Nicknames: Got some fresh ideas?

Today”s question of the week:

Have you come up with or heard any fresh, interesting or unusual nicknames that still have some logical link to the full name?

Today’s parents are almost as concerned with their kids’ everyday names as the formal ones on the birth certificate, and most aren’t content with the old Andys and Angies, Ricks and Randys.

A lot of the newly revived three-and-four syllable vintage names seem to cry out for livlier short forms.  One new trendlet seems to be basing nicknames on middle syllables rather than just the first–eg Fee for Seraphina or Ophelia.

We’ve seen some great original but not obvious nicknames on our message boards-Maisie for Esme?–let’s share some of the best ones here!


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agirlinred Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 1:27 am

Could someone please explain this obsession with nicknames? I don’t get it at all.

Elea Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 1:41 am

agirlinred – My friend and I were discussing this the other day. She is pregnant and said that she was now attracted to longer names that can have a variety of nicknames. Her mother deliberately chose names that couldn’t be shortened. She says that, having had an unshortable name all her life, she wishes she had had a name that would have been easy to have a nickname.

My name (Eleanor) has lots of nicknames, and I’ve always loved that. I have to say though that I am 50% first name / 50% nicknames, so it’s not as if I’m solely known by my diminutives. Most of the children in my class/school who have nicknames — Madeleine/Maddie, Josephine/Josie, James/Jamie, Thomas/Tom — are known by them 50/50.

Elea Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 2:02 am

Also I would add that, particularly for longer names, nicknames are almost inevitable. Even when parents don’t give their children a nickname they will be most likely have one by the age of ten. I hear so many nicknames, “invented” by other kids, being used for children who previously had no nickname. Joss for Josiah is the latest one that my class has coined — I have no idea how his parents feel about this.
I also hear people (other than the parents) mention nicknames as soon as a name is announced. I have heard “Sally has called her baby Joshua. I suppose he’ll be called Josh,” many a time.

Some parents want to ‘head this off at the pass’, avoiding a nickname that they dislike, (they hate Lizzie, and prefer their Elizabeth to be called Beth) by creating a ready made nickname that the child can take through with them.

All that said, I live in Britain and “traditional nickname” names are a huge trend. The top 30 boasts Evie, Ella, Millie, Ellie, Alfie, Archie and Jake. The super popular Evie ranks higher that Eve, Eva and Evelyn, so clearly most British parents believe in using the name that their child will go by for the birth certificate, rather than a formal option.

nameluvr Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 3:08 am

Tess for Esther
Abby or Liddy for Elizabeth
Jamie or Jim for Benjamin
Nate for Jonathan
Amy for Wilhelmina (since it’s pronounced more like Willamina)
Kelly for Jacqueline

araminta Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 4:37 am

Hermione/Imogen/Violet/Isobel – Io
Scarlett – Scout
Atticus – Kit (came across this in the forums – I love both Atticus and Kit, I think Atticus needs a nickname, and I don’t love Christopher or Christian, but I’m not sure if it’s too much of a stretch)
Isadora – Sadie
Penelope – Poppy
Lionel – Lyle
Elliot – Leo (too much of a stretch?)
Genevieve – Evie
Henrietta – Etta instead of Hettie/Hattie?
Astoria – Story
Susannah – Sunny
Sebastian – Ash (?)
Helena – Le
Florence – Ren/Wren
Ophelia/Sophia – Fi/Fee
Everett – Rhett
Charlotte – Harlow

Robin Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 5:02 am

I WISH there were a good nickname for my name (Robin), I hate my name, never ending teasing in school. My middle name is Margaret so going by my middle name was not an option. My parents told me I could change it if I wanted to, but after almost 30 years whats the point? My brother’s name is Christopher, so my parents have a ‘Christopher Robin’. Great.

Abby Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 6:43 am

I love nicknames derived from initials. If I’d had my way, our daughter Claire Caroline Wren, would’ve been Coco, for the repeating C-sounds. (But my husband heard Coco and thought “gorilla” – so she’s Clio.) We have a friend called Jeb, from John Edward Brooks, and there was a post at Swistle the other day about a Richard S.H. III called Rush, who was dad to Richard IV, called River. (From R IV – a stretch, but clever.)

@agirlinred, I had the experience Elea’s friend referenced. Growing up with a short, nickname proof name felt like a vise. But nicknames also mattered because they let our kids wear family names without having to share their complete identity. My daughter Claire is one of many women in my family with some form of the name; I suppose it is possible that my sisters or brother might pass it on, too, at some point.

jessica Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 6:53 am

Our Caroline will be called Lina for short. Carrie is out as I was Jessie growing up and disliked the childish “ie.”

