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What can Heath be short for?

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daholster Sun 30-Nov-14 22:46:32

We love Heath but not alone - as a nn maybe. Mainly because together with our surname it sounds like Heath Ledger, which is not an association we want to make given his sad and untimely end.

Any ideas? Or something like it? Not keen on Heathcliff.

TurnOverTheTv Sun 30-Nov-14 22:49:48

Heathcliffe. Pretty famous name!

TurnOverTheTv Sun 30-Nov-14 22:50:37

Heathcliff. Bloody autocorrect.

VenusRising Sun 30-Nov-14 22:51:10

Heath is nn for healthcliff.

Not sure of any other heaths other than heathrow.

Maybe try Keith?! ( joke )

DramaAlpaca Mon 01-Dec-14 23:43:48

I came across someone today with the surname Heatherton.

It could possibly be used as a first name, and be shortened to Heath.

FreedomHuntress Mon 01-Dec-14 23:52:03
I like the latter half of the list, meadowy! fwink

Edgarallan Tue 02-Dec-14 02:23:37

Heath is not a nn for Heathcliff, it's a name in its own right and beautiful! If you like it go for it, don't let it worry you that it is similar to Heath Ledger because he died, that's not how names work!

moxon Tue 02-Dec-14 04:53:31


daholster Tue 02-Dec-14 20:43:11

Hi freedom grin Yes Heathley (as I think we'd spell it) is good... It will go in the suggestions pot!

Heatherton is an interesting suggestion too and could work but not sure we'd go for it....

Edgar love that comment - "that's not how names work" lol! Thank you. I think we are getting over it...

turdfairynomore Tue 02-Dec-14 20:51:50

I have taught two boys called Heath. Just Heath. Not short for anything else. I think it's a lovely name.

squoosh Wed 03-Dec-14 16:27:16

Heath is lovely. The longer names sound ridiculous.

Legionofboom Wed 03-Dec-14 17:08:26

Heath is nice name and I really don't see the benefit of a longer name here.

Surely if he the long name would normally be shortened anyway then he would be known generally as Heath Surname anyway confused

Legionofboom Wed 03-Dec-14 17:08:59

too many anyways in my last post. But anyway you know what I mean grin

daholster Wed 03-Dec-14 18:11:15

Lol legion! The lengthening was about the name not sounding almost exactly like Heath Ledger and to be different from a friend who's surname is Heath and he is always known as Heath. Nice bloke but we wouldn't name our baby after him if you know what I mean! And it would raise eyebrows amongst our friends, just not sure we are comfortable with it.

BikeRunSki Wed 03-Dec-14 18:15:09


Cockadoodledooo Wed 03-Dec-14 18:38:11

What's Heath short for?
Because he's got little legs!

Badum-tish. <gets coat>

Anotheronesoon Wed 03-Dec-14 18:46:32

I used to have a major crush on Heath ledger - thought he was super delish. Then I nursed a poor teenager who was so dorky and spotty and had the name Heath and I felt for him as he really didn't live up to the name- it was too big for him. I guess you get that with a lot of names though. I think Heath on its own is better than a made up longer version

florascotia Wed 03-Dec-14 18:50:07

OP your reasons are understandable and admirable. I really, really don't wish to be rude, but the trouble is that heath is a complete word. It means an area of dry land covered with scrubby bushes. Some people have chosen to use it as a name - and that's entirely up to them and I defend their (and your) right to do so. But it isn't short for anything.
If you like it, why not consider using it as a nickname? I know several people with nicknames that are not closely related to their given names. And there was a lovely example on Mumsnet recently about a baby nicknamed 'Moose', because he used to wear a woolly jumper with a moose on the front.

Edgarallan Thu 04-Dec-14 22:17:15

Flora that is an interesting way of looking at, yes some people have chosen to use it as a name...... Because it is a name, yes, usually a surname but a name all the same....

florascotia Fri 05-Dec-14 08:29:17

Yes, it is a surname, and yes, people do use surnames as first names or middle names. Didn't mean to suggest otherwise - so apologies. My main point was really that 'Heath' isn't normally short for anything. It's a perfectly good word in its own right. That was all!

If you like Heath, what about giving your son a first name that fits happily with your surname and using Heath as a middle name, for example, John Heath Smith or even John William Heath Smith ? I've met several people who use their middle name as their 'everyday' name, and it seems to work fine.

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