Boys names which can't be shortened. Help!

(205 Posts)
phantomhairpuller Wed 27-Feb-13 07:48:03

Really struggling to come up with a name for DS2 (due in a few weeks)
I like slightly older names, as does DH. But I've got a real thing about people shortening names! DS1 is Harry and there are a few people we know who insist on shortening it to Har <grrr> it drives me mad! So we're after a similar name for DS2.
Any suggestions welcome wink

doublecakeplease Wed 27-Feb-13 07:53:16

Jack, drew, Finn, Paul, wilf, Ben, Sam, Henry, George. John. Luke. Nial??

emmyloo2 Wed 27-Feb-13 07:54:00

We have a George and that isn't shortened.

What about Owen? Also not possible to shorten.


leaharrison11 Wed 27-Feb-13 07:59:03


kansasmum Wed 27-Feb-13 07:59:58


Ewan, John, Mark, Fraser, Aaron, Ryan

TobyLerone Wed 27-Feb-13 08:01:13


You do realise that people will give your child a diminutive name regardless of what you think? So John will likely become Johnny or Sam will become Sammy.

Ross, Sean?

phantomhairpuller Wed 27-Feb-13 08:09:04

Lovely suggestions so far, thanks. I really like Finn but DH not so keen. Joseph lined up as middle name. Jack is my DB and Sam is DHs nephew. Otherwise great grin

PrettyPirate Wed 27-Feb-13 08:12:59

I have Oscar and nobody has tried to shorten it yet. It's quite popular though..

Harry. Hugh or huw. Lee. Craig.

poppydaisy Wed 27-Feb-13 08:41:21

How about Quinn as an alternative to Finn?

MortifiedAdams Wed 27-Feb-13 08:42:57


SanityClause Wed 27-Feb-13 08:43:16

So, if you call him John, people will lengthen it to Johnny. Is that sort of thing okay? Or is it just shortening you object to?

kmark Wed 27-Feb-13 08:44:57

I think these names also Eva, Eve, Sam, John, Eli can't shortened.

Leo, Mark, Adam, Liam, Lee, Vaughn, Paul, Tom, James, Ian, Luke.
Anything you like there?

Noah, Felix, Theo

Bowlersarm Wed 27-Feb-13 08:59:02

Any name with one syllable. A name with two syllables or more has the potential to be shortened even though you think it won't be. It may not, or it may. Eg a couple of posters have suggested Aaron-the only Aaron we know gets called Az! And James could be Jim. If shortening really upsets you think long and hard. Joe Ben Tom Dan etc are just about safe, but then they are often short forms in themselves


IDontDoIroning Wed 27-Feb-13 09:03:55

Lloyd Rhys

Blipbip Wed 27-Feb-13 09:04:01

I have a Jude, very hard to shorten on a boy

phantomhairpuller Wed 27-Feb-13 09:08:37

I like Rhys, James and Noah. I also like Dylan. Is that likely to be shortened? I don't object to ALL shortened versions of names but some really wind me up confused most likely due to DS being called Har by certain people! It's not even a name ffs!

Yakshemash Wed 27-Feb-13 09:11:20

I really don't think there's anything you can do about this. As others have said, your son's name will probably be shortened or changed no matter what you do. And it is completely harmless, after all.

(And it does tend to be the more popular boys who get this. Just saying.)

KittyLilith Wed 27-Feb-13 09:24:07

Dylan gets shortened to Dyl <bitter experience>

CheeseStrawWars Wed 27-Feb-13 09:25:57

As two posters above said, people with lengthen if it can't be shortened. DH was deliberately given a name that couldn't be shortened, by his parents but (pretend his name is Joe) - he got "Jo-Jo" at school.

Dylan will get Dill. James could get Jim, Jimbo, Jimmy, Jay... You can't really predict what sticks.

DD shortens DS's name similarly to Harry -> Har - I don't like the sound of it, but I recognise it is done with affection and is about her relationship with him, as two individuals, not about my relationship with his name, iyswim.

