15 Nicknames Whose Origins You'll Never Guess

nicknamesWant to make a nickname? No problem! All you need is a pair of name clippers. One quick snip turns Samantha into Sam and Jaxon into Jax.

At least that's how it works today. Once upon a time, nicknames were less predictable. I recently wrote about some long-lost nicknames that transformed their source names with rhymes, contractions, and more.

Today I'd like to look at a different group of nickname relics. These nicknames will be more familiar to you; some are even fashionable given names for babies today. What's lost is their nickname origins. See how many of these nicknames you can pin to their original formal-name sources.

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The Nicknames:

Betty

Daisy

Chance

Cole

Hal

Judd

Maisie

Moss

Nan

Nell

Ned

Pip

Sadie

Sukie

Tess

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The Answers

Betty (Elizabeth)

Daisy (Margaret; note that marguerite is French for daisy)

Chance (Chauncey)

Cole (Nicholas)

Hal (Henry/Harry)

Judd (Jordan)

Maisie (Mary/Mairead)

Moss (Moses)

Nan (Ann)

Nell (Helen/Ellen/Eleanor)

Ned (Edward/Edmund)

Pip (Philip)

Sadie (Sarah)

Sukie (Susan/Susanna)

Tess (Teresa)

Are you surprised by where these names originated?

For more great baby name ideas to find your perfect baby name match, visit Baby Name Wizard.


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