, but she couldn’t pronounce ‘Kathy’ as a wee one and it came out at Tossie. She’s been Tossie ever since!

KateMP91 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I know a girl that has gone by Duck or Duckie since she was baby. Her real name has nothing to do with the nn, btw…but she is Duckie to 99% of people πŸ™‚ I think it’s adorable!

andreachristine Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Omi for Naomi. my favorite nickname ever. it’s adorable on my niece. so jealous i didn’t come up with it πŸ™‚

niteowl13 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Okay, I thought of one that I do love.
Bitsie for Elizabeth.
There is an actress that has the name and I think it is adorable.
Nicknames are cuter on children than adults though.

shantiknight Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

β€’ My mom is named Virginia, but her dad’s family is southern and she was the youngest with three older brothers, so they referred to her as “Missie.” Most people don’t even know her real name is Virginia!
β€’ I know a Ruth whose husband calls her “Roo”
β€’ My childhood bestie Maria I’ve always called “Mia,” but her family calls her “RiRi”
β€’ My mom’s cousin was supposed to go by his initials that included a “W,” but his sister couldn’t pronounce “W” and so for his entire life, by everybody, he was known as “Dubby”
β€’ Another childhood friend of mine is Elizabeth, whose mom calls her “Lizbeth”
β€’ One of my good friends is Augusta, and occasionally I love to call her “Gus”

polka Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Winnie for Winifred or Minnie for Mary!

Saranel Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Susannah nn Suzlle

Flick Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I just remember one of friend’s brother’s growing up was Demetrius and for some odd reason everyone called him Meech and it stuck, I’m pretty sure a lot of people still call him that and he would be an adult now.

Marsy33 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I actually love my nickname. I’m Marianna but everyone calls me Mars. I also met a girl name Marcella that went by Mars. Any MAR- name… I also like Fox for Foster. And Cricket, and Panther.

cannebella Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

When my cousin was little he couldn’t pronounce his C sounds. So instead of calling me Caitlin he called me Taito pronounced like Tay-toe which is what a lot of family members occasionally still call me.

jojolovesjello Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

I know someone named Angelica who goes by Jelly, which I absolutely love! Jelly could also be a nn for Evangeline/Evangelina but I still think Evie is the cutest nn!

Ysaline Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I like Sass for Saskia, Elo for Eloise or Elodie, Kit for Christopher, So for Sophia, and Fanny for Stephanie. Dot and Dodo for Dorothy, Vivi for Genevieve and Lilibet for Elizabeth are pretty cute as well.

stairwaytoastar Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Zuzu (as in It’s a Wonderful Life) or Lulu <3

skarbassoona Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

“Critter” for Christopher is the cutest I’ve heard. Also, I used to get called termite a lot (not related to my name, but still cute).

Kynleigh88 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I babysit 2 little girls named Elizabeth and Giuliana who go by Libby and Jules. Also a little girl named Lainey who is called Lou.

StrixOniro Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I love
Rora, nickname for Aurora, which I came up with for a story.
Sia, for Cassia.
Nia, for Antonia, which I’m not a huge fan of but Nia is beautiful!
Willa for Willow
Xander for Alexander
Topher for Christopher

wallflower Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

some nicknames that I’ve heard that I LOVE would be…
Evelyn “Evie” ( i saw a little girl at the fair with this name-SO CUTE)
charlotte “Lotti”
Jessica “JoJo” (my sister <3)
Thomasina "Tomma" (my cousin)
Christopher "Toph"

TeaTime Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Fox for Felix and Cessy for Cecelia or Francesca!

StrixOniro Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Oh, and Viv for Vivienne

Reubsmum77 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Aww love Jelly for Angelica
My Reuben I’ve called ‘Boo’ since he was born other people call him ‘Roo’. His cousin couldn’t pronounce his name and called him ‘Rooba’ which morphed into ‘Rhubarb’ πŸ™‚

littlemissmariss Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

The nick name isn’t related to my brothers name, Joshua, but I seriously think the nick name Bear is the most adorable thing!! His first poem he memorized was “fuzzy wuzzy was a bear” so I started called him Joshy Bear cause he said the poem all the time, then we shortened it to Bear πŸ™‚

MissTrash Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

As a Charlotte I get a lot of nicknames!
I think the ‘cutest’ would be Lotty.

