Nickname Names

Parents are more often putting nicknames directly on the birth certificate these days. Sometimes they like the nickname better than the formal name, sometimes they want more control over what their child is actually called, and sometimes they simply see the short form as cuter, more modern, and more stylish than its proper equivalent. Some nickname names you might want to consider for your own baby include the following. For even more choices, see our lists of Nicknames for Girls and Nicknames for Boys.

  • Abby

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Gently old-fashioned stand-alone nickname that owes its popularity to mega popular Abigail.Read More 

  • Addie

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Old-fashioned nickname with sweet turn-of-the-last-century charm that's become a favorite of today. In fact, with all spellings of Adeline/Adalynn taken together firmly in the Top 10, and Adelaide... Read More 

  • Alex

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    The independent Alex has become a classic in its own right. One of the truest unisex names, Alex is used almost equally for both sexes without sacrificing any of its masculinity. Read More 

  • Alfie

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Alfie is a Top 50 name throughout the British Isles, where retro nickname names are ultratrendy, but it hasn't really been picked up in the US yet.

    Thanks to some louche fictional... Read More 

  • Archie

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Forget Archie Bunker, forget Archie comics, and take a fresh look at this amiably retro nickname name. It's made a big comeback in the UK--where it's now in the Top 20-- and seems destined for... Read More 

  • Art

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Though short and brisk, no nickname name could have a more creative image. Comic actor Chris O'Dowd named his son Art, as in his native Ireland it's used as a name on its own, separate from... Read More 

  • Ash

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Ash has Southern charm plus the arboreal-nature appeal. Plus your little boy will prize Ash as the name of the hero of the "Pokemon" cartoons. Ash can also be a dashing short form of Asher,... Read More 

  • Bas

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Bas is a fashionable name in its own right in the Netherlands, where it's been in the Top 10. Used throughout Europe, it may have a future here as a straightforward-but-charming nickname name. ... Read More 

  • Cal

    Gender: M LoveDislike

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

  • Charley

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Charley is, at this point, an old-fashioned spelling for the most popular short form of Charles, better known these days as Charlie. But Charley is a classic and relates more directly to Charles.... Read More 

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