NICKNAMES AND NAMING TRADITIONS

A knowledge of the various nicknames can help us better identify our ancestors. I have NOT included some of the more OBVIOUS ones in this list. Remember, there can be an Eliza and an Elizabeth in the same family. Also, it is not uncommon to find two children with the same name. Sometimes a child dies and another child is given their name. There may also be a child with the same name by the different wives. Some nicknames may be clues to a name by which the person was not commonly known. Some of the names might have been given at birth and are not nicknames. PLEASE DO NOT SEND "pet names". I do not create nicknames for anyone.(See Naming Traditions at the bottom of this list).

The nicknames A-L are given directly below on this page.

Go to Nicknames M-Z.

Go to International Nicknames.

Please use your "Find" to search this page. If you have found old nicknames in genealogical records that can be included on this list, please E-Mail Judy Henley Phillips.

NAMENICK NAME - Masc./Fem.
AaronRon
AbelAbe
AbednegoBedney
AbijahAb, Bige
AbigailAb/Abbie(y), Gail, Nabby
AbnerAb, Abbie
AbrahamAbe, Abram, Bram
AbsalomAb, Abbie, App
AdalineAda, Adela, Aline, Edith
AdamAde, Edie
Addynames starting with "Ad"
AdelaideAda,Addie,Adela, Adeline, Della, Heide
AdelaDella
AdelaideAddie
AdelbertAlbert, Del, Delbert, Bert
AdelineAddie, Linney
AdolphusAdo, Adolph/Dolph
AdrianRian
Adrienne(m)Adrian
AgathaAddy, Ag, Aggie, Agnes
Aggynames starting "Ag"
AgnesAggy, Ann, Nancy, Nessie
AileenHelen
AlansonAl, Lanson
AlastairAl
AlazamaAli
AlbertAl, Bert, Bird - (f)Alberta
AlbertaAbertina,Albertine,Allie,Bert,Bertie
- (m) Albert
AlevaLeve, Levy
AlexanderAla, Alec, Alex, Andi, Ec, Lex, Sandy,Xandra - (f) Alexis, Sandra
Alexandra Lexa, Xan
AlexandriaAlla, Drina, Sandra - (m) Alexander
AlexandriaAlla, Ellie, Elic
AlexisLexi
AlfredAl, Alf, Alfie, Fred - (f) Alfreda
AlfredaAlfy, Frieda - (m) Alfred
AlgernonAlgy
AliciaAlly
AliceAlcy, Alicia, Allie, Elsie, Lisa
AlineAdeline
AlisonAli
AlmenaAllie, Mena
AlminaMinnie
AlonzoAl, Alphonzo, Lon, Lonnie, Lonzo
AlphiniasAlphus
AlmiraMyra
AlvertaVert, Virdie
AlyssaAl, Ally, Lissia
AlzadaZada
AmandaAmy, Manda, Mandana, Mandy
Ambrose Brose
AmeliaAmy, Emily, Mel, Melia, Millie
America Mec
Amos Moses
AnastasiaAna, Stacy
Andrea - (m) Andrew,Drea, Rea
AndrewAndy, Ansey, Drew - (f)Andrea
AngelaAngel, Angelica, Angelina, Angeline, Angie, Jane
AngelinaLina
Ann/Anna/Anne/AnnieHannah, Nan, Nanny, Nancy, Nana,
Susanna
AnnetteAnna, Nettie
AnselmAnse, Ance, Ansel - (f) Selma
AnthonyTony - (f) Antoinette, Antonia
AntoinetteAntonia, Net, Nettie, Tonie
AntoniaNettie - (m) Antone, Anthony
AppolineAppie/Appy
AquillaQuil, Quillie
ArabellaAra, Bella, Belle
Araminta/Armida Middie, Minty, Ruminta
ArchibaldArchie, Baldie
Ariadne Arie
ArielleArie
ArchillesKill, Killis
AristotleTelly
ArizonaOna/Onie
ArleneLena
ArmandaMandy
ArmildaMilly
ArmindaMindie
ArmintaMinite, Minnie
ArnoldArnie
ArtelepsaEpsey
ArtemusArt
ArthurArt
ArthusaThursa
ArzadaZaddi
AsenathAssene, Nathey?/Sene
Aubrey Bree
AudreyDee
Augusta/AugustinaAggy, Augie, Gus(s)ie, Ina, Tina - (m) Augustus
Augustine/AugustusGus, Gustus - (f) Augusta, Gustie
Aurelia/Aurilla/Orilla Ora, Ree, Rilly
Avarilla Rilla
BarbaraBabs, Barb/Barbie/(y), Bobbie, Bonnie