But I also get
Charles < Haha

I like having lots of nicknames. My nan is called Elizabeth and we call her nanny Bibeth because we couldn't pronounce it as kids.

auroradawn Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Here’s one I came up with: Atticus, nn Tuck

Here’s one from J.R.R. Tolkien, which I know fellow Berry saracita00 also uses for her youngest son: Peregrin/Peregrine, nn Pippin (SO CUTE!)

And one I saw suggested by another Berry: Crispin, nn Pip. I already had Crispin on my list but hadn’t thought of a nickname. When I saw Pip, I just melted!

I don’t know if I’ll want to use name-derived nicknames for my future kids or not; my parents weren’t into that type of nickname at all. All of us children had funny little pet names when we were babies, but no name-derived nicknames. But there are some awfully cute options out there.

namelovinteen Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Emma & Katherine nn M&M KitKat πŸ™‚

MeleriHaf Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

We used to call my little sister Kass for Katherine, and I have a cousin who’s been going by Wally, short for William.

Heyheymse Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Trick for Patrick!

milly11199 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

My favorite nickname is one that everyone called my Aunt Mary, Mimi. πŸ™‚

dayzie74 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Opi for Penelope

JillianElizabeth Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

As a Jill, my family have always called me JillyBean.

Omviam Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I now live in Queensland, Australia, and I’ve noticed here that basically anyone who has an “R” in their name gets a nickname containing “azza.” For example, Aaron becomes Azza, Barry becomes Bazza, Carol becomes Cazza, etc. Almost without exception.

jpruitt76 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I love Sosie for Susannah, Romy for Rosemary and Betsy for Elizabeth.

Francie or Frannie for Frances/Francesca
Rory for Lorelei or Aurora
Teddie for Theodora/Theodosia
Phae for Phaedra
Annabeth for Anne Elizabeth
Maribeth for Mary Elizabeth
Marlo for Mary Louise

s_dimples Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Vinnie for Lavinia.

ayc1983 Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

My favorite is for my little girl, Evelyne. Her nn is Evie. I also love my niece’s nn. Her first name is Wilhelmina and we call her Billie.

Pam Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Thanks everyone for the beautiful answers to this question — reading them has made the day so much fun!

Jade_M Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 10:25 pm my sister Mackenzie, Kezzie πŸ™‚

tori101 Says:

February 21st, 2013 at 8:53 am

My name is Victoria and when my little sister started speaking she couldn’t say Victoria thus called me Toyah (toy-ah) which has stuck concerning younger relatives. However my sister is 16 now and she calls me Vee. My sister is Helen and gets Hells-bells and my brother is William and gets Billy/Will.

Nicknames I love:
Katherine – Kitty
Emmeline – Emmy
Anastasia – Anya
Evelyn/Evangeline/Genevieve – Evie (the best nickname ever in my eyes)
Alexandra – Lexi
Eleanor – Elle
Isabella – Bella

Boys names I don’t tend to shorten.


KrisMichelle Says:

February 21st, 2013 at 12:34 pm

My daughter is Annabel, and I call her my Anna Bluebell, Bluebell, or Anna Blue quite a bit. Her eyes are the color of bluebells. Her father prefers Bellybean.

