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Never thought picking a name would be this hard!

(19 Posts)
Tortoise22 Tue 14-Nov-17 16:18:46

I am 29 weeks pregnant with our first baby (boy) and we are looking for a name that is not super common, can be shortened into a nickname and is not too unusual.

This is our shortlist so far:

Aidan (nn Adie)
Maurice (nn Moss)
Otis (nn ???)
Robin (nn Rob - but I don't love this)
Howard (nn Howie)

Any thoughts, favourites or alternative suggestions?

Notalitigator Tue 14-Nov-17 16:21:27

Christopher (Kit)
Dominic (Dom/Nic)
Stephen (Steve/Stevie)

Although, I think you're making life harder for yourself. Why do you need a name that has a nn as you're now essentially searching for two names.

blueskyinmarch Tue 14-Nov-17 16:28:40

Just choose a name you like. You don’t need to second guess the nickname. That should grow organically as they develop.

lunabear1 Tue 14-Nov-17 16:31:39

Nathanial nn Nate?

ThisisrealityGreg Tue 14-Nov-17 16:34:20

Why do you need two names? If you're going to call them Moss or Howie just pick Moss or Howie.

MrsFoxPlus4 Tue 14-Nov-17 16:35:53

^ this.

Chocolatecake12 Tue 14-Nov-17 16:44:40

Agree with pp
Try looking at names just because you like them not because of any nn they may or may not get called.
So if you like Otis then choose Otis, as a nn could develop such at Oti or it may not.
There are loads of lovely boys names to choose from

starkid Tue 14-Nov-17 16:54:53

I like Robin

IVflytrap Tue 14-Nov-17 17:01:52

I like Robin. smile Although it isn't shorter, you could nickname him Robbie?

Tobias (Toby)
Francis (Frank, Frankie)
Laurence (Laurie)
Christopher (Kit, Chris)
Kester (Kit, Kes)
Solomon (Solly)
Theodore (Theo)
Augustus (Gus)
Abraham (Bram)

closetmonster Tue 14-Nov-17 17:45:20

Sebastian - Seb
Macallister - Mac
Benjamin - Ben/Benji
Maxwell - Max
Samason- Sam

closetmonster Tue 14-Nov-17 17:45:58

I meant Samson not samason

Dinosaursdontgrowontrees Tue 14-Nov-17 17:49:27

I know a gorgeous little Otis his parents call him Oti (and sometimes oatibix) I love it so much!

WhatKatyDidNotDo Tue 14-Nov-17 18:03:17

Love Otis

Sugarpiehoneyeye Wed 15-Nov-17 22:08:33

Lawrence -Ren/Lawrie
Conrad - Rad/Con

Justgivemesomepeace Wed 15-Nov-17 22:11:54

I love Patrick (Paddy), Douglas (Dougie/Duggie), Gabriel (Gabe).

Smoliver Wed 15-Nov-17 22:20:53

I like Robin and Howard. I like Otis too - maybe Oti could work for a nickname for that name.

How about...
Harold (Harry)
Johnathan (Johnny)
Wilfred (Will/Wilf/Freddie)
William (Will/Bill/Billy)
Michael (Mike/Mikey)

KnockMeDown Wed 15-Nov-17 22:23:11

How about Daniel? Classic but not too common. Can be Dan or Danny.

pipilangstrumpf Thu 16-Nov-17 09:16:18

Love Otis!

But why are trying to pre-plan a nickname? Otis is cool as it is. Any short form (Oat, Oatie?) sounds ridiculous imo.

What is this recent obsession with names needing nicknames?

BlueChampagne Thu 16-Nov-17 13:04:06


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