CheeseStrawWars Wed 27-Feb-13 09:26:45

will lengthen

almostanotherday Wed 27-Feb-13 09:26:47


seeker Wed 27-Feb-13 09:27:41

Impossible. And anyway, you only have any control over your child's name for about 2 years, so I would just choose a name you like, use it yourself and let the child and it's friends and relations get on with it!

vamosbebe Wed 27-Feb-13 09:36:31

We also have an Oscar and no one has shortened it.
My DSis has a Katherine which can deliberately be shortened to a hundred different names as they're in Oz and every name gets shortened, even something like Ted or Keith!
You might find you'll have zero control on whether it's shortened or not, especially school friends.

amck5700 Wed 27-Feb-13 09:36:40


amck5700 Wed 27-Feb-13 09:38:29


Eskino Wed 27-Feb-13 09:46:16

My brother is called Joe. My mum thought it couldn't be shortened but his friends call him "J" ( as in 'jay', not 'juh')

If someone wants to shorten a persons name, they will. There's nowt you can do about it.

jellybeans Wed 27-Feb-13 09:51:28

Zac, Flynn, Finn, Luke, Blake

CheeseStrawWars Wed 27-Feb-13 10:44:39

Zac will get "Zee".

PanpiperAtTheGatesOfYawn Wed 27-Feb-13 10:45:45

Miles or Guy. Try shortening those grin

scaevola Wed 27-Feb-13 10:47:20


rockinhippy Wed 27-Feb-13 10:59:04

Agree DDs friend Dylan is known as Dyls, I wouldn't be too pleased if I were his mum.

Cousins son Noah is now known by his friends as No, or No,No & James obviously is Jimmy/Jim -

Owen, Rhys/Reiss, Jack, Mark, Joe, Lloyd, Dan are the ones we know that don't get shortened, everything else pretty much does get shortened or lengthened - Johns become Johnny etc etc

WormCanner Wed 27-Feb-13 11:54:09

I know an Ossie who is really Oscar.

Godfrey, haha, very good. Except I know a Godfrey who is called Geoff.

i know a Dylan, known as "D" by mainly his parents. How about Tim? Don't think I have seen that on the list.

We wanted a short "strong" name and called DS Joss, but he is christened Jocelyn, very rarely called by full name! Lots of people call him Jossy, but suspect "y" will be fropped as he gets older.

Probably outed myself now!

LittleBoxes Wed 27-Feb-13 12:08:41

Joel. Though my DH is one and he gets lengthened to 'Joely'.

Max. Will.

CityDweller Wed 27-Feb-13 14:07:19


nectarini1983 Wed 27-Feb-13 14:34:51

All names can be shortened or have something added on unfortunately! Luke can be Lu, Jake can become J etc. My name is Amber and people have tried to call me 'Am' and 'Ber' over the years much to my annoyance!!

I think the key is for you to be firm in correcting people if they start shortening it and nip it in the bud that way!

ItsallisnowaFeegle Wed 27-Feb-13 14:51:53

I also have a Jude. He's 12 weeks old and I'm terrible for calling him rudey dudey Judy hmm

daisy74 Wed 27-Feb-13 14:57:26


AlmondFrangipani Wed 27-Feb-13 14:59:55

Just to say that our dog is called Finn and we call him Findus smile. I think whatever name you pick people will shorten or amend.

fabbadabbado Wed 27-Feb-13 15:02:49

they all get shortened or expanded! eg Max is Maxie

getmeoutofthismadhouse Wed 27-Feb-13 15:29:55

I have a jack he never gets his shortened. What about Max , Will, Ben, Luke

PipkinsPal Wed 27-Feb-13 15:36:07


FruitOwl Wed 27-Feb-13 15:41:17

Joel, Kit, Chris, Sven, John, Paul, George (Ringo..?)

JamieandtheMagicTorch Wed 27-Feb-13 15:54:02

Evan ( although a few people shorten to Ev)

Lifeisontheup Wed 27-Feb-13 16:01:30

My IL's deliberately picked a name for DH which can't be shortened, when he was 12 he changed it totally and all his friends know him by that name now. He uses his given name for work where it is frequently lengthened. You really can't win!

Blipbip Wed 27-Feb-13 16:11:44


mmmerangue Wed 27-Feb-13 16:12:36

My Son is called Nico.

Feel free to pinch if you like it (it gets a lot of nice comments although some people mispronounce/spell it).

Merrilymerrilymerrily Wed 27-Feb-13 16:15:16


Dylan will be shortened to Dyl (and do you really want him to be called "dull"?)

