3rd Trimester

Nick names weird me out...

Okay so I've been sitting on this for a long time.  I think that it's kinda weird when I tell people what I'm naming LO and then they ask, "What are you going to call her?"  Ummmm, her name.  To me NN are something that the child kinda develops and grows into.  Sometimes they are shortened versions of their name, other times it's an extension of their appearance or personality.  But just something so that you don't have to call them their real name seems weird to me.  Examples of appropriate NN's:  my father's name is Linwood so everyone calls him Lin or Redd because of the red undertone of his skin. 

Am I alone with this or am I being random again?  (I've been known to do that.  LOL!!!)

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Re: Nick names weird me out...

  • image Cassie730:

    Some people have already tried to shorten "Brady" to "Brad"...seriously people? It's 5 letter name...shortening it to 4 letters to give him a nick name is REALLY not necessary. I like some nicknames but they aren't like a MANDATORY thing.

    Totally agree. 

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  • i am so with you!  i hate going on the baby name board and everyone is asking what a good NN for Evelyn or some thing like that.  what is the point of a NN if you are born with it. 

    my DD is Kennedi Jean, and it took me about a year and half to get her nick name.  i started with Kennerbean, then it evolved into Beanie Baby.  she loves it. sometimes when i call her Kennedi she says ' no im your Beanie Baby.' 

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  • I've noticed that too - we tell people that LO's name is Paige and then they ask what her MN is - Morgan. Then comes the question of "What will you call her?" Well, we'll call her Paige. If we wanted to call her Morgan, we would have named her that. 

    My brother's name is Nicholas, sister is Bryanna and two nephews are Jonathan and Alexander. They are all shortened to Nick, Bry, Jon and Alex. It wasn't the intent when their names were picked, but it developed over time.   

  • I know what you mean. When we named Brooke people were like, "but what will her nickname be?"  She doesn't need one!  Molly is kind of similar I guess, but people can call her "Moll".  I plan on letting her develop her own nicknames from friends in school, not starting her off with one.
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  • image Cassie730:

    Some people have already tried to shorten "Brady" to "Brad"...seriously people? It's 5 letter name...shortening it to 4 letters to give him a nick name is REALLY not necessary. I like some nicknames but they aren't like a MANDATORY thing.

    I totally agree!  My name is Michelle and I hated all of the nicknames for it, like Shelley or Mitch.  And I don't want people giving my LO a nickname (her name will be Annika), and they're already starting to (ranging from Annie to Ann to Nick to Nika).  Why can't she just be Annika?

  • That's exactly why we are naming her Esme rather than Esmeralda. I think it goes both ways, if your going to call them a shortened version of a name why not just name them the short version?
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  • I completely agree on this! My name is actually Angela, but over time people started calling me Angie (never my mother's intent) I detest Angie, and I don't suit it ... so eventually during the course of my life people started calling me Ella (second half of Ang-Ela)... I will answer to either Ella or Angela but nothing in between.  As for our LO we're naming her Mia ... one of the reasons is that it's impossible to shorten, unless you call her Me!
  • I think some names lead themselves to have nick names: Nicholas, Jonathan, Kimberly, Jennifer, etc.  But there are plenty of names out there that don't have an automatic nick name and they don't need one.

    DD's name is Hailey.  I call her munchkin or pumpkin butt or something stupid.  This developed over time and wasn't something that I had planned out.

    DS's name will be Jackson.  I can easily see us calling him Jack, but overall his name is Jackson.  I won't be offended if others call him Jack as well.

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  • image princessjenney:
    That's exactly why we are naming her Esme rather than Esmeralda. I think it goes both ways, if your going to call them a shortened version of a name why not just name them the short version?

    I LOVE the name Esme, but I've always like Esmeralda too.  Sounds exotic and smart.

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  • What irritates me is when I see posts from people who like "bla bla" as a nick name and want a formal name to go with it. If you like "bla bla" then just name your child "bla bla". The reasoning I've heard is well they want something the child can use formally in their adult life. My reasoning is pick a name that sounds good for a child and an adult because more then likely if you name a child Christopher and have always called him Chris he'll still use Chris as an adult. Same for all the Matts, Nicks, Robs etc etc
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  • For the most part, I agree. I don't mind nicknames, but I don't like shortened names. DH's name is Michael, he goes by Michael and everyone tries to call him Mike, but that's not his name. We are trying to avoid this, LO's name is Ava, short and sweet. If we end up calling her sugar, pumpkin, princess, whatever, that's fine but her name itself cannot be shortened.

    Some names inherently lend themselves to shorter names and its unfortunately unavoidable having people try to shorten it, but you simply have to correct them.

  • Nope, I'm right there with ya! I'm not going to choose a name because it has a cool nickname. These things evolve over time- I don't have one because I HATE HATE HATE Mandy- so I never answer to it, and went around telling people when I was little not to bother calling me that. Thank goodness my parents didn't name me with the intention of calling me by that nickname. 

    Whatever we name LO, she'll probably end up with a stupid nickname like Monkey Butt that only lasts until she's a couple years old.  

  • LO is going to be named genevieve, and for a while i didn't want to reveal her name, so i just called her g, and now everyone calls her that. so i guess i don't mind so much, cause i started it :)

     

    also, my name is samantha and i totally go by sam.