Fawn Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 7:16 am

All my siblings had longer names with nick names ( Jordan/Jo, Christina/Christy, Jonathan/Jon) so being the only one with a short name my sibblings often made my name into a longer nick name (Fawnie is what my little brother calls me to this day). I ended up giving my daughter the name Jocelyn with the nn Jocie. I like the option of having the shorter, casual name that’s easy for future sibblings and cousins to say along with the longer formal name. Anyone have any full name suggestions for Ellie?

Susan Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 7:27 am

I’m expecting a baby girl this fall and considering the name Elisabeth (with the German spelling that is a nod to my family’s heritage and a way-back ancestor). As a Susan, I hated the fact that I was stuck with Sue and Susie as nicknames – I like that Elisabeth gives you multiple options. I am weighing the idea of “bestowing” the nickname Lise pretty early on – it feels like a fresher nickname option (and also a nod to the German heritage) that could “grow with the baby” as she moves from childhood to adulthood.

zaidagal Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 7:51 am

My favourite – Alec or Sandy for alexander (instead of the over used alex or trendy xander!)

My first name is Tamara, and as a kid they called me Tammy, but one friend called me Mara, which I really like!

zaidagal Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 7:52 am

and heres another…I call my arran (arran like the island) aro for short! I call him the “arrow through my heart”, or just aro!

Roseate Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 7:53 am

I have a friend named Robin whose nickname is Birdie. 🙂

Charlotte Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 8:02 am

All my friends have really great nicknames! Here are some of them:
Theodore: Doru
Andre: Cata el Rey (his middle name’s Catalin and Rey in Spanish means King, we got Rey from Andre 😛
David: Diego (I have no idea why)
Georgiana: Sorina
Noelia: Noona
Jade: JJ
And my nickname is Chuckles … (my real name is Charlotte)

Nicole Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 8:04 am

My three girls, Josephine (Josie), Genevieve (Neve or Nevie), and Rosemarie (Romy) all go by their nicknames about 50% of the time. We don’t know the sex of baby #4 yet, but Clementine (Cleo or Emme), Susannah (Annie), and Florence (Rory) are frequently discussed if we have another girl. In my family, if you don’t choose your child’s nickname some extended family member will do it for you and the results are often undesirable.

Judson Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 8:22 am

@Fawn – Ellie could be a nickname for any of the “Belle” names — Annabel(le), Isabel(le), Mirabel(le), etc. Also M[EL]anie, M[EL]odie, [EL]odie, H[EL]oise … I’m thinking anything with an “EL” sound anywhere in it.

Anyone have any suggestions for out of the norm “Richard” or “Kenneth” nicknames?

Leslie Owen Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 8:28 am

I always wished I could have had a nickname but short forms for my name always ended up with Lez or Lezzie, not exactly what a kid wants to be called. Both my children have formal names that have many nn options. My son has always called himself by his full name and as a result so does everyone else. My daughter renamed herself Kitty at 15 after having been Kate most of her childhood. The only non-traditional name we ever had in our family was Mantha for Samantha. Even though my sister will be 45 this week, we still call her Mantha.

Jenna H Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 8:39 am

I have no problems with creative nicknames, buy one of my major pet peeves is using names that are full stand alone names in their own right as nicknames.

On the message boards Ive seen: Milo for Miles, Jude for Julian, etc. And it drives me crazy.

Lola Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 8:58 am

I have boys that are simply their full names (or they have goofy nicknames they call each other) but my Josephine’s got about 7 nicknames that she rotates through on a regular basis. (Josie, Posie, Poppy, Effie, Fifi, Jojo & Sofie). This morning, she’s Fifi. Yesterday, Poppy. She tells me which nickname she prefers.

As someone with a name (Laura) with a possible nickname I despise (Lori/Laurie), I got a non intuitive nickname (Lola) because my brother couldn’t say Laura. I didn’t like it much as a kid (Lola, I mean) but by the time I was 16, I was fine with it. In fact, if someone calls out Laura, I barely register it. I mainly answer to my nickname even though I still use Laura on official paperwork. weird, but true. 😀

Lynae Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 9:18 am

to Robin Margaret – how about Maggie? Love that name!

Jenny Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 9:38 am

I like Ya-ya for any name that ends in “ia”, “ja” or “ya”.

I also was a big fan of “Racso and the Rats of NIMH” so my buddies and I all went by our backwards names for a few months in middle school. Nicole really liked Elocin (rhymes with pelican) and it stuck for years, morphing into Ella and no doubt confusing everyone around us.

Danni Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 9:42 am

One of my favorite “new” nicknames that I’ve heard recently is Sosie for Josephine. I think Josie just sort of morphed into Sosie, but I think it’s really fresh and cute!

I also suggested to one of our posters that she could use the nn Milly for Pomeline 🙂

names4real Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 9:56 am

I’ve seen some clever ones in birth announcements.

