DC1 due in 7 weeks....DH has fallen in love with William for a boy. I quite like it, but think its a bit grown up sounding for a baby/toddler so would like a nn option. Only I really don't like Billy - are there any others you can think of as I'm drawing a blank!
Wow I didn't realise this was still going! Thanks for all the responses, I think you've pretty much convinced me that "just William" is fine for a baby/toddler - and I'm sure we'll end up with a couple of the more offbeat nn's ourselves as well
blueamber it is always mentioned on MN when the discussion about the name William come up, that he will be teased and called 'Willy'.
With my DS William, now 17, (he always introduces himself as Will), he was called Willy at school for about 2 weeks when he was about 14, laughed it off, and that was that, everyone reverted back to normal. It was absolutely not a problem, probably helped because he just found it quite funny. It was exasperated in his case as well as he had a friend called Richard and they were called 'Willy and Dick', but as I said for probably less than a fortnight.
For anyone considering this name, I really wouldn't let that put you off. It's a great name
My great uncle was uncle Beam. Short for William. Never heard of it before or since but I think it was because there was so many Williams in that family and they had run out of nicknames! Possibly it's a mixture of Bill and Liam. Very cute for a cheerful toddler though