Relationships

What’s Your Nickname?

We’ve talked about everything from turn-ons to tongue twisters, and now I’m curious: what’s your nickname? Mine is…

Fox. Alex calls me this exclusively, to the point that Toby, when he was little, actually thought it was my name. (“What’s Daddy’s name?” Alex. “What’s Mommy’s name?” Fox.)

A few years ago, Alex even gave me a necklace that said “Bunny” (him) on one side and “Fox” (me) on the other.

Seven-year-old Anton is “Tony” and “Bony” and “Emperor Bombonicus.” Eleven-year-old Toby is “Tubby” and “Tubalicious” and “Tubby Wubby Was a Bear,” although he recently requested we call him “Trax.”

Isn’t it amazing how much nicknames can stick? My male cousins, who are in their thirties, are STILL known as “Bear” and “Squirmy” by the entire family.

And want to hear a funny story? My aunt’s real name is Rachel Penelope Goddard, but for almost her entire life she has been known as “Lulu” because as a child, she always needed to go to the bathroom (or “loo”) at inopportune times, like when they had just boarded on a ferry or were in the middle of a grocery store. Loo-loo = LULU!

What are your nicknames? What do you call your loved ones? I want to hear…

P.S. A funny test for baby names, and how would you describe yourself in five words?

(Photo by J Danielle Wehunt/Stocksy.)

  1. Meredith says...

    I find nicknames to be very personal and get offended when someone I don’t consider a close friend or family calls me Mere. My nephews (8 & 6) and niece (3) call me Mimi. It gets me in the ovaries every time they say it, and I’ll do whatever they ask me. LOL.

    My mom (Mary) has always been Nan-nan to my cousins and now her grandkids. I guess it’s because my oldest cousin couldn’t say Aunt Mary when she was little. This same cousin dubbed our grandmother as Babe.

    My dad’s father was Victor Young, but everyone always called him JT because he reminded everyone of his father.

  2. Charlie says...

    When my uncle was born, my gram wanted to name him Brian and my grandpa wanted to name him Luke. My Gram won, but my grandpa never stopped calling him Luke. My grandpa owned a small business and he referred to my uncle as Luke everyday. My grandma would call and talk about their son too – Brian. Everyone at my grandpa’s business thought they had two boys: luke and brian… for decades. At some point, Brian-Luke showed up at the office, and the confusion was revealed and explained. But I like to think that Luke is still out there – maybe an alter ego floating around and doing mischievous things.

  3. N says...

    My mom used to call me Summi, which means my guardian angle. When I was born, her friend asked if I had a nickname, and gave it to me. It stuck! She always called me Summi or Summi Roomi and there’s even a song that she used to sing at bedtime.

    Now that she’s passed away, I guess she’s my guardian angle. No one calls me that anymore but some family remember it and I love it when it comes up. Its part of me that she created and knows – always her baby.

  4. K says...

    nicknames can be so personal, i forget how intimate they are until reading these comments–i feel like i’m eavesdropping on a private conversation!

    i’m one of those people that also makes up nicknames for my partner on the spot, because i’m attempting to find an onomatopoeia to describe how darn squeezable they are. unless of course I’m mad, then I’ll call them by their first name.

    • Rachel Adrianna says...

      “because i’m attempting to find an onomatopoeia to describe how darn squeezable they are” <3 <3 <3

  5. Megan says...

    My husband and I call each other Tangy or Tang 100% of the time, unless we’re in a big fight (I don’t even remember why). He also calls me Spicy. We own a brewery/bar in a small town and the other day someone asked if it was ok if they called me Spicy too 🤣
    My whole family has lots of nicknames too.
    Mom and dad – Maj and faj
    My brother Jeff – Jinky
    My brother Matt – Maaaatt/skippy

  6. Kayla says...

    My family, cousins included will still sometimes call me “Dewey.” My parents had a kids program on cassette tape that would say “dew dew dew de dewey, she’s happy again!” and as a baby/toddler I was always happy and this is something they would say.

  7. Eliot says...

    Smel – short for the classic nickname for Eliot, Smeliot

    Snake – when I was little bitty, anytime someone would say “no” to me I would hiss at them…oops

    E3 – I have two older sisters and we all have “E” names so we’re E1, E2, and E3 (oldest to youngest)

    My oldest sister’s name is Emily but we mostly call her Mimi. When she was 6 or 7, she simply announced that she was “Mimi, not Emily” and it stuck! *Everyone* calls her this – family, friends, clients, etc.

  8. Moriah says...

    My name is Moriah but I’ve always been “Mo” to my family and close friends. My husband calls me Mo to his friends, so sometimes I’ll meet someone he knows well and they call me Mo, and I immediately feel close to them.

    Our son is Charlie, but we pretty much exclusively call him Minkey.

    My husband and I call each other Tweetie. He’s Tweetie 2 and I’m Tweetie 1.

    Nicknames are so weird and so awesome.

  9. Joanna says...

    My name is also Joanna and my nickname is officially Jojo now, especially since my nieces and nephews have all started calling me Auntie Jojo.

    My husband’s name is Brian. He was always very good in school so his nickname became Brain. I primarily call him Brain.

  10. Joanna, you and my husband (almost) have the same nickname. I call him foxy because he has this pepper-gray thing going on with his hair and beard — total silver fox. He secretly loves the name because everything else I called him never stuck.

    My friends call me Shakes and my family calls me Kirah.

  11. Rebecca says...

    I’m a Rebecca and have been “Becca-Do-It” to my family since I first learned to talk… because I was an intensely independent toddler! They still call me it, too.

    I’m still keen to do things my own way and now and again my husband will just shake his head and murmur, “Becca Do It…” when I’m being particularly insistent about doing something myself!

  12. Lynn says...

    Our son’s name is Khaya and in those early weeks we only realised it rhymed with papaya. So often times we just say papaya what do you want to today or we say King Khaya of papayas what’s happening? He’s only 11 weeks old right now so we’ll see if it sticks! :D

  13. Alex says...

    My friend started calling me Alex Cho (Im Australian Caucasian) after a trip we took to Vietnam in 2007 when Cho was mysteriously added to my name on a Western Union money exchange. 14 years later she and her whole family still call me this. It’s the loveliest reminder of a fantastic trip.

  14. Maria says...

    My name is Maria but I’ve been Ri or Rizy to my family my whole life, and M to my friends. My husband Robin was called Blobbs as a child and his family still call him that. Our three children have the following nicknames: Alfie is Alfredo Raymano, Arthur is Lemon Squarfa or Squarf and Nancy is Noodle Poodle or Noody Noo. Her older brothers also call her Nank Poo Short Bottom!

  15. Lori says...

    When I was little my Dad used to call me Tank. He told me later it was because I had a habit of trying to create a door where there was a wall. Sounds like I wasn’t the brightest kid :) but I loved that nickname.

  16. Lucy says...

    Years ago I started calling my mum (Barbara) Karen. It was when ‘being a Karen’ had siginificantly less negative connotations that it does today. I more just thought of it as a very classic mum/middle aged woman name. One day when meeting my mum at work I could hear her speaking but couldn’t see her and called out Karen, Karen! A woman stopped and looked at me confusingly as there were hardly any people in the office at this time and said, sorry who are you looking for? Having to respond Barbara and then attempt to explain the Karen thing was a bit awkward.

  17. S says...

    Just had my third child, Caroline, and she has never been called that. Named “Coobs” by the middle child “because she coos” (and my brother took my nickname as a child from “Boo” to Scooby Boo to Scoobs –> to now Coobs for my daughter). My oldest christened Caroline Numby (Numby New, Numby knockers, Numby Knocks, na bum bum, etc etc.) I never realized what a nickname family we are. Only the oldest goes by her actual name. The middle has always been Goose (Silly goose, and he would goose us from his high chair reaching out to grab you)

  18. Elinor says...

    I go by my full name, Elinor, even though it has many potential nicknames, because I like it and it has a family history. My mom and grandma call(ed) me Nori or Nor or El. My mom called me Snort when I was very little, but my grandma made her stop haha. One friend in high school called me Elsinore, like the castle, but it didn’t stick :) My aunt is also named Elinor, but goes by Lin, and I’m glad that we don’t fully share a name.

