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Nicknames: Planned, spontaneous, or forbidden?

February 12, 2018 Pamela Redmond
nicknames

How much should you, can you control your child’s nickname?

Is a nickname something you plan when you choose the name — your William will be called Will and not Billy, for instance — and then insist the world fall into line?

Or do you wait to see whether a nickname arises naturally and how it evolves over time?

Do you start with a nickname — Nell, let’s say — and work backwards to choose a proper name — Penelope, Eleanor, Helen? — that supports it?

Or maybe you looked for a proper name that you hoped would be nickname-proof.

Inspired by this interesting discussion on nicknames over in the forums, how did you handle the issue with your child’s nickname and what’s your general take on the subject of nicknames?

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show of the same name.

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