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NNs for William?

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Kittenkatzen Fri 26-Jul-13 07:56:02

DC1 due in 7 weeks....DH has fallen in love with William for a boy. I quite like it, but think its a bit grown up sounding for a baby/toddler so would like a nn option. Only I really don't like Billy - are there any others you can think of as I'm drawing a blank!

TIA smile

chesticles Mon 29-Jul-13 10:34:53

My great uncle was uncle Beam. Short for William. Never heard of it before or since but I think it was because there was so many Williams in that family and they had run out of nicknames! Possibly it's a mixture of Bill and Liam. Very cute for a cheerful toddler though

Englishroses Mon 29-Jul-13 09:45:07

I think will sounds much older than William.

Bowlersarm Mon 29-Jul-13 09:38:27

blueamber it is always mentioned on MN when the discussion about the name William come up, that he will be teased and called 'Willy'.

With my DS William, now 17, (he always introduces himself as Will), he was called Willy at school for about 2 weeks when he was about 14, laughed it off, and that was that, everyone reverted back to normal. It was absolutely not a problem, probably helped because he just found it quite funny. It was exasperated in his case as well as he had a friend called Richard and they were called 'Willy and Dick', but as I said for probably less than a fortnight.

For anyone considering this name, I really wouldn't let that put you off. It's a great name smile

blueamber Mon 29-Jul-13 08:36:27

Reality, I love bilbo as a nickname!

I like the name William, but won't they get teased as willy?

Kittenkatzen Mon 29-Jul-13 07:48:32

Wow I didn't realise this was still going! Thanks for all the responses, I think you've pretty much convinced me that "just William" is fine for a baby/toddler - and I'm sure we'll end up with a couple of the more offbeat nn's ourselves as well grin

That's boy and girl names decided then - eek!

laura0007 Sat 27-Jul-13 22:15:33

My friends son is known as Willsy. Now 7 and a half and he still hasn't outgrown it.

Writerwannabe83 Sat 27-Jul-13 20:59:17

My sisters boy is called William - he is 8 now.

It suited him as a baby and suits him now smile
He has a few little pet names (Willbo) but in general everyone just calls him William.

It may be that as he gets older he might want to be known by Will (or some other shorthand name) but he will always be William to his family.

It's a great name!!!

VinegarDrinker Sat 27-Jul-13 19:47:15

DS has a 3yo friend at nursery called Bill. Before I met him it sounded odd for a toddler but now he's just Bill grin

SpanielFace Sat 27-Jul-13 19:42:17

Our William is Will, Willibob, Will-I-Am (I hate that one but it comes out sometimes!), Wilfred, Wilhelm, and occasionally Señor Milkychops (blame DH for that one! grin). He's 10 months.

I have a Will known as Will, Wills, Wilbur and Bob. grin

Plus a lot of other random NN's that have nothing to do with his actual name.

LittleBallOfFur Sat 27-Jul-13 19:26:46

My William is Will (and also Wilbifur, Willybobs, and most recently,Sir William of Dawdleshire).

Dontletthemgetyoudown Sat 27-Jul-13 18:24:48

Ds2 was always William as a baby and young child. He's 11 now and usually will or spud

miffybun73 Sat 27-Jul-13 18:24:38

I know a 3 year old William known as Will. It really suits him.

nooka Sat 27-Jul-13 18:22:55

The majority of the Williams I know are called Bill. I do know a couple of Willies though!

outtolunchagain Sat 27-Jul-13 16:55:51

My William is Will at school and Wills or William at home , or Wibble ( from Wibbly pig !)

AmazingBouncingFerret Sat 27-Jul-13 16:50:52

Oh and WillyWorm.

These aren't the sort of nicknames you were after are they?

AmazingBouncingFerret Sat 27-Jul-13 16:50:17

Everyone calls 12 year old nephew Squill but that's a fairly offbeat kinda nickname grin

Bowlersarm Sat 27-Jul-13 16:46:12

My William was called Will from a newborn. He is now a teenager and it has stuck

brokenhearted55 Sat 27-Jul-13 16:44:20

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merrymonsters Fri 26-Jul-13 21:18:44

I have a William and we've never used a nickname. Some of the children at school have started to call him Will.

I also don't like Billy.

TruJay Fri 26-Jul-13 20:16:35


TruJay Fri 26-Jul-13 20:15:58

My son's best friend is William, they're both 3 and a hal, everyone has always called him William, never a need for a nickname and its never seemed to old, perfectly suited him at all stages, newborn, toddler, little boy. I sometimes call him WillyBob! No idea why but mostly he's just William and its a lovely name

Kittenkatzen Fri 26-Jul-13 09:32:36

Thanks ladies, I guess Will could work, and like you say it will stick once you start calling it. Am loving all the bilbo variants too, very cute smile

DaddyPigsMistress Fri 26-Jul-13 08:41:07

I have a Will.
He is called Wills,Willow, willbilbobaggins or wilfredo

LotsaTuddles Fri 26-Jul-13 08:34:15

I quite like Will for a little baby, once you start calling him it, it will stick and it'll feel odd that you thought it wouldn't suit such a small child.

I am indeed. Keep trying to catch up. Today's my last day at work, so will hopefully be around a bit more grin

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