My wonderful mother-in-law, Julia Blair, gave extravagant nicknames to her children. Ben’s is: Benjerbomboom. His siblings (or maybe it was the neighborhood kids) gave him another one: Ben-Benji-Bare-Bottom-Burp-Baby-Blair. All of his siblings have terrific nicknames. A sampling: Jenettikins, Blopsy, Caroliney-Deeny-Diny, Margretchie, and Deedle-Doos. (Just by reading those names aloud, you can probably guess that my mother-in-law was a wonderful singer. And you’d be right.)
My name is Gabrielle but I grew up with the nickname Gabby. Since I talk a lot, it’s always been a good fit. (Hah!)
We were telling our kids about their aunts’ and uncles’ nicknames, and realized that at our house, we’ve hardly used nicknames at all. Ralph is occasionally Ralphie. Maude is once-in-awhile Mimi. Olive is Olive. Oscar is Oscar (with an experimental Osc here and there). Betty is always Betty. And Flora June is Flora when speaking French, and June when speaking English. I love the idea of nicknames and was kind of surprised to realize we didn’t commonly use them.
Also, nicknames and alternate names always make me think of Dostoevsky. I swear, he uses like 10 different names for each character he introduces.
What are your thoughts on nicknames? Do you have one? Do your kids? Do you know anyone that was given a nickname as an adult and it stuck?
P.S. — The names that got away.
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My mom had a similar penchant for crazy nicknames. Apparently mine was Neeny-Weeny-Beanie-Bikini (They call me Bean for short), and my little sister’s was Punka-Schnnoodle-Doodle-Kaboodle (They call her Punka for short). The shortened nickname is actually what’s on our stockings. I remember back when we were engaged, my husband came to help trim the house for Christmas for the first time, and he pulled out the stockings and saw the names and asked, Puzzled, “Umm…which one’s YOU?” And I had to explain that I was, and always would be, Bean to my parents.
Oh my. Punka-Schnnoodle-Doodle-Kaboodle is pretty darn fantastic!
I agree! That’s quite a nickname.
My mother used to call my Lyndsay-Loo. Then my grandmother transitioned the “loo” then to Luce, which then somehow turned into Lucy. So my nickname is an entirely different name. Makes things difficult to explain when I sometimes absent-mindedly respond to someone calling out to Lucy!
My family called me Meg and Megamoo when I was little but it didn’t really stick. Similar with my other sisters, you can make short forms from all of our names, but we all grew out of our nicknames. My daughters’ names don’t really have short forms (Scarlett and Sosie) and we haven’t really invented any nickname for them that stuck. I guess we’re just not a nickname family! LOL
We call our daughter Noodle, since she was so floppy when she was little. My parents called me Birdie, since I was teeny when I was born, and my husband and I call one another Mr. and Ms. Pants – no idea why.
I call my sister Leika….she just left for college and asked me if it was okay if she told everyone to call her Leika. haha
Glad I gave her one she liked :)
Cute that she asked your permission. : )
My parents gave me a name that didn’t have an obvious or easy nickname on purpose–they wanted me to use my given name. My mom occasionally called me Doll or Milly. Friends have generated a few nicknames–Mols, Mollinator, and Mold (thanks to iPhone autocorrecting Mols). All of them make me smile, especially the last two simply because they are ridiculous.
One thing I notice is that I am not good at giving nicknames and I’m only occasionally good at using them.
Those are some seriously amazing nicknames!
My youngest daughter’s name is Deirdre (pronounced deer-druh), but I experimented with the nickname “Dee Dee” when she was an infant and it stuck. Now she prefers “Dee Dee” over her real name. She is in Pre-K and has told me that she will learn how to write her real name as long as everyone still calls her “Dee Dee”. :)
My oldest daughter is Isabel… we’ve experimented with “Izzy”, but it hasn’t stuck… sometimes people assume that “Isabel” is short for “Isabella”, so she used to think her nickname was “Isabella”..until I explained why they call her that LOL
“Since I talk a lot”–*gasp*, I can’t believe it :)
We purposely chose names for our boys that couldn’t be converted into a nickname easily. So our boys don’t have nicknames. But my girls do. Amalia, my oldest girl: Mali, Mali-May. My youngest girl, Salem: Sally, Sally-cheeks, Sal, “lovey-love”
I do love nicknames, especially for babies & kids!
