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Girls names - no abbreviations!

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Winter123 Sat 03-Aug-13 14:13:04

Any suggestions for girls names that can't be abbreviated?! I really like Isabella but hate the idea of people abbreviating it to Izzie. DH and I have people abbreviate our names all the time and hate it!

At the minute we also like Alice (praying no one calls them Ali) and Imogen.

thegreylady Sun 04-Aug-13 14:31:46


Turniptwirl Sun 04-Aug-13 14:32:53

I worked with an Edward who was universally known as ed. so my rather nickname obsessed team would use a longer nn taken from his surname instead

sleepingbeautiful Sun 04-Aug-13 17:29:27


UpTheFRIGGinDuff Sun 04-Aug-13 18:42:20

Just as a heads up,I know two Ethan's,and both get called 'Ethe'.

I also know a Harrison,who is never,ever Harry.

Winter123 Sun 04-Aug-13 22:22:25

Thanks for all the suggestions! smile

As I mentioned in a previous post, I won't make it the most important thing. Would just be such a bonus for DH and I. I suppose I shoud have just said names that can't be abbreviated easily!

sleepyMe12 Sun 04-Aug-13 22:29:28

Erin (one if the reasons I choose it)

okthen Sun 04-Aug-13 22:32:07


noblegiraffe Sun 04-Aug-13 22:36:18

I know a Savannah who is called Sav.

rufusnine Sun 04-Aug-13 22:36:52

Faith is lovely! But whatever you choose just to bear in mind that further down the line no matter what the original name is someone somewhere finds a nn that your child may like answer too which YOU might not like! Some names actually get lengthened as a nick name! I speak from experience!

ouryve Sun 04-Aug-13 22:37:36

My mum gave me a name she thought couldn't be abbreviated. She was very wrong.

ouryve Sun 04-Aug-13 22:40:30

I know a Lauren who is nn lol or lolly.

And with short names, people will lengthen them eg Ruth to Ruthie.

Oubliette0292 Sun 04-Aug-13 22:45:11

My neice is called Imogen - and is known as Jenny (so multiple ways to abbreviate).
Names I've come across that don't seem to get shortened (although some are already abbreviations of longer names):
Ann, Carly, Fran, Hannah, Gail, Jane, Jill, Kate, Lucy, Mae, Naomi, Petra, Ria, Sarah, Tina, Wendy, Yvonne.

Yika Sun 04-Aug-13 22:47:26


Faith is very pretty though, as are Alice and Imogen.

nooka Sun 04-Aug-13 23:15:12

My mother was called Clare because my grandmother hated shortenings. My grandfather then called her Clarabella/Bella/Bella Bee/Bee! Generally I'd say it was fairly safe for nicknames though.

I've a long very unusual name with a common shortening, my mother told people she didn't like the shortening when I was little, and then I told them the same when I was older. Apart from a short period in my teens when I was desperate for a nickname I have always been known by my full name. I don't respond to the shortening, so people generally don't try more than once! I could see it might be much harder if you have a name where people automatically go for the nick name, like Victoria/Vicky, Deborah/Debbie etc.

Nellelephant Mon 05-Aug-13 11:50:23

Faith is a lovely name. If you don't want people to abbreviate a name then I think you just have to be honest with people and tell them not to. I remember my Mum telling off my brother's teachers for shortening his name. It's a name that people will naturally shorten but with my mum being so insistent, nobody did it. He is now 22 and does shorten his name but only because he wants to, not because it suits other people. My name can't be shortened at all but still people would try calling me Caz, there is no z in my name!

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