All nicknames are not created equally. Lots of kids tend to go by shortened versions of their legal names, whether it’s first, middle or last. Some take a different name completely, though, like calling a girl named Margaret “Peggy.” If you planned on referring to your child with a nickname 100% of the time, would you just give your son or daughter the nickname version?
Most kids are met with teachers who request to know what students preferred to be called in class. It’s not unheard of for a nickname to completely replace a first name, especially if friends and family use the nickname from day one.
Here is our list of commonly nicknamed first names!
John (nicknamed Jack) – Hebrew – God is gracious; In the Bible, one of the apostles
Christopher (nicknamed Kit) – Greek – One who bears Christ inside
Robert (nicknamed Bear) – German – One who is bright with fame
Nicholas (nicknamed Cole) – Greek – Of the victorious people
Christina (nicknamed Nina) – English – Follower of Christ
Elizabeth (nicknamed Izzy) – Hebrew – My god is bountiful
Olivia (nicknamed Nollie) – Latin – Feminine of Oliver; From the olive tree; Peaceful
Matilda (nicknamed Tilly or Maud) – German – One who is mighty in battle