15 Baby Boy 'Nicknames' That Make Kickