20 Baby Names With Even Better Nicknames

by: Sa'iyda Shabazz
When choosing a baby name, it's important to remember the nickname your child might be given someday. Here are our top picks for baby names with interesting and original nicknames.
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Chances are, at some point in your life, someone will find a way to give you a nickname that stems from your first name. And sometimes, it can be hard to settle on just one nickname — different people may come up with different ones based on the name of origin. Because so many people could potentially be calling your little one by their nickname, there is pressure to come up with a good first name. Giving your kiddo a name that has an even cooler nickname can be hard — hopefully this list will give you a little inspiration.

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For Boys:

Christopher

If you’re bored of the idea of having another “Chris,” you can try “Topher” instead.

Elijah

Elijah is a strong name, and it’s most common nickname, “Eli,” is just as strong.

Jackson

Naturally, when you hear Jackson, you instinctively think “Jack.” But you could always use the slightly edgy sounding “Jax” instead.

Jason

You wouldn’t think you could get much from Jason, but you could go with “Jay,” “Jase,” or even “Sonny” if you wanted.

Oliver

The best and easiest nickname for Oliver is of course “Olly” or “Ollie.” It’s a little cutesy, but it could still age well.

Robert

Beyond “Rob” and “Bob,” you can also use “Robbie,” “Bert,” or even “Berto.”

Scott

Fun bit of trivia: actor Taye Diggs’s real name is Scott. “Taye” comes from his nickname, “Scotty.”

William

William has a bunch of good nicknames: “Will,” “Willie,” “Billy,” or even “Liam.”

For Girls:

Amelia

Not to be confused with Emilia, Amelia has its own nicknames: “Amy,” “Melia,” and “Mia” being a few.

Calliope

Fans of the show Grey’s Anatomy know that Dr. Callie Torres’s first name is actually Calliope. In addition to “Callie,” you can also use “Calla,” “Lili” or even “Poppy.”

Elizabeth

If you want to be more original than just “Liz” or “Lizzie,” maybe try “Eliza,” “Liza,” “Lisbeth,” or “Beth.” You could also use “Betty” if you wanted to be a little retro.

Emilia

Emilia has a few good nicknames, including “Emmy,” “Mila,” and “Lia.”

Joanna

You can go beyond “Jo,” which is a classic, to include “Anna,” or “Jojo” too!

Olivia

Like with Oliver, you could go with “Olly,” but you can also use “Liv,” “Livy,” Via,” or “Livia.”

Penelope

While “Penny” is the most obvious, you can say “Nene,” “Lo,” or “Nellie” too.

Victoria

When it comes to nicknames, let’s move past “Vicky.” What about “Tori,” or “Toria” instead?

Gender-Neutral Names:

Addison

Addison is a great gender-neutral name that can be shortened to “Addy/Addie,” or “Sonny/Sunny.”

Cameron

If you’re looking for a gender-neutral name with similar nicknames, you can go with “Cam,” “Camry,” or even “Ronnie.”

Dakota

Dakota is another fun gender-neutral name with equally fun nicknames: “Kota,” “Dax,” and “Koko” are the ones that come to mind first.

Torrin

Torrin is another great gender-neutral name with nicknames like “Tor,” “Tori/Tory” or even “Orrin.

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