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.
Millie’s another vintage cutie that could become thoroughly modern, even if one of its original primary parents—Mildred—probably won’t. Also used for Millicent and Camilla, she appears on the US list (#717) as Millie, in the UK (#231) as Milly, the spelling used by HenryJames in Wings of the Dove.