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- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Cute combinations, Boys F-J

And now onto the next segment of Cute Combinations!


F
Classic: Francis Robert

Boyishly cute: Franklin James
Unusual: Finley Niall
Unique: Flynn Ross

G
Classic: Grant Alexander

Boyishly cute: Grayson Lucas
Modern: Gavin Lee
Unusual: Griffin Leo
Unique: Grayden Ross
Unisex: Gabriel Reese

H
Classic: Henry Robert
Conservative: Harrison Michael

Boyishly cute: Hudson Chase
Modern: Hunter Nathaniel
Unusual: Hugo Joseph
Unique: Hamish Alexander
Unisex: Harley Ross

I
Boyishly cute: Isaac Bradford
Modern: Isaiah Jacob
Unusual: Irvin Michael

J
Classic: Jack Oliver
Conservative: James Edward

Boyishly cute: Jude Grayson
Modern: Jayce Lee
Unusual: Jarvis Dean
Unique: Jai Anthony (rhymes with eye)
Unisex: Jamie Matthew

What do you think about these? Comment below!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Naming after... Flowers and Plants

After doing countries, colors and birds, its now time to go onto Names which are flowers and plants, and I bet this one will be super popular!

(For some of the more unusual ones, do a Google images search to see them)

Girls

Category one: Names which aren't actually flowers or plants, but have meanings which are plants.
Afina, meaning "blueberry" in Romanian.
Alma, meaning "apple" in Turkish
Anemone, meaning "wind flower" in Greek.
Anthea, meaning "flowery" in Greek.
Antonia, meaning "flower" in Greek.
Avalon, meaning "apple" in Old Welsh.
(G.Paltrow soo should have named her daughter this instead.. way more subtle!)
Ayla, meaning "oak tree" in Hebrew and Old English.
Carmel, meaning "garden, orchard" in Hebrew.
Diantha, meaning "heavenly flower" in Greek.
Elma, meaning "apple" in Turkish.
Fabia, meaning "bean" in Roman.
Fleur, meaning "flower" in Old French.
Gita/ Greta/ Gretchen meaning "daisy" in Spanish.
Hana, meaning "flower" or "blossom" in Japanese.
Helianthe, meaning "bright flower" in Greek.
Hester, meaning "myrtle" in Hebrew.
Hortense, meaning "garden or gardener" in Latin.
Iolanthe, meaning "violet flower" in Greek.
Ketifa, meaning "to pick a flower" in Arabic.
Leilani, meaning "heavenly flower" in Hawaiian.
Lys, meaning "lily" in Medieval French.
Marva, meaning "sage" in Hebrew.
Mina, meaning "daisy" in Persian.
Phyllis, meaning "leafy branch" in Greek.
Susannah, meaning "lily" in Hebrew.
Talia, meaning "to bloom" in Greek.
Yolanda, meaning "violet" in Greek.
Zara, meaning "flower" in Arabic.
Zita, meaning "little rose" in Spanish.

Category two: Names which are already known to be used.
Angelica
Dahlia
Daisy
Erica
Heather
Holly
Iris
Ivy
Jacinta
Jasmine
Laurel
Lily
Rose
Rosemary
Rowan
Sage
Sienna
Veronica
Violet
Willow

