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.

  • Nate

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    Very much in style, especially after its starring role in Six Feet UnderRead More 

  • Ned

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    Ned is a gently old-fashioned Nancy Drew-Bobbsey Twins-era short form for Edward that sounds cooler than Ed and is enjoying a small style renaissance.

    Usage of Ned in literature goes... Read More 

  • Nico

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    Nico is one of the great nickname names, full of charm, energy and sex appeal -- a neo Nick. It's been in the Top 500 for three years now, and looks poised to go even higher.

    Nico is... Read More 

  • Oz

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    This may be a legitimate Hebrew name denoting power, but to any American kid, it will evoke ruby slippers and a yellow brick road. The full Hebrew name is Ozni, who was a grandson of Jacob in the... Read More 

  • Ozzie

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    Ozzie might still be a bit Ozzie & Harriet, but it's a cut short form for Osmond, Oswald, Ozias, or even Oz.Read More 

  • Paddy

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    Because it's a generic (and often derogatory) term for an Irishman, Paddy fell out of use as a diminutive or given name, though actress Mare Winningham used it not long ago. Read More 

  • Rafe

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    Used almost exclusively in England; would make an equally amiable short form here for Raphael or Rafferty -- and could also stand on its own. Read More 

  • Ray

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    Ray, still and forever, is one of the all-time hippest names, with its jazzy Ray Charles biopic overtones. It makes a cool middle name (as Rae does for girls), but works perfectly fine as a first.... Read More 

  • Sam

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    Sam has long been used on its own for boys, as accepted standing by itself as it is as a short form of Samuel. Straightforward and down-to-earth, Sam is the name of the son of the co-stars of The... Read More 

  • Sasha

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    The energetic Russian nickname name Sasha is being used increasingly on its own, though since the prominence of the First Daughter, more than 90% of the American babies named Sasha are girls.... Read More 

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