Sheridan: Sadie
Valerie: Valley
Everett: Rhett
Francesca: Chessie
Barrington: Bear
Adelheid: Heidi
Emilia: Mimi
Nicholas: Nickel

chelseamae Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 10:09 am

I’m really against nicknames but I know it’ll be impossible to avoid for my future sons, especially when they get in to their teens. Some of the names/nicknames I can tolerate are more traditional like Leo for Leopold and Pru for Prudence a few fresh ideas that i like are:

1. Petunia- Peeta- more like pee-TAH not like Pee-duh (I’ve heard that there is a book/movie coming out soon with a male character named Peeta, but I just think it fits a girl so much better)

okay I guess that’s the only non-traditional one I can think of ha!

Sj Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 10:10 am

@Susan – you can pick up a new Sue nickname at any point in your life. When I started running into trouble entering all the Sue and Susan friends I have into my phone I quickly reached the point where I had to put in last names to keep them straight. The one Sue with no last name being my best friend. I still missed dialed from time to time. I said to her – I am changing you to Sukie- (not Snookie)and it has stuck for several years and everyone calls her Sukie now. And she is 50 now – so anytime bring on the nickname!

kaybee3 Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 10:22 am

@Judson – Rex for Richard — or Hugh or Hud; no ideas for Kenneth…although,you could just go with something unrelated, like “bear”…

and @ agirlinred I think the nn obsession is b/c it allows a person to take on a name that’s not so stuffy for more casual friendships/relationships etc. I love nn’s among friends and family, it makes me feel closer to them in a way. But, I love maintaining the full name for work or formal situations. I hate when a nn becomes THE name….and you lose the full, often beautiful full form of the name.

mermuse Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 10:26 am

Richard could be Dixon or Hardy

It makes sense to me that parents would want to use the nickname they like best rather than having a family member pick it. But, I also like the idea of allowing it to spring up spontaneously.

Philippa – Phil, Flip

I saw “Hatsy” as a nickname for Harriet and I thought it would work for Agatha, too.

Catherine – Cricket

JoAnn – Josie

James – Jem

Cordelia – Pearl? (for “sea jewel”?)

Phaedra – Fairy (came up with this on message boards!)

Crystal Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 10:31 am

Lauren or Karen – Wren/Ren
Elizabeth – Libby

Michelle Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 10:40 am

I’ve come up with Sepp and Seppa for Giuseppina, which is often shortened to Pina. On a related note, Sophie makes an excellent nickname for Josephine. Same goes for Lou or Lulu for Eloise

Olivia Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 11:23 am

I heard Maidie on Nameberry a couple of days ago which I just adore, especially as an alternative to Maddie which I think just about everyone if fed up with now. I love it short for Madeleine, or even better – Magdalene.

I also love Birdie for Bridget, and Jem for James.

I don’t have too much of an issue with nicknames, as long as they aren’t exclusively used which I hate and see as absolutely pointless.

Zleva Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 11:42 am

Im indonesian…and my parents gave me names IrvianyLiva…some people called me annie but actually i prefered ivy…in fact my parents called me Liva…and my nickname is Liva for 28yrs…it feels strange to change it now..:(

irishmom Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 11:43 am

If we have another girl, I’m thinking Lucinda nn:Indie

katybug Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 11:50 am

As a fourth-generation Kathryn/Katherine (the spelling changed occasionally), I go exclusively by my nn, Katy. It’s a way for me to have my “own” name. It does create some hassles at work, since all my records are Kathryn, but for the most part it’s worked out great for me.

Nell Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 11:52 am

I love my beautiful full name and I love my nicknames both. I am know as many different things to family, friends, & co-workers: Eleanor, Ellie, Nell, Ella, Elle, Nono (no-no), Nor, Ellie-May (not my given middle name), Eggo, Eli, Nellie, Lonnie, Elsie, Elmo, Egg…
Some of my favorite nicknames of people I know:
Nicholas – Nico
Kari – Karikeet, or just “Keet”
Lauren – Loey
Margaret – Madge, Mimi
Kristen – Kissy
Imogen – Moe
Ursula – Sula, Susi (Soo-sie)
Penelope – Lilou, Opie, Noodle (adapted from “pene pasta” haha)
Charlotte – Charlie

Other Carolyn Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

As a Carolyn who has never been a Carrie, Carol, Carly, or even Cally (which is the only nn related to my name that I specifically endorsed), I don’t really understand people who say a name will inevitably be shortened. The nns I have are either rhyming (Bin, Wyn) or based on my personality. But even those aren’t used very often. My mother is a Margaret, seldom a Maggie or Marge, my grandmothers were Charlotte and Mary, not Lottie and Molly, etc. I would consider it a bit rude to call someone by a short form of their name if you don’t really know them or they don’t like it, and if your little Josephine likes being called Josie, all of your efforts to make her an Effy or Safina might be in vain.

