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Boys names which can't be shortened. Help!

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phantomhairpuller Wed 27-Feb-13 07:48:03

Really struggling to come up with a name for DS2 (due in a few weeks)
I like slightly older names, as does DH. But I've got a real thing about people shortening names! DS1 is Harry and there are a few people we know who insist on shortening it to Har <grrr> it drives me mad! So we're after a similar name for DS2.
Any suggestions welcome wink

CheeseStrawWars Wed 27-Feb-13 09:25:57

As two posters above said, people with lengthen if it can't be shortened. DH was deliberately given a name that couldn't be shortened, by his parents but (pretend his name is Joe) - he got "Jo-Jo" at school.

Dylan will get Dill. James could get Jim, Jimbo, Jimmy, Jay... You can't really predict what sticks.

DD shortens DS's name similarly to Harry -> Har - I don't like the sound of it, but I recognise it is done with affection and is about her relationship with him, as two individuals, not about my relationship with his name, iyswim.

CheeseStrawWars Wed 27-Feb-13 09:26:45

will lengthen

almostanotherday Wed 27-Feb-13 09:26:47


seeker Wed 27-Feb-13 09:27:41

Impossible. And anyway, you only have any control over your child's name for about 2 years, so I would just choose a name you like, use it yourself and let the child and it's friends and relations get on with it!

vamosbebe Wed 27-Feb-13 09:36:31

We also have an Oscar and no one has shortened it.
My DSis has a Katherine which can deliberately be shortened to a hundred different names as they're in Oz and every name gets shortened, even something like Ted or Keith!
You might find you'll have zero control on whether it's shortened or not, especially school friends.

amck5700 Wed 27-Feb-13 09:36:40


amck5700 Wed 27-Feb-13 09:38:29


Eskino Wed 27-Feb-13 09:46:16

My brother is called Joe. My mum thought it couldn't be shortened but his friends call him "J" ( as in 'jay', not 'juh')

If someone wants to shorten a persons name, they will. There's nowt you can do about it.

jellybeans Wed 27-Feb-13 09:51:28

Zac, Flynn, Finn, Luke, Blake

CheeseStrawWars Wed 27-Feb-13 10:44:39

Zac will get "Zee".

PanpiperAtTheGatesOfYawn Wed 27-Feb-13 10:45:45

Miles or Guy. Try shortening those grin

scaevola Wed 27-Feb-13 10:47:20


rockinhippy Wed 27-Feb-13 10:59:04

Agree DDs friend Dylan is known as Dyls, I wouldn't be too pleased if I were his mum.

Cousins son Noah is now known by his friends as No, or No,No & James obviously is Jimmy/Jim -

Owen, Rhys/Reiss, Jack, Mark, Joe, Lloyd, Dan are the ones we know that don't get shortened, everything else pretty much does get shortened or lengthened - Johns become Johnny etc etc

WormCanner Wed 27-Feb-13 11:54:09

I know an Ossie who is really Oscar.

Godfrey, haha, very good. Except I know a Godfrey who is called Geoff.

fedupwithdeployment Wed 27-Feb-13 12:02:31

i know a Dylan, known as "D" by mainly his parents. How about Tim? Don't think I have seen that on the list.

We wanted a short "strong" name and called DS Joss, but he is christened Jocelyn, very rarely called by full name! Lots of people call him Jossy, but suspect "y" will be fropped as he gets older.

Probably outed myself now!

LittleBoxes Wed 27-Feb-13 12:08:41

Joel. Though my DH is one and he gets lengthened to 'Joely'.

PassTheTwiglets Wed 27-Feb-13 12:10:18

Max. Will.

CityDweller Wed 27-Feb-13 14:07:19


nectarini1983 Wed 27-Feb-13 14:34:51

All names can be shortened or have something added on unfortunately! Luke can be Lu, Jake can become J etc. My name is Amber and people have tried to call me 'Am' and 'Ber' over the years much to my annoyance!!

I think the key is for you to be firm in correcting people if they start shortening it and nip it in the bud that way!

ItsallisnowaFeegle Wed 27-Feb-13 14:51:53

I also have a Jude. He's 12 weeks old and I'm terrible for calling him rudey dudey Judy hmm

daisy74 Wed 27-Feb-13 14:57:26


AlmondFrangipani Wed 27-Feb-13 14:59:55

Just to say that our dog is called Finn and we call him Findus smile. I think whatever name you pick people will shorten or amend.

fabbadabbado Wed 27-Feb-13 15:02:49

they all get shortened or expanded! eg Max is Maxie

getmeoutofthismadhouse Wed 27-Feb-13 15:29:55

I have a jack he never gets his shortened. What about Max , Will, Ben, Luke

PipkinsPal Wed 27-Feb-13 15:36:07


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