  19. Katie says...

    My parents named me Katie (not Katherine) because they knew they were going to call me Katie so why not just name me that? I also have a long last name so they wanted to simplify. What’s so funny to me is that although they were soooo confident that they were going to call me Katie and only Katie, they only ever call me “Kates” or “Katiegirl”!

  20. Ela Aktay says...

    My name is Ela, pronounced like Ella but spelled with one “L.” It’s not short for anything; it’s my full first name. When I was in 6th grade, a kid at school started calling me Stella, NOT because of “A Streetcar Named Desire” but because I was skinny, gawky, tall, and long-legged and he said I had legs like Stella D’Oro breadsticks. Stella stuck with me throughout my school years and college. Everyone–including my friends’ parents–thought my real name was Stella.

  21. Savannah Wilson says...

    I tried to find names for my daughters that had multiple nickname options and a male name so that they could reinvent or find themselves within their names as needed! We landed on Winnifred and Eleanor and I’m still obsessed with their names (and them).

    Eleanor Gustav (family names obvs) we call her Nora a fair bit but somehow she gets called Gussie even more, said like a bad impression of an exasperated British farmer calling a cow that won’t come in!

    I think it started because Emma Thompson wrote a Peter Rabbit book where Peter goes to a fair and there’s a moment where an exasperated father yells “Help me Flossie!” And our suspect impression of that morphed into “Help me Gussie” and now just Gussie!

  22. Mary King says...

    I am a redhead. When I was little, my hair was bright orange, like a Troll Doll. My family started calling me Troll. Or the endearment Troller Roller. To this day, I am 47, it makes me feel special.

  23. Mel says...

    My name is Melanie but since I was a baby my parents have called me Peeps. Apparently while in my crib I would make a peeping sound like when it’s time to change the batteries in your smoke detector, hahaha. It got turned into Peepers by my older brother and his friends but my mom still exclusively calls me Peeps to this day. I love having a special name with her.

  24. My first name, Ellie, is a nickname, but it’s my whole first name and I still have nicknames!

    My parents, grandma and a couple friends call me “Elle”. And my parents often call me “Shev” which comes from my Hebrew name “Elisheva”.

    One college BFF calls me “E”.

    And a high school BFF (Hi, Leah!) calls me “Eleanor” and “JBE” which comes from my AOL screen name jellybellyellie haha.

  25. Jen says...

    While I’ve been called Jen, Jenny Penny and by my maiden name while in school, my favourite is Jeffner or just Jeff. A family friend couldn’t pronounce Jennifer when we were young and my dad still refers to me as Jeff today. My husband is Philip but I usually call him Philly or Philibuster and my niece and nephew call him Pip or Uncle Pip. It’s the cutest!

  26. jilly says...

    i was a premie and weighed only 3 1/2 pounds at birth. my dad called me peanut and later gave the nickname “little peanut” to my daughter who is petite. he also called me sweet cakes. (he loved the bakery.) Covid took him in early January. i miss him.

  27. Stacey says...

    Never in my life have I been able to come up with a nickname for any human. But dogs? Absolutely no problem, I will give them approximately 100 each. My dog Onyx is Onyx Wonyx, Wonyx, Booger, Booger Woogs, and Bon Bon, among many others. My dog Gator is Gator Tater, Tater Tot, Gatorlicious, and Gatorade. I think I feel more able to give dogs ridiculous nicknames because they won’t be like, “Um, why are you calling me that?”

    • Jennifer says...

      I love this comment so much, and 100% agree. My dog Cooper is Cooper Scoop, Cooper Nugg Nuggs, Nuggs, Nuggie Bear, Angel Butt, Sugar Butt, Coopie BooBoo, I could go on. Hysterically, he responds to all of them! :)

  28. Tina says...

    I love nicknames so I made sure all my kids could have one. Lucia (Lulu), Giuseppe (Seppi), Friedrich (Fritz)! Fritz is my personal fave nickname.

  29. Kristina says...

    My name is Kristina, but my dad, and only my dad, has always called me Charlie. If I’m in a crowded place and someone says “Charlie” I don’t even notice, but if my dad says it I immediately respond, like it’s my own name.

  30. Joy says...

    I’ve always called my son “my precious” (I don’t know – I like the way it feels on my tongue when I say it!) and I’ve been a little nervous that once he was old enough to read The Lord of the Rings that he would think it was too weird. Well, he’s read the whole trilogy and it didn’t seem to even register. What a relief! Haha.

  31. Chelsea says...

    I call my son Bean because he looked like a little bean when we first saw him on the ultrasound. I used to call him Bean or Beanie Baby Now I call him just Beanie Boy. My baby daughter I call Rina as in Babyarina and Ma’am and Ma’am- baa-Roo. as a kid my mom also called me Ma’am or Ma’am-bee. my parents called me Wee-a for decades because that’s what my little brother called me when He was learning to talk. In college my nickname was Petey for my last name Peterson. My grandfather also went by Pete most of his life, short for Peterson. In my 20s I got the nickname Tina because I would wear a fake name tag at the coffee shop I worked at to keep male regulars from knowing my real name.

  32. siri says...

    Rs were impossible to pronounce as a little kid, so when people used to ask me what my name was 30+ years ago, my answer sounded like «Seaweed», instead of my name, Siri. My older brother still calls me Seaweed to this day, despite getting over my speach impediment!

    • Amber says...

      I feel you Siri… I couldn’t pronounce Rs either, and have four of them between my first, middle, and last names. – Ambah.

  33. Laura says...

    My name is Laura Rose Greenwood but to almost everyone in my life except at work, I am Lou. I love it.

  34. Miriah E. says...

    My family is such a nickname family – and the nicknames are constantly evolving. All of my family, including my mom, eventually got to the point of calling my youngest brother “Poop” (it started with us calling him ‘Petrie’ because he was obsessed the Land Before Time – Petrie, Squeetrie, Peet, Pooptrie, Poop). Hard to explain that your Mom calls your brother Poop to his face (it has stuck even now as an adult). Almost everyone in my youngest son Will’s life (friends, neighbors, babysitters, extended family) call him “Pilb.” He’s a strong-willed five-year-old and his nickname is now a verb. You definitely know when you’ve gotten “Pilbed.” Nicknames are the best.

  35. Erin G says...

    When our 15-year-old, Callahan, was a baby, his older brother called him “Hanny” — and it’s stuck (among our immediate family).

  36. AP says...

    My primary (family) ones are Lains/Lainy and Els but spent HS as “grinch” (mischievous smile and actually pretty grumpy sometimes). I call my husband babe. So much so that our 3.5 year old niece now calls him “Babes” instead of “Uncle X”. I find it hilarious, as does she (she’s cheeky and only does it because she knows it’s funny) but “Uncle X” is not amused. LOL

  37. Juliana says...

    My name is Juliana, but my family has always called me Jul (to the point where as a kid my cousin once asked me what my real name was!) More whimsical nicknames were scrunch face (I cried a lot as a baby apparently) and Tempest In the Teapot. And let us not forget “String bean” when I unfortunately wore a favourite pair of green leggings during my gangly pre-teen phase.

    Since moving to Ireland in my 20s, it seems that people here are physically incapable of saying my name correctly for some reason, and literally everyone says Julianne instead. I’ve gotten so used to it now (though I much prefer my actual name) that when I heard my name said correctly the other day it actually sounded foreign to me!

