Great Nicknames Shorten Classic Favorites
Great nicknames can transform a solid, distinguished classic into a cuddly name for a child – and still leave plenty of room to grow! Kalli and her family have used this strategy to name their daughters. Now let’s help them find an equally great nickname/formal name combination for a son.
We tend to use nicknames a lot – Lulu, Millie, and Georgie – so I’d like our son to have a classic, somewhat unique name with great nickname potential. However, I’m finding that with boys, there aren’t that many options! I feel like I know several babies already with each name I am interested in, but maybe we could get over that?
Some names we have considered using are Lawrence, Jameson, and Wesley. We would probably pick Lawrence, but the nickname Larry is just so awful, and other nicknames don’t feel as natural. The other two names we like, but we haven’t fallen in love with them, at least yet.
Our last name ends in an -er, so we’ve avoided any names with that ending as well.
Appreciate any thoughts/insights!
The Name Sage replies:
The more our families grow, it seems, the more children we know – and the more names that are taken!
Happily, plenty of classic choices for boys are just slightly out of favor now, and ready for revival.
That’s true for Lawrence, which could be perfect with your older kids’ names. I’m tempted to suggest the nickname Ren – but maybe that’s one of those possibilities you’ve already ruled out as too much of a stretch?
Great nicknames for classic boy names abound, though, so let’s look at more options.
Regal and traditional Edward is surprisingly rare today. But Eddie and Ned make this buttoned-down classic accessible for children. Ned especially feels vintage and spirited with sisters Lulu, Millie, and Georgie.
Surname names for boys are having a moment – like Jameson. I wonder if Franklin would appeal? It’s handsome in full, but if you’re looking for great nicknames to shorten classic favorites, then Frankie works.
Robert feels traditional, even over-used. But it’s surprisingly uncommon for children born in recent years. For a child, Bobby is sweet and Robbie is darling. Bo works, too, and, of course, your Robert can easily grow into a Rob.
If none of these feel quite right, you might try working backwards. Cal, for example, might be short for Callum, Callahan, or Caleb, to name just a few. Or you can browse a long list of nicknames, with possible longer versions, here.
My favorites with your girls’ names are either August-called-Gus, or Malcolm-called-Mac. I think they’re traditional, but not too predictable. Plus those nicknames? They make grown-up August or Malcolm feel perfect for your sweet new son.
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on October 21st, 2020 at 6:52 am
Laurie is a great nickname for Lawrence or Laurence, the loveable neighbour to the March sisters in the book Little Women.
on October 21st, 2020 at 8:08 am
Agree with the previous comment- Laurie is a super nice nn for Lawrence, I also like Enzo. I also really like the suggestion of Frederick nn Freddie
How about Julian with the nn Jules? I live Lulu, Millie, Georgie and Jules <3
on October 22nd, 2020 at 12:58 am
LulU, M1llie, Georgie and….
Nat, Nate (Nathaniel)
Thad, Tad (Thaddeus)
Marae Grace Said
on October 22nd, 2020 at 1:49 am
Lars could be a nickname for Lawrence.
on October 22nd, 2020 at 6:01 am
Lulu, Millie, Georgie and…
on October 22nd, 2020 at 10:11 am
I really like Frederic nn Freddie and Ray short for Raymond from Abby’s list.
But I have a real soft spot for Robert because as a kid I played with a little Robbie, who chose to go by Rob once he was older. Robbie is pretty darn cute in my opinion.
A few others to consider:
Tobias nn Toby
Thaddeus nn Teddy
Julian nn Jude
JK Garrison Said
on October 22nd, 2020 at 11:00 am
Abby’s suggestions are all so good. I also love the suggestions of Montgomery nn Monty and Arthur. Some others to consider:
Elliot nn Elio
Gabriel nn Gabe
Sullivan nn Sulley
Howard nn Howie
Hugh nn Hughie
Cormac nn Corey
on October 22nd, 2020 at 1:39 pm
Balthazar nn Baz or Bas
on October 22nd, 2020 at 2:32 pm
Gilbert nn Gib
on October 22nd, 2020 at 2:56 pm
I absolutely love the name Lawrence with nicknames Ren/Lars. I also like Abby’s suggestion of Edward/Ned. A few others:
Nathaniel nn Nat
Donovan nn Van
Stanley nn Stan
Wallace nn Ace
on October 22nd, 2020 at 3:19 pm
Lawrie or Loren are both nice nicknames for Lawrence. And I also agree with Abby that Ren is definitely an option. Or Lowe, like this family: https://www.bumfuzzle.com/us/
There was recently a family in the Nameberry forums considering Lauren for a boy. The comments there might be helpful (they’re positive!). https://forum.nameberry.com/t/lauren/353714
For Jameson, I believe Jem used to be used as a nickname for James. That might be a fun nickname. Or you could call Jameson Ames/Eames.