  • image krogers0905:
    What irritates me is when I see posts from people who like "bla bla" as a nick name and want a formal name to go with it. If you like "bla bla" then just name your child "bla bla". The reasoning I've heard is well they want something the child can use formally in their adult life. My reasoning is pick a name that sounds good for a child and an adult because more then likely if you name a child Christopher and have always called him Chris he'll still use Chris as an adult. Same for all the Matts, Nicks, Robs etc etc

    So this is one big reason we have shortened LO's formal name to begin with... We really like his name (Theo), and could have given that to him as a formal name... but wanted to give him a name that he can use professionally later on if he chooses.  We're also the type to have him go by not only his nn, but a nn of (gasp!) his middle name.  Family tradition drives that one.  Plus Russell Theodore H-- sounded better to us than Russell Theo H-- Wink

    DH goes by a nn of his middle name (Richie), and he continues to use it professionally, except when putting his name on academic papers.  His brother's nn (that he went by from birth) is Rusty, but he hated it as an adult and he has chosen to use N. Russell for documents and Russ as his professional name.  Had his parents simply named him Rusty, he'd be screwed.

     

  • Well, my DS's full name is Alexander, but we've called him Alex since before he was born. IDK why that's so weird. Same with DS2. His name is Nathaniel but we call him Nate.

    DH and I both like that they'll have options later. If they want to use their full names they can, but they can also stick with their shortened names.

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  • Actually I would have to disagree.  I think many names merit a nickname...Charles/Charlie, William/Will, etc. Perhaps, it is because my family is more formal and are all professionals...but if someone wanted to call their child Jim, they would never name him Jim they would name him James.  When I think of people just named Jim...I think of Jim Bob Duggar.  Hmmmm....not what I am going for. 

    I totally agree that some names...like Paige or Hailey as mentioned above...should obviously just be called Paige or Hailey.  But in many circles giving a formal name and then a nickname is the norm. 

  • We came up with one, but only because everyone kept calling our DS NN that we didn't like and my father refuses to call him by his name (long story but basically my DS has my mothers maiden name and my dad and grandfather do not speak) so we came up with one and that is what some family calls him and other family calls him by his name. But if people hadn't been calling him other NN before he was born I am not sure we ever would have come up with one.
  • Well, we are naming our DS with the intent on him going by a nickname.  It's a family name - Philip John.  Our DS will be the III.  FIL goes by Phil, DH goes by Philip, so LO will go by PJ.  This is our way to distinguish who he is in the family while still carrying on this naming tradition.  It's something that is super important to my husband, and he has talked about it since we were dating.  I definitely want him to have this.

    I'm Jenifer, but I hate being called Jenifer unless it's on publications I write.  Otherwise I much prefer Jeni, and I tell everyone to call me that.  Our DD has a name that can''t really be shortened (Kylee Peyton) but, I do call her KP on occasion. 

    Anyhow I guess the point of my post is that I don't see what the big deal is about nicknames.  If people want to name their kid Matthew and call them Matt, then that's their biz.

  • DD1's name is Kathleen, but I have called her Katie since the big u/s.  Everyone in my family calls her Bug.  My dad hung that on her at some point and it has just stuck to this day.

    I wanted a name for DD2 that couldn't be shortened.  It's one reason I chose Sarah Rose. It's simple and can't be bastardized.  My mom is still trying to come up with a stupid nickname for her.  I finally got pissy with her and asked why she couldn't just call her by her name.

    DH is the only one who can call Sarah a nickname without pissing me off.  She's her daddy's jelly bean since BFP, so I've gotten used to that, lol.

  • Eh maybe it's a family thing, but almost all of my 12 neices and nephews have had a nickname since birth.   

     Our LO's name is Madelyn, and we plan to call her Maddie.

    My neice Michaela is called "K-la"

    My neice Mikenah is called "Kenna"

    My neice Kaytlin is called "Kaytee" (until she switched back to Kaytlin when she was 16 or so)

    My neice Lillian is called "Lilly"

    My nephew Joshua is called "Josh"

    My neice Emmaline is called "Emma"

    My nephew Alexander is called "Alex"

     

    I guess it's just 2nd nature to me. (?)

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  • We are naming LO Annabelle after DH's great grandma. We will be shortening it to Anna.

    Different strokes for different folks.

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  • I think it's too each their own.  I don't think children, even those with a longer name, need to have a nickname, and personally when I meet someone I always try and call them what they prefer to be called rather than assuming, for example, that Philip goes by Phil.  At the same time, we deliberately gave DD (and will be doing the same for LO) a longer name, with the intent of using, and having a NN picked out, right from birth.  I have a formal first name, and I've always appreciated that it had flexibility (I can use it or a nickname, where as a lot of the shorter names it's pretty much that or nothing).  Some names that are appropriate for a baby/child that person may grow out of, as well, I don't think there's anything wrong with a parent not giving a child a more childish sounding short name so that if the child prefers they can switch over later.

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  • My daughter's name is Mackenzie, but we call her Kenzie, which was the plan even before she was born.  I told people that though.  I think I would have been insulted if someone actually asked me what I planned to call her... Like somehow the full name you picked out isn't good enough.  People can be kind of rude. Is the name you have picked out one that is commonly shortened to a nickname?

     

     

     

  • image princessjenney:
    That's exactly why we are naming her Esme rather than Esmeralda. I think it goes both ways, if your going to call them a shortened version of a name why not just name them the short version?

    We have a Mackenzie and we most often call her Kenzie (though we really do use both).  I didn't want to name her Kenzie, I love the name Mackenzie and i love her NN too.

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