Category three: Unusual but Usable. Names which are quite unique, but can be used in normal situations quite easily, or have nicknames which are 'normal'
Acacia, "Keisha"
Alcea, "Allie", "Alcie"
Anise, "Annie", "Anna", "Nissa"
Arnica, "Arna", "Arnie", "Anna, "Annie", "Nicky"
Alyssum, "Allie", "Alice", "Alyssa", "Lyssa", "Lyssie"
Amaranth, "Amy", "Mara", "Mary", "Antha", "Annie", "Anna"
Amaryllis, "Amy", "Mara", "Mary", "Rylla", "Lissa", "Lissie"
Azalea, "Az", "Azzie", "Zayley", "Ayla", "Ayley", "Lia"
Betony, "Betty", "Etta", "Ettie", "Tony"
Bryony, "Bree"
Calla, "Callie", "Allie" (what Actor Eric Johnson and writer/producer Adria Budd recently named their daughter, Calla Prairie)
Camellia, "Cara", "Carma", "Meeley", "Lia"
Cassia, "Cass", "Cassie", "Casey"
Cicely, "Cissy", "Celia", "Ellie", "Lee"
Coralbell, "Cora", "Coral", "Corey", "Belle", "Bella" (this ones a little over the top, too, but isn't as crazy as Bluebell. Coral is quite a pretty name)
Fern
Flora, "Flo", "Flossie", "Flor", "Lora", "Lori"
Gardenia, "Deana", "Nia"
Ginger, "Ginnie"
Hazel
Hyacinth, "Cinth", "Cinthie", "Cinthia"
Jacaranda, "Jackie", "Cara", "Anda", "Andy", "Anna", "Annie", "Anne"
Jessamine, "Jess", "Jessie", "Sam", "Sammy"
Juniper, "June", "Juno"
Lavender
Lilac, "Lila"
Linnea, "Lin", "Linna", "Nia", "Lynae"
Linden, "Lin", "Lindy", "Linna"
Lotus, "Lo", "Lola"
Magnolia, "Maggie", "Aggie", "Noel", "Olly", "Lia"
Mallow, "Mal", "Lo"
Marguerite, "Margie", "Mary", "Maggie", "Rita"
Marigold, "Mary", "Marie", "Goldie"
Myrtle
Narcissa, "Nara", "Cissy"
Nigella, "Nyah", "Gel", "Gella", "Ella", "Ellie", "Elle"
Oleander, "Ollie", "Lia", "Leanne", "Anda", "Andy", "Anna", "Annie", "Anne"
Olive, "Olly", "Liv", "Livvy"
Pansy
Petunia
Poppy
Primrose, "Rosa", "Rosie", "Rose"
Saffron, "Saffie", "Ronnie"
Solandra, "Solly", "Olly", "Landry", "Andra", "Andy", "Anna", "Annie", "Anne"
Tamarind, "Tammy", "Mary"
Tansy, "Tanner", "Anna", "Annie"
Valerian, "Val", "Vallie", "Ria", "Rianne", "Anne", "Anna", "Annie"
Viola, "Vi", "Ola", "Olly"
Zinnia, "Nia"

Category four: Totally out there. These ones are ones to use with a lot of caution, they don't quite fit in or have normal nicknames to fall back on.
Bluebell (now I know this one can be shortened to Belle or Bella... but really. Its just very out there for a real person.)
Cayenne (feminine spelling, but a bit too masculine pronunciation for me)
Cherry (maybe cute as a nickname, but a bit much for me)
Daffodil (this one can be shortened to Daffy but again, its a bit much for me)
Hebe
Jonquil
Pepper (probably a lot cuter as a nickname)
Peony
Posy
Silverbell (pretty for an animal, but probably a bit much for a child)
Sorrel
Sunflower (a little much..)

Boys

Category one: Names which aren't actually flowers or plants, but have meanings which are plants.
Ackley, meaning "meadow of Oak Trees" in Middle English.
Axel, meaning "small oak tree" in German.
Bailey, meaning "berry" in Old English.
Derry, meaning "oak tree" in Welsh.
Fabian, meaning "bean" in Latin.
Fraser, meaning "strawberry" in French.
Jared, Jarrett, meaning "rose" in Greek.
Oliver, meaning "olive tree" in French.
Orrin, meaning "tree" in Hebrew.
Perry, meaning "pear tree" in Old English.
Purnal, meaning "pear" in Latin.

Category two: Unusual but Usable. Names which are quite unique, but can be used in normal situations quite easily, or have nicknames which are 'normal'
Alder, "Al"
Ash
Basil
Briar
Cassius
Linden (both Cassius and Linden I have heard on boys before, but they are pretty hard with nicknames/are a little feminine)
Oleander, "Olly", "Lee", "Ander", "Andy"
Saffron, "Ron"
Sage
Thorn, "Thor"

Category three: Totally out there. These ones are ones to use with a lot of caution, they don't quite fit in or have normal nicknames to fall back on.
Cedar
Jonquil

Got some other flower or plant names? Any you really like or dislike? Do you know anyone named after a flower or plant? Comment below!

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Thumbs down: Frank Lickliter

I only just realized that I've been super nice lately, and there's been no Thumbs Down posts in ages. So I had a little hunt around, and found this:

Golfer, Frank Lickliter welcomed twin boys, Storm and Steele.

http://www.celebrity-babies.com/2008/01/frank-lickliter.html

It seems that parents of twins often seem to get it wrong.

Grade: C-

Comments: There are three major problems with these names.

Problem one: For twins, they're too similar. Twins already have issues with identity and being similar, and giving them similar names just exacerbates this. It also leads to problems when calling a name across the house and neither child quite catching which one is being called.

