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25 Fun Nicknames For Classic Names

Choosing the name for our kid is definitely a difficult task. Some parents always seek to be original and look for strange or less known names, but with deep and beautiful meanings. While other parents would rather choose classic names, either because they prefer to avoid complications by having to explain how to write and pronounce the name, or because they just prefer the classic ones because it will always be easier to combine with a middle name and surnames.

But there is a myth about the classic names: this new generation of parents in their exhaustive search for the "original and different", began to underestimate the classic names because they think  "are boring." Nothing further from the truth. Classic names are elegant and can be fun as well, especially the nicknames that are associated with those names.

For all the reasons explained above, today I came up with a list of 25 classic names and their nicknames, which will give to the name of your child that touch of personality and fun that you are looking for.

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25 Albert - Albie

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Albert is a boys name that has different origins from Hungarians, Russian, Swiss, Americans, and Germans. Among the meanings of this beautiful name stand out: intelligent, noble, bright and strong as a bear. Albert is one of those classic names that was very popular in the U.S during the 1920s, and that is currently in the raking 474 on the lists of popular baby boys names, while in England and Wales it sits number 64.

However, some parents will think that although the name is beautiful, it sounds a bit serious, but the children who are called Albert are also called by nicknames like Albie, Al or Bert. But the favorite of the parents is Albie, which is also used as a given name. Therefore, think twice before crossing this name from your list because Albie could be a lovely name for a prince.

24 Alexandra – Lexi

Alexandra is a girls' name and is the female version of the name Alexander, for which it has diverse origins such as Greek, American, English, Hungarian, Italian, and Swiss. Among the most relevant and common meanings of this name around the world one stands out: "Defender of man".

This name was for several years in the top 100 of the most popular names for girls but then fell out from the lists. Nevertheless, in 2016, around 3000 newborns were named Alexandra so it's still very popular nowadays. Also Alexandra keeps a chic aura and has a solid and historical pedigree. And among the nicknames that are associated with this name are Alex, Alexa, Lexa, and the favorite of parents: Lexi. These nicknames keep the personality of the name and are strong, interesting and tasteful.

23 Anthony – Ant

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Anthony is a boys name and has diverse origins such as Greek, American, Latin, English, and Basque. Due to its different roots, among the most relevant and common meanings of this name around the world are: "priceless" and "highly praiseworthy", but also, the name is associated with Mark Anthony, Roman triumvir, and general who shared the throne with queen Cleopatra in Egypt.

This name has remained throughout the years in the top 100 of the most popular names for boys. And although in 2016 it fell out of the top 25 for baby boys names for the first time, it's currently ranked number 30 in the United States. In Australia it sits number 84, and finally in Canada it is ranked 86.

And among the nicknames that are associated with this name are including Tony, and the favorite of parents, Ant, because it gives personality to the name, and sounds pretty cool with almost any surname.

22 Barbara – Barbie

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Barbara is a girls name and has diverse origins in English, Italian, French, German, Polish, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian, Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian. Due to its different roots, among the most relevant and common meanings of this name around the world are: "stranger", "foreigner" and "traveler from a foreign land".

This name has remained throughout the years in the top 100 of the most popular names for girls. At the moment it is ranked number 30 in the United States, while in Portugal it sits in the position 53, and finally, in Croatia, it is ranked 66.

Among the nicknames that are associated with this name are Barb, Babs, and the favorite of parents, Barbie, because it reminds us of the iconic Mattel doll. But without a doubt, this name is tasteful. And combined with any last name, it's fun.

21 Benjamin – Benny

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Benjamin is a boys name and has diverse origins such as English, American, French, Swiss and Hebrew. Due to its different roots, among the most relevant and common meanings of this name around the world are: "son of the right hand", "son of the south" and "son of my old age." In addition, its correct pronunciation in English is BEN-jə-min

Benjamin is one of the most popular names for boys in the United States. In fact, it is in the top 20 on the lists of the most popular names for boys. Moreover, during previous years, it was ranked number 6 in the United States (2016), while in Canada during 2015 sat in position number 4, and finally, in Australia, was ranked 17 in 2016.

This name seems to be the ideal option for a little prince, and among the nicknames with which the name Benjamin is associated are Benji, and the favorites of the parents Benny and Ben. This gives you other options to call your baby in a caring way, without losing the classic and elegant essence of the name.

