Nearly full term, chosen a name, but wobbling about likely nicknames

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36+5 with DS3, settled on a name at around 25w.

With his being a third boy we have used a lot of names already and talked ourselves out of a lot of names along the way - our backups for DS2 now feel like awful dreadful names that nobody should inflict on a child grin

Consequently our shortlist this time was very very short and although we're both happy with the chosen name, it isn't The Name in the way that DS1's name was easily chosen and indisputably The Name. We also had this problem, though to a lesser extent, with DS2.

Our position therefore is that we have A Name for this unborn child, which we like and which goes with DS1 and DS2's name and our surname and isn't a known serial killer, etc etc.

But... the most usual shortening of the name itself isn't one I particularly like. There's nothing wrong with it, I just don't think I'd use it myself.

DS2 has a similar normal shortening that I don't use, but other people (notably the in-laws) do. It doesn't bother me precisely but AFAIC it isn't really his name. Pre-school don't use it because they have another child with the shortening and it helps to tell them apart!

In both cases it's the equivalent of my calling him Charles but the obvious shortening is Charlie.

Reassure me that this doesn't matter, or warn me that it will BURN ME UP FOREVER and I need to go back to the drawing board. Please?

I have an Edward, he is always called by his full name. Nobody has shortened it (yet), I just always introduce him as Edward and that seems to stop it.

Although if you ask him, he will tell you that his name is Eduardo. I have no idea where he got it from DH, I'm looking at you

Mellowandfruitful Sat 12-Oct-13 23:19:57

I also only know young Eds. Can you live with Ed?

Ikeameatballs Sat 12-Oct-13 23:24:51

I used Edward as a middle name rather than a first name because I really didn't want to risk Eddie (though I would have been happy with Ted).

I sometimes regret not going with it as a first name. I feel your pain!

Jojay Sat 12-Oct-13 23:29:35

I have an Edward mostly known as Ed - he's five.

As much as you can drum it in to people that he's Edward, what you can't legislate against is the face that he may prefer to be known as Eddie later on.

He probably won't if he's grown up as Edward, but he might.

LauraChant Sun 13-Oct-13 08:02:18

I also know a little Edward who is only ever Edward, he is 4.

The only little Eddie I know has Eddie on his birth certificate.

I don't think it is inevitable.

Rosencrantz Sun 13-Oct-13 16:39:44

Doesn't have to be Eddie! Just Ed!

Mentioned it to DH who looked at me like I am completely mad who said he really doesn't think it's a problem.

There is literally no other name though, now. The only reason for thinking it would be better to be expecting a girl at this point is that then at least I would have had an easier job naming her grin

nooka Sun 13-Oct-13 22:17:50

I don't think that Edward/Eddie is equivalent to Charles/Charlie because Charlie is really the only (mainstream) nn for Charles, whereas Edward has quite a few options, and I don't think that Eddie is even the most used.

I can only think of Eddie Izzard and Eddie from Bottom off hand. The Edwards I know are Edward, Ted, Ned and Ed.

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