Nicknames for Boys

Suddenly, nicknames for boys are cool again. Not the cutesy Jerrys and Larrys, Randys and Andys of the '60s and '70s, but rather older, funkier diminutives with a Victorian pedigree. Among the nickname names that you can consider putting directly on the birth certificate are the following. Also check out our list of crazy nicknames for boys.

  • Billy

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    Cute kid with freckles, bouncing a Spalding ball. Cool couple Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton put the name Billy Burton on their son's birth certificate. Read More 

  • Cal

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    A homey sitting-by-the fire-type nickname name. Read More 

  • Charlie

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    Charlie is one of the friendliest names on the planet, and Good-time Charlie is back. More and more parents (of babies of both genders) these days are opting to put the friendly, genial Charlie... Read More 

  • Chaz

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    The jazziest nickname for Charles. Read More 

  • Clem

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    Laid-back and humble, with a distinctive down-home charm. Read More 

  • Dash

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    Dash is a nickname that can stand on its own and sounds, well, dashing. Connected these days with Kardashian enterprises.

    Dash can stand on its own—as is evidenced by its entry into the... Read More 

  • Dex

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    Dex, the nickname for Dexter that is sometimes used on its own, has lots of energy and sex appeal. It was chosen by comedian Dana Carvey for his now grown son. With the growing popularity of... Read More 

  • Dezi

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    A Desi variation that moves the name away from Lucy -- though it's just as dizzy. TV star Jaime Pressly used it for her son.Read More 

  • Freddie

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    Just the kind of casual, flippant nickname that upscale Brits are putting on their sons' birth certificates, but few U.S. parents are.Read More 

  • Georgie

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    A warm and cuddly nickname name. Though your son might well prefer to have the formal form on his college application.Read More 

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