20 Christine – Tina

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Christine is a name for a girl, it is the female version of the name Christian. It also has various origins such as English, American, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and Dutch. But due to its different roots, the name has several meanings, and among the most relevant and common of this name around the world are "Christian" and "follower of Christ." Its correct pronunciation in English is kris-TEEN.

The name Christine has not appeared on the lists of the most popular names for girls in recent years. During previous years, it has been ranked 729 in the United States (2016).

This name seems to be the ideal choice for a little princess, and among the nicknames associated with the name Christine are Chris, Christi, and the parents' favorites, Tina and Chrissy. They are nicknames that remain loyal to the style and elegance of the name but comes along with that touch of attitude and charisma that we look for our children.

19 Danielle – Elle

Danielle is a girl's name, which is the female version of the name Daniel. It also has various origins such as English, American, French, and Hebrew. But due to its different roots, the name has several meanings, and among the most relevant and common of this name around the world is included: "God is my judge". Its correct pronunciation in English is dan-YEL

The name Danielle has not been on the lists of the most popular baby girls names in recent years, although during the 1960s until the '90s it was a very popular name, sitting comfortably in the Top 20 for several years. However, it has currently positioned itself as number 332 in the United States (2016).

This name seems to be the ideal option for a little princess, and among the nicknames with which the name Danielle is associated are Dani, Danni, Dan, and the favorite of the parents, Elle. All these nicknames are faithful to the sophisticated and chic style of the name Danielle, everything a princess deserves.

18 Dorothy - Dottie

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Dorothy is a girls name and is a variation of the Greek name Dorothea. It also has various origins such as English, American, Greek, and Latin. But due to its different roots, the name has several meanings, and among the most relevant and common of this name around the world, stands out: "God's gift." On the other hand, its correct pronunciation in English is DAWR-ə-thee or DAWR-thee.

During the 80's the name Dorothy was quite popular among the girl's thanks to "The Wizard of Oz", but unfortunately it was falling down in the popularity lists of names for girls. However, in 2011 the name reappeared on the lists, and in the year 2016, it was ranked number 652 in the United States, while in England it sat number 274.

When we hear the name Dorothy, it's unavoidable not to think of the heroine of "The Wizard of Oz", and that's why we associate it with fantastic things. In addition, girls who bear the name Dorothy are often called Dottie, as a nickname, representing all those wonderful things that remind us of the lands of Oz.

17 Edward – Teddy

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Edward is a boys name, which has diverse origins such as English, American, German and Anglo-Saxon; and due to its different roots, the name has several meanings, and among the most relevant and common of this name around the world are: "guardian," "wealthy guardian" and "strong as a boar." On the other hand, its correct pronunciation in English is ED-wərd.

Edward is a fairly common and popular name among parents, in fact, we have heard it several times in the film and music industry. Besides, for several years it has been in the top 100 of the most popular names for boys. In 2016 the name was positioned in the following countries: in the United States was ranked number 163, in Australia it was number 52, while in England it sat in the 23rd place.

Of course, Edward is one of those charming names that make us think about guardians, as faithful protective warriors, either as Edward Cullen or as Ed Sheeran accompanied by his guitar. Children who bear the name Edward are often nicknamed, Ed, Eddie, Ted, Ned and our favorite Teddy.

16 Elizabeth – Bess

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Elizabeth is a girls name which has diverse origins such as Greek, American, French, and Hebrew; and due to its different roots, the name has several meanings, and among the most relevant and common of this name around the world are: "devoted to God", "oath of God" "God is satisfaction" and "fullness of God". Its correct pronunciation in English is i-LIZ-ə-bəth.

This classic name has managed to stay for several years in the top 100 lists of popular names for girls. Moreover, in 2016 it was positioned in the following countries: the United States sitting in 13th place, Canada ranked 38th, in England was number 38, and finally, in Australia, was ranked number 46.

Elizabeth is one of those names with a history that is tasteful, and seem never to go out of style. The girls named Elizabeth are usually nicknamed, Liz, Lizzy, Lizzie, Libby, Beth, Eliza, Liza, Betty, Eli, and our favorite, Bess, because it is not so common to hear it among the children's nicknames.

15 Frances – Frankie

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Frances is a girl's name and is the female version of the name Francis. Also, thanks to its diverse origins as American, and Latin; the name has different meanings, and among the most relevant and common of this name around the world stand out: "free", "from France" and "free man". Its correct pronunciation in English is FRAN-sis.

