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Having trouble finding Fannie, Maggie, Obed, Sally, Polly, Obby???  These are common nicknames for names you might not have thought of.  Sometimes family tradition passes down the nickname of someone, not their real name.  If you are fairly new to genealogy, this one small item can really throw a kink into your search.  Following is a list of the most common nicknames.  When searching, remember you might find them listed by their nickname or their real given names.  

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Male Names

Aaron--Erin, Iron, Ron, Ronnie

Abel--Ab, Abe, Eb, Ebbie

Abiah/Abijah--A.B., Ab, Biah

Abiel--Biel, Ab

Abraham/Abram--Abe

Abner--Ab

Adam--Ad, Ade

Adelbert--Ad, Ade, Albert, Bert, Del, Delbert, Elbert

Adolph/Adolphus--Ad, Dolph, Olph

Alabama--Bama, Al

Alan--Al

Alanson--Alan, Al, Lonson

Albert--Al, Bert, Elbert, see also Adelbert

Aldrich--Al, Rich, Richie

Alexander--Al, Alex, Eleck, Sandy

Alfred--Al, Fred

Alonzo--Al, Lon, Lonas, Lonzo

Anderson--Ander, Andy, Sonny

Andrew--Andy, Drew

Anthony--Tony, Tunis

Archibald--Archie, Baldo

Arthur--Art

Asaph--Asa

Asahel--Asa

Ashley--Ash

Azariah--Aze, Riah

Augustus/Augustine--August, Austin, Gus

Barnabas--Barney

Bartholomew--Bart, Bartel, Bat, Mees, Meus

Basil--Baz

Benedict--Ben, Bennie

Benjamin--Ben, Bennie, Benjy, Jamie

Benjamin Franklin--Often found as B.F.

Bernard--Barney, Berney

Birt--Bird

Bradford--Brad, Ford

Broderick--Ricky, Brady, Brody, Rod

Caleb--Cal, Cale, Calep

Calvin--Cal, Vin, Vinny

Cameron--Cam, Ronny, Ron

Carl--Charles, Charlie, Charley

Casey, Kasey--K.C.

Cedric--Ced, Rick, Ricky

Charles--Carl, Charlie, Chick, Chuck

Chauncey--Chan

Chester--Chet

Christopher/Christian--Chris, Kit, Topher

Clarence--Clair, Clare

Clement--Clem

Clifford--Cliff, Ford

Clifton--Cliff, Tony

Columbus--Clum

Conrad--Con, Conny, Connie

Cornelius--Con, Conny, Corny, Niel

Courtney--Court, Curt

Cyrenius--Cene, Cy, Renius, Serene, Swene

Cyrus--Cy, Si

Curtis--Curt

Dalton--Dal

Daniel--Dan, Danny

David--Dave, Davey, Day

Dawson--Dawse, Doss, Dos

Delbert--Bert, Del

Dennis--Dennie, Denny

Dennison--Dennis, Dennie, Denny

Derrick--Eric, Rick, Ricky

Donald--Don, Donny

Ebenezer--Eben, Eb, Ebbie

Edmund--Ed, Ned, Ted, Eddie

Edward--Ed, Ned, Ted, Teddy, Eddie

Edwin--Ed, , Eddie, Ned, Win

Elbert--Albert, Bert, Birt, Bird

Eleazer--Lazar

Elias--Eli, Lee, Lias

Elijah--Eli, Lige

Eliphalet--Left

Elisha--Eli, Lish

Ellswood/Elswood--Elsey/Elze/Elsie

Elwood--Woody

Emanuel--Manny, Manuel

Enrique--Quique

Ephraim--Eph

Epaphroditius--Dite, Ditus, Dyce, Dyche, Eppa

Eric--Rick, Ricky, Derrick

Ernest--Ernie

Eugene--Gene

Ezekiel--Ez, Zeke

Ezra--Ez, Ezry, Ezrie

Ferdinand--Ferdie

Francis--Frank, Fran

Franklin--Frank, Fran

Frederick--Fred, Freddy, Fritz

Gabriel--Gabe, Gabby

Geoffrey/Jeffrey--Geoff, Jeff

George Washington--Often seen as G.W. or Wash

Gerald--Jerry, Gerry

Gerardo--Gera

Gilbert--Gil, Bert, Wilber

Harold--Hal, Harry

Henry--Hal, Hank, Harry

Herbert--Herb, Bert

Hezekiah--Hez, Hy, Kiah

Hiram--Hy

Hopkins--Hop, Hopp

Horace--Horry

Hubert--Hugh, Bert, Hub

Ian--John

Ignacio--Nacho

Ignatius--Iggy, Nace, Nate, Natius

Isaac--Ike, Zeke

Isidore--Izzy

Israel--Ziggy

Jacob--Jaap, Jake, Jay, could be short for Jacobus.

