New Routes to Old Nicknames
OK, here’s a thought. Suppose you find yourself beginning to really like some of those classic mid-century nicknames like the ones you’ve been hearing on shows like Mad Men and in movies like Revolutionary Road, but you don’t really care for the names they’ve been traditionally attached to. Some of them mght be too Grandma or pa, some of them overused in the recent past. As in ‘Don? Maybe. Donald? No, thanks.’ So what we’ve done here is put together a list of some possible, more contemporary and/or interesting and/or less widely used alternatives that manage to hold on to the desired nickname.
You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
on February 2nd, 2009 at 12:03 pm
Just a nitpick: Lucy is not a nickname, it is a full name in its own right.
Nan is a nickname for Anne, as is Nancy.
on February 2nd, 2009 at 12:24 pm
This is true, but although Lucy is a name in its own right, it did come to be used as a pet form of Lucille (as in I Love Lucy/Lucille Ball) and in the modern era, Nan is used as a short form of Nancy, despite its origins, and rarely as as a nickname for Ann. In this case, we were dealing with current usage.
on February 2nd, 2009 at 5:16 pm
I talk to parents all the time who are having this problem.
Maggie is a big one for those who don’t care for Margaret. I love Magdalena for that one. Josie could be for Jocelyn rather than Josephine (though I prefer the latter).
Some of the full names on this list are really spectacular!
on February 2nd, 2009 at 7:33 pm
I love the name Cormac. I knew a kid named Cormac and thought it was the coolest name ever. Haha.
Donald is my grandfather’s name, and I like the nickname Don, but hate Donald. Donovan is a great way to still honor him.
Great suggestions 🙂
on February 2nd, 2009 at 8:54 pm
on February 3rd, 2009 at 1:17 am
Any suggestions for Nate? I love that name but not so much Nathan/Nathaniel
on February 3rd, 2009 at 11:13 am
How about Maxfield for Max? It’s my son’s name and everyone always “ooohs” about it when they hear his full name.
on February 6th, 2009 at 11:44 am
Love this list! We named our first Eliana (nn Ellie) and like that she can go by a more unusual or common name depending on her age/personality. We’re pregnant with our second and will go with Matthias (Matt) or Josiah (Joey) for a boy…we’re still on the fence with a girl name, but we definitely want it to follow the same idea.
on October 12th, 2011 at 3:44 pm
My Great Aunt was Josie but her real name was Joanne
leave a reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.