Thank you, JimmyFallon, for naming your new daughter WinnieRose, and proving our point— which is that we’re into a whole new era of nickname names. These are worlds away from midcentury short forms like Cindy and Mindy and Marci and Lori, but go further back in time to faded Victorian favorites. It’s a trend that started in the UK, where 10% of the current Top 100 girls’ names fit this description, and several of the boys— Alfie, Archie, Freddie, Ollie—rank high as well. Here are some of the vintage girls’ nickname names, with their uniquely charming combo of sentiment and sass, which illustrate the trend.
One of the most widely accepted of these nickname names, Josie has been standing in for mother name Josephine since at least the 1880’s and is now more popular than it’s been since 1910. The animated Josie and the Pussycats gave her a seventies vibe.