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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

FruitOwl Wed 27-Feb-13 15:41:17

Joel, Kit, Chris, Sven, John, Paul, George (Ringo..?)

JamieandtheMagicTorch Wed 27-Feb-13 15:54:02

Evan ( although a few people shorten to Ev)

Lifeisontheup Wed 27-Feb-13 16:01:30

My IL's deliberately picked a name for DH which can't be shortened, when he was 12 he changed it totally and all his friends know him by that name now. He uses his given name for work where it is frequently lengthened. You really can't win!

Blipbip Wed 27-Feb-13 16:11:44


mmmerangue Wed 27-Feb-13 16:12:36

My Son is called Nico.

Feel free to pinch if you like it (it gets a lot of nice comments although some people mispronounce/spell it).

Merrilymerrilymerrily Wed 27-Feb-13 16:15:16


JemimaMuddledUp Wed 27-Feb-13 16:17:16

Dylan will be shortened to Dyl (and do you really want him to be called "dull"?)

I have a Rhys and a Sion. They don't get shortened but Sion does get called Sioni.

CPtart Wed 27-Feb-13 16:41:00

I chose names I thought couldn't be shortened.
Adam gets Ad
Luke gets Lukey (although less so than as a toddler)

TemporarilyOutOfOrder Wed 27-Feb-13 17:00:34

Not read whole thread, but as others have said even short names get changed. My ds is called troy. Never gets shortened but people do lengthen it to troyston. And he's nut even in school yet.

GlaikitFizzog Wed 27-Feb-13 17:01:02

Ds is Blair, I sometimes call him blairy, but never in public! I'll wait this he's a teenager!

anonymosity Wed 27-Feb-13 17:05:21


UniS Wed 27-Feb-13 17:07:52

Tom ( tho m y 7 yr old shortens his mate to T)
Joe ( but you may get joey)
Tim - most of the 3 letter ones seem to get Y stuck on the end as a diminutive.

BeCool Wed 27-Feb-13 17:17:14


KadensSuperMummy Wed 27-Feb-13 17:22:08

I really struggled with names before Kaden was born. I wanted something that sounded a bit different and even considered Jax, Xavier, Marty and Luca but I'm glad I went with what I did because I think Kaden is a lovely name and he likes it too...I think!

seeker Wed 27-Feb-13 17:24:57

As I said, you only get any control at all for 2 years of his life, so choose a name you like and don't worry about it!

princessofmars Wed 27-Feb-13 17:48:29

Zack - always wish I'd called my son Zack what a great name

racingheart Wed 27-Feb-13 18:16:37

I love Zack too, Princess. DH hated it.

How about Rory (Ruaridh)?


AvonCallingBarksdale Wed 27-Feb-13 18:57:33

Luke, Ben, Sam, Will, Zac

IAmLouisWalsh Wed 27-Feb-13 19:02:20

DH knows someone who called her daughter Eve for this reason.

She now gets called Evs.

Viviennemary Wed 27-Feb-13 19:04:51

Ralph. You never hear this these days. But it's nice I think.

Mogandme Wed 27-Feb-13 19:06:02


PurplePidjin Wed 27-Feb-13 19:15:27


3monkeys3 Wed 27-Feb-13 19:18:11

I agree with those who said it could still be mucked with and lengthened, even if it is hard to shorten. My dh is John, but is called Johnny for example. Someone earlier in the thread mentioned they have a Jude and it isn't shortened - I have one too and we often lengthen it to Judo. My other ds is Alexander and was supposed to be an Alex, but we call him Alexi. You can't really predict what will happen with names - either what you will do yourself, or what your ds/his friends will do. I would just choose something you like and stop worrying about what it could be changed to.

louisianablue2000 Wed 27-Feb-13 19:26:27

I don't like people shortening names. All my kids were given names I thought wouldn't be shortened. DD1's name (4 letters) started getting lengthened as soon as she and her nursery friends could speak. Both grandmother's lengthen it as well (in different ways). DD2's name (5 letters) gets lengthened by my mother, who really should know better because she spent my childhood complaining about people shortening her children's names. DD2 messes about with DS's name all the time but hasn't settled on her favourite version yet.

TBH I don't mind the kids' friends doing it, or the grandparents because that's about their own relationship with the child. I was more worried about the random aquaintance who would insist on using a short form that I didn't like. And we seem to have avoided that thankfully.

toffeelolly Wed 27-Feb-13 19:35:00

Agree with almond, think if you want you can shorten any name. I have a jude, thankfully nobody shorten's his name!

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