Original Baby Names: Help Create This Nameberry Blog!

It started, as so many good things do, on the nameberry message boards: I love the name Maggie, the poster wrote, but notsomuch Margaret.  What are some more original baby names that will get me to Maggie?

And just like that, the creative nameberry community jumped in: How about Magnolia?, someone suggested.  Or Marguerite. Magda, or MagdalenaMargo, Margot, or Margaux.

Then the suggestions got even more inventive.  Magenta.  Magalin or Magaly.

Which gave us an idea, not for yet another way to get to Maggie, but for a new way to create a nameberry blog.  What if we pose a challenge — Inventive ways to get to a popular nickname, say — and then turn the solutions over to the nameberry community?

Here’s how it will work.  Cite the popular nickname you’re starting with: Annie, say, or Jack.  Then, with a nod to the usual ways to get there — Anne and John — move on to the most comprehensive and inventive list of proper names  you can think of that might theoretically lead you to your nickname of choice.  You’re allowed to build on somebody else’s list of original baby names, but we encourage you to start your own.

And while of course you can do more than one, try and leave some good popular nicknames for the other players.  The more people who join in, the more interesting this will be.

Ready, set, blog!

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Jill Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 4:29 am

Fun! 🙂 I’ll do one girl and one boy (I’ll chose a less popular nickname for the boy)…

ANNIE

Usual Sources: Anne, Anna, Annabel/Annabelle

Alternate Sources:

Annora
Anneliese
Annika
Anastasia
Antonia
Antoinette
Alexandra
Anouk
Cassandra
Calandra
Diana
Danica
Evangeline
Evangelina
Francesca
Georgiana/Georgianna
Hannah
Julianne
Juliana
Joanna
January
Liliana
Miranda
Mariana
Orianne
Oriana
Roxanna
Rosanna
Susannah (I love Susannah, nn Annie)

ABE

Usual Source: Abraham

Alternates:

Abel
Abbott
Abram
Abner
Absalom
Barnaby
Gabriel

🙂

Jill Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 4:45 am

Oops…That’s I’ll “choose,” not I’ll “chose.” 🙂

Charlotte Vera Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 5:05 am

I know SO MANY people named Jenny! Usually it’s because their full name is Jennifer, but I do know quite a few whose birth certificates just have “Jenny” written on them.

Here goes:

Janine/Jeanine/Jenine
Genevra
Geneva
Jenae
Jenna
Jenelle (and variant spellings)
Jenica
Jenna
Janice
Jehanne
Jenetta
Jennaline
Jenival
Virginia
Regena
Imogen
Guinevere
Carrageenan? (I know, it’s a food additive)

I think there’s an actress or something who calls herself Jenteal. . .

Kiki Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 9:05 am

Jack:

John
James
Jacob
Jacoby
Jackson

Annie: (Adding onto Jill’s)
Andromeda
Annette

Sally:
Sailor
Selena
Salome

Stephanie Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 10:14 am

I will add my name to the “annie” list. I remember growing up, I thought about going by “Annie” rather than the usual shortening: “Steph”.

Annie:
Stephanie

gingerkid Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 10:42 am

Hmm, I’ll have to come back with my own nickname and proper name list, but I did want to add on to Charlotte Vera’s Jenny list. We named our daughter Genevieve and are leaning towards calling her Genny for short, rather than the Evie we had decided on before her birth. Evie’s just become way too popular!

Abby Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 11:18 am

Oooh … fun game!

How ’bout Addie? I think she’s the next Maddie, with Addison, Adisyn, Adeline, Adalyn and Adelaide as the obvious choices. But there’s also:

Adalie/Adalia
Adair
Adabel/Addabel/Adabella
Adrienne/Adriana/Adria (that last is a place name in Italy)
Ariadne
Aidan
Adina
Andrea (a stretch, maybe)

And for boys, there’s Leo:

Leonard
Leon
Leonidas
Leonardo
Leopold (love Leopold!)
Leander/Leandro
Orlando (a stretch)
Lennon/Lennox
Lionel
Lorenzo
Lee Oliver/Leif Oliver – and L.O. initial, as long as your last name doesn’t also start with L!
Leopard (but really, I wouldn’t)

knp Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 11:48 am

Any ideas for Lex? (boy)?? I can only think of:
Lexington
Alexander

Annabelle Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I grew up being called Annie, but my given name is Annicka. My grandfather thought my parents were going to call me Nicki.

