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Can I shorten this name to Kit?

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MacaroonMama Sun 26-Jun-16 19:03:59

DS3 is called Cornelius. It suits him, though was bottom of our list until he popped out and just looked like a Cornelius. Plus my Grandma is Irish so she is delighted.

Shortening it is tricky though. Obviously not Corny! Don't like Neil/Neal. Kit has nothing to do with anything, I know, but is a lovely shortening. At the moment we call him Cornelius or baby or whatever but I imagine at school something shorter will emerge.

Is Kit a bit daft or reasonable given the alternatives?

Thanks all

LadyStarkOfWinterfell Sun 26-Jun-16 19:05:04

Sorry but no. When you picked cornelius you were making a statement and now you have to stick by it. It doesn't really shorten to anything.

BendydickCuminsnatch Sun 26-Jun-16 19:05:26

I don't see why not. Lots of nns are nothing to do with the given name. Otherwise I can only think of Lee! Love Kit though so id go for it smile congrats!

HarlettOScara Sun 26-Jun-16 19:06:24


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HarlettOScara Sun 26-Jun-16 19:09:49

Whoops, posted too soon.

I don't think Kit works as a nickname for Cornelius as its a well known diminutive of Christopher. It's a bit like calling a girl Elizabeth then shortening it to Kate.

Eli jumps out at me as a nn when I see Cornelius written down.

BendydickCuminsnatch Sun 26-Jun-16 19:09:59

Ooh Cole is a good one!

Hamsolo Sun 26-Jun-16 19:11:51

Cor, or Cory?

sonlypuppyfat Sun 26-Jun-16 19:11:57

A bit like having a Jonathan and calling him Tim

LaceyLee Sun 26-Jun-16 19:14:44

I've heard Con as a nn for Cornelius. You could call your kid kit if you so wish but it's not short for Cornelius.

FlopIsMyHero Sun 26-Jun-16 19:15:30

I know an (Irish) Cornelius - he is known as Con! Lovely name, congratulations on your new

ChessieFL Sun 26-Jun-16 19:15:45

I know someone called Cornelius who uses Con as a nn.

ChessieFL Sun 26-Jun-16 19:15:56

X posts!

HedgeSchool Sun 26-Jun-16 19:32:26

Irish Corneliuses are generally called Con.

notagiraffe Sun 26-Jun-16 19:34:09

Cory is good. So's Eli. If you want something more conventional - Leo?

1horatio Sun 26-Jun-16 19:34:26

I like Cole.. And Lius.
Anyhow, of course you can call your DS Kit. smile It's cute and many nns don't have a clear (or any...) connection to a person's given name.

MacaroonMama Sun 26-Jun-16 19:35:27

Thanks for responses. I had never thought of Eli, I like that but it has a different feel to it. Cory is nice too. I like Con as a grown-up shortening but think maybe as a little one, we'll just have to call him the whole name! Yes I know what you mean about Elizabeth being shortened to Kate. I was thinking about Peggy from Margaret etc but I guess that is established at least... I will see what DH thinks about Corey/Cory. His face would fit that wink

MacaroonMama Sun 26-Jun-16 19:41:00

Though I suppose Corey is a name in itself whereas Kit is a clear nickname... Hmmm...

mysteryfairy Sun 26-Jun-16 20:03:08

All Irish Cornelius are shortened to Con. It's a fine name for a little boy!

landofmilkandhoney Sun 26-Jun-16 20:43:11

Cornelius-what a fab name! Love Cory as a shortening. Still have a soft spot for the young Corey Haim-sadly no longer with us I think.

Penfold007 Sun 26-Jun-16 20:47:57

Your child so you can do what you want but Kit isn't a diminutive of Cornelius. What about Cees, Kees, Con or Nils?

1horatio Sun 26-Jun-16 21:17:29

I personally think a name like popcorn, cob, corn or maize would be cute. CORNelius... But I'm tired and hormonal. And now also hungry (I'll have to make me a snack). So maybe not the best idea...

Babymouse Sun 26-Jun-16 21:20:24

Since when does a nickname have to relate to someone's first name? Op use what you like, you can be sure his friends will probably come up with something different in the future. ;)

SanityClause Sun 26-Jun-16 21:22:30

I knew someone called Cornelius who was always known as Kenny. I don't really like it, but you might?

HedgeSchool Tue 28-Jun-16 10:08:02

Another frequent Irish shortening of Cornelius in my neck of the woods is 'Nailus'. Which I doubt you'll go for. grin

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