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!!

LongEaredOwl Mon 12-Aug-13 12:52:00

Theo?

lljkk Mon 12-Aug-13 12:57:50

If they don't shorten they'll lengthen (Theo will become Theo-dorable to his girlfrd).

bryonywhisker Mon 12-Aug-13 12:58:17

Brian
David

3boys3dogshelp Mon 12-Aug-13 12:58:56

I know a leon who gets called Lee a lot sorry

ExasperatedSigh Mon 12-Aug-13 13:02:27

Raoul

Mehrida Mon 12-Aug-13 13:02:50

David becomes Dave and Brian becomes Bri. (Family names)

On a related note. Mil HATES names being shortened. So she called bil Stephen because she 'knew people wouldn't be able to shorten it as it has ph in the middle rather than v'.

Everything of bil's from his email to his business cards say 'Steve'.

The morale of the story, people will find a way to shorten anything. Probs best to pick a name that you least dislike the shortening of.

Most names can be shortened, and, as has been said, they'll be lengthened if you can't. Lee, Cay (Cale) and Ni.

ouryve Mon 12-Aug-13 13:04:44

No name is completely immune to modification. Best to just choose a name you like and call him that name.

meditrina Mon 12-Aug-13 13:04:47

Godfrey?

I have a Linus and an Asa (although Asa does sometimes get called Ace)

Hugo?
Marcel?

Weegiemum Mon 12-Aug-13 13:05:49

My ds is Aidan, never been shortened.

Crannog Mon 12-Aug-13 13:08:36

Noah

Ciaran

OlyRoller Mon 12-Aug-13 13:09:22

Rutger
Euan
Dustin
Roland
Casper
Millard
Hector
Marcel
Maurice
Herman
Eric

ExasperatedSigh Mon 12-Aug-13 13:11:25

Alban
Titus

ExasperatedSigh Mon 12-Aug-13 13:11:57

Oh no, sorry, Titus becomes Ty.

SwedishEdith Mon 12-Aug-13 13:12:20

It will just be shortened to one syllable. Stephen is lucky he gets as much as Steve - could just be Ste

RiceorChips Mon 12-Aug-13 13:18:55

Thanks for the suggestions so far.

I know you're right in that most (if not all) names can be shortened if you really try / want them to be, but as I said, there are more obvious ones than others; ie. every Thomas I have ever known has always got called Tom; whereas the Joel I know never gets called anything but Joel.

Theo is along the lines I'm looking for. Theo-dorable by his GF maybe but by his teenage mates, maybe not??!! wink

I love Aidan (and Hayden) but it doesn't sound right with our surname unfortunately.
Ciaran is nice too but is already in the family.

MikeLitoris Mon 12-Aug-13 13:19:21

This is why we chose Jack for ds (before it was so popular). I didnt want anything to get shortened.

He is now jackie boy or jacko.

I gave up worrying about it by the time we had left the hospital tbh

VegPatchLurker Mon 12-Aug-13 13:20:03

Henry

SlightlyItchyBraStrap Mon 12-Aug-13 13:33:46

Ian
Ethan
Owen
Morris
Maurice

RiceorChips Mon 12-Aug-13 13:37:10

Euan and Owen are good, thanks!

I do like Jack too but 2 syllable names sound better with our 'unusual' 3 syllable surname.

Crannog Mon 12-Aug-13 14:02:45

Liam

JacqueslePeacock Mon 12-Aug-13 14:06:46

Owen
Barry
Derek
...sorry, these might not be quite type of names you were after!

RiceorChips Mon 12-Aug-13 17:06:08

Liam is good - but again, it's already in the family.

Not so sure about Barry or Derek???!! Not very common though these days! wink

I suppose another way of looking at it is by thinking of names whose shortened version isn't a proper name in it's own right. So for example, Thomas would be no good as a baby could be reasonably called just Tom (as in that is it's full name on the birth certificate); whereas something like Niall is more on the right lines of what I'm looking for as no-one (as far as I know?!) would be called Ni.

Hope that makes sense??!!

Thanks!!

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!