Problem two: They're so unusual that they will lead to teasing and don't give the child room to grow in whatever field they want. For example, can you really imagine without grinning a man called Dr. Storm? I can only imagine the teasing he'll get when he's in a bad mood. "You're in a stormy mood" etc. And kids can just get plain annoying sometimes finding it hilarious to repeat over and over to him saying "Hey Storm, theres a storm coming"
And Steele? What if Steele decides to be a ballet dancer or is just a very sensitive guy? The name doesn't give him a lot of room to be the person he might want or need to be. And the kid will be in big trouble if he ever steals in his teenage years, imagine the teasing!

Problem three: The names don't have "normal" nicknames to fall back on if they dislike have such unusual names at any stage in their lives.

Things to work on for next time: Choosing names which aren't too similar, choosing names which aren't so unusual or strange that they'll bring on teasing in the child future and choosing unusual names with normal nicknames.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Naming after... Birds

After past "Naming after..." series on colors and countries I thought it was time for my next post, and this is one which all nature and bird lovers alike will love. Naming after birds!

For girls

Category one: Names which aren't actually birds, but have meanings which are birds.
Ava, derived from the Latin word for bird.
Avis, meaning "bird" in Latin.
Elsa/Elsie, meaning "swan" in Anglo-Saxon.
Gozala, meaning "young bird" in Hebrew.
Jemima, meaning "dove" in Arabic and Hebrew.
Merle, meaning "blackbird" in Latin.
Tori, meaning "bird" in Japanese.

Category two: Names which are already known to be used.
Phoebe
Phoenix
Raven
Robin

Category three: Unusual but Usable. Names which are quite unique, but can be used in normal situations quite easily, or have nicknames which are 'normal'
Ani
Aracari, "Ara", "Sari", "Sara"
Avocet, "Ava", "Etta", "Ettie"
Coquette, "Coco", "Etta", "Ettie" (then again, this ones probably not so good, check the dictionary meaning before using.)
Eider
Elaenia, "Elle", "Ellie", "Ella", "Laney", "Lane", "Laina", "Nia"
Harrier, "Harry"
Linnet, "Lin", "Linna", "Netta", "Nettie", "Etta", "Ettie"
Mavis, "May", "Mave", "Ava", "Avis"
Mallard, "Mal", "Mallie"

Petrel, "Petra"
Pipit, "Pip", "Pippa"
Stora, "Tora", "Tori"
Tityra, "Tyra", "Ty"
Wren
Willet, "Will", "Willa", "Etta", "Ettie"

Category four: Totally out there. These ones are ones to use with a lot of caution, they don't quite fit in or have normal nicknames to fall back on.
Dove
Jacana (look this one up in the dictionary as well, its pronounced very unusually)
Lark
Starling (I find this one quite unusual, but its pretty similar to Sterling which is in the top 1000 for boys)
Teal

For boys

Category one: Names which aren't actually birds, but have meanings which are birds.
Arnold, meaning "eagle" in Germanic.
Callum, meaning "dove" in Latin.
Corbin, meaning "raven" in Old French and "crow" in Anglo-Norman.
Cormac, meaning "son of the raven" in Irish Gaelic.
Galvin, meaning "sparrow" in Gaelic.
Gavin, meaning "falcon of May" and "hawk of the plain" in Welsh.

Category two: Names which are already known to be used.
Brant


Category three: Unusual but Usable. Names which are quite unique, but can be used in normal situations quite easily, or have nicknames which are 'normal'
Condor, "Con", "Connie"
Cormorant, "Corey"
Jaegar, "Jay"
Kinglet, "King"
Mallard, "Mal"
Peregrine, "Perry"
Robin, "Rob", "Robbie"
Willet, "Will"

Category four: Totally out there. These ones are ones to use with a lot of caution, they don't quite fit in or have normal nicknames to fall back on.
Bluejay
Cardinal
Crane
Falcon
Trogon

Got some other bird names? Any you really like or dislike? Do you know anyone named after a bird? Comment below!

Any suggestions for Annie-Kate? Comments on or requests for the blog? Want some advice naming your child? Email me at anni.ekate@yahoo.com.au

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Cute Combinations, Boys A-E

After a whole series of cute combinations for girls, I am proud to start the cute combinations for boys.