James--Jamie, Jem, Jim, Jimmy

Jebadiah--Jeb

Jedidiah--Jed

Jefferson--Jeff, Sonny

Jehiel--Hiel

Jeptha--Jep, Nep

Jeremiah--Jereme, Jerry

Jesse--Jess, Jessie

Jessie--Jess, Jesse

Johann--John

John--Jack, Jock, Johnny

Jonathan--Jon, John, Nathan

Jose--Pepe

Joseph--Joe, Joey, Jos, Jody

Joshua--Josh, Joe

Josiah--Joe, Si

Judson--Jud, Sonny

Julias/Julian--Jule, Jules

Junior--JR, June, Junie

Kasey/Casy--K.C.

Kenneth--Ken, Kenny

Kingsley--King

Kingston--King

Lafayette--Fate, Laffie

Lamont--Monty

Lawrence/Laurence--Larry, Lars, Lon, Lonny, Lorne, Lorry,

Lemuel--Lem

Leonard--Leo, Leon, Len, Lenny, Lineau

LeRoy--L.R., Lee, Roy

Leslie--Les

Lester--Les

Levi--Lee

Lincoln--Link

Lorenzo--Loren

Lucias/Lucas--Luke

Luis--Luie

Luther--Luke

Lyndon--Lynn, Lindy

Malachi--Mal

Malcolm--Mal

Marcus--Mark

Martin--Marty

Marvin--Marv

Matthew/Matthias--Matt, Thias, Thys

Maurice/Morris--Morey

Mervin--Merv

Michael--Ike, Mike, Micah, Mick, Mickey

Mitchell--Mickey, Mitch

Montgomery--Monty, Gum

Napoleon--Nap, Nappy, Leon

Nathan--Nate

Nathaniel--Nathan, Nate, Nat, Natty, Than

Newton--Newt

Nicholas--Nick, Nickie, Claas, Claes

Norbert--Bert, Norby

Obediah--Diah, Dyer, Obed, Obie

Oliver--Ollie, Obbie, Obby

Orange--Ora

Oswald--Ossy, Ozzy, Waldo

Patrick--Paddy, Pat, Patsy, Pate

Pelegrine--Perry

Percival--Percy

Peter--Pete, Pate, Perry

Philetus--Leet, Phil

Phillip--Phil

Piper--Pi, Pie

Prescott--Scott, Scotty, Pres

Randal--Randy

Randle--Randy

Randolph--Randy, Dolph

Raymond--Ray

Reginald--Reg, Reggie, Naldo, Renny

Reuben--Rube

Richard--Dick, Dickon, Rich, Rick, Ricky

Robert--Bob, Dob, Dobbin, Hob, Hobkin, Rob, Robby, Bobby, Robin, Rupert

Roger/Rodger--Roge, Hodge, Rod

Roland--Lanny, Rollo, Rolly

Ronald--Ron, Ronnie, Naldo

Rudolph/Rudolphus--Dolph, Olph, Rolf, Rudy

Russell--Russ, Rusty

Samuel--Sam, Sammy

Sebastian--Seb

Seymour--Morey, See

Shelton--Shelly, Shel, Tony

Sheridan--Dan, Danny, Sher

Sidney--Sid, Syd

Silas--Si

Simon/Simeon--Si, Sion

Smith--Smitty

Solomon--Sal, Salmon, Saul, Sol, Solly, Zolly

Stephen/Steven--Steve, Steph

Sullivan--Sully, Van

Sylvester--Si, Sly, Sy, Syl, Vester, Vet, Vessie

Terence--Terry

Thaddeus--Thad

Theodore--Ted, Teddy, Theo

Theophilus--Theo

Thomas--Tom, Thom, Tommy, Tuck, Tucker

Timothy--Tim, Timmy

Tobias--Toby, Bias

Uriah--Riah

Valentine--Felty, Feltie

Vincent/Vinson--Vince, Vin, Vinnie

Wallace--Wally

Washington--Wash

Wilber/Wilbur--Will, Willie

Wilfred--Will, Willie, Fred

William--Will, Willie, Bill, Billy, sometimes Bell or Bela

Winfield--Win, Winny, Field

Woodrow--Wood, Woody, Drew

Zachariah--Zach, Zachy, Zeke

Zachary--Zach, Zachy, Zeke

Zebedee--Zeb

Zedediah--Zed, Diah, Dyer

Zephaniah--Zeph

3rd--Trey

4th--Ivy (from IV)

5th--Quince, Quint

 

