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Two syllable boys names that CAN'T be shortened!

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RiceorChips Mon 12-Aug-13 12:47:12

I know that most names can be shortened however, some names have much more obvious / common shortened versions than others.
For example, popular ones include Daniel (Dan), Thomas (Tom) and Samuel (Sam).

I'm looking for suggestions on 2 syllable boys names that can't be shortened (or at least have less obvious shortenings). For example, Leon, Caleb and Niall.

Any suggestions please???? Thank you!!

LongEaredOwl Mon 12-Aug-13 12:52:00


lljkk Mon 12-Aug-13 12:57:50

If they don't shorten they'll lengthen (Theo will become Theo-dorable to his girlfrd).

bryonywhisker Mon 12-Aug-13 12:58:17


3boys3dogshelp Mon 12-Aug-13 12:58:56

I know a leon who gets called Lee a lot sorry

ExasperatedSigh Mon 12-Aug-13 13:02:27


Mehrida Mon 12-Aug-13 13:02:50

David becomes Dave and Brian becomes Bri. (Family names)

On a related note. Mil HATES names being shortened. So she called bil Stephen because she 'knew people wouldn't be able to shorten it as it has ph in the middle rather than v'.

Everything of bil's from his email to his business cards say 'Steve'.

The morale of the story, people will find a way to shorten anything. Probs best to pick a name that you least dislike the shortening of.

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 12-Aug-13 13:04:40

Most names can be shortened, and, as has been said, they'll be lengthened if you can't. Lee, Cay (Cale) and Ni.

ouryve Mon 12-Aug-13 13:04:44

No name is completely immune to modification. Best to just choose a name you like and call him that name.

meditrina Mon 12-Aug-13 13:04:47


thisisyesterday Mon 12-Aug-13 13:05:46

I have a Linus and an Asa (although Asa does sometimes get called Ace)


Weegiemum Mon 12-Aug-13 13:05:49

My ds is Aidan, never been shortened.

Crannog Mon 12-Aug-13 13:08:36



OlyRoller Mon 12-Aug-13 13:09:22


ExasperatedSigh Mon 12-Aug-13 13:11:25


ExasperatedSigh Mon 12-Aug-13 13:11:57

Oh no, sorry, Titus becomes Ty.

SwedishEdith Mon 12-Aug-13 13:12:20

It will just be shortened to one syllable. Stephen is lucky he gets as much as Steve - could just be Ste

RiceorChips Mon 12-Aug-13 13:18:55

Thanks for the suggestions so far.

I know you're right in that most (if not all) names can be shortened if you really try / want them to be, but as I said, there are more obvious ones than others; ie. every Thomas I have ever known has always got called Tom; whereas the Joel I know never gets called anything but Joel.

Theo is along the lines I'm looking for. Theo-dorable by his GF maybe but by his teenage mates, maybe not??!! wink

I love Aidan (and Hayden) but it doesn't sound right with our surname unfortunately.
Ciaran is nice too but is already in the family.

MikeLitoris Mon 12-Aug-13 13:19:21

This is why we chose Jack for ds (before it was so popular). I didnt want anything to get shortened.

He is now jackie boy or jacko.

I gave up worrying about it by the time we had left the hospital tbh

VegPatchLurker Mon 12-Aug-13 13:20:03


SlightlyItchyBraStrap Mon 12-Aug-13 13:33:46


RiceorChips Mon 12-Aug-13 13:37:10

Euan and Owen are good, thanks!

I do like Jack too but 2 syllable names sound better with our 'unusual' 3 syllable surname.

Crannog Mon 12-Aug-13 14:02:45


JacqueslePeacock Mon 12-Aug-13 14:06:46

...sorry, these might not be quite type of names you were after!

RiceorChips Mon 12-Aug-13 17:06:08

Liam is good - but again, it's already in the family.

Not so sure about Barry or Derek???!! Not very common though these days! wink

I suppose another way of looking at it is by thinking of names whose shortened version isn't a proper name in it's own right. So for example, Thomas would be no good as a baby could be reasonably called just Tom (as in that is it's full name on the birth certificate); whereas something like Niall is more on the right lines of what I'm looking for as no-one (as far as I know?!) would be called Ni.

Hope that makes sense??!!


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