Which spelling Y or IE

(54 Posts)
daughterofafarmer Thu 19-Sep-13 18:19:29

Which do you prefer and why?

Johnny or Johnnie

Surname 'M' 3 syllables


jalapeno Thu 19-Sep-13 18:31:25

I prefer Jonny, don't like the h as to me it is a shortening of Jonathan. Jonny looks right to me and I have harboured a serious crush for Jonny Wilkinson for many years! grin

Oldandcobwebby Thu 19-Sep-13 18:33:01

Neither. Call him John, and keep Johnny as your pet name for him. One day he may be a professor or a high court judge. Good, solid "proper" given names will sound so much better.

jalapeno Thu 19-Sep-13 18:42:07

Goodness yes I meant to say I would have Jonny only as a shortening for Jonathan or lengthening for John!

daughterofafarmer Thu 19-Sep-13 18:52:42

Far enough old but that's not what I asked! For all you know he may very well be called John or Jonathan smile

Coconutty Thu 19-Sep-13 18:53:35


Johnny. smile

Rowanred Thu 19-Sep-13 18:56:22

The "h" just looks wrong to me. I would go with Jonny and John or Jonathon on bc!

VBisme Thu 19-Sep-13 18:57:25

I'd go for Johnny as a nickname for Johnathon rather than Johnnie.

But he'll spell it however he likes when he's older.

daughterofafarmer Thu 19-Sep-13 18:58:57

Most like to be John however that's my Dad's name so would prefer Johnny day to day. Jonny would be for Jonathan yes? confused

daughterofafarmer Thu 19-Sep-13 19:02:17

But Jonathan isn't spelt with 2 'H' VB hence Jonny for Jonathan.

VBisme Thu 19-Sep-13 19:07:25

It doesn't matter how you spell a nickname. I was only saying what I'd expect it to look like.

My nickname can be spelt (at least) 4 ways, and I've used them all at different times.

daughterofafarmer Thu 19-Sep-13 19:13:49

Think I prefer the H in the spelling! God it's a minefield wink

tumbletumble Thu 19-Sep-13 19:32:00

I like Jonny

bundaberg Thu 19-Sep-13 19:36:50


it just looks nicer

I'll answer for you, I think with a Y, IE looks more girlie to me.

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 19:48:24


Johnny Cash
Johnny Depp
Johnny Marr

Jonny makes me squirm, it looks so very, very wrong.

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 19:50:17

Also, John is a far superior name compared to Jonathan.

John is timeless, Jonathan is very 1972-1984.

AngusAndElspethsThistleWhistle Thu 19-Sep-13 19:54:07

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AlansCatalanCat Thu 19-Sep-13 20:47:33

Johnny. No contest.

elcranko Thu 19-Sep-13 21:26:21


Snazzyenjoyingsummer Thu 19-Sep-13 21:27:48

Y not IE.

nightcircus Thu 19-Sep-13 21:46:51


bananamummy Thu 19-Sep-13 21:53:52

I prefer John.

Nicknames could include
Johhnie (as in Johnnie Boden)
Jonny (as in Jonny Wilkinson)
Johnny (as in Johnny Cash)

but it really doesn't matter, it's just a nickname.

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 22:00:36

I think the OP is planning to call her son Johnny/Johnnie from birth so it's not 'just a nickname', it's the child's name.

bananamummy Thu 19-Sep-13 22:08:22

But the op said earlier that it will be most likely John as full name and so I assumed Johnnie/Johnny/Jonnie are nickname options.

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 22:12:55

Yes but she says he'll be Johnny day to day, sounds like John will just be for birth certs and official forms.

daughterofafarmer Thu 19-Sep-13 22:30:37

squoosh so wise!

We are taking about it, however like many things it would be easier if DH just kept his nose out grin

daughterofafarmer Thu 19-Sep-13 22:35:01

The problem is my Dad is John...and whist I love my dear old pa. I don't really want to name my son after him, just quite like Johnny hmm however I will let my dad think this is the case as that might be a bit mean wink

After suggesting Johnny, DH now not too sure. And breath....

Jojay Thu 19-Sep-13 22:38:24

Johnny, definitely.

Bowlersarm Thu 19-Sep-13 22:41:11


I know of four boys called Johnny (tbh I'm not sure they are all spelt like that) from toddler to mid teens, and I just wanted to say that it is a really nice name to say, and suits all age groups really well. I think it's quite a cool name ie the owners of the name are all cool popular kids.

