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Popular Nicknames

Popular nicknames may be used on their own on the birth certificate or might be short forms for proper names ranging from the common to the unusual. The nicknames here rank highly on both the US and the British lists of popular baby names. These top nicknames are friendly and likeable, but may be much more pandemic than you guess given that they're used as diminutives for such a wide range of names. Don't be surprised if your little Ellie or Jack is one of many on the playground!

  • 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 among the popular girl names starting with A of... Read More 

  • Allie

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Allie is one short form that's gotten so popular it's often used as a name on its own. Cute, friendly, yet we'd recommend using one of the proper names such as Alice to give your daughter an... Read More 

  • Annie

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Annie is one of the most open and optimistic, the-sun'll-come-out-tomorrow type of name, having been celebrated over the years in song (Annie Laurie), comic strip (Little Orphan Annie), folklore... Read More 

  • Bella

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Everything ella, from Ella to Bella to Arabella, is red hot right now. Bella is one of the most, well, beautiful girl names starting with... Read More 

  • Belle

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Belle has nothing but positive associations, from "belle of the ball" to "Southern belle" to the heroine of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. As if this weren't enough good things, Belle is... Read More 

  • Ben

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Ben, the diminutive of Benjamin or Benedict, can easily stand on its own as a simple, strong, nice-guy choice, though it's somewhat attenuated. Ben is this generation's Bob or Bill. Read More 

  • Bo

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    A popular name in Denmark, in this country Bo has some cowboy swagger and a lot of substance in its minimal two letters.Read More 

  • Callie

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This Hallie-esque nickname name is starting to dip, while the sleeker, more nouveau Cali is rising. Read More 

  • Charlie

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Charlie is one of the friendly, tomboyish male nickname names--another is Sam-- now used almost as frequently for girls: in 2015, it ranked higher on the girls list than on the boys list for the... Read More 

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