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May 13, 2014 at 1:44 PM

30 Nicknames That Make Better First Names

by Nicole Fabian-Weber

nicknamesParents often give their children names with the knowledge that they'll likely be called (often) by their shorter, possibly even cuter nickname. Why not just cut out the middle man and go straight to the nickname?

Ever since Drew Barrymore gave her daughter a "nickname" name, we can't stop thinking about super cute nicknames that make even better first names.

Check out this list 30 nicknames that are great names for boys and girls.

Girl Names:

Frankie -- An impossibly cute version of Francesa, Frances, or even Franklin ... and about to become very popular. Drew Barrymore recently named her second daughter Frankie. So, parents hoping to be different might want to beware of this "nickname" baby name: Your daughter might not be the only "Frankie" in her class years from now.

Coco -- Corinne, Colette, Cordelia, and Chloe can all be shortened to Coco, but if you want to cut to the chase, like Courteney Cox did with her daughter, just name your little girl Coco.

Bea (or Bee) -- Short for the old fashioned Beatrice, but don't think it's uncool. Vogue editor, Anna Wintour named her daughter Bee.

Jules -- Short for Julie, Juliana, and Juliet. Made popular by former E! host and model Jules Asner.

Ellie -- Ellie is one of the most popular girls' names in the UK, and it's gaining popularity in the US, as well. In 2011, Ellie entered the Top 100 for the first time, and it currently stands at Number 74.

Lotty -- Lotty or Lottie is short for Charlotte. It's a popular name in France and has a positively adorable meaning: Tiny and feminine.

Nora -- Cute abbreviation for the old-timey name, Eleanor. Nora is an Irish name, but has just entered the Top 100 baby names in the US at Number 83, which is the highest it has ranked since 1913. Famous Noras? Nora Ephron and Norah Jones.

Edie -- Short for Edith, or even the more whimsical Elodie, Edie is an adorable name that will forever invoke images of the eternally-cool muse of Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick.

Addie -- Addie or Addy is cute deviation from the wildly-popular name, Addison.

Charlie -- Yes, it's short for Charles, but is also the nickname for the name Charlotte. In 2012, it was discovered when the Social Security Administration released their list of top baby names that Charlee was the 13th most popular in terms of "new" baby names for girls.

Billie -- Typically, Billy is short for William, but the "ie" at the end make it the feminine form of the name. If it's too "out there" for you (or if you're concerned about your daughter being teased), it makes for a beautiful middle name.

Gigi -- Typically, a nickname for names such as Gillian, Ginger, Giselle, and Georgiana, Gigi is cute on its own. Designer Cynthia Rowley named her daughter Gigi.

Lulu -- Once a popular name in the 1880, Lulu hasn't made a top 100 list in decades. But it should -- it's an adorable name that's typically short for Louise, Eloise, or Lucy. It means "pearl."

Lexi -- Cute nickname that's short for Greek name, Alexis. Parents beware, though, there seem to be a lot of pornographic actresses who go by the name Lexi.

Boy Names:

Abe -- Short for Abraham. Namberry predicts that this old timey nickname will likely follow in the fashionable footsteps of Jake and Sam.

Finn -- A beloved nickname short for Finnegan, Finley, or Phineas. Also, the name Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom gave to their son.

Becks -- Becks is typically a surname in Australia and Europe, but is a cute deviation from the popular, Beckett.

Hank -- Common nickname for Henry. Famous Hanks include Hank Azaria, Hank Williams, and Hank Aaron.

Leo -- Powerful name meaning lion. Leo is gaining popularity, likely due to Leonardo DiCaprio. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem named their son Leo, as did NASCAR driver, Jeff Gordon.

Nate -- Short for Nathan or Nathaniel. Ever since one of the main characters in the HBO show, Six Feet Under, Nate has seen a steady increase in popularity.

Gus -- Old-timey name, typically short for Augustus. But Gus isn't just for grandpas in rocking chairs anymore. Dixie Chicks singer, Emily Robison, named her son Gus, as did Modern Family actress, Julie Bowen.