Frances is a classic name that was quite popular in the 17th century among women, however, with the passing of the decades it started falling down on the lists of most popular names for girls. In 2016 the name reappeared in the listings, standing in the following countries, the United States ranked number 446 and in England sits number 382.

Frances is one of those names that captivates people when they hear it. It is also easy to combine with middle names and with almost any surname. The girls named Frances are usually nicknamed Fran, Franny, Frannie, and our favorite, Frankie because it's not common to hear it among the children's nicknames and because it reminds us of Frankie Stein, the charismatic and lovely character from the Monster High franchise.

14 Georgia- Gigi

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Georgia is a girl's name and has diverse origins such as Greek, German, English, and American; and due to its different roots, the name has different meanings. Among the most relevant and common of this name around the world is "farmer". In addition, it is the female version of the name George.

Georgia is a classic name that was quite popular in the 1980s. However, with the passing of years the name was falling down on the lists of most popular names for baby girls. However, recently the name reappeared in the listings, standing in the following countries, Greece as number 7, was ranked 21 in New Zealand, sat number 29 in Australia, and it's back in the Top 70 in England, Wales, Canada, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Georgia is a charmingly old-fashioned name, but it is also easy to combine with middle names and with almost any surname. Girls named Georgia are often nicknamed Gia, but our favorite it Gigi because it reminds us of Gigi Hadid, the supermodel of Victoria's Secret Angels.

13 James – Jimbo

James is a boys name which has diverse origins such as English, American, and Hebrew; and due to its different roots, the name has diverse meanings and among the most relevant and common of this name around the world are: "supplant" or "he grasps the heel,"  and "supplanter". On the other hand, its correct pronunciation in English is JAYMZ.

James is a classic name and quite popular among parents who will have a little prince. It has also managed to stay on the lists of most popular baby names for boys, over the years. In 2016 it was positioned in the following countries: Northern Ireland ranked number 1, Ireland placed 2, United States sat number 5, Australia placed 6, Canada placed 11 and England were number 12.

James is a charmingly old-fashioned name. It's easy to combine with middle names and with almost any surname. Moreover, it reminds us of the father of one of the most beloved sorcerers of our time, Harry Potter's father, Mr. James Potter. Children who bear the name James are often nicknamed Jim, Jimmy, Jamer, Jeb, and our favorite Jimbo because it is not such a common nickname among children and sounds unique.

12 Katherine – Kat

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Katherine is a girls name which has diverse origins such as English, American, Greek and Irish; and because of its different roots, the name has different meanings, but the most common is "pure". In addition, it is a different version of the name Caitlin. On the other hand, its correct pronunciation in English is KATH-ə-rin or KATH-rin

Katherine is a classic name but very popular around the world. In fact, you can find it in various characters such as Shakespeare, Fifty Shades of Gray and even The Vampire Diaries. But this name has managed to stay on the lists of most popular names for girls over the years. In 2016 it was positioned in the following countries, the United States ranked number 90, Canada sits number 100 and in England it was number 290.

Katherine is a classic and elegant name for a princess, besides it is easy to combine with middle names and with almost any surname. Girls who are named Katherine are often nicknamed Kate, Kathy, Katie, Terri or our favorite: Kat, because it reminds us of Kat from the classic of the '90s "10 Things I Hate About You" with the performance of Julia Stiles (Kat Stratford).

11 Louise- Lulu

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Louise is a girl's name and has diverse origins such as French, German and American; and due to its different roots, the name has different meanings, among the most relevant and common of this name around the world are: "renowned warrior", "renowned fighter" or "famous in war". Additionally, it is the female version of the name Louis. Its correct pronunciation in English is loo-EE-se.

Louise is a classic name that was quite popular for decades, but after a while, it began to fall down on the list of most popular names for baby girls. In 2016, it was positioned in the following countries, France ranked number 2, the Netherlands sat number 101, the United States was number 895, England and Wales were ranked 415.

Louise is a charmingly old-fashioned name for a princess, also it is easy to combine with middle names and with almost any surname. Girls named Louise are often nicknamed Lulu. And did you know that some big Hollywood stars bear as a middle name, Louise? such as Madonna and Meryl Streep.

