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William - Wilf?

(22 Posts)
IveNoIntentionOfMakingCupcakes Wed 26-Feb-14 17:45:38

Is Wilf a reasonable nn for William? I like to give my dc names with a long and short version. I'm not so keen on Wilfred though. Does Wilf make sense as a shortening for William or am I pushing it a bit?

HyvaPaiva Wed 26-Feb-14 17:47:10

Sorry, OP, I don't think it makes sense!

Onesleeptillwembley Wed 26-Feb-14 17:47:31

Of course it isn't.

meditrina Wed 26-Feb-14 17:47:54

Sorry, but I think it's pushing it.

Bowlersarm Wed 26-Feb-14 17:53:08

No, sorry.

PotteringAlong Wed 26-Feb-14 18:00:54

Just call him Wilf if you want to call him Wilf...

CleverOl10 Wed 26-Feb-14 18:15:19

I don't see why not tbh. If you call him that, others will too.

MiddleEarthBarbie Wed 26-Feb-14 18:23:01

Not unless he was William Francis or something.

brokenpurpleheart Wed 26-Feb-14 18:25:17

Just a thought too - loads of kids will know wilf as a school thing "what I'm looking for"

ShadowFall Wed 26-Feb-14 18:39:21

No, Wilf isn't a short form of William.

EirikurNoromaour Wed 26-Feb-14 18:47:00

No, not at all.

DitsyDonkey Wed 26-Feb-14 18:55:47

Just go with Wilf

FrumiousBandersnatch Wed 26-Feb-14 19:13:23

No, it doesn't work. Sorry.

systemsmalfunction Thu 27-Feb-14 00:07:24

Just go with wilf I agree.

William frank could have it as a nn

MikeWazowski Thu 27-Feb-14 00:18:46

I've know a William who is called Wilf - he loves it!

Middleagedmotheroftwo Thu 27-Feb-14 00:20:50

Wild is a dreadful name. What's wrong with William/Will?

yummymumtobe Thu 27-Feb-14 00:29:10

I think it works. Lots of people have nicknames that aren't exact derivations.

BrianTheMole Thu 27-Feb-14 00:32:35

Yes it completely works. My friends step dad was called William, aka Wilf. Said friend called her son William after stepdad, son also known as Wilf.

tammytoby Thu 27-Feb-14 09:30:33

Wilfred - Wilf, Wilfy, Fred

William - Will, Willy, Liam

squoosh Thu 27-Feb-14 11:05:57

Wilf definitely isn't short for William but as has been said people often have nicknames that are only vaguely related to their real name.

Why anyone would go out of their way to call their kid Wilf is beyond me though.

Rommell Thu 27-Feb-14 11:11:44

Yes, I think it works - I went to school with a William who was known as Wilf. Although, I wouldn't rely on nicknames to give a name that you want - kids and teachers do all sorts of shortenings, and you don't know the one that will stick - even the kid introducing themself by the preferred shortening won't guarantee it.

IveNoIntentionOfMakingCupcakes Thu 27-Feb-14 13:12:15

Hmm, bit of a mixed response (of course!) I think William, although popular, is a very lovely name so we'll choose that and see what nn sticks. I hate Willy but Billy is sweet and also, with the second name we have chosen, there is a cute possible hybrid. I still like Wilf so not ruling it out. I'm sure my toddlers will have their own thoughts too! Thanks all.

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