My youngest brother’s name is Salem! I’ve never met another one — girl or boy.
Out of six kids growing up, mine is the only nickname that stuck. It is Missy which has nothing to do with my name Amelia. My grandfather called me Missy Prissy as a baby and it stuck. I’m Aunt Missy to a dozen nieces and nephews, and it is really strange to hear Aunt Amelia from the kids on my husband’s side. I really love my nickname and hope it never goes away.
My four kids do not have nicknames. Jonah, Nolan, August and Reta. August could be shortened but Gus sounds like a disease or illness to me so that isn’t gonna happen. ha. I guess one uncle does call Nolan, Fastball. It fits his personality and is a reference to the Texas Rangers pitcher, Nolan Ryan.
Fun topic! I love the idea of nicknames- I’ve been known as Christy Eliz (middle name Elizabeth), Christy Biscuit, Crystals, C Beans (my dad :), Christabelle (mom!) and my sisters call me Tissy, Chris, or Pippy (that one is so random but so cute). My husband calls me Wifey (ha!), and Sweetness & Light, or SNL for short <3
I call my husband Andystew (full name Andrew Stuart), and I also like calling some friends by their first and middle names together- or just their middle name :)
As far as future kids' names, I like some names specifically for their nickname possibilities- Everett/Rhett, Charlotte/Lottie, etc
My oldest daughter, Saige, is sometimes Saigeypants. It doesn’t come from anywhere or mean anything but I’m willing to bet she will be Saigeypants for the rest of her life.
I’m Sarah so the only nickname I’ve had was Sarah Sweets and only my Dad ever called me that. My kid’s on the other hand have lots of nicknames given by my husband and I, and their aunts and uncles. We’ve got Trance aka “Monkey-boy”, “Trance-inator” or “”Trance-ylvania”, Addison aka “Stinkerbell”, “Diddisinator”, and “Vada” (her middle name is Vadalynn. Ethen aka “The Boss” and my youngest Ollie is only 4 1/2 months so no nicknames yet, but I’m sure she’ll end up with one or two!
Well, my blog name was my nickname. We called our daughter Maelle, Majelly Belly and our son Desmond, Dizzy Desi – although, he does insist now at 3.5 that he only be called Desmond.
My dad has always called me Blueberry because he says when I was a baby I looked like a plump little berry. Other family members sometimes call me Lizzy, but I love having that special name from my dad. I have a sister named Eleanor, and we usually call her Ellie, but must confess that we also call her Smell or Smellinora.
Smellinora made me laugh.
My dad was the nick namer in my family, and even shortened our nicknames into double nick names!
The middle three of the six children got the best ones Miranda: Mandunka (or Dunka as a nick nick name), Taylor: Tayjavu (or Vu as a nick nick name), Amelia goes by Emmy: Emmahonka (Honka as a nick nick name).
I remember hanging out with friends in my bedroom in middle school and having my dad call us over the intercom system, “Dunka, Honka, Vu! Come to the kitchen!”
My friends all looked at me like, “Uh, what?”
