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Anyone NOT prefer nicknames? Nicknamers reply also.

Just curious.  If I learn how to do a clicky poll, I might make it more like this:

Are you going to predominantly call your child by and request that family/others call your child by:

Their full first name?

Their full first name and full middle name?

Their first and middle initial?

A shortened nickname? (ex:  We named her Eleanor but we want you to call her Ella.)

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Re: Anyone NOT prefer nicknames? Nicknamers reply also.

  • My son is named John Edward. It was a compromise name, DHdadsname Mydadsname. Originally it was to be Emmett Joseph. 

    We call him Jack. We have never called him anything else. This is ONLY because we compromised on the name. I know Jack is a standalone and I wouldn't have minded that at all.

    DH's dad calls him John but nobody else does.  

  • I don't mind nicknames... HOWEVER, I am a little irritated that people are already trying to come up with them for our baby, after just finding out the name. 

    We chose Conar for our little man's name... IMMEDIATELY after we told FIL, he kept saying "I think I will just call him Conan"..

    I would like for people to at least try to say his real name a few times before jumping all over the nicknames... but I'm sure when he is actually born, i won't even worry about stuff like that!

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    I don't mind nicknames... HOWEVER, I am a little irritated that people are already trying to come up with them for our baby, after just finding out the name. 

    We chose Conar for our little man's name... IMMEDIATELY after we told FIL, he kept saying "I think I will just call him Conan"..

    I would like for people to at least try to say his real name a few times before jumping all over the nicknames... but I'm sure when he is actually born, i won't even worry about stuff like that!

     

    Is that Coe-nar or Con-ner?

     

    (Oh and I forgot to add above, my real name is not Patty and my real name has no  good nicknames, I always wanted one)  

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    We chose Conar for our little man's name... IMMEDIATELY after we told FIL, he kept saying "I think I will just call him Conan"..

     

    Is that Coe-nar or Con-ner?

     

    Yes, this. The spelling of Conar rhymes with Sonar. Coe-nar. Wondering if it's supposed to sound like the double Ns of Connor. 

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    image Sheas:
     

    We chose Conar for our little man's name... IMMEDIATELY after we told FIL, he kept saying "I think I will just call him Conan"..

     

    Is that Coe-nar or Con-ner?

     

    Yes, this. The spelling of Conar rhymes with Sonar. Coe-nar. Wondering if it's supposed to sound like the double Ns of Connor. 

    Oh, but to answer PP's question, we're split down the middle on this. DD1 has no NNs based on her name (just non-name-related terms of endearment), while DD2 has boatloads of NNs based on her name...

  • DD's full name is Elizabeth Everett G. 

    We call her Betsy 100% of the time, and so does everyone else.  I guess you could even say that we chose her formal name because we loved the nickname.  We feel that Betsy is cute without being cutesy, grows well, and is not very common.  But we also love Elizabeth and I like that B will have the option of using a more formal name later in her life if she so chooses. 

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  • DD's name is Annika and I don't like any nicknames for it (e.g., "Annie", "Ani", "Nick" or "Nika"), so we refer to her by her full first name.  Luckily, our families don't call her by nicknames either, so that's good. 

    My first name is Michelle and I hated all of the shortened nicknames people tried to give me, like "Mich", "Mitch", "Shelly" and "Chelle". 

  • Neither my DH or I have a nickname.  I don't particularly like nicknames from the get.  We chose a one syllable boy's name with no nn.  I feel like, If the kid chooses to go by a nn later - then fine, but I don't like naming one name and calling another.  

    My best friend in college name was Catherine.  Parents and friends growing up always called her Caty.  She was so happy to get away from that and be able to go by Cate.  She hated Caty and tried to shake it for years.  Still at home people call her that.  Drives her nuts. 

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    My first name is Michelle and I hated all of the shortened nicknames people tried to give me, like "Mich", "Mitch", "Shelly" and "Chelle". 

    Ding ding ding :-)  

  • I don't like nicknames and we used names for out kids that don't really have any nice nicknames.  DS is Spencer and DD is Scarlett.
  • We're big NN people. I love longer names that have great NN potential.

    We do call Luke and Ella by their full name but most of the time, we say Luke and Ella. Everyone pretty much calls them Luke and Elena/Ella.

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  • Their full name and this is why. My name is Rebecca and growing up I had 10 nicknames. I got called Rebecca/Becky/Becca/Beck/Reba/Beckers/Beckham/Bex (these are the only ones I remember, but I'm sure there were more) My parents told people (family and friends) that they wanted me to be called Reba or Rebecca, nothing else. Well, apparently they didn't listen and preceded to call me Becky and Becca. Then school came and so did the other forms of Rebecca. My kids have short names and no nicknames. People do try to get nicknames out of my kid's names, but I jump down their throats when they do.

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  • I am not a fan of nicknames.  All of my kids have names that do not have nick names associated with them.

    That said, all of them get called their first name - unless they are in trouble and then they get the first, middle and sometimes last lol

    The baby gets "Elsie June" a lot, but I think it is because we think it sounds so nice together

  • The girl names on our list are shortened forms of longer names, and that is what will be on their birth certificate.  Maggie or Lucy, but for a boy we love Theodore and we will either call him Teddy or Theodore.

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  • I have ruled out so many girls names soley because I can't stand the associated nicknames.  That being said, if we have a boy I want to name him Nathaniel and I really don't mind if he is called Nate. 
  • Not a fan of nn. My full name is a nn, Jenny, and it bugs me when people just take it upon themselves to call me Jen. Ugh! Dh uses the shortened version of his name, but I just don't care for nn. DS is Tanner, and my mom started calling him Tan. I hate it. Is it that hard to pronounce the second syllable?

