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13 Great Baby Names with Horrible Nicknames

Oh baby names, how I love you.

With my FET scheduled for one week from today (!!!!), my mind is racing with all sorts of baby thoughts and the one that always takes center stage is NAMES.

My go-to source for awesome baby names, Liann Snykus, just joined one of my favorite blogs, Early Mama (you don’t have to be a young mother to love Early Mama!). Liann just so happens to be a dear friend of mine, so I’m always talking names with her. In fact, I started talking names with her LONG before I set out on this journey to become a mom. She’s given me a new perspective on baby names, and has helped me think of baby names in a fresher light. And while I’m so excited that she’s writing professionally about names, I have to admit I’m a bit jealous that others can get a piece of her now though the future children of the world will be better off, because they’ll be better named!

I thought of her and what she’d have to say when I sat down to write this post. There are some great baby names with horrible nicknames out there. Is a bad nickname reason enough to abandon an otherwise great name? Like all things with names, it comes back to personal preference. And these are some I just can’t get past.

::What names did you forgo because of bad nicknames??::

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    Great Baby Names with Horrible Nicknames

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  • Elizabeth / Bessie 2 of 14
    Great Baby Names with Horrible Nicknames

    Elizabeth is one of my favorite names, and I adore the nicknames Beth, Betsy, and Betty. But Bessie just reminds me of a cow. And that's an unfortunate nickname.

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  • Richard / Dick 3 of 14
    Great Baby Names with Horrible Nicknames

    I've never understood the connection between these names. Rich or Rick, I get. But this one is just awful.

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  • Florence / Flo 4 of 14
    Great Baby Names with Horrible Nicknames

    I LOVE the name Florence. But with the sole nickname of Flo, I had to cross this off my list. I just can't get past it. 

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  • Russell / Rusty 5 of 14
    Great Baby Names with Horrible Nicknames

    Not many people agree with me on the name Russell, but I think it's great. Rusty, however, is awful, simply because of its definition. 

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  • Gwendolyn / Wendy 6 of 14
    Great Baby Names with Horrible Nicknames

    Gwendolyn is a lovely name, but the nickname Wendy is so meh. It reminds me of Peter Pan, sure. But more so it makes me think of the fast-food chain.

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  • Arthur / Arty 7 of 14
    Great Baby Names with Horrible Nicknames

    Arthur is another name I like a lot, so much so that it's made it on and off my lists numerous times. While I prefer its full moniker, I don't mind the nickname Art so much. But Arty is not for me, and the reason it keeps getting crossed off. 

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  • Frances / Fran 8 of 14
    Great Baby Names with Horrible Nicknames

    Frances is totally due for a comeback. It's such a great name. But I'm thinking the nickname Fran stops it from being appealing to to-be parents. 

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  • Randall / Randy 9 of 14
    Great Baby Names with Horrible Nicknames

    All I hear is Austin Powers. 

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  • Natalie / Nat 10 of 14
    Great Baby Names with Horrible Nicknames

    I like the name Natalie, and I was actually surprised to see how popular it ranked last year on the SSA list. But gnats are the single-most annoying insect on the planet. I couldn't imagine shortening a daughter's name to Nat.

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  • Helen / Hell 11 of 14
    Great Baby Names with Horrible Nicknames

    I love the old-lady name Helen, and I've tried to get my spouse on board with it. But it ain't happenin'. Hell is a pretty awful nickname to carry around.

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  • Victoria / Vicky 12 of 14
    Great Baby Names with Horrible Nicknames

    Does Vicky remind anyone else of a 50- or 60-something year old? I just don't see any way to make the nickname sound fresh. And it's too bad, because Victoria is a lovely name.

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  • Daphne / Daffy 13 of 14
    Great Baby Names with Horrible Nicknames

    Daphne is actually the name we would have given our twin girl (My water broke at 17 weeks and I lost my twins, for those who don't know). We love it so much that we were totally okay with looking past the potential nickname of Daffy which we naturally would have tried to avoid!

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  • Leslie / Lez 14 of 14
    Great Baby Names with Horrible Nicknames

    I don't know what it is about the name Leslie that I like so much. I know only one, and she's a wonderful lady. But the nickname Lez should be avoided at all costs, especially in my case!

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