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I like Eddie, but not Edward

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#1 happyapple

Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

So all the names I like for boys seem to be nicknames!
DS2 Dash is not short for anything and I have a nephew named Jimmy-not-short-for-anything
I guess it's not unheard of these days anyway!

This is my boys list

Any to add?

I think if it's a girl we will call her Daisy, but I am interested in something equally as pretty and underused as this?

Thanks for your help!

#2 Little.One

Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:53 PM

You know I'm in two minds about nicknamey names. On one hand I feel why not give a longer version of the name for future use, and on the other hand I think if you are only ever going to use the nickname why complicate matters and just use that name instead?

So each to their own I think! I'd rather use a nicknamey name then some of the other awful names out there related to fruit or food IMO laughing2.gif

If you prefer the nickname I'd just go with what you prefer. original.gif

ETA: my girls name of choice in a nicknamey style is Ellie but I dislike all the longer name variants.

Edited by Little.One, 19 January 2013 - 03:54 PM.

#3 Gudrun

Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:59 PM

Of course one person's nickname can be another person's 'real' name.   And in time diminutives often lose nickname status.

Daisy can be a nickname too.  

I like these 'nickname' names for boys:


#4 Chaos in stereo

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:05 PM


Edited by Chaos in stereo, 26 August 2013 - 05:06 PM.

#5 Corella

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:05 PM


#6 Magnus

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:24 PM

I like nickname names. But I teach, and I find it frustrating when you call out a long name and the student grimaces and announces crankily, 'It's not Elizabeth, it's Libby' (or middle name, or something unrelated).

I do try to make a note of it on the roll, but it's still confusing because there's often at least five people per class with nicknames or preferred names, so I have scrawl all over the margins.

I think that if your nickname choice is a bit over the top or very juvenile sounding, like FiFi or Sammy, then I think it's better to give a full name. I like your choices, though, and I think they're wearable names for adults.

In terms of flower names, I just saw the name Aster, and I like it.

#7 fifi-trixibelle

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:26 PM

I consider all of those to be nicknames only and would never consider any of them as a full name but to be honest, I think a nickname as a full name is going to go much better with Dash than a full name with a nickname would.

Archie would have to be my pick from those.

Some other names/nicknames that you might like...
Dash and Levi
Dash and Eli
Dash and Toby
Dash and Nate
Dash and Theo
Dash and Jake
Dash and Quinn
Dash and Blair
Dash and Finn
Dash and Vinnie
Dash and Byron
Dash and Andy
Dash and Max
Dash and Benji
Dash and Saxon/Sax
Dash and Paddy

Dash and Maisie
Dash and Mila
Dash and Luna
Dash and Cleo
Dash and Iris
Dash and Ivy
Dash and Milla
Dash and Annie
Dash and Sadie
Dash and Ada
Dash and Ana
Dash and Tess/Tessa
Dash and Summer
Dash and Elsa
Dash and Isla

Edited by fifi-trixibelle, 19 January 2013 - 04:30 PM.

#8 fifi-trixibelle

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:26 PM


Edited by fifi-trixibelle, 19 January 2013 - 04:26 PM.

#9 kerilyntaryn

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:29 PM

they can be depends on the name

these have as in them like the other 2



#10 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:29 PM

Don't forget that you are not just naming a baby but also a child, teenager and adult. Names like Vinnie, Pip or Kit just don't cover all of these for me. I would always lean towards giving a baby a name with a couple of options so they can choose how they would like to be known as they get older.

#11 la di dah

Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:12 PM

I'm split.

I like short names. Levi, Zane, Eli, Ari  / Clare, Jane, Ada, Ivy. But I don't generally like nicknames as full names.

However, I freely admit this is personal taste and to many people the difference between Ari and Archie is non-existant.

My favourites of what I think of nickname names, including at least a few I'd consider using alone:




#12 BetteBoop

Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:17 PM

I don't see why not.

I've known many people who were known to the world only by their nicknames. I could rattle off a dozen famous people for that matter.

Whether on forms they have a longer, more 'formal' name is pretty irrelevant. Actually, my DD's nickname, which is a mash of first and middle names has become her actual name. We now use it on school forms.

I reckon use the name you like.

#13 Feraldasherie

Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:51 PM

It's not even a new thing, my grandmother was born in 1895 and was christened Katie Louise. But she was always known as Kit, so, a nickname of a nickname.

Call your baby the name you want to call them, but be prepared for it to change as well.


#14 tres-chic

Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:39 PM

That's funny, DS2's MN is Edward (even though I love it sooooooooooo much) because I just couldn't stand Eddie. (Still have some regrets there!).

I think each to their own really and that it's more important to find a name you both love and which suits your family than getting bogged down in convention.

#15 MrsLexiK

Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:45 PM

There are short names which I like and there a NM's which I like.  The name we will use normally if this is a girl witll be a NM, however having been given the full name as a child I like having a "back up more professional" sounding name when I give my name over the phone etc.  There are some names which are just too nick namy and don't use the "when the person is 80" thought, use the thought "when the person is between 25 - 45 and working and having to answer phones will the person be sniggering on the otherend.  Or when they enroll their own child at school will it raise eyebrows when the parents name is very nicknamey?"

#16 The 7 Dwarfs

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:56 AM

I prefer to use the longer version of names, I have an Edward who is always called Ned / Neddy. I just think it gives more options and there are more benefits than negatives. He can go by Ned, Ed, Eddie, Ted or Edward without it being any issue. If he was just Ned, then he could really only go by Ned. I felt it was a name that would suit him from a baby up until he was an adult. No one has found it confusing as it is a common nick name for that name, I think if you tried to get something like Ned out of Benedict, a name where Ben would be the obvious nick name, then it's probably be better just to go with Ned IYKWIM.

One of my daughters is Victoria and we used to call her Tori, but she disliked it, and I really disliked Vicky, so she is pretty much always called Victoria now, with the odd 'Tor Tor', which was really only created for her younger siblings when they were learning to talk.

I'm not sure a name like Edward would 'fit' though for you OP with your other boys names, but something like Edison (nn Eddie), Theodore (nn Ted) might IMO.

#17 CallMeFeral

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:12 AM

I dislike nicknames-as-names.
Sure, some have become mainstream, especially the ones where the nickname bore no resemblance to the original name anyway, but anything ending with 'ie' sort of thing should just stay a nickname.


Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:54 PM

OP clearly you have similar taste in names to me - I have a Daisy and an Alfie! I'm in two minds as to whether Teddy can be a stand alone name or whether we should go for Theodore and just call him Teddy. I think Eddie is perfectly acceptable original.gif

#19 emwill

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

I also have an Edward, but he is always called "Teddy" always has been since he was born. My older kids nicknamed him "Bear" so he gets called that too and if you ask him what his name is he says "Bear"! I like that as he grows he has the option to be called Ted or Edward (I'm not keen on Ed or Eddie) but he can choose what fits him as he grows. On his enrollment forms for pre-school when asked his preferred name, the name he goes by, we put Teddy because he has never been called Edward -he wanted Bear of course!!

Edited by emwill, 23 January 2013 - 07:14 PM.

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