That said, since I tend to like really obscure names that could come across as a bit pretentious (my friend likened all of my favourites to the coveted Telegraph names), I do like to come up with at least a few normal sounding nns. Usually I like the full name too much to consider using them, and I’m not very persuaded by the “too much name”/”bullying” arguments, but it’s nice to know that there is a fall back option should my future children hate my taste. Most of the ones I come up with are word play, eg. Mary -> Marigold, rather than being intuitive. That’s much more fun.

Madi Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Elodie – Lydie
Lilia – Lia
Nicholas – Nico or Nicko (the neighbor boy goes by Nicko)
Olivia – Lily (My sister’s name is Olivia and this is what I call her.)
Lola – Lulu
Madeline – Ellie
Jacob – Cubby (This is what my sister calls my brother, after the lost boy in Peter Pan)
January – Jane
Alaska – Alice
Nevada – Avie (I love word names)
Dakota – Kody

Madi Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Also, does anyone have any full name ideas (other than Charlotte, of course) for a girl with the nickname Charlie?

roselang Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

My sister is Robin and I used to call her Bobby.

I think the best nicknames happen naturally and aren’t planned.

Heather Tucker Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Mandi, how about Charlize for Charlie? A bit more “out there” could be Charlemagne 🙂

Heather Tucker Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Madi, sorry I got your name wrong! By the way, I thought of two more for nn Charlie – Charise and Francesca.

Annie Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Charlize- Charlie,Carly, Lizi, Liza
Charlene-Charlie, Carly, Leeni
Sophia-Sophie, Fifi, Fia
Beatrix-Bea, Trixie, Bix
Alicia-Ali, Lisa, Lee
Jason- Jay, Sonny
Colleen-Coll, Colly, Leenie, Lee, Coe, Connie

I also know a boy named Louis Ernie E____(<-his last name began with E) and he was called Lee

Joanne Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I always wanted to name a daughter Francesca and call her Fresca, but my husband said no way were we naming a kid after a soda. (Aw come on, it’s diet!)

Then again, if you’ve read my nameberry guest blog about my family’s affinity for bizarre nicknames, you can be assured that he didn’t anticipate my turning Phoebe into Wobeson!

Kisha Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 1:46 pm


Lucy Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Here are some more ideas:
Clementine – Clio, Meno
Juniper – Perry
Teresa – Teddie
Ophelia – Philo
Victoria – Rex
Sebastian – Baxter
Alexander – Derry

Alyssa Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

My name is Alyssa, and I was quickly deemed Lyss, Lyssa, Lyssie, Lyssa-issa before I was even born. I never really liked Alyssa, but, in case you can’t see, the first letters of my name are Aly, which I love. I also have a few family and friend nicknames (ie Gracie because I am totally a clutz, Joy because I am such a Joy to be with(; , and Waggy because of my last name)
My older brother has a nickname which I still call him unless we are fighting. When I was a baby, I couldn’t pronounce K’s so Kyle soon became Ylye (Yi-uhle). Believe it or not, it is really easy to say. Our other older brother calls him Ky-Guy, but that never stuck for me.
My cousin is Megan and is tenderly nicknamed Mega-brusier because she is a little on the muscely side.
My oldest brother Luke is Law because of his initials (Luke Allen Wag…)
I personally love nicknames. I named my kids longer names so I could give them nicknames. Gabriel is Gabe, Delilah is Lila, Amelia is Mia, and Mirabella is Mira. My other kids have nicknames but they aren’t used as often; Nolan is sometimes called Noah, Tristan is sometimes Tris, Declan is sometimes Deck, and Calla is sometimes Callie.

Caz Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I’m Caroline nn Caz, its a more common nn for Caroline in the UK than in the US it would appear (I live in the UK).

Nicknames are strange, some people don’t see the point – I do, Caroline was very boring when I was younger (hence Caz).

My best friend and her family have odd nicknames (Completely not what her mother had planed!)
Imogen – Idgie (Idd-jee)
Monique – Niquey (Neek-ee)
Laurence – meant to be Laurie, but at school he’s become ‘Lozza’
Hugh – Hudge

I have found that people with ‘un-nicknameable’ names, get them anyway or get the most creative ones e.g. Anne becomes Annie, or lastnames get used instead (very common in the UK for teenagers to use last names as ‘nicknames’)

I have aslo seen the odd phenomenon of people nicknaming by giving full names! I’ve known people who’ve been ‘given’ middle names and children with names like Archie and Millie who are called Archer or Archibald and Melissa.

