Are nicknames real names?
I like Eddie, but not Edward
, Jan 19 2013 03:38 PM
18 replies to this topic
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!
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
If you prefer the nickname I'd just go with what you prefer.
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.
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:
Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:05 PM
Edited by Chaos in stereo, 26 August 2013 - 05:06 PM.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:05 PM
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.
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.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:26 PM
Edited by fifi-trixibelle, 19 January 2013 - 04:26 PM.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:29 PM
they can be depends on the name
these have as in them like the other 2
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.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:12 PM
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:
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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
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.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!
Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.
While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?
Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.
As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.
Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.
A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.
You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.
We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.
Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.
The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found.
As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?
Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.
Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.
In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.
The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.
A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.
A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.
Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.
A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.
Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.
A Sydney mother who suffered brain damage when she was hit by a car while pushing her newborn baby in a pram has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with the driver's insurance company.
A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.
Most mums-to-be plan to take things easy and perhaps have a little break from work as the birth of their baby draws near. Not Kate McCartney.
Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.
Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.
Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?
I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.
February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.
This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.
Mother of four Marie Holmes was financially struggling after quitting her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children.
A first-time mother whose daughter died hours after her frightening birth insists she was never told of the risks of being obese and pregnant.
She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.
Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.
I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.
If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?
With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.
We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.
Sarah Kiss has a word of advice for proud mums and dads who are keen to enter their babies in this year's Bonds Baby Search Competition - just have fun.
If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.
A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.
Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.
Win a KitchenAid Mixer
To celebrate, and to thank our amazing fans, we?re giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.