Baby Naming Trend: Start Out With Fancy Nancy, End Up With Plain Jane

Suzanne Murray
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The newest resident of my small town was born a few weeks ago and her parents named her Charlotte, which I think is a lovely name. But that's not what they'd like people to call her.

She will be known as "Charlie," which is also a super cute name. It's just not as formal (for lack of a better word) as Charlotte. But apparently, cutesie-ing up a serious name or giving your baby a name with a nickname already in mind has become all the rage.

Victoria Recano, a host for Entertainment Tonight, named her daughter Maximillienne, but calls her Emme; Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams Paisley named their son William Huckleberry, but call him Huck; Amy Poehler and Will Arnett call their 7-month-old son Archie, but his given name is Archibald; and Amanda Peet's daughter Frances goes by Frankie.

Pamela Redmond Satran, the founder of, says, "As parents become more thoughtful about choosing a name that will serve their child well throughout life, they’re looking to names with flexibility: These can be used in their full impressive forms on college or job applications, and shortened to something friendly and easy to understand on the playground or at a party."

Did you give your baby a name with a nickname already in mind?


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