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First Names with Different Nicknames

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


Working the name backwards

When it comes to choosing a baby name, have you also thought about what nick name you might call them? Some may choose to start there, and picking out what they will actually call their child, before choosing the official name. Nicknames usually have a different feel than the actual name. Many parents may choose to take this route, that way they get to choose the two names they love, that mean the same thing, but may be used for different reasons. One name to be use during casual play and home activities, and the official name to be used in more proper events and when the child is grown and to be taken more seriously. The idea is to have a nickname that is cool or even silly, while the proper name is more “buttoned up.”

Andy (Andrew) – Manly; a warrior
Bram (Abraham) – Father of a multitude; father of nations
Ike (Isaac) – Full of laughter
Zac (Zachary) – The lord remembers

Coco (Carolina) – A joyous song; a small, strong woman
Izzy (Isabel) – Spanish form of Elizabeth, meaning “my God is bountiful”
Josie (Josephine) – Feminine form of Joseph; God will add
Lulu (Louisa) – A calm, peaceful woman / as precious as a pearl