Backwards Nickname

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Backwards Nickname
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 11:00pm

Drawing name chit-chat out of the scandalous headlines here! I read today that John Edwards's full name is Johnny. That means John -- the name by which he is primarily known -- is actually a nickname in his case. Weird, huh?

A lot of times we think that if someone is given the full name Katie or Jessie or Molly she can never go by Katherine or Jessica or Margaret. But why not?


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Registered: 08-24-2006
Sat, 06-04-2011 - 12:41am
How weird! Thanks for sharing!
And so true, why NOT go "backwards"???

Personally, I wouldn't choose a nickname to name my child (exceptions would be Molly because I see it as a given name not a nn or Jesse for a boy.)

But why not?
- Caroline

* Wife of Eric (July 28, 2007)

* Proud Mommy of Allison Kathleen (April 14, 2007)

* Expecting another BABY GIRL on September 16, 2011

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Sat, 06-04-2011 - 5:15pm

My MIL told a story about how her Aunt Lizzie

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Sat, 06-04-2011 - 5:47pm

I'm thinking this supports my usual opinion that giving your kids childish given names is a good way of indicating that you don't ever really expect them to be an adult...and, in this case, boy howdy!

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Registered: 08-07-2007
Sun, 06-12-2011 - 7:31am
My mom is Peggy. Not Margaret. I don't know why grandma named her a diminuitive rather than the original.
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Sun, 06-12-2011 - 2:40pm
My full name is Torie. It's not a nickname for Victoria, I never even thought of going by Victoria though, but I guess I could if I wanted to??

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