Vintage Nicknames: Boys’ Edition

Last week we blogged about vintage nicknames for girls; now it’s boy time.

Nicknames are tres chic these days, which is why it makes sense to search for new old sources for fresh examples.  Here, choices from a long list of vintage nicknames from 18th and 19th century America from the Connecticut State Library.

Not only are some of the proper names used in Colonial and Victorian times now rarely heard, but the nicknames may be antiquated too.

I’ve left off the predictable choices like Rob for Robert or Jack for John  What’s here are  either surprising combinations or short forms for still-used names that are in danger of becoming obscure.

Here, some vintage nicknames that will distinguish you from the Jakes, Charlies and Wills currently heard in every pediatrician’s office.

NICKNAME / Proper Names

AUGIE / August

BAT / Bartholomew

BIGE / Abijah

CAGER / Micajah

CHAN / Chauncey

CON / Cornelius

CUDDY / Cuthbert

CY / Cyrus (okay, this one isn’t so weird, I just really like it)

DIRCH / Derrick

DOB, DOBBIN / Robert

EBEN / Ebenezer

FANNY / Nathaniel (don’t you dare)

FATE, FAYETTE / Lafayette

FINNEY / Phineas

HAL / Harold, Henry (another favorite)

HAM / Hamilton

HANK / Henry

HY / Hiram

IKE / Isaac

KIAH / Hezekiah

KIT / Christopher

LIG, LIGE, LIJE / Elijah

MAL / Malachi, Malcolm

NED / Edward, Edwin

OBED / Obediah

OLLIE / Oliver

PADDY / Patrick

RIAH or RYE/ Zachariah

SANDY / Alexander

SI / Josiah, Cyrus

TAD / Thaddeus

TIAH / Azariah

THEO / Theophilus

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disa_lan Says:

February 18th, 2010 at 4:18 am

I would love to see a million more blogs about nicknames, especially those from the past or not very commonly heard of. I love Dob/Dobbin for Robert (my grandpas name).
“FANNY / Nathaniel (don’t you dare)” LOL!
Any idea who the boy in the picture is? He looks EXACTLY like my nephew, who is only two years old. I’m serious EXACTLY!

Stacy Says:

February 18th, 2010 at 7:26 am

Ahhh, Ned is the only nickname I like for Edward, and also happens to be what my great-grandfather was called (although it was his initials.)

CarenJean Says:

February 18th, 2010 at 10:08 am

I love this blog. I especially like Kit for Christopher and Augie for August. My nephew is named Elijah and we call him Lige or Elige all the time. It’s very cute.

Molly Says:

February 18th, 2010 at 10:17 am

we’re finding out the gender of our baby today, and if it is a boy, I am hoping to name him Henry/Hank! I think it is so classic/cool.

olivegreen Says:

February 18th, 2010 at 10:34 am

Wow, there’s a Micajah in my family tree, and I always assumed it was an early “invented” name. I had no idea it was a legitimate baby name! Thanks for enlightening me 🙂 Definitely changes my perspective on its possibilities.

pippa Says:

February 18th, 2010 at 11:00 am

LOVE this. My husband is the 3rd Chauncey in his family…we call him Chaunce, but previous Chauncey’s were known as Chan or Chat. So happy to see this name included here! It’s a rarity in the modern world to be sure…

JNE Says:

February 18th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I like several of these… Augie, Cy, Hal, Ike, Theo (for Theodore, though), and of course Ollie (which is what we call our son, Oliver)! Our dog, Hamlet, is Ham or Hammy, but I spotted Ham on a boy on the show Yo Gabba Gabba – it took me aback at first, but only because it’s my dog (and a deli meat).

Andre Says:

February 18th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I like the name Lafayette, you rarely hear about it these days.

Leanna Says:

February 18th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I’ve always been a fan of Jonty for John, which I’ve heard more since moving to the UK, but seems to be less common among younger folk, although maybe not quite 18th/19th century.

Leanna Says:

February 18th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

That probably should be Jonty for Jonathan

Mollie Says:

February 18th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

We are reading A Separate Peace for school, and one of the main characters is Phineas nn Finny! I now love that name.

Madeleine Says:

February 18th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Also, Joss for Joshua is pretty cool.

Neat list.

rosypoesy Says:

February 18th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Lafayette is a family name on my mother’s side of the family. They all went by Lafe!

LittlePatch8 Says:

October 5th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Favourite nicknames (of the above listed) are Ollie, Paddy, & Con. I also really like Alfie. 🙂

LittlePatch8 Says:

October 5th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Oh yeah, and Fionn / Finn.

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