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I like the nn but not crazy about the full name - any suggestions?

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elseIlltellyourfather Thu 02-Jun-11 22:01:21

I think (but not pushed it, slowly slowly catchy monkey) that I have convinced DH to go with Sukie for our DD. However, I certainly want a proper name on the birth cert. Traditionally it is short for Susan and versions of that name. I quite like Susannah, it is fine but fine isn't ideal is it? Anyone got any suggestions of other names which could be shortened to Sukie? I know Sukie isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea but no negative comments about that please - I love it thanks!

Stars22 Thu 02-Jun-11 22:15:57

The little ones i look after have a friend called Souki, shes very cute. I didnt no it was short for anything, I think it would sound ok as a name of its own.

elseIlltellyourfather Thu 02-Jun-11 22:21:01

Oh really? Thats interesting, thanks. Are they an English family, out of interest? It is also Japanese i think, for 'Beloved'

RitaMorgan Thu 02-Jun-11 22:23:26

I think if you like Sukie but not Susan/Suzanne/Susannah then just name her Sukie!

BelleEnd Thu 02-Jun-11 22:25:31

I'd never think of Sukie as short for something. It's great on its own! Would have it spelled Suki, but that's by the by....
Go for it!

elseIlltellyourfather Thu 02-Jun-11 22:26:55

Oh, that's good, really positive. You don't think I should put something else on the BC just in case it doesn't feel grown up enough for her at some point? Even if it is never really used, or is that pointless?

seeksnewnamewithgsoh Thu 02-Jun-11 22:27:21

I didn't realise it was short for anything.

Also, I am very much in the 'if you like it, use the nn' camp.

It's a really cool name btw smile

seeksnewnamewithgsoh Thu 02-Jun-11 22:29:09

sorry, x post.

By the time she's a grown up, Sukie will be her name anyway, so personally I think it's pointless giving her a name you've no intention of using.

I know that's not the popular opinion on MN though.

RitaMorgan Thu 02-Jun-11 22:31:03

My sister is called by a "nickname", always has been, but has the full name on her birth certificate. No one has ever used it and she hates it!

My ds is also called by a nickname and has the full name on his birth certificate, but I love his full name too even if we don't use it on a day to day basis. Still don't know if he'll like it, but it does give him the option of a couple of other nicknames too.

razzlebathbone Thu 02-Jun-11 22:34:14

Just put Sukie.

smother Thu 02-Jun-11 22:40:39

I usd to know a Suke if that helps (probably not!)

Just go with what you love on the name front, that's the easiest way round it all!

swash Thu 02-Jun-11 22:50:28

I think susannah is a wonderful name and would def put it on the bc so that she has a more grown-up name. Sukie sounds like a baby/child name

winkle2 Thu 02-Jun-11 22:57:04

Suki is short for sukwinder/sukvinder in the Indian culture.

daisybear Fri 03-Jun-11 08:59:21

i'd use sukie on BC..... why use susannah when u only 'like' it but love sukie.

all these names we consider childlike and not formal enough will be considered 'normal and adult' by the time she's grown up. As will all the lexi's and tilly's ect ...imo

plus susannah might decide to call herself Sue when she's older instead of sukie......

good luck choosing

EmLH Fri 03-Jun-11 09:17:26

I really like Susannah, a lot more than Susan. I wanted to call my DD a shortened version of her name on the birth certificate but DH didn't believe in registering nns so we compromised & went for the full name. I'm now glad we did because I've come round to the full name and it comes in handy when telling her off in my stern voice haha! 99% of the time she is called by the shortened name anyway.

One point I would raise though is things like filling in forms when she's older. She would legally be required to put susannah but might begrudge that if she feels it's not her name.

PatriciatheStripper Fri 03-Jun-11 12:24:09

plus susannah might decide to call herself Sue when she's older instead of sukie

And she would have every right to.

It amazes me that some parents are so selfish when it comes to naming their children. It is their name not yours, and they are the ones who will bear it for a lifetime. She might loathe 'Sukie' and be grateful that she was at least given some options.

MsChanandlerBong Fri 03-Jun-11 13:11:45

Well with that logic she could equally hate Sukie, Susannah, Susan, and any middle names she might be given!!

I agree with the majority, if she is to be called Sukie (and only Sukie) throughout her upbringing she should have Sukie on the birth certificate. And as per RitaMorgan, my sister has a longer version of her name on her bc which is never (ever!) used and it just causes an administrative headache for her when dealing with official forms of ID.

FWIW I think Sukie is a lovely name, and IMO it does stand up as a name in its own right anyway.

daisybear Fri 03-Jun-11 13:12:56

of course she would patricia

when u give your child a name it becomes their own. what i was meaning but it may not have come out right is that if you choose a long version of a name make sure you like the other nn versions cos she may decide to use any of them and not the one OP would like.

so i was just trying to say to the OP that if she chooses susannah, her daughter may actually decide to be known as sue or susie rather than sukie so its just something to consider.

i personally wouldn't choose a name if i didnt like the aternative nn's and looking at the thread 'names u like but wouldn't choose cos u don't like the nn' i just thought i'd throw in susannah's alt nn's....

Pinkjenny Fri 03-Jun-11 13:14:41

I would be really careful about choosing a name that has a variation that you don't like. My dd's nn irritates the hell out of me, and she often tells people, 'My name is <<full name>>, not <<nn>>.'

I wish I'd given her a name with no nn at all, really.

elseIlltellyourfather Fri 03-Jun-11 14:42:04

Daisybear, thats a really good point, I certainly dislike Sue and other variations of Susannah - think you explained it fine and not selfish to want to call your child a name you like! Now I am really confused - I didn't even think it an option to put Sukie on the BC, just came on here to ask about full names other than Susannah; instead so many people have said just use Sukie which seems very un-MN! Strangely, each time i have written Susannah, I like it more so think I may go with it. It seems quite elegant and classic, and will be quite unusual.

randomimposter Fri 03-Jun-11 14:45:00

Susanna/h is a lovely name. Suki is a sweet nickname for a young girl, but IMHO lacks gravitas as a serious adult. Prepared to be flamed for such an opinion but there you go grin...

Jojay Fri 03-Jun-11 14:47:02

I think that Susannah is beautiful smile

PatriciatheStripper Fri 03-Jun-11 15:07:53

I suppose I'm bitter because I dislike my own name, which is a nn for a longer name which would have offered some different options. It's me that has to put up with the name, not my parents.

I realise that technically you can call yourself what you like, but as a child I was never taken seriously and attempts to get adult family members and teachers to call me something else were futile. It would have been easier to pull off had I had the 'proper' full name.

Pinkjenny Fri 03-Jun-11 15:58:25

Patricia - same here. I wish my parents had called me Jennifer. But they didn't. It just seems more sophisticated than Jenny somehow, and at least I'd have the option.

pranma Fri 03-Jun-11 16:01:39

I love Sukie -always spelt it Sukey as a name on its own-I went to school with a Susannah who called herself Sukey and vowed I would use it one day but I got cats before dc and they were called Sukie and Polly!

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