I have a Rhys and a Sion. They don't get shortened but Sion does get called Sioni.

CPtart Wed 27-Feb-13 16:41:00

I chose names I thought couldn't be shortened.
Adam gets Ad
Luke gets Lukey (although less so than as a toddler)

TemporarilyOutOfOrder Wed 27-Feb-13 17:00:34

Not read whole thread, but as others have said even short names get changed. My ds is called troy. Never gets shortened but people do lengthen it to troyston. And he's nut even in school yet.

Ds is Blair, I sometimes call him blairy, but never in public! I'll wait this he's a teenager!

anonymosity Wed 27-Feb-13 17:05:21


UniS Wed 27-Feb-13 17:07:52

Tom ( tho m y 7 yr old shortens his mate to T)
Joe ( but you may get joey)
Tim - most of the 3 letter ones seem to get Y stuck on the end as a diminutive.

BeCool Wed 27-Feb-13 17:17:14


KadensSuperMummy Wed 27-Feb-13 17:22:08

I really struggled with names before Kaden was born. I wanted something that sounded a bit different and even considered Jax, Xavier, Marty and Luca but I'm glad I went with what I did because I think Kaden is a lovely name and he likes it too...I think!

seeker Wed 27-Feb-13 17:24:57

As I said, you only get any control at all for 2 years of his life, so choose a name you like and don't worry about it!

princessofmars Wed 27-Feb-13 17:48:29

Zack - always wish I'd called my son Zack what a great name

racingheart Wed 27-Feb-13 18:16:37

I love Zack too, Princess. DH hated it.

How about Rory (Ruaridh)?


AvonCallingBarksdale Wed 27-Feb-13 18:57:33

Luke, Ben, Sam, Will, Zac

IAmLouisWalsh Wed 27-Feb-13 19:02:20

DH knows someone who called her daughter Eve for this reason.

She now gets called Evs.

Viviennemary Wed 27-Feb-13 19:04:51

Ralph. You never hear this these days. But it's nice I think.

Mogandme Wed 27-Feb-13 19:06:02


PurplePidjin Wed 27-Feb-13 19:15:27


3monkeys3 Wed 27-Feb-13 19:18:11

I agree with those who said it could still be mucked with and lengthened, even if it is hard to shorten. My dh is John, but is called Johnny for example. Someone earlier in the thread mentioned they have a Jude and it isn't shortened - I have one too and we often lengthen it to Judo. My other ds is Alexander and was supposed to be an Alex, but we call him Alexi. You can't really predict what will happen with names - either what you will do yourself, or what your ds/his friends will do. I would just choose something you like and stop worrying about what it could be changed to.

louisianablue2000 Wed 27-Feb-13 19:26:27

I don't like people shortening names. All my kids were given names I thought wouldn't be shortened. DD1's name (4 letters) started getting lengthened as soon as she and her nursery friends could speak. Both grandmother's lengthen it as well (in different ways). DD2's name (5 letters) gets lengthened by my mother, who really should know better because she spent my childhood complaining about people shortening her children's names. DD2 messes about with DS's name all the time but hasn't settled on her favourite version yet.

TBH I don't mind the kids' friends doing it, or the grandparents because that's about their own relationship with the child. I was more worried about the random aquaintance who would insist on using a short form that I didn't like. And we seem to have avoided that thankfully.

toffeelolly Wed 27-Feb-13 19:35:00

Agree with almond, think if you want you can shorten any name. I have a jude, thankfully nobody shorten's his name!

seeker Wed 27-Feb-13 19:41:49

And the fact remains, it's not your name- it's his. And he will have his own relationship with his friends and family, and, as soon as he can talk, can do whatever he likes with his name.

MERLYPUSS Wed 27-Feb-13 19:59:23

You are cursed anyway you look at it. Choose a one sylable name (Sam) and people will lengthen it (Sammy, Sammo). Choose a longer one and it will be shortened. I think best to go with a longer name that you like the shortened versions of and call him that. IE named James but called Jamie, names Thomas but called Tom.

ouryve Wed 27-Feb-13 20:00:24

My parents chose me a name that they thought couldn't be shortened. It didn't work.

