Girls names - no abbreviations!

(65 Posts)
Winter123 Sat 03-Aug-13 14:13:04

Any suggestions for girls names that can't be abbreviated?! I really like Isabella but hate the idea of people abbreviating it to Izzie. DH and I have people abbreviate our names all the time and hate it!

At the minute we also like Alice (praying no one calls them Ali) and Imogen.

BungleGeorgeAndZippy Sat 03-Aug-13 14:27:12

Imogen can be abbreviated to Immie.

Struggling to think of any names that can't be shortened...Jo?

Clargo55 Sat 03-Aug-13 14:40:21


Bowlersarm Sat 03-Aug-13 14:44:45


Hmmm.....there aren't many i can think of...

My niece Imogen is only ever called Immie. You need to rule that one out.

mrstalbear Sat 03-Aug-13 14:47:02


MrsBungle Sat 03-Aug-13 14:47:25


Tortoise Sat 03-Aug-13 14:47:46

My sisters name can't be shortened but then she ended up called by the initial letter, H!

Winter123 Sat 03-Aug-13 14:50:23

Thank for your suggestions... I like Savannah, DH hates it. We both like Faith...

I know a Sophie who is just called 'Soph', to me it just ruins a nice name

Thanks for the heads up on Imogen, would never have thought of Immie as an abbreviation. We both like Faith... Please tell me there are no abbreviations for that!

Bowlersarm Sat 03-Aug-13 14:51:39


(Only joking, OP, I think that should be safe enough)

Sirzy Sat 03-Aug-13 14:52:02

People will find a way to shorten any name. DS is Harry picked partly because it couldn't be shortened - some people call him H!

Looking at people's suggestions I can see a lot of ways most could be shortened.

EverybodysGoneSurfing Sat 03-Aug-13 14:52:05

We have a Zoe and call her Zo Zo which is daft but one of those things! This will happen with all names, I think!

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sat 03-Aug-13 14:52:10


Winter123 Sat 03-Aug-13 14:53:21

Oh Tortoise! A guy i work with is called Adam and some people think 'Ad' is acceptable! It's not even a name that's just a noise!

Bowlersarm Sat 03-Aug-13 14:53:40


Inkblinkandmustard Sat 03-Aug-13 14:56:18

I think it depends on how firm you are about it. I'm Charlotte, and its never been shortened, despite there being lots of options. Dd is Alice, chosen not to be shortened but even I call her Al all the time.

Winter123 Sat 03-Aug-13 14:57:18

bowlersarm that did make me laugh!

sirzy Harry was one of our boy names!

I can see so many ways to abbreviate some names that have been suggested. I realise some people don't mind their names being abbreviated I personally hate it when people do it to me.

Longtallsally Sat 03-Aug-13 14:59:38

Hmm - be careful. My mum did this, but I resented it growing up as I saw it as a sign of her wanting to control me and who I was. She went for Joy and was furious when my first boyfriend dropped the y and called me Jo. I think that most people will find abbreviations - or extensions - if they want to. It's up to your daughter (and you) to object if you don't like someone abbreviating your name. Just remind them of what you are called, and explain that you really don't like the alternatives!

MrsBungle Sat 03-Aug-13 14:59:52

Faith is lovely, I can't see how you'd shorten that.

Winter123 Sat 03-Aug-13 15:04:41

longtallsally it certainly isn't me wanting to control DDtobe. If I'm entirely honest (and ever so slightly snobby) it's the lazy abbreviations I hate
Sophie =Soph
Emma= Em
Amy= Aim

I wouldn't mind if they chose to abbreviate their name if its what they preferred, it's just something DH and I don't like.

Thanks, MrsBungle smile

RugBugs Sat 03-Aug-13 15:14:13

We thought we'd found one in Melissa but no!
DPs family call her lissa and he calls her Mel C.
DD2 is due in 10 days and we've embraced it this time, her name can be shortened to at least two names.

Bowlersarm Sat 03-Aug-13 15:15:32

OP, I think the problem is that any name with more than one syllable has the potential to be shortened (lazily) to the first syllable only.