names 4 Real Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Ally/Ali/Allie

Allison
Alla
Alexandra
Alexandria
Alyssa
Alicia
Aliza
Alice
Allegra
Alix/Alex
Alexa
Alexia
Elizabeth (a stretch, but does contain Ali)
Adelaide (ditto)
Amelie
Amelia
Ariel
Natalie
Coralie
Adalie
Rosalie
Allifair

names 4 Real Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Forgot Aaliyah, nn Ally.

c0r Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

How about Tess? Love the name, don’t love Teresa.

susan Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Lola

Anatola
Caroline
Delores
Finola
Heloise
Lourdes
Mallory
Neeola
Olga
Paloma
Viola

Roy
Arroyo
Conroy
Delroy – Del is a fun nickname, too!
Elroy
Fitzroy – so cool!
Royal
Troy

susan Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

KNP,
names for nn Lex:
Alexi
Felix

This blog is fun, thanks, Pam and Linda!

Elea Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Ok, I keep trying to post this but it doesn’t seem to be working 🙁

I’ve chosen the 2 most popular nickname-names in England and Wales, Alfie and Evie.

Alfie:

Alfred
Alfredo
Alphonso
Alphons / Alfons
Alfsigr
Falco / Falko
Faolan
Farrell
Farley
Finlay
Flanagan
Flannan
Flavian
Florian
Franklin
Hanford
Landolf
Lanford
Olaf
Parsifal
Percival
Rafael / Raphael
Raffaelo
Ralph / Ralf
Randolf
Randulf
Ranulph
Thoralf
Toralf
Walfried
Wolfgang
Wolfhart
Wolfram
Wulfram

Elea Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

*Halford not Hanford

Elea Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Evie: (part 1)

Aoife
Avelina
Avery
Beverley
Caoimhe
Davina
Devika
Devorah
Elisheva
Elva
Elvia
Elvina
Elvira
Efa
Eva
Eve
Evadne
Evalina
Evaline
Evana
Evangelina
Evangeline
Evelia
Evelyn
Evita
Evike
Evonne /Yvonne

Elea Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Evie: (part 2)

Flavienne
Genevieve
Genoveva
Gervaise
Ginevra
Heaven
Hedvig
Ivette/Yvette
Laverna
Maeva
Maeve
Minerva
Morven
Neva
Niamh
Novalee
Olive
Rovena
Severina
Svea
Sylvia

Linelei Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I did Tess and Abby.

Tess usually comes from Teresa. I think names that end in ‘tice’ work for Tess.

Tessa
Tessia
Tressa
Contessa (love it!)
Celestina
Desdemona
Justice
Sestina
Solstice

I LOVE Abby, but not too fond of Abigail. Here are other options.

Abelia
Abeline
Abbey (as in the place where monks live)
Abijah
Cabella
Fabiana
Fabricia
Gabija
Gabrielle/Gabriella
Habiba
Mabella/Mabelle
Rabia
Sabela
Sabina
Tabitha/Tabita/Tabea (Abby is much better than Tabby)
Zabel

Elea Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Evie (part 3):

Valena
Valentina
Valerie
Valeska
Vanessa
Verena
Veronica
Veronique
Vincenza
Viola
Violetta
Violette
Vivienne

(my computer officially hates me I think!)

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Wow, these are all GREAT! What a bonanza for Evie! You are all so brilliant on the message boards and I’m so thrilled to see you shining your lights out front like this. Keep them coming — I’m really enjoying this!

http://legitbabenames.wordpress.com/ Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Nickname: Lily
Usual form: Lillian/Liliana
More unusual forms:

Arolilja
Lilaia
Lilias
Lilika
Lilivere
Julilla

vikki Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Adding to Annie
Ankita
Anora

MollyK Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Another for Annie:
Ariane
Arianna

christy Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Lilith
Lolita (a stretch)
Lilabet
Lilac

Just some more “lily” names.

Amos Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Ellie/Ella/Elle

Normally: Eleanor, Ellen, Elizabeth

Adele
Delia
Amelia
Annabel
Isabella
Gabriella
Belinda
Anneliese
Ariel
Chelsea
Danielle
Elaine
Mirabel
Eloise
Evelyn
Penelope
Felicity
Giselle
Hazel
Jocelyn
Delilah
Kelly
Lorelei
Elodie
Mabel
Melanie
Pamela
Ophelia
Angelica
Rachel
Shelby
Zelda

Pretty much any name with ‘el’ in it… 🙂

justthinkin Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Awesome idea! One imparticularly I can think of is Ellie/Ella for Aurelia, so pretty!