BarberyBarbara
BarnabasBarney
Barnard/Bernard Barney, Bernie
BartholomewBart, Bartel, Barth, Bat
Barticus Bart
BazaleelBasil
Beatrice Bea, Trisha, Trissy, Trixie
Bedelia Delia, Bridgit
Belinda Bell, Belle, Linda
BenedictBennett
Bengta/BengthaBen
Benjamin Ben, Benjie, Bennie, Jamie
BertramBert
Bertha Bertie
Bethena Beth, Thaney
BeverlyBev
BezaleelZeely
BlancheBea
BoetiusBo
BrendaBrandy
Bridget Biddy, Bridie, Brie, Delia
Brian Bryan, Bryant
BrittanyBritt
CaldoniaCallie Dona
Caleb Cal
CaliforniaCallie
CalistaKissy
CalpurniaCally
Calvin Cal
CameronCam
Camille Cammy, Millie
Campbell Cam
Candace Candy, Dacey
Carl Charles, Karl
CarlottaLottie
CarmonCarm, Cammie, Charm
CarmelliaMellia
Caroline Caddie, Carol, Carrie, Cassie, Lena, Lynn
- (m) Charles
Carolyn See Caroline
CarthaetteEtta, Etty
Casper Jasper
Cassandra Cass, Cassie(ey), Sandi, Sandra
CaswellCass
CatherineCathy, Karen, Katharine, Katie,
Kathleen, Kay, Kit, Kittie, Rhynie/Rina(e),Trina
Cathleen See Catherine
Cecilia Celia, Cissy - (m) Cecil
CelesteCelia, Lessie
Celinda Linda, Lindy, Lynn
CharityChat
Charles Buck, Carl, Chad, Charlie,
Chick, Chuck - (f)Caroline/Charlotte
Charlotte Car, Carlotta, Letty, Lotta, Lottie
- (m) Charles
ChaunceyChance
ChesleyChet
Chester Chet
Chloe Clo
Christian Chris,Christopher,Kit
Christine/Christiana Chris,Crissy,Christy, Ina, Tina, Xina
Christopher Chris, Christian, Kester, Kit
Cicely Cilla
CinderellaArilla, Cindy, Rilla, Rella
Clara Claire, Clarice, Clarissa
Clarence Clay
ClarindaClara - (m) Clarence, Renee
Clarissa Clara, Clare, Cissy
Claudia - (m) Claud
Cleatus Cleat
Clementine Clem - (m)Clement
Clifford Cliff, Ford
Clifton Cliff
ColeColie
ColumbusLum
Constance Connie - (m) Constant
Cordelia Cordy, Delia
Cory/CoreyCoCo, Cordy, Ree
Corinne Cora, Ora
Cornelia Conny, Corny, Neely, Nelle,Nelly, - (m)Cornelius
Cornelius Neil/Neely - (f) Cornelia
Courtney Corky, Court, Curt
Crystal Chris,etc.
Cynthia Cindy, Sina
CyrusCy
Daisy Margaret
Daniel Dan, Danny, Dank
DanielleDani, Ellie, etc.
Daphne Daph/Daphie
DavidDavy - (f) Vida
DeanneAnn, Dee
Deborah Deb, Debi, Debbie, Debby
Delbert Bert, Del
Deidre Deedee
Delia Cordelia, Fidelia - (m) Delius
Delilah Dell, Della, Lil, Lila
Dell/Della Adela, Adelaide, Delilah
Delores Dee, Dodie/Dodie, Lola
Delpha Philadelphia
DelphineDel, Delf, Delphi
Demaris/Demerias (f) Dea, Maris, Mary
DemocratesMock
Denise - (m) Dennis
Deuteronomy Duty
Diane/Diana Di, Dicey, Didi
DicksonDick
Doctor - name given to
the 7th child
Dominic Dom, Nick(y)
DorindaDora, Dorothea
Doris Dora
Dorothea Doda, Dora
Dorothy Dee, Dolly, Dorothea, Dot,
Dotha,Dotty
DouglasDoug
Drusilla Silla
DuncanDunk
Ebenezer Eb, Eben, Eber
Ednames starting "Ed"
Edith Dicey, Edie
Edmund Ed, Ned, Ted
Edna Edny
Edward Ed, Ned, Ted
Edwina - (m) Edwin
Egbert Bert, Burt
EightaAthy
Eileen Helen
Elaine - Helen, Lainie
Elbert Albert
ElbertsonElbert, Bert
Eleanor Elaine,Ella,Ellen,Helen,Lanna,
Leonora,Nell,Nellie,Nora
Elena Helen
Elias Eli
Elijah Eli, Lige
EliphalelLife
ElisaLisa
Elisha Eli, Ellis, Lish
Eliza - Elizabeth
Elizabeth Bess (ie), Beth, Bethia, Betsy, Bette(y), Dicey,Elis, Elsie,
Ibby, Libby, Liz, Liza, Lizabeth, Lizzie, Tess
Ella/EllieEleanor,Gabriella,Helen,Luella
Ellen Helen, Nell, Nellie
EllenderEllen,Helen, Nellie