10 Margaret – Meg

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Margaret is a girl's name and has diverse origins like American, Greek, Irish and Persian; and due to its different roots, the name has different meanings, among the most relevant and common of this name around the world stands out: "name of a saint" and "child of light". Its correct pronunciation in English is MAHR-grit or MAHR-gə-rit

Margaret is a classic name that was quite popular during 1900s, in fact, this name was one of the royal favorites names for little girls, and such is the case of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon who bears this name; but sadly after a while it began to fall down on the lists of most popular names for girls. In 2016 it was positioned in the following countries: the United States ranked number 139 and in England, was number 423.

Margaret is a beautiful and elegant name that is easy to combine with other names and with almost any surname. The girls named Margaret are often nicknamed Marge, Margie, Margo, Marg, and our favorite Meg because it sounds good, is tasteful, different and has personality.

9 Michael – Mickey

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Michael is a boys name which has diverse origins such as English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Czech, and Greek; and due to its different roots, the name has different meanings, among the most relevant and common of this name around the world are: "poor" and "humble".

Since 1940 Michael has been a popular name in the United States, and although its popularity has declined in recent years, this name has remained among the top 100 names on the lists for baby boys names. In 2016, it was positioned in the following countries the United States ranked number 8, New Zealand was 49, in England and Wales was 59, while in Australia it was number 63.

Michael is a great name for boys, in fact, celebrities like Michael Jackson and George Michael used to bear this name. Children who are named Michael are often nicknamed Mike, Miko, Mikey, Mick, and our favorite Mickey because it reminds us of the beloved Disney character.

8 Nathaniel – Nathan

Nathaniel is a boys name and has different origins such as American, Hebrew, and Greek; and due to its different roots, the name has diverse meanings, among the most relevant and common of this name around the world are: "Gift of God" or "God has given" Its correct pronunciation in English is nə-THAN-yəl.

Between 1976 and 2002 it was a very popular name in the United States, and although its popularity has declined in recent years, this name seems to have resurfaced among parents who seek a unique and precious name for the prince of the house. In 2016 it was positioned in the following countries: France ranked number 148 and in the United States was 628.

Nathaniel is a beautiful name for boys. It is also easy to combine with middle names and surnames. Children named Nathaniel are often nicknamed Nate, Natty, or Nat, but our favorite is Nathan because it reminds us of the character played by James Lafferty ( Nathan Scott) from the acclaimed youth drama series One Tree Hill.

7 Olivia – Liv

Olivia is a girls name and has diverse origins such as English, Italian, Spanish, German, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish; and due to its different roots, the name has different meanings, among the most relevant and common of this name around the world are: "olive tree", "symbol of peace" or "Olive". Its correct pronunciation in English is o-LIV-ee-ə

This name was quite popular in the 20th century, but its popularity actually increased in the 1970s due to the television series "The Waltons", becoming the moms-to-be's favorite name for their daughters in the United States. In 2016 it was ranked in the following countries: Australia, Scotland, New Zealand, and England and Wales were ranked number 1, while in countries such as the United States and Canada was number 2.

Olivia is a charming name, so its popularity around the world is understandable, it is also easy to combine with middle names and surnames. The girls who carry the name Olivia usually bears nicknames such as Livvie, Olive, but our favorite is Liv because it reminds us of Steven Tyler's daughter, Liv Tyler, an icon of the '90s in the pop culture.

6 Patrick – Pat

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Patrick is a boy's name and has diverse origins such as Irish, English, French and German; and despite its different roots, the name refers to the Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Its correct pronunciation in English is PAT-rik.

During the Middle Ages, the name Patrick was quite popular in Europe because it was used to honor the saint. In 2016 it was positioned in the following countries: Ireland ranked number 16, Northern Ireland was 29, in Australia it sits at number 47, England and Wales were 114, and finally in the United States was number 170.

Patrick is a charming name that is associated with good fortune in Ireland. It is also easy to combine with middle names and surnames. Children who bear the name Patrick often carry nicknames such as Patty or Rick, but our favorite is Pat because it reminds us of Patrick from the classic of the '90s "10 Things I Hate About You" with the performance of Heath Ledger as Patrick Verona.

5 Rebecca – Beck

Rebecca is a girl's name, which has various origins such as English, Italian, Hebrew, and Swedish, and due to its different roots this name has different meanings around the world such as: "captivating", " servant of God "  and "knotted cord." The correct pronunciation of this name is rə-BEK-ə.