I think Polly could make an adorable, and unexpected, nickname for Penelope.

sarajoy Says:

February 21st, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I have Becca Boo (Rebecca), Liam Beep (Liam), and Feeney Foo (Josephine).

abstill Says:

February 21st, 2013 at 2:52 pm

My almost one-year-old daughter’s name is Nadine, but Deenie for short.

hello_sweetie Says:

February 21st, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I’m an Elizabeth nn Ellie, I’ve never gone by Elizabeth though. My friends call me “Ellers” or “Elles Belles”. Which is a nice change after 22 years of the same time!

withinreason Says:

February 21st, 2013 at 11:11 pm

I too love Zuzu and Lulu:) My son is Atticus Nathaniel, so we sometimes call him Attie-Nattie;)

Jinxgirl Says:

February 22nd, 2013 at 9:10 pm

My name is Rose and I get Rosebud and Roseabella and Bella Rosa a good bit

shanade213 Says:

February 22nd, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I am Mercedes but I go by Sadie which confuses people. My mom and cousin call me Sade (rhymes with shade). My dad calls be Sadini (like Houdini). There are three people who call me Sadie-Baby. I was also called Meche (MEH – chay) in high school because that is the spanish nickname for Mercedes. One person called me Sylo because my last name is Lyons.

I know:
Melissa nn Bean (Melissa > Melly > Jelly > Jelly Bean > Bean)
Thomas nn Turtle
Kathryn nn Kim
Monique nn Meeky
Alexandra nn Leja (Alexandra > Alejandra > Aleja > Leja)
Gregory nn Gus
Megan nn Moogoo
Nicholas nn Krickey
Penelope nn Poppy
LeeAnn nn LeeAnnie
Jacob nn Kuba (his mom is Polish and Kuba is the Polish diminutive of Jacob)
Tierra nn Twilly (her last name is Williams)
John nn Hutch (he was a third)
Christopher nn Toaster

Emmysweet Says:

February 22nd, 2013 at 11:53 pm

My cousin eligah nn ligee (lie-g)

rachelemma Says:

February 23rd, 2013 at 11:50 pm

I just LOVE Edie. I think it’s the cutest most endearing nickname. My Grandma knew a few people in the 1950’s/1960’s who went by this, including her aunt.
Also really like Minnie for Mary.

rachelemma Says:

February 23rd, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Also my rabbit Eleanore gets Ellie/Ellie Nellie. And my guinea pig Algernon gets Algy(LG). I stole the name from a 1950’s radio series.

sprout Says:

February 25th, 2013 at 12:58 am

We call my daughter Josephine by JoJo. My niece Lucy is sometimes called Lula, which I love.

Annie85 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

The cutest one I’ve ever heard of Isby for Thisbe (though it could also work for Isabel/Isabella).
Bitsy for Elisabeth/Elizabeth
Isa for Isabel/Isabella/Isadora/Louisa
Katia for Katherine

ThatDoll Says:

February 28th, 2013 at 2:26 am

Southie for Sullivan read it in a book
Teddy for Theora

cece13 Says:

March 1st, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I love Bea (Beatrice), Auggie (August), Phea (Ophelia), Millie (Millicent), and Etta (Harriet)
Those ones aren’t new, but I still love them. These next ones are friends or ones I have heard.
Atea (Althea)- We had a math teacher who had a heavy Russian accent and she started calling Althea Altea (Al-tea-a) and it became Atea
Binny (Corinne)- my little sister Corinne–>Rinne—>Binne–>Binny sometimes Binny Bunny when she was little
Antie (Antonio)
Shin Shin (Caterina)- middle name Jashin so Shin Shin
Vet (Yvette)
Izzy (Isagani)
Olia (Olivia)- Olie-a or O-lia
Polliwog (Paul)- I babysat a little boy who loved going to the stream by his house to collect fish and tadpoles so it fit

chellemma1 Says:

March 2nd, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I have a friend called Miriam who goes by Mim – I think that is so cute!
My mum has a friend called Bithie. Her full name is Elizabeth and she was originally going to be Beth or Bethy but it turned into Bithie instead which I think is so cute.

laununez Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:30 am

My goddaughter’s name is the religious and unusual spanish name Lodaira. Her nickname is Lody. I am Laura and my parents usually call me Lala.

SammieBug Says:

March 13th, 2013 at 11:13 am

This might not be that cute, but when I was about 5 I came up with the nickname Sammiemantha for myself. I probably thought that I was very clever, because I was combining my given name with my nickname.

