Lilibet, Elsa, or Zibby
Congratulations to the Sussexes on the birth of wee Lilibet! Take it from a decidedly non-royal Elizabeth, certain names – especially those that have been around for a while – have an endless roster of commonly used variants (can we still use that word without cringing?) and nicknames. What are some examples of English names with multiple, well-established AKAs?
In combing through books current and historic, we do find some strange ones. How, for instance, does Margaret become Peggy? Some of the less obvious nicknames come from olde habits of rhyming. Margaret becomes Meg or Meggie, which becomes Peg or Peggy. Richard becomes Rick then, soon, a Dick.
Other variants come from name translations. How does one get from Henry to Hank? Well, Hendrick is the Dutch equivalent of Henry. Henk is a nickname for Hendrick. With one wee vowel change, Henk becomes Hank. The every-morphing Margaret is Marguerite in French. A ‘marguerite’ is the French word for a ‘daisy’. Hence the use of Daisy as a nickname for Margaret.
Then, to add to the confusion, there are those short forms that apply to more than one name. Harry is short for both Harold and Henry. Ted is short for Edward and Theodore. Fifi is short for Delphine, Josephine and Faith.
Alessandra, Alessia, Alex, Alix, Allie, Ally, Lessa, Lexi, Sandra, Sandrine, Sandy, Sasha
Alex, Alex, Alistair, Ander, Lex, Sandy, Sander, Sasha, Xander
Al, Alf, Alfie, Alfredo, Avery, Ed, Fred, Freddy, Fritz, Reed
Amy, Amélie, Amalia, Emilia, Lia, Mia, Mel, Millie
Arlo, Cal, Carl, Carlo, Carlos, Charlie, Chase, Chaz, Chuck, Huck
Chip, Chris, Christo, Christof, Kip, Kit, Stophel, Topher
Delfina, Dell, Della, Delphina, Elphie, Fifi
Dee, Dodie, Dolly, Dora, Dorie, Dot, Dottie, Tea, Thea
Ed, Eddie, Eduardo, Edvard, Ned, Neddy, Ted, Teddy
Beth, Bess, Betty, Buffy, Elise, Eliza, Elsa, Ibby, Izzy, Lisl, Lissa, Liza, Lizzie, Libby, Liddy, Lilibet, Zibby
Eve, Evie, Gene, Genna, Genny, Gigi, Gia, Gin, Gina, Ginny, Neve, Nevi, Viv, Vivvie
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres.
Comtes de Tournon, née Geneviève de Seytres Caumont. 1812
Gatty, Gerda, Gert, Gerta, Gertie, Gertrudis, Trudi, Trudy
Enrico, Enrique, Hal, Hank, Harry, Hendrik, Hendry, Henk, Henny, Huck
Ike, Ikey, Isaak, Ise, Itzak, Izzy, Yitzhak, Zac, Zak
Cob, Coby, Cub, Cubby, Jaco, Jacobo, Jacoby, Jake, Jay, Yakov
Gianni, Ian, Jack, Jan, Jean, Johann, Johnny, Jon, Juan
Fifi, Jo, Jody, Joey, Jojo, Josefina, Josephina, Josette, Josie, Posy
Daisy, Madge, Maggie, Mags, Maisie, Mame, Marge, Marguerite, Meg, Margo, Midge, Peg, Peggy, Rita
Dick, Hitch, Ricardo, Rich, Richie, Rick, Rickert, Ricky, Rico
Fyodor, Tad, Ted, Teddy, Teo, Terry, Thaddeus, Theo
Bill, Billy, Guillermo, Liam, Wiley, Wilhelm, Will, Willem, Wills, Willy, Wim
Header: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. Delphine Ramel, Madame Ingres. 1859