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 Nickname Proper Name Female Nickname Proper Name
Abe, Abram Abraham Abbie, Abby Abigail, Tabitha
Alec, Alex Alexander Addie, Addy Adelaide, Adeline
Arch, Archie Archibald Allie Alice
Augie August Annie Ann, Anna
Bart Bartholomew Bab, Babbie Barbara
Bat Bartholomew Becca Rebecca
Bert Albert, Cuthbert Becky Rebecca
Bige Abijah Bede Obedience
Bill, Billy William Bella Arabella, Isabella, Mehetable, Mehitabel
Bob, Bobby Robert Belle Isabel, Isabella, Mehetable, Mehitabel
Cager Micajah Bess, Bessie Elizabeth
Chan Chauncey Beth Elizabeth
Chris Christopher Betsey Elizabeth
Chuck Charles Betty Bethia, Elizabeth
Con Cornelius Biah Abiah
Cuddy Cuthbert Biddy, Biddie Bridget, Brigid, Obedience
Cy Cyrus Briney Sybrina
Dick Richard Caddie Caroline
Dirch Derrick Callie Caroline
Dob, Dobbin Robert Carrie Caroline
Dyer Obediah Cassie Cassandra
Eben Ebenezer Cindy Lucinda, Luciana, Cynthia
Ed, Eddie Edward, Edmund Clara Clarissa, Clarinda
Eppa Epaphroditus Cleda Cleophas
Fate, Fayette Lafayette Clemmie Clementine
Finney Phineas Con, Connie Constance
Frank Francis Crece, Crese Lucretia
Fred Frederick, Winifred Crecy Lucretia
Gene Eugene Debby Deborah
Gus August Delia Adelia, Bedelia, Cordelia, Fidelia, Phidelia
Hal Harold, Henry Delphia Philadelphia
Ham Hamilton Dimmis Damaris
Hank Henry Dolly Dorothy
Harry Henry, Harold Donia Fredonia
Hiley Hiram Dosia Theodosia
Hy Hiram Dot Dorothy
Ike Isaac Edie Edith
Jack Jackson, John Eliza Elizabeth
Jake Jacob Ellen Eleanor, Elinamifia
Jed Jedediah, Jeduthan Elly Eleanore, Ellen, Helen
Jeremy Jeremiah Elsie Alice, Eleanor, Ellen, Ealasaid (Gaelic), Helen
Jerry Gerald, Jeremiah Emmy Emily, Emeline
Jude Judah Essie Esther, Hester
Judy Judah Etta Henrietta, Louetta, Marietta
Kiah Hezekiah Fally Eliphal
Kit Christopher Fanny Frances
Lazar Eleazer Flora Florence
Larry Lawrence Flossie Florence
Lig, Lige, Lije Elijah Frankie Frances
Lou, Louie Louis Fronie Sophronia
Mal Malachi, Malcolm Gen Genevieve, Virginia
Nat, Nate Nathaniel Gerty Gertrude
Ned Edwin, Edward Ginny Virginia
Newt Newton Gussie Augusta
Obed Obediah Hatty Harriet
Ollie Oliver Hepsy Hepsibah
Paddy Patrick Hermie Hermione
Pat Patrick Hetty Henrietta, Mehetable, Mehitabel
Pleas Pleasant Hitty Mehetable, Mehitabel
Quill Aquilla Jenny Jane, Janet, Genevieve, Virginia
Riah Zachariah Judy Judith
Rias Zachariah Julie Julia
Rich Richard Kate Catharine, Cathleen, Katharine, Kathleen
Rick Richard Kay Catherine, Cathleen, Katherine, Kathleen
Rob Robert Kersty Christina (Scottish origin)
Rye Zachariah Kitty Catherine, Katherine
Sandy Alexander Kizzie Kesiah
Si Josiah, Cyrus Leafy Relief
Tad Thaddeus Lena Angelina, Caroline, Helen, Madeleine, Magdalen
Ted, Teddy Theodore Lecta Electa
Tiah Azariah Letty Letitia
Theo Theophilus Libbie Elizabeth
Tony Anthony Lisa Melissa
Virg Virgil Livy Olive, Olivia
Zack Zachariah Liza Adeliza, Elizabeth
Zander Alexander Liz, Lizzie Elizabeth
Will, Willie, Willy Wiley, William Lollie Charlotte
Lottie Charlotte
Lou Louetta, Louisa, Louise
Lucy Lucinda, Luciana
Lynne Belinda, Melinda
Mabel Mehetable, Mehitabel
Madge Margaret, Margery
Maggie Margaret
Maida Madeleine, Magdalena
Mallie Malvina
Mamie Mary
Manda, Mandy Amanda
Margie Margaret
Mate Mary (NY State, 1840s)
Mattie Martha
Mellie Amelia, Melanie, Melinda, Melissa, Permelia
Meg Margaret
Mena Almena
Millie Amelia, Emelia, Mellicent, Mildred
Mima Jemima
Mimi Mary
Mina Mindwell, Wilhelmina
Minnie Mary, Wilhelmina
Missy Melissa
Myra Elmira
Mitty Mehetable, Mehitabel, Submit
Mollie Martha, Mary
Nabby Abigail
Nan Ann, Anna , Ellen
Nancy Ann, Anna, Agnes
Nannie Nancy, Anna
Nell Helen
Nellie Cornelia, Eleanor, Ellen, Helen
Nettie Antoinette, Henrietta
Neva Genevieve
Nonie Joan
Nora Eleanor, Honora, Leonora
Orolia Caroline
Patsy Martha
Patty Martha, Parthenia, Patience, Patricia
Peggy Margaret
Peddie, Peddy Experience
Penny Penelope
Phil Philadelphia, Philomena
Phoenie, Pheney Tryphena
Phosy Tryphosia
Polly Mary
Pru, Prue Prudence
Puss Prudence, Philadelphia
Rana Lorraine
Reenie Irene, Maureen, Sabrena, Serena
Rena Alexanderina, Irene, Sabrina
Retta Loretta
Rilla Gabrilla, Marilla
Rita Marguerite
Sally Sarah
Sene Asenath
Silla Priscilla
Sissie Cecily, Cecilia
Sophie Sophia, Sophronia
Sukey Sarah, Susan, Susannah
Tabby Tabitha
Tallie Natalie
Tempy Temperance
Tennie Tennessee
Tenty Content
Tess Theresa
Thea Althea, Theodosia
Thenie Parthenia
Thirza Theresa
Tilly Matilda
Tina Christina
Torie Victoria
Trudy Gertrude
Vergie Virginia
Viney, Vinnie, Viny Lavina, Lavinia, Louvina, Melvina
Waity Waitstill
Winnet Winifred
Winnie Winifred, Edwina
Zubia Azubah