Persuade your DH OP.

sonlypuppyfat Thu 19-Sep-13 22:41:49

John classy timeless name anything ending with y or ie is silly

Bowlersarm Thu 19-Sep-13 22:44:19

.....no it's not.

CointreauVersial Thu 19-Sep-13 22:44:19

I hate IE as a name ending; think it is cutesie and horrible.

I have a name that can be shortened to a Y or IE, and woe betide anyone that spells it wrong.

reggiebean Thu 19-Sep-13 22:45:39

I prefer Johnny. I think Jonny looks strange, and Johnnie reminds me of Johnnie Walker.

sonlypuppyfat Thu 19-Sep-13 22:47:01

I have an old fashioned biblical name which people just love to shorten and add an ie to it I hate it

invinovomitas Thu 19-Sep-13 22:47:38

John, nicknamed Johnny is lovely. I'm less keen on Jonny/Jonathan, although I do love the nickname Jonty, which only really works as a shortening of Jonathan.

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 22:48:14

I agree Bowlers, I don't really like Charlie/Jamie type names but to me Johnny is different. I know Johnnys of all ages and they're generally 'cool' people. One in particular is one of the most handsome men I know and a really talented musician. Oh and one's an 87 year old (or near enough) farmer!

I think it's pretty timeless.

daughterofafarmer Thu 19-Sep-13 22:49:23

If my child is cool and popular by default does this mean his parents are too, right wink Thanks Bowler it does suit all ages I agree.

Anything ending with a y or ie is silly Really...do you hold this view just for Johnny or all names ending in y / ie?

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 22:49:26

Sonlypuppyfat I bet you're a Deborah! I wouldn't fancy being called Debbie either to be honest.

daughterofafarmer Thu 19-Sep-13 22:50:19

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InStyle Thu 19-Sep-13 22:51:26

What a thoroughly nasty post from Angus. Really no need.

Anyway, OP, I much prefer Johnny. It seems more balanced to me. Don't like the ie ending, feels feminine. But it depends whether it's John or Jonathan - one naturally takes the "h" the other doesn't.

Fab name btw, I really like it smile

sonlypuppyfat Thu 19-Sep-13 22:51:41

I've got a neighbor of 25 years whose just treated me to a mug with Debbie on...oh joy

daughterofafarmer Thu 19-Sep-13 22:52:09

Whist I'm not the biggest fan of oame y / ie names. Johnny seems oddly a little different to me..

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 22:56:01

sonlypuppyfat I think a bit of grafitti on their front door aong the lines of 'the name's DEBORAH you stupid mo'fos!' is called for. wink

sonlypuppyfat Thu 19-Sep-13 22:57:10

That's a brilliant idea thank you

TheBuskersDog Thu 19-Sep-13 23:21:31

Slightly off-topic but why do people on here talk about 'nicknames' all the time, if your parents register you as William but you are known as Will that is not a nickname, it's just William known as Will (I know it's actually a diminutive).

If your name is William Sharpe but friends call you Sharpie, that is a nickname. Nicknames are not what your parents choose for you.

My brother is Nicholas, called Nicky as a young child and Nick since teenage years, neither are nicknames but he has had a nickname related to our surname since a young age as well. (Sorry lots of nicks there).

twentyfourcarat Fri 20-Sep-13 00:03:24

I prefer Johnnie but either would be wonderful.

3boysgirlontheway Fri 20-Sep-13 08:25:28

Johnny, I like it a lot.

looki Fri 20-Sep-13 08:51:07

Johnny. Anything else just looks made up IMO.

Bowlersarm Fri 20-Sep-13 09:55:32

TheBuskersDog -I think people misuse the word nickname because it's just easier, although not strictly the correct word.

Especially in a case like this when a theoretical conversation goes something like:-

Stranger: 'What's your name?'
Johnny: 'Johnny'
Stranger: 'Oh what a lovely name. Is that short for Jonathan?'
Johnny: 'No, it's short for John. Oh I mean it's actually long for John. Oh that doesn't make sense. It's a diminutive of John'

Nickname just seems easier, sometimes.


jobwoes Fri 20-Sep-13 10:02:12

Johnny, definitely.

daughterofafarmer Sat 21-Sep-13 12:51:31

So it would seem Johnny is the more popular choice!

The more I think about it, the more I'd rather go for Johnny. Now for a middle name! grin

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