Rosy Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I’ll do Mimi 🙂

Miriam
Miranda
Milena
Naomi
Noemi
Amelia
Emilia
Emily
Amelie
Marie
Maria
Marina
Mariana
Marianne
Jemima
Mimosa
Melanie
Marlene

itsreelygreat Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I absolutely love Remy for a boy. I know it can be used as a given name, but it seems very nickname-y to me. Some of these are a little extreme, but this is fun!

REMY:
Rembrandt
Remment
Remington
Remon
Remus
Ephrem
Zephirem
Yurem
Jeremy
Jeremiah
Adoremus
Prem
Remigio
Remigius
Wiremu
Tremain

lilli23 Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

I’ll do the uber-popular Ellie

Eleanor
Eliza
Elycia
Elaine
Elliot
Elanor
Elba
Elea
Elva
Elda
Elberta
Eleanora
Elise
Elea/Elia
Ellen
Elena
Ellery
Elsa
Elexia/Elexis
Elysa
Elspeth
Elletra
Ellectra
Elodie
Ellis
Elin
Ellison
Elisia

Annabel/Mirabel/Amabel/etc.
Liesel
Adelle/Adel
Estelle
Arielle
Chantel/Chanel
Christelle
Kristelle
Hazel
Carmel
Sibyl
Gabrielle/Isabelle/Danielle
Raquel
Rachel
Noelle
Ciel
Isabella/Isobel
Mariel/Muriel
Meryl

That was fun 🙂

olivegreen Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Milly

Matilda
Amelia
Emilia
Esmeralda
Camilla
Milena
Millicent
Melinda
Marilla
Milagros
Melanie
Mallory
Melita

Chelle Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Adding to the Elle/Ellie/Ella lists, my own name Michelle 🙂

Alison Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Any ideas for Penny? Besides Penelope.

Holly Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Abe- Absalom
Andy-Andromache or Andromeda
Jo/Joey- Jochebed
Ellie- Noelle
Mosie- Amos

Holly Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

I forgot
Ken/Kenny- Mackensie and etc., Mackenna and etc.

spicedchai Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Question about Evie: does the pronunciation change depending on which name is its route, i.e. “ee-vee” for Eve, etc. and “eh-vee” for Evelyn, etc.? Or is it always “ee-vee”?

M. Patricia Says:

January 19th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Elle/Ella/Ellie – Helen, Helena
Maggie – Magritte (as in the artist)
Rosie – Hero

And my favorite:
Annie – Frances!

I was almost a Frances myself, so I’ve given it some thought. Annie sounds much nicer to me than Fanny (as in Mansfield Park, but my mind goes to “fanny pack”) or Fran (as in “the nanny named Fran”).

Kem Says:

January 20th, 2010 at 12:30 am

Some more for Milly

Romilly (I’ve been loving this name ever since it was nameberry’s name of the day not too long ago)
Milla
Malia
Milan
Milligan
Temilly

abbey Says:

January 20th, 2010 at 4:13 am

Wow, well done everybody!

I would LOVE to see a list for ‘Kit’, one of my very favourite nicknames for boys.

Joan Says:

January 20th, 2010 at 11:01 am

I wanted to add to the “Abby” and “Evie” lists–I don’t think these have been suggested yet.

Abby:
Annabel
(I have a friend named Annabel who goes by Abby)

Evie:
Geneva

Pamela Satran Says:

January 20th, 2010 at 11:31 am

Thank you, everyone! This is definitely a resounding success! We’ll be coming up with more topics in the coming weeks — feel free to suggest some.

Plus, I have a name to add —

Abby — Abitha

http://legitbabenames.wordpress.com/ Says:

January 20th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Remy can also be a short form for Remigius or Remigio.

I have some more to add, which I added yesterday, but for whatever reason, never appeared.

Poppy is currently very common in the UK, so here are some fuller versions I had listed on my blog:

Parthenope
Penelope
Perpetua
Persephone
Philippa
Philippine
Pomeline
Pomponia
Poppaea

names 4 Real Says:

January 21st, 2010 at 10:59 am

Alabama, nn Allie

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

January 21st, 2010 at 11:05 am

Thank you everyone — these are so fabulous. A couple of things occur to me. The positive side of naming your baby like this is that you get to have it both ways — have a popular, easy-to-like nickname like Milly, for instance, with an unusual distinctive proper name like Romilly. But the downside is that some of the best nicknames, from Milly to Annie to Alex, have SO many ways to get to them that you end up hearing them a LOT more than you think you’re going to.