ItsallisnowaFeegle Wed 27-Feb-13 20:02:38

Oh my word, four Jude's in this thread. We have awesome boys! grin

I have a Callum, yet to be shortened by anyone.

outtolunchagain Wed 27-Feb-13 20:10:22

I have a nephew Callum, always known as Cal

seeker Wed 27-Feb-13 20:13:07

My ds's friend is Callum- always Callie.

LiegeAndLief Wed 27-Feb-13 20:14:58

I have a Jack, which I have lengthened to Jack-Jack. Only me though, so far everyone else jut calls him Jack!

Talkinpeace Wed 27-Feb-13 20:15:23


Mogandme Wed 27-Feb-13 20:17:15

Liege - A friend of mine calls her son Jack Jack smile

Varya Wed 27-Feb-13 20:20:18

Best boys name IMO is Warwick which is unusual and cannot be shortened.

Rache1S Wed 27-Feb-13 20:22:07

I know someone called Ian and her gets shortened to I "ee." Ridiculous, I know!

HarleyQuinn Wed 27-Feb-13 20:25:27


Keith grin

DeltaUniformDeltaEcho Wed 27-Feb-13 20:32:06

My brother is called Ben and he gets called B. My other brother is James and when he was young people lengthened it to Jamie. You really can't win.

Both my children have names easily shortened and various different people call them different versions. I don't think it really matters if an auntie they only see once a week for a few hours calls them something different really.

WormCanner Wed 27-Feb-13 20:34:52

An awful lot of these suggestions are shortened versions of names anyway! I don't see the logic.

wineoclocktimeyet Wed 27-Feb-13 20:44:33

My dad's name is Ian and when he was growing up it was shortened to E (works best when said in a strong Scouse accent!)

ItsallisnowaFeegle Wed 27-Feb-13 21:09:57


Bearandcub Wed 27-Feb-13 21:11:17


DonderandBlitzen Wed 27-Feb-13 21:40:46


Takver Wed 27-Feb-13 21:44:15

I know a Kes and a Kett, neither of which get altered. I like both too - think they meet the 'unusual but easy to say & spell' test.

Why does shortening the name annoy you? Friends often do this With affection.

Do you feel the same about lengthening names too?

meddie Wed 27-Feb-13 21:53:01

I have a Ben, it doesnt get shortened it gets lengthened into
and the ultra long version from his uncle of Bennybunnyyourteethlookfunny

directoroflegacy Wed 27-Feb-13 21:59:20

I have a Euan who is called Eu-ie, Yu-Yu, Yu, etc!!

anonymosity Wed 27-Feb-13 22:05:30

I've thought of another short male name that you can't shorten. I love it but its a bit unusual


exoticfruits Wed 27-Feb-13 22:12:13

You can't win. DS1 has a long name-shortened by everyone (except me) and he shortens it himself. Therefore DS2 has one that you can't shorten and he gets called a version of his surname-again he like it.
I wouldn't worry. They are the one with the name and they are the one to decide.

Wereonourway Wed 27-Feb-13 22:16:02

I have a Theo, no one has managed to shorten that yet.
I also love Seth and Jude is fab too

fossil971 Wed 27-Feb-13 22:20:04

Both my children have names which are difficult to change except in a contrived way - but my dad still manages to do it. There is a tradition in my family of calling people by totally different nicknames which is even worse for you I guess.

There are some things in life you just can't control smile probably some deep seated tribal thing about how humans relate to each other. People rarely use a nickname the person (not the person's mum!) has actually said they don't like, to be fair.

FashionFail Wed 27-Feb-13 22:27:50


girliefriend Wed 27-Feb-13 22:30:48


Kieran (although I suppose would be shortened to Keir but that sounds like you are trying to clear your throat!)




BuntyPenfold Wed 27-Feb-13 22:33:00

I know a Jude called Judy.
Also Seth is called Sef.
A Neil called Nelly, and his name was chosen specifically as having no diminutive.
I don't think you can control any of it tbh.

mumat39 Wed 27-Feb-13 22:34:53

DS is Ethan.

mamasmissionimpossible Wed 27-Feb-13 22:36:02

I have a Jude, which can't be shortened easily. No doubt someone will try.

CointreauVersial Wed 27-Feb-13 22:36:07

I have a Conor, which never gets shortened.

