Jonathan nn Jonty

(19 Posts)
Artigene Wed 06-Feb-13 18:41:11

Last week I had a thread in this section which helped whittle our short list down to Reuben and Alexander nn Sacha. Then suddenly I thought of Jonathan known as Jonty.

What do people think? And how does it compare to Reuben and Sacha?

exoticfruits Wed 06-Feb-13 19:17:26

You have to bear in mind that he might well prefer Johnny or Jon as he gets older-as long as you are prepared for that then fine. You have no control after about the age of 6. It is better than Reuben. I like Alexander but only shortened to Alex.

DS3 is Jonathan with nn Jonty, Jonny
or somtimes Jojo - DS1s friend misheard and thought that was his name DS1 thought sounded cool so calls him Jojo most of the time.

I love it and always receive positive comments by everyone. I love how it is a strong solid name that everyone knows but its not super common like Jack, Oliver, William etc.
Reuben is quite nice but I know 2 grown up female Sasha's so Sacha would sound girly to me (even though I know its a boys name).

FlouncingMintyy Wed 06-Feb-13 19:23:51

Why can't he just be Jonathan, which is a lovely name imvho.

cece Wed 06-Feb-13 19:26:15

I have a Jonathan who everyone calls Jonny. We nearly used Jonty - or at least DH did - when I told everyone it was Jonny and not Jonty there were lots of comments along the lines of " thank goodness for that!"

Rhubarbgarden Wed 06-Feb-13 19:35:28

Sacha is still my favourite but I like Jonathan very much, and Jonty is a sweet nickname. Reuben is awful.

Iggly Wed 06-Feb-13 19:42:58

Jonty sounds dreadful. Sorry.

As for nicknames - why can't people just let them develop instead of slapping one on a baby? I have a nickname which arose from the fact that my younger brother couldnt say my full name properly. It's lovely as it has history therefore I'm biased

Booyhoo Wed 06-Feb-13 19:45:55

do people really use jonty? it's awful.

jonathan is lovely.

Artigene Wed 06-Feb-13 20:09:37

Why is it awful? To my mind it's sweet and v jolly. Obv other nicknames may develop over time but in the first years I would want a nickname as Jonathan's a bit of a long name for a tiny baby.

Iggly Wed 06-Feb-13 20:17:30

It just does to me. There are names I'm sure you find awful - can you explain why? Jonty to me sounds made up and a bit faux posh iyswim.

I will add - my ds has a similar length name to jonathan (same number of syllables) but we haven't shortened it. Didn't seem too long for a baby.

Booyhoo Wed 06-Feb-13 20:55:37

it's the sort of name i've only ever heard in certain accents and by certain types of people.

"Jonty, Daahhhling! mwah mwah. you must bring Arabella and little Tarquin with you next time. what what"

Booyhoo Wed 06-Feb-13 20:56:53

out of your short list i'd go with alexander (nn sacha)

hellokitty123 Wed 06-Feb-13 20:57:58

Jonathan is a lovely name and Jonty or Jon are great nicknames. Jonty is cute for a little boy and Jon can be used when he's older (although -y names seem to be very common these days, even for teenagers).

Artigene Wed 06-Feb-13 22:21:16

The more I read about Jonty the more I like it. It's an old English abbreviation of Jonathan which used to be v popular (and not assoc with the upper classes). It fell into disuse except in v posh circles but its roots are very normal.

I have to shorten names, I know many don't like to, I think it stems from the fact that my mother had 100 nicknames for me and only called my full name when really cross!

MidnightMasquerader Wed 06-Feb-13 23:17:49

I love the name Jonathan, and Jonty as a nn is fine - although I'd probably go with Jonny myself.

If you love it, go for it.

drownangels Wed 06-Feb-13 23:22:01

Jonty is bloody awful.
I wouldn't inflict that on a child.

MorphandChas Fri 08-Feb-13 11:03:20

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Pudden Fri 08-Feb-13 11:11:02

Jonty is lovely; my Great Uncle was called that and he certainly wasn't posh- think cloth capped miner hawking up coal dust and saying "Howay lass, ah'm gannin' hyem" etc. Bless him grin

Alexander also lovely (am biased as it is a family name) but prefer "Alec" rather than "Alex". in our family we had Young Alec, old Alec, Fat Alec etc etc

Reuben brings to mind ferretty looking blokes with crinkled hair and beady little red rimmed eyes but don't let that put you off!

sw11mumofone Sun 10-Feb-13 11:39:24

I would go with Alexander shortened to Alex or Xander. Jonathan nice enough but really dont like Jonty - bit precocious sounding to me and maybe a bit twee. Sounds like he should be out playing Polo.

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