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What boy's names can be shortened to Billy?

(23 Posts)
Ellypoo Sun 18-Nov-12 12:17:47

Other than William, of course - are there any others?

We would like the nn Billy, I like longer names that can be shortened - but William is too popular at the moment.

Any ideas?

LadyMargolotta Sun 18-Nov-12 12:18:21


YouOldSlag Sun 18-Nov-12 12:20:11


Or wny not just name him Billy or Billie and say he's named after Billie Holiday.

mirry2 Sun 18-Nov-12 12:21:10

William - obviously

mirry2 Sun 18-Nov-12 12:21:35

oops - sorry I didn't finish reading the op's post

zinaida Sun 18-Nov-12 14:36:02



shoobidoo Sun 18-Nov-12 21:50:35

I don't really get how Billy derives from William - I mean, where does the B come from confused? But I guess it is nicer than Willy grin.

How about Bernard, Bertram or Benedict? Or Bear, Barnaby or Benjamin?

DoubleDoubleTwigletTrouble Mon 19-Nov-12 16:20:38

Howabout just Will? It's a name in itself and there are virtually no Wills around, though of course you will hear the name when Williams are shortened to Will. We have a Will in the family and his nn is Billy...

Beaditsback Mon 19-Nov-12 18:51:08

Billie Holiday was female so definitely Billy with a Y as ie is the female version

shoobidoo Mon 19-Nov-12 20:07:37

But Will is just one letter away from Willy..... I think the temptation to tease amongst silly schoolboys is too great imo!

NatashaBee Mon 19-Nov-12 20:11:40

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GoldPlatedNineDoors Mon 19-Nov-12 20:13:57

confused just have Billy.

Lebkuchenlover Tue 20-Nov-12 14:27:53

I think Bill or Billy are far nicer than Will or Willy!

poppydaisy Tue 20-Nov-12 18:32:46

How about just Bill? I prefer that to Wil or Willy too.

mirry2 Tue 20-Nov-12 21:02:04

Zinaida, these aren't real names are they? You must have made thme up, surely.

thegreylady Tue 20-Nov-12 21:04:30


poppydaisy Wed 21-Nov-12 09:04:34

Billiam grin

ILikeRed Wed 21-Nov-12 09:14:41

I know a "Wilson" who gets shortened to Billy.

randomimposter Wed 21-Nov-12 11:07:34

We have a William, but he is known to everyone as Billy. I think it's a GREAT name!

Have only met one other William of comparable age, and 2 other Billys.

There are lots more of Oscar, Josh, Felix and Gabriel where we are.

MB34 Wed 21-Nov-12 12:12:56

Probably not a great help - but I know a family where out of 4 brothers, 2 of them have the nn Billy and neither are called any of the names that have been suggested here!

If you like Billy, just call him Billy.
Or call him something you like and just use the nn Billy - that will confuse people lol!

sonniebonnie Fri 23-Nov-12 15:25:35

I would stick with Bill or Billy (or another B name) as William or Will are just too close to Willy imo.

Flojo1979 Fri 23-Nov-12 15:28:11

I would stick with Billy. I don't like it when people give there child one name then call them another, seems ridiculous to me.

standsonshiftingsands Fri 23-Nov-12 15:31:50

I have a Billy! I don't know why I choose it tbh. 'Billy Elliot' was just out and my Grandad was Willy (pronounced 'Wully' as Scottish) - so guess that was it.

Go for it.

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