I love nicknames! My daughter was most often “monkey” – it started out as Mommellah which is Yiddish for “little mommy” and is often used to refer to little girls then turned into Monkey then to Monkey Doodle (like magnadoodle) and now it is mostly just “Doodle”
I had a brother who gave the wildest nicknames to all the kids in our family (and I have 13 siblings so that is a lot of nicknames). Some of the most interesting…my brother Wes became Vazzerby, my sister Rusti became Hunt (long transformation there that started as Rustic Hunting Lodges), and mine went from Meggan to Wrotsk. As for my own children Mandy is Mandy, McKenzie is Kenz, Donn is Donnie, Melyssa is Lyssa-lou, and Maggie is Miss Maggie. The most interesting thing to me about nicknames is that sometimes they are shorter and sometimes longer than the original name, I guess it’s whatever rolls off the tongue more smoothly. :)
i love those sing-song-y nicknames.
i’ve taken to calling my one year old nephew hoogity-boogity-bo0 (hoogs or hoogity for short), though it’s nothing close to his actual name and i have no idea how or when it came to me, he responds.
My daughters both have nicknames…. Nola is Nolie-Bear and Kira is Kiki-Kookie-Wookie.
Growing up my parents called me Hellie-Wellie (Helen) and my sister Hannie-Fannie (for Hannah). I was happy with mine, my sister hated hers!
My husband’s sister call him Ear-Ache instead of Eric!
I was always called Sis by my parents and sister growing up because I was the baby:-) My husband is called Sully because of our last name. I remember shortly after we were married he referred to me as Sully – I stopped in my tracks and in sunk in that I was a SULLY!!!! Love! So now we both call each other Sully:-) Some of our kids nicknames came from their siblings – Isaac is Ike, David is Dodo or Davo, Caleb is Chabes or Chabiebaby, Levi is Lee but when he is in trouble I say Leviticus (silly but it just sounds really serious ha!) Our only daughter Grace has become Sis or Gracie by friends.
When I was little I carried a blanket everywhere and loved Charlie Brown so my dad nicknamed me Charlie. Even now 40ish years later he still calls me Charlie (or Charles if he is being formal). Some of his friends don’t even know that is not my real name! At my wedding a million years ago all of my cards from his friends were addressed to Charlie! I like it, it makes me feel special.
Oh. That’s the sweetest thing! I love that his friends only know you as Charlie.
Our baby Trevor is TREZZIE most of the time…or Trevs, Trevi, Trezz
Actually, I make a point to call him Trevor AT LEAST once a day…but he answers to Trezzie…
We do extra long and silly nicknames in our house, but each kid has a variety–we haven’t really stuck with just one.
My daughter, Ivy, was “the Bean” when she was a baby (unrelated to the Ivy & Bean books, which I was only vaguely aware of at the time), but then grew into Peanut, Peanutty, or Peanut Butter Pie, or Ivy Ivy Pumpkin Pie-vy, Punky Pie, Punky, Punky Bean, or just Pie. And if all those weren’t bad enough, I’m actually embarrassed about this one every time it comes out of my mouth, but somehow I just can’t help it–Lady Potatey (sometimes mercifully shortened to just “Lady”).
My son, Oliver, often goes by his full first and middle names, but is just as likely to be Ollie J., Ollie Jakers (his middle name starts with J., but is not Jake or anything like that), Buster Brown, Brown Bear, Honey Bear, Baby Bear, or Snoogles (because he likes to snuggle).
Both kids are occasionally also called Snickerdoodle or Snickers, but I guess that’s more of a term of endearment than a specific nickname, since they both answer to it. This is fun now when they are 4 and 1–I’m not sure how long it will be before they try to ix-nay the embarrassing nicknames.
My husband and I are both nicknamers. Our daughter was born Allie Marie but is rarely called that. She’s Allie Lou or A-Luna or Luna-Tuna or Lulu or Looney-Tuner or A-Mariesker. And, lately she’s started calling herself “Addie” (she can’t pronounce the Ls yet) and we keep accidentally calling her that too! Funny!
I even sing her a special lullabye every night – Hey Lou (to the tune of Hey Jude). She’s started asking me to sing it for her too (Hey You??) and my heart nearly breaks in two!!!