  38. Wendy says...

    I love reading all of this. Funny how some families have nicknames and some don’t. We do. I have always been Tink (started with my “stink” diapers as a kid, ugh). My dad and uncle have always called me this exclusively. My dad gave nicknames. His sisters were Freck and Cookie. I never knew Cookie had a real name until my teens. Now I call my kids, Cali and Teak, by Bean and Bubba, respectively. And my only niece, Aubrey, is Bebe to me. Guess I have a thing for “b”. I have a new nephew, Jack. I will finally meet him next month… I wonder what “b” name I will give him?? Suggestions would be fun…

    • Kate the Great says...

      How about Boolou?

  39. Madie says...

    My name is Madie (rhymes w/ Sadie – long “A”), which was my great-grandmother’s nickname but is my full name. So I started out with a nickname! But my mom calls me “Made” or “Madiebabe” all run together. My husband and I call each other “Body” – I can’t exactly explain why… But if I use his first name it’s quite serious :) The kids are Hank (sometimes Hankie) and Charles, who is usually Charlie but often Chookie or Chooks. Or Pookie. Or Pook.

    • Andrea says...

      My son’s name is Ben, but his nickname since he was a toddler is Pooks. He’s 12 years old now, and mortified when we call him this outside of the house. My husband and I just had this conversation, and we can’t even remember where it came from!!

  40. Diane says...

    I love this! My dad always called me Tutu after reading me a story when I was a toddler with an impatient deer named Tutu. He had it engraved on my skis when I was 9 and all cards and letters to me were addressed as such…and really never called me by my birth name, which was fine except maybe as a too cool teenager :)
    Yet… As a young adult I had it tattooed on my wrist -my only tattoo. he got a kick out of that. He was my favorite person in the world. He passed years after the tattoo, but it is a lovely reminder of my dad daily.

  41. Abby says...

    I’ve always been Freckles to my dad. Makes my heart warm every time he says it!

    My brother was always Bubby or Bubs, but now that his son was born, we’re calling him Bubby. It feels like we passed down the nickname, and I love it.

    Abby

    • Wendy says...

      I feel immediate kinship. I put it in my comment, but my aunt was Freck and I call my son Bubba!

  42. Rani says...

    I’m incredibly nickname prone – my ‘real’ name is Geetanjali, which is a mouthful but my relatives always called me Rani (means queen), which is what I go by. My dad who passed away last year called me Nanu which I used to find embarrasing but later grew to love. I remember almost dying when he picked up up from middle school one day and was asking teachers ‘where’s Nanu’, haha. They looked at him like he was crazy. Nanu has been shortened to Nans which is used by four special insiders. The nicknaming extends to my children. My oldest, Sileo is called Papu or Chiki and my youngest, Nico, goes my Momo. I never ever call them by their real names – it feels way to stiff an formal! I guess I’ll be the parent in middle school asking “where’s Momo”!

    • AP says...

      Your name is not a mouthful :)

  43. jdp says...

    my mom (a brit) dubbed me “poopadoop” when i was a baby. unfortunately it stuck forever, but luckily (unluckily) just with her. i would be separated from her in a store growing up and hear this very british, i guess affectionate, “POOOOOOP? POOOOOOPIE!” and, sigh, that was my unfortunate cue. i, poop would creep back over to her side and, red-faced, exit the store.

    • Bonnie says...

      Goodness this cracked me up!!! Hahaha. Thanks for sharing!

    • VM says...

      Aww :) I call my sweet little dog, Arlo, ‘poopadoop’! Puppy/pupper/poopy/poopsy/poopadoo/poopadoop/poofyfloofy etc.

  44. I love nicknames! They’re so endearing & sweet. Ive always loved your Fox nickname! So good! Have you told us who came up with them? Ok ok—you’re both writers so words are your jam! My husband definitely needs to step up his nickname game hahahaha!

    My name is Lendy. My girlfriends call me LendyLu, Lenders, Lends. My husband calls me—babe, my queen. Ha! I call him everything other than his name! Love, MAS, handsome…
    We call our daughter—cookie, Amé, AmeLu, smoochie.

  45. C says...

    I love this!

    My Nanny went by Bonnie growing up, because when she was little her twin brother (Ronald) couldn’t say her name (Yvonne). I remember being shocked when I was little to learn that Yvonne was her actual name, the same as my moms. I have one set of cousins who have always and still call my mom Aunt Bonnie – it used to irk her but now that my Nanny is past I think is a welcome memory.

    We call my little brother, Brother Bear still at 25 and I don’t think he will every drop it.

    We have a weee little babe Theodore, who goes by Teddy, Ted, Mr. Spaghetti, Snoozanne (he’s always sleepy) and Droolia (enter last name).

  46. Allie says...

    Love a good nickname! I sadly don’t have one, but both my daughters do. My 3 yo, Eliza, only refers to herself as Zaza, and I love it. We call my infant daughter Aviva by the nickname Vivie. And the dogs often go by Matador (nowhere close to his actual name) and Finbin or Finbo (at least in the neighborhood of her name).

  47. Christina says...

    When I started learning English in school, we were told that a nickname wasn’t something kind, but a petname was kind and meant in a loving way. I guess that has changed, or maybe it never was that way?
    We have that distinction in Swedish (öknamn vs smeknamn), so maybe our teacher just wasn’t that good at English!

    • AE says...

      Native English speaker and can assure you that the nickname connotation is wrong. Although, I can see why calling it a “pet name” may go down more easily?

    • TC says...

      That makes sense to me in that if you don’t know someone well, you shouldn’t necessarily call them by their nickname unless they request you to. Sometimes coworkers try to shorten my name (which is what my family does) without asking, and I find it a bit presumptive and rude. Professionally I expect people to use my full name.

  48. Linds says...

    Ha! Love this. My maternal grandfather calls each of his grandkids what he thinks we *should* have been named. I (L) am Xo (pronounced Zoh). My sister (R) is Shirley and my brother (T) is Joe.

    • Amy says...

      That is hilarious! “what he thinks we should have been named”
      Ha ha ha

  49. Molly says...

    I’ve been Noodle since I was a toddler. Loved carbs then and now. :)

    • Nicole says...

      Molly, I thought I was the only one! My parents have called me Noodle my entire life. Carbs forever! :)

    • Kate says...

      Me too! Only my Dad calls me Noodle though, and it was because I was a tall skinny baby who became a tall skinny adult :)

  50. Jordan T says...

    I will forever be Pookie to my mother’s side of the family! The extended version in my mother’s sing-song voice is Pookie Bananahead.

  51. Shauna Hauf says...

    My mom has always called me Lucy or Luce, not sure why but she’s the only one! My dad and my friends and mostly say Shaun or Shwanz.

    I make insane nicknames for my husband and pets too. My husband always gets names that start with ‘B’ because when we first started dating, he asked me how to pronounce “Beau” and thought it was so funny and cute.

  52. Mara says...

    My name is Mara but as long as I can remember my oldest sister has called me Cat – b/c I love cats. I honestly can’t remember the last time she called me by my real name.

  53. bk says...

    Name evolution: Elizabeth/Betsy/Bets/Boob-tube/Aunt BooBoo/Grandma Boo.
    Sisters: Laura/LaLa/La and
    Patricia/Patty/Patti/Poopsie/Poops/back to Patti

  54. Katherine says...

    My name is Katherine and one day during history class my junior year of high school, I was talking and my teacher looked at me and said, “Can it Chatty Cathy!” My best friend was in the class too and got this look in her eye like “Chatty, we are going to use that from now on.” She and I went to the same college and are still friends today. Chatty stuck and became The Wee Chatigan and simply Chats. My college friends still call me Chats and my friend’s children refer to me as “Aunt Chats.” I am now my friend’s son’s Godmother and have transformed yet again to Godmother “Chats.”

