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Girls names that can be shortened to boys names...

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AlfieBear87 Thu 11-Oct-12 13:03:29

I can only think of 2, can you think of anymore?

Charlotte - Charlie
Antonia - Toni

I was a huge tomboy when I was growing up and hated my girly name. I'd like to give my daughter an option to shorten her name if she wants to but I'm not particularly keen on either of the names above. Can you help?

ScaredySquirrel Sun 14-Oct-12 19:14:56

I read a book recently where the heroine was called Kit - short for Catherine. I really liked that.

AlfieBear87 Sun 14-Oct-12 18:41:19

strawberry - I'm working on DH cos I love it too smile I like Philippa too so going to suggest that one later as well!

thegreylady Sun 14-Oct-12 17:05:43

Bernice/Bernadette-Barney or Bernie

ValiumQueen Sun 14-Oct-12 13:39:43

Wilhelmina - Billie

persephoneplum Sun 14-Oct-12 13:29:29

I know an Aurora who goes by Rory - it's absolutely adorable as she's a gutsy little thing. Rory suits her so well.

strawberryswing Sun 14-Oct-12 12:26:40

I have a Georgia, shortened to georgie, its a shame your DH isn't keen as it's beautiful

How about about a unisex name instead?

MissRee Sun 14-Oct-12 10:31:51

I have a Freya, shortened to Rae

CaipirinhasAllRound Sun 14-Oct-12 10:15:13

Josephine - Jo(e)
Claudia - Claude
Roberta - Robbie (I have a female relative who's a Robbie)
Julia/Juilet - Jools

RPosieB Sat 13-Oct-12 20:59:43

Our daughter is Olivia, and most Brits shorten it to Liv, but here in Spain (where we live) everyone calls her Ollie. It wouldn't have occurred to me but I love it!

3monkeys3 Sat 13-Oct-12 20:16:38

I am a Philippa, known as Pip, love my name.

willowstar Sat 13-Oct-12 07:19:17

I am Jacqueline, known by most people as Jackieband by family as Jack.

sashh Sat 13-Oct-12 07:08:50

Henrietta - Harry
Alexandra - Alex
Frances - Frankie
Kattherine - Kit
Louise - Louie
Bernadette - Bernie
Charlotte or Caroline- Charlie
Theodora - Teddy
Fredericca - Freddy
Jonquil - Jon
Paula - Paul
Christine/Christian - Chris
Stephanie - Stevie
Roberta - Bobby or Rob

Basically any girl's name derived froma boy's name can have the male dimminutive.

MoonlightandWerewolves Fri 12-Oct-12 21:34:39

Nigella grin
Nikita (is masculine if you're Slavic)
Patrice (is masculine if you're French, but 'sounds' feminine)
Alana - Al/Alan

AlfieBear87 Fri 12-Oct-12 20:21:46

Thanks everyone.

It's not my one criteria, there are lots of other names I like that don't fit in this category. But from my own experience it would be nice for a girl to have the option if she is a massive tomboy.

So far the only name on here I would actually call my dd is Georgia shortened to Georgie but DH isn't keen so we probably won't end up with a name in this category!

GoldPlatedNineDoors Fri 12-Oct-12 14:16:33

All I was going to suggest are on here.

My favourites would be

Francesca - Frankie
Stephanie - Stevie (though Id just go for Stevie and not a longer name)
Georgina/Georgia - George

What about Billie, Adrienne?

Why specifically a boy sounding name?

EduCated Fri 12-Oct-12 14:13:01

Agreeing with Maryz, but joining in the game anyway...

Alice - Al
Joanna - Jo(e)
Philippa - Phil/Pip
Nicola/Nicole - Nick
Martine - Marty
Davina - Dave
Louise - Lou
Andrea - Andy
Paula/Pauline - Paul
Timothea - Tim
Jessica - Jesse
Jacqueline - Jack
Michaela - Mickey

MaryZed Fri 12-Oct-12 13:56:22

But, but, but


Why? Why would you specifically want to call your daughter a boys' name? I mean, pick a name you like by all means, and if the shortened version is a boys' name, grand. But why would it be your one criterion for name choosing?

BikeRunSki Fri 12-Oct-12 13:50:32

And a Bethany known as Ben.

<outs self to work associates>

BikeRunSki Fri 12-Oct-12 13:49:24

I know a Thomasin known as Tom.

BlueChampagne Fri 12-Oct-12 13:43:39

Erica - Eric
Montana - Monty
Guinevere - Gwynn
Briony - Brian/Bry

fanjodisfunction Fri 12-Oct-12 12:22:28


Rutherford Fri 12-Oct-12 12:21:53

or even Claudette

Rutherford Fri 12-Oct-12 12:20:16

Evangeline - Evan
Clauette - Claude
Geraldine - Gerry

lalabaloo Fri 12-Oct-12 12:10:17

Lavinia shortened to Vinnie, Roberta shortened to Robbie, other names that can be shortened to Alex are Alexa and Alexis, Shauna shortened to Shaun, you can use Frankie as a nn for Frances, Tobycan be a girls name (i love it!) Can't think of any more at the moment

SunshineOutdoors Thu 11-Oct-12 17:26:46

I love Matilda with Matty as a nickname

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