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Thinking of changing baby's name!

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user1490278331 Thu 23-Mar-17 14:23:10

Need some help please Mummies.

My beautiful baby girl is named Holly. We spent ages going through names in the pregnancy and couldn't agree on any really! We both loved Jessica (Jessie), but sadly that is the name of my cousin who took her own life a few years ago, so it feels too close to home.

Holly came to us after baby was born in hospital. We almost went for Sienna (because I liked 'sie-sie' as a nn). Now i'm a bit unsure whether i'm liking Holly as I really love nicknames, and have been struggling to find a natural one that works other than Hols, I was thinking Holzie, but struggling to think if it works...?!

If we did change her name, other contenders have been Camilla (Cammie) or Tabitha (Tabi).. again, i'm not sure! I loved Isabel (Izzy) but my husband said no-no to that one.

We may just stick with Holly, but am feeling a bit confused in it all, so looking for some nice helpful kind advice smile

1horatio Thu 23-Mar-17 14:44:19

Holly is really nice smile I also like Isabel.

Well, there is Hols, Holsie, Lee, Lee-Lee etc.

Or you could use a nickname that has no connection to her given name? It seems to be a fairly common custom in the UK.

Pumple Thu 23-Mar-17 14:47:36

How old is she? If she's only very young I'd just try a few names out over the course of a week or two and see if one 'sticks'. Then you could just go ahead and change it. Has her birth been registered yet?

Mrsknackered Thu 23-Mar-17 14:48:39

My children's god mother and my life long friend is Holly. She is never called Holly, she has been Doll for ever.
Besides her work place she is never called Holly.
It was because she looked like a little porcelain Dolly when she was a baby.
My nickname is nothing to do with my name, yet again I am called it by everyone.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Thu 23-Mar-17 14:51:00

Holly is lovely, nicer than the others. 😄
Hols is nice too.

TwentyCups Thu 23-Mar-17 14:51:31

Holls is used all the time as a shortening which could work.

However if you do want to change your baby's name I wouldn't go for something purely because of its nickname, I think you should really like the name itself too. Maybe change it to a name that has a nick namey feel - Rosie, Gracie, Janie, something along those lines?

drspouse Thu 23-Mar-17 15:00:27

Polly? The traditional formal name for that is Mary, but of course you need not use that.

Jessie can also be a name in its own right but can be short for Jane, Jean or Janet if any of those appeal as an homage to your cousin without being so obvious (and I know a Jenny short for Janet).

misshoohaa Thu 23-Mar-17 16:08:22

We are having the same issue - we've named DD grace, and we are just not sure we love it! Funnily enough I am a Holly and Hols is my nickname....
I feel for your OP, having name doubt is all consuming!

ColourfulOrangex Thu 23-Mar-17 16:22:27

My son's nickname is nothing to do with his name, I just called him it one day and it stuck grin

I do think Holly is a pretty name, Sienna is quite nice too and I only know of one, congratulations on your little girl OP

ILikeSalmon Thu 23-Mar-17 16:51:06

Holly is a lovely name.

How about Imogen (Immie)

SumAndSubstance Thu 23-Mar-17 17:51:02

I always quite fancied Camilla with Millie as a nickname..

SuperBeagle Thu 23-Mar-17 19:54:22

Holly is lovely.

It doesn't need to be shortened though.

buttercup54321 Thu 23-Mar-17 19:55:57

Stick with Holly its lovely.

Scrumptiousbears Thu 23-Mar-17 19:59:50

I don't think nick names can be forced. They come naturally and are often nothing to do with their name. My two girls names are "chip chop" and "piccalilli".

Gallavich Thu 23-Mar-17 20:10:41

Holsie? confused
Poor kid. Just call her holly. It's a really pretty name and doesn't need a nickname.

Gallavich Thu 23-Mar-17 20:11:23

Oh btw sie-sie is heinous too so avoid that one

Wolfiefan Thu 23-Mar-17 20:12:45

Holly is lovely.
Parents generally don't pick nicknames for a child at birth. They evolve and develop and eventually the child decides what they want to be called.
Just use the name. Not Holzie. Yuck!!

Logolphin Thu 23-Mar-17 20:15:04

Lexie The Latin for Holly is Ilex.

heebiejeebie Thu 23-Mar-17 20:15:23

How about Holly, nn Holl-ie?

kingscrossnoodle Thu 23-Mar-17 20:18:58

Sounds like you need to grow up. You don't change a child's name because you can't think of a cute nickname for them confused she is not a doll.

Astro55 Thu 23-Mar-17 20:19:17

My nickname is nothing to do with my name

That's the point of nicknames - the rest if just shortening a name -

Swissgemma Thu 23-Mar-17 20:29:57

My cousin holly is holly-Bolly

Gallavich Thu 23-Mar-17 20:41:39

Lexi short for Holly hmmgrin

1horatio Thu 23-Mar-17 20:42:59

Jolly? ;)

Astro55 Thu 23-Mar-17 20:46:11

Holly-bobs (local for holidays)

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