Ha! Just saw this on Facebook:
I can’t think of a single person that I call by their full given name. I think nicknames are the greatest and a form of endearment. If I don’t give you a nickname, I obviously don’t like you. HA! My oldest daughter Sophie is Goose. Always. She just is a goose. My younger daughter, Clara Louise, has more nicknames than I can count. Her name is just ripe for it. LuLu, ClaraLu, ClaraLuHu, Clarabelle….and then others that fit her personality like Monkey Doodle or Sunshine. It amazes me that my children even know when to answer when I call them. Our dog, Kenzie, is Kenzie Snooter. Our dog, Hubbell, is Hubbalicious (and boy he is!). Why do I do this? I don’t know. Maybe it’s because my name is Audrey and no one ever gave me a nickname even though I wish I had one!!!! Great topic.
My dad used to call me Corrie Anniferus. Lol. I love nicknames! When I chose names for my dog.. — it was based on nicknameability– Pippa = Pipperdoodle, Pipsqueak, Philippa, etc! Our other dog is Boydy-Boo. I see nicknames in our future.
Being at the end of a big group of kids has some unexpected benefits. Mom, Dad, little sister and I have created a kind of club with our own special nicknames. The older kids were out of the house and don’t get it. We have Strong, Creative, Gorgeous, and Brilliant. It still makes me smile and feel Gorgeous when I think about it. When I got married this summer, my mom decided I could call him Handsome, but everyone else would call him Brave. It’s kind of nice to have a nickname to officially include new family members!
I had friends and classmates growing up who never were called their own names. Instead, it was Pete, Boss, and Bobby- who I knew as Alan from church! Tripped me up all the time. I had an adult friend who went to live in China for a semester. The Chinese students called her Jules instead of Jessica (too complicated). I think she’s stuck with Jules ever since!
Oh, My goodness, what fun memories!!! I don’t remember my mother ever calling any of us by a nickname, but my Dad did. John was “Peter Peanuts” and I was
“sunshine!” One of the delightful nick-name things with my siblings is that
each of my seven brothers has the same middle-name “Holbrook.” My mother’s maiden name. (She was raised in a family with eight sisters). Don’t know if she
ever knew that we all referred to the “Holbrook-Groberg” combination as “Hub- Grub!” My second brother, David’s nick name was the most extravagant and was known by his friends outside the family also. It was “Gazmo Gustineo, Hub Grub,
Chicken Noodle Soup the 24th!” I remember it so clearly!
It has never occurred to me until today that this was a unique Groberg thing. I inherited it for sure! Thanks for the joyful reminder!
I didn’t know “sunshine” was your nickname! It’s a perfect fit.
I was known as Rufflebutt when I was little – thanks to the frilly diaper covers my mom had me in during the 70’s. In my teen years, my dad would only call me that at the most humiliating times (like when a boyfriend was over). In college I went by Sunny – a nickname my bestie gave me because of the Bobby Hebb song. Everyone knew me as that, even my profs. I’m now MamaMonkey – my son Conor is CocoMonkey. I started singing a CocoMonkey song to him while I was pregnant and we were keeping his name a secret. I also call him ConMan – which is great because as a 3-year-old he already is a master manipulator and gets his way a LOT! For a while I was referring to him as “Il Duce” – but a lot of people didn’t get the fascist dictator reference so I had to stop.
What I love about nicknames is how you can mark out what stage of life you got to know someone from what they call you. My husband went to two different colleges and he has a nickname from both MP and Goose. When I met him he was Goose, and I had to phone around mutual friends before I confirmed what his real name was. Now everyone just calls him by his name until recently we had a “goose” friend come to stay – my children were so confused.
When we named our 2nd son Nicolas Michael we had all sorts of ideas as to what we were going to call him “Nic-mic”, Nicky, Micky – but his brother immediately mispronounced it to be “Ness” and he’s been Nessie ever since.
