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NewYearNewHat Sun 27-Jan-13 04:28:03

Do you think Nate is ok as a full name?

Can you think of a full name for it other than Nathan or Nathaniel?

LesBOFerables Sun 27-Jan-13 04:50:04

I wouldn't use it as a full name, but some people would, I guess. It's lovely though, but nicer IMO to still use a full version 'officially', even if you never call them that. My youngest has a longer version of what we always call her, but even in school her name is written in its shorter form, because that's how she is known. Same with my eldest, now I come to think of it. I just feel it looks a bit lazy to put it on the birth certificate.

It's up to you though- as I say, lots of people would think it was fine.

Worley Sun 27-Jan-13 05:11:44

I have a Nate. although he is Nathan on his birth cert. it was always our intention to call him Nate. it what he's known as at school too.. I didn't realise it would be a popular name when we decided on it.. and now I've heard a few boys called Nate! he is 6btw

NewYearNewHat Sun 27-Jan-13 07:39:02

Any ideas about a different full name to use with Nate as the nickname?

Don't really like Nathan or Nathaniel

delilah88 Sun 27-Jan-13 08:07:10

It is short for Nathan. Do you remember Nate Dogg?

NewYearNewHat Sun 27-Jan-13 09:14:21

No ever heard if him till then, just googled him.

Do you feel a bad association for the name because of him?

delilah88 Sun 27-Jan-13 09:32:46

No, not at all -- just an amusing reference because of his popular song 'Regulate'! Ignore me. I think Nate is quite a nice strong name. Nathan is a great name I really like it.

delilah88 Sun 27-Jan-13 09:37:04

I once met a Greek man called Thanassis -- I doubt that would work but could give Nate! Or Nadim? They're all quite culturally specific though.

Or why not just give Nate as a middle name? Then it doesn't matter it's not so formal.

Chugchug Sun 27-Jan-13 09:58:03

I like Nate too but not the long versions, I would probably pick Nathaniel if I had to choose one.

Bunbaker Sun 27-Jan-13 10:02:37

It is quite a nice name, but you forever be telling people that it isn't short for Nathan/Nathaniiel.

NewYearNewHat Sun 27-Jan-13 10:43:15

What do you all think of Jonathan with Nate for short?

delilah88 Sun 27-Jan-13 10:44:52

Very good idea!! Well done NewYear I think you have nailed it.

NewYearNewHat Sun 27-Jan-13 10:46:22

Great thank you smile

BinarySolo Sun 27-Jan-13 13:00:12

Personally I don't see the need for the formal long version of the name if you don't intend on using it. I think Nate it lovely and perfectly fine as a name in its own right.

My son has a name that would be considered a nickname (think along the lines of Alfie, but not was popular). One of my friends was adamant I should give him a 'proper' name 'in case he grows up to be a barrister'! The amount of alfies, Charlies, harrys, etc means that nickname type first names will be common place by the time my son is an adult.

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