Name change!

So I had my baby girl 2 months ago and we named her a name I've always loved... Vinnie. But I have been unsettled about it ever since because everybody keeps asking what it's short for (nothing) and I can tell they don't like it because if they've heard of it they've only heard of it as a boys name ... nn for Vincent. I have personally only known women who went by Vinnie and it was nn for Lavinia, Elvina, Vinessa or Vienna. Well anyway, we have decided to change her middle name from Tess to Jean after my Nana and I'm working on the name change process this week... but I was thinking maybe I could think of a full name to go behind Vinnie while I'm at it. Can anyone help me think of other names Vinnie could be a nn for? I have thought about most names that start with Vin but I wonder if there are others that have a Vin in the middle somewhere or even just a V and an N in the name somewhere? I love old fashioned names! 

One other question ... should I spell it Vinnie or Vinny? It is currently Vinnie but I think I like it with a Y better?

I am so overwhelmed by this! TIA!  


September 9, 2017 4:19 AM

A few names I thought of that could be full names with nn Vinnie are Vanessa, Vivian/Vivienne, and Lavender. 

However, from the phrasing of your post, it seems a little like you only want to change the name because other people think that Vinnie is a nickname. I don't know if that's the case, but if it is perhaps you should consider whether you really want to change it. There's always the chance that your daughter will choose to go by her hypothetical full name or a different nickname, thus removing Vinnie/Vinny (your original choice of name) from the equation entirely. If you're really attached to the name, then you might want to think about that.

As to the issue of spelling, I personally prefer Vinnie and think that it reads more femininely than Vinny, which might get the Vincent association even more, but it's entirely up to you. Traditionally male names become female all the time.

I wish you good luck deciding on what you want to do.


September 9, 2017 6:02 AM

My sister has had Vivienne nn Vinnie on her list for a while, so that's my first suggestion. I think Genevieve, Evangeline, Evelyn could probably work too -- even though they don't have "vin" together, their prominent V's and N's lend themselves nicely to Vinny. Something like Verity Jean could work as well -- the V from Verity, the N from Jean.

September 9, 2017 8:25 AM

I definitely second all of this. Genevieve or Evangeline nn Vinnie! So cute. Guinevere could work as well, as could Davina.

September 9, 2017 11:44 AM

I agree with this while adding that any fn with a v in it, along with mn Jean could have Vinnie as a nn. Ex: Olivia Jean.

I also agree with TheBookThief that you should only do this understanding that nn Vinnie might be lost in the future.

Make the change if you can find a name you really love and could live with possible other nns later on.

I don't really have a spelling preference; and if it is to be a nn, no preference at all.

Good luck.

P.S. Even though Vinnie is not my style, I think there's nothing wrong with saying "Vinnie is her full fn." 

Not everyone likes every name. At least you didn't name her James or Mark et al.

September 9, 2017 11:00 AM

I think Vinni or Vinnie

other names

Olivine Alvina  Vincenza 

Elvina Lavina  Melvina

Savine  Vinita   Ravina

Avyn Avin  Maevin Raevin  Maevyn Raevyn

Evina Avina Savina

Morvina Vinetta

Morvyn Vynette Evyn  Devyn

Valentina  Velina Venita  Vinita

Aviana Evalina Evaline Aviane

Evianna Avalin Evalin

Avalina Silviana Vienna

Vivianne Vivianna

Davina  Rayvin  Sylvina

Trevina  Vinette  Vinessa

Vinceta  Vinya  Valinda

Valdine Valdina Vivienna

Velina  Levina  Evangeline


September 9, 2017 12:49 PM

I have been wanting someone to use Venezia for a while, so that's my suggestion. It's the Italian/actual name for Venice. If you've been there, or if it's a dream vacation destination, that might help give the name a bit of a personal connection. For any of the names on the list, I would look for some sentimental or other personal connection to help you connect to the name. It could be someone important to you with the name, or something like you're a history buff so you pick Geneva for the Geneva Convention.

I like many of the other suggestions; I will add that if you're worried about losing the "nickname" along the way, there's nothing wrong with having the longer version be the "nickname". That is, if you like one or more of these, use it/them occasionally; then if people ask her name, you can say "her name is Vinnie, but sometimes we call her X".

You could also think of all the things you love about the name and use that as part of your explanation, e.g. "Her full name is Vinnie. She was named for my best friend Lavinia and my beloved Great Aunt Vinessa" or "Her name is Vinnie, named because her other parent and I met at a winery." etc. In my experience, an unusual name becomes much easier for people to relate to if they know the story behind it.

September 9, 2017 2:00 PM

I think that I'd either use Vinnie-as-is or alternatively use a full name that contains the Vin syllable prominently featured. I would *not* use Genevieve or another more-of-a-stretch name in this instance, because I think that decreases the chances that the nickname will stick as the call name... and it sounds like you'd really like your daughter to be Vinnie in most parts of her life, even if you were to give her a more formal long form for the occasions when she might like that option. (I've been a call-name Jenny to most people for most of my life but I appreciate having a less casual form to use in my professional life, so I can see the appeal of giving her a longer form than just-Vinnie, though I don't think it's required.)

I do like the suggestion of Venezia very much -- even though I think it's not the most intuitive transition to Vinnie, it's still a pretty straightforward step. I also love Lavinia and Davina, but I think Vincenza or the more vintage-fusty Vinetta would be my choices because I think that Vinnie would be the nickname of choice that the outside world would default to for those long forms. I would then introduce her as, "This is Vincenza, we call her Vinnie"... or just "This is Vinnie," in situations where the full name isn't showing up somewhere (like a classroom roster).  

But I really think that the strategy for just leaving her name as Vinnie is also an excellent one, too, and I agree that if you can accompany the name with an explanation like nedibes suggests, it'll help a more unexpected name go down smoothly.

September 11, 2017 6:28 AM

I think that if you really want to keep Vinnie as her call-name, going for a formal name that's a bit long will make sure that nickname sticks.  In that vein: I love the Italian name Vincenza!  And also posters above who suggested Venezia, love it.  I also know an American woman named Vienna who is always complimented on her name, it's classy and beautiful and professional all at once.  But, Vienna is short enough that it might easily overtake Vinnie at some point.

I don't think Vinnie is any sort of problem though.  My daughter has a playmate named Leni whose parents sometimes have to explain "just Leni, not short for anything," but it's really not a big deal.  Don't get too hung up on what other people think and seriously you are NOT confusing anyone in this age of unique names and tricky spellings.  If Vinnie makes your heart sing, that is her name.  But if YOU want a longer or more dressed-up form, then go for it.  I would however make sure you pair it with a distinctly feminine middle name, so that someday when she's a grown-up and has a job, she can use her middle name in her email signature so that people won't call her mister all the time.

September 11, 2017 10:14 AM

If you just like Vinnie more than Lavinia et al I'd keep it but use the other ones when people ask what Vinnie is short for: "We were considering Lavinia but decided we liked just Vinnie more!"