Jacqueline Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

My name is Jacqueline. I have always been called Jackie and in fact I didn’t even know how to spell Jacqueline till I was 10! My name lends itself to a zillion different nicknames, all of which and more I have been called. I have always loved the many nicknames I have had but also feel that your personality will dictate what people call you. I had many friends that were envious of all the names people would give me. It’s also worth mentioning that my dad vetoed the name Samantha because he didn’t want me being called Sam which he felt too boyish, but most of my friends call me Jack anyway! Sometimes you can’t win. Another thing to note, nicknames aren’t always short, as someone else mentioned. The name my mom sometimes calls me: “jackie linguini from the planet linguini” is more than a name and is equally fun!!

Kruther Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

My daughters are Symphony and Beatrix but we call them Sophie and Betsy. My son is Emanuel and that never gets shortened ( I can’t stand Manny) he’s only 4, but he’s very insistent about people calling him his proper name.

Claire Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

@Caz — Your last paragraph reminded me of some “nicknames” I’ve been given through the years. Claire is nearly impossible to shorten, so instead, I’ve been called (not often, thankfully) things like Clarence and Clarina. Some people just seem to want to make Claire into a nickname for something at all costs.

jenn Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I am trying to be realistic about the whole nickname thing while picking out names. I know if we don’t give them one then the other kids will. Here’s the names we are looking at:

Amelia (millie)
Vivienne (vivi)
Bennett (ben)

Jasmine Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I’m a Jasmine who goes by Jasmine, but people often take it upon themselves to nickname me “Jaz” or “Jazzy” – I don’t mind it all that much when I know the person, but I hate it when I’ve just been introduced to somebody and they start calling me Jazzy right off the bat.

I was telling a friend this a couple of months ago and they suggested “Minnie” for Jasmine, which I *love* – but it seems weird to bestow a new nickname upon myself just to stave off one I dislike.

Amber Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I’ve been trying to convince my husband that Otto can be a nickname for Elliot. He’s not buying it.

Kari Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

We chose a name for our son (Elliot) specifically because we liked the nickname Eli. But now, 7 months later, we never call him Eli. Sometimes we call him E for short. And the babysitter’s daughter calls him Elly-Belly. Maybe he’ll grow into an Eli, but maybe not.

emmyk12 Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I have a friend named Nicole and she has always gone by Cole–love it!

Kate Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

My full name is Katherine but at a young age i was known as Katie. I liked the fact that I could in a way change my name. Over the years I’ve been known as Katie, Katherine and Kate. I like the option. I would dislike having Katie as my full name because it seems a tad childish. Nicknames are a good way to give your baby that cute name while giving them a adult feel to a name later in life.

Lisa Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

What about Rem/Remi/Remy for Jeremiah/Jeremy?

Lola Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I was just thinking: My Uncle Theodore goes by Teo, his brother Richard goes by Dix. Aunt Winifred goes only by Winifred, but says Freda’s wicked cool.
But sometimes the straightforward nicknames are sweet: Frances: Francie, Penelope: Penny. You know?

And can anyone think of a nickname for Wayne? Help!

crescentmoon Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I know a Lorelai that goes by Lola, and a Portia that goes by Poppy. I think Goldie would be a great nickname for Aurelia, or any other “Au” name, because Au is the chemical symbol for gold.
Isadora Violet, nickname Ivy (from initials), is a contender for a future girl.
Lets see… also Piper from Juniper, Rosie from Ambrosia,Lola for Eloise or Penelope or Paloma, and Anya for and An- name, instead of Annie.

Valentina Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I know an Olivia nicknamed Ola, an Annina nn Anna or Annu, a Vanessa nn Vana or Vanu, and a Stefanie nn Stuf (Sht-OOf). For characters, I’ve used Ambrosia nn Amu, Richard nn Rikku, a Sara nn Sahara, a Rhiannon nn Tien and a Meridian nn Dinah.
My own nicknames include Val, Tina, Twina, Vale (Vah-lay) and Vallie. Other possibilities are Lina, Nina, Len and Valen, but I’ve never used any of those.

Faye Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

@Robin: What about Bobbie?

crunchymama Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

One caution I have for nicknames …. sometimes you get into such a pattern that you use the nn SO much that it sorta becomes the person’s name. For example, my 9 yr old goes by her nn so much that I, as her mom, am sometimes sad wondering if people know her REAL name. She likes her real name and does use it in some situations, but it’s just easier to call people by a nn. So, to correct this, I am consciously using my children’s full names at home much much more. It took a little time because I’m the worst offender, but it has gotten better! I just think about when she gets older and maybe wants to use her full name- it might be a weird transition for her, us, and her friends to switch from this nn.
Her name? Scarlett. Her nn? Carly.

I also have a Fiona and we use Fae or Fina for short.