Jeb -- Jeb can be short for John, as is the case with Jeb Bush, or short for Jebediah. It means "beloved friend."

Jake -- Jake is the short form of the top baby name, Jacob. But Jake itself is a popular name, sitting just outside of the top 150 in 2013. 

Theo -- Theo, which means "divine gift," is a cute alternative to the nickname Ted for Theodore. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard calls her son Theodore, Theo.

Woody -- Woody is the short form of the name Woodrow. Famous Woodys include Woody Allen, whose real name is Allan, and, Woody from Toy Story.

Toby-- Toby is a variant of the more formal Tobias. Famous Tobys include Toby Keith and Tobey Macguire.

Mick -- Short for Michael, and the name of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger. Sadly, also used as a generic, derogatory term for an Irishman.

Quinn -- Quinn is often a nickname for Quentin, Quinlann, or Quincy. It has actually seen a rise in popularity for girls, thanks to the character Quinn Fabray on Glee.

Would you consider a nickname baby name?

Do you call your child by a nickname?


  • plexuxsslimmama
    May 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    I do call 2 of my 3 children by a nickname. My dd6, her middle name is Kennedy, I call her "Kenny" and my ds5 is called "Bug", this came from my mother when he was little and it just stuck with him.

    I don't know if I could commit to a nickname for their actual birth name, because nicknames usually come and go, but I'm sure there are some worth holding on to.

  • spitfire06
    May 13, 2014 at 4:07 PM
    Strellie short for Estrella hahaha
  • melindabelcher
    May 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM
    We don't chose names that are nicknamed.
    We chose a name that we like. Our youngests name is Ellie, often times its short for elizabeth or eleanor but we just liked ellie.
  • Knightquester
    May 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    I picked their names carefully, and when they were younger I only used their full first name until they were old enough to decide if they preferred using a nickname.  All four have long names that can be shortened if they wanted to, but only one of them prefers to use their nickname on a regular basis.

  • ambcortez
    May 13, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Mine go by their first names. Sometimes in public I use nicknames. 

  • bluerooffarm
    May 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    My oldest is Xavier, I call him Zave.  I can get away with it because I'm mom, but heaven help anyone else who calls him Zave (or Zavy-baby).  LOL

    My middle is Levi and sometimes I call him Lee.

    My youngest is Quentin.  (Quentin Daniel) and I call him my little Q.D. or Que-ball.

  • hipmomto3
    May 13, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    My oldest is Lucille, after a grandmother. We have always called her Lucy, even from birth.

    My middle is Truman. We sometimes call him Tru, but basically.... he's Truman. :)

    My littlest is Penelope. We called her Penelope most of the time as a baby. Her older brother called her Money (they are only 13 months apart). My great-grandmother couldn't pronounce it and called her Monopoly. So, we call her Penny most of the time now. She prefers Penny by FAR.

    However, I like children having the CHOICE to go by a nickname or a full name. I think giving a nickname as the given name shortchanges the person later on. You name your son "Mike" and he can't tell people later, "I prefer to be called Michael." That's weird. But the other way around, he has the option.

  • kmath
    by kmath
    May 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    My son has a ton of nicknames, some shortened versions of his name, some other things.  He has finally gotten particular about what he will and won't respond to.  I wouldn't give him a nickname as a name because then he has less options for what he would like to be called.

  • MaryJarrett
    May 13, 2014 at 6:56 PM
    My children's names really don't have nicknames(except my second, I guess) but each of them have a nickname. Serenity is stinker. Caidence is punk. Wrex is mister.
  • No_Difference
    May 14, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Oddly enough, one of our "requirements" when picking out names was that they couldn't be shortened to have a nickname. Amongst the many other "requirements" for their names, we had a very small list to choose from, so Jamie and Riley it is. Occasionally we'll call Jamie, Jamie-Bamie, and Riley Ry-Guy, but they're not exactly And I don't they'd appreciate it if others called them that lol

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