But what if you use a trendy nickname for a much more unusual proper name? To some people, this may represent the worst of all worlds: Your child is known by a name shared with many others, while the “secret” proper name adds only confusion and no public distinction.
But there’s another way to look at it. You get to use an unusual proper name that you adore or that’s been passed down through your family or simply because you believe in unique names.
And then you soften whatever can be difficult about having an uncommon name — no one knows how to spell or pronounce it, other kids think it’s weird while your kid feels out of step with her contemporaries — by calling your child by a name that’s much more easily accepted and liked.
Or maybe approach it from the other direction and use a trendy short form that you love or your partner loves or that’s a family name, but you want to make it stand out from the six other Wills in the family by pairing it with a distinctive long form.
Plus, this method gives your child a choice. He or she can use either name at any time for any purpose, for a few moments or forever.
Maybe best of all, you get two very different names in one.