Nickname Help!

Our daughter's name is Maribeth. We need nickname help... Mari or Beth?  Other options?  Her sister, Julianna's nicknames are Juli and JuJuB.  


March 19, 2017 12:33 AM

How old is your Julianna? If she's old enough to say her sister's name, but young enough to say it wrong, then ta-dah: you have your nickname. :-)

But even if you don't have a handy toddler to invent diminutives for you, I suggest not trying to nail down nicknames. Both Mari and Beth are great, intuitive choices, and you can freely use both, at least for a while, to see which one sticks better. But who knows, maybe she'll end up as Fiddle or Goldie or something else totally unrelated to her name...

(Our Julianna was Babóca /BOB-oh-tsah/ when she was a toddler.)

March 19, 2017 8:27 AM

I think any of the Mary nicknames could work: Mimi, Mamie, Molly, Mae/May. I know a Bethy, which is sweet. Or--any chance she has an L in her middle name so that Mabel would make sense? 

March 19, 2017 11:18 AM

Thank you so much for the suggestions! My toddler, Julianna, has already taken to calling her sister Bethy. It's the cutest thing! They're 16 months apart and completely inseparable.  We'll see how it sticks over time. The dilemma has always been that my husband prefers Mari and I prefer Beth, so it makes sense to let our toddlers decide!  Thanks again for your input.

April 5, 2017 10:04 PM

Most people answer to several names. The same woman might answer to Mom, Sis, Blondie, Honey, Liza, Elizabeth, and Mrs. Smith throughout the course of her day.

There's nothing wrong with your husband calling her his little Mari, you calling her Beth, and big sis calling her Bethy or Beffy as many toddlers would pronounce it. She'll recognize and answer to them all equally, understanding intuitively that this person is meaning her with this name.

April 6, 2017 7:49 AM

We're a nicknamey kind of family, and my mom and dad have completely different nicknames for both my sister and me and it's never been an issue for either of us. And what I call my sister is completely different from both of their nicknames for her. These nicknames developed organically and are simply associated with the person who uses them. No confusion whatsoever!

April 6, 2017 8:03 AM

We have similar situations in my family. The only time it was ever a problem was when people kept calling the house asking for Pete and I kept telling them they had the wrong number. I mentioned it at dinner one night and my cousin (who lived with us) said, "But that's me!" Apparently he had been gifted the nickname Pete in college. His name is Rafael, so I was forgiven for not intuiting that the callers were asking for him.

April 6, 2017 1:48 PM

Heee, this is a great story! I guess you need everyone who resides under your roof to fill out one of those forms like you do for a background check where you have to submit every alias you've ever gone by.

March 19, 2017 4:09 PM

I wouldn't worry about finding an across-the-board nickname. My daughter answered to several nicknames through toddlerhood, and is now (age 3) insisting on going by her full name only. 

April 4, 2017 4:27 PM

I see that Mary Beth has MaryBerry as a nickname.

April 19, 2017 1:40 AM

I think Mareth would be cute as would Mabry. Ari, Aribee, Bet/Bette?

April 22, 2017 4:30 AM

Mari is nice or Beth or Ari