In the Nick(names) of Time: The oldies are back!
By Linda Rosenkrantz
That part still holds true to a great extent, but suddenly there’s a whole raft of fresh-sounding nicknames, many of them vintage ones making a return (and strangely enough, some of the oldest are the most appealing); and a number of them are popular enough to be used on there own.
Here are some of the hottest new nicknames right now, mostly with the older pet forms they’ve replaced:
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on March 29th, 2016 at 7:07 am
As much as I enjoyed the list, I feel like a lot of these nicknames have been around for quite a while. I also think that Trudy is a really cool name, much better than Gertie. I also went to school with a Charlotte who went by Chaz so it doesn’t feel groundbreaking. Perhaps it’s because I’m British? The only one I’ve really noticed is the nicknames of Elizabeth (all the ones my age are Lizzies, all the little ones are Libbies!).
Who knows, I do love some of the names/nicknames though!
on March 29th, 2016 at 9:09 am
I’ve been seeing this a long time coming. Thea instead of Cindy, Maisie instead of Margaret, Jules instead of Julie, and definitely Drea instead of Andie. On the boy side Joss Whedon is holding it down for the Josephs of America. I definitely like Benno instead of ol’ Ben. I agree with just about all these musings.
on March 29th, 2016 at 11:15 am
I can’t help liking many of the “old” nicknames that are being replaced; most notably Bobby – friendlier than Bertie, Joe – ditto, Cathy, Fanny, Julie – it’s so pretty!, Ted/dy, and Susie.
I also agree with Maerad that in the UK many of the “new” suggestions have been around for a little while now. I know a Bea and a Frankie who are contemporaries of mine, and a Maisie who is a mother now. I know at least three (male) Sashas who are in my age group, too, and a Hal too.
on March 29th, 2016 at 12:54 pm
I love almost all of these. The only thing that’s keeping me from falling hard for Dot/Dottie/ Dorothy is the Dottie Sandusky association.
on March 29th, 2016 at 3:45 pm
I like the old and new ones. I guess the newer ones just sound more fresh.
on March 30th, 2016 at 11:40 am
It’s interesting the way that names go in waves, because the parents of people my age (late 20’s, early 30’s) would have been bored with the original nicknames, so of course they would not have given those names to their children. People who are parents now didn’t hear most of the “originals” growing up, so the “revamped” nicknames are making a comeback. It only took a couple generations’ worth of a break to appreciate them again.
It’s really cool to see these old names coming back in an updated way. I actually like Dodie. I think it’s a sweet little term of endearment. And Maisie is too cute! Most of the boy names, however, I’m not really too keen on. Benno? It sounds like a medication.
on March 30th, 2016 at 9:14 pm
I grew up being called Andie as a nn for Andrea. When I got married my husband started calling me Drea, so my nn has grown with the times, haha.
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