Here it goes:

A
Classic: Albert Ross
Conservative: Andrew
Michael
Boyishly cute: Alexander Elliot
Modern: Ashton Tyler
Unusual: Arthur Drake
Unique: Adair Deacon
Unisex: Alex Quinn


B
Classic: Baxter Thomas
Conservative: Benjamin James
Boyishly cute: Bryce Nathaniel
Modern: Brandon Parker
Unusual: Bennett Ross
Unique: Bastian Alexander
Unisex: Bailey Ryan


C
Classic: Charles William
Conservative: Colin James
Boyishly cute: Calvin Alexander
Modern: Cole Brayden
Unusual: Conrad Austin
Unique: Carlin Anthony
Unisex: Casey James


D
Classic: Darcy Robert
Conservative: David Michael
Boyishly cute: Dominic Taylor
Modern: Dawson Seth
Unusual: Dane Andrew
Unique: Deacon Ross
Unisex: Dylan Riley


E
Classic: Elliot James
Conservative: Edward Anthony
Boyishly cute: Elias Leon
Modern: Eli Payton
Unusual: Everett Ross
Unique: Evander Deacon
Unisex: Emerson Paul

What do you think about these? Comment below!

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Naming after... Colors

There's a post I did quite early on, about naming your child after countries.
I've decided to follow on, and do a "naming after..." series.

A lot of people think choosing a random thing to name your child after is wrong, stupid or tacky. Personally, I'm not saying its either right or wrong, but it's certainly very interesting. Any name can be okay, as long as your sensible in choosing in it.

This post is going to be about naming your child after colors, some color names, such as Scarlet(t), are becoming quite popular, so this may be a popular path in the future. I think that using a color as a middle name is pretty neat, especially if it has special meaning, for example, an elder siblings favorite color, or if a child has blonde hair, a name with a meaning of 'yellow' or 'golden' can be sweet.

So, I'll get on with it ;)
For boys..
Category one: Names which aren't actually colors, but have meanings which are colors.
Adrian, meaning "black" in Latin.
Alban, meaning "white" in Latin.
Aurelius, meaning "golden" in Latin.
Blaine, meaning "yellow" in Gaelic.
Blake, a combination of the Old English words for "black" and "white".
Denver, meaning "green" in French.
Flannon, meaning "blood red" in Irish.
Galvin, meaning "brilliant white" in Gaelic.
Graham, meaning "grey" in Old English.
Gray, meaning "grey" in Old English.
Ivor, meaning "Ivory" in Latin.
Irvin, meaning "green" in Welsh.
Kamal, meaning "pale red" in Sanskrit.
Kane, meaning "golden" in Japanese.
Lloyd, meaning "brown, grey" in Welsh.
Oran, meaning "grey-brown" in Irish.
Osbert, meaning "gold" in Old English.
Roy, meaning "red" in Gaelic.


Category two: Unusual but usable. Names which are fairly unique, but can be used in normal situations without too much trouble.
Ash
Cobalt, "Cobe", "Coby"
Denim, "Denny"
Flint, "Flin/Flynn"
Grey
Harvest, "Harvey"
Hunter
Ivory, "Ivor"
Jet
Loden
Russet, "Russ"
Rusty, "Russ"
Sandy
Slate
Tyrian
Vermilion (This ones pretty strange, but it reminds me of the 'normal' name Maximilian)

Category three: Totally out there. These one's are ones which should be treated with a fair bit of caution, they're pretty out there and have no "regular" nicknames for your child to fall back on.
Almond
Blue, or the French spelling Bleu.
Caesar, meaning "Blue-grey" in Latin.
Citron
Copper
Cyan
Forest
Indigo
Navy
Onyx
Viridian

And now onto the Girls!
Category one: Names which aren't actually colors, but have meanings which are colors.
Ariana, meaning "silver" in Welsh.
Bianca, meaning "white" in Italian.
Chloe, derived from the word "green" in Greek.
Dee, meaning "black" in Welsh.
Flavia, meaning "yellow, golden" in Latin.
Gina, meaning "silvery" in Japanese.
Hina, meaning "red" or "black" in Hindu.
Ianthe, meaning "violet" in Greek. (i-ann-thee)
Lavern, meaning "the green one" in Old French.
Melanie, meaning "black" in Greek.
Midori, meaning "green" in Japanese.
Verdi, meaning "to be green" in Latin.

