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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.

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!

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.

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


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

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.

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.

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

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

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!

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

I know a Savannah who is called Sav.

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


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

Erin (one if the reasons I choose it)

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!

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.

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


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

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


ODearMe Sun 04-Aug-13 14:12:56

Kim cannot be shortened, can be lengthened though to Kimmy!

CruCru Sun 04-Aug-13 14:09:17


ThursdayLast Sun 04-Aug-13 14:09:01

I am one of your options...I hate it when people abbreviate my name, so I ask them not to.
It works.

CruCru Sun 04-Aug-13 14:00:47

Jane? Sarah?

CruCru Sun 04-Aug-13 14:00:12

Hannah? Ilsa?

Writerwannabe83 Sun 04-Aug-13 13:52:02

I have a name that in no way can be shortened and when I got to school the other children just called me by my initial grin

No matter what you do, or don't do, nicknames and shorthand will ALWAYS be found.

Just pick a name you like and stop hypothetically worrying about what nickname someone might or might not give her in the future smile

aufaniae Sun 04-Aug-13 12:03:53


FWIW I love that people shorten my name and I'm slightly sad the name we picked for DD, which we love otherwise, can't be shortened!

Also, a cautionary tale, MIL gave DP a name which can't be shortened because, like you she doesn't like it. He was given a nickname by friends when he was young which is unrealted to the name MIL gave him, and as an adult everybody knows him by his nickname! Only MIL calls him his given name.

Of course you should chose a name you love and if this is an important criteria for you then stick to your guns, but I wouldn't make it the most important thing if you find a name you love that can be shortened.

CormoranStrike Sun 04-Aug-13 10:09:05

Impossible, as if people don't shorten it they lengthen it.

I know a Jack known as Jackie, a Jordan known as Joe and a Jo known as Joey.

nocheeseplease Sun 04-Aug-13 02:16:58

I have a Leah and nobody ever shortens it. I was worried she might get Lee when she went to school but it never happened and she has got to the age of 9 so far with everyone using her proper name.

Nibledbyducks Sun 04-Aug-13 02:00:16

DD is Catrin, I've only heard one person shorten it to Cat and that was last week, (we do call her kit kat at home as a pet name though).

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