How To Find A Girly Name With A Tomboy Nickname

A Nameberry visitor commented recently that she loved ultra-feminine proper names with tomboyish nicknames.That’s a sentiment we echo.

If you’re torn between girls’ names with a conventionally female image and ones that sound more androgynous, these choices have it all.They give you (and your daughter) the choice between going totally girly and sidestepping conventional gender identity, at least when it comes to your name.

Some very feminine names with tomboyish nicknames are:

Alexandra — Alex



Araminta or ArabellaAri






Charlotte — Charlie




Daniella — Dani

Francesca — Frankie

Frederica — Freddi

Georgia — Geo

Harriet — Harri




Josephine or JoannaJo

Julia, Juliet or Juliana — Jules





Matilda — Matti



Michaela/MikaylaMicki or Mike





Rosemary — Romy





VictoriaVic or Tori

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52 Responses to “How To Find A Girly Name With A Tomboy Nickname”

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Velvet Cyberpunk Says:

June 12th, 2009 at 4:32 am

How could you forget Teresa- Teri? What’s with always ignoring Teresa??

belatrix Says:

June 12th, 2009 at 5:06 am

Word of warning on this trend: I’m a Julia who is admittedly not particularly girly. Unfortunately, this leads people to tend to call me “Jules”. I hate being called Jules. It lends itself to thoughts of British chauffeurs, likes Giles and Jeeves. I’d prefer to be called by my name but my personality just forces people’s minds to go with Jules for some reason. I hate it so much I started to go by Claire. A girl’s name with no nicknames! Take that, Jules!

pam Says:

June 12th, 2009 at 6:51 am

There were several older and more obvious girly names with tomboy nicknames I didn’t include, like Teresa/Teri and Geraldine/Gerri and Jessica/Jessie. With many of these lists, you just have to draw the line somewhere or they’d get too unwieldy.

Stella Says:

June 12th, 2009 at 8:00 am

I definitely enjoyed this list. Aurora has always been high on my list for its namesake value (my grandmother’s name) and for having a cute nickname like Rory. Aurora can be hard to pronounce sometimes, so a nickname would definitely crop up!

realpraise Says:

June 12th, 2009 at 10:06 am

Just plain Matt would work for Matilda, too! I love Clementine – Clem. Great list! Jack works for Jacqueline.

tikicatt Says:

June 12th, 2009 at 11:20 am

Cute list. I was a serious tomboy with a girly name with girly nicknames – Sara. With Sadie and Sally as the nick choices? No way! Lived thru it. My fav senior couple at church are Pat and Leslie. Leslie is the male. I giggle at all the people who don’t figure out the who is whom. You do see lots of seniors that both have the male names. Dick and Tommie, Billie and Bob – it cracks me up as a name lover!

marikm Says:

June 12th, 2009 at 11:35 am

Gus as a nickname for Augusta? Gus I strongly dislike for a guy or a girl. I appreciate tomboy nicknames, but not when they sound like your local gas station attendant. How about Augie? Much cuter!
I feel the same way about Hank… what about just plain Henri/y? Not that I particularly like that either…
I love Ari, Clem, Jules, and Charlie – and my very my favorite is Romy!
Oh, and for Alex, which is my sister’s nickname, Alexi is another option that keeps it masculine.

Samantha Says:

June 12th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

My parents adored this trend; they loved that we had feminine full names but masculine nicknames so we could go by them if we ever needed to. My sisters and I are Sam (Samantha), Jack (Jacqueline), and Alex (Alexandria)! Mattie for Matilda and Rory for Aurora are on my personal list.

Ashton Says:

June 12th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

What about Rett as a nickname for Henrietta?

Olivia Says:

June 12th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

While my name – Olivia – is completely overused and disgustingly popular these days, I sure thought it would make this list. It’s one of the frilliest names I can think of and “Ollie” is one of the most tomboyish names I can think of. Granted, I hate being called Ollie, but that’s irrelevant.

susan Says:

June 12th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Love this blog! Faves are Alexandra/Alex, Aurora/Rory, Antonia/Toni, and Rosemary/Romy. Wish I’d seen this list when I was pregnant with my daughter.

Maddy Says:

June 13th, 2009 at 11:34 am

One of my favorites which isn’t up there is Jacqueline-Jack

Gigi Says:

June 14th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

My friend Jacinta goes by Joey

remy Says:

June 16th, 2009 at 10:28 am

What’s wrong with your friendly local gas station attendant?

Whyett Says:

June 17th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Some of my favorites are Rosemary/Romy, Henrietta/Henri, and Cordelia/Cory! Also, Andrea/Andy, which isn’t on the list.

Sunny Says:

June 19th, 2009 at 10:13 am

My daughter’s name is Raven, we all call her “Ray.”

Flip Says:

June 22nd, 2009 at 3:42 pm

“How about Augie?” Just wait till they reach 15 – then you’ll know what was wrong with that name…

Carmen Says:

June 23rd, 2009 at 1:38 pm

I love girly names for the specific reason they are feminine and frilly. Why would I negate that with a tomboyish nn? Hmm.

I cringe when people try to call my Ekaterina, “Kat” or “Ekat” in person.

vanislandgal Says:

July 11th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I’m a Julie and I love the nickname Jules. Most people call me Jules because it sounds casual and pretty. I love it!

Guest Says:

August 11th, 2009 at 6:06 am

Augie… lol!

