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To wonder why people pick a nickname for their child?

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HackerFucker22 Wed 02-Mar-16 22:28:01

As in "baby is called Alexander, nn John" facetious example

I see it all the time here. You give your baby a name and any nn develop organically I'm sure?

If you want to call your child Eliza then name her that. Not Elizabeth nn Eliza.

Sorry to the poster whom I am dissing, I love Eliza and I love Elizabeth but baby only really needs one name.

SuperLoveFuzz Wed 02-Mar-16 22:29:54

YANBU I don't get it either

megletthesecond Wed 02-Mar-16 22:30:26

Yanbu. A NN should be able to develop. Don't pick it and work backwards confused.

ddeemummy Wed 02-Mar-16 22:30:59

My friends daughter is called Millie she calls her Moo all time it really grates on me. And then heard a MAisie at school been called it. It really baffles me

Believeitornot Wed 02-Mar-16 22:31:06


For those who pick a nickname, you've just picked their name. That's it.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 02-Mar-16 22:31:14

I don't agree.

I love using shortenings of longer names. My own name doesnt shorten, - very boringb- so I've made sure all my dc have that option to shorten. I love it.

Lottie2611 Wed 02-Mar-16 22:31:25

It's nice to have a formal name, but also s more casual name I think.

Sirzy Wed 02-Mar-16 22:31:45

Often it's because they want the child to have a 'proper' name if they want to use that when older but like the nickname for when they are younger at least.

theycallmemellojello Wed 02-Mar-16 22:33:11

Well you give a baby a nickname for the same reason that you give anyone a nickname - it's a shorter more informal way to talk to them. What's not to get?

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Wed 02-Mar-16 22:34:13

I do the opposite - deathstare for anyone who shortens DS's name in my earshot. Is that just as odd?

I do think that nicknames should just happen. Just not to DS's name grin

Heatherbell1978 Wed 02-Mar-16 22:34:22

This really bothers me too. I know a number on FB who have done this; latest was someone who stated her daughter was called Amelie but will be Millie. Huh? Call her Millie then.
I mean it's one thing naming a kid Benjamin or something and knowing he'll likely be shortened to Ben but when you state what the nickname will be when they're born...I really don't get it either.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 02-Mar-16 22:34:43


"If I want x nickname what full name can I use"

That seems common across baby name boards and I find it odd.

FunkyPeacock Wed 02-Mar-16 22:34:45

YABU - it's really not a difficult concept to grasp!

The only time I think it is odd is when there is no intention of the child ever being referred to by the full name under any circumstances in which case I can see your point!

I think it is nice to have options with your name and using a name with a number of different shortenings gives plenty of options to find a nn that suits the DC

PegsPigs Wed 02-Mar-16 22:37:55

My daughter chose her own NN. Imagine she's called Katherine. One day as she was learning to talk she pointed to herself and said 'Katie' I checked with her CM if she'd been calling her that but she said she'd called her Katherine because that's what I called her. And I believe her. So now she's called Katie although is very happy to answer to Katherine and calls herself that too. Her sister came along when she was 2.5 and within a month she'd NN'd her (say) Penny from Penelope. So now her sister has a NN already!

arethereanyleftatall Wed 02-Mar-16 22:38:39

I disagree.

I chose a nickname (more informal and cute) for my dd1 as a baby. She's got the proper full version on her birth cert as a formal option in case she becomes prime minister.

Lottie2611 Wed 02-Mar-16 22:39:09

I named my son because I liked the name. My gran said he would be nicknamed Ike for short. I was 18 and horrified lol. So I 'gave' him the nickname of zac instead. He gets called zaccy doo or zac by his dad .... But mostly goes by zig or Ziggy! And that wasn't planned. As long as it's not Ike wink
It's kind of hard to plan a nickname before the child Id born i think- though it's a good idea

sonlypuppyfat Wed 02-Mar-16 22:39:22

Not keen on nicknames. I have a name that is shortened and then some twit will add ie to it making it the same length as the name they shortened. Madness

outputgap Wed 02-Mar-16 22:39:25

Ooh, but with Elizabeth there are so many potential shortenings, and you will obviously bear that in mind when you choose a name like that.

Do you try and preempt the nn that you don't like with one you do, and hope that sticks, or do you follow them around everywhere with an outstanding deathstare? It's tricky.

ollieplimsoles Wed 02-Mar-16 22:43:48

We have a Penelope nn Penny. We did really like the name Penelope though, Penny just came about naturally

dynevoran Wed 02-Mar-16 22:44:30

Lottie I have a ziggy too. We didn't decide this nickname when he was born but chose Ezekiel as we liked Zeke Ziggy Eze Zed and figured lots of scope to have fun with nicknames. It's generally Ziggy or Zigs.

But I didn't want to choose one and I like the name Ezekiel too and wanted him to have a more formal name for work etc when he is older....if he wants!

Sallyhasleftthebuilding Wed 02-Mar-16 22:45:08

To me nn are for family use - and I don't mean short versions of a long name - proper nick names

DD is called Fanny due to her flappy fancying about nature - always loses things -

DD 2 is call Crabby - rhymes with her name - goes with her nature

But their friends do not do this!!

I have a family nn - and nobody outside family has ever called me this despite hearing it!

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Wed 02-Mar-16 22:45:10

Picture this senario Milk. Your DS says Mum, I don't want to be known as Tom anymore. I want to be Tom, (Just using that name for an example, obviously).
What are going to say to him because, it's his name. He can use any nn he wants.
It states in either the ECHR or c
Persons charter, can't remember which one. Everyone is entitled to a name and a preferred name.

Lottie2611 Wed 02-Mar-16 22:46:20

Ezekiel is a great name. winkwink love it

LeanneBattersby Wed 02-Mar-16 22:46:26

We did it because we're Catholic, so it was important to us to have a saint's name, but we preferred the shortened version.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 02-Mar-16 22:51:25

milk my DSis has done what you're doing with my nephews. I hate it. Absolutely hate it. My nephews call themselves Alex and Ben. All their friends call them Alex and Ben. Their girlfriends call them Alex and Ben. But because my sister is my sister I have to call them Alexander and Benedict.

Except now Ive started to rebel. Pah! DSis.

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