Category two: Color names which are commonly used on girls.
Amber
Ebony
Hazel
Jade
Kelly
Ruby
Rose
Scarlet
Sienna
Sky
Violet

Category three: Unusual but usable. Names which are fairly unique, but can be used in normal situations without too much trouble.
Auburn, "Aubrey"
Carmine, "Cara", "Carrie", "Carma"
Cerise, "Reese"
Cinder, "Cindy"
Claret, "Clare", "Clara", "Rhett" (if she's a tomboy)
Clove, "Chloe", "Lo", "Lola"
Clover, "Chloe, "Lo", "Lola"
Coral, "Corrie", "Corey", "Cora"
Denim, "Deni"
Emerald, "Em", "Emmy", "Emma"
Garnet
Goldie/ Golda/ Goldina
Henna
Indigo, "Indie"
Ivory, "Iva", "Ivy"
Lavender
Lilac, "Lila/Lyla", "Isla"
Magenta, "Madge", "Maggie", "Gen/Jen", "Jenny" (this isn't the right color, but theres not one closer, its a bright pinkish color)
Maize, "May", "Maizy"
Olive, "Ollie", "Liv", "Livvy"
Pearl
Poppy
Rosy (Rosie)
Saffron

Sandy
Silver, "Silvie", "Silvia"

Category four: Totally out there. These one's are ones which should be treated with a fair bit of caution, they're pretty out there and have no "regular" nicknames for your child to fall back on.
Aqua
Azure
Bleu, the French spelling for Blue.
Caramel, "Carrie", "Cara", "Carra", "Mel", "Mellie" (this one has normal nicknames, but... just seems very strange as a name)
Carnelian, "Carrie" (This one too can be shortened, but I just find it a little too much)
Honey
Maroon
Mauve
Navy
Onyx
Opal
Peach
Sorrel
Teal
Viridian

Got some other color names? Any you really like or dislike? Do you know anyone named after a color? Comment below!

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Cute Combinations, Girls U-V

The last in the ongoing series of Cute Combinations for girls, look out for Cute Combinations for boys in the next few weeks!

U
Unique: Ulani Georgia

V
Classic: Violet Pearl
Conservative: Victoria Nicole
Pretty and sweet: Valerie Rose
Modern: Veronica Brianne
Unique: Valencia Daisy

W
Classic: Winifred Faye
Pretty and sweet: Wendy Sue
Modern: Willow Iris
Unusual: Whitney Teresa

X
Unique: Xantha Grace

Y
Unusual: Yasmine Cadence
Unique: Yelena Hope

Z
Pretty and sweet: Zoe Gabriella
Modern: Zayley Anabella
Unusual: Zara Rose
Unique: Zella Sophie

What do you think about these? Comment below!

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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Nicknames for Boys.

After my article on nicknames for girls, its time to delve into the world of nicknames for boys. In my earlier post, I went over the main reasons why parents give their children names with nicknames, and I'll re-hash (In other words copy and paste ;) ) the categories I made up:

1. Having a cute pet name for the child .
2. Being able to give their child a very formal name, but having something more cute and young or childhood or casual occasions.
3. Being able to choose a long name.
4. Having a more unique nickname for a child with a common name, so they're not Charles B or Charles W but Arlo.
5. For when the child is a Junior or are named after someone who they'll have close contact with to avoid confusion.

I'll give my favorites, ideas and examples for each 'reason' for giving a nickname, below:

Reason one: Just having a nickname to call your kid by.
These are just what you're average every day parent uses, for example "Jack" for Jackson, "Matt" for Matthew or "Davey" for David.

Reason two: This is when you choose a more formal name, but want to choose a cuter more childish nickname for childhood and casual situations.

My favorites are:
Allan, "Al", "Lan"
Andrew, "Andy", "Drew"
Baxter, "Bax", "Baxie", "Ax", "Axter"
Benjamin, "Ben", "Benny", "Benji", "Enji", "Jam", "Jamie"
Bernard, "Bern", "Bernie", "Ernie", "Nard", "Nardo", "Ardo", "Ardie"
Charles/Charlton, "Charle", "Charlie", "Arlo, "Les"
Colin, "Co", "Cole", "Collie", "Olly"
Dominic, "Dom", "Nic", "Nico"
Edward/Edwin, "Eddie", "Ed", "Woody", "Win", "Winny"
Fletcher, "Fletch", "Letch", "Etch", "Etcher"
Francis, "Frank", "Frankie", "Rance"
Fredrick, "Fred", "Freddie", "Eddie", "Edrick", "Ed", "Drick", "Rick", "Ricky"
James, "Jame", "Jamie"
Jasper, "Jaz", "Perry"
Leon, "Lee", "Leo", "Lonny"
Lincoln, "Linc", "Cole", "Coln", "Collie"
Lloyd, "Loy", "Oydie"
Malcolm, "Mal", "Colm", "Cole", "Collie"
Matthew, "Matt", "Mattie", "Math", "Hugh"
Michael, "Mike, "Mikey", "Mick", "Kel"
Nicholas, "Nick", "Nicky", "Nico", "Cole"
Patrick, "Pat", "Patty", "Paddy", "Tricky", "Rick", "Ricky"
Quintin, "Quinn", "Tin", "Tin-Tin", "Tiny"
Richard, "Rich", "Richie", "Hardy", "Ardo", "Ardie"
Sebastian, "Seb", "Batty", "Bastian"
Theodore, "Theo", "Teddy", "Dore"
Travers, "Trav", "Travvy", "Rav", "Ravi",
Vincent, "Vin", "Vinnie", "Cent"
Wesley, "Wes", "Es", "Lee"
William, "Will", "Billy", "Liam"