Rebecca is a name that represents the beauty in the Bible and the Old Testament, in fact, its popularity dates back to the colonial era, but since then it has managed to stay among the top 100 on the lists of the most popular names for girls, over the years. In 2016 this name was positioned in the following countries: Scotland 50, England and Wales 156, and United States 207.

Rebecca seems to be the ideal option for parents seeking a name with personality and classic, but without falling into the boring ones. It is also easy to combine with middle names and surnames. The girls who are called Rebecca, are often nicknamed Becca, Becky, Beckie, Bec, Rebby, and Reba, but our favorite is Beck because it reminds us of Tinker Bell's friend, Beck, an animal-talent fairy, of the Disney universe Fairies.

4 Susan – Sooz

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Susan is a girls name, which has different origins such as American and Hebrew, and due to its different roots this name has different meanings around the world such as: "lily", and "graceful lily". The correct pronunciation of this name is SOO-zən

Susan is a name that has been popular in literature, in fact, its popularity dates back to the 30s and 60s, but over the years began to fall down on the lists of most popular names for girls. In 2016, this name appeared only in the United States ranked number 921.

The name Susan seems to be the ideal choice for parents looking for a name with personality and classic. In fact, it reminds us of the American feminist Susan B. Anthony. Besides, it's easy to combine with middle names and surnames. The girls who are called Susan, are often nicknamed, Suz, Susanna, Sus, Susie, and Sue, but our favorite is Sooz because it's fun, different and unusual among the nicknames of girls.

3 Timothy – Timmy

Timothy is a boy's name, which has different origins such as American, Greek, English and the Bible, and due to its different roots this name has different meanings around the world such as: "God's honor" and "God-fearing". The correct pronunciation of this name is TIM-ə-thee

Timothy is a name that has been quite popular among decades and has always competed between the classic John and James. In fact, its popularity goes back to the 1960s, but even despite the years, it has managed to keep on the lists of most popular names for boys. In 2016 this name appeared in the following countries the United States ranked number 153, while in England and Wales it was 298.

Timothy seems to be the ideal option for parents looking for a name with personality and elegance. In fact, the name reminds us of the actor Timothée Hal Chalamet, known for his performance in the movie "Call Me By Your Name", who bears another version of this name. Additionally, it is easy to combine with second names and surnames. The children who are called Timothy, are often nicknamed, Tim and Timo, but our favorite is Timmy because it is fun, different and unusual among the children's nicknames.

2 Vanessa – Nessa

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Vanessa is a girls name, which has various origins such as American, English, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch and because of its different roots, this name has different meanings around the world such as: "Butterfly" and is also related to the mystic goddess of an ancient Greek brotherhood. The correct pronunciation of this name is və-NES-ə.

Vanessa is a name that has been quite popular for decades especially among the girl's names with three-syllable, in fact, its popularity dates back to the 80s, but even despite the years, it has managed to keep on the lists of most popular girls names. In 2016 this name appeared in the following countries in the United States ranked number 197, Netherlands number 279 and England and Wales it was sitting at 356.

Vanessa seems to be the ideal option for parents looking for a name with personality and elegance. In fact, this name reminds us of the High School Musical actress Vanessa Hudgens, who played Gabriella Montez. The girls who are called Vanessa, are usually nicknamed, Van, Nessie, and Vanna, but our favorite is Nessa because it is fun, different, vibrant and uncommon among the nicknames for girls.

1 William – Willy

William is a boy's name, which has different origins such as American, English, German, and French and due to its different roots this name has different meanings around the world such as: "strong helmet" and "determined protector". On the other hand, the correct pronunciation of this name is WIL-yəm

William is a name that has been quite popular for decades, in fact, its popularity dates back to the 14th century, in addition to being one of the favorite names in royalty. In recent years this name has appeared in the following countries, Sweden ranked number 1 (2017), Australia number 2 (2016), United States and New Zealand was number 3 (2016), and in England and Wales was sitting at number 11 (2016).

William seems to be the ideal choice for parents looking for a classic and lovely name. In fact, this name reminds us of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Children that are called, William, are usually nicknamed Bill, Billy, Willy, but our favorite is Will because it reminds us of castles, dragons and princes in armor that will come to steal our hearts.

Sources: Sheknows.com, Behindthename.com, Babynamewizard.com

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