  55. Emma says...

    My little sister’s name is Caroline Leah but you can call her literally anything and she’ll answer. Especially names that start with a C or an L. I called her Chip when she was little and in my head o thought of it as a chipper happy bird, but as an adult I wonder if people wonder when I call my adult sister Chip. My oldest sister calls her Luke. She’ll really answer to anything!

  56. Abbey says...

    My best friend nicknamed me pants when we were in college. All of her girlfriends have also always called me pants because that’s what she calls me when she talks about me. :)

  57. Brittny says...

    When I was a baby I couldn’t say “peek a boo” and instead would say “Boo boo,” so everyone in my family (plus close childhood friends) calls me Boo. Whenever my parents call me “Brittny” we are in a formal setting or we’re having a serious conversation :)

  58. Mel says...

    My husband calls me Ruby (from my old hotmail handle back when it was cool to have something whimsical) and I call him Jono (short for Jonathon). The silliest nicknames are for our dogs–Pike is Pike-a-puny and Virgie is Virgie-purgy-pudding-pie.

  59. Amanda says...

    Love nicknames! Anyone who knew me before I turned 20 call me Mandy (pretty standard nickname for Amanda), and everyone on my Mom’s side of the family calls me Pooj, and I’m not 100% sure why.

    My Mom’s family loves nicknames so much, to the point that when my Mom’s uncle was in the hospital, we went to visit him, but they couldn’t tell us what room he was in, because none of us knew his actual name. We always thought his nickname was his name!

  60. Allison says...

    My dad still calls me squirt. I’m a 36 year old mom.

    • Em says...

      adorable! that reminds me of parent trap :)

  61. Shannon says...

    My husband calls me Tuga, short for Tortuga because I’m slow and steady and he says I’m the world turtle carrying our family along on my shell. Our daughter is Goose because she’s always been a silly goose and because she had lots of goose eggs on her head learning to walk (tile floors). My husband is Jellyfish or Fish because of a story that involves too many hand motions for a comment box.

  62. Naomi says...

    My husband made up a nickname for me: nomo-arigato-mrs-jobato. The cats are Leo (nicknamed Leo Partito Blanco Stromboli McLovin, shortened to Leo Partito or Leo-Peo) and Penelope (more often Pepe, Pepe-Wepe, Peyps, or fully nicknamed Pepongo Partita Blanco Stromboli) or more recently Lepepo (Leo) and Ou (Penelope). Don’t ask. None of it makes sense. It’s just fun to make up funny nicknames for the cats. :)

  63. Emily Crowder says...

    My daughter has two nicknames; I call her Dumpling and my partner calls her Meatball. We get no response if we try to use the other parent’s nickname. She starts kindergarten in September and I wonder how long it’ll be before she gently requests Real Names Only…

  64. Michelle says...

    My name is Michelle, but I’m Mimi to close friends and family. From what I’ve been told, my Taiwanese great-grandmother couldn’t pronounce Michelle so she started calling me Mimi, and it apparently stuck! From there, my relatives started calling me different forms of Mimi – Mims, Mimer. Growing up as the second youngest cousin, I HATED being called Mimi. (I insisted my cousins start calling me Lisa, inspired by Lisa Turtle, long story). To me, ‘Mimi’ meant that no one took me seriously. But now, I love it – it’s a term of endearment. If you call me Mimi, we go way back. When my parents email or text me, they both simply address me as Mi. Come to think of it, my family never addresses me as Michelle!

    • Nancy says...

      What a cute story!! Thanks for sharing Mimi aka Lisa!

  65. Michelle says...

    My middle school bus driver gave me my nickname! He was Jamaican and every time I got on the bus he would say “Hey Meesh! how’s it going girly” with a big smile on his face. My brother and closest friends still call me Meesh, and now my husband does too!

  66. Margot says...

    My Dad calls me Puzz or Puzzie because when I was a baby they were trying to figure me out like a puzzle. I call my husband Bif, and our boys are Babobe and Bing-bong.

  67. Heather says...

    My entire life my family has referred to me as Heatherlou or just lou. Every member has a nickname. My older brother is bubba and my younger brother is beanie. My own children have nicknames too. My son who is ten is called loosey goosey or Looli or shugs (his name is Reid) and my daughter who is two is called sissy. If you ask her what her name is she will always respond with sissy and never Saylor.

  68. A says...

    My family has called me Birdie or Tweet (or sing songy versions of Tweet) for pretty much my whole life. It comes from playing Cinderella with my sister when we were tiny – she was always Cinderella and I was always the little bird that would wake her up and help her with chores.

  69. My nickname was “Fritz” when I was a kid and I really do not know where that came from!

    Our oldest is Paul but they called him Pablito and Pablo at his Spanish Immersion daycare and those names have totally stuck!

    The most fun nickname is our youngest. His name is Will, but our son called him Taco when I was pregnant with him and it totally stuck. My husband and son almost exclusively call him Taco and the grandparents do, too! Will be interesting to see if it sticks!

  70. Em says...

    Since my daughters turned two, my husband is now most often called Daddypants by everyone in our household. Before that, I was the only one who actually called him by his full name.

  71. c says...

    Hunny is #1 but, I’ve also taken to calling my partner Mr. Cuteness haha!

  72. c says...

    My partner and I mostly call each other “hunny” to the point that it sounds weird when we actually say our names. His name is Scott but our friends call him anything but, it’s always been Scoot, Scoots, Scooter, etc.

  73. Paige says...

    My four-year-old son always introduces himself as “I have two names — Grant (his given name) — and Ruedi (his middle name, the last name of my great-grandparents and what we call him at home).” Both sound extra cute because of his inability to enunciate “r”s! We never saw it coming.

  74. Lisa says...

    Our own nicknames are nothing special. But years ago, my husband and came up with an alias for the kid we may or may not have one day: Hyki, short for “hypothetical kid” (“With Hyki, we would…”). Even friends and family use it when the topic comes up, which I find so cute and somehow heartwarming. Initially, we planned on changing the name once/if the kid is actually conceived (“Konkreki” – concrete kid) – but I guess Hyki will stick for good :)

  75. M says...

    My firstborn was doodlebug as a baby. As he got older, it evolved to doodle or “DB.” Now that he’s a teenager I call him “dood” which just sounds like dude but he knows it’s really me calling him doodlebug still. :)

    • Laura says...

      Me too! I have a tattoo of a sort of generic looking beetle that’s for my “doodlebug.”

    • M says...

      Aw Laura I love it!

  76. Linds says...

    We gave nicknames to our kids while they were in the teething stage. My daughter was Droolie Andrews and my son was Drools Verne.

    • C says...

      I love this- we have a current teether who is Droolia (enter any celebrity last name) Roberts, Child, Louis-Dryus

  77. Cymbidy says...

    I’m “Cymbidy” to my family, because I had a cousin who couldn’t pronounce Cynthia when we were kids. I love it: I’m a somebody, I’m a Cymbidy. :)

    My husband’s aunt was called “Mary-O” as a child because her father would sing a song to her that went “Mary, Oh Mary, Oh Mary, Oh.” She had her name legally changed to Mary-O when she was in her forties, because who would ever call her anything else anyway? <3

  78. Lindsey says...

    My maiden name is Tipple (I’m so curious about my family history with this one. ha!) and so most of my friends call me Tippy. Lots of people in my family have had the same nickname in their own circles, even my Grandpa! Knowing we share that makes me happy.

    • M says...

      Oh that’s cute!

  79. Amy says...

    We call my son, Tyleroo or Tyleroozy (for Tyler). In Chinese, Tyler gets called “Kai” which means troublemaker but in a clever way (my mom started that one!) My lil girl gets Booba or Boobalina (for Alina). She got her nickname because her love for breast milk! My parents have trouble saying her name so they sometimes call her Adidas or Aleeennaaaaa. Which we smile at :)

  80. Anna says...

    My mom’s mom calls me Annie and my dad’s dad calls me Anita! I also got called Anita a lot in spanish class but it didn’t stick outside of family. When my brother was little, he announced he wanted American Flag Tree to be his nickname- we didn’t call him that but we do get a good laugh out of it even now.

