A nickname is “a familiar or humorous name given to a person or thing instead of or as well as the real name”.
After doing a little research, it is amazing how many nicknames there are and where they can be derived. A few examples are:

Family – to distinguish generations with the same names

  First generation: Senior, Daddy, Big Daddy, Older
  Second generation: Junior, Younger, Little
  Third generation: Trey Trip (from Triple), Skip (skipped being a junior)

Surnames – to distinguish between those with the same last names

  Mac for McCarthy, McDonald, etc.
  Fitz for Fitzgerald, Fitzpatrick, etc.
  Smitty for Smith

Place of origin – to distinguish where someone is from

  Tex  for someone from Texas
  Big D for Dallas

Portion of names – I think these types are the most common

  Dave for David
  Tori for Victoria
  Liz for Elizabeth
  Nick for Nicholas

  Dubya for W
  Che Guevara

 –revolutionary Che
–hipster Che
The word “nickname” is derived from the mid-15th century “eke name,” which means “additional name.” “Eke” derives from the Old English “eaca,” which means “increase.”

I guess I should tell you my nickname, which is fairly obvious. However, there are so many variations in spelling that it is good to just get it out here on the internet. My nickname is Neese. Or Neesie.
What is your nickname? What would you want your nickname to be? What is your favorite nickname? Pet names are not the same as nicknames. Just saying.

  3 comments for “Nickname

  1. April 16, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I don’t have one. Now I feel left out. 🙂 Some nicknames are fun. Interesting about the two Ches. I only knew of one, and it wasn’t the hipster, who looks very hipster-ish, indeed. And handsome.
    Silvia @

  2. April 17, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    We will have to think of a good nickname for you, Silvia!!

    • April 17, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      And yes, hipster Che was handsome!

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