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Best Baby Names with No Nicknames

By Emma Waterhouse

Baby names with no nicknames are perfect for parents who want full control over what their child is called. If you don't like the idea of your Alexander being known as Alex, or your Eleanor being called Ellie, then it might be time to reconsider your baby name choice — starting with the many no-nickname baby names in the list below.

Along with short names like Ivy, Eli, Cleo, and Luke, there are also a number of longer names which don't easily lend themselves to nicknames, like Lewis, Carmen, Harvey and Simone. Word names and surname names are particularly nickname proof categories, including cool unisex baby names like Sawyer, Murphy, Fox and Wren. And another bonus? Most of these cool baby names without nicknames are outside of the Top 100!

  • Aaron

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    Aaron has been in and around the Top 50 for nearly half a century at this point, and is still an attractive, timeless choice. The softness of Aaron's initial double vowel gives it an appealing... Read More 

  • Ada

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    Ada is one of the classic baby names for girls that is suddenly super stylish again. A favorite at the end of the nineteenth century, Ada is an alternative to... Read More 

  • Ari

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    This short form of Ariel (or any other Ari- beginning name, such as Aristotle) stands up better as a boys’ name than its progenitor does. It is also... Read More 

  • Austin

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    Austin is one of the most attractive city names for babies, with an attractive southwestern feel, place-name panache and the... Read More 

  • Bailey

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    Extremely amiable, open-sounding surname that's gradually being taken over by the girls. Read More 

  • Beau

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    Beau suggests someone devilishly handsome, with a large measure of southern charm—a nice image to bestow on your boy. Often solely a nickname in the past, it's now standing firmly on its own. Beau... Read More 

  • Belle

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    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 

  • Beth

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    The sweetest and most sensitive of the pet names for Elizabeth, now also one of the most dated. Read More 

  • Blair

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    In the USA, Blair is gaining momentum. In England and Wales, Blair is incredibly unpopular for girls, sitting well outside the Top 2000.Read More 

  • Blaise

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    As modern as it sounds, Blaise is an ancient Christian martyr name. In Arthurian legend, Blaise is the name of Merlin the Magician's secretary. Its relation to the word and name Blaze gives it a... Read More 

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