Elizabeth Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I love Finn as a nick name for Franklin

M.F.Peterson Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

My daughter’s name is Amelia and while we started out calling her Mia or Milly (pretty standard nicks for her name), we slowly migrated over the years to calling her Meli (Meal-lee). It fits her. I call her Amy when I’m yelling in public and Meemo as a tender little nickname, but she’s pretty much Meli to most people who call her by a nick (which is kind of discouraged, honestly).

Our new son is August and we’ve been calling him Gus, mostly, but who knows where that will go…

butterfly Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Elizabeth/Elisabeth- Zadie
Vivienne- Enna
Ophelia- Leaf (too much of a stretch?)
Sophie/Sophia- Soso

Jenny Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I forget to mention that I know a Stepho. I think more nicknames ending in the “ee” sound should try an “oh” sound. Anno, Lizzo, Eddo, Danno…

courtlett Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

how about Thomasina to get to Maisie?

Oliviagabriel Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Nick names are inevitable and as a parent you really have to just hope for the best. Some are obvious go to options by general general public but others surprisingly personal for use At home. I’m a Liv or Livvy from Olivia but never an Ollie or Olive. My son gets Gabe or Gubbi from Gabriel and my daughter Lette or Betty from Violet. I also think nick names evolve with the child. My son at almost 4 calls himself by his full name but as my daughter is just 4 months and looks like a little old lady gets the stretched Betty or Violetty. I’d like her to be a Lette or Etta (violetta) but at the moment I have in my home a Pooface and a Gooface. hope they don’t stick! !

Olivia Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Nick names are inevitable and as a parent you really have to just hope for the best. Some are obvious go to options by general general public but others surprisingly personal for use At home. I’m a Liv or Livvy from Olivia but never an Ollie or Olive. My son gets Gabe or Gubbi from Gabriel and my daughter Lette or Betty from Violet. I also think nick names evolve with the child. My son at almost 4 calls himself by his full name but as my daughter is just 4 months and looks like a little old lady gets the stretched Betty or Violetty. I’d like her to be a Lette or Etta (violetta) but at the moment I have in my home a Pooface and a Gooface. hope they don’t stick! !

CountryLizB Says:

June 16th, 2011 at 1:51 am

Jack-George Zachary
Fae-Felicity Mae/Mabel
Jenny-Jemima Frances

sabrina Says:

June 16th, 2011 at 9:46 am

sabrina-soupie,stewy or sabs

Leila Says:

June 16th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Bunnie for Beatrix is nice, as is Dee for Daphne.

Janine Says:

June 18th, 2011 at 1:05 am

I’ve always loved my real name, but I’ve had a few nn in the past: nean/neen, neeners, bean, beener, jay, and J9 (which is most common at work)
I’m due in early January and not sure on girl/boy (thinking girl) and I personally am looking for a name with possibilities for nn. I really liked Lilah Mae but can’t figure out what you can use for a nickname for Lilah. maybe lilly?
or Kale for a boy with the possibility of using my maiden name as his middle name, but I’m worried it would sound too much like a hyphenated last name. I guess I have lots of time to think it over

Dearest Says:

June 18th, 2011 at 3:57 am

Beatrix is mentioned a lot I see, I always liked Breeze for her (or for Beatrice or Briseis) as well as Bix(ie) 🙂
Josephine/Persephone would be Posy only to me
Lady for Adelaide
Ike for Icarus
Frankie for Frances/Francine/Francesca
Nell for Endellion/Apollonia
Baz for Sebastian/Bastian
Tansy for Constance
Pim for William/Willem/Priam (a Dutch import)
Polly for Polymnia/Apollonia/Pomeline
Tilda for Mathilda
Nia for Antonia and other -nia names
Sosie for Sophia/Susannah
Zaza for any name containing -za (Elizabeth, Lorenza, Demelza)
Bam for Bertram (which really updates the name!)
Gray for Graham/Gregor
Mies for Hermes
Joss for Joseph
Moss for Moses/Morrisey
Nola/Noa/Nell for Noelle/Noella/Magnolia
Poe for Ptolemy/Prosper
Lola for Eloise
Bridie for Brigid
Ciel for Cecilia
Clancy for Clemency
Eira for Irene/Eirene
Etta for Juliet/Violet/Charlotte?
Lys for Lucia
Momo for Marigold/Morgana/Margot/Imogen
Tess for Tacita/Thessaly
Bo for Deborah (I love Bo for a little girl!)

And probably some more for more ordinary names, but they’re not on my list so I can’t seem to remember any without seeing them….