TaraTuckerz Says:

March 16th, 2013 at 11:36 am

I have a friend whose name is Magdelena. She goes by Maymay! So cute! It suits her perfectly.

IrelandRae Says:

March 16th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

My favourite, and the cutest nickname I’ve heard is Ollie (Ol-lee) for Olivia!

Tomorrow Says:

March 17th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I love nicknames! Especially cute ones.
I love Immy for Imgoen, Georgie for Georgina and Phee for Sophia.

rosypoesy Says:

March 19th, 2013 at 8:53 am

oh, i’m late to the party. i can’t believe i didn’t see this earlier! but i have a beckett who goes by “bee” and an oliver who goes by “ollie”. i love their nn’s!

lydiateapot Says:

March 24th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I have an Auntie Elizabeth who goes by the name Bebe – and a Penelope that goes by Pepe (pronounced Peppy). Very cute!

Luvinbeingmomma Says:

March 25th, 2013 at 10:55 am

Lucy for Elisabeth

Luvinbeingmomma Says:

March 25th, 2013 at 10:55 am

Bee for Bridget.

Luvinbeingmomma Says:

March 25th, 2013 at 10:57 am

Oh, and Katherine/Kathryn nn Kit

Gingersnap Says:

March 25th, 2013 at 11:00 am

My brother was named Charles, which I as a 2-year-old pronounced “Tass” (the a as in Charles). The family called him Tassie or Tass for the rest of his life, although he went by Charlie outside of the family. I think Tassie/Tass is really cute and could be used for Charlotte as well.

tianaj Says:

March 25th, 2013 at 11:35 am

My mom has always called me “Dottie/Daughty”. So as mother & daughter we were “Mommy & Daughty”.

-sarah- Says:

March 25th, 2013 at 11:45 am

Roey (pronounced like Zoey) for Rose or Rosemary

Cesie for Cecily or Cecilia

Etta for Juliet or Briget

eglantine Says:

March 25th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

As a Penelope I’ve had Nell and Eppie as well as Penny which I changed to Penni as an 80s kid and then got stuck with forever. (Thank goodness it wasn’t Pennii like Dannii Minogue).
Madge for Margaret or Marguerite
Chas for Charles
Kit or Kitty for Katherine or Kathleen
Mars or Marlo for Marlena
Sib or Billie for Sibylla
I also love Bea and Liv for girls and Augie and Tollie for boys

kathrync Says:

April 11th, 2013 at 1:57 am

Bizz for Elizabeth

Aligator_xxx Says:

April 13th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

I’m Alison but almost exclusively go by Ali. My family calls me Alze (pronounced like Al’s) or Alzer. My younger brother went through a stage where he teasingly called me Big Al.

Our pet cat’s official name is Jordan but we call her Mowwer (rhymes with power) and sometimes Mow-Mow and Meower-cat. Haha

MeiMei Says:

April 15th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I ended up as “Bucket” in my family. My name is Meredith but one of our family friends’s child couldn’t say it and instead said Merefruss. That got shorten to Fruss for a while, and my dad will sometimes still call me it. Fruss then became Frussbucket for some reason and then shorten down to Bucket when I was about 10 and it stuck.

My grandmother was Elizabeth called Betty except for one cousin who called her Bessie. Her sister-in-law was Margaret called Marga. One of my nieces is Annalia and we call her Lia mostly but because her last name begins with B, she’s also Lia Bia. My other niece is Lilia Elizabeth and while she’s mostly called Lili, she’s such a peanut she is called Lil Bit or just Bit. One of my cousins’ names is Alexandra Elizabeth and she’s been always been Alye Beth.

ellie2707 Says:

April 20th, 2013 at 7:25 am

Lissi for Melissa
Bethie for Elizabeth

Ellen_B Says:

May 12th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Maisie as a nickname for Mabel

Silverkr200 Says:

June 1st, 2013 at 2:17 pm

There is this girl whose name was Taylor but she went by Bug… I thought that was cool! But then I got to know some people who gave nicknames from there initials: JJ, AJ, KC. Now that inspired my nickname:)

Silverkr200 Says:

June 1st, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Oh and the cutest one I have heard was Margie for Margaret:)

MarijaMagdalena Says:

June 19th, 2013 at 10:05 am

I really like Tee or Just T for Tia, Tina and Tegan. SO cute.

