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To think "Leo" isn't necessarily short for anything else?

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Caff2 Sun 06-Apr-14 01:09:50

just that...

mrscumberbatch Sun 06-Apr-14 01:22:13

Well it is a derivative name...

A bit like being called Beth or Cathy or Steve...

CorusKate Sun 06-Apr-14 01:22:58

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Caff2 Sun 06-Apr-14 01:25:42

Popes called Leo though, and saints. Not Steve...(I know all about Cathy - check my user name!) and I think Leo is different.

SaucyJack Sun 06-Apr-14 01:28:49

I would never assume it was short for anything (Leonard?). It's a name in it's own right.

PurpleSwift Sun 06-Apr-14 01:29:25

YANBU. it may be short for something. It may not be, YANBU to assume it isn't though.

AgentZigzag Sun 06-Apr-14 01:30:43

It doesn't have to be short for anything else IMO, it's a legit stand alone name.

Why are you asking though? <nosy>

Caff2 Sun 06-Apr-14 01:31:31

One of my sons is Leo plus a middle name, but just Leo - not Leopold or Leonard or anything else.

Caff2 Sun 06-Apr-14 01:33:15

Someone asked me what it was short for.

BillyBanter Sun 06-Apr-14 01:36:05


On the other hand, asking what it's short for because she thinks it might be short for something is hardly worth getting annoyed about, if you are annoyed.

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 06-Apr-14 01:36:32

I think I would assume it was short for something to be honest.

It is funny how Leonardo is so much more appealing then Leonard though, as a Brit <off on a tangent face>

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 06-Apr-14 01:37:28

I like Leo more than any of the names it can be a diminutive of though, if that helps?

Caff2 Sun 06-Apr-14 01:38:26

I'm not annoyed, but she said it was a nickname, and I think it's an ordinary name. I also have a Sam, but his full name is Samuel. Sam I think is a nickname, Leo just an ordinary fairly common name!

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 06-Apr-14 01:42:20

Hmmm...I think I see what you mean.

But saying that, to me Katie is a nickname regardless of how many standalone Katie's there are.

I'd be surprised if the woman you're talking about had met many Leo's with a longer "proper" name. Not least because Leonard in the UK is usually Len, so she'd have had to have met a fair few Leonardo's!

Caff2 Sun 06-Apr-14 01:45:19

I agree re Katie - my sister in law is just Katie and I see that as a nickname (again, see my username! ;) ), but look:

No Saint Katies are there?

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 06-Apr-14 01:48:30

Haha! No! grin

I would like to retract my previous statement saying I would assume Leo was a nickname...having given it though, I wouldn't.

My last post makes it clear why! smile

Sam and Leo are great names for brother by the way.

Caff2 Sun 06-Apr-14 01:50:52

Thanks! We wanted Theodore, so Theo, but my mil hated it so much she actually CRIED, hence Leo as a compromise that we liked and didn't make family members weep!

MrsMook Sun 06-Apr-14 01:55:41

All the Leos I've taught have had it as their given name rather than an abbreviation. The only Leonardo I know has 4 legs and purrs.

It's Leo the star sign, not Leonard!

Chloerose75 Sun 06-Apr-14 01:57:34

To me Leo is a full name, I mean it's not often you come across a Leopold or something.

It's not like Steve which is definitely a nickname.

Caff2 Sun 06-Apr-14 01:59:12

Well, he seems to have become affectionately known as Leolicious, so maybe we should lengthen his official name to that...

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 06-Apr-14 02:00:30

DO IT! grin

Caff2 Sun 06-Apr-14 02:02:02


Oldandcobwebby Sun 06-Apr-14 02:11:36

It is a contraction of Leopold. I can't understand why people don't use the proper, full form of names, and keep the Jacks,Toms, Sams, etc., for nicknames.

Caff2 Sun 06-Apr-14 02:13:22

Why did Saint Leo (circa 400 - 461) not use his full name then, Oldandcobwebby?

BillyBanter Sun 06-Apr-14 02:15:42

It is a contraction of Leopold. I can't understand why people don't use the proper, full form of names, and keep the Jacks,Toms, Sams, etc., for nicknames.

Because they don't want to. Why should they be held to using the longest version of a name just because you have a paucity of understanding?

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