Female Names

Abigail--Abby, Abbie, Nabby, Gail

Adaline/Adeline--Ada, Addy, Dell, Delia, Lena

Adelaide--Addy, Adele, Dell, Della, Heidi

Adelphia--Adele, Addy, Dell, Delphia, Philly

Agatha--Aggy

Agnes--Aggy, Inez, Nessa

Aileen--Allie, Lena

Alabama--Bama

Alberta--Allie, Bert, Bertie

Alexandra--Alex, Alla, Sandy

Alfreda--Alfy, Freda, Freddy, Frieda

Alice/Alicia--Allie, Elsie, Lisa

Allison--Al, Ali, Ally

Almeda--Mary

Almena--Allie, Mena

Amanda--Manda, Mandy

Amelia--Emily, Mel, Millie, Amy

Ann/Anne--Agnes, Annie, Nan, Nanny, Nana, Nancy (and

Annaka--Ann, Anne, Annie, Nancy, Niki

Antoinette/Antonia--Ann, Tony, Netta

Arabella/Arabelle--Ara, Arry, Belle, Bella

Arlene--Arly, Lena

Armena--Arry, Mena

Asenath--Assene, Natty, Sene

Ashley--Ash

Asmine--Amy

Augusta/Augustina--Aggy, Gatsy, Gussie, Tina

Azubah--Zubia

Barbara--Bab, Babs, Barby, Bobbie

Beatrice--Bea, Trisha, Trix, Trixie

Belinda--Belle, Linda

Bernadette--Bunny

Bertha--Birdie, Bert, Bertie

Bridget--Biddie, Biddy, Bridgie, Bridie

Camille--Cammie, Millie

Catriona--Catherine

Cornelia--Cornie, Nelia

Carol/Caroline/Carolyn--Carrie, Cassie, Lynn

Cassandra--Cassie, Sandra, Sandy

Catherine/Cathleen/Katherine/Kathleen--Cathy, Kathy, Katy, Cassie, Cat, Kay, Kit, Kittie, Trina, Lena

Cecilia--Celia, Cissy, Sissie

Charlotte--Char, Lottie, Lotta, Sherry

Christine/Christina/Christiana/Kristine, etc.--Chris, Kris, Crissy, Christy, Kristy, Tina

Cinderella--Cindy

Clarinda--Clara

Clarissa--Clara, Cissy

Claudia--Claud, Caya

Constance--Connie

Cordelia--Cordy, Delia

Cornelia--Corny, Nelle, Nelly, Nelia

Cynthia--Cindy, Cintha

Darlene--Lena, Dara, Darry

Deborah/Debora--Debby, Debbie, Deb

Deliverance--Della, Delly, Dilly

Delores--Dell, Lola, Lolly, Della, Dee

Dianne--Di, Ann

Dicey--Dicie

Dorothy--Dora, Dot, Dottie

Dorcus--Darkey, Darcus

Dorothy--Dolly, Dot, Dortha, Dotty

Edith--Edie

Eldora--Dora

Eleanor--Elaine, Ellen, Ellie, Lanna, Lenora, Nelly, Nora

Elise--Ish

Elizabeth--Eliza, Bess, Bessie, Beth, Betsy, Betty, Lib, Libby, Liza, Lisa, Liz, Lizzie

Ellen--see Eleanor and Helen

Elmira--Elly, Ellie, Mira

Elouise--Louise

Elvira--Evie

Emeline--Emma, Emily, Emmy, Millie, Em

Emily--Emmy, Millie, Emma, Em

Estelle/Estella--Essy, Essie,  Stella

Esther--Essie, Essy

Evaline--Eva, Eve, Lena

Faith--Fay

Fidelia--Delia

Florence--Flo, Flora, Flossy

Frances--Fanny, Fran, Cissy, Frankie, Sis

Fredericka--Freda, Freddy, Ricka, Frieda

Gabrielle/Gabriella--Gabby, Ella

Genevieve--Eve, Jean, Jenny

Geraldine--Dina, Gerry, Gerrie, Jerry

Gertrude--Trudy, Gert, Gertie

Grizzel--Grace

Gwendolyn--Gwen, Wendy

Hannah--Nan, Nanny, Anna

Harriet--Hattie

Helen/Helene--Ella, Ellen, Ellie, Lena

Heloise--Eloise, Lois

Henrietta--Etta, Etty, Hank, Henny, Henri, Nettie, Retta, Yetta

Hermione--Hermie

Hepsibah/Hephsibah--Hipsie

Hester--Hessy, Esther, Hetty

Irene--Rena

Isabel/Isabelle/Isabella--Bella, Belle, Eba, Ebba, Elba, Ib, Ibbee, Issy, Nib, Nibby, Tibbie

