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Crazy Nicknames for Girls

Crazy Nicknames for Girls
Crazy nicknames for girls are not often given as first names. A select few, such as Lulu and Ziggy, could stand on the birth certificate, but for the most part, nicknames like Dodo, Pegeen, and Totty are a thing of the past.

Along with Dodo and Totty, some of the craziest nicknames for girls include Babe, Boo, Elf, Leafy, Sugar, Tiny, and Zippy. Crazy nicknames are often used for characters in TV shows or movies, such as Muffy, Maeby, Peppa, and Gidget.

Celebrities such as Busy Philipps, Beanie Feldstein, and Fergie have proven that crazy nicknames are wearable — if you have the right personality. Below, our collection of the wackiest nicknames used for girls, past and present.
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KikiHeart

  • Origin:

    French nickname and Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "double happiness"
  • Description:

    Kiki is one of the Coco-Gigi-Fifi-Lulu bohemian-type French nickname names from the turn of the last century, which have endless energy and sparkle. Artist Kiki Smith is its most well-known contemporary representative, and Kiki was the inspiring heroine of Zadie Smith's On Beauty. Kiki can be a nickname for any name beginning with the K sound, from Katherine to Christina to Kayla.

CocoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and French pet name
  • Description:

    Coco came to prominence as the nickname of the legendary French designer Chanel (born Gabrielle) and has lately become a starbaby favorite, initially chosen by Courteney Cox for her daughter Coco Riley in 2004. At first it was the kind of name that the press loves to ridicule, but we predict Coco's heading for more broad acceptance and even popularity.

GigiHeart

  • Origin:

    French diminutive
  • Description:

    Like high-kicking amies Coco and Fifi, Gigi has a lot of Gallic spunk but lacks substance. Was chosen for her daughter by designer Cynthia Rowley. While some parents might fashionably use Gigi on its own, we'd recommend lengthening it on the birth certificate to something like Georgiana or Gabrielle.

HoneyHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    A term of endearment turned cute British celebrity baby name, used by actress Kate Winslet, chef Jamie Oliver, and TV presenter Fearne Cotton, among others. Honey was given to only 40 girls in the US in 2017, but it's relatively popular across the pond, where it ranks in the current Top 500 baby names for girls.

LuluHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Louise or Lucy, or Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "pearl"
  • Description:

    Lula has a firecracker personality, a singing and dancing extrovert. Interesting that Lulu was a Top 100 name when the Social Security list was born in 1880, but it's been sliding ever since and has not been in the Top 1000 for decades. Modern parents in love with Lulu might well reverse that trend.
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DixieHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin or French
  • Meaning:

    "I have spoken or tenth"
  • Description:

    A saucy showgirl, wisecracking waitress kind of name, Dixie can also be considered a place name, one that has become problematic because of its association with the antebellum South. The Dixie Chicks recently dropped Dixie from their band name because of its association with slavery and white privilege.

PixieHeart

  • Origin:

    Swedish or Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "fairy"
  • Description:

    Pixie is a cute -- quite possibly too cute -- name that suddenly feels possible thanks to the craze for names that contain the letter x. Though its origin may be uncertain, a pixie is internationally recognized as a sprite or fairy: tiny, sometimes green, usually pointy-eared.

PepperHeart

  • Origin:

    English from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "berry"
  • Description:

    Parents are beginning to scan the whole spice shelf for inspiration, picking up on Saffron, Sage, and Cinnamon -- and opening up a chance for this spiciest possibility of all; used for peppy TV characters.

GingerHeart

  • Origin:

    English diminutive
  • Description:

    Originally a unisex nickname for a redhead -- red hair is called "ginger" in Britain -- or for the name Virginia, Ginger perennially wears pink gingham and spike heels.

BunnyHeart

  • Origin:

    Nickname deriving from a variety of B names
  • Description:

    Bunny may be adorable, but is it really enough of a name for your daughter? Plus if Buffy is fluffy, what would that make Bunny? Still, Bunny as a baby name is in the spotlight since Bryan Adams named his little girl Mirabella Bunny.
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VitaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Vital and vivacious, Vita is stirring back to life along with many of her V-themed sisters -- Vivian, Vivica -- and is becoming a new celebrity baby favorite.

JinxHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Jinx, a James Bond heroine name has an ominous meaning but kinetic energy. In the film "Die Another Day," the actual first name of the character played by Halle Berry is Giacinta.

PeggyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Margaret, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "pearl"
  • Description:

    Just when we had written off Peggy as the eternal perky, pug-nosed prom-queen she projected from the 1920s into the fifties, along came Mad Men, with intriguing mid-century characters with names like Joan and Betty--and Peggy, causing a bit of a re-think. MM's proto-feminist Peggy Olson was followed by Amy Adams's strong Oscar-nominated Peggy Dodd character in The Master.