Oh boy, my family is all about nicknames. Some of mine growing up were “Cookie Little,” “Renee” (not even close to my middle name), “Carriebeth,” “Kiki,” “Cay Cay,” and “Riny Renex” (no idea about that one). The only one that has really stuck is “Cay” although I did have a roommate who called me “Care.” My sister’s nickname is usually “Ti,” short for Tina, but I’ve always loved 2 of her others “Giana” (from an aunt) and “Big Bopper” (Saved By The Bell reference, points if you know why!). Her kids already have a bunch of nicknames as does my 5 month old daughter. We purposefully named her with good nickname options built in, although most nicknames are totally random – you had to be there stuff. :) I must be a nickname person as I struggle to not use them even with friends I don’t know well!
Oh boy. My dad likes nicknames. My initials are MIB, and I was round and pink as a baby, so initially I was Mibby de Pig. But my dad composed a number of riffs on this: I am nearly 40 years old, but he still calls me The Mibical Pig, the Pibical Mig, and also (often) Pigusmibacalacus Type D. (Really. My dad is a physician. This is my “Latin” name. Yes, he’s a big nerd.) He calls my brother HoGo von GoGo, or sometimes just The Hogoman.
I guess I like nicknames too. My son was the Floppy pretty much from birth. Now he’s 9, and I tend to call him “Squeaky” instead. He was very floppy, but he is not especially squeaky, so I don’t know why I call him that. As long as I don’t call him that in front of his friends, he doesn’t seem to mind.
Your Dad is so cute!! Hahaha :)
P.S. My nickname is Squeak or Squeakarooni!
We always have nicknames, and even the nicknames get nicknamed. Our eldest was super colicky, and my husband started calling him “fuss-bucket,” which eventually became plain “Buck.” He is almost 11 and still answers to “Buck” (his name is John); he is also “Scrubber” or “Scrub,” but that is such a long story I can’t tell it here. :> Our other children have similar tales. :>
I think nicknames = endearments, and for us, the more ironic, the more endearing.
“even the nicknames get nicknamed”
I love that!
Growing up my sister and I both had lots of nicknames–I was Wo-wo, Princess Poot Root, or Rashley (my middle name is Ashley). My sister was Hopey-Soapy-on-a-Ropey or Hopey for short. We have three younger brothers, the oldest of whom doesn’t really need a nickname; his given name is Spicer and you don’t really need any added spunk for that! The two youngest normally go by derivatives of their given names “Ti” for John Titus and “Jack” for Jackson. But I sometimes called Ti “Buster Brown” growing up, and Jack is sometimes Jack-Attack.
My husband is in dental school and so my family has taken to calling him Dr. or Dentist Dan. They also liked to call him Dan the Man with a Plan when we were engaged. I love nick-names! They always seem to have a great story or memory behind them and are a fun thing for our family to share. Even our six-month-old daughter London has already gained the moniker Londie-poo. =)
Nicknames are just a part of life for my family! Although as a “Sarah” I had fewer. My brother Harry was and is the MASTER of nicknames. He always came up with the most ridiculous variations just for the fun of it, but throw them into casual conversation. He gave my sister the nick name “Larry Dan.” For years they have been coming up with variations, basically anything that rhymes with “Larry Dan.” Gary fan, Betty Wan, Doodley Pan….
Perhaps taking nicknames a step further, we also had 19th century british alter-ego’s. Anytime anyone new married into the family the got one. Marjory, Elspeth, Sophie, Beatrice, Bernard, Agustus, Barnaby, Prudence……
I always felt a little sad I never had a nickname growing up. So I’ve made certain each of my three girls had one. Bug, Lala (or La or Lally P or P as her dad has shortened it to), and last but not least Boo-Boo-Chicken-Noodle-Soup-With-Cheese-And-Crackers-Who’s-Purdy (NOT “pretty” but “purdy” and she’ll point that out too). She will also answer to Boo-Boo and, unfortunatley (I think), Chicken.
My husband has dubbed me “Nut” – because he’s pretty sure I have my own special brand of crazy. My parents are always offended for me when they hear him call me Nut, but they don’t know about all our private moments and inside jokes that make that nickname ok (and even GOOD) with me.
