Advanced search

Boys names which can't be shortened. Help!

(205 Posts)
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

Laska42 Sat 02-Mar-13 13:00:37

Just remembered one of the alternative names thought of for my grandson Marcus was to be Isaac..

...Though no doubt it would have been shortened to Ize

mikkii Sat 02-Mar-13 09:04:19

Sorry accept not Copt

mikkii Sat 02-Mar-13 09:03:15

In my DH's family no-one gets called by their real name, so we decided on names and on the diminutives that we would Copt. DS is Valentino which we shorten to Tino (said tea-no) my 2year old had shortened this to Toe which he adores, but hates the 5year old using. Our DD1is Gabriela (Spanish spelling) shortened to Ela, although we have to be zen about the spelling as most people (understandably) use the English Ella. I hate people calling her Gabby and correct them if they cll her that. DD2 is Luisa, she gets called Looby Lou!

seeker Sat 02-Mar-13 08:11:25

I have a Patrick, who is very rarely anything but his full name now, and a Grace who answers to a huge variety of shortenings lengthening and nicknames. You can't do anything about it, honestly.

However, I can help smiling at the people who can't stand shortenings, so cam their child the short form. "Oh, I can't bear abbreviated names, so I've called the triplets Tom, Will and Sue" What's that about? apart from ultimate control freakery

RustyBear Sat 02-Mar-13 08:07:57

You really can't help what your children's friends will call them - as a teenager, DD had friends known as Satch, Couchy and Pie (actually David, Adam and, I think, Michael)

I had thought that her name, Amber, was unlikely to be shortened - she ended up known as Bam, short for Bambi...

Suzieismyname Sat 02-Mar-13 07:42:39

you just can't win with names. At university there was a boy next door called Steve. Everyone called him Stee!

auntevil Fri 01-Mar-13 22:45:34

Haven't read the whole thread, but I named my DSs with names that could be shortened so that they would have the choice - dependent on age and disposition - as to what they wanted to be called.
Weird thing is, so far, nobody has shortened any of their names.
So perhaps that's the answer confused

cherrypez Fri 01-Mar-13 21:59:41

I'm glad paople like Finn as it is my son's name...however, I now have to resist the urge to call him 'Findus', thanks AlmondFrangipani!

Karbea Fri 01-Mar-13 20:26:04

My mum had the same issue when my little bro was born as people shortened my name, she gave him a one syllable name and people ended up saying it twice instead.

BakingBunty Fri 01-Mar-13 20:12:25

DS is Ned (christened Ned rather than short for Edward or Edmund). Very hard to shorten or lengthen though DB calls him Nedley hmm

Coconutty Fri 01-Mar-13 20:09:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SuffragetteCity Fri 01-Mar-13 18:30:53

I have an Eric and he gets called "Ericky" or just "Ricky" so extended more than shortened!

Littlecherublegs Fri 01-Mar-13 18:23:31

Sorry for any repeats.........


ethansmummy2012 Fri 01-Mar-13 16:25:29

My DS is named Ethan specifically for that reason. smile smile

williaminajetfighter Fri 01-Mar-13 16:10:11

how are Eric?

taxi4ballet Fri 01-Mar-13 15:51:04

John, Paul, George, Ringo?

Blipbip Fri 01-Mar-13 15:09:21


bealos Fri 01-Mar-13 14:18:18

My son's called Harper - and one of my things was not giving him a name that would be immediately another shortened name iykwim e.g. Johnathon becomes Johnnie. I was named Kathryn but then always called Katy. I annoyed me in the sense that I would always have to have an 'official name' (the one for forms) and also my 'real' name (what everyone calls me).

I do call him Harps sometimes though, it's kind of sweet. I tend to avoid Harpy though smile

Taffeta Fri 01-Mar-13 13:40:15


Although IME short names get lengthened. DD's certainly does. by us FFS

LittleMissSnowShine Fri 01-Mar-13 12:35:40

It depends where you live - in my part of the world nick names are rife, so names get shortened, lengthened, changed into really stupid sounding stuff lol So no matter what name you pick I think you have to be aware that your DS's friends in school may well call him something completely different! My DS is Dara which you can't really shorten, but me and DH sometimes call him Daz, which is a horrible nickname but quite a funny one grin

HamsterOnAPiano Fri 01-Mar-13 10:10:31

I called my little one Ewan in the (vain) hope it wouldn't be shorted. But now he gets called 'ewey' (pronounced u.e) by my fil and inexplicably woo woo by his Indian great granny who can't pronounce ewan. Just have to put up with them [grits teeth]

mrsXsweet Fri 01-Mar-13 09:23:16

Varya my friend Warwick is Wozza! Not sure that was quite what his parents had in mind when they named him.

olgaga Fri 01-Mar-13 09:17:59

Mark, Ian, Guy, Max, Scott, Owen

BigBoobiedBertha Fri 01-Mar-13 04:06:22

I agree short names get lengthened. DH is Paul - I call him Paulie. He has 2 brothers with 1 syllable names and both of those are lenghtened by adding 'ie' by their wives.

I know somebody who even managed to shorten Roy which takes some doing (Ro).

Even if you find a short name and you stick to it when your DS is young, there will come a point when it is up to him what he answers to. My brother is Robert, and didn't mind Rob. Because my brother was brought up to ignore Bob (my mum hates it so she made sure he did too) he has never been called it regularly by anybody although a few have tried. Ultimately it is his choice though. On that basis, we plumped for names where we liked all versions of (including some I made up) so we never end up with something we hate. I can see why you are hmm about Har though. I would never have expected that from Harry!

Interestingly my 3 syllabled DS1 has never had his name shortened although the shortened version is obvious and easy.

If we are throwing names into the hat, my vote goes to Jay.

Internationaltraveller Fri 01-Mar-13 03:25:17

Ross, Ben, Luke/Luc, Jeff

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now