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#1 Peashy

Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:13 AM

Do you think Annie could be used as a name on its own or would you assume it’s short for something?

I don’t mind longer names like Anneliese or Annabelle but hubby really wants to use Annie on its own. Plus I’d prefer a 2 syllable name to go with older siblings Oskar & Henry.

Open to other suggestions for names too. Currently on our shortlist are Elsa, Annie and Daisy. Would love something short and classic (but not too popular) that fits with her brothers names.

#2 eponee

Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:22 AM

Love Annie!  Elsa is ok.  Daisy is cute for a little girl but not appealing for an adult.

Freya is lovely and goes well with your son's names

Edited by eponee, 13 February 2018 - 07:23 AM.


#3 kerilyntaryn

Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:25 AM

what about Anna  nn Annie

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#4 Bethlehem Babe

Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:26 AM

Love Annie. I have a niece named Annie.

#5 born.a.girl

Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:27 AM

I would use it but use a longer version on the birth certificate, and not tell a soul if you thought anyone you know might insist on using it.

One name I liked in early nineties was Lily (just becoming popular then) but would have called her Lilian so she could use that if she wanted as she got older.

That said, I think people make names their own, and I'm probably projecting a bit because my name is hard to shorten, and I'd have loved two options.

#6 Imaginary friend

Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:27 AM

I think Annie can be used as a stand alone name - and If that is what I was planning to call her I would use it, not Annabel or something .

Although I prefer Anna myself - but then I would be calling her Anna, not Annie.

#7 Astrocyte

Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:31 AM

I think Annie can be used as a stand alone name. It's a lovely name. Not a fan of Elsa or daisy. I found them both too cutesy which IMO works for a child but not for an adult.

#8 FloralArrangement

Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:39 AM

 eponee, on 13 February 2018 - 07:22 AM, said:

Love Annie!  Elsa is ok.  Daisy is cute for a little girl but not appealing for an adult.

Freya is lovely and goes well with your son's names

We have a 23 year old Daisy and the name has grown well with her and works fine for her as an adult. Lily and Rose are our other two,  no extensions needed.

#9 Gudrun

Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:39 AM

It's actually tried and true.  My grandmother was Annie Millicent.



#10 Little_o

Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:56 AM

I like Annie. I think of your shortlist it goes the best with the boys names.

#11 seayork2002

Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:21 AM

I love the name Annie

but personally I don't get using one name on a birth certificate but then using a totally different name normally.

Why not just use the one name? (I am speaking of this generally)

#12 Lallalla

Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:32 AM

I always thought I didn’t like nicknames as actual names but as it turns out one of my daughters has exactly that and it was my choice. I didn’t want her called by the long name just the short one. I think Annie (and my DD name) has been around long enough now that it can be classed as a diminuative (so?) of Annabelle etc.

#13 vanessa71

Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:33 AM

DD has a friend called Annie, she is 13 and it's not short for anything. No reason you can't do it, I just prefer Anna.

#14 suburban dystopia

Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:39 AM

My great grandmother was called Annie, but Anne on her birth certificate.

I knew someone who was named, for example, Cathy, and got very irritated because nobody would believe that was her 'actual' name, and kept asking for more proof that Cathy wasn't short for something.

I suspect everyone would think that Annie was short for something or a nickname for something in this day and age.

I would also lean towards Ann/Anne/Anna as a formal name, but announce and introduce her to everyone as Annie.

I also know a child named, for example, Susannah, who is known to the entire world as Kitty, and has been pretty much from birth. No rhyme or reason.

So you can call a child whatever you want, but expect them to be annoyed by the questions when they are older.

I don't think I've been of any help so I will shut up with this waffle now.

#15 AnotherFeral

Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:39 AM

I prefer Anna too, but there's nothing wrong with Annie.

#16 seayork2002

Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:45 AM

If someone said to me there name was Sam, Tom, Bob, Jane, Sarah, Annie, Ann, Todd, Matt, Cathy I would assume that is their name.

Yes some people might be called the above as a nickname but I name people what they tell me.

if someone's name is written Sam but pronounce Sarm or whatever I would think that is odd but if a person tells you their assuming it is their name it probably safest.

I find it a little odd to to think that there name is different to what they tell you it is

#17 Sarzie

Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:45 AM

Love Annie on its own and it does go really well with the other names

#18 Ozquoll

Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:49 AM

Team Annie!

#19 HRH Countrymel

Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:10 AM

I'd prefer Anne but using Annie day to day.

Both my sister and I have 'ie' ending names and to be honest they are a bit cutesie as you go through your adult life.

My sister especially has a name (it was our Grandmother's name) that EVERYONE assumes is the affectionate version of her real name and in fact goes by the single syllable shortening of her actual 'ie' name 99% of the time!

So you may in fact end up with a child called Anne!

#20 BornToLove

Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:25 AM

DD has several friends that use variations of Ann - Ann, Anne and Anna - that are stand alone names. I think Annie could be used on its own. When she's older she can drop the '-ie' and use the more mature 'Ann' if she chooses.

#21 Karlee99

Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:29 AM

I love Anna, it was a name on my list but the fact that I had male children hampered me actually using it.

I say if you like Annie, use it

#22 Littlecloud

Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:59 AM

I would do Annabel, Anne or Anna with the nickname.

Annie is very cutesy and may not hold well as an adult.
I know a Rosie who detests it as an adult and choses to call herself Rose now.

My personal preference is always to have a 'formal' name and whatever nickname to use, nicknames that are cute as kids may not suit well as an adult. So she could be Anna on the birth certificate, but Annie as a constant nickname. When she goes to school if she still prefers Annie it can be put on the roll as such.

#23 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:04 AM

I have a friend whi grew up being called Susie. However she decided to go back to Sue when her working career started as it wasn't professional enough.

#24 majirlo

Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:05 AM

Love the name Annie, mainly because it is so easy to say and everyone I know with this name is sweet and friendly. These days anything can be a name on its own and it does go really well with Oskar and Henry.

Also think Lucy would work really well with your boys names. I know a gorgeous Lucy who gets called Luu by close family and friends.

#25 Apageintime

Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:32 AM

I'd probably use Anne on the birth certificate




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