Category: nicknames for boys

New Routes to Popular Nicknames

creative baby names

by Pamela Redmond

I was browsing the name Theodosia a little while ago — you know, the way some people browse bookstores or designer clothes — and I thought, There’s an interesting route to Thea!

At first thought, finding an unusual formal name that gets you to a popular nickname might seem to give you the worst of all worlds. The unusual, distinctive name you worked so hard to find is hidden away on the official documents, while the world knows your child by a nickname — Ellie or Addie or Max — that lots of other kids share.

But you can look at it another way that makes a lot more sense. You get to give your baby a truly unique name without having to worry that it’s too difficult to spell or pronounce or understand because it has an eminently user-friendly nickname. And if at any point you or your child wants to be Theodosia instead of Thea, it’s waiting right there.

What are some unusual routes to popular nicknames that you can think of? Treat us to your cleverest choices.

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nicknames

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Did you know that Nameberry’s own Popular Names List ranks 2000 baby names of each gender rather than the official US 1000?

That gives you a lot of ideas for unique names that often lie beneath the surface and out of sight. Surveying the baby names in the 1000-2000 group, we noticed that there was a sizeable contingent of nickname-names — short forms that have grown up to become full names standing on their own.

Can you really put Ani or Art, Zelie or Zack on the birth certificate? Of course you can, and it might make more sense to go with the name you actually plan to use rather than taking on a long form you don’t even like. Though of course, you also might want to start with an appealing nickname and work from there toward a long form you find equally attractive.

Here, a contingent of unique and adventurous nickname-names we found swimming beneath Nameberry’s Top 1000.

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More Neglected Nicknames for Boys

By Linda Rosenkrantz

We finally get to the fourth and final entry in our vanished nickname series. This time it’s boys’ nns that have never appeared in the Top 1000. And once again, some can be used as short forms for names still in use—or not– while others are able to stand on their own.

Alvy—This was the logical nickname for the one-time Top 100 but now faded Alvin. Alvy Singer was the name Woody Allen gave himself in the iconic Annie Hall.

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Comeback Kid Nicknames for Boys

vintage boys' names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Here is Part 2 of our search for fresh vintage nickname names, and this time we’re looking at boys’ names that at one time registered on the Top 1000 list.

Bear in mind, though, that, because of the growth of the overall population we can sometimes be dealing with a vastly different number set between then and now. For example, when Ned peaked in 1907 at Number 291, that figure represented a mere 54 boys, whereas Number 291 in 2014 (Hector) was given to 1,209 boys.

Some of these names have long been completely off the radar, while others will be somewhat more familiar.

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name teasing

Pam Spam: That was a rare one, easy to ignore.

But Pammy, said in a whine-y, wheedle-y voice, was more hurtful.  To this day, if someone wants to get under my skin (I’m looking at you, Cousin Michael), they call me Pammy.

Were you ever teased about your name?  In what way?  How hurtful was it — did it verge on bullying, or was it more affectionate, even a sign of popularity?

And what about your children’s names?  Did you look for a name that was tease-proof, or at least one that would not lend itself to teasing?

Has your child gotten teased about his or her name?  Do you find people more tolerant and less prone to name-teasing today than they were when you were growing up?

Please tell us your experiences around names and teasing — either about your own name or the names of your children and loved ones.

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