Nicknames!

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I LOVE Nicknames. Period. I just simply adore them. I am the kind of person who automatically nicknames people without thinking, who entertains herself with creative names to call people, and who literally makes an effort to call them that whenever she can.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Poe Names FN-2187

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Captain America, Civil War, UNDEROOS! Spiderman entrance

It is not always the brightest idea. Some people do not want to be nicknamed. For example, my youngest brother, who is an extreme perfectionist, won’t let me call him hardly anything but his name, but because he’s my brother I still try to eek a nickname out whenever he is not fully aware just because I am stubborn in enforcing nicknames (it’s a war with a four-year-old, people, and I am waiting to ambush).

Batman The Animated Series, Harley takes out the Joker

Now nicknames are often used to make a name shorter, so it is easier to say, but sometimes names really don’t shorten well. (Please don’t call me Jew. Hey, I love God’s chosen people ❤️, but the name might come off odd to some people. XD ). Some nicknames are just given to make the word smoother to say while others do not have any connection to the person’s name at all and are more complex!

Little House on the Prairie, Pa’s signature nickname for Laura

When I was little, I initiated my whole family calling my other brother Bubba (a common nickname). It has been starting too sound too cutesy, so I adapted it and have recently started calling him “Bub-Sca-dub,” and use his real name next to never. Yeah, you don’t have to tell me I have a ridiculous obsession. The point is, I think there is a reason besides practicality behind people giving nicknames to other people.

Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve tries to rescue Bucky

Nicknames are also a form of endearment. I mean, with minimal context someone could probably tell that Captain America’s good friend is James Buchanan Barnes just by the nickname he gives him: Bucky. The name of a super soldier assassin never sounded more adorable. By giving him a nickname, Cap is saying, “I am close enough to this person to purposefully and playfully change what they are supposed to be called. ”

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Anakin and Obi-wan vs. Ahsoka

So when we give someone a nickname, it usually means we are fairly close to them because otherwise, we would not risk offending someone we hardly know by messing with their name. Ok, most people wouldn’t risk it, but sometimes I have a hard time with that. Some people go by a nickname already. I have a love-hate relationship with this because part of me is glad I can call them by a nickname, and another part of me wanted to make my own up, but hey, I guess I still could, it would just have to be pretty bizarre.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Han and Chewbacca enter the Millennium Falcon

I believe we all know, at least subconsciously, that nicknames symbolize closeness. Sometimes people who want to risk it can use this to their advantage. If they are not particularly close to someone, randomly using a nickname can be like saying, “Hey man, I want us to be friends,” or even a weird psychological trick saying something like, “Hey, you might not know this yet, but actually… we ARE friends.” No nicknames are not magic mind influencers, but they can communicate things. 

Now, I’m not saying this will always work. Some people will be weirded out if you nickname them, but I say taking the chance will definitely bring out your playful side. Hehe.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Tuffnut’s guy talk to Hiccup

So here are a few nickname tips I’ve learned:

  1. Nicknames with the long “ē” sound tend to seem more cutesy which is why they are so popular, especially for younger kids because they add an extra form of endearment. They can often sound silly when used with someone like an older male, so use to suit your purposes (Like I was saying: Bucky sounds pretty cutesy. XD).
  2. Short nicknames with harder ending sounds can make a name sound tougher or cooler (like changing Bucky to Buck). Using someone’s initials can be cool as well.
  3. For people who do have a name that can be shortened, it can be fun to elongate there name. To make it particularly fun to say, try rhyming, even if the add on is not a word! #Bub-Sca-dub
  4. It is also fun to name someone after something they did. For example, a girl I hardly knew asked me my name but I accidentally said my age, so she laughed and said she was going to call me by my age from then on. Hehe.

I think nicknames tend to be fun to say, especially if they really roll off the tongue. At least, that is how I tend to use them. I remember the ones that flow the most.

Ninjago, Cole vs. Jay, Cole likes using creative names

Overall, don’t be mean with nicknames. Then it becomes the opposite of endearment, it becomes making fun of someone. Sometimes even if the person laughs it can hurt them, especially if you rub it in their face. By any chance, if the person is really close to you, playful smack talk may not be harmful (my siblings and I laugh like crazy doing this together), but it’s generally not the best option. Nicknames are not the same as calling someone names.

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Tangled, Finn and Rapunzel at the Snuggly Duckling

Do you have a tendency to nickname people? What are some of your favorite nicknames? Chat it up in the comments, and hit the like button if you enjoyed! Bye for now, everyone!

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13 thoughts on “Nicknames!

