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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  • 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 

  • Newt

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    Rarely used on its own and irrevocably tied to former House Speaker Gingrich -- who was christened Newton. Read More 

  • Obed

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  • Odie

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  • Ollie

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    Down-home nickname name once associated with the friendly dragon on kids' TV. 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 

  • Riah

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    If you think there are too many Zachs around, you can use this historic nickname for Zachariah instead, though it does have a somewhat feminine feel.Read More 

  • Rollie

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  • Sandy

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    Like Red, Brownie, and Blondie -- rarely given on its own. Read More 

  • Si

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