My sister Anastazija (pronounced Anastazia), couldn’t pronounce her name when she was younger, and said ‘sdaisy’… Now the entire family (quite large), calls her Daisy.

My parents called me (Marija/Maria) Mimi when i was younger but it never stuck.. People at school used to call me Maz which I hated.. Y’know, like Gaz and Baz D;… My cousin-in-law Marie, gets called Mimi all the time anyway, so cant really use it.

I always tried to get people to call me Ria, aswell but no one ever did.

Have also heard Masha for Maria, and Marcie.

Also love Nettie for Annette, Hattie for Harriet and Hettie for Henrietta!

Orangerolls Says:

October 24th, 2013 at 5:37 am

I was called Pixie when I was young, nickname for Alix. We call our cat Little, nickname for Lily.

kcclarkk Says:

October 24th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

My Amelia went from Melia to Mealsies to Mealworm to Wormie!

bailibsmum Says:

October 26th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

My daughter’s name is liberty. We have nicknames for her but i think the best is what she calls herself and tbh i think its gunna stick.. She is werty – said like qwerty on a keyboard with out the q. I think she is super cute and she made it up on her own thats what makes it even more ace!! : ) We can never come up with a nickname for our son bailey which is a shame as it would be nice for him to also have one like his sister. The closest we get it bai.. =S

emilybk Says:

October 28th, 2013 at 11:36 am

My mom has always called my sister Suzanne by the nickname Susu, which I think is really cute. My 15-month-old daughter calls her Susu now, since it’s easier to say than Suzanne.

My sister’s 18-month-old son pronounced my name “Mimi” once and I really hoped it would stick – I’ve been Emily my whole life, but never thought of Mimi as a possible nickname until then. Alas, he has since moved on to “Emeny.” Close enough πŸ™‚

bystarlight Says:

November 21st, 2013 at 6:14 pm

My name is Rebecca and the majority of people call me Becca (which I hate), but I occasionally get Bex and Beck. I’ve also heard Ree as a nickname for Rebecca and find that incredibly adorable, but no one has ever called me that. One of my friends called me Thumper for a while because he said I reminded him of Thumper from the Disney movie. He also called me Emma and Emmy a lot because my parents nearly named me Emma and most everyone guesses that my name is Emma.

We call my little brother Tennessee even though his given name is Levi because my mom couldn’t find a name she liked when she was pregnant, but she did express an extreme distaste for the name Tennessee. So naturally my older brother and I insisted on calling him Tennessee.

In jr. high I called my best friend Mikki (given name Mikelyn) and I always thought that was pretty cute.

kkilgallon Says:

January 17th, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Minnie and Dolly are the cutest.
One of my girlfriend’s daughter is named Makayla and her aunt nicknamed her memo when she was a little baby. So much cuter than May-may and kay-kay which her parents were originally going to nn her before Memo and Meems came up.

Sig Says:

April 9th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

I knew a woman whose son was named Alexander, but was known universally as Zanders, expect from my his older brother, who called his Sas, which I think is adorable.

jacquigirl Says:

April 9th, 2014 at 9:40 pm

I met a girl named Mary Elizabeth who went by Emmy. Her parents tried to call her Mary Elizabeth but her seven-year old brother thought that was too formal and started calling her by her initials – M-E which turned into Emmy. I think its adorable! I also met a 3-year-old Antonia who went by Nia because her little brother couldn’t pronounce Antonia and then everyone started calling her Nia. I think its really cute!

