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howdymums Thu 09-Mar-17 23:19:14

you may have seen my other thread but here is to focus on nicknames that can be used instead of real name, such as Binky, Dilly, Elfie smile suggestions would be helpful , thanks

ToastVacuum Fri 10-Mar-17 01:44:09

Which name would it be a nickname for? Usually nicknames are a shortening of the full name, like Liz for Elizabeth or Sam for Samuel.

Do you mean you're looking for nicknames that have nothing to do with the full name? confused

Gummibears Fri 10-Mar-17 07:00:04


Garnethair Fri 10-Mar-17 07:13:00

I can't understand how a nickname can be chosen before a baby is born. Surely a nickname evolves. It's contrived to create a second stand alone name for an unborn baby, unless it's a recognised abbreviation of a name.

Gummibears Fri 10-Mar-17 07:43:50

True Garne. Sometimes names don't end up shortened at all and other times names cknames have no resemblance to the full name.

howdymums Fri 10-Mar-17 07:45:53

its for my dd who is changing her name, want to start calling her a nickname that could be used as a real name (something to introduce herself by) eg my name is ..... but everyone calls me ......

howdymums Fri 10-Mar-17 07:49:03

so yeah nicknames that have nothing to do with real name suggestions pleasesmile

user1472377586 Fri 10-Mar-17 07:50:23

We've got "Mousie" for Henrietta
"Uggle" for Arthur
"Noodahl" for Edward.

All these nicknames evolved during babyhood.

If it helps, I went to school with a girl who was called Cookie, but I discover in high school that her name was actually Natalie.

MelinaMercury Fri 10-Mar-17 07:50:41

What is she changing her name to?

If she's going to the effort of changing it wouldn't it be better to call her the name she's chosen?

Rockaby Fri 10-Mar-17 19:50:12

Oh I think I see, so kind of like Baby from Dirty Dancing?

Thinking of people I know IRL, the only women I have ever met, who were known by nicknames which had nothing to do with their real names, were called Flossy, Bean and Trudy. I also knew a Dee who was really Daniella. Not sure if that counts.

Men / boys seem to do this a lot more than women / girls IME for some reason. I used to know a Hans (not his real name and not superhans grin), Sketch, Sharky and Panda.

PersisFord Fri 10-Mar-17 19:57:19

What about something relating to where/when she was born? So Monday, January, Winter, April? Then when people ash her how she got her nickname she can tell them. Or something like Ruby which could be derived from a term of endearment? Or something about how she looks - Willow because she's tall and willowy, Bella because she's beautiful?

I would love to be called something like that as my nickname! It's making me consider a change....

Rockaby Fri 10-Mar-17 19:58:52

I like persis's suggestions. Also, if her birth stone happens to be something name-y like Ruby / Amber / Amethyst / Opal.

Roseandbee Fri 10-Mar-17 21:20:42

Bear, Bee, flower
Blue is nice if thats her eye colour
locks if she has nice hair
i like red for a red head

I have two names, what my family calls me and whats on my birth certificate, its because my mum was trying to please someone else with my birth certificate name and thought the name she wanted was a shortening of it, but it isn't really at least most people would agree it isnt. But Ive always been called the other name by family and the birth certificate name by everyone else. she always called my brother by his middle name instead cos again she was trying to please my dad with the first name.

NuffSaidSam Fri 10-Mar-17 23:16:56

I don't really understand, but I would avoid Binky and Dilly as names or nicknames on the grounds that they're awful.

I know a Biba, a Panda (I think it's short for Pandora, but it could just be random), a Honey, a Sunny and a Moo.

I also know a Kay, Bea, Dee, Jay, and CeeCee that are nicknames based just on an initial.

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