MamaMimi Wed 27-Feb-13 23:56:54


MamaMimi Wed 27-Feb-13 23:58:36


mymeatballishorse Thu 28-Feb-13 00:00:05

Harry is the nickname for Henry grin

X is the only one I can think of

goldenlula Thu 28-Feb-13 00:13:28

I have a Luke, he is called Lu as a nickname by me mostly, also Lukey-Lu or just Lukey. This is only by close family though and a couple of friends.

thekitchenfairy Thu 28-Feb-13 00:50:06

I have two DS, one of whom is a Rowan. His name is never knowingly shortened, or lengthened, even after several years at school! one family member tried Roey once... It didn't suit and it didn't stick!

MumFrog Thu 28-Feb-13 02:51:56

My Joe gets called J or Jay (and we gave him Joseph on his birth cert so he could choose as an adult)

SpritelyNan Thu 28-Feb-13 03:02:55


MumFrog Thu 28-Feb-13 03:11:13

My nephew is Owen but his Grandad called him Oz or Ozzy and my other neff is Robbie who became Robster to the whole family.
I was christened as Lynda but my Sad called me Lula, Lulabelle or even blossom!!

MumFrog Thu 28-Feb-13 03:11:32

*Dad not sad

coralanne Thu 28-Feb-13 07:43:48

We have an Adam whose nickname is Adiblush

thegreylady Thu 28-Feb-13 07:56:20

My ds is Guy which has never been shortened.

luanmahi Thu 28-Feb-13 08:13:23

Not read all the responses but a lot of the suggestions already seem to be shortened names like Ben, Sam, Joe, Tom and Dan. What exactly don't you like about shortened names? Also a lot of boys nicknames tend to be based on their surname. At school there was a boy with a surname of Stewart who everyone called Stew and a lot of my husband's school friends still call him by his surname.

exoticfruits Thu 28-Feb-13 08:15:57

Exactly luanmahi, it is naive to think that you have any control - they get all sorts of nicknames.

phantomhairpuller Thu 28-Feb-13 08:27:16

Thank you to all who have come up with suggestions smile
Our surname will almost certainly lead to nn's as DS's get older. DH has always been referred to by surname by lots of friends.
I just don't like names that can be shortened- do I need a reason why? We all have preferences. And as for me being naive. Yeah right. But thanks anyway.

Jasmo Thu 28-Feb-13 08:59:40

Psychologists will tell you that the use of a different form of a given name (either by family in youth or others as a person grows older) is about how the speaker views that person. DHs step mother calls his father Ben... his real name is Henry which no one has ever used, the family call him Terry which she refuses to use. She also calls DH Mikey(he was only 27 when she married his father) which he hates so good luck with finding unalterable name for your baby because I think whatever you chose ( Max, Jude or Heath are my favourites) other people will do what they like with it!!!!

EasyToEatTiger Thu 28-Feb-13 09:29:41

How about just a name you like the sound of, no matter how many syllables? It's not like naming a dog when you have to consider yelling it across a field.

phantomhairpuller Thu 28-Feb-13 09:34:26

Just to clarify, I have absolutely no issue with nicknames. What I don't like is names being shortened- especially when they don't particularly lend themselves to being shortened (see OP).
Some lovely suggestions have been made and we think we may use one of them wink

PiedWagtail Thu 28-Feb-13 09:43:50


cierzo Thu 28-Feb-13 09:47:28

what about Giles?

seeker Thu 28-Feb-13 09:48:30

I know a Giles who's Gilly!

Blipbip Thu 28-Feb-13 09:51:17


as in Buzz Aldrin and Buzz lightyear

Jimalfie Thu 28-Feb-13 09:51:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

7lbminigoals Thu 28-Feb-13 10:05:00

I have a Jack and a Finn... Neither get shortened... Its enough for me to remember the right name for the right boy!!
My bro James has never had his name shortened as far as I know... Mum put her foot down in the early days and James has stuck.

All the best with the new arrival OP!! Might be feeling broody now

AlisonL1981 Thu 28-Feb-13 10:15:56

My mum was the same, my name can be shortened and she hated it. She named my brothers mark and Ian. Mark at school was called Marcus and Ian was called ed as his middle name is Edward! My poor mum couldn't win!