7to25 Mon 12-Aug-13 20:31:40

In my house:
Non shortened names are shortened
Ruairi Ru
Eamon Amy
Cormac Cordo
Ciarán Ciardo
Roisin Rowsh
Eoghan Owenie

Your plans will be foiled

Pachacuti Mon 12-Aug-13 20:38:56

Toby
Oscar
Otto
Hector
Felix
Magnus

ALovelyBunchOfCoconuts Mon 12-Aug-13 20:43:05

We have a Thomas. nobody calls him tom. he's just Thomas. it can be done. smile

CPtart Mon 12-Aug-13 20:53:37

DS is Adam, but gets called Ad.

OutragedFromLeeds Tue 13-Aug-13 02:14:38

Ivo
Ronan
Harry
Barry
Larry
Gary
Henry
Emmett
Riley
Noel
Simon
Francis
Malcolm

5madthings Tue 13-Aug-13 02:25:34

I have a Theo, he is actually Theodore on his BC but we call him Theo and that doesn't get shortened.

We have an Oscar which does get shortened to oz/Ozzy by some of his friends.

We also have Dylan and rudi neither of them have had their name shortened, we ocassionally called Dylan.. Dyl but his friends don't. Ditto rudi is rude dude or various other silly versions but his friends all call him rudi.

OutragedFromLeeds Tue 13-Aug-13 02:31:01

Rory
Cory

Oriunda Tue 13-Aug-13 07:32:02

I have a Cosmo (no. 1191 in 2012 ONS!). We often call him Cos .... I think whatever name you give will be shortened, or lengthened. People like to give people nn, it's a form of endearment/familiarity.

exoticfruits Tue 13-Aug-13 07:36:16

Just a word of warning- you can't win! We called DS a name that can't be shortened and his friends call him something else completely!

TickledOnion Tue 13-Aug-13 07:44:04

How about Isaac, Noah or Nathan?

NotInGuatemalaNowDrRopata Tue 13-Aug-13 07:54:31

Not two syllables, but Craig?

Reastie Tue 13-Aug-13 07:58:50

Rory, Percy, Derek, Dylan, Corey, Merlin

That's all I can think at the minute.

MortifiedAdams Tue 13-Aug-13 08:04:38

Travis

CPtart Tue 13-Aug-13 08:11:47

I know a Merlyn that is known only as Merl.

Reastie Tue 13-Aug-13 08:38:47

Oh CP yes I can see that now confused . It's not as obviously shortened as Thomas/Tom Benjamin/Ben etc though

Turniptwirl Tue 13-Aug-13 09:35:39

I see what you mean, like friends and family will shorten anything but teachers and other random people wouldn't automatically shorten it.

EarthMither Tue 13-Aug-13 09:39:46

Jared

AuntieBrenda Tue 13-Aug-13 09:55:07

My brother is called Aaron. He gets called ah. His mates call him alf or afie. I don't think my parents envisaged that!

cottoncandy Tue 13-Aug-13 09:58:05

Riley
Lucas
Nigel (not many of those around these days!)

afromom Tue 13-Aug-13 09:58:21

Noah
Theo
Connor
Conner
Evan
Alan
Harry
Jamie
Alex

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 13-Aug-13 10:02:18

Nye is a name which we considered OP. Short for Anuerin. TBH any name can be shortened

RiceorChips Tue 13-Aug-13 11:57:20

Some great suggestions, thank you!

Am liking Jamie and Theo, and love Nathan!

Others I like but can't have include Isaac, Aidan / Hayden, Dylan, Simon and Alex.

Quite like Justin but can't get the Mr Tumble connection out of my head!!

I like Jared but have heard it's often thought of as a naughty boys name?? What do you think?

Reastie Tue 13-Aug-13 12:01:29

rice but when he's 15 you won't even think of Mr Tumble though.

I like Jared, I don't associate it with naughty boys at all. Just thought of another few, Jasper,Graham and Gareth.

Reastie Tue 13-Aug-13 12:02:03

or Henry

5madthings Tue 13-Aug-13 12:16:06

rice ds3(8) has a friend called justin, he is a lovely little boy, no one connects his name to mr tumble and my kids watch it as they have younger siblings.

flowers123 Tue 13-Aug-13 12:43:38

Kurt x

AuntieStella Tue 13-Aug-13 19:52:40

"but when he's 15 you won't even think of Mr Tumble though."

