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Billy or William on bc ..

(17 Posts)
BeautifulStars93 Fri 17-Jul-15 09:43:19

We love Billy. I also like William but hate Will.
what would you put on bc?

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Fri 17-Jul-15 10:28:42

If you don't like the abbreviation Will then just put Billy on his BC. If you put William on he could opt to use Will and it's his name so you couldn't stop him.

SoupDragon Fri 17-Jul-15 10:31:14


Your DS may decide that he likes the more grown up nickname Will when he is older. As it will be his name, giving him option when he's older is the nice thing to do.

BothEndsBurning Fri 17-Jul-15 10:32:53


Everyone knows that Billy is a form of William. Even if you short-change him with Billy, he could still choose to call himself Will if he wanted to. Give him a proper full name, not just a nn.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Fri 17-Jul-15 10:40:50

Billy, although I really dislike it.

William is too easily shortened to Will if you don't want that.

MadMum2015 Fri 17-Jul-15 10:45:43

William, you give him the option that way but chances are he won't change from Bill / Billy.

reuset Fri 17-Jul-15 10:49:42


mamaswabey Fri 17-Jul-15 10:49:43

William. It just gives him more options when he's older. He might like to apply for jobs as William, for example. You can still call him Billy.

EmmaGellerGreen Fri 17-Jul-15 10:53:25

William. A friend nearly used Billy and her DS was Billy until he went to school. Then he was Bill for a while , now he is Will. He loathes his "pathname" Billy.

villainousbroodmare Fri 17-Jul-15 10:53:30

It's his name, not yours, so who knows what he'll like? William gives him options.

TinyManticore Fri 17-Jul-15 10:54:28

William. He might hate Billy when he gets older.

EmmaGellerGreen Fri 17-Jul-15 10:54:37

"babyname" not "pathname".

DoloresLandingham Fri 17-Jul-15 10:56:31

Please please please put William, and give your adult DS the choice.

GilbertBlytheWouldGetIt Fri 17-Jul-15 10:56:47

William is a lovely name (biased). I'd put that on his BC, then he has the choice as he grows up, as pp said.

Seriouslyffs Fri 17-Jul-15 11:02:50

William. Definitely! It's always better to go for the formal version and use NN. Especially in this case as it can be strongly partisan. Both my DDs are called something different (obvious short forms) of their given names, they even have different initials, it's never caused any problems.

Sophronia Fri 17-Jul-15 12:51:24

Definitely William! I know a William who goes by Billy, and no-one ever calls him Will.

barbecue Fri 17-Jul-15 16:02:02


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