I've picked harry for little one due in may! Good luck! X

dilys4trevor Thu 28-Feb-13 10:41:59

My DS1 (4.2) is called John. I loved it because I have known many Johns and never knew any that I didn't like. Also kept both sides of the family happy (Johns on both sides).
I adored the simplicity of it and still do. John is 4 and I have never ever heard of another child under 10 with the same name. Then again, I live in SW London and you can't move for Noahs, Theos and Oscars.
Only problem I have is that people assume it must be short for Jonathan and LENGTHEN it to Jonathan! I correct them.

We have a Cory which I thought wouldn't be shortened but other children do!

DreamingofSummer Thu 28-Feb-13 11:12:45

D or G or J or K

All these work and can't be shortened.

We just chose names that we could live with if they were shortened. Harry was one and ended up being Hal for a while but has gone back to Harry.

Skyebluesapphire Thu 28-Feb-13 11:47:06

havent read the whole thread, but know of:


or just shorten the name and christen them that to start with


etc etc etc

Loupee Thu 28-Feb-13 11:51:27

I have an Aaron, his middle name is John, so gets referred to as AJ by some. I've also heard Ron being used as a shortened version. But he'll always be Aaron to me!

MrsClown Thu 28-Feb-13 12:25:35

My son is called Ross. It has always suited him, especially now he is 19 years old. Ross has never been changed and his friends have always called him Ross. By the way, we arent scottish.

TheFallenNinja Thu 28-Feb-13 13:14:39

The gotcha is the ones that can't be shortened but can be lengthened.



Hoopsadazy Thu 28-Feb-13 13:43:44

Once boys get into secondary school they often use each surnames which each other (with my brothers, DH, BIL, etc.) so if you have one that is suitable for a nickname, doesn't matter what the first name is.

HelpOneAnother Thu 28-Feb-13 13:53:29

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BumBiscuits Thu 28-Feb-13 13:57:22

Or they'll end up with nicknames that have nothing to do with their name at all.

Eg Bogie, Foost, Misty (picking nicknames I remember from school)...Misty was named Misty as he missed the school bus most mornings, but we could see him running after it. I didn't ever know his real name.

Hoopsadazy Thu 28-Feb-13 13:58:56

I am not going to think of how you'd get called BumBiscuits at school....... grin

ISeeRedPeople Thu 28-Feb-13 15:34:46

Ellis, Ian, Paul, Aaron, Xavier, Mark

It's actually really hard to think of many when you try!

Lifeisontheup Thu 28-Feb-13 15:49:26

I know a Mark who's Markie, a Paul who's Paulie, Aaron who's Ronnie and a Xavier who's Xav. It's virually impossible to dictate what they will end up being called and after all in the end it is their name and if they want to be called something else it will happen.

fussychica Thu 28-Feb-13 16:44:41

Adam - suppose it can be shortened to Ad but not usually.

fussychica Thu 28-Feb-13 16:47:41

Know a Guy and a Miles - can't see they can be shortened.

whitetigress Thu 28-Feb-13 16:49:52

my youngest son's name is Sean

seeker Thu 28-Feb-13 16:55:13

My brother's name is Sean. Known to all as either Gus or Seanie. You can't win!

mumscuppa Thu 28-Feb-13 17:13:04

How about Guy

JessieMcJessie Thu 28-Feb-13 17:50:30

MrsClown, my DP is Ross too and nobody has ever shortened it. He's not Scottish either. I am though, so it went a little way to softening my Granny's reaction to an English boyfriend! I think the popularity of the name suffered due to whiny Ross Geller from Friends, but it's due a comeback.

Laska42 Thu 28-Feb-13 18:15:29

Adam gets shortened to Ad.. or lengthened to Addy

How about Ray? its old fashioned but due a comeback.. I really like it

or Liam? , Ian? or (really old fashioned) Derek? or Graham? (though I had a childhood friends of those names and used to call them Day and Gray)

notenoughsocks Thu 28-Feb-13 18:23:16


I sometimes regret not using it myself or at least sneaking it the middle somewhere.

Laska42 Thu 28-Feb-13 18:43:34

Tim ? (though some people might insist on calling him Timothy but at least youve started with a shortened name )

or Adrian? Aidan? Rory?

