Two syllable boys names that CAN'T be shortened!

(111 Posts)
RiceorChips Mon 12-Aug-13 12:47:12

I know that most names can be shortened however, some names have much more obvious / common shortened versions than others.
For example, popular ones include Daniel (Dan), Thomas (Tom) and Samuel (Sam).

I'm looking for suggestions on 2 syllable boys names that can't be shortened (or at least have less obvious shortenings). For example, Leon, Caleb and Niall.

Any suggestions please???? Thank you!!

MadameJosephine Mon 12-Aug-13 17:25:31

I love Iain, we were considering it for DD if she'd been a boy

Or how about Adam?

ShoeWhore Mon 12-Aug-13 17:31:55

A lot of the ones I immediately thought of have already been mentioned.

Angus
Arthur (OK I guess that could be shortened!)
Oscar
Archie
Louis
Toby
Fergus

I do understand what you mean - we decided not to use Patrick although I love it because I'm really not so keen on Paddy or worse still Pat

OutragedFromLeeds Mon 12-Aug-13 17:38:19

Marley
Connor
Jago
Jamie
Owen
Christian
Justin
Richard (no-one will use Dick these days!)
Archie
Colin
Cameron

Connor?

Oops, xposted...

Idris
Harvey- might be shortened to Harv
Louie
Cody
Colby
Bryson (Bry?) or Bryce...
Dawson?

invicta Mon 12-Aug-13 17:45:07

Ranulph
Nelson
Crispin
Adam
Luca

Actually, all these names probably can be shortened.

SuseB Mon 12-Aug-13 17:47:41

As no one else has mentioned it... I have a Marcus. It is never shortened by anyone (yet).

Lanceolate Mon 12-Aug-13 17:49:48

If they're not shortened they'll be lengthened. Or they'll use his surname or some form of it instead!

Angus and Fergus are Gus and there's also Fergie. Oscar is Oz. Richard will be Rich or Rick. Single initials as nicknames are also used!

OutragedFromLeeds Mon 12-Aug-13 17:54:34

Lance OP changed it slightly to 'names where the shortening wouldn't be used in it's own right', so Oscar could be called Oz, but it's not so commonplace that there are children just called Oz iyswim?

Personally I'd choose a name where I liked the shortened version as well. I'd rather have a Jacob who gets called Jake, than a Connor known as Con tbh.

Lanceolate Mon 12-Aug-13 18:36:40

I see what the OP means now, thanks.

I think your approach is the best one Outraged. It's very difficult to control what they are called when they're out of primary school so picking a name with shortenings you can live with seems sensible.

Turniptwirl Mon 12-Aug-13 18:51:14

Niall is actually quite hard to shorten, Ni sounds a bit awkward to me

Morris
Ian
George
Arthur
Flynn

My mums brothers all have long names (Andrew, Patrick and Philip) which their parents never shortened and within the family their full names are always used. Pretty sure they use shortened versions outside family though.

crumpet Mon 12-Aug-13 18:56:56

Amos?

The Ranulph I know is a Ran!

SizzleSazz Mon 12-Aug-13 19:00:02

Adam, jago, Charlie, John, max

AdeleIrwin88 Mon 12-Aug-13 19:04:13

My mom called me Adele as she thought no one could possibly shorten it, but my peers found ways, delly and dells were particularly annoying! I wouldn't worry yourself trying to find names not to shorten because boys will, or worse, just to refer to them by their surname!

Rory.

olivo Mon 12-Aug-13 19:09:52

Alex

Ploom Mon 12-Aug-13 19:11:28

Nico

Still18atheart Mon 12-Aug-13 19:19:08

Logan
Tony
Nigel
Paul
Carl

whattooooodo Mon 12-Aug-13 19:25:05

Jackson
Ethan
Lennon
Ryan
Lachlan

GampyWabbit Mon 12-Aug-13 19:34:34

Ethan
Jude
Adam
Noah
Levi
kian

ChrissyHynde Mon 12-Aug-13 19:50:07

I have a Euan...hard to do anything with that !

niffernaffer Mon 12-Aug-13 20:24:07

Ambrose
Joby
Innes
Quentin
Hector
Percy
Emrys
Aubrey
Lawrence
Felix
Soren
Eric

RandomMess Mon 12-Aug-13 20:25:31

Silas

gindrinker Mon 12-Aug-13 20:26:31

But if it's a boy if the first name can't be shortened then the last name comes into play.
Jackson becomes jacko
Smith becomes smithy/smitho etc

FieryChipotle Mon 12-Aug-13 20:28:49

I have an Adam for this very reason... And everyone calls him Ads!

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