BellaTheWriter Says:

May 18th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I know siblings named Josie, Tillie, and Maisie

inked Says:

September 24th, 2014 at 11:35 am

My niece Jamie gave herself the nickname Mimi when she was a baby. It has definitely stuck! She is also sometimes Mamie, which I love as a nickname. It seems second or third syllables or vowels make great unexpected nickname material. I think I read here or on another forum that the Dutch tend to get nicknames from the middle of names, Bas for Sebastian, Sanna for Susannah. My grandfather is Dutch, so maybe little Mimi was just channeling some weird genetic heritage! πŸ˜‰

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:

September 24th, 2014 at 11:56 am

There is a little boy I know whose older brother calls him Ticket or Ticky for short because the older brother’s favorite movie is the Polar Express.

A little girl I know used to call her little sister Blueberry when she was still in the womb.

JossieChris Says:

September 28th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

We call our daughter Dylan Brigid, Dilly Bear. We also call her Dill Pickles and Dilber. Deedee is another as it sounds like Dilly to her brother.

SJG Says:

November 25th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

My favorite is Vivi for Vivian. And my name is Sarah and I like the idea of naming a daughter after me but calling her Sadie. And I’ve always adored Tess but am not a fan of Theresa at all!

jpa2234 Says:

November 27th, 2014 at 1:07 am

For me, the tie is between Zippy (nn for Tziporah) or Ingy (for Ingrid)

jpa2234 Says:

November 27th, 2014 at 1:11 am

As a kid, my nickname was Benny. My name is Ana (yes, like the protagonist from Frozen). After quite a long series of evolutions and nicknames, my mom ended up with Benny or Ben.

gmdx Says:

November 29th, 2014 at 1:29 am

I love the names Hazel and Natalia, so Zel, and any of Natalia’s variants, especially Natasha/Sasha. Some might say that’s a bit of a stretch,but idrc. I also like Mona from Ramona and Pip/Pippin from Peregrin. Nim from Naomi would be cute.

AmeliaHC Says:

December 1st, 2014 at 6:39 am

I am an Amelia, for most of my childhood I was Milly but when I went to high school I decided I wanted to be the more “grown up” Amelia – it is sweet though because my cousins, brother and oldest friends still call me Milly.
My brother is Felix which doesn’t have many good nicknames but my Dad calls him Flick from the storybook “Flick the Little Fire Engine” even though he’s six foot now…

SarahKathryn Says:

December 2nd, 2014 at 6:27 am

My mum calls me Angel and my dad calls me Princess, neither has anything to do with my name. My brother however couldn’t pronounce the “S”in “Sarah” when he first knew that was going to be my name and so he’s called me “Warah” or “Warey” my whole life. It kind of flipped when I first learnt to say his name because I couldn’t say “Jack” either and so I called him “Wackie” since I can remember! Neither go outside the house and are rarely used now we’re older but they were cute when we were little!

My best friend is Lucy but goes by Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) or Kaylee (for many many reasons that I can’t remember). My other best friend is Niamh and she goes by Steve or Steven.

Another best friend, Emily goes by Amelio to her closest friends. I have a friend whose name is Thomas Boddy so, naturally, we all call him Bhomas Toddy! Same with Danny Maggs, he’s Manny Daggs! Sara is a Siri, and sometimes Siri Siri chicken!

My dad’s best friend, Alistair, has always always been known as Giz or Gizzard because of a ridiculous way he cut his hair in the 90’s!

