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What can Mabel be shortened to?

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lucywiltshire Fri 09-Jan-15 18:37:05

We're keen on Mabel for DD2 (DD1 is Poppy and we also have Archie and Toby). Our only concern is what it could be shortened to as we can't think of anything!!! Our other choices are Ottilie (Tilly) and Violet (Lettie). Any ideas of what a Mabel could be known as?!

Penguito Fri 09-Jan-15 18:37:29


Blanketontheground Fri 09-Jan-15 18:38:06


BarbaraTheIncredible Fri 09-Jan-15 18:38:21


Macloveswill Fri 09-Jan-15 18:38:49


PotteringAlong Fri 09-Jan-15 18:39:21

Why does it need shortening?

whereisthewitch Fri 09-Jan-15 18:40:10

Bee? Does it really have to be shortened it's so pretty!

Gautami Fri 09-Jan-15 18:41:24

Sorry, but these all spring to mind:

Maby baby
Maybe it's Meybelline


LoveVintage Fri 09-Jan-15 18:41:33

I love the name Mabel. Years ago I worked with a woman older than me called Mabel. She was lovely and we called her Mabes. It felt like a really fond nickname if that makes sense.

pootlebug Fri 09-Jan-15 18:41:44

As the other posters said, Belle or Bella. But why? If you want her to be Mabel, call her Mabel. It's only 2 syllables - it hardly needs a shortened version.

lucywiltshire Fri 09-Jan-15 18:41:58

all names end up getting shortened don't they? Even short ones people seem to find a way to create a nickname! Mabel is about all we can think of - Belle?Bella really don't work with our surname (yet oddly Mabel does) plus we know loads of Belles and Bellas. May is sweet but she is due middle of May so I think it might be a bit twee to have her nickname as her birth month. I think maybe I am reading too much into this!

PotteringAlong Fri 09-Jan-15 18:44:26

But a nickname is one that evolves, not one you give to your child before they're born!

Just call her Mabel!

GotToBeInItToWinIt Fri 09-Jan-15 18:45:23

I think you're reading too much in to it smile. I know loads of people whose names are not shortened. Plus nicknames usually just evolve. You won't be able to control what people at school give her!

GotToBeInItToWinIt Fri 09-Jan-15 18:51:05

Also, what do you shorten Archie and Toby to?!

Chottie Fri 09-Jan-15 18:53:28

I know two Mabels

One is a great aunt who is always known as Auntie May
The other Mabel helps out in my uncle's pub and is known as Mabs.

lucywiltshire Fri 09-Jan-15 18:56:28

Pop, Arch and Tobe! They have family nicknames but when we're out and I need to call them to me quickly it is one syllable all the way! I just can't imagine calling "Mabe!!!!!)

MargeryDaw Fri 09-Jan-15 19:19:07

I agree - it doesn't need to, and probably wouldn't be, shortened. Plenty of names don't get shortened - even long names. I know Elizabeths for example that don't get shortened.

You might have shortened your other children's names but that's by choice: you don't have to call her Mabe!

It's a really pretty name

OddBoots Fri 09-Jan-15 19:21:19

I love Mabs as a shortening but I'm sure it's not everyone's taste.

GotToBeInItToWinIt Fri 09-Jan-15 19:22:28

My DD is a Felicity and noone has attempted to shorten that yet! I imagine they will when she gets to school though.

squoosh Fri 09-Jan-15 19:24:59

Violet is millions upon millions of times nicer than Mabel.

Chooooooose Violet

<hypnotises OP>

Luciferbox Fri 09-Jan-15 19:25:12

You can't shorten my name, it's only 1 syllable.

Chavaloy Fri 09-Jan-15 19:38:30

Everyone will think you are naming her after the John Lewis Mabel Penguin. Or perhaps that's just me!!! We call our penguin Mabes! Cute. Mabel is a very lovely name.

bigbluestars Fri 09-Jan-15 19:39:27

lucifer- I woould be so sure- I worked beside an Anne- everyone called her Anna Banana

loislines Fri 09-Jan-15 19:39:34

Our Mabel is usually just Mabel but sometimes Mabes or Maybe-baby or Miss Mabel. We liked it partly because we liked May but have never used that! I think nicknames just evolve so don't worry about it. Mabel is just a gorgeous name.

FloellaDaVille Fri 09-Jan-15 19:50:31

I have a Mabel and don't usually shorten it. Sometimes Mabes and my mum sometimes calls her Mabs. Always feels funny shouting out "Mabel!" In the park. I love it as a name though and don't know any others.

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