Would it be an option to go for a longer name with an abbreviation that you like and could use ie in your example Isabella could be 'Belle' rather than 'izzie'. Are there are any names you like and could consider that route?

millymae Sat 03-Aug-13 15:17:50

No suggestions from me I'm afraid. Both OH and I have names that could easily be shortened but rarely are because both sets of parents apparently made it clear from the off that there were to be no abbreviations. Nowadays OH doesn't care about the odd occasion his name gets shortened but I definitely do and will always let people know that I prefer to be called my full name. When our dc's were born we tried very hard (unsuccessfully as it's happened) to pick names that couldn't be abbreviated but it seems that even names with 3 or 4 letters can be shortened - think 'E' for Eve and 'Em' for Emma. Imogen is a really pretty name but the two in dd's year at a school are known as Im and Immy. I think what I'm trying to say is that if you really like a name you start as you mean to go on and make it clear that that is what you want her to be called. When she's small you will be her voice and can always correct those who try to shorten it. She can do that herself if she feels strongly about it when she gets older or do as my dc's have done and been happy with the shortened 'name' friends have chosen for them. Alice is lovely by the way and Ali as an abbreviated version really isn't that bad in the general scheme of things.

Winter123 Sat 03-Aug-13 15:29:13

I am very adamant that I won't have my name abbreviated and I get the 'oh, aren't you very precious' look... angry

We love Alice, Faith and Imogen (although the Immie abbreviation has come to light) and love Ethan and Harry for a boy. I suppose, I will just have to suffer the looks when I say I don't like abbreviations!

I suppose we love the above names that much we will just to have to insist on no abbreviations and have to suffer the judgmental looks! And then if DC want to abbreviate then that's absolutely their choice.

Rosa smile someone tried to call her Rosie once but her 3yo big brother soon corrected them blush

Clargo55 Sat 03-Aug-13 15:47:22

Faith is lovely OP.

MortifiedAdams Sat 03-Aug-13 15:48:47


Turniptwirl Sat 03-Aug-13 15:48:59


I know an Imee too, Imogen can definitely be shortened

Tbh people will shorten anything. My parents chose my name so it couldn't be shortened and it generally wasn't when I was a child but it is now I'm an adult.

My mums family all have long names that are never shortened within the family but that are by everyone else who knows them. You may just have to put up with what other people call your dd and use her full name yourself

You can't really stop the Al - Alice, Imogen - Immie thing, but you can minimise the chance by picking a name without a common abbreviation. For instance, if you call her Elizabeth you're asking for it, but even if you called her Libby on the BC she'd end up being Libs most of the time! It's just what people do. It has to be a one-syllable to stop people from shortening, and even then people will find a way (Faith - Fay for instance).

It's how people show affection for each other, really. I think it's nice, and in the instances I've just outlined, more a pet name than a nickname.

I've never called my friend Alice Al. I sometimes call her Lissypops or A-bot...

I think you should call her Heidi smile


GoodtoBetter Sat 03-Aug-13 15:59:10

You can't stop people shortening names, and I don't really understand the fuss either ad it'd almost always done affectionately. Choose a name you love, like Isabella and then just be firm about correcting people who shorten it.

WeAll Sat 03-Aug-13 15:59:57


Winter123 Sat 03-Aug-13 16:08:36

GoodtoBetter I know this isn't an issue for most, it's just something DH and I don't like. It's not the most important thing in the world, would have just been a 'nice to have'. I get that for some its a sign of affection and they aren't dong it to be mean! (my family abbreviate my name and I don't mind it too much, shock just hate it when others do)

Think I've learnt that there isn't a way of getting around this abbreviation business!

GoodtoBetter Sat 03-Aug-13 16:29:57

But people will shorten or create pet names whatever you choose, so you might as well pick something you love.

Winter123 Sat 03-Aug-13 16:44:52

Yes, I think that's what I think GoodtoBetter smile

Queazy Sat 03-Aug-13 20:17:14

How about:



Barbeasty Sat 03-Aug-13 20:21:19

But if they don't shorten it, they'll lengthen it.

DD is Ruth. Known pretty widely as Ruthy.

We've had better luck with DS. He's Anthony, but I don't want it shortened yet. Because we call him Anthony every time, it's only slightly PA SIL who shortens it (named after FIL who was known as Tony)

Go with a name you like, accept that some people will change any name, and ignore/ correct them.

formicadinosaur Sun 04-Aug-13 00:55:19



Mrsindecision Sun 04-Aug-13 01:42:52

Please excuse any duplicates:

DD is Catrin, I've only heard one person shorten it to Cat and that was last week, (we do call her kit kat at home as a pet name though).

nocheeseplease Sun 04-Aug-13 02:16:58

I have a Leah and nobody ever shortens it. I was worried she might get Lee when she went to school but it never happened and she has got to the age of 9 so far with everyone using her proper name.

Impossible, as if people don't shorten it they lengthen it.

