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Josie or Josephine

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wombatcheese Tue 18-Jun-13 08:13:11

DH and I are keen on Josie or Josephine for our DD3. She would be called Josie, however we cannot decide if she should officially be Josephine or just Josie. Josephine would give her more options, or would it just be a hassle and confusion at school registers etc? Is Josie short for anything else? Your wisdom and views, please!

glorious Tue 18-Jun-13 08:55:16

I'd go for Josephine, it was on our list for DD and we'd have called her Josie or Jo day to day. I have a name which, while a name in its own right, is often short for something and being asked what it's short for drives me mad!

BackforGood Tue 18-Jun-13 09:04:09

I love both those names. Personally I think I'd go for Josephine, as it just gives another option, but I still like 'Josie' on it's own, too.

<Unhelpful grin>

PrammyMammy Tue 18-Jun-13 09:18:15

Our dd is Josie so I vote for that

wombatcheese Tue 18-Jun-13 09:26:57

Thanks for your replies.
Glorious- that is a good point I hadn't thought of. Your right, a Josie would always be asked what it is short for, regardless of weather it is a name in it's own right or not.

glorious Tue 18-Jun-13 11:37:02

I should have say they're both lovely though smile I don't think you can go too far wrong. And congratulations on your forthcoming DD.

Elquota Tue 18-Jun-13 12:10:25

I'd go for Josephine, with Josie as nickname.

wombatcheese Tue 18-Jun-13 13:06:20

thanks for your comments, they have made me more keen on the name.

sleepingbeautiful Tue 18-Jun-13 13:30:21

With a few exceptions I'm not keen on names that can be a short form of something else. BUT I think Josie is one of those exceptions. It is a perfectly fine name in it's own right, and I know a 35 and a 20-something Josies who are just Josie.

lowercase Tue 18-Jun-13 16:04:10

Josephine is a beautiful name, strong, classic and pretty.
Josie as NN.

LittleBearPad Tue 18-Jun-13 16:05:35

Josephine. It's a lovely name and gives her options later.

CPtart Tue 18-Jun-13 16:14:10


Thurlow Tue 18-Jun-13 16:23:44

Go for the long name. DD has a long name but is never called that - the long name is there for when she is older. You can just call her Josie from the word go. Beautiful name btw!

KnittedWaffle Tue 18-Jun-13 16:29:24

Josephine - it's a beautiful, strong name (my mum's)

GingerCurry Tue 18-Jun-13 16:50:48

Go for Josephine.
She may choose the NN JoJo herself in years to come ( which I much prefer to Josie )
Gives her more options

bugsybill Tue 18-Jun-13 22:22:41

How long would her whole name be? Josephine is very long and if it is coupled with a lengthy middle name and surname I would go with josie.

Actually I think I would go with josie anyway as it does sound like a 'proper' name in its own right.

NappiesandGladrags Tue 18-Jun-13 23:23:38

Josephine, Josephine, Josephine!!

DD (9) is Georgia and has asked a few times why she wasn't named Georgina... :/ and I wonder that too now :D xx

Maud2011 Sat 29-Jun-13 00:05:15


It's my name and I love it, but years ago I preferred to be known as Josie. Now I'm usually Josephine or Phine: that started when my young niece and nephew couldn't pronounce the whole of Josephine, and I'm grateful to them for the unusual new diminutive.

formicadinosaur Sat 29-Jun-13 06:35:05

Josie is lovely

formicadinosaur Sat 29-Jun-13 06:35:33

But Josephine is the best

jenniferturkington Sat 29-Jun-13 10:38:10

I have a josephine. We had intended on using Josie but we have ended up using the full name most of the time.
She is eight months old and we have had so many positive comments about her name smile

perplexedpirate Sat 29-Jun-13 11:39:13

Josephine, def.
Like Josephine March. <3 smile

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 29-Jun-13 13:04:09

Josephine nn Josie definitely.

gintastic Sat 29-Jun-13 13:16:43

This is not my name, but my full legal name is a short version of a common girls name. I am always getting asked what it's short for (as there are several variations on the long version). I've had several people refuse to believe that my full legal name is just the short version, up to and including shouty fights about it. I think I know what my birth certificate says, thank you very much! The short version can also be used by boys or girls, so I did turn up for a job interview once to find out that they thought I was a bloke... I still got the job :-)

Go with the long version. It's a beautiful name as well :-)

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