By the time he's 15, a JustIn will be at the peak of 'small willy' jokes

Wereonourway Tue 13-Aug-13 20:02:59

I have a Theo too. I love it obviously

His middle name is James, suppose there's risk of jim/jimmy later in life but probably not for some time?

I also like Jude

RiceorChips Tue 13-Aug-13 20:46:44

Ok so maybe Justin is off the list???!!!

I do like names beginning with J though, they seem to work well with our surname.

So, thoughts on:
Jared - too harsh sounding?
Jamie - too soft / feminine sounding?
Jacob - inevitably shortened to Jake?
Joseph - LOVE this! Though inevitably shortened to Joe? Joey? Though is that a bad thing?

WheresMeJumperOhNo Tue 13-Aug-13 21:04:39

Eli?

I have a friend named Justin, nicknamed Stin.

OutragedFromLeeds Tue 13-Aug-13 22:29:16

Jacob is lovely and I really like Jake as well. 2 great names for the price of 1 imo.

Joseph is nice as well and I don't mind Joe either.

I think both would get shortened sometimes/by some people so I wouldn't choose either if you really don't like Jake/Joe. As everyone has said though pretty much everything will be shortened sometimes and I think a nice nn like Jake has to be better than J or Red or Jar or whatever Jared would be shortened to.

Maybe you should think of a one syllable name you love and then add on an extra syllable?

Jake/Jacob
Joe/Joseph
Jack/Jackson
Jude/Judah
James/Jamie
Josh/Joshua
Jev/Jevan
Jay/ any J name!

Luke/Lucas or Luca
Mark/ Marcus
Tom/ Thomas
Sam /Samson or Samuel

RiceorChips Thu 15-Aug-13 12:12:03

Thanks all, really helpful!

Have run some names past DH and currently our shortlist looks like this:
Leo
Leon
Jacob
Joseph
Marcus

Though I know some (if not all) of these can easily be shortened!!!!

It's a tricky busy this naming lark, especially when you have an 'awkward' surname!!!

BuntyPenfold Thu 15-Aug-13 13:05:26

I know a Niall called Nelly!
Jude called Judy.
Aiden called Ades.

There is nothing you can do tbh.

LokiTheCynicalCat Thu 15-Aug-13 13:20:05

You seem to have a lot of Irish names in the family! And you've said you like some of the Irish names suggested, so if you're open to those, here are two more: Finn and Lorcan.

DH and I have both agreed to consider Lorcan for DC2 if a boy. We considered Finn for DC1, and IME Finn does tend to get lengthened to Finlay in the UK, whereas in Ireland it's either a stand-alone name or short for Fintan or Finbarr.

RiceorChips Thu 15-Aug-13 14:34:48

I know, I guess long names get shortened and short names get lengthened!! Or some nickname is introduced based on the surname or something completely random!!

I do like Finn / Finlay but DH doesn't.
He's vetoed quite a few names I like actually including Caleb, Theo, and Zac / Zachary.
But of course hasn't really suggested any... apart from the likes of Barry or Derek!!!!!

OutragedFromLeeds Fri 16-Aug-13 00:40:26

Love Leon and Jacob.

siluria Fri 16-Aug-13 20:06:41

My DH won't go for ARthur because he thinks that all men need a one-syllable name for the pub (don't worry, I have rolled my eyes at him as much as humanly possible over this). I know it can be Art, but that just feels like a whole different kind of name and isn't an easy or inevitable shortening.

siluria Fri 16-Aug-13 20:07:45

auntiestella, apparently Mr Tumble has a huge one. Just saying wink

Loubelles Fri 16-Aug-13 21:38:20

Not every ones cup of tea but I love Maddox and can't think of anything it could ready be shortened to as a boy. Maddie is a bit girlie maybe dox or m but not a lot else!

googlyeyes Fri 16-Aug-13 23:08:04

Even Derek and Barry can be shortened! Baz and Del anyone?

Simon becomes Si and Nigel becomes Nige.

