Vintage Nicknames for Boys

There's a group of nicknames for boys that were used in distant past and might be worth a fresh look. Some of these vintage nicknames for boys are still heard occasionally: Augie or Cy, for instance. Other vintage nicknames are so antiquated they are not heard at all, such as Con and Fate. And then there are those nicknames you might not want to use for a modern boy: We can't see Ham going over so well on the playground. But if you're tired of the same old Jacks and Sams, you might want to consider these vintage boy nicknames. You may also want to consult the larger list of Nicknames for Boys.

  • Augie


    Augie is an adorable and, at this point, fresher sounding short form than Gus of the rising August and all its variations, from Augustine to Augustus. The Adventures of Augie March is a... Read More 

  • Bat


    Bartholomew is one vintage name with Biblical antecedents that hasn't risen again in the modern world, perhaps because short form Bart, as in Simpson, would be too difficult for a contemporary boy... Read More 

  • Baz


    As Bas, it's a popular name in The Netherlands, but Baz, as in director Luhrmann, has potential for independent life too.

    Curiously, Australian-born Moulin Rouge director Luhrmann was... Read More 

  • Bige


    The Biblical Abijah might be temporarily lost to time, but this antiquated short form could move with it into the modern era.Read More 

  • Bram


    Bram has an unusual measure of character and charm for a one-syllable name; it started as a hipper-than-Abe diminutive of the biblical Abraham, but is also an independent Irish and Dutch name,... Read More 

  • Cager


    Sounds a bit like a nickname in a Dickens novel, but this short form was used in New England a few centuries ago, back when names like Micajah were popular. Both short and long forms are now ripe... Read More 

  • Cal


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

  • Chan


    Whether it's an Asian surname-name or short for Channing, has a sound and feel that's both simple and stand-out.Read More 

  • Chas


  • Clem


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

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