Vintage Nicknames for Boys

Vintage nicknames that were once widely used for boys and might be revived by modern parents include those on the following list. 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.

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  • Dell

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  • Doss

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    Diehard World War II buffs may be interested in this name as a reference to American combat medic Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to be awarded the metal of honor. But it carries a... Read More 

  • Eben

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    Though most parents would shy away from Ebenezer, short form Eben is affable and creative and perfectly able to stand alone; nothing Scroogish about it. This also makes a fresh new spin on the... Read More 

  • Elzie

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  • Fate

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    Seems destined to be the preferred short form of this old French name, with its brief, modern, word name feel.Read More 

  • Fritz

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    Since female cousins Mitzi and Fritzi have entered the realm of possibilities, there's a chance that Cousin Fritz could as well. Fritz is the name of several notables, from early German-born... Read More 

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  • Hal

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    Could Hal be the Jack, Max, or Gus of the future? It just might happen in the new nickname environment. Hank Azaria put it on his son's birth certificate.

    Hal is a venerable nickname... Read More 

  • Ham

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    Along with Shem and Japheth, a son of Noah with a name that's almost never used -- for more obvious reasons than those of his brothers. Read More 

  • Hank

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    Hank is a midcentury guy nickname (which actually dates back to the seventeenth century) of the Al/Hal/Dick school, which has been on recess from the playground for decades. Now it's just... Read More 

  • Hy

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