Skip Nav
Parenting
An Open Letter to Anyone Whose Parents Are Getting Divorced
Disney
This Dad's Viral Disney Photo Captures How Magical Coparenting Can Be
Parenting
Even If You Think You've Read Every Open Letter to Mom-Shamers, This One Is Too Important to Skip

Are Nicknames Inevitable?

Parents carefully choose their child's name, but that doesn't mean people will call the kid it. Nicknames are invented everywhere from the delivery room to the schoolyard by friends, strangers, and foes. For better or worse, monikers are created because of the way youngsters look and act or situations they end up in. And sometimes, the title is altogether random. There are moms and dads who try to stop the practice before it begins by requesting people call their children by their given names. What's your opinion?

Join The Conversation
Stephanie-Marie Stephanie-Marie 5 years
I like nick-names. I never really had one, but people who do say it makes them feel special. However I don't like the type of nicknames that people adopt from older siblings attempts at saying their brother's/sister's name. My nephew Clayton is called Taters, because his brother could only say Tater when he was born. I just think of Tater Tots, but he likes it. He's only 6 but when he grows up I think he'll bush when his mom still calls him that. Hopefully he transitions into Tate or Clay or something. 
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
I didn't realize people can be so against nicknames. :o I think they're kind of endearing. My first name is Kathleen, and while I love it, it is a bit on the formal side.. so I'm not surprised I've got nicknames. I'm called Kaye in the family and Kat by friends. No big deal. But I do however think it's a bit obnoxious if someone just decides to call you some cutesy name without even asking if you're okay with it.
arienne arienne 7 years
Not everyone has a nickname. My brother's name is Thomas. It would seem inevitable that he would be Tom or Tommy, but my parents always called him Thomas so everyone else calls him Thomas. He's 26 now so I don't think he'll ever be called anything else.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
Most people end up with a nickname but not everyone does.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
for almost everyone, yes
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Yes...even short names get shorter. My brother-in-law calls his daughter Emma "Em" all the time.
Did Beyonce Name Sir Carter After Sir John?
Retro Baby Name Ideas
Cute Boy Names
Baby Names Inspired By Latino Celebrities
From Our Partners
Latest Moms
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds