How To Update Old Nickname Names

August 20, 2010 Linda Rosenkrantz

In 1963, there were 23,900 baby girls named Lori, the same year that there were 21,191 little Tammys and 11,000 Cindys, not to mention all the Mindys, Mandys, Marcys, and Marnies with the then modern-sounding nicknamey, quasi-unisex, names popular from the mid-fifties and into the next couple of decades.

So is it any wonder that so many of today’s parents have moms and sometimes grandmothers with these vintage nickname names?

But as much as we love those family members, and would like to make them namesakes, would we really want to name our own little girls Mindy or Cindy?  Probably would be  better to seek a related substitute that would still serve to honor them.

Here are a few random update ideas, some that relate fairly directly to the mother name, others that are a bit more of a stretch.

                 More obvious: Candace

                 Less obvious: Candida (and yes, we do know its downside) or Dulcie (means sweet)

                More obvious: Caroline

                 Less obvious: Carys

                 More obvious: Lucinda

                 Less obvious: Signy/Signe

                 More obvious: Daria

                 Less obvious: Dorothy

                 More obvious: Jamison

                 Less obvious: Jamaica or Jane

                 More obvious: Josie

                 Less obvious: Josephine

                 More obvious: Jolie

                 Less obvious: Joanna

                 More obvious: Keira

                 Less obvious: Kerensa

                 More obvious: Laurel or Laura

                 Less obvious: Lorelei

                 More obvious: Amanda

                 Less obvious: Manon

                 More obvious: Marcella

                 Less obvious: Maribel

                More obvious: Marlo/Marlowe

                 Less obvious: Marin

                 More obvious: Minnie

                 Less obvious: Minta

               More obvious: Miranda

               Less obvious: Thandie

                 More obvious: Erica

                 Less obvious: Frederica

                 More obvious: Alessandra

                 Less obvious: Sandrine

                 More obvious: Sharai/Sarai

                 Less obvious: Charlotte

                 More obvious: Rochelle

                 Less obvious: Nellie

                 More obvious: Sheridan

                 Less obvious: Sinead

                 More obvious: Anastasia

                 Less obvious: Acacia

                 More obvious: Tamara

                 Less obvious: Tamar, Tamsin

                 More obvious: Teresa

                 Less obvious: Tertia

                 More obvious: Antonia

                 Less obvious: Antonella

                 More obvious: Victoria

                 Less  obvious: Vittoria

                 More obvious:  Gracie

                 Less obvious: Trixie


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