Reason three: For parents who choose out a long name, but want something shorter as a nickname to make it easier.

My favorites:
Alexander, "Al", "Alex", "Lex", "Xander", "Ander", "Andy"
Finnegan, "Finn", "Finnie"
Garrison, "Gary", "Garris", "Sonny"
Harrison, "Harry", "Harris", "Sonny"
Leverett, "Levi", "Lev", "Rhett"
Rafferty, "Raff", "Raffi", "Tee"
Remington, "Remi", "Ming"

Reason four: For parents who choose out a popular name, or find out they've named their child a popular name, unique nicknames can be a good solution.

My favorites..
Aidan, "A", "Denny", "Ade"
Alexander, "Lex", "Ander", "Xan", "Xander"
Andrew, "Ando", "Roo", "Ad"
Anthony, "Ant", "Anto"
Benjamin, "Jamie", "Jam", "Enji", "Benno", "Jin"
Brandon, "Ando", "Bran", "Andon, "Don"
Christopher, "Topher", "Toph", "Tip", "Chip", "Kit", "Kiff", "Christer", "Ster", "Stoff"
Connor, "C", "Ona"
Daniel, "Neal", "Nils"
Elijah, "Lige", "Lijah", "Lee"
Ethan, "Eath", "E", "Han"
Isaac, "Iza", "I"
Jack, "Jik", "Jeek"
Jackson, "Sonny", "Jaz"
Jacob, "Jayko", "Cobe"
James, "Jame", "Jamie", "Jam", "Jaz"
Jayden, "Denny", "J-D"
Joseph, "Seph", "Joze"
Joshua, "Jozey", "Hugh"
Matthew, "Math", "Hugh", "Matto"
Michael, "Kel", "Kale", "Mick", "Mitch", "Miles", "Milo"
Nathan, "Tan", "Han"
Nicholas, "Cole", "Nico", "Naz"
Ryan, "Yin", "R"
Samuel, "Zam", "Sammo"
Tyler, "I", "Tyles", "Tel"
William, "Lee", "Wim"
Zachary, "Cary", "Z", "Car", "Caro"

Reason five: When naming after someone who will spend a lot of time with the boy, a different nickname helps everyone be a lot more clear.
See above reasons for ideas.

Got any other cute nicknames? Other reasons why someone in your life had a nickname, or you gave your baby one? Any funny nickname stories? Comment below!

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Nicknames for Girls.

Many parents like names which have nicknames for their children. There are many good reasons for having nicknames, some are:
1. Having a cute pet name for the child .
2. Being able to give their child a very formal name, but having something more cute and young or childhood or casual occasions.
3. Being able to choose a long name.
4. Having a more unique nickname for a child with a common name, so they're not Jessica B or Jessica W but Essie.
5. For when the child is a Junior or are named after someone who they'll have close contact with to avoid confusion.
6. For girls, a name with a unisex nickname in case they're a tomboy.

See below for my favorites, some good ideas and examples.

Nickname reason one: General Reasons, to have a cute, pet name.
There are millions of these, examples: "Allie" for Allison, "Dani" for Danielle, "Jo" for Joanna.

Nickname reason two: To shorten and soften a formal name during childhood and in casual situations.

