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.
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.