ZiggyHeart

  • Origin:

    German, diminutive of names beginning Sig/Zig
  • Meaning:

    "victory"
  • Description:

    The ultimate nicknamey name, à la Ziggy Stardust or the comic-strip character Ziggy. Then again, there's Ziggy Marley, and most anything Marley is cool. It's used for a handful girls every year in England & Wales.

FifiHeart

  • Origin:

    French, diminutive of Josephine
  • Meaning:

    "Jehovah increases"
  • Description:

    Fifi is a perfect name -- for a French poodle. But Fifi may seem more child-friendly as names like Coco and Lulu rise. Fifi in its fluffiness also balances the seriousness of such full names as Josephine or Federica.
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CricketHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name
  • Description:

    Nickname name from the era of Father Knows Best, though we can see it making something of a comeback, a la Clover and Pippa. Cricket has new potential especially since it has recently been chosen by Busy Philipps. Still, it's one of the quirkier girl names starting with C.

ZuzuHeart

  • Origin:

    Czech diminutive of Susan
  • Meaning:

    "lily"
  • Description:

    Zuzu is heard every Christmas as the name of Jimmy Stewart's little girl in "It's a Wonderful Life." Hard to think of a nickname name with more sizzle.

    "Top Chef" 's Tania Peterson named her daughter Zuzu Audrey.

MintHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name or diminutive of Araminta, English from Greek and Latin
  • Meaning:

    "mint; defender; yielding to prayer"
  • Description:

    You may be tempted to scoff at Mint as another wacky celebrity baby name — it was used by Dutch model Romee Strijd for her daughter in 2020 — but it's a far more legitimate choice than many would guess. Minty baby names for girls are having a style moment in Nordic countries — Mynte is a Top 50 name in Denmark, and Minttu ranks in Finland's Top 50. It's ultimately not so surprising that a well-traveled international star would choose to use the English variation of these names for her daughter.

KittyHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Katherine
  • Meaning:

    "pure"
  • Description:

    This endearing nickname name is one Katherine pet form that predates all the Kathys and Katies, having been fairly common in the eighteenth century. With the current mini-craze for animal-related names, Kitty is sounding cute and cuddly again—she's already jumped back onto the U.K. list, at number 199.

MidgeHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Margaret
  • Meaning:

    "pearl"
  • Description:

    Sixties-style nickname which is also the name of a small biting insect, particularly prevalent in Scotland.
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MitziHeart

  • Origin:

    German, diminutive of Maria
  • Meaning:

    "bitter"
  • Description:

    Mitzi is a spunky German nickname name that might appeal to parents drawn to the genre of lively vintage chorus girl names that proliferated in 1930's musicals. Lively entertainer Mitzi Gaynor--who was originally named Francesca Marlene de Czani von Gerber--made the name notable in mid-century America.

BooHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name or nickname
  • Description:

    Boo may have started out as a nickname for the male character Arthur "Boo" Radley in To Kill A Mockingbird and these days may be closely associated with another male Boo, the "world's cutest dog" or with the adorable little girl in Monsters, Inc.

AquaHeart

  • Origin:

    Color name
  • Description:

    One of the new color names that is catching on, invoking a calm, blue-green-sea feeling.

BibiHeart

  • Origin:

    French, Persian, or diminutive of Bibiana
  • Meaning:

    "toy; delight; lady of the house; life"
  • Description:

    A spunky nickname name for parents with showbiz aspirations for their daughter.

MamieHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Mary or Margaret
  • Description:

    Mamie is back. Having finally shorn her Mamie Eisenhower bangs, this insouciant and adorable nickname name is perfect if you want a zestier way to honor a beloved aunt Mary. Meryl Streep's actress daughter, properly named Mary Willa, is called Mamie Gummer. You might think of Mamie as a sister of the stylish Maisie.
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PippiHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse variation of Philippa
  • Meaning:

    "lover of horses"
  • Description:

    Pippi may be cute but isn't very practical. In addition to being forever Pippi Longstocking, there is that variant pee-pee spelling to consider. Try Pippa instead.

BuffyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Elizabeth
  • Description:

    Buffy was a one-time sorority girl with a roommate named Muffy, then a fearless vampire slayer, though still basically fluffy. You might think of Buffy as the feminine version of Chip or Bud -- an all-purpose nickname now buried in a mid-century time capsule.

DoeHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "a female deer"
  • Description:

    Doe is a soft and gentle-eyed middle name possibility and, like Fawn, one of the few animal names open to girls.

OllieHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Olive or Olivia, Latin
  • Meaning:

    "olive tree"
  • Description:

    Ollie is used less often as a nickname for the mega-popular Olivia or the stylish Olive than Ellie is for Eleanor or Allie for Allison. That may be because Ollie has a much longer use as a nickname for boys. But 75 baby girls were given the name Ollie on their birth certificates in the US in 2018.

