Winnie, Minnie, Millie, Tillie: Sweet and sassy vintage nickname names

Thank you, Jimmy Fallon, for naming your new daughter Winnie Rose, 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.


This sweet old diminutive of Lavinia became the common neighborhood nickname for the male Vincent in the United States, but in the UK it’s still very much used for girls, ranking at Number 230. Lavinia/Vinnie was heard in such vintage classics as Life With Father. And now the breaking announcement of Jimmy Fallon's choice of Winnie Rose for his new baby daughter instantly ups its cool factor.

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