I wanted to call my son Torin .. but was vetoed (I named him Adam)

Highlander Thu 28-Feb-13 18:52:49


PipkinsPal Thu 28-Feb-13 19:00:49


girlwiththedragon Thu 28-Feb-13 19:34:06

My son is called Bill smile

girlwiththedragon Thu 28-Feb-13 19:35:04

OP did you decide yet?

phantomhairpuller Thu 28-Feb-13 20:47:53

Yes we think we've decided now! Some lovely suggestions some not so lovely wink
Thanks all

Laska42 Thu 28-Feb-13 20:50:49

so what, what? which were your favourite here and not so favourite (I'm hoping you went for Ray or Torin -but I bet you didn't either of them )

phantomhairpuller Thu 28-Feb-13 20:54:12

No sorry laska, not this time wink
DH is really taken with Oscar, I like Finn (always have) also like James and Leo.

Mother2many Thu 28-Feb-13 20:54:42


Coconutty Thu 28-Feb-13 20:56:39


Coconutty Thu 28-Feb-13 20:57:08


anonymosity Thu 28-Feb-13 20:59:19

Mark would get

Marky Mark though, now wouldn't he?

theQuibbler Thu 28-Feb-13 21:31:55

My BF has a little boy called Oscar and I think it's a lovely name. However my 18 month yr old can't pronounce it and calls him Okka and it's very cute and everyone laughs but it's beginning to stick as a nickname. You just can't predict these things.

GrendelsMum Thu 28-Feb-13 21:35:15

Everyone knows that Ralph gets shortened to Ra-ra.

Selks Thu 28-Feb-13 21:45:10


aamia Thu 28-Feb-13 21:50:35


BecAndAlex Thu 28-Feb-13 21:58:28

Seth (old but cool) Archie, Alex, Jack, kai....I always wanted sebastian for a boy (had a girl), but I also loved Seb, so having it shortened wouldn't have bothered me x

Laska42 Thu 28-Feb-13 22:10:26

oh yes... Seth.... thats Great . (almost - but not quite -as good as Ray)

Oscar is good though phantom . ( I love the idea of it being shortened to Okka though!) and Finn also ... Wishing you all good luck

I have a 10wk Grandson .. Marcus smile

ShepherdsSpy Thu 28-Feb-13 22:15:56


Blipbip Thu 28-Feb-13 22:23:06


WhentheRed Thu 28-Feb-13 22:33:00

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BumBiscuits Thu 28-Feb-13 22:43:16

Ah, just remembered my favourite ever nicknamed given to a pal at school .... Flash

It had nothing to do with their actual name. I wonder of anyone can guess why it was Flash? It's a classic btw

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 28-Feb-13 22:45:40

Not read the whole thread , but Roy springs to mind.

StoicButStressed Fri 01-Mar-13 00:07:06

So glad to hear nice news re new life<3


I especially love Finn and Zack btwsmile

Suziesweets Fri 01-Mar-13 00:20:50

Alf xxx

Internationaltraveller Fri 01-Mar-13 03:25:17

Ross, Ben, Luke/Luc, Jeff

I agree short names get lengthened. DH is Paul - I call him Paulie. He has 2 brothers with 1 syllable names and both of those are lenghtened by adding 'ie' by their wives.

I know somebody who even managed to shorten Roy which takes some doing (Ro).

Even if you find a short name and you stick to it when your DS is young, there will come a point when it is up to him what he answers to. My brother is Robert, and didn't mind Rob. Because my brother was brought up to ignore Bob (my mum hates it so she made sure he did too) he has never been called it regularly by anybody although a few have tried. Ultimately it is his choice though. On that basis, we plumped for names where we liked all versions of (including some I made up) so we never end up with something we hate. I can see why you are hmm about Har though. I would never have expected that from Harry!

Interestingly my 3 syllabled DS1 has never had his name shortened although the shortened version is obvious and easy.

If we are throwing names into the hat, my vote goes to Jay.

olgaga Fri 01-Mar-13 09:17:59

Mark, Ian, Guy, Max, Scott, Owen

mrsXsweet Fri 01-Mar-13 09:23:16

Varya my friend Warwick is Wozza! Not sure that was quite what his parents had in mind when they named him.