Wesley is a great name! I can’t think of any nicknames but Wes and Lee. But if you don’t love those, and this name shakes out as your favorite, you can still use it proudly without a nickname.
Timothy, nn Timmo
I second Sullivan and add Van as a nickname option.
Rafferty, nn Raff, Rafe, Arty (from Rty)
Since he’ll be the fourth child, you could use IV somehow in his name and call him Ives.
Iverson, Oliver, Ivan, Gulliver, Livingstone, Sullivan (as previously mentioned), River
Graham, nn Gray
Everett, nn Rhett
Benjamin, nn Minnow
Jasper, nn Perry
Jocelyn, nn Joss
on October 22nd, 2020 at 3:23 pm
I have seen Lon used as a nickname for Laurence/Lawrence and I really like that!!
on October 22nd, 2020 at 3:31 pm
Otherwise, love Malcolm “Mac,” Edward “Ned,” and August “Gus/Augie,” Jonathan “Jon/Jack.”
Some other ideas:
Sebastian: Seb, Sebbie, Bas
Claudius: Claude (my pick for our next boy)
Lucian: Louie, Lou
Louis: Louie, Lou
Vincent: Vinny, Vin, Vince
Alexander: Alex, Lex
Peter: Pete, Petey (though it ends in -er)
Nicholas/Nicholai: Nick, Cole, Nico
Benedict: Ben, Benny
Benjamin: Benji, Ben, Benny
This is my style, too. Our son is Theodore “Theo,” which I know isn’t a possibility.
on October 23rd, 2020 at 11:22 am
My friend Laurence goes by Ren which I think is really. I also love classics with a strong nickname. My faves right now are Cyrus/Cy, Solomon/Sol and Albert/Albie/Brt/Bertie
on October 23rd, 2020 at 3:01 pm
What about Walter nn Walt or Wally?
on October 24th, 2020 at 7:09 am
Some other ideas:
Jeremiah nn Remy
Ezekiel nn Zeke
Isaiah nn Izzy
Oswald nn Ozzy
Alexander nn Lex
on October 24th, 2020 at 9:32 am
If you keep coming back to Lawrence, you could use Rory as a nickname. I like Laurie too, outdated for a girl but it feels really fresh on a boy.
on October 24th, 2020 at 7:28 pm
I would suggest the nickname Teddy to go with Edmund or Edwin.
If Lawrence does not work, perhaps Clarence does with the nickname Clancy or Clark.
Some other ideas:
Arthur nn Artie
Tobias nn Toby
Albert nn Albie
Robin nn Bobby/Robby
Leonard nn Leo
on October 24th, 2020 at 10:18 pm
I’ve always loved the name Malcolm/Mac. I also love the suggestion of Hal. I think a nn that doesn’t end in an “-ee” sound best to balance out the sibset.
Lulu, Millie, Georgie, and…
on October 24th, 2020 at 11:12 pm
Another nn for Jonathan is Jonty, and for Edward and Edmund are Ted and Teddy.
Edmund – Mungo
Cormac – Mac
Sebastian – Baz
Rafferty – Raff, Raffy, Rafe
Rufus – Rafe, Raffy, Ru
Magnus, Fergus, Angus – Gus
Griffin – Griff
Henry – Huck, Hal
Christian, Christopher – Kit, Kip
Caspar, Kasper – Kip
Jasper – Jack, Pip
on October 24th, 2020 at 11:39 pm
With Lulu, Millie and Georgie, I like:
Henry (Hal or Hank)
Donovan or Ivan (Van)
Tobin or Tobias (Toby)
From your list, I like Jameson or, even better, just James.
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