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  • I think it will depend on what names we actually settle on.  Our top choice for a boy right now is Benjamin, and I'm sure we'll call him Ben most of the time.  For a girl, our top choice was Claire (which doesn't really have a nn) but lately we're leaning more toward Vanessa (nn Nessa) or Lucy (that would be her full name). 

    I don't mind nicknames at all though, I actually think they're sweet.  For me, I'd say it was like a 70/30 split (70% of the time people called me Dana, and 30% of the time I got either Day or Dane).

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  • I plan to choose a name for our LO that is not nicknamable.

    My name is Jennifer, and my family always used my full name.  Of course at school, I got called Jenny (which I didn't like) and in college Jen (which was ok, but not my first preference).  So I have a strong feeling about it.

    I didn't realize how strong the feeling was until after my DD was born and named.  We chose Lillian, and I figured we'd call her Lily.  But we called her Lillian and it suited her so well, and now it kind of bugs me when people call her Lily, because her name is LILLIAN.  So now for #2 I will choose a no-nickname name.  

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  • I like nicknames for names that have natural and longstanding nicknames..  For example: I sometimes feel strange calling a Michael or William by their FN and not just Mike or Will.  I think it is because growing up everyone with these traditional names went by a shortened version. I always feel like they are being stuffy if they are referred to by the full name.  I really like classic girl names with nicknames (our top girl names are Evelyn and Eleanor (Evie and Nora). 

    DH really dislikes names that have implied nicknames for boys so we avoided choosing names that had built in nicknames.  However, DS #1 is Reed and gets called Reedo a lot.  I never considered this as a nn, but as soon as he was born people started to call him Reedo and I don't really  mind it, but I never call him that.  DS #2 is Pierce and so far he hasn't gotten any nicknames.

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  • I grew up with a nickname.  My real name is Kassandra, but some of my family and really old friends call me Kasey.  When I was younger, I was teased constantly about my nickname, so when I moved cities at twelve, I dropped the nickname and only introduced myself by my real name.  My daughters' names are Brianna and Alexa, but my husband and I immediately started calling them Bree and Lexi.  The names suit them, but when they are older, if they want to go by their real names, that's their decision.
  • I'm going to predominantly call my child by their full name. But if you love a nn, I still prefer giving a child the full-name and then calling them by the nn (ex William for Liam etc). So in theory if I fell in love with a nn name, I would use the nn I love.

    But for names that have multiple nn options, I will tell family the one we can live with for them to use. I don't care too much about avoiding nns completely.

    Our girl pick for DC3 is Eliza. I will call her Eliza because I love it, but having a 3 syllable name myself, I anticipate that others will shorten it. I hate Ellie and am not a fan of Liz/Lizzy either. So DH and I agreed that Ella or Liza will be the options (until she's old enough to decide for herself). So we'll correct people into either using her full name or one of the nns we can live with.


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  • I didn't choose names that have nicknames associated with them...I don't think we did it on purpose.  That being said, we hardly call either of our kids by their proper names!  DD is Sugarbean and her friends call her LuLu.  Right now DS is Pork Chop and Troublemaker. 

     

  • I don't use nick names for my daughter, but I have a few for my sister. I prefer ones that come along naturally, as opposed to pre-planned. E has a somewhat natural nickname, but we never use it...she's just her full name.
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  • What I don't like very much is when people choose a nice full name, and then only use the nickname, which is usually cutesy and doesn't grow well. However, for our top boy choice right now, I actually like the NN (Cal for Calvin). That's highly unusual for me. DH goes by a nickname, and I have a name that actually gets lengthened. I don't mind my nicknames (Brookey, Brookelyn), but I intend to choose names for which I like the full name for our children.

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  • We very deliberately chose our sons' names based on the fact that I personally detest nicknames for little boys.  We picked names that are short, strong, masculine, and that don't lend themselves to a nn.  I only call my boys by their first and middle names when they are in trouble.

    Ironically, we will likely choose a formal name for our daughter that will lend itself to an approved nn that we will encourage people to use if they don't want to use her full name.

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  • I'm OK with both. My FN is Amy and in some ways I like that it's so simple and straightforward (though I have had people ask if it's short for Amelia), but I can see how it would be nice to have options, too. Our boys are Alexander and William and they generally go by Alex and Will, though we call them Alexander and William sometimes.
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  • We actually tried to choose a name that wouldn't nn easy. I had tons of nicknames growing up and am finally getting people to realize that I have outgrown them and would prefer not to be called them. My son's home nn is one he's kind of given himself and it's not associated with his name at all.
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  • I don't like nn's at all. My dh is Joel and goes by Joey (If that's what you call him shouldn't that be his legal name?) No one in my family has nn's. We have a Michael the goes by "Michael" even. There is also a Jenny, legal name is Jenny.
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  • I will request that people call my child by his full first name.  I dislike NNs and don't understand why people use them on a regular basis.  I actually vetoed many names because they have common NNs and I knew it would be hard to keep people from shortening them.
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  • I love my FULL name- Elizabeth. I grew up hating all the million nicknames ppl would call me. I would INSIST they call me Elizabeth and to this day i am most commonly called Liz but you can imagine the amount of names that come from it...My husband prefers Michael and ppl insist on calling him mike or even worse Mikey.  

     When we decided on our daughters name the nn worry was a factor. We both happen to LOVE Ava and we also love that its nickname proof. =)

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