Plus, while it’s possible to add up name spellings and variations to get a name’s “true popularity,” a la last week’s blog, there’s no statistical way to figure out how many Annes, Annas, Annabelles, Anastasias et al will end up being called Annie.

Madi Says:

January 21st, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Janie, or (Jane)
from Jane, Janet, Janice
January, Jana, Janyn, Janeiro (Though maybe too boyish), (and it’s cousins), Janelle, and now I’m running out of ideas. I just love the idea as Jane for January. 🙂

disa_lan Says:

January 22nd, 2010 at 12:31 am

I love this! We are actually looking for a name that can achieve the nn Ollie, for a girl or boy besides the obvious.
Allie is another nn we love and I’m pleasantly surprised to see it above as a nn for Natalie/Natalia 🙂
There are such clever minds here.

Jill Says:

January 23rd, 2010 at 12:48 am

What about Lissy?

Lissy

Usual Source: Alissa

Alice
Bliss
Clarissa
Calista
Felicity
Larissa

Another nickname someone may have fun doing is Emmy. 🙂

Anna Says:

January 23rd, 2010 at 3:46 am

Lily (adding to)
Lila
Delilah

Kate:
Katherine
Katelyn
Katrina
Kateri

Zac:
Issac
Zachary
Zachariah
Zakari
Zakkai
Zaccheus
Zachriel
Zachaios

Flowerchic Says:

January 23rd, 2010 at 10:48 am

This is exactly the sort of thing Ive been thinking about, but Ive been so caught up with reading the older blogs I totally missed this one until now. I would love some ideas on Emma. I love it, but it’s so popular right now as a given name that I think it would make a cute nickname.

Juliadear Says:

January 23rd, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I love this list! Can anyone help getting to:
“Tillie” without using “Matilda”
or
“Pippa” without using “Phillipa”
or
“Min(n)a” without using “Wilhelmina” ?

Anna Says:

January 23rd, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Kate continued:
Katalina
Katia/Katya
Ekaterina
Katerina
Katherina
Aikaterine
Cateline
Kathleen
Kathy
Katalin
Katarin
Katenka
(some of this were found on behindthename.com)

Mina- Minerva.

Amber Says:

January 24th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I don’t think anyone’s done Maddie/Maddy yet so I’ll give it a try!
Obvious: Madeline and her variations, and Madison
Try instead:
Matilda
Matea
Madelena
Madella/Madelle
Madonna
Magda/Magdalene
Madina/Madena
Madira
Maude

Also wanted to do GiGi
Georgia
Georgina
Georgette
Grace/Gracie
Gabrielle
Gabriella
Gretchen
Gretta
Genevieve
Giselle
Ginger
Giovanna
Giada
Gianna
Gloria
Gillian
Gina
Guiliana
Jeanine
Regina
Angela
Angelique/Angelica
Angelina
Gwyneth
Gwen
Guinevere
Geraldine
Virginia
Margaret
Marguerite

jill Says:

January 24th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Juliadear: Tillie could be a nickname for Ottilie, Pippa could work for Piper, and Mina could work for:

Araminta
Jessamine
Yasmine (although I think that Yasmin is the name of a birth control…)
Philomena

Alison, for Penny, there’s Aspen, Penina, or if you’re a fan of boys’ names on girls, Spencer.

Take care!

m25111 Says:

January 26th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

So I love the nn Libby, but am not as creative as you all….

Any ideas other than Elizabeth?

Loren Says:

January 26th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Tillie/Tilly:
Clothilde/Clotilda, Chantilly (a town in Va.), Natalie/Natalia (a much better nn than “Nattie” but not as direct a derivation as “Tally”), Mathilde, Scintilla (often the example name in Latin textbooks), Talullah, Talisa, Thelma, Tehila.

Pippa:
Phyllis/Phyllida, Penelope, Phoebe, Persephone, Panphila, Perpetua, Josephine, Philiberta

Jill Says:

January 26th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

To the Libby poster: I think you may have just posted on Nameberry, but if this is someone different, possible sources of Libby could be Liberty or even using LB initials (such as Lydia Blythe) and calling her Libby. 🙂

Good luck!

disa_lan Says:

January 27th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I love the nicknames Ollie and Allie and thought I’d share my lists. Violet and Olivia are my favorites for “Ollie”.