Isadora--Dora, Issy

Jane--Janie, Jean, Jennie, Jessie

Janet--Jessie, Jan, Jane

Jean/Jeanne--Jane, Jeannie

Jeanette--Janet, Jean, Jessie, Nettie

Jemima--Mima

Jennifer--Jennie

Jessica--Jessie, Jess

Joan--Nonie, Nona

Joanna/Johannah--Joan, Jody, Hannah, Jo

Josephine--Jody, Jo, Joey, Josey, Fina

Joyce--Joy

Juanita--Nettie, Nita

Judith - Judy

Julia--Julie, Jill

Kassandra--Kassie

Katherine--see Catherine

Keziah--Kizza, Kizzie

Lavina/Lavinia--Ina, Vina, Viney

Lenora--Nora, Lee, see Eleanor

Leslie--Lizzy, Les

Letitia--Lettie, Lettice, Titia, Tish, Tisha

Lillah--Lily, Lilly, Lil, Lolly

Lillian--Lil, Lilly, Lolly

Linda--Lindy, Lynn, Melinda, Philinda

Loretta--Etta, Lorrie, Retta, Lottie

Lorraine--Lorrie

Louise/Louisa--Lou, Eliza, Lois

Lucille--Lu, Lou, Cille, Lucy

Lucinda--Cindy, Lu, Lou, Lucy

Lucretia--Creasy, Lucy

Luella--Ella, Lu, Lula

Lydia/Lidia--Lyddy

Madeline--Lena, Maddy, Madge, Magda, Maggie, Maida, Maud

Magdelina--Lena, Madge, Magda, Maggie

Mahala--Hallie, Mahaley

Margaret/Margaretta--Daisy, Gretta, Madge, Maggie, Margery, Marge, Margie, Margo, Meg, Midge, Peg, Peggy, Rita, 

Martha--Marty, Mat, Mattie, Patsy, Patty

Mary--Molly, Polly, Mae, Mamie, Mitzi, Sukey

Matilda--Tilly, Matty, Maud

Mehitabel--Hetty, Hitty, Mabel, Mitty

Melinda--Linda, Lindy, Mel, Mindy

Melissa--Lisa, Lissa, Lyssa, Mel, Milly, Missy, Wessa

Melvina--Mellie, Melly, Mel

Michelle--Chelle, Mica, Micha, Miche, Mickey, Shelly

Mildred--Milly

Millicent--Milly, Missy

Minerva--Minnie

Miranda--Mandy, Mira, Randy

Miriam--Mimi, Mitzi

Monique--Monike, Mon

Morag--Merran, Marion, Sarah, Sally

Nancy--Nan, Nannie

Natalie--Natty, Nettie, Tally

Olive/Olivia--Ollie, Nollie, Livia, Libby

Parmelia--Amelia, Melia, Milly

Parthena--Thena

Patience--Pat, Patty

Patricia--Pat, Patty, Patsy, Tricia

Paula/Paulina--Polly, Lina

Penelope--Penny

Philinda--Linda

Priscilla--Cissy, Cilla, Prissy

Prudence--Prudy, Prue, Puss

Rachel--Shelly

Rebecca--Reba, Becca, Becky, Beck

Regina--Reggie, Gina

Relief--Leafa

Roberta--Bobbie, Robbie, Bert, Bertie or Birdie

Rosabel/Rosabella--Belle, Rosa, Rose, Roz

Rosalyn/Rosalinda--Rosa, Rose, Linda, Roz

Roseann/Roseanna--Rose, Ann, Roz, Rosie

Roxanne/Roxanna--Ann, Rose, Roxie

Sabrina--Brina

Sandra--Sandy

Serena--Reni

Shannon--Shanie

Sophronia--Sophie, Sophia

Sarah--Sally, Sadie

Sarah Jane--Alydane, Dane

Selina/Celina--Lena

Serena--Rena

Shirley--Lee, Sherry, Shirl

Sholette--Lottie

Sine--Jean, Jane

Submit--Mitty

Susan/Susannah--Sue, Sukey, Susie, Suz, Hannah

Tabitha--Tabby

Temperence--Tempy

Tennessee--Tennie, Tenny

Theresa/Teresa--Res, Terry, Tess, Tessie, Tessa, Thirza, Thursa, Tia, Tracy

Tryphena--Phena

Valerie--Val

Vanessa--Nessa, Essa, Vanna

Veronica--Franky, Frony, Ron, Ronnie, Ronna, Vonnie

Victoria--Vicky, Tori, Tory

Virginia--Ginger, Ginny, Jane, Jennie, Virgy, Virgie

Wilimena--Mina, Willie, Wilma, Minnie

Wilhelmina--Mina, Willie, Wilma, Minnie, Wilha

Winifred--Winnie, Freddie, Winnet

 


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