62 Full Names That Sound Like Nicknames

Sep 22nd 2016

There are plenty of reasons to love nickname style. The names are light, friendly and cheerful, and usually easy to spell and pronounce. They come across as straightforward and likeable.

There are also plenty of reasons you might steer away from actual nicknames. Maybe you don't like the formal name the nickname derives from. Maybe you worry that if you put the nickname on the birth certificate, your daughter will have to constantly repeat "No, it's not Abigail, just Abby." Maybe a nothing-but-nickname, much as you love it, feels too eternally youthful or incomplete.

Here's your workaround. The names below were all selected for their nickname-like style. Some of them can be used as short forms of longer names, like Clay for Clayton. But all are perfectly complete in themselves, and will usually be taken that way. I've divided the names into boys and girls for ease of browsing, but many names in this style work well for either sex.

BOYS' NAMES WITH NICKNAME STYLE
Ari
Asa
Avi
Bo
Cade
Case
Clay
Cody
Colby
Corey
Dane
Finn
Grady
Guy
Jace
Jair
Lake
Lev
Luca
Nash
Niko
Pax
Perry
Quill
Roy
Ryne
Taj
Tate
Von
Watt
Wynn

GIRLS' NAMES WITH NICKNAME STYLE
Amy
Bay
Bly
Britt
Bryn
Daisy
Ella
Elle
Gwyn
Holly
Ily
Ivy
Kay
Lena
Lily
Lily Lucy
Macy
Marley
May
Nia
Orly
Ruby
Rue
Shea
Skye
Tru
Wren
Zara

 

Comments

1
September 23, 2016 3:00 PM

1. I could've sworn this article wasn't here yesterday (the 22nd), nevermind as early as the 13th. 

2. Another name to add to the female pile: Bonnie.

2
September 27, 2016 1:42 PM

Just to pick a nit, Bryn and Gwyn are masculine names, so at the very least they are unisex.  I know that people use Bryn for girls, but I think that most people use the feminine form Gwen for daughters.

3
September 27, 2016 3:49 PM

I was surprised not to see Leo or Eli on this list.

4
September 27, 2016 4:29 PM

re: Bonnie:  

I jokingly call my mom's friend Bonald, in the style of Ronald/Ronnie, Gerald/Gerry, and Donald/Donnie.

5
October 12, 2016 9:03 AM

Bay is not a girl's name, it's a word! And not a very feminine sounding word, at that! And Orly sounds more like a masculine name than feminine - and Bly reminds me of Nellie Bly. And Ily - PLEEEZE!

 

 

 

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