List of Some 18th and 19th Century American Nicknames

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Terminology and Meanings of Common Nicknames and Their Given Name Equivalents

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Male NicknameProper NameFemale NicknameProper Name
Abe, AbramAbrahamAbbie, AbbyAbigail, Tabitha
Alec, AlexAlexanderAddie, AddyAdelaide, Adeline
Arch, ArchieArchibaldAllieAlice
AugieAugustAnnieAnn, Anna
BartBartholomewBab, BabbieBarbara
BatBartholomewBeccaRebecca
BertAlbert, CuthbertBeckyRebecca
BigeAbijahBedeObedience
Bill, BillyWilliamBellaArabella, Isabella, Mehetable, Mehitabel
Bob, BobbyRobertBelleIsabel, Isabella, Mehetable, Mehitabel
CagerMicajahBess, BessieElizabeth
ChanChaunceyBethElizabeth
ChrisChristopherBetseyElizabeth
ChuckCharlesBettyBethia, Elizabeth
ConCorneliusBiahAbiah
CuddyCuthbertBiddy, BiddieBridget, Brigid, Obedience
CyCyrusBrineySybrina
DickRichardCaddieCaroline
DirchDerrickCallieCaroline
Dob, DobbinRobertCarrieCaroline
DyerObediahCassieCassandra
EbenEbenezerCindyLucinda, Luciana, Cynthia
Ed, EddieEdward, EdmundClaraClarissa, Clarinda
EppaEpaphroditusCledaCleophas
Fate, FayetteLafayetteClemmieClementine
FinneyPhineasCon, ConnieConstance
FrankFrancisCrece, CreseLucretia
FredFrederick, WinifredCrecyLucretia
GeneEugeneDebbyDeborah
GusAugustDeliaAdelia, Bedelia, Cordelia, Fidelia, Phidelia
HalHarold, HenryDelphiaPhiladelphia
HamHamiltonDimmisDamaris
HankHenryDollyDorothy
HarryHenry, HaroldDoniaFredonia
HileyHiramDosiaTheodosia
HyHiramDotDorothy
IkeIsaacEdieEdith
JackJackson, JohnElizaElizabeth
JakeJacobEllenEleanor, Elinamifia
JedJedediah, JeduthanEllyEleanore, Ellen, Helen
JeremyJeremiahElsieAlice, Eleanor, Ellen, Ealasaid (Gaelic), Helen
JerryGerald, JeremiahEmmyEmily, Emeline
JudeJudahEssieEsther, Hester
JudyJudahEttaHenrietta, Louetta, Marietta
KiahHezekiahFallyEliphal
KitChristopherFannyFrances
LazarEleazerFloraFlorence
LarryLawrenceFlossieFlorence
Lig, Lige, LijeElijahFrankieFrances
Lou, LouieLouisFronieSophronia
MalMalachi, MalcolmGenGenevieve, Virginia
Nat, NateNathanielGertyGertrude
NedEdwin, EdwardGinnyVirginia
NewtNewtonGussieAugusta
ObedObediahHattyHarriet
OllieOliverHepsyHepsibah
PaddyPatrickHermieHermione
PatPatrickHettyHenrietta, Mehetable, Mehitabel
PleasPleasantHittyMehetable, Mehitabel
QuillAquillaJennyJane, Janet, Genevieve, Virginia
RiahZachariahJudyJudith
RiasZachariahJulieJulia
RichRichardKateCatharine, Cathleen, Katharine, Kathleen
RickRichardKayCatherine, Cathleen, Katherine, Kathleen
RobRobertKerstyChristina (Scottish origin)
RyeZachariahKittyCatherine, Katherine
SandyAlexanderKizzieKesiah
SiJosiah, CyrusLeafyRelief
TadThaddeusLenaAngelina, Caroline, Helen, Madeleine, Magdalen
Ted, TeddyTheodoreLectaElecta
TiahAzariahLettyLetitia
TheoTheophilusLibbieElizabeth
TonyAnthonyLisaMelissa
VirgVirgilLivyOlive, Olivia
ZackZachariahLizaAdeliza, Elizabeth
ZanderAlexanderLiz, LizzieElizabeth
Will, Willie, WillyWiley, WilliamLollieCharlotte
LottieCharlotte
LouLouetta, Louisa, Louise
LucyLucinda, Luciana
LynneBelinda, Melinda
MabelMehetable, Mehitabel
MadgeMargaret, Margery
MaggieMargaret
MaidaMadeleine, Magdalena
MallieMalvina
MamieMary
Manda, MandyAmanda
MargieMargaret
MateMary (NY State, 1840s)
MattieMartha
MellieAmelia, Melanie, Melinda, Melissa, Permelia
MegMargaret
MenaAlmena
MillieAmelia, Emelia, Mellicent, Mildred
MimaJemima
MimiMary
MinaMindwell, Wilhelmina
MinnieMary, Wilhelmina
MissyMelissa
MyraElmira
MittyMehetable, Mehitabel, Submit
MollieMartha, Mary
NabbyAbigail
NanAnn, Anna , Ellen
NancyAnn, Anna, Agnes
NannieNancy, Anna
NellHelen
NellieCornelia, Eleanor, Ellen, Helen
NettieAntoinette, Henrietta
NevaGenevieve
NonieJoan
NoraEleanor, Honora, Leonora
OroliaCaroline
PatsyMartha
PattyMartha, Parthenia, Patience, Patricia
PeggyMargaret
Peddie, PeddyExperience
PennyPenelope
PhilPhiladelphia, Philomena
Phoenie, PheneyTryphena
PhosyTryphosia
PollyMary
Pru, PruePrudence
PussPrudence, Philadelphia
RanaLorraine
ReenieIrene, Maureen, Sabrena, Serena
RenaAlexanderina, Irene, Sabrina
RettaLoretta
RillaGabrilla, Marilla
RitaMarguerite
SallySarah
SeneAsenath
SillaPriscilla
SissieCecily, Cecilia
SophieSophia, Sophronia
SukeySarah, Susan, Susannah
TabbyTabitha
TallieNatalie
TempyTemperance
TennieTennessee
TentyContent
TessTheresa
TheaAlthea, Theodosia
ThenieParthenia
ThirzaTheresa
TillyMatilda
TinaChristina
TorieVictoria
TrudyGertrude
VergieVirginia
Viney, Vinnie, VinyLavina, Lavinia, Louvina, Melvina
WaityWaitstill
WinnetWinifred
WinnieWinifred, Edwina
ZubiaAzubah

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