My niece Saffron is Saffy, her sister Rowan is Liza from her middle name Eliza (mostly Roe, but her dad calls her Liza) and their baby sister is Maelie-Ava (Full name Maelie Avalon). My sister’s twins are Alice and Grace, Lissy and Gracie.

strangerinthealps Says:

December 7th, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Zuzu for Susannah! I’d never been a huge fan of Susan/Suzanne/Susannah but Zuzu is just so cute that it’s sort of changing my mind.

marisarose Says:

December 8th, 2014 at 11:43 am

I never much cared for nicknames. So, I figured my son Liam would be safe. Nope! When he was a baby he wouldn’t cry, but do these tiny squeekey noises, so I started calling him Squeeks and Squeeker. At 6, that is my pet name for him, and I called him it once in front of one of his friends and Liam just shrugged and said, “That’s just how my mom calls me. It’s ok, because she loves me, but you will call me Liam. My name is Liam.” lol

PeacheySmiles Says:

December 18th, 2014 at 4:51 pm

I’m not sure if it’s cute, but I just heard a boy called Issac who went by Zak. Loved it.

lizzycsa Says:

January 1st, 2015 at 9:41 am

I knew a Marguerite who went by Emi (like M.E. for her initials)

Henalexa Says:

January 5th, 2015 at 12:20 am

Henny (Henrietta)
Franca (Francesca)
Els or Eppie (Elspeth)
Cosy (Cosima)
Poppy (Penelope)
Rue or Ruba (Ruby)

luca0730 Says:

January 12th, 2015 at 12:49 pm

I once heard Savvy for Savannah. Love. It.

iriselizabeth Says:

January 15th, 2015 at 1:36 pm

I call my best friend Julie (Jules) and it could beused for a Julian as well

ExpatB Says:

January 16th, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Zuzu for Izabella
Lulu for Louisa
Fifi for Josephine

laurelrobyn Says:

January 21st, 2015 at 8:27 pm

My daughter is named Nova and we call her a variety of nicknames, but the cutest name-derived nickname is probably Noni (NO-nee, not Nah-nee) or Noves.

thesnowwhiterose Says:

January 29th, 2015 at 10:02 am

Renny for Catherine (from the Land of Elyon books)
Mousie (from the book Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery. There was a large British family and one daughter was always called Mousie, they never said what her real name was! but I like it for Maude)
I like almost all the Margaret nicknames: Meg, Maggie, Madge, Midge, Megan, Margie, Margo, Peg, Greta, Gretel (Maggie also for Magnolia and Meg for Marguerite)
Minnie for Jasmine
Mally for Madeline
May for Mary
And, as long as they are nicknames and the girl possesses the real serious name for grownup use:
Barbie for Barbara, Candy for Candace or Candelaria, Bunny for Berenice
Cat, Cathy, Cate and Kitty are good for Catherine and Katy too though I like Catherine with a C
Katydid for Katy (nickname for a nickname!)
Charty for Charlotte
Eppie for Hephzibah or Euphrasia or a bunch of other names
Essie for Esther or Estelle
Tessie for Teresa, also love Teresita if you pronounce Teresa in Spanish
Rosette for Rose (I am Rose called Rosie but the French nickname is awesome too)
Romy for Rosemarie
Polly for Pauline, Polyxena or Polymnia
Ibb for Isabel
Sukie for Susan
Carrie for Carolina
The Russian nicknames Katya for Yekaterina, Natasha for Nataliya, Asya for Anastasiya and especially Dunyasha for Avdotya
Stacy for Adrasteia
Ginny for Virginia or Ginevra
Jill for Virgilia or Julia
Gwen for Guinevere
Wendy for Gwendolen
Finka for Jozefina (Croatian)
And not very unique but still love it: Jenny for Jennifer, Jessie for Jessica, Annie for Ann

For boys, Jamie for James, Chris for Chrisopher, Ben for Benenict mostly classic nicknames people have heard of but also Jojo for Joseph, Nick for Nicodemus and Alyosha for Alexei

My mom’s family often uses strange nicknames that appear to have little relation to the name. My grandmother Mitzy is really Carol, and I just learned recently that my Great Aunt Nancy’s real name is Florence. Her daughter Kitten I’m still not sure what her real name is…

doulajulie Says:

January 31st, 2015 at 8:13 am

I have never been a fan of nicknames either. But my son James was called Jamers (jay-mers) by some of his girl friends. They were the only ones allowed to call him that even now that he is over 30. I do like Bets for Bethany, who is a cute blond friend of mine.