Names for “Ollie”

Carol
Carole
Caroline
Carolyn
Colleen
Colette
Colliope
Collin
Dolce
Dolores
Finola
Gwendolyn
Holiday
Holland
Hollis
Hollyn
Iola
Iolani
Lola
Magnolia
Marigold
Marisol
Neroli
Nicole
Nicola
Nicolette
Nola
Ola
Olea
Olivia
Olwen
Olympia
Soleil
Violet
Viola
Yolanda
Zola

Names for “Allie”

Adalie
Adaline
Alaine
Alana
Alanis
Alanna
Alba
Alea
Alex
Alexandra
Alexandria
Alexa
Alexis
Alice
Alia
Alina
Alisa
Alison
Allison
Alita
Alix
Allora
Almira
Alyssa
Amala
Aralia
Azalea
Annalise
Balinda
Callista
Eulalie
Galena
Galina
Hallelujah
Kimball
Kendall
Laralyn
Lauralyn
Loralee
Loralei
Loralie
Natalie
Natalia
Opal
Paloma
Rosalie
Rosalind
Talia
Taliah
Thalia
Valerie
Yalena
Zale

Pamela Satran Says:

January 27th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Brilliant!

disa_lan Says:

January 27th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I love the names/nicknames Ollie and Allie. Here are my lists for both. Violet and Olivia are my favorite names for Ollie.

Names for “Ollie”

Carol
Carole
Caroline
Carolyn
Colleen
Colette
Collin
Dolce
Dolores
Finola
Gwendolin
Gwendolyn
Holiday
Holland
Hollis
Hollyn
Iola
Iolani
Lola
Magnolia
Marigold
Marisol
Neroli
Nicole
Nicola
Nicolette
Nola
Ola
Olea
Olivia
Olwen
Olympia
Soleil
Violet
Viola
Yolanda
Zola

Names for “Allie”

Adalie
Adaline
Alaine
Alana
Alanis
Alanna
Alba
Alea
Alex
Alexandra
Alexandria
Alexa
Alexis
Alice
Alia
Alina
Alisa
Alison
Alita
Alix
Allora
Almira
Alyssa
Amala
Aralia
Azalea
Annalise
Balinda
Callista
Eulalie
Galena
Galina
Hallelujah
Kimball
Kendall
Laralyn
Lauralyn
Loralee
Loralei
Loralie
Natalie
Natalia
Opal
Paloma
Rosalie
Rosalind
Talia
Taliah
Thalia
Valerie
Yalena
Zale

disa_lan Says:

January 27th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Ooops. I didn’t see my original post and so I posted again, sorry :/

UNDISCOVERED BABY NAMES: What New Names Have You Heard Lately? – Baby Name Blog – Nameberry Says:

January 29th, 2010 at 12:56 am

[…] Our first crowd-sourced blog, on original names that lead to popular nicknames, was such a hit that we’ve decided to give it another go.  Our new topic: Undiscovered baby names — undiscovered by you, that is, at least until recently. […]

Hezz Says:

January 29th, 2010 at 1:26 am

Just wanted to add to “Ellie/Ella”:

Adelaide

I noticed Adele was included in the list, but Adelaide wasn’t.

We have an Adelaide and didn’t like “Addy”, so we had originally planned on trying to call her Ellie or Ella, but neither really caught on. She almost 3 and we still just call her by her full name though I’m fully aware other people and/or Adelaide herself might end up shortening her name in the future.

Ami Says:

February 11th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I know someone named Amris. I’ve never heard it before I met her.

jessesgirl Says:

February 28th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Just adding to the Ellie/Ella/Elle list Elliana/Eliana pron.
El ee awn uh sorry if it’s on here already. I didn’t see it if it was!

workingmomto4girls Says:

March 31st, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Essly

Veronica Says:

October 6th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

My name is Veronica and I love it. I really hate all nicknames that people have tried, besides Vero, which I have been called in Spanish – and love. In English it doesn’t have the same ring.
Why not just name your kid what you are going to call them? The names you are picking just to get to a nickname are beautiful.

Brynn Says:

November 1st, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Kit! What are good full names for Kit? Please! : )

Carolyn Says:

November 21st, 2010 at 11:43 am

To get to Annie:

Andrea

To get to Elle:

Elka

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