  81. Denise says...

    I am, and will always be, Neecie (or Neece). When my nieces and nephews became adults, they tried to call me Denise, and I told them “that’s not my name”. Even my besties call me Neecie now, and I have chosen it as my grandma name, should I ever be so lucky.

  82. Nicole W says...

    My twin sister calls me “Baby Bear.” Not completely sure why. Perhaps because I liked bears growing up and I was a minute younger. Nevertheless, she got me a bear mug for our birthday a couple years back as an ode to the nickname, not realizing that the the mug had “Papa Bear” written inside. We had a good laugh about it when we realized.

  83. Holly says...

    My Dad always called me “Smoke.” When asked by my Mom why he replied, where there is Smoke there’s fire! I told my BFF that I missed hearing my nickname used since the death of my Dad several years ago, it was like that part of my youth also died. My BFF has now taken up using the nickname when we’re on the phone. It just makes me smile when I hear it and it always makes me think of my Dad.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so sweet!!!

  84. JRG says...

    my mom hated the nickname version of her name when she was growing up, so named me Janine – a name she felt was un-nickname-able. cut to me nicknaming MYSELF when I started to talk and refer to myself as “Neen”. It totally stuck and everyone in my family to this day calls me Neen over my full name.

    • Paige says...

      I have a very close friend who is named Jeanine, but really…her name is Nean. Spelled differently than yours, but I love hearing of another Nean/Neen out there! :)

  85. Courtney says...

    I call my oldest Munchkin (even though he’s almost taller than me now!) and Buddy. My daughter is Sweet Pea and Peanut, and our youngest is Buster but mostly Muffin or Muffin Boo. Variations on their actual names are Jack (Jackson) and RoRo and sometimes Roly Poly (Rowan). We thought for sure we’d nickname Eden “Edie” but we have literally never once called her that.

    When we were dating, my BF (now husband) told me he was going to start working out and get really huge muscles, so I jokingly called him Hugey, and it stuck. We actually both call each other that (or “Huge”), to the point where if we call each other our actual names it’s usually only if we’re in trouble or out in public.

    Aside from Court, friends from HS used to call be some variation of “Snort” because I snort when I laugh.

  86. Courtney says...

    I’ve had many a nickname, thanks to my moderately popular first name, Courtney. In high school I was referred to as “C.” Once my nieces and nephews were born my sister started calling me Coco, and now my whole family calls me that. It’s my personal favorite, a name I’d never give myself but definitely makes me feel cooler than I am.

    My nicknames with my husband vary, but the most absurd and prevalent is “Dodie,” which is shortened from “dodo bird,” which I called him once after he said who knows what. He didn’t like it at first, but it stuck and now we both refer to each other and our pets as “Dodie.”

  87. Elizabeth says...

    My nickname is Chuchi (pronounced choochi). My parents had an upholstery business and they took me to work with them when I was a baby and a man who worked with them would say that I was Chuchi, and it stuck! He’s Mexican and there it’s used to refer to an attractive or cute girl. My parents are from Uruguay and Chuchi is more used to describe someone who is fashionable or dressed to the nines. My whole family called me Chuchi (aunts, uncles, family friends) growing up. My name is Elizabeth and I go by the full name so I think people prefer Chuchi because it’s shorter/easier. Now basically anyone who knows me well refers to me as Chuchi. My fiance started calling me Chuchi and then my friends started, and now even my in-laws call me Chuchi! When I was younger I was a little embarrassed by it because it’s close to coochie, but I love it now! I think it’s sweet how many people use it. I’m grateful for it :)

  88. Alex says...

    As a child my nicknames mostly came from my last name – Pappas. I’ve been called Pap, Pap-ass, Papitas, and even Papsmear. That last one was by a high school coach! God that would NOT fly nowadays.

    • Anne says...

      ALEXI PAPPAS IN THE WILD OMG HELLO!

  89. Sally N says...

    My sister (Hazel) NM is Nossers – for no reason.
    My cousin (Howard) is Dex – again, no reason.

  90. Jo says...

    My name is Joann but ever since my dad heard that real lady marmalade remake back 20 yrs ago when I was a teen and they said where are all my flow sisters… I’ve been Flo Jo. The funny part is that I was totally indifferent to the song and it wasn’t like I listened to it on a loop to cause the name ….

  91. M says...

    My partner and I call each other Baber, shortened to bbr when we text each other. Our kids make fun of us for this. It feels so weird to call him by his actual name in situations in front of other people where it would be awkward to call him bbr! Our first’s middle name is Bea, and we almost always call her Bea or Bumblebee, although I try to actually call her by her first name in front of other people because they get very confused. I once found some writing she did for school where she proudly explained why her parents call her bumblebee, and I was so happy that she likes it! Our second child inexplicably doesn’t really have a nickname, and now I feel like we should give her one!

  92. Alison D. says...

    I was called Alicat and Alibaba growing up and sometimes just Ali. My friends and boyfriend now keep saying “But you are an Alison NOT an Ali.” But when someone calls me Ali, I feel like I know they love and care for me. It feels very special.

    • alison k says...

      I’m an Alison, too — but have always been “Al” to my family and loooooong time friends (some newer friends have been granted permission, haha). People who think they know me will try and call me Ali, but it’s such a foreign sound I swear I wouldn’t even answer if someone was shouting that directly at me! ha!

    • Courtney says...

      I love that! Only family and close friends call me Court, and it makes me feel special and loved too. Knowing they’ve called me that since I was little is such a nice warm feeling.

    • Ali says...

      I’m an Alison who has always been Ali to friends and family but Alison at school and work. When someone switches from Alison to Ali I feel like they’ve crossed over into my inner circle in a good way. If it goes the other direction and someone switches to Alison, I feel like I’m in trouble! :-)

  93. Ro says...

    Mostly inexplicably, my husband and I refer to our 7-month-old daughter as “the weasel”, and variations thereon (e.g., “stink weasel”, “weasel butt”, and “sweet, beautiful weasel”). Her grandparents find this name utterly bizarre.

    • Shannon says...

      Love this! We call ours Goose and the grandparents are equally mystified.

  94. Jenna Widdes says...

    My husband’s grandmother is named Maureen but I absolutely love that everyone calls her Momo. It suits her spunky personality to a tee!

  95. Vishaka says...

    I never really got a nickname until my boyfriend started calling me ‘Vee’ because my name is Vishaka. So I am Vee for him and he is Gee for me because his name is Gyalzen. We started with V and G because we just couldn’t call each other by our actual name. Now his name has become Gee and mine Vee. Now all our friends call us Vee and Gee. When he calls me by my actual name it actually sounds so different when it is coming from him.

  96. patty says...

    My daughter Nina is Big Neen. It cracks me up when her brother’s best friend (big burly cop) calls her Big Neen. She’s a petite blue-eyed blonde.

  97. aj says...

    my best friend’s family has called her “Poopy” since she was a little kid! I’m not sure how it started, but literally everyone in her extended family calls her that. Her mom even shortens it to “Poop” sometimes! My parents will never forget when we played sports as kids and they’d hear, “LET’S GO POOP!!!” being yelled from the sidelines!

    • Mia says...

      That is hilarious!

  98. Sondra says...

    Not only does my husband create nicknames for all of our kids BUT he speaks to them in their own special accent that he “divines” from their personalities in utero. The funniest- my daughter gets a vaudeville, Judy Garland accent that involves should shimmies and hip wiggles when he speaks to her sometimes. It takes nicknames to a whole new level.

    • M says...

      This is adorable!