Elminie Minnie
Elmira Mira
ElnoraNora
Eloise Heloise, Louise
ElsieAlice, Elizabeth
ElwoodElls, Elly
ElviraElvie
ElysiaLisa
Emanuel Manny, Manuel
Emeline Emmer, Emily, Emmy, Lina, Millie
Emil - (f) Emily
EmilyEmma, Emmie, Erma
Ephraim Eph
ErasmusRasmus, Raze
Eric Rick, Ricky - (f) Erica
Ernest/Earnest Ernie (f) Ernestine
Ernestine Erna, Tina, Teeny - (m) Ernest
Erwin Irwin
Essynames starting with "Es"
EsenethSenie
Estella Essy, Stella
Esther Essie, Hester
EudicyDicey
Eudora Dora
EudorisDosie/Dossie
Eugene Gene - (f) Eugenia, Euy, Gene/Genie, Jenny
Eunice/UniceNicie
Euphemia Effie/(y)
Eurydice Dicey
Eustacia Stacia, Stacy
EvangelineEvan, Ev,Vangie
EvelynEv, Eve - (f) Evelina/Evelyn
Ezekiel Ez, Zeke
ExperienceExie
Faith Fay
Fidelia Delia - (m) Delius
Felicia - Fel, Feli, (m) Felix
FelicityFlick, Tick
Ferdinand/(do) Ferdie, Fred
Fieldnames ending with "field"
Florence Flo, Flora, Florrie, Floss, Flossie
Floyd Lloyd
Frances Fan, Fanny, Fran (ie), France, Frankie, Franz, Sis
- (m) Francis
Francis Frank - (f) Frances
Franklin Frank
Frederick Derick, Fred, Fredric, Freddie, Frish, Fritz
- (f)Frederica, Rick
Frederica - (m) Frederick
Gabriel Gabe, Gabby - (f) Garbrielle
Gabrielle Ella, Gabbie - (m) Gabriel
GenevieveGency/Jinsey, Jenny
Geoffrey Jeff, Jeffrey
George Jorge - (f) Georgiana
Georgia Georgiana - (m)George
Gerald Jerry - (f) Geraldine, (m) Gerry
Geraldine Dina, Gerri(e), Jerry, Deannie
- (m) Gerald
GerhardtGay
GertrudeGatty, Gertie, Trudy
Gilbert Bert, Bertie, Gib, Gil, Wilber
Gloria Glory
GovernorGovie
Greenberry Berry, Green
GretchenMargaret
GregoryGreg
Griselda Grissel
GustavusGus
GwendolynGenny,Gwen, Wendy
HamiltonHam
Hannah Anna, Hattie,Nan, Nanny, Susannah
HeatherHetty
HermanHarman (Dutch)
Harold Hal, Harry
Harriet Hatty(ie) - (m) Harry
Harry Harold, Henry
HaseltineHassie
Helen(a) Aileen,Eileen, Elaine,Eleanor,
Ellen,Lena,Nell,Nellie
Heloise Eloise, Lois
Henrietta Etta, Hank, Hetty, Nettie, Retta
- (m) Henry
Henry Hal, Hank, Harry, Hen, Hence
Hepsabah/Hepsabeth/HepsabelHepsy
Herbert Bert, Herb
Hester Esther Hessy, Hetty
Hezekiah Hez, Ki, Ky
Honora Honey, Nora, Norah, Norry
Horace Harry, Horatio
HortenseHarty, Tensey
Hosea Hosey, Hosie
Howard Hal, Howie
Hubert Hugh/Hugo, Bert
Ian John
Ignatius/Ignatzio Iggy, Nace, Naz
Immanuel Emmanuel, Manuel
India Indie, Indy
Inez Agnes
IonaOnnie
Irene Rena, Rennie
Irvin Irving
Irwin Erwin
Isaac Ike, Zeke
Isabelle(a) Bella, Belle, Cybilla, Elizabeth, Ib, Issy, Nib,
Sabe, Sabra, Sibella, Tibbie
Isadora Dora, Issy
- (m) Isidore
Isaiah Zadie, Zay
Isidore Izzy - (f) Isadora
Issynames starting with "Is"
IvaIvy
Ivan John
Jacob Jake
Jacqueline Jackie - (m) Jack
JacksonJack
JahodaHoda, Hodie, Hody
James Jamie, Jim
Jane Janet, Janie, Jessie, Jenny,
Jinsey, Joan, Joanna, Virginia
JannettNettie
Jasper Casper, Jap
JaymeJay
Jean Jennie, Joanna
Jeanette Jeanne, Nettie
Jedediah Diah, Dyer, Jed
Jeffrey Geoffrey, Jeff
Jehu Gee, Hugh
JemimaJemma, Mima(i)
JennetJenny, Jessie (Canada)
Jennifer (adaptation of Winifred) Jan, Jenny etc.
Jeremiah Jeremy, Jerry
JeritaRita
JessicaJess, Jesse, Jessie, Sica
Jincy/JinsyJane
Jessie Jane, Janet, Jess, Jessica
Joanna Jane,Jean,Joan,Jody, Johanna - (m) John
John Hans,Ian,Ivan,Jack, Jean,Jehu,Jayhugh,Jock
-(f) See Joanna
Johannes John Johnny, Jonathan