Some of my favorites:
Adelaide, "Addie", "Delle", "Deli", "Della", "Lady"
Amelia, "Mimi", "Meeley", "Mia", "Lia", "Millie"
Arabella, "Abby", "Ari", "Belle", "Bella"
Beatrice, "Bea", "Triss", "Trissie", "Trissa"
Carlotta, "Carly", "Carla", "Carlo", "Arlo", "Lottie"
Cecelia, "CC", "Seal", "Sealey", "Lia"
Corinne, "Corey", "Cora", "Rin"
Diana, "Di", "Dido", "Annie", "Ana"
Dominique, "Dom", "Minnie", "Nicki", "Neek"
Eleanor, "Elle", "Ellie, "Ella", "Nor", "Norah"
Elizabeth, "Ellie", "Elle", "Ella", "Eliza", "Lizzie" "Izzie", "Libby", "Beth", "Zeth"
Ellen, "Elle", "Ellie", "Ella", "Leni"
Frances, "Frannie", "Cessie"
Georgiana, "Georgie", "GG", "Gia", "Giana", "Giarn"
Gwyneth, "Gwyn", "Wyn", Gwynnie", "Wynnie", "Netty"
Harriet, "Harry", "Ria", "Rietta"
Hazel, "Hay", "Haze", "Zelle", "Zella"
Jane, "Jay", "Janie", "JJ", "Ane"
Lenore, "Leni", "Nore", "Norah"
Lillian, "Lil", "Lilly"
Maude, "Maurie", "Aude", "Audie"
Miranda, "Mirrie", "Anda", "Andy"
Nicolette, "Nic", "Nicky", "Cole", "Lettie", "Etta"
Rachel, "Rae", "Rach", "Chel" or "Chels" (like the starting sound in Chelsea)
Rosalie, "Ro", "Rose", "Rosie", "Rosa", "Zali"
Rowan, "Ro", "Rowie", "Rory"
Sophia, "So", "Soph", "Phia", "Fifi"
Theodora, "Thea", "Tia", "Teddy", "Dora"
Victoria, "Vee", "Vic", "Vicky", "Tori", "Ria", "Via", "Vita", "Vito"

Nickname reason three: For parents who love long names, but don't find it practical to use such a long name in every day life.
Some of my favorites:

Alexandra, "Al", "Alex", "Allie", "Lex", "Lexie", "Lexa", "Xandra", "Andra", "Andy"
Angelina, "Ange", "Angie", "Annie", "Gel", "Gelly", "Angel", "Lina"
Ariana, "Ari", "Riarn", "Ria", "Riana".
Eleanora, "Elle", "Ellie", "Ella", "Nora"
Elliana, "Elle", "Ellie", "Ella", "Liana", "Lia"
Felicity, "Flick", "Lissie", "Lissa"
Indiana, "Indi", "Dee", "Deanne", "Deanna", "Annie", "Ana"
Isabella, "Izzy", "Bella", "Belle"
Isadora, "Izzy", "Dora"
Liliana, "Lil", "Lilly", "Liana", "Leanne", "Ana", "Annie"
Mirabella, "Mira", "Bella", "Belle"
Olivia, "Olly", "Liv", "Livvy", "Livia", "Via", "Vee"
Tatiana, "Tia", "Tiarne", "Tiana"

Nickname reason four: A unique nickname for a common name.
Some recent popular names with unique nickname alternatives:

Abigail, "Gail", "Aila", "Ailey", "Aggie"
Alexandra, "Alexi", "Xandra", "Andra", "Andy
Alison, "Alice", "Lis", "Lissie", "Sunny", "Lissa"
Alyssa, "Lys", "Lyssie", "Al"
Ariana, "Ari", "Ria", "Ri", "Riarn", "Rina", "Arna"
Ashley, "Asha", "Sharlee", "Shel"
Ava, "Aven", "Avey", "Ave"
Brianna, "Bree", "Ri", "Ranna"
Chloe, "Lola", "Lo", "Loey", "O"
Elizabeth, "Zeth", "Lizza", "Eth", "Bette", "Eli", "Leeza"
Ella, "El", "Els"
Emily, "Millie", "Miller", "Elle", "Ellie"
Emma, "Emmy", "Mae", "Emmy-(middle name). E.g Emmylou for Emma Louise.
Caitlyn, "Aita", "Aitie", "Lyndy", "Lynna"
Grace, "Gray", "Race", "Raysa"
Hailey, "Halo", "Ailey", "Haila", "Aila"
Hannah, "Nan", "Nana", "Hannie"
Isabella/Isabelle, "Sally", "Sab", "Sabby", "Elle", "Ellie"
Jasmine, "Az", "Azzie", "Minnie", "Minna"
Kayley/Kayla, "Ayla", "Ayley",
Lillian, "Leni'
Lilly, "Lilsy", "Ilsa"
Madeline, "Madda", "Addie", "Adda", "Delle", "Della", "Deli", "Linna"
Madison, "Madda", "Dizzy", "Sunny", "Addie", "Adda"
Maya, "Aya", "Eye"
Mia, "Mimi", "E", "Ia"
Mikayla, "Mikky", "Ayla", "Ayley", "Mimi"
Natalie, "Tali", "Attie",
Olivia, "Olly", "Ola" "Vee", "Via", "Libby", "Lia"
Sarah, "Sairy", "Aira", "Sally", "Sadie"
Sophia, "Fifi", "Fia", "Fi", "Opie"
Taylor, "Aylor", "Lori", "Tayli"
Victoria, "Ori", "Ria", "Vita", "Vito", "Via"
Zoe, "O", "Zozo", "Z"