V few names are completely immune!

elQuintoConyo Fri 16-Aug-13 23:16:41

Eric
Dara
Adam
Oscar
Felix
Iago
Leon
Johnny
Marcus
Martin
Eamon
Lewis/Louis (or whichever spelling it is, I get confused!)

devonsmummy Fri 16-Aug-13 23:24:47

Adam
Benji
Chester
Dustin
Frazer
Gerard
Hector
Ian
Liam
Oscar
Charlie
Leo
Jamie
Norris
Corey
Cody
Grady

devonsmummy Fri 16-Aug-13 23:26:09

Ruan
Ryan

rockybalboa Fri 16-Aug-13 23:39:14

We have a Rory. Can't think of any obvious shortenings. Roar?!?

LazyMonkeyButler Fri 16-Aug-13 23:46:11

There is no such thing as a name that can't be shortened. I went to school with a family of four siblings, each with 3 letter names. They still get shortened!

Eve is Ev, Tom is T, Lia is Li and Zak is Zee.

What can you do? My mum also gave myself & my siblings names she thought couldn't be shortened (although longer names than the examples above) - they are all shortened sometimes. You can't win!

RiceorChips Sat 17-Aug-13 11:03:51

Thank you for your responses.

I know, like I said before, I know most if not all names can be shortened if you try hard enough and/or you want to but some are easier and more obvious than others.
Something like Ian for example is a little more difficult to shorten than something like Thomas.

I do LOVE Joseph but neither me nor DH are keen on Joe and it's obvious it would get shortened to this. Though I'm thinking we could still call him Joseph and just accept we cant control what anyone else calls him!!
Leon is also on the shortlist though someone mentioned this could / would get shortened to Lee which we dont like but maybe we just cant do anything about that???!

I guess whatever name we choose, his future mates could decide to call him anything!!!!

Weegiemum Sat 17-Aug-13 11:08:43

My stepbrothers managed to abbreviate Iain to "ee".

kara21chick Sat 17-Aug-13 20:15:20

really struggling with names. I love Ava Florence but Ava is just too popular and comes no 8 in the top 100. Any other ideas i definitely want to use Florence as middle name...

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FrauGrau Sun 18-Aug-13 09:08:58

Hate to say it but lljk is right , if they don't shorten it they'll lengthen it. Or even worse - he'll get something based on looks or personal attributes: Tubby, Speccy, Titch .... Best pick something with a short form you don't mind too much and keep your fingers crossed!

shelsco Sun 18-Aug-13 22:25:24

Lewis
Miles
Spencer
Isaac
Tyler
Kieran
Cohen
Charlie
Jamie
Alex

AngelaOxford Sun 18-Aug-13 23:20:42

Miles
Liam
Simon
Arthur
Magnus

bouncingbelle Sun 18-Aug-13 23:49:31

Aaron
Lachlan
Gavin
Jason
Jared
Darren
Soren

sashh Mon 19-Aug-13 08:58:10

Leon, Caleb and Niall.

You mean Lee/Leo, Cal and Nelly/Ny?

I used to know a Darren called Darren because his parents thought it couldn't be shortened, his school friends called him Daz

JuniperBush Mon 19-Aug-13 10:23:28

We have an Adam, and so far, so good! I still love it too...

Sorry if these have already been mentioned, i haven't read everything.

Harry
Henry
Aubrey
Justin
Adam
Felix
Oscar
Alfie (though already a shortened name)
Rory
Curtis
Dylan
Anthony shortens to Tony still two syllables...

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Tue 20-Aug-13 08:16:28

Boys have a knack of shortening/changing every name of their friends. Harry becomes Haz or Hazza, Theo becomes 'T', Charlie becomes Chas.

Good luck with finding a name that can't be shortened and please don't become one of those parents who corrects their dc's friends when they use a nickname, rather than the name you put on the birth certificate

chickabilla Tue 20-Aug-13 08:52:51

My Joseph is still Joseph at almost 7 and noone has ever called him Joe. However, we chose it because we don't mind Joe if he ends up being known as that.

working9while5 Tue 20-Aug-13 09:03:16

Meditrina: Godfrey = Free or Gods. I kid you not.

working9while5 Tue 20-Aug-13 09:04:34

Oh and my Rory is Rooster. I know a Liam who became Monty. No way to control it I think.

DinoSnores Wed 21-Aug-13 10:39:34

Ezra

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