  99. Abbe says...

    My name is Abigail and most people call me Abbe. (Spelling based on the singer Abbe Lane). But my mom often calls me Abigailius, reminiscent of something Zeus-like, to remind me that I’m capable. I like it a lot. Much better than my middle school nickname for being a goody-goody: Honest Ab.

    I love those second or third-iteration nicknames, where it starts being one name and morphs into another!

    I have boy/girl twins, and as babies, my son started referring to his twin sister Berit as Bibi.

    Bibi became Beebs, and even Beebs-a-leebs (like that line in Old School where Will Ferrell is out of his mind and refers to Snoop Dogg as Snoop-a-loop).

    Berit decided Bibi sounds like Baby and doesn’t let us call her that, but Beebs (and even Beebs-a-leebs) is totally fine.

    • Paige says...

      Ah, another Berit out there! 👋🏼 I love this, I have a 13 month old daughter named Berit. She’s usually B, Love, Bumble, or Buggy to us but I look forward to hearing her thoughts and opinions on what she’ll want to be called as she grows.

    • Abbe says...

      Love hearing about other Berits!! Such a beautiful name different/not-different name. Wishing you many wonderful nicknames. :)

  100. Sj says...

    We moved to Australia from the USA when my son was 3.
    After about 3 – 4 weeks my son said to his dad “daddy when we moved here did you change my name – is my name mate?”
    That’s what everyone is referred to here and he seriously thought we had changed his name!

    • Maggie says...

      Haha! That’s awesome.

    • fgb says...

      That’s so cute!

  101. Mandy says...

    I just have the shortened version of my name Mandy as the name that stuck there were too many Amanda’s in my classes growing up and a teacher asked can we call you Mandy and ive never felt like an Amanda after that. But! My favourite is my late grandfather whose name was Thomas but his mother referred to him as “my little bo” and the bo part stuck everyone knew him as Bo. Loved that one.

  102. Connie says...

    I love this. I cannot wait to read all of the names, and think about how today, everybody’s getting called these lovely things. :)

    My parents call me Bean (In fact, I just texted back and forth with my dad and he referred to me as Beanie just now).

    I call my husband “Bunch” and he calls me “Babes” that actually sprung out of when we were first dating in college and talking about how we were NEVER going to be THAT couple that had gross nicknames for each other like, “Honeybunchie” or “Babesybabes.”…and then…we DID become that couple. 15+ years later, we are Bunch and Babes. (Shrug.)

    I call my daughter Sweetpea or Jellybean, and my son (When I’m not saying “DUDE.” in a Mom-tone) I call him “Buddy” or “Short man” (Which, right now totally works, but might become hysterical if he is ever taller than I am…but at nearly 9, he’s still barely at my elbow, so…he’s gonna have to grow a LOT to outdo that one. ;) )

    Don’t even get me STARTED about the various nicknames we have for the DOG, though. My GOD. It’s a wonder he comes at ALL.

    • Cheryl says...

      Haha on dog nicknames. Our pooch’s “formal” name is Ziggy, but when he does something annoying (like bark at the mailman or steal food) he is addressed sternly as Zigmund or Zignatius.

    • JRG says...

      hahah omg yes to the dog nicknames. we literally call her so many different things all day long and she just rolls with it.

  103. Melissa says...

    My husband–whose full name is Frederic Marc Alexander, which I didn’t learn until we’d been dating for ages!–has always been called by the nickname Alexis (AH-lex-ee, the French way). It makes anything legal a pain in the ass–we had to try twice to get our marriage license because none of his ID records his name(s) the same way twice!–but I love it. It’s elegant and unusual.

    When it came time to name our kiddo, we had such a hard time until I realized that his name and mine–Alexis, Melissa–had three things in common: three syllables, work in both English and French (he’s French), and have short, snappy nicknames–Lex, Mel. Once we figured that out, there was exactly one name that made perfect sense for our son–Sebastien, who goes by Baz or Bazzy. But he’s also chicken, sweet pea, chickpea (chicken + sweet pea), or babes. He was Peanut for the entirety of my pregnancy, but for some reason we never use it now.

  104. Melissa says...

    My husband calls our 6-year old “Agoo”, has since she made that baby noise as an infant, and probably will continue to do so when she’s 50. I love being at a park and hearing him yell, “Agoooo” or “Goo” and she just comes running to him. I think it must feel so good and secure for her to know that something she did as an infant made such a sweet impression on him that it became her name for life.

  105. Tara says...

    When I was little, I couldn’t properly pronounce my name, so what started as a joke with my great aunt when I was maybe 2 or 3, has followed me for the last thirty-something years. I’ve been Tah Wah ever since. It’s even on my license plate!

  106. Claire says...

    My fiancé and I call each other ‘Mush’, but otherwise as someone who with a one syllable name, it never inspired any nicknames growing up!

  107. Erin says...

    Some of my friends call me “Corn,” or any food related to corn (Corn Dog, Corn Bake, Corn Bread).

    My boyfriend and I adopted a dog named Egg Roll and we call him Egg, Eggy, Eggard, Eggward, Prince Eggward, The Egg Man, Eggrollio, The Great Eggrollio, and Egg Rock Egg Roll. Haha!

  108. E says...

    My childhood nickname is Goose. My dad called me Goose when I was a baby because of my long neck, and it stuck. I have an older brother, and he exclusively calls me that, as do my cousins. In high school, all of his friends did too, so I would walk the halls as a awkward freshman being shouted at WHATSUP GOOSE. I laugh thinking about it now.

    • Jen says...

      Hang loose, Goose

  109. Allie says...

    My husband calls me “Trouble” because we dated long distance for a year and I was worth all the “trouble” of flying transatlantically to be with. I call him “Love” because that’s exactly what he is to me, my love.

    We have a puppy named Nancy (after Nancy Sinatra’s song These boots were made for walking– she has white paws that remind us of go go boots” and she has the best nicknames- Noodle, Noods, Boots, Fancy Nancy, Nancy Pants, and Piranha Puppy.

  110. Aoife says...

    My family nickname is Poppy. There’s a cultural saying, ‘They’re getting as tall as a poppy’ and as the baby of the family as well being a small baby it stuck as I grew up. In Ireland though (I’m Irish-Australian), potatoes are referred to as poppies, too. Once we were in Ireland shopping in Aldi and in response to my mum calling out to me by my nickname, an older gentleman nudged her on the arm, pointed to the potatoes and said, “They’re there, love.” As a potato-obsessive, I’m so ok with this comparison!

    Conversely, my husband started calling me Ferret after he discovered when we moved in together just how much I like burrowing down under a pile of blankets with my snacks and laptop for an entire evening. I feel so accepted and adored that he gave me such a random nickname that somehow sums up perfectly my need to be as comfortable as possible! My heart quivers happily when he refers to me as ‘Ferret’.

    • Annie says...

      oh my gosh, that story about the potatoes in Aldi is making me chuckle so hard. Exactly what I needed to start my day so thank you :)

    • Abbe says...

      I love the potato story.

  111. Kat O says...

    My real name is Kaitlin (shoutout to the other Kaitlin who commented – it’s rare to find someone with the exact same spelling!), but I’ve gone by Kat since high school. So, not very unique, but my nickname with my husband is Roo (based on a typo in an email when we were dating, where he signed off with “I love you roo”), and I call him Badger (short for Honey Badger) – I agree with the other commenter who said it feels strange and formal to use our real names at this point! And of course there are the pets: Maggie, who is usually Magpie or Pooper, and Finnegan, who is most often Kitten but sometimes Curtain or Finn Baloo.

  112. Danielle says...

    My son is 4, his name is Tom but we call him Tomlette the Omelette but usually just shortened to Omelette. A friend of ours told us it was a very “character building” nickname….

  113. Caitlin L. says...

    My husband has had a million evolving nicknames throughout our relationship (I almost never call him his name). Currently it’s “Monkey” or “Bubba”, “Bub”, “Monkey Man” (?!)… In the past it’s been “dummy” (I am guessing stolen from 30 Rock), “Bill” (his name is Luke), “Billy”.

