139 Popular Nickanames That Make Perfect First Names – Scary Mommy

139 Short And Popular Nicknames That Make For Even Cooler First Names

December 16, 2019 Updated April 1, 2020

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If you’re currently in the naming process of your pregnancy, you’re probably ready to pull your hair out. There are thousands of options! You’re a fun-loving couple and you don’t want anything too formal. My grandmother named her kids Kathy, Randy and Rodney. Why? She said, “If you’re going to call your child by a nickname, why not just name them that?” It’s an interesting premise. One that, the more you think about it, sounds pretty smart. Maybe “Leonardo” is too stuffy, but “Leo” is just right. Perhaps, after five generations of “Elizabeth,” you’re looking for a change but don’t want to completely throw tradition out the window. “Liza” might be the perfect alternative. We’ve collected the best “proper names” and listed all their possible nicknames.

Boys Names

These 25 super popular but formal boys’ names can be shortened to create 72 nicknames that also make great first name options.
1. Alexander – Al, Alex, Lex, Xander
2. Andrew – Andy, Drew
3. Benjamin – Ben, Benji
4. Charles – Charlie, Chuck, Chucky
5. Christopher – Chris, Topher
6. Daniel – Dan, Danny
7. David – Dave, Davie, Davy
8. Gabriel – Gabe
9. Henry – Hank, Harry, Henner
10. Jacob – Coby, Jake
11. James – Ames, Jamie, Jay, Jim, Jimmy
12. Joseph – Jo, Joe, Joey, Seph
13. Leonardo – Len, Lenny, Leonard, Leo
14. Lucas – Lucky, Luke
15. Maxwell – Max, Mac
16. Michael – Mick, Mickey, Mike, Mikey
17. Nathaniel – Nathan, Nate
18. Nicholas – Nick, Nicky, Nico
19. Philip – Phil, Lip
20. Robert – Bert, Bob, Bobby, Rob, Robbie
21. Samuel – Sam, Sammy
22. Theodore – Ted, Theo, Thor
23. Thomas – Tom, Tommy, Tom Tom
24. Tobias – Tobe, Tobie
25. William – Bill, Liam, Ted, Will

Girls Names

Having a little girl? We pulled 67 adorably short and simple nicknames from these 17 more formal names. Which do you like?
1. Abigail – Abbie, Abi, Gail, Gale
2. Alexandra – Alex, Allie, Lexie, Xandra
3. Amelia – Amy, Mia, Millie, Mimi
4. Andrea – Andie, Drea
5. Charlotte – Charlie, Lottie
6. Eleanor – Elle, Ellie, Nora
7. Elizabeth – Betsy, Libby, Liz, Liza, Lizzie, Beth
8. Gabriella – Brie, Briella, Gab, Gabby
9. Isabelle – Belle, Bella, Iz, Izzy, Elle, Ella
10. Katherine – Kathy, Kat, Kate, Katy, Kitty, Kit, Reeny
11. Mackenzie – Mac, Maisy, Kenzy
12. Margaret – Gretta, Maggie, Margot, May, Peggy
13. Michelle – Mia, Michie, Chelle
14. Olivia – Liv, Livvy, Olive
15. Rebecca – Bec, Becky, Becca, Reba
16. Sophia – Fifi, Sophie, Soph
17. Victoria – Tori, Toria, Vic, Vicky


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