  1. I ❤️❤️❤️ nicknames!!! I think pretty much everyone in my family (apart from me lol) have nicknames. I also like to nickname people I walk past in the street (of course, I don’t tell them, that would come across weird).
    -Sarah
    P.S. A short story?! Yippee!!! I’m stoked! ❤️

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  2. i uh
    i nickname people
    a lot.
    lemme see if i can wrap this up in less than three thousand words.

    my life began with a nickname. my folks called me “peekie” until about 2nd grade. i even told my great grandmother, who called me by my first name (esther), that my name WAS peekie. she was all upset lol.
    i went by my middle name for a while (michelle) because i thought esther sounded too fussy but then my mom started calling me tessie. which is a short form of esther. and yknow now everyone calls me tess. and it’s just…mah name.

    my little sister emily has a longstanding nickname: beega. it’s kinda like big girl, but kinda not, and its diminuative forms are beegs and beegsie. and sometimes baiga. i sometimes call her em or emzie, because i like nicknames.

    when my younger older brother was little we called him “boo-a-boo” and boiiiiii does he hate it when i call him that now. generally i call him ezzy, ezdras, or brochocho. yeah don’t ask.

    older older brother already has a nickname: tony. which is what he goes by. but sometimes i call him mac, and my mom calls him tonty or tonx very occasionally. (he loves it lol)

    rachel is called rachie or bunkins at times (she’s a phD student, we like to tease her).

    another one of my sister’s husband calls her sarabear. (yuk.)

    and somehow our eldest sister missed out of getting a nickname? her name is kathryn, we call her kathy, but that’s not like a NICKNAME nickname.

    and then there’s the dogs. they all have nicknames, i’ll try to keep this short:

    jake: jek, jakers, The Thicc Boy
    chase: chasie, chasers, c.c.b.
    captain: cappers
    tracker: twak-twak
    sigma: siggy, siggy-wiggy-wigma
    tao: tao-wow-wow, taowie
    pi: pi-wi-wi, pup-pup
    scout: *clears throat* scouty, snickerdoodles, scoutydoodles, scoot, snick, wittle buddy, wittle scouty, scouty-doodle-woodles, beaniedoodles, beaniebuddy, doodlesnick, doutyscoodles, scoutytoodles, cozydoodles, and The Snicc.

    yeah scouty’s my dog, i have given him many nicknames. sometimes i forget what i originally named him lollll

    but yeah, this has been nicknames. why did i write this??? i don’t even remember? enjoy, i guess?

    great post and keep it up.

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    1. OH MY WOW!

      Those are all awesome nicknames and you know so many! That is so crazy because I thought your name was Tessa or something like that! LOL, I love all the dog nicknames! Scout has tons! Thank you so much for the comment! I really enjoyed reading it. 😀

      -Jewel

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  3. LOL I have so many nicknames XD I’m so bad at coming up with them for people though. The one thing that I randomly started calling friends when talking to them is “Girl” (only my female friends XD). I don’t really even know how that started, it might be something I picked up after our dance school’s hip hop teacher gave me the nickname Girly, which is kinda odd now that I think about it, I’m the least girly person there XD I think she started calling me that when we first met because she forgot/didn’t know my name. I also call my best friend Maddie (so creative 😂) because for the longest time I couldn’t remember how to spell her name, Madelin, right, and neither could my mom XD so I just started calling her Maddie when we’d text. Here is a list of my nicknames….

    Katie (yes that is a nickname)
    Girly
    Kaitlyn (That is not my name XD but my neighbor calls me that soooo…)
    Kate
    Boo (childhood nickname, it just always stuck.)
    Quail (LOL what my grandfather called me when I was little)
    Squirrel (That would be my oldest sister who calls me that, I couldn’t pronounce “squirrel” as a kid)
    Ballet Dictator (…… Lol I’m honestly not even sure how to explain this one XD I take ballet more seriously than the rest of my class and this is something my best friend just started calling me XD)

    So those are the ones I can think of off the top of head, some of these have faded away with time while others are very much still in use XD but most people just call me by the name Katie 🙂
    -Katie 🙂

    P.S. Cole gives out the BEST nicknames XD

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    1. Oh wow, that is great. XD People have called me “Girly” in the past as well, and I am not super girly either. I tend to call people “Dude” (even girls sometimes LOL).YES! I actually use a nickname for a friend at church because that is what she goes by, but also because I can’t remember her full name. XD

      Yeah, Jewel is actually not my real name either, just a fun alias that pretty much feels a part of me now.
      YOU USED TO BE CALLED SQUIRREL?! My dad always used to call me “Squirrel Girl!” That’s so awesome.
      Also, I love the fact that you were called Boo because I adore Boo from Monsters Inc. Quail is super cute too. LOL Ballet Dictator…

      -Jewel
      YES!!! Cole comes up with hilarious nicknames, especially for Jay.

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  4. Ha ha, I have to admit that I’m not one for nicknames. :’D I don’t know why, exactly… I guess it just seems more polite to call people what they’re actually named? But I can totally see how it’s a form of endearment. Just so you know, “Allie” is NOT my favorite nickname. :’D

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    1. XD That is totally fine. I definitely get that. I think it also depends on the situation, and I don’t nickname people much older than me at all. That’s just a bit weird. LOL Yeah, I think I prefer your full name over “Allie.”

      -Jewel

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