I know a Jack known as Jackie, a Jordan known as Joe and a Jo known as Joey.

aufaniae Sun 04-Aug-13 12:03:53


FWIW I love that people shorten my name and I'm slightly sad the name we picked for DD, which we love otherwise, can't be shortened!

Also, a cautionary tale, MIL gave DP a name which can't be shortened because, like you she doesn't like it. He was given a nickname by friends when he was young which is unrealted to the name MIL gave him, and as an adult everybody knows him by his nickname! Only MIL calls him his given name.

Of course you should chose a name you love and if this is an important criteria for you then stick to your guns, but I wouldn't make it the most important thing if you find a name you love that can be shortened.

Writerwannabe83 Sun 04-Aug-13 13:52:02

I have a name that in no way can be shortened and when I got to school the other children just called me by my initial grin

No matter what you do, or don't do, nicknames and shorthand will ALWAYS be found.

Just pick a name you like and stop hypothetically worrying about what nickname someone might or might not give her in the future smile

CruCru Sun 04-Aug-13 14:00:12

Hannah? Ilsa?

CruCru Sun 04-Aug-13 14:00:47

Jane? Sarah?

ThursdayLast Sun 04-Aug-13 14:09:01

I am one of your options...I hate it when people abbreviate my name, so I ask them not to.
It works.

CruCru Sun 04-Aug-13 14:09:17


ODearMe Sun 04-Aug-13 14:12:56

Kim cannot be shortened, can be lengthened though to Kimmy!

thegreylady Sun 04-Aug-13 14:31:46


Turniptwirl Sun 04-Aug-13 14:32:53

I worked with an Edward who was universally known as ed. so my rather nickname obsessed team would use a longer nn taken from his surname instead

sleepingbeautiful Sun 04-Aug-13 17:29:27


Just as a heads up,I know two Ethan's,and both get called 'Ethe'.

I also know a Harrison,who is never,ever Harry.

Winter123 Sun 04-Aug-13 22:22:25

Thanks for all the suggestions! smile

As I mentioned in a previous post, I won't make it the most important thing. Would just be such a bonus for DH and I. I suppose I shoud have just said names that can't be abbreviated easily!

sleepyMe12 Sun 04-Aug-13 22:29:28

Erin (one if the reasons I choose it)

okthen Sun 04-Aug-13 22:32:07


noblegiraffe Sun 04-Aug-13 22:36:18

I know a Savannah who is called Sav.

rufusnine Sun 04-Aug-13 22:36:52

Faith is lovely! But whatever you choose just to bear in mind that further down the line no matter what the original name is someone somewhere finds a nn that your child may like answer too which YOU might not like! Some names actually get lengthened as a nick name! I speak from experience!

ouryve Sun 04-Aug-13 22:37:36

My mum gave me a name she thought couldn't be abbreviated. She was very wrong.

ouryve Sun 04-Aug-13 22:40:30

I know a Lauren who is nn lol or lolly.

And with short names, people will lengthen them eg Ruth to Ruthie.

Oubliette0292 Sun 04-Aug-13 22:45:11

My neice is called Imogen - and is known as Jenny (so multiple ways to abbreviate).
Names I've come across that don't seem to get shortened (although some are already abbreviations of longer names):
Ann, Carly, Fran, Hannah, Gail, Jane, Jill, Kate, Lucy, Mae, Naomi, Petra, Ria, Sarah, Tina, Wendy, Yvonne.

Yika Sun 04-Aug-13 22:47:26


Faith is very pretty though, as are Alice and Imogen.

nooka Sun 04-Aug-13 23:15:12

My mother was called Clare because my grandmother hated shortenings. My grandfather then called her Clarabella/Bella/Bella Bee/Bee! Generally I'd say it was fairly safe for nicknames though.

I've a long very unusual name with a common shortening, my mother told people she didn't like the shortening when I was little, and then I told them the same when I was older. Apart from a short period in my teens when I was desperate for a nickname I have always been known by my full name. I don't respond to the shortening, so people generally don't try more than once! I could see it might be much harder if you have a name where people automatically go for the nick name, like Victoria/Vicky, Deborah/Debbie etc.

Nellelephant Mon 05-Aug-13 11:50:23

Faith is a lovely name. If you don't want people to abbreviate a name then I think you just have to be honest with people and tell them not to. I remember my Mum telling off my brother's teachers for shortening his name. It's a name that people will naturally shorten but with my mum being so insistent, nobody did it. He is now 22 and does shorten his name but only because he wants to, not because it suits other people. My name can't be shortened at all but still people would try calling me Caz, there is no z in my name!

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