I’m born and raised in the upper midwest (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota area). People here LOVE to shorten names. My name, Kimberly is constantly shortened to “Kim” and I’ve always preferred Kimberly. I’ve never had a nickname that stuck otherwise. It’s interesting how where you live plays into things.
I’m always stomping out “Kimmy” and the occasional “Kimmer” which makes the little hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.
I’m sure that’s so true, Kimberly. It would be fun to see some kind of map that showed nickname density from region to region. : )
My in-laws love nicknames too. We didn’t really have in my family, but my husband is great at putting them together for our kids. His sister was called Head growing up because they all thought she had a big head…and with our family he has nicknamed me, Madre cum Ladre (even before I was a mom), my son is Jacumo for Jack, and our daughter Ella was called the Cloven Hoof Princess. That has nothing to do with her name, but she was born with some foot issues, hence the name. However, she is developing just fine. I just think it is funny what he comes up with!
My head was spinning trying to keep up with all of Dostoevsky’s nicknames! So thankful for the glossary at the beginning of the book — without it I would surely have given up.
My daughter, Eloise Joyce, is often called “Joycie”, “Lou” and “Louie”. Shortly after her birth the unfortunate nickname, “Smelloise,” was also born. Looking back, it’s a horrid nickname, but somehow seemed endearing when she was a tiny baby.
As a kid, one of my friends called me Trae and I called her Kimmer (Kimberly). Both stuck and to this day, that is what we call each other. (she married my brother – Terrence McGillicudy (Terry)) My sons are mijo and osito, (little bear) or Andrew Mandrew and Connor Bear (he’s 18 and 6’2″ and he lets me get away with that) Recently we ran into a old friend that hasn’t seen him since he was 2 – 1st thing he greeted him with was “Connor Bear”! Priceless. My sis-in-law, Kimmer, her father nicknames all his grand kids . fun, fun
I was Pookaloo or Pipparinapicccolo.
My husband, kids and I all have nicknames. The kiddos have several each from us, and then different sets used by their grandparents and uncles. My two year old has the distinction of having the longest nickname in our family…it’s six words, and has to be sung! My husband is a master nicknamer and has given several of his friends (and me, when we were dating) nicknames as adults. They have all stuck. :)
oh I almost forget a classic – My Aunt couldn’t say “sissy” when she was little so she ended up calling my mother, her older sister, “Tiddy”. As adults, when they would be out shopping or such, she would call her “tiddy, dear.” My mom thought people were expecting this buxom woman to come by!! My aunt even had the nickname engraved on a bowling ball. I forgot about this until you asked about nicknames. I love that you do that. Your questions always bring back such wonderful memories. Thank you!
When my niece Zella was a baby, she couldn’t pronounce my sister Jordan and brother Salem’s names. The closest she got was Nornoh and Eeyah. For years, Nornoh and Eeyah stuck!
But isn’t June sort of a nickname for her? Her first name is Flora and her middle name is June, correct? I sort of view going by a middle name as being a nickname. And out of curiosity, why did you not give her June as a first name?
We thought about going with June Flora, but we didn’t like the flow of the name. We felt like it sounded better as Flora June. But we knew all along we wanted to call her June.
Someday, I’ll have to write out the story of each of their names.
I love nicknames!! I went bowling with some friends as a teenager and they tried to write my name on the electronic board but only “Morga” fit, so that has stuck with friends and family alike. One of my best friend’s name is Janell and I came up with lots of fun ones for her, including Penelope, Panells, Nels, Nelly, Nelsy, Nelsy-poo, and Valerie. Don’t ask me where that came from. But I still call her all of those to this day. My sister Whitney is Whittles or Whit. My nephew Joel is Joelie. My husband’s name is Nate, and some of his are Nateles, Nater-tots, Nate-a-liscious. My son Sayer was Sayer-bayer-baby for a long time, and now it’s been shortened to Say-bay, or just Say, or Saya-Baya. My youngest calls him Say-say, so that has stuck too. My son Bart is Barty, Barty-warty, Bartles, Barticus, Bart-a-ly-boo, and more which I can’t think of at the moment. I love nicknames though. There is just something so endearing about them, and it says so much about the person giving the nickname, as well as the one getting the nickname. :)
I am the youngest of 5. My oldest brother who is 9 years older than me gave me a number of nicknames. I was a happy chubby little girl who giggled all the time – some nicknames that have stuck are Gigs, Baby Gut Gay and Bloat. As a 42 year old, Gigs is fine – Baby Gut Gay and Bloat, not so much!
