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Quiz: Where Do These Nicknames Come From?

Want to make a nickname? No problem! All you need is a pair of name clippers. One quick snip turns Samantha into Sam and Jaxon into Jax.

At least that's how it works today. Once upon a time, nicknames were were less predictable. I recently wrote about some long-lost nicknames that transformed their source names with rhymes, contractions and more.

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Preston

Transferred use of the surname meaning "from Preston." The name is derived from the English place-name composed of the Old English elements préost (priest) and tūn (town, settlement, village): hence,

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