HamsterOnAPiano Fri 01-Mar-13 10:10:31

I called my little one Ewan in the (vain) hope it wouldn't be shorted. But now he gets called 'ewey' (pronounced u.e) by my fil and inexplicably woo woo by his Indian great granny who can't pronounce ewan. Just have to put up with them [grits teeth]

It depends where you live - in my part of the world nick names are rife, so names get shortened, lengthened, changed into really stupid sounding stuff lol So no matter what name you pick I think you have to be aware that your DS's friends in school may well call him something completely different! My DS is Dara which you can't really shorten, but me and DH sometimes call him Daz, which is a horrible nickname but quite a funny one grin

Taffeta Fri 01-Mar-13 13:40:15


Although IME short names get lengthened. DD's certainly does. by us FFS

bealos Fri 01-Mar-13 14:18:18

My son's called Harper - and one of my things was not giving him a name that would be immediately another shortened name iykwim e.g. Johnathon becomes Johnnie. I was named Kathryn but then always called Katy. I annoyed me in the sense that I would always have to have an 'official name' (the one for forms) and also my 'real' name (what everyone calls me).

I do call him Harps sometimes though, it's kind of sweet. I tend to avoid Harpy though smile

Blipbip Fri 01-Mar-13 15:09:21


taxi4ballet Fri 01-Mar-13 15:51:04

John, Paul, George, Ringo?

williaminajetfighter Fri 01-Mar-13 16:10:11

how are Eric?

ethansmummy2012 Fri 01-Mar-13 16:25:29

My DS is named Ethan specifically for that reason. smile smile

Littlecherublegs Fri 01-Mar-13 18:23:31

Sorry for any repeats.........


I have an Eric and he gets called "Ericky" or just "Ricky" so extended more than shortened!

Coconutty Fri 01-Mar-13 20:09:51

My friend's Ethan gets called Eaf

BakingBunty Fri 01-Mar-13 20:12:25

DS is Ned (christened Ned rather than short for Edward or Edmund). Very hard to shorten or lengthen though DB calls him Nedley hmm

Karbea Fri 01-Mar-13 20:26:04

My mum had the same issue when my little bro was born as people shortened my name, she gave him a one syllable name and people ended up saying it twice instead.

cherrypez Fri 01-Mar-13 21:59:41

I'm glad paople like Finn as it is my son's name...however, I now have to resist the urge to call him 'Findus', thanks AlmondFrangipani!

auntevil Fri 01-Mar-13 22:45:34

Haven't read the whole thread, but I named my DSs with names that could be shortened so that they would have the choice - dependent on age and disposition - as to what they wanted to be called.
Weird thing is, so far, nobody has shortened any of their names.
So perhaps that's the answer confused

Suzieismyname Sat 02-Mar-13 07:42:39

you just can't win with names. At university there was a boy next door called Steve. Everyone called him Stee!

RustyBear Sat 02-Mar-13 08:07:57

You really can't help what your children's friends will call them - as a teenager, DD had friends known as Satch, Couchy and Pie (actually David, Adam and, I think, Michael)

I had thought that her name, Amber, was unlikely to be shortened - she ended up known as Bam, short for Bambi...

seeker Sat 02-Mar-13 08:11:25

I have a Patrick, who is very rarely anything but his full name now, and a Grace who answers to a huge variety of shortenings lengthening and nicknames. You can't do anything about it, honestly.

However, I can help smiling at the people who can't stand shortenings, so cam their child the short form. "Oh, I can't bear abbreviated names, so I've called the triplets Tom, Will and Sue" What's that about? apart from ultimate control freakery

mikkii Sat 02-Mar-13 09:03:15

In my DH's family no-one gets called by their real name, so we decided on names and on the diminutives that we would Copt. DS is Valentino which we shorten to Tino (said tea-no) my 2year old had shortened this to Toe which he adores, but hates the 5year old using. Our DD1is Gabriela (Spanish spelling) shortened to Ela, although we have to be zen about the spelling as most people (understandably) use the English Ella. I hate people calling her Gabby and correct them if they cll her that. DD2 is Luisa, she gets called Looby Lou!

mikkii Sat 02-Mar-13 09:04:19

Sorry accept not Copt

Laska42 Sat 02-Mar-13 13:00:37

Just remembered one of the alternative names thought of for my grandson Marcus was to be Isaac..

...Though no doubt it would have been shortened to Ize

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