I'll be 22 weeks tomorrow with a little boy and I've started thinking of baby names. I had the name Francis picked out for future children a while ago (didn't expect to get pregnant for another few years yet but it's a pleasant surprise!) Anyway, now that I'm actually thinking of a real little person I obviously want to choose the perfect name. I LOVE Francis, but I really don't like the nickname 'Franny'. I'd always call him Francis and probably would never shorten it.
Just wondering what other people's opinions are? I'd like a name that would suit him when he's any age really, and I was wondering if anyone has a child with a name they don't like the shortened version of?
Do people actually listen when you say you want your child called by their full title? A friend of mine has a DD called Victoria and she hates her being called Vicky but people still do and she can't bare it.
Thank you! I'm glad you like the name! I have an aunt called Frances and just love the name, but we all call her Fran, never her full name. I knew a boy in school called Francis but everyone called him Franny so I think that's why I'm worried he may be called that, but if it's unlikely I have no reason to worry!
I think it's lovely name. But re your friend not liking her dd being called Vicky - once you give a name to someone it becomes theirs, and it's up to them what they choose to be called. My mum calls me a range of diminutives, but hates the one I use daily. I love my full name, but my chosen nickname is my choice (and has changed at different stages of my life). Giving a full name like Francis gives you son that choice.
I like it, good strong classic name. You could have Frank as a NN.
Fwiw I have a 3 syllable name that people frequently shorten. However I am persistent at work that I want the long version and people generally respect that. I think if you're clear about what you want to be called its fine.
I'm afraid that once our children are released into the world, we have absolutely no control over their nicknames. I only agreed to d2's name on the understanding that her nn would be X and not Y. As soon as she could speak she told us quite clearly that she was X and not Y, and she has been it ever since!
I love love love Francis - but then I have one so am biased!
I think people will always follow your lead and call him what you do - we use Frank at the moment but the beauty of the name is that it has options so when he gets older he can choose what he wants to be called.
I like Frankie as a nn, it's just Franny I really object to but just because I know a Francis who is often called Franny (well I knew him back at school anyway). It wasn't him that put me off the name though I just don't like it. Wouldn't mind him being called Frankie as I think it's cute, but I'll probably always call him Francis!