Nickname reason five: To avoid confusion when children are named after others (see reason one and four for ideas)

Nickname reason six: For a unisex nickname for a girl who may be a tomboy.
Some of my favorites are:

Alaina, Alessandra, Alexa, Alexandra, Alexis, Alice, Alison, Allegra, Alyssa= which can all be shortened to "Al"
Alessandra, Cassandra= Sandy
Alexa, Alexandra, Alexis, Alexandria, Alexia= Lex, Alex, Xander, Alexi
Alexandra, Andrea, Cassandra, Miranda= Andy
Alison, Emerson, Madison= Sonny
Ashley, Ashlyn= Ash
Calista= Cal
Camille= Cam, Miller
Carlotta, Carly, Scarlett= Carl
Cassandra= Casey
Charlize, Charlotte= Charlie
Christa= Chris
Claudia= Claude
Constance, Corinne= Connie, Con
Cora, Corinne= Corey
Dominique= Dom
Elizabeth, Elliana= Eli
Elizabeth= Zeth
Ellen, Eleanora, Elena, Eleni, Lenore, Helena= Lenny
Evelyn= Ev
Frances= Frankie
Georgiana= George
Grace= Gray
Hallie, Harmony, Harriet, Hazel, Helena= Hal
Harriet= Harry
Hilary= Larry
Jayda, Jane= Jay
Jazlyn= Az
Jessica= Jesse
Joanna, Joanne= Joe, Joey
Leanne, Ainsley, Amelia, Angelina, Angeline, Angelique, Annaliese, Ashley, Beverly (ETC, this list gets long, just ones that end in Lee or have a Lee sound in them) = Lee
Leona= Leo, Lee
Louisa, Lucia, Lucille, Lucinda, Louella= Lou, Louie
Mallory= Mal
Martina= Marty
Matilda= Matt, Matty
Maude= Maurie
Mikayla= Micky
Natasha, Natalie= Nat, Nate
Nicolette= Nic, Nicky, Cole
Olive, Olivette, Olivia, Holly, Molly= Olly
Prudence= Denny
Rachel/ Raine= Ray
Sandra= Sandy
Skye/ Skyler= Kye
Tatiana= Tate
Theodora= Theo, Theodore
Vanessa= Van
Veronique= Ron, Ronny
Victoria= Victor
Willow= Will

Another way of getting unisex nicknames is to use initials. For example, Alice Jane is a very feminine name, but can be shortened to "AJ", if they turn out to be a tomboy. Similarly, the starting letter of a name can be another option, "E" for Elizabeth, or "Z" for Zara are a lot more unisex sounding.

Got any other cute nicknames? Other reasons why someone in your life had a nickname, or you gave your baby one? Any funny nickname stories? Comment below!

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Friday, January 4, 2008

Cute combinations, Girls P-T

Cute combinations continued :)

P
Classic: Phyllis Jane
Conservative: Paige Elizabeth
Pretty and sweet: Penelope Rose
Modern: Piper Isabelle
Unusual: Paisley Amanda
Unique: Poppy May
Unisex: Peyton Riley

Q
Unique: Querida Lillian
Unisex: Quincey Isabelle

R
Classic: Rachel Grace
Conservative: Rose Olivia
Pretty and sweet: Ruby Delilah
Modern: Raine Avery
Unusual: Renee Claire
Unique: Rhea Beth
Unisex: Rylan Elise

S
Classic: Stella Genevieve
Conservative: Sarah Katherine
Pretty and sweet: Sophie Faye
Modern: Sienna Eden
Unusual: Shayna Rose
Unique: Sabella Jazlyn
Unisex: Sydney Taylor

T
Classic: Tabitha Beatrice
Conservative: Taylor Nicole
Pretty and sweet: Tessa Jasmine
Modern: Trinity Sophia
Unusual: Tatum Hope
Unique: Tallulah Marie
Unisex: Tanner Madison

What do you think about these? Comment below!

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