NameGoddess Says:

June 18th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I’ve long thought that Bettie and Billie for Beatrix and Elizabeth is cute. Other Elizabeth nn’s: Bizza (I read it in a book, and it stuck with me), Tilly, Zeth, Zelly, Libba (like the author Libba Bray), Lia (this is a possible nn for SO MANY names). Heidi for Adelaide, or Della, Laidey/Lady, Adele/-a. Thora for Theodora (or Thor for Theodore). Richard, for which I dislike all the regular nn’s of (Rick, Dick, Rich), could be revived with the nn Char, Car, or maybe even Artie (a bit of a stretch). I love Mamie for Margaret, Flip for Philip (trying to convince my brother to use this!), Coco for names like Cordelia, and Dora for Deborah (much less dated than Debbie!). I’ve thought of a lot more, but those are what come to mind.

issie Says:

June 19th, 2011 at 3:09 am

heya!! i really need some help!! i may be a but young for this site, as i have just started middle school, but i need help with and unusul quirky nickname that makes me sound outgoing!! MY name is isabella, and i was considering: Issy, Issie and Izzy and Izzie. Any more ideas and which of those do you prefer as i am bored of boring bella who everybody refers to as twilight which i HATE!!!!!

NameGoddess Says:

June 19th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Going into middle school is a great time to start using a nn! Out of your Issie spellings, I like that of your username best.

Some other non-Bella nicknames you might like…
*Bess – It makes me think of Good Queen Bess. Sort of sounds like a hipster-in-the-making name to me. Soft, but spunky. Bessy/-ie could also work, but might sound too cow-ish; your call.
*Libba – One of my favorite authors is Libba Bray. Look her up. Love that one.
*Ella/Elle/Ellie – I don’t know if this is too close to Bella for you, and it’s a little trendy, but it’s one of the more obvious Isabella nn’s, and definitely projects a pretty image.
*Sable (or Sabel, I suppose, both prn “SAY-buhl”) – Has a darker, enigmatic feel to it.
*Bea (prn either “BEE” or “BEE-uh”) – Light, happy, sunny.
*Sibby – I knew a girl with this name and I thought it was cute.
*Lia/Bia/Sia (rhymes with Leah)- Simple, yet exotic.
*Isla (prn “EYE-luh”) – Maybe a stretch, since the “I” is prn a different way, but I think it works, especially since it’s Isabella’s two first and last letters. Sounds like a heroic princess.
*Basie (prn “BAY-zie”) – I’ve met a girl with this name, and it always interested me.

Good luck choosing a nn you like!

Laura Rose Says:

June 19th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I almost never get a nn, although occasionally, I’ll get Laur, but that’s mostly by my best friend or father.

One of my new favourites is Nicola “Nica”.

I also love Elisabeth, but LOATHE Liz (for various reasons), but love Liss(ie/a). You can get to Lissie via Felicity as well.

My very favourites are Rose, Elisabeth, James, and William. I used to despise Rosie, but am slowly coming around, althoug I still like just Rose better. I already mentioned Lissie, but I also like Lily and Ellie for Elisabeth. For James, the only two nn’s I used to think were available for it were Jim(my) and Jaime, neither of which I liked, but then I found out Jem is the medieval precursor to Jim, and fell in love with it (not in the least due to Mockingbird). And for William, my favourite is Will, which I’ve always loved.

*person* Says:

June 26th, 2011 at 10:43 am

Beatrice- Bee
Seraphina- Sarfee
Sarah- Sarsar
Elizabeth- Eliz
Alexa- Exa
Charles- Charie
Orlando- Orly
Ella- La
Ophelia- Li

*person* Says:

June 26th, 2011 at 10:48 am

For the name Isabella, I can think of:
Bel (too disney? 😀 )
Izla (Really getting weird now)

*person* Says:

June 26th, 2011 at 11:00 am

My name is Claire,
A name with very few nicknames, none of which are Weird enough for me 🙁
Clary (I’m a fan of MI series but- Just, no)
Bear (I like this one!)
ClayClay *shudder*
Can anyone think of any others? 🙂

mjeezy13 Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I have to disagree that nicknames are inevitable. If you like your real name and don’t want to be known by a nickname, it is definitely possible. For example, I am Megan and I have always hated being called Meg. I just tell people not to call me that and if they continue, I just don’t respond to them. It has worked for me, as I am still known exclusively as Megan. I guess I just don’t really get the whole pre-determined nickname thing. It always seemed way too cutesy to me. However, I’ll play along since I just bothered to type all that… 😉
Fiona- Ona (what my little cousin calls my daughter, though we never call her a nickname)
Susanna- Sanna
Elizabeth- Zabie
Avery- Vera
Aubrey- Bree
Pamela- Mel
Carolina- Rola (actually met a Rola the other day and wondered if it was short for something)

Jennie Says:

June 29th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I had to comment, even late in the game, because I’m trying to normalize the nickname Bram for Bertram. I love the name Bertram, but everyone in my life hates it, especially the one person I need to convince. 🙁 But Bram is a perfectly acceptable nickname. Spread the word.

olly Says:

June 30th, 2011 at 12:18 am

Does anyone have a suggestion for a long form of Callie? It feels too nickname-ish for me, and i am not a huge fan of Calliope, and Caroline will not work for us. so, longer, creative full names would be much appreciated!!