Jonathan John, Jon, Nat, Nathan
Joseph Joe, Joey - (f) Josephine
Josepha/JosephinePheny
Josephine Jo, Joey, Josey(ie),
Fina (m) Joseph
JosettaJettie
JoshuaJosh
Joyce Joy
Juanita Nita
JudahJude, Juder
Judith Juda, Jude, Judi(e), Judy
Julia Jill, Julie, Juliet - (m) Julian,Julius,Jule
June - (m) Junius
Justin Justus - (f) Justina
KaronhappuckCarrie, Karen, Karon, Happy
KatarinaCatherine, Tina
Katherine Kat, Kate (etc), Kitsey, Kitty - See Catherine
Kathleen - See Catherine
Kayla Kay-Kay
Kendra Kay, Kenny, Kenj/Kenji
Keziah Kezzie (y), Kid, Kizzy, etc.
KristelKris, etc.
KristineKissy, Kris, Krissy
KristopherChristopherChris, etc.
LafayetteFate, Fayette, Left, Leffie(y)
LaodiciaDicy, Cenia
LaurenLaurie, Ren
Laurinda Laura - (m) Lawrence
LaurynLaurie
LavedaVeda
LaverneVerna - (m) Vernon
Lavinia/Lavonia/Louvinia Vina, Viney, Vonnie, Wyncha
Lawrence Larry,Lars,Laurence,Lawrie,Lon,Lorry - (f) Laura
LeanneAnnie, Lea
Lecurgus Curg
Leenames with "Le"
Lemuel Lem
Lenanames ending with "leen/lina"
Leonard Leo, Leon - (f) Leona
Leonidas Lee, Leon
Leonore/Leonora Elenor, Honor, Nora
LeRoy Lee, Roy
Leslie Les, Lester
Letitia Lettie, Lettice, Titia, Tish
LevicyVicy
Levone/LavonneVon
Lillian Lil (a), Lilly, Lolly, Odie
Linanames ending with "lena/lina"
Lincoln Link
Lionel Leon
Littleberry Berry, L.B., Little
LoisHeloise, Louise
Loretta Etta, Laura, Lorrie, Retta
Lorinda/Laurinda Laura
Lorraine Lorrie
Lotta/Lotty Charlotte, Charlotta
Louis Lewis, Lou, Louie - (f) Louise
Louise Eliza,Eloise,Issie, Lois,Lou,Lulu
- (m) Louis
Louvenia/laviniaVina, Viny
Lucia Lucy - (m) Lucius
Lucias Lucas, Luke
Lucille Ceall, Cille, Lucy
LucinaSinah
Lucinda Cindy, Lucy
LucretiaCreasey
Luella Ella
Lunetta Nettie
Lurana Lura
Lynnnames ending with "lene/lina/lyn"

QUERIES

It is helpful to run a search on these pages for a nickname. Sometimes the nickname will pop out of another name. If you find the answers, let me know so I can add them to the list. Judy

Uletha Hudman wants to know if anyone has heard of the name 'Uletha.'

Lena would like to know from what name "Dink" derives. The only one I have heard of was David.

Sherrywould like to know what the nicknames "Sina" and "Jettie" stand for. I have seen Sina, Sena also as Signa and Sinah. See also "Euphrosina" (Ger).

Lori would like to know if the masculine name "Merce" or the feminine name "Mecie" has shown up in anyone's research?

Would like to know what the name Dincy stands for. I suggested it could be Obedience. Any other suggestions?

NAMING TRADITIONS

Identifying the children in a family may be somewhat easier if the parents had a naming tradition. It is often an Irish practice and may not always be strictly followed. Some communities reflect a practice of having multiple names for family members.

Oldest son named after the Father's father
2nd son named after the Mother's father
3rd son named after the Father
4th son named after the Father's oldest brother

Oldest daughter named after the Mother's mother
2nd daughter named after the Father's mother
3rd daughter named after the Mother
4th daughter named after the Mother's oldest sister

2nd wife's oldest daughter named after the first wife, using her full name



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