    We literally just went to grab coffee at our cute neighborhood coffee shop and I realized I called him Monkey in front of the entire line ;)

  114. Gillian says...

    my given name is Gillian (pronounced with a J) but I only started going by that as an adult, with new people. I’ve always been Gill, Gilly, Gillybean, or just Bean. For some reason people can’t wrap their heads around “Gill” (sounds like Jill!). I used to get junk mail addressed to Mr. Gill all the time.
    I like Bean most of all, and my dad still calls me that to this day, 30 some odd years after the nickname originated.

  115. Kate says...

    My husband is a nickname king! I went from never having a nickname to, perhaps, a hundred. The best is that they’ve spread – I went from Kate to Katiepie or K-pie. He accepts Andypie. And now our daughter Eve is Evey-pie. We have different last names, but my daughter clearly accepts that we are “The Pie Family,” now even with gramma-pie and grampa-pie.

    • Erica says...

      My BIL is like this! My husband will always and forever be “Plip,” for some random childhood reason. Nephew’s name is Xander, which became Xandergler, then Dergler, then Dergs. And my daughter’s name starts with a Z, she was Zeeperneener, morphed into Neener and now just Neen. He always just comes up with something silly and kooky and then shortens until it sticks! My name is Erica and I have never in my life had a nickname.

  116. Marilee says...

    Neither mine, nor my husbands names (Marilee and Reagen respectively) translated well to nicknames when we were children so we were very careful when picking our daughters names to think about potential nicknames. Our oldest – Gillian became Gilly-bean or “Bean” very quickly because she jumped and bumped and squirmed so much when I was pregnant with her. For our youngest – Charlotte, we had thought about CJ (her middle name is Joan) or Charlie. However, from a very early age she refused to acknowledge any name other than Charlotte and has refused any kind of nickname since! She knows what she likes and she’s sticking to it!

  117. China says...

    I always hated that my name had no nicknames (and my family were not the creative nickname types) so I definitely voted for naming my kids with more potential. Mirabelle was Mibby when she was little, though she currently prefers her whole name, Isaac is Izzy or Izzy-busy, and Eleanor is Ella, Ella-Bella, or El (though ironically the name Eleanor originally got on our radar after a post on this blog about baby names where someone mentioned wanting to name a kid Eleanor and give them the nickname Nori, which I totally loved!)

    • Elizabeth Vocke says...

      Oh, I have a Mirabelle, too! I never hear of anyone else who does – I love it! Our nickname for her is Belly, but she is Mirabelle otherwise.

    • Elinor says...

      My mom sometimes calls me Nori! Or Nor. Or Snort, when I was little haha. I go by my full name with everyone else though.

  118. Meredith says...

    My daughter’s name is Molly, but her nicknames are “Molly D” (short for Molly Dolly- another nickname) and “monkey” (short for monkey shines- haha- that may dad coined. My son’s name is Evan, and we call him “Buddy” or “Evvie” or “Evanator”:

    • Joe G says...

      From toddler on, my 26 year old daughter Holly is Missybear and my 23 year old son Sam is Dudely (“Dude-lee”. As in diddly-squat but morphed to dudely-squat. As he got older just to Dudely).
      When Missybear was 12 she became friends with a girl named Allie who I always called Aloysius. Now as adult friends Allie always has a sad face response if I say “Hi Allie” when I see her until I call her Aloysius. Totally adorable!

      I’m 58 and growing up everyone in the neighborhood had nicknames. It was great! My fav was a kid across the street Paul was nicknamed Pez due to his intense love for only that candy. Mine was Grip. Probably cuz i could never throw a baseball straight.

  119. Christina Copp says...

    I’m a Canadian living in Australia. I firmly never answer to anything other than Christina unless it’s Mummy, or my husband’s endless nicknames such as Sweetheart, Darling (all sound much better in an accent!), Duck, Love, Chicken.

    We named our daughter Anna in part because Aussies LOVE to shorten names, but I don’t personally like names shortened, but I figured it’s hard to shorten Anna. Though Aussies also like to nickname people ending in ‘O’ – Chris-o, Bob-o, etc., so I suppose someone could call her Ann-o (please don’t!)

    • Rusty says...

      Yeah….I reckon we Aussies are the BEST at shortening everything down to nicknames!!! 👍

  120. J says...

    My husband calls me nothing but “Boo” because I’m quite literally as pale as a ghost. Once we were speaking and he called me by my real name and I was so surprised I asked why. He said, “I had to say your name because I’ve been calling you Boo for so many years I was convinced I’d forgotten your name.”

  121. Y says...

    My mother’s nickname is ‘Buddhi’ – apparently she was a chubby baby and resembled a Buddha statue – she is now in her seventies and her real name is Carmel. My younger extended family only know her by her nickname ‘Aunty Buddhi’ and as a result she will often receive formal wedding, birthday or christening invitations printed on embossed paper, written in beautiful caligraphy addressed to ‘Buddhi’ because they don’t know any different.

  122. J says...

    We have a golden retriever, named Moose, nicknamed piggy. Bless our babies when they start learning animals!

  123. Annie says...

    My maiden name is Trout so I’ve always been called some version of that. “Trouterz” was the most popular in high school. Some people would even call me “Trouter Z”. Now my husband calls me many iterations of it… troutsicles, trouty, trooty, troot. I will always be some version of Trout despite having changed my last name after getting married, and I’m ok with that because I loved my maiden name.

    My dad has always called me Hootie, which I think came from me singing Hootie and the Blowfish songs as a kid. He still calls me this, and I’m 30.

  124. Mouse says...

    I am apparently fast and loose with language and also forgetful, so I can never remember the genesis of the nicknames I come up with. My husband and I call each other Pants, which is probably from Sweetiepants or some other ridiculous thing; it was originally used ironically but is now just normal. We have to work really hard NOT to call each other that when we’re around other people. :)
    At some point I began calling the cat Mouse and now all cats are mouses. Right now we have 2 males and they are each Mr Mouse. I have no idea how that happened.

  125. I never had a nickname growing up, which is so funny because my name is Katharine and there are a million to choose from! But there was a Katie across the street, and my parents were never the sort of people to do cute nicknames for their kids. So I was just Katharine until the summer before high school when a friend pointed out how many Katharine/Katherine/Catherines there would in our freshman class and spontaneously nicknamed me Kay. My own family and their friends still call me Katharine, and I use it professionally, but my friends, my husband, and my all in-laws all call me Kay. (Some of my college friends call me Kayface, which I have no explanation for, it just sort of happened.)

  126. emily says...

    my daughter calls me “mummy bummy”. ha.

  127. Grace says...

    When I was a teenager, I went to Turkey for the first time with my school. It was a really formative experience for me, not least because I stayed with the most wonderful host family. However, because they were unfamiliar with my name (Grace), my host parents could never remember it. This wasn’t really a problem for me- I was having such a good time staying with them, my name seemed a very minor issue- but they were really embarrassed and made a real effort to remember my name through remembering the one famous Grace that they knew- Grace Kelly. Only they called me Kelly as that was the part of her name that they found easiest to remember and say. I loved it, as it symbolised to me all the love and effort they out in to making sure I felt welcome in their home and had the best possible stay in their city.

    • M says...

      That is so sweet & lovely!

  128. Em says...

    Ooh I love nicknames! As a kid my grandfather nicknamed me Emblepemble, and still calls me Emble. My youngest sister I affectionately call Weez, since her middle name is Louise (I think we got that from The Jeffersons actually). One of my daughters is Birdie or Bird-Girl, and the other is T-T or Honeygold. Our cat, Chubs is often called Bubba. When naming our daughters, we thought long and hard about nicknames that could come from their given names before we chose.