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September 19th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

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Rebecca Says:

September 30th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

hmm what about my name “Rebecca” or “Becca”

Maris Says:

December 1st, 2009 at 6:25 pm

I like Tomasine/Tomasina or Tomoko/Tomiko with Tommie/Tommy/Tommi/Tommee as a nickname!

Abigail Says:

December 14th, 2009 at 3:04 am

Some more:

Abigail Says:

December 14th, 2009 at 3:17 am

And also:
Edwina-Ed, Eddie

Christine Says:

March 29th, 2010 at 11:16 am


Hannah Says:

May 14th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

My bestie’s mums name is Sandra and she hates it so she calls herself Sarge which is really cool.
and my best friend is Kendra we call her Ken or Kenny
My mums Victoria we call her Vic
and its not a nick ane there a girl i know called Tony or Toni not sure how its spelt.
Hope it helps someone!

braveangel2 Says:

June 4th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I have three cousins that are sisters: Nicole (Nick/Nicky), Elisha (Lee), and Melissa (Mel). We always got a kick out of it.

Ellie Says:

October 1st, 2010 at 3:58 am

Just to start off, “how about Augie?” PUH-LEASE! as soon as the poor child reached their teenage years…. well they’d probably hate you forever.

Secondly, my name’s Eliana (pronounced al-ee-ah-nah), which is quite feminine. personally, i think it’s a pretty and old fashioned name, and although it doesn’t have a ‘boyish’ nickname, ellie or el still works fine. (:

Iman Says:

October 9th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

my name is iman and i need a tomboy nickname and plz dont tell me to use MAN,plz help me =D my mane means Faith but i dont want my nick name to sound like that ,and by the way thanx

zoira Says:

October 25th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

adrian jordan frankie
Jamie bobbie cooper
evan jamie casey
levi kobe cassie
liam nickole taylor
donovan nikkie piper
Alix harper Hadley
Hattie Charlie lake
Avery daviana davina
Davy rory romy
Zara riley Paige
Makenzie Megan teagan
Peyton Lucy Alexandra – Alex
Micki or Mike
Vic–or Tori

xheeng Says:

January 4th, 2011 at 7:36 am

how about ash for ashley.

Jessica Says:

January 13th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Would Jessica be Jess?? Cuz I’m not a girly girl

izzy Says:

January 19th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I think Camilla nn Cam is adorable. 🙂

Susanna Says:

February 8th, 2011 at 10:49 am

I personally don’t really like girl names with tomboy nickname becus of one reason … their charactors are always very confuse !!!

I’ve knew Sam ( Samantha ) and she’s super crazy lady. She’s very girly and emotional but sometimes she acts like boy. Val ( Valerie ) is another kid I know, she’s very tough one but could be really girly in the same time. And ofcus Lex ( Alexandra ) is very very and very weird girl but very smart.

Tres is cute nn for Teresa 😉

Riley Says:

February 23rd, 2011 at 2:56 pm

My name’s Riley, which doesn’t need a nickname to sound tomboy-ish. Everyone already assumes I’m a boy when they hear my name ^^ (which I’m perfectly fine with).
My sister’s name is Jacqueline, and she goes by Jack (:
One of my friend’s name is Josephine (named after her grandmother) and we call her Joey.
My cousin’s name is Tabitha and we call her Tab, which I personally think is kind of tomboy-ish.

Leanne Says:

March 6th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

My name is Leanne (Lee-Ann). When I was a kid people wanted to call me Lee-Anna. (I don’t know where they got the A at the end.) I told people to call me Lee if it made it easier for them. I like my name, Leanne and the nickname, Lee.

andrea Says:

March 24th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

In my family I am Andrea but my sister calls me Andi and she is Kendra but I call her Kendi, we always felt like it gave us a secret-sister connection!

Ireland Says:

April 23rd, 2011 at 8:52 am

I LOVE the girly name Harlow with the tomboy nn ‘Harley’

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Alexandra Says:

June 6th, 2011 at 9:53 am

My name’s Alexandra, and I like to be called Alex, but everyone, even my teachers, call me Sandra. I don’t know why. What’s wrong with Alex?

sabrina Says:

June 16th, 2011 at 9:27 am

i want people to call me sabri but everyone calls me sabrina or sareana.

Brighton Says:

June 19th, 2011 at 5:03 am

I like Erica or Fredicra *Rikki and Fredi*

Lucie Says:

June 29th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I Love Bein Called Loose Even Tho Im Callled Lucie !?! Lol!

NameGoddess Says:

July 1st, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Elizabeth, Billie

Sara Says:

July 29th, 2011 at 2:24 am

What about Dakota nn Codi. I think that is super cute.

sunshinetina Says:

September 1st, 2011 at 12:06 am

My given name is Martina, and growing up most of my family called me Tina, as there were at least 3 other people with my name at any given time. My grandparents and my one of my cousins called me Marty. I actually preferred Marty, but Tina just sort of stuck from birth.

caroline11278 Says:

March 2nd, 2012 at 9:31 pm

What about Evangelina shortened to Evan?

Madi13 Says:

January 6th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Miranda nn Randi
Aurora nn Rory
Charlotte nn Charlie are my faves.

amateurleader Says:

February 4th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Had an aunt whose name was Roxanne – everyone called her Rocky. Love it.

Vickster Says:

February 25th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I sometimes go by Vic, but I mainly am called Vicki. Anyone who calls me Victor will get punched.

shealahtoba Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Personally I don’t think Natasha is a very girly name, and Sasha is more of a girly name. Infact it reminds me of royalty, and sashes. Haha.

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