Andie Says:

July 1st, 2011 at 1:53 pm

A friend on my forum suggested that I call my daughter Emerald “Mera” as a different nickname. I really liked it =)

Angela Says:

July 11th, 2011 at 11:57 am

I know a Jennifer who goes by “Niffer”, and a Christopher who goes by “Stoph”.

Cassandra Says:

July 13th, 2011 at 12:04 am

Penelope – lola
William – liam
Ophelia – Flea
Genevieve – Vie
Rosemary – Ro
Florence – Fairy (I absolutely despise Flossie… makes me think of dental floss)

My mom’s name is Susanne (sue-zann). She used to run an in home daycare when I was really young and Susanne was too hard for most of the young children to pronounce so she got just Zan.

Cassandra Says:

July 13th, 2011 at 12:05 am

I went to school with a Callie whose full name was Calantha. There is also Callista.

Ariella Says:

July 18th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I actually don’t know too many people who have nicknames, even some people with really long names. A couple people have shortened versions of their names, like my friend Abbi (Abigail).
Then there are a couple inside-joke, idiotic names. 😀

The only one with a REAL nickname is Lee. Her dad and sisters (and boyfriend) call her Leela.
Except that’s not even shorter than her real name!

Mari Says:

July 21st, 2011 at 6:57 pm

My two-year old son’s name is Jonathan which I think is a beautiful name, but I hate the nicknames that people tend to shorten it too….Jon, Jonny. Don’t like Nate or Jonty either. Does anybody have a new fresh idea for a short form for Jonathan? Could Jayden slide by as a short form for Jonathan?

Brighton *Bree* Says:

August 10th, 2011 at 3:06 am

My name (Brighton) has NO nicknames. I have tried to go by Andie (my middle name is Andy after my grandpa), Bree, Bright, and It did not stick!!! I wish my name could have a bunch of nickname choices like Penelope *Penny, Penn, Ellie,* or Eleanora *Elea, Nora, Ellie, or Lea.

Brightonbabixz Says:

August 22nd, 2011 at 1:43 am

Ella for Penelope
Wendy for Gwendolyn
Bria for Brianna
Del or Lily for Delilah
Cath or Ri or Theri for Catherine
Minny for Jasmine
Cole for Nicole or Nicola
Lia for Ophelia
Trin for Trinity
Lilo for Liliana
Gabri for Gabriella
Stasia or Stacia or Tasia or Asia for Anastasia
Sonny or Adi or Sunny for Addison
Lina for Madeline
Madda for Madelyn
Dria for Alexandria

emilymaryjane Says:

June 20th, 2012 at 6:53 am

Milly for Emily instead of the overused Em
Charli for Charmaine
Jaxie for Jacqueline
Miki for Michaela
Mo for Mollie
Rikki for Erika
Dottie for Dorothea
Hattie for Henrietta

mlbrooks Says:

July 3rd, 2012 at 10:55 am

I have several friends with interesting nicknames. Morgan Marie is Ree,John James III is Tre (“Tre” for “three”), and Forrest Leonard is Flen.

kitchi1 Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I thought about the name Patricia and how I love the name, but hate all the nicknames for it. The nicknames currently used for Patricia are:

I thought of the nickname Pippa for Patricia like yesterday, and I think it’s really cute!!

LexieM Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

As a thought: you could choose a nn related to the meaning of the name instead of the lettering. Earlier on in this post someone suggested Rex for Richard. Richard means ” dominant ruler” -> “king” which is the meaning of Rex. Or maybe Rico from the spanish form of Richard which is Ricardo. Depending on how traditional you want to be there are always options out there.

PS: My boyfriends mother gave both of her kids east nn’able names but told their teachers not to allow the name to be shortened in class – this worked particularly well because they had names that were popular to begin with so instead of Alexander turning into the 5th Alex he just remained Alexander. If you don’t like nn’s just let people know including your kids. They might end up with unrelated nn’s but there really isn’t much you can do about your teenage son’s friends calling him Ace because he either A’s or F’s each class – as long as you teach him to stand up against names he doesn’t like and they are happy – a name is really yours to give and theirs to live with.

Witchpants Says:

October 7th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I like the nickname Flick for Felicity and Tin for Quentin.

MFBerry Says:

June 13th, 2013 at 12:36 am

(fn and mn) Jonathan Joseph- Jon, Johnny, Nat, Nate, Nathan, Jonah, Joss, Joe, Jones, Jon J, Jon Joe, JJ, etc.
(fn and mn) Charlotte Lynn- Cara, Lottie, Carlo, Charlie, Lottie Lynn

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