  129. Lauren Lyons says...

    What a fun post! Fox is such a cute nickname— is it b/c he thinks you’re such a fox? xo My name is Lauren, but my husband exclusively calls me “Rennie.” Many of my friends call me “Laur,” and he wanted something different, so he took the latter end of my name. It started as “Ren,” and in time became “Rennie.”

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes it’s bc I am a “stone cold fox” ;) I love that!

    • Em says...

      jo that is so sexy, I love it! way to go Alex ;)

  130. Anne says...

    Uh, this is fun. I have not had many nicknames (except a select number of people from my high school that still call me princess. Not a fan myself as it is too precious but I’ll allow it), but my kids have a bunch.

    My youngest is almost exclusively called buggie (her name is Ella – ellabug – bug – buggie) and my oldest was called Mr Man for a long long time, but it is now Jackaroo (he was also called cloth for a while because he is hypermobile in some joints and was very cloth-like as a baby). They each have a special goodnight song that my husband made which their nicknames (Mr Man and Ellabug).

    My husband has been Scooter almost his whole life – until he met me and I started calling him Wesley (his actual name).

  131. Joben says...

    Me and my ex still call each other Joben. It came from the Paul Rudd film ‘I love you man’!

  132. Alice says...

    My boyfriend calls me Sasquatch. I promise I’m not some kind of 8 feet tall hairy monster that hides in a forest. No, it’s just because I was particularly sassy when someone was annoying me once, and it stuck. Gotta say I love it though!

    • Alice says...

      Oh! And my little nephew thought his name was “Boy” for about 6 months (because his parents would say “Good boy!!” to him a lot). It was adorable- you’d ask “Who’s in the picture?” or “Who’s toy is that?” or (obviously) “What’s your name?” and he’d get this big big smile on his face and proudly say “BOY!!!”. My heart!

  133. Matty says...

    Growing up my dad called my sister Froggy and me Skippy. I had never actually given that any conscious thought until my friend’s dad started using those nicknames for us in a super sweet fashion. It was funny that it took a family friend to point out a very obvious, yet by all accounts to that point sub-conscious, reality.

  134. My husband, son andI all have short names and don’t really have any nicknames, althought my husband and I call each other “pupi”. Our 4 year old is adamant “My name is Leo!” if we call him anything else.

  135. S says...

    My husband works in drug safety for a large pharmaceutical company. He is constantly researching ways to improve safety and quality. Our seven year old son overheard him listening to a days long Zoom workshop by a prominent MIT professor regarding airline safety and the potential hazards of weather, systems failure, etc. Guess whose nickname is now Hazard? “Hazard, can you snuggle me?” “Hazard, can I help you cook dinner?” My mama heart melts every time.

  136. Hannah says...

    My partner calls me Berg (german for mountain) and made-up variations of it like Bergo. I think because I’ve a shirt with mountains on it and we like to go hiking. It’s my favourite.

  137. Annie says...

    I very much enjoyed Toby’s request. The perfect way to demonstrate that he is ready to leave young childhood behind. And Trax is extremely edgy.

  138. SB says...

    I’ve had a few over the years that only certain people will use; I don’t have an “all the time” nickname.

    As an infant, my Memere (grandma) started calling me “Belle” or “ma belle” (beautiful / my beautiful in French) and that stuck with my grandparents, parents, and a few aunts/uncles/older cousins. And then! Beauty and Beast came out so “Belle” was popular and everywhere (and had brown eyes and hair and liked reading, just like me!) so it REALLY stuck. So yeah – hitting mid-30s territory and that one is still going strong.

    In high school, one of my best friends (still one of them today!) and I had the same first name and were in different classes but extra curriculars together. To simplify, people started referring to us by our last initial – “B” and “D”. Still go by B with that crew!

    In university, long story, but I started being called “Panda” by a group of friends. And yes, that one still sticks too :)

  139. Kelly says...

    My mom’s name is Beverly. Her older brother who was three when she was born could not pronounce her name. He called her Bunny. She has a pretty bracelet/cuff that is inscribed “Bunny”. My Grandma didn’t have a lot of money and I think its so sweet she has this. Her Grandmother bought it for her. My mom has plenty now, but this item besides her wedding ring is one of her most cherished…

  140. Agnès says...

    These comments are so nice, they make me smile! I had always known my husband by his nickname to the day of our marriage when I was surprised to hear his real name. I don’t know why I thought his nickname could be a real name! Even in his professional life he presents himself with his nickname. I have always hated the nickname my family gave me, always felt little and stupid with it, so I always make sure people get my name right, because I just love it and I’ve missed it! I give my child all sorts of nicknames from the basis of “chat” (cat in french), as so many french people do, and they’ve become absolutely surrealistic. I make sure my child still wants to be called “shapusha” or its variations! he calls his dad papashan and I’m sometimes mamashan. Love these; I now call people I love theirname+shan, like Joannashan for example ;-) have a good day, from tropicalrainy Paris today

  141. Jean says...

    My brother Alan was a real joker and gave all of his friends funny nicknames. When he died suddenly aged 39, they all came to his funeral and they were listed on the attendance list by their nicknames, e.g. UFO, Archie Carcas, Egbert Nosh, Red Grrr, Big Basher, etc.

    • Amy says...

      I love this, Jean. I imagine your brother as someone who was always smiling and fun to be in the same room with—one of those people whose personalities pull you in:)
      Your comment really got to me in the best way.

  142. Christine says...

    My husband is Squishy from Finding Nemo, “You’ll always be my squishy”. So I’m Smooshy because it rhymes? Those are the most used nicknames. I have a bunch more nicknames for my husband, Mr Muffin because he was cat loafing and kinda looked like a muffin lol. Our daughter started calling him Mr Muffins when she started talking hahaha
    As for our kids, they’re Patatje (little potato in Dutch) and Petotje (little patato)

  143. Irina says...

    My sisters and I share a nickname that we use for each other, “Hermie”. 13 years ago I was taking Spanish in high school and started calling my sisters “Hermana” (sister in Spanish). This morphed into Herman>Hermz>Hermie. If it’s more official business we might use “Hermander”. I’m the middle sister so it gets pretty ridiculous trying to figure out which Hermie we’re referring to in a conversation sometimes.

  144. K says...

    I have a friend who is the QUEEN of nicknames. She was a principal dancer at Pacific Northwest Ballet and over 20 years of friendship has probably come up with 10 different nicknames for me. My name is Kylee.. some of the nicknames: Iko, Gams, Pig, Piglet, Let.. so random but so endearing. I always feel closest to people who you can create a nickname for.
    My son’s name is Simon. We call him Si, Bunny, Si-money, and Bubsie.
    My daughter’s name is Delaney. We call her Day-la, Nene, Nina, Nuna, and June Bug (middle name is June).
    Love nicknames and love this community!

  145. Cassidy says...

    My parents almost exclusively call me Rooster or Roo. My middle name is Rose and the origin is from when I was baby and goes Rosie Roo-> Rosie Rooster -> Rooster -> Roo.

  146. My parents call me Toodle Doops. Nobody knows why or who came up with it. If they’re referring to me in the third person they’ll call me The Doops but usually it’s just Doops.

    Where I work in Mexico EVERYONE has a nickname, and I love it. Some of them are because of embarrassing childhood stories like my friend Horchata, or because of how they look like Flaca, or because there are 5 people there named Carlos. I still get confused hearing their real names, especially because many people use their second names too! “Miguel is coming later.” “Who?” “Carlos.” “Oh! Maso!”

  147. Colleen S says...

    I’ve been “Colly” for a long time. I didn’t mind when my grandpa called me that, but I told my mom when I was a teenager that I felt like a dog when anyone else called me it. I’m also “Coll”, and “Scooter” (which was my fetal nickname that my mom gave me, which my sister now calls me to be a nuisance).