I am posting on behalf of my sister, who is expecting her second son in September.
She and her husband have tentatively decided on the name Sullivan (perhaps Sullivan Edward) but really like the nickname Saul. Is this usable?
We reason that Saul for Sullivan is every bit as sense-ical as than the commonly-used Jerry for Gerald, but there does seem to be an issue with pronunciation: Saul (sounding like "all") versus Sull (sounding like "null"). What do you think?
Is the spelling Saulivan ridiculous? Any other cute suggestions for how she could get to nn Saul?
Her first son does have a fairly traditional name, John Kelley. They most commonly use the double name, though he's also referred to as J.K. and John. Sullivan is, then, in line with Kelley's Irish tradition.
I think that it's absolutely fine to use the nn Saul with the name Sullivan. Many people who I know with nn have nothing to do with their name and it's close enough. They should still spell it Sullivan as Saulivan does look strange and is a creative spelling, which is something I can't stand.
I agree with jtucker, although she would need to be prepared for most to assume a nn of Sull or Sully which is usual for the name Sullivan (from my experience anyway) :)
Honestly, I think it's ridiculous. Saul and Sullivan are completely different names. Saulivan is just silly.
My thoughts as well.
Originally Posted by augusta_lee
Gerald to Jerry is not the same thing since the nickname Jerry has the same first syllable sound as Gerald.
Sullivan is nice. Saul is technically a completely different name. Maybe spelling it Soll would make more sense? If they don't like Sully as a nickname (it's the most obvious), what about Van? Van would be a completely legitimate and easily spelled nn for Sullivan. Van works on a little kid and an adult. Have the considered it?
It doesn't make sense at all to me. Why not Ivan? Or Sed? Normally it's Ced, short for Cedric but Sullivan EDward could be Sed
ETA: If they want Saul only as a nn, then they should go with Solomon
Agreed. I think you could even stretch it to Ivan, as it's in the spelling of Sullivan. However, if they want Saul, then they should go for Solomon or Saul as the proper given name. I personally love Sullivan, nn Van or Ivan.
Originally Posted by allythys