He has given his own children very fitting nicknames – Spuds, Buddy, Toady and Beep. If you were to meet my nieces and nephews, you would see the nicknames fit – at least he has been more considerate with his own children. What are older brother for? other than to continually torment their kid sister into her forties?
My husband and I decided that we wanted our daughter to have a name that sounded like minor European nobility (you know, in case the Hapsburgs come a’knockin’!), so her full name is Louisa Marie-Josephine. But, we call her “Lulu” for short and I think it’s perfect for a little girl. As she grows up, she has the option of going by Louisa, but for us, she’ll always be lil Lulu. :)
Oh, nicknames! Growing up, my initials were HAM, so family called me Hambone – which was ironic, because I was the boniest, skinniest kid! Only every now and then do I get called that.
My kids are Kaylynn (almost 4) and Ben (almost 2). Ben couldn’t say Kaylynn for a while, but called her “Nay-Nay”. We catch ourselves calling her that from time to time. Even though I know she’ll hate growing up with that name. We also call her Kaylynnikins, or Kaylynn Noel-ey (like singing the Baby Beluga song, except Kaylynn Noel-ey). She even thinks her middle name is pronounced that way!
For Ben (Benjamin), Ben is an obvious one, but he has been Ben-Jammin (because saw it spelled Benjammin in a baby book once), Benny-Wenny-Boo-Boo-Boo (from How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days), Benny, Benny-Boo, or just Boo.
My Ben’s nickname is also Boo which comes from the Halloween pjs he wore as a baby that had BOO written on the shirt with a ghost.
Oh, and I forgot. Thing 1 & Thing 2. They know which one they are!
Oh, so many so far. She’s still only 2. Poopopolis. Bee’chen. Piglet. The noodle. Angel bottom. Moomoo. Each one is right for a different moment. And she insists that her actual name is Tinkerbell Princess Fairy Mermaid Glühwürmchen (German for Firefly). She will freak out if we try to call her by her given name. It’s especially difficult since no Americans can pronounce Glühwürmchen.
My children don’t have nicknames but my siblings and I have:
I was Flo, not sure why but when I named by daughter we picked Madeleine Florence, it sounded better than using Kathryn as a middle name and I wanted her middle name to mean something.
My next sister was Sard (I couldn’t say Sara when she was born and I still call her this), everyone else calls her Tweaky!
My brother Simon is called Prim (short for Primrose – not sure why!) and our baby sister, Laura is Poppet because she was such a Poppet.
I love nicknames!
There is another weird naming convention in our family. My father was one of four and he and my aunt and uncles all called their parents by their first names: Betsy and Albert. Never Mum, Dad, Ma or Pa! Mind you their nicknames were: Prof, Tank, Our Kid and Janey?!
“Our Kid,” That’s great.
I love nicknames! My name is Lacey, and everyone always calls me Lace. As far as my kids, they all have a nickname too. Horacio is “Nuny”, Ernesto is “Nesto”, Karla is “Narda”, Cade is “Boog”, Sawyer is “Saw” or “Saw Saw”, Asher is “Ash” or “Asher Dasher”, and Sadie is “Sadie Girl.” My kids love that they have a special name just for them, and something that just those closests to them use. I always felt special when those I loved called me Lace, and I think my kids feel the same. I hope they like it, all the names have stuck and it’s going to be hard to stop now!