andreachristine Says:

January 31st, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Omi for Naomi
Iggy for Ingrid
Junie for a child w the same name as a parent

Harplayer Says:

January 31st, 2015 at 8:37 pm

There’s a little girl I know who’s name is Charis, we called her Care Bear, which I shortened to Bear which in turn lengthened again to Baby Bear. I think all forms are darling. I also love Rilla short for Mirilla from the Anne of Green Gables series. I just came up with the idea of the nn Lady for Adelaide. I’m not 100% sure I like it but I think on a little girl it could be darling.

studerka_0418 Says:

March 22nd, 2015 at 3:23 pm

My niece is Anna, and it has gone from Anna-Banana to Anna-Bear, to Anna-Bug, but now she is just bug or buggy. lol

Haids1987 Says:

March 23rd, 2015 at 12:30 pm

I’m Hailey and my big sister has called me Haids since I was a toddler. The name has stuck and several of my relatives and close friends use that one. My husband has even picked it up from my sister. My dad calls me Annie, since my middle name is Ann. He’s the only one in the world allowed to call me Annie and if he uses my first name, I know I’m in trouble. πŸ™‚

I used to babysit for Eddie (Edward) and Ellie (Elizabeth), who are twins, and their little sister Mandy Mae (Amanda). The twins became Spaghetti-O and Jelly Belly after I used to called them Eddie Spaghetti and Ellie Jelly Belly.

I worked at a preschool for seven years. Several Katies throughout the years have become Katie Bug the Ladybug, eventually shortened to Ladybug.

More Emmas than I can count became M&M.

gmdx Says:

March 23rd, 2015 at 10:57 pm

I’m so disappointed that there are no good nicknames for Grace (I crossed Gracie off the list in Kindergarten). I’ve considered using Gray, but that’s still pretty lame. I’m really in love with Margaret right now, and it has so many great nicknames: Peggy, Meg, Maggie, Margo, Maisie, Pearl, or the more modern-sounding Mars.
I also thought I invented Millie for Amelia, but I think that was a thing I just hadn’t heard before. Nell for Helen or Helena is cute. And Billy for William!

anyagreenwich Says:

April 2nd, 2015 at 7:53 pm

My friend Jocelyn was nicknamed Jossie by her family. It was shortened to Joss once she grew up, for the most part, but the family still calls her Jossie behind her back!

KristinBerry Says:

April 4th, 2015 at 11:10 am

I know a Genevieve that goes by Gigi and I think it’s really cute.

justjessi Says:

April 9th, 2015 at 11:49 pm

I love nicknames! My absolute favorites are Rue for Ruby, Libby for Lillian, Evie for Evelyn, and Lissy for Felicity. My family has a myriad of nicknames. Sophie is Soapbox, and Boxer came from that, Katie is Kakey, Junior is Junebug, Shayla is Shaybee, and Courtney is Cocoa Butterbean. My personal favorite is that my toddler sister couldn’t say Sophie and instead called her Dopey and the name stuck!

gdancerxo Says:

April 17th, 2015 at 4:35 pm

I’m called Georgina but my friends and family call me G for short. it also stands for girl so my G fits nicely.
when I was young, my brother called me Gina and my family George or Georgia.

which ones better? Georgie or G?

Emtron Says:

April 24th, 2015 at 2:15 pm

I have an Aunt Jen that we call her AJ. A younger sister named Lauren and her middle name is Ashley that I call Lash. And I knew an Alexandra who was Lexi.

Emtron Says:

April 24th, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Also an aunt named Lori but her real name is Loreli

Emtron Says:

April 24th, 2015 at 2:54 pm

My name is Emily and my mom calls me Ami

DaniellaTraill Says:

May 18th, 2015 at 7:54 am

My name is Daniella and I’ve really never liked nicknames but my brother’s couldn’t say my name when they were little and always called me Lella which I came to love.
And later at university my friends called me Della and one even Delly.

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