nickname for Conrad

My husband and I love the name Conrad for our boy due in September. The only problem is we like nicknames, and can't think of any good ones to shorten Conrad to. We don't care for Conny since it seems so feminine. Any nickname ideas? Or any other name suggestions? Our last name starts with B and rhymes with showers. We seem to like classic names. Thank you so much!


May 13, 2013 9:22 PM

The two Conrads I've known both went by "Con".

May 13, 2013 10:02 PM

I know a German guy named Kord, which is a variant of Konrad. If Kord can come from Konrad, then why can't Cord come from Conrad?

May 13, 2013 11:21 PM

I have Conrad on my list but one of the reasons I hesitate about it is the lack of good nicknames. I likewise don't like Conny/Connie and I am not a fan of Con.

I actually don't think it needs a nickname, it's only 2 syllables and every Conrad I've ever known has gone by their full name.

My daughters name is 2 syllabes and we always use the full name and noone has every shortened it, despite most of our family being 'nicknamey' people.

By mk
May 14, 2013 12:04 AM


Conrad doesn't really need a nickname. You also just wait until he is born and let a nickname develop naturally from his personality, etc.

May 14, 2013 2:56 AM

Corey might work.

May 14, 2013 10:02 AM

Am I right thinking that Kurt is another German nickname for Konrad?  If I were called Conrad, though, I think I'd prefer Con or my full name.  Maybe C or, at a stretch, Chad?

May 14, 2013 10:30 AM

Behind the name lists Cord/Kord & Kurt as traditional nicknames for Konrad/Conrad.  I believe all of these have already been suggested.  I've only known one person who used a nickname and it was Konnie.   I agree that with only 2 syllables, Conrad doesn't need a nickname.  So maybe you could find one not associated with his given name?  What will the middle name be?  Maybe you could do an initial nickname like CJ or something.

May 14, 2013 10:53 AM

I know a grade-school-aged Conrad who is simply Conrad. When I went to high school the quarterback was named Conrad, and the newspaper called him Connie, but everyone else called him Butch.  Connie was his sister Constance.  BTW the local sports pages invented their own nicknames for all the high school athletes.  William became Willie, even though he actually went by Bill and hated Willie.  That's the thing about nicknames--they're not entirely in mommy and daddy's control.  Therefore I wouldn't stress over them.

May 14, 2013 11:35 AM

Siblings Conrad and Constance? I guess either their parents liked the sound or they were named after the same person...

May 14, 2013 1:33 PM

It's not really shorter, but Conner might work.

I think people who are compulsive nicknamers may just call him Con, but you can certainly insist on the full Conrad.

As others have noted, nicknames often just present themselves.

Our younger son is called by a totally silly nickname I would never have imagined using about half of the time.

May 14, 2013 3:30 PM

I agree that you may find a totally different nickname for your little guy once he's born. My son's name is Marco. He goes by Marco to everyone he knows. My mother, however, started calling him Bubba before he was even born and when he was small I refused to call him that.  But he was such a curious, nosy kid that I couldn't do anything without him being right there wanting to see what I was doing and how I was doing it. So I started calling him Bugsy when he was about 2 yrs old. He is now 31 yrs old and I still call him Bugs or Bugsy and that's my special nickname for him.

March 12, 2017 4:53 PM

I'm called Conrad and for my whole like I've been known as Kert i don't know if that helps but it's a nice name. 

June 28, 2017 11:20 PM

Hi My name is Conrad. As a child, I hated when people used my first name because it always felt so serious and Old World. I always wanted a nickname and Con was ehhh ok, but I truly despise Connie. i read about nickname variants and none of them hit me stronger and felt more right than Conor. One "N". Connor itself is a name, but Conor one "n" just felt right. I've been using it since and have found a new pride for my name instead of shame. So if you want a nickname. Conor all the way. Uses all the letters in the name anyhow. 

June 29, 2017 8:46 AM

Coen could be a good nickname as it's the shortened form of Coenraad (Dutch form of Conrad).