DustyHeart

  • Description:

    Dusty first became popular as a girl's name thanks to singer Dusty Springfield - born Mary. She used her childhood nickname professionally, and many parents embraced Dusty as a name for their daughters, especially in the 1970s. Singer Adam Levine and model Behati Prinsloo chose this distinctive name for their daughter in 2016, which might prompt a new generation of parents to consider the name.
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FannyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Frances
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    As this word is less often used to mean derriere, it becomes more possible to view Fanny as the kind of appealingly quaint nickname name, like Josie and Nellie, that many parents are favoring now.

CandyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Candace
  • Description:

    Too sugary sweet and inconsequential for a modern girl.

MuffyHeart

  • Origin:

    Nickname name
  • Description:

    Muffy is one of those nickname names that flourished in the Baby Boom era -- or was it only on television? -- and now is rarely used. Strictly speaking short for Muffin, few girls have been given Muffy as a proper name in any era, and when it was used, it was usually as a nickname for Mary or Margaret or some other traditional name.

BarbieHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Barbara
  • Description:

    Despite the voluptuous doll's various career choices, from astronaut to doctor, her name still remains a euphemism for "bimbo".

SissyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Cecilia; pet name for "sister"
  • Meaning:

    "sister"
  • Description:

    Old-fashioned nickname for a sister, almost never heard today.
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BebeHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Beatrice or any other B name
  • Description:

    High-kicking cohort of Coco, Gigi, Fifi, Kiki, et al.

MaebyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Mae
  • Description:

    Maeby sprang into the modern consciousness via the cult TV favorite Arrested Development, in which the appealing teen character Maeby's name is a nickname for Mae. It's also a homonym for Maybe, which undercuts its inherent cuteness. Is Maeby prime for a real life baby name? Sorry, but we can't resist: Maybe.

MintyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Aminta and Araminta, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "defender"
  • Description:

    Minty isn't a fresh word name — it's an old-fashioned nickname for Araminta, the romantic smoosh name coined by playwright William Congreve in 1693.

ZazieHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Description:

    This jazzy French diminutive of Isabelle was first made famous by the title character of Raymond Queneau’s novel Zazie dans le métro, which was adapted into a film in 1960. It could also work as a nickname for Elizabeth or Susannah.

BeanieHeart

  • Origin:

    Invented nickname
  • Description:

    Up-and-coming actress Beanie Feldstein is attracting attention toward her unusual — but rather cute — nickname. She was born Elizabeth Greer Feldstein but nicknamed "Elizabeanie" by her childhood nanny. It was later simplified to Beanie by her older brothers.
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LuckyHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Cedric the Entertainer chose this for his daughter, but most other parents would find it, though optimistic, not exactly substantial.

CookieHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "cookie"
  • Description:

    Cookie is most often used as a dog name, and it should stay that way.

FlorrieHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Florence and Flora
  • Description:

    A sweet Bobbsey-twin era nickname, fluffy and floral.

PinkHeart

  • Origin:

    Color name
  • Description:

    The singer known as Pink (born Alecia) brought this hue onto the name-possibility palette, especially as a middle choice. Could Pink be the next Blue?

DodieHeart

  • Origin:

    English diminutive of Dorothy
  • Meaning:

    "gift of god"
  • Description:

    Sweet old-fashioned nickname name that could make a comeback in the wake of Sadie et al. Famous bearers include author Dodie Smith, who wrote The Hundred and One Dalmatians and I Capture the Castle.
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GidgetHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Gidget was the surfer girl who started it all. She was the subject of six novels by Frederick Kohner, and the 1959 film in which she made her theatrical debut, starring Sandra Dee, helped make surfing a popular sport.

ZsazsaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hungarian, , diminutive of Erzsebet
  • Meaning:

    "God is my oath"
  • Description:

    Zsa Zsa is a zippy Hungarian nickname name, sometimes used independently, linked for decades with the Hungarian-born actress Zsa Zsa Gabor--who was born Sari.

DodoHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Dorothy
  • Description:

    Dodo is one of the few names of the cute repeating-sounds genre that is not alas so cute, being a slang word for someone brainless as well as the name of the infamous extinct bird. Dot, Dottie, Dory, or Thea are all preferable.

TippiHeart

  • Origin:

    Invented nickname
  • Description:

    Tippi is best known as the nickname of actress Tippi Hedren, star of Hitchcock's "The Birds" and "Marnie." Hedren's real name was Nathalie Kay; her father dubbed her Tippi. Although the name will inevitably be reminiscent of Hedren, it could make a cute short form for a name such as Tiffany or Philippa.

VikaHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Viktoria, Russian from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "victory"
  • Description:

    Fresher and more exciting than Vicki or Tori.
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