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izzy.... short for?

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MindfulBear Sun 22-May-16 08:41:50

We already have a Theodore, known as Teddy. We have a short list of boys names but no girls names for #2 due shortly...,. Help!

DS loves:
Astrid (from how to train your dragon!)

I love izzy. But what is it short for and is it just used too often these days?!

I made this list a while ago....
Izzie - Cosima
Izzie - gisele 
Izzie - ceridwen
Isadora Belinda - izzy boo / Isadora belle (DH suggested this!)
Pixie - Beatrix Honey
Gigi - Georgina / Georgia Rose
Izzie - ceridwen Rose
Izzie - Astrid Coco
Izzie - Cosima Honey 
Izzie - Isolde 
Izzie - iseult
Minty - Araminta Rose
Tilly  - Matilda rose 
Millie - Millicent Rose
Tatty - Tatiana Blossom

What do you think? (& yes DH family are Welsh, hence a Welsh name slipping in)

AugustaFinkNottle Sun 22-May-16 08:42:31


Meeep Sun 22-May-16 08:46:07

Is the list the name you'd use then the name you'd put on the birth certificate?

BendydickCuminsnatch Sun 22-May-16 08:49:44

Are you worried about popularity? I think Teddy & Izzy are like the 2 most popular names ever, around these parts at least. So I'd go for Astrid from his list, Gisele nn Gigi from your list, personally. Although I do feel Gigi is quite exotic so don't think my kids at least (as British as it's possible to be) could pull that off.

MargotLovedTom Sun 22-May-16 08:49:47

I think most people would assume Izzy is short for Isobel or one of the variants of that name.

MargotLovedTom Sun 22-May-16 08:51:19

I really wouldn't call my daughter Tatty, even if it is only a nickname. To me it's either shabby or a potato.

Artandco Sun 22-May-16 08:52:04

I would say Isadore, but with Theodore it might be too similar

I have no idea how you get Izzy from half the names above. How do Gisele or Cosima mean Izzy?


Artandco Sun 22-May-16 08:52:52

I would go with Astrid. But wouldn't get the nn Izzy from that.

ScrambledSmegs Sun 22-May-16 08:57:04

I do know of an Elizabeth nn Izzy, but it's hard to remember that her name isn't Isobel IYKWIM.

TheDowagerCuntess Sun 22-May-16 08:57:24

I have a name that has been mentioned a couple of times already, and is an obvious choice to be shortened to 'Izzy'.

I hate it. Really hate it.

Way to ruin an otherwise lovely name! And so many of the names you've listed in the OP are beautiful. Izzy is not. grin

BendydickCuminsnatch Sun 22-May-16 09:03:36

Some celebs names their kid Elisabelle, that could work.

ZenNudist Sun 22-May-16 09:04:42

Izzy is short for Isobel. There is no point having it as short for Isolde or iseult (not a name I know) as it's the same number if syllables, though could still be used affectionately. I don't like either if your Iso- names. It's not short for any of your other suggestions.

We aren't on the same page about names. But I will try with your suggestions:
I like:
Cosmo - nn for Cosima (nigella Lawson I think called her daughter this?)

I like astrid , no nn necessary

Astrid coco ok, astrid Rose or astrid grace better but just because I like single syllable mn.

Bea - short for Beatrice (prefer to Beatrix)

Tilly / Mathilda fairly classic but overdone round here.

Kitty - Katharine / prefer Catherine

Along same lines:

Mimi - Maria
Gigi - Giselle
Didi / dee dee - Cordelia
Tiggy - Tabitha
Dotty - Dorothy /Dorothea (also nn Thea)
Callie (no nn necessary)
Lottie - Charlotte

Mrsboathook Sun 22-May-16 09:04:54

I have an Izzie, short for Elizabeth.

VocationalGoat Sun 22-May-16 09:04:58

Izzy makes me think of Isaac for a male or Isabella for a female.

Your Izzy connection to most of your names is way off but that being said, my neighbour's daughter is Cecilia, nn Daisy. I draw a blank (just did now) when I try to remember her 'real' name. So you can have an Izzy unrelated to her actual birthday name but the risk is that not a soul will ever know or remember your daughter's actual name if it's unrelated to the nn.

Mrsboathook Sun 22-May-16 09:05:35

I have an Izzie, short for Elizabeth.

Porcupinetree Sun 22-May-16 09:47:54

Since you like the Izzy sound what about the name Kizzy?

GottaGetThisDone Sun 22-May-16 12:27:00

To me Izzy is a nn for Isabel/Isabelle
Isabella too but think that would naturally be nn Bella

nectarini1983 Sun 22-May-16 13:54:16

Quite like your son's suggestion of Astrid.

I'm really not a fan of this whole nickname vs birth certificate name thing so I'd just choose a name that you like that you actually want to call them!!

Fwiw Tatty is bloody awful! I would suggest Tia as a preferable nn to Tatiana if required.

Oliviaerinpope Sun 22-May-16 13:57:00

Isolde (as in Tristan &..) smile

BeastofCraggyIsland Sun 22-May-16 14:15:17

Izzy definitely = Isobel to most people I would think.

Do not call her Tatty whatever you do. It's awful with horrible connotations, and you already have a son called Teddy - Tatty Teddy confused

Isadora Belle sounds like a question 'is a door a bell?'! Plus you say Isadora I think 'Duncan'.

It seems like you're more concerned with picking a nickname and trying to make an actual name fit it. What if she ends up hating the nickname?! My name has a very commonly used nickname and I absolutely detest it. If my Mum had named me on the basis of using that nickname she'd have been sorely disappointed and I would have been really pissed off as I've always hated it. Thankfully she didn't, and the actual name is fine so that's what I've always been known as. Something to bear in mind though when choosing based on nicknames!

1horatio Sun 22-May-16 17:04:10

Astrid is lovely! But I personally don't really see the connection to Izzy? However, many people have nns that have nothing to do with their given names. So Izzy would still work smile

I also love the these:
Minty - Araminta Rose
Tilly - Matilda rose

MrsJoeyMaynard Sun 22-May-16 17:19:24

I've only heard of Izzy as a nickname for lsobel (or one of it's variants).

I can see how you'd get Izzy from Isodora, but it doesn't really naturally fit as a nickname for the other names you mention.

I also have shabby / potato connotations for Tatty.

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 22-May-16 17:25:10

The shortened version of Tatiana is Tanya/Tania. Not Tatty, which is short for Potato.

MindfulBear Sun 22-May-16 19:25:03

Thank you ladies.

The tatty connection with teddy was a new one for me! Definitely can't use it and the whole link with potatoes and shabby is too much anyway.

DH family have a history of nn with no connection to the real name so is quite normal for us.

Isolde has a Welsh connection hence its inclusion. & DH loves opera so also has a connection there!

Isolde (Welsh - beautiful / fair / ice ruler ) Arthurian romances & Wagner opera "Tristan & Isolde" 

Isolde Rose I like.

MindfulBear Sun 22-May-16 19:29:00

I love araminta nn minty and you don't hear it very often at all these days. However DH is not keen, but not coming up with an alternative.

I would love an araminta rose. Or araminta India ( altho perhaps too much with the "a" ending...)

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