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Which spelling Y or IE

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daughterofafarmer Thu 19-Sep-13 18:19:29

Which do you prefer and why?

Johnny or Johnnie

Surname 'M' 3 syllables


daughterofafarmer Sat 21-Sep-13 12:51:31

So it would seem Johnny is the more popular choice!

The more I think about it, the more I'd rather go for Johnny. Now for a middle name! grin

jobwoes Fri 20-Sep-13 10:02:12

Johnny, definitely.

Madamecastafiore Fri 20-Sep-13 09:58:34


Bowlersarm Fri 20-Sep-13 09:55:32

TheBuskersDog -I think people misuse the word nickname because it's just easier, although not strictly the correct word.

Especially in a case like this when a theoretical conversation goes something like:-

Stranger: 'What's your name?'
Johnny: 'Johnny'
Stranger: 'Oh what a lovely name. Is that short for Jonathan?'
Johnny: 'No, it's short for John. Oh I mean it's actually long for John. Oh that doesn't make sense. It's a diminutive of John'

Nickname just seems easier, sometimes.

looki Fri 20-Sep-13 08:51:07

Johnny. Anything else just looks made up IMO.

3boysgirlontheway Fri 20-Sep-13 08:25:28

Johnny, I like it a lot.

twentyfourcarat Fri 20-Sep-13 00:03:24

I prefer Johnnie but either would be wonderful.

TheBuskersDog Thu 19-Sep-13 23:21:31

Slightly off-topic but why do people on here talk about 'nicknames' all the time, if your parents register you as William but you are known as Will that is not a nickname, it's just William known as Will (I know it's actually a diminutive).

If your name is William Sharpe but friends call you Sharpie, that is a nickname. Nicknames are not what your parents choose for you.

My brother is Nicholas, called Nicky as a young child and Nick since teenage years, neither are nicknames but he has had a nickname related to our surname since a young age as well. (Sorry lots of nicks there).

sonlypuppyfat Thu 19-Sep-13 22:57:10

That's a brilliant idea thank you

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 22:56:01

sonlypuppyfat I think a bit of grafitti on their front door aong the lines of 'the name's DEBORAH you stupid mo'fos!' is called for. wink

daughterofafarmer Thu 19-Sep-13 22:52:09

Whist I'm not the biggest fan of oame y / ie names. Johnny seems oddly a little different to me..

sonlypuppyfat Thu 19-Sep-13 22:51:41

I've got a neighbor of 25 years whose just treated me to a mug with Debbie on...oh joy

InStyle Thu 19-Sep-13 22:51:26

What a thoroughly nasty post from Angus. Really no need.

Anyway, OP, I much prefer Johnny. It seems more balanced to me. Don't like the ie ending, feels feminine. But it depends whether it's John or Jonathan - one naturally takes the "h" the other doesn't.

Fab name btw, I really like it smile

daughterofafarmer Thu 19-Sep-13 22:50:19

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squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 22:49:26

Sonlypuppyfat I bet you're a Deborah! I wouldn't fancy being called Debbie either to be honest.

daughterofafarmer Thu 19-Sep-13 22:49:23

If my child is cool and popular by default does this mean his parents are too, right wink Thanks Bowler it does suit all ages I agree.

Anything ending with a y or ie is silly you hold this view just for Johnny or all names ending in y / ie?

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 22:48:14

I agree Bowlers, I don't really like Charlie/Jamie type names but to me Johnny is different. I know Johnnys of all ages and they're generally 'cool' people. One in particular is one of the most handsome men I know and a really talented musician. Oh and one's an 87 year old (or near enough) farmer!

I think it's pretty timeless.

invinovomitas Thu 19-Sep-13 22:47:38

John, nicknamed Johnny is lovely. I'm less keen on Jonny/Jonathan, although I do love the nickname Jonty, which only really works as a shortening of Jonathan.

sonlypuppyfat Thu 19-Sep-13 22:47:01

I have an old fashioned biblical name which people just love to shorten and add an ie to it I hate it

reggiebean Thu 19-Sep-13 22:45:39

I prefer Johnny. I think Jonny looks strange, and Johnnie reminds me of Johnnie Walker.

CointreauVersial Thu 19-Sep-13 22:44:19

I hate IE as a name ending; think it is cutesie and horrible.

I have a name that can be shortened to a Y or IE, and woe betide anyone that spells it wrong.

Bowlersarm Thu 19-Sep-13 22:44:19 it's not.

sonlypuppyfat Thu 19-Sep-13 22:41:49

John classy timeless name anything ending with y or ie is silly

Bowlersarm Thu 19-Sep-13 22:41:11


I know of four boys called Johnny (tbh I'm not sure they are all spelt like that) from toddler to mid teens, and I just wanted to say that it is a really nice name to say, and suits all age groups really well. I think it's quite a cool name ie the owners of the name are all cool popular kids.

Persuade your DH OP.

Jojay Thu 19-Sep-13 22:38:24

Johnny, definitely.

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