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Roddy? Shortened to Ro?

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luckiestgirlintheworld Sun 14-Jun-15 14:28:27

Due in August with DS2.
I really like the nick name Ro and am wondering what I could call DS that could legitimately be shortened to that. (I don't want to just call him Ro officially).

I really like rare names though, so I'm thinking Roman and Rowan are too common.
And really it wants to be a traditional English name to fit with his three brothers.

What do you think of Roddy? And could I get away with calling him Ro?

whitershadeofpale Sun 14-Jun-15 14:31:08

It's not my cup of tea but it seems odd to me having a nickname for a name that's a nickname in itself. How about Roderick?

fiveacres Sun 14-Jun-15 14:31:35

Roddy is already a diminutive.

I'm not sure where you live that Roman is too popular grin

I think Roddy or Roderick is nice but I'm not convinced if 'ro' is what you want as its a short 'o' sound unlike the longer 'o' sound in Roman or Ronan.

SwedishEdith Sun 14-Jun-15 14:32:50


luckiestgirlintheworld Sun 14-Jun-15 14:41:22

Roland does fit, I'm just not sure if I like it.

MargaretRiver Sun 14-Jun-15 14:47:31

Would you not be better with a name with a Ro ( rhyming with toe) in it rather than a ro as in Ron/Rod/Rob which does not sound like that at all

Such as

MargaretRiver Sun 14-Jun-15 14:52:27

Or the more British (OK Scottish) Munro / Monroe

luckiestgirlintheworld Sun 14-Jun-15 14:55:53

Margeret I hadn't even thought of that- that could be a good way around it.
Are there any English versions though? Where the Ro comes at the end?
I like Monroe but will have to google it as I've never heard of it.

Stinkersmum Sun 14-Jun-15 14:55:53

I do not understand this whole picking a name because you like the short version.... You want to call your child Ro? Then call him Ro!

And no, Roddy is not a good excuse to call your child Ro.

Valsoldknickers Sun 14-Jun-15 14:58:21

If you fancy an Irish name Ronan is the recognised long name for Ro in my neck of the

florascotia Sun 14-Jun-15 15:05:08

Agree with previous posters that (a) Roddy is short for Roderick and (b) does not sound like Ro.

What about Roden? Or Rogan? Or Roscoe?

I like MargaretRiver's suggestions, though Hero was originally a female name.

luckiestgirlintheworld Sun 14-Jun-15 15:11:06

It doesn't bother me at all that Roddy is already a shortened name. I know it winds some people up, but I don't think I mind it.

It is seeming unpopular that I would change the sound of Roddy to call him Ro. I know it doesn't slip out naturally, I'm just wondering if it would sound weird to people, and it sounds like it would.

I do want to stick with an English name though...

Bonnefoi Sun 14-Jun-15 15:14:51


reuset Sun 14-Jun-15 16:00:59

Rowan is a good suggestion, and it works. Not keen on Roddy

TheGirlOnTheLanding Sun 14-Jun-15 16:20:57


EhricLovesTheBhrothers Sun 14-Jun-15 16:24:19

Ro is a pretty terrible nickname anyway and it really doesn't flow from Roddy. Roddy is also pretty terrible. If you really like Ro then please pick a nicer long name.

fiveacres Sun 14-Jun-15 16:29:53

Now I like Roddy - but Ro?

Rowan is universally loved on here.

I hate it.

holmessweetholmes Sun 14-Jun-15 16:32:15

Agree that Roddy doesn't naturally shorten to Ro. I've known of a couple of people shortened to Ro, but they've both been short for Rosemary!

Kim82 Sun 14-Jun-15 16:36:14

I have a friend called Rohan who's name is shortened to Ro. I don't know any other people with the name so it's not popular as far as I'm aware.

CakeRattleandRoll Sun 14-Jun-15 17:30:57

Roald (as in Dahl)

Hiro (I think Hero is a girl's name)

There are lots of Spanish/Italian names ending in 'ro' - Pedro, Alessandro, etc.

Sophronia Sun 14-Jun-15 18:05:15

Robert or Robin nn Ro?



luckiestgirlintheworld Sun 14-Jun-15 18:26:00

Thanks for the suggestions. The only one I really like is Rowan, which is lovely, I just have a few in my area so I'm not keen on how popular it is.

I do love the name Roddy. What is surprising me is that although you are all unanimous in not liking Ro as a nickname, I'm still really fond of it and think it doesn't matter that doesn't flow from the SOUND of Roddy, because at least it is the first two letters when written.
What I mean is, you've helped me realise how strongly I like it (even though none of you do!)

There must be other nicknames we use that don't naturally flow from the full name...

Frenchmustard7 Sun 14-Jun-15 18:33:18

Ronnie Ronald

Sophronia Sun 14-Jun-15 18:37:41

I do like Ro as a nn but I much prefer Rowan to Roddy.

SunshineAndShadows Mon 15-Jun-15 11:10:50

Toddy is a pretty terrible name for an adult man to carry off.

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