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.

  • Seb

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    This name, more recognized as a short form of Sebastian, is perfectly usable a cool full name, and, in fact, ranks on the UK popularity list. Seb is getting lot of attention as the nickname name... Read More 

  • Sully

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    A jaunty offshoot of Sullivan, Sully will be associated by kids with the beloved character in the Pixar animated film Monsters, Inc. Some notable real-life namesakes are French poet and... Read More 

  • Theo

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    Many modern parents use Theo as the short form for Theodore rather than the dated Ted--including some celebs, such as Dallas Bryce Howard-- but others bypass the Grandpa name Theodore entirely and... Read More 

  • Tru

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    The nickname of writer Capote can also be seen as a shortened spelling of the virtuous TRUE.Read More 

  • Ty

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    As Tyler has begun to recede, a number of parents, including the Wayne Gretzkys, have cut straight to the livelier short form.

    One thing that may be holding the name back is the tarnished... Read More 

  • Van

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    Whether it's used as a short form or on its own, this jazzy midcentury name is poised for a comeback along with brothers Ray and Walt.

    More often heard as a surname prefix (e.g. Vincent... Read More 

  • Vin

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    Minimalist nickname via XXX star Diesel (born Mark Vincent). Read More 

  • Wally

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    A Leave It to Beaver/old comic-strip name, vacationing for years with the Griswolds in WallyWorld, but now back as WALL-E? Read More 

  • Walt

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    A straightforward, down-to-earth nickname many Walters, from Whitman to Disney, have chosen to go by. Read More 

  • Will

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    Will has definitely replaced Bill, not only as a nickname for William but as a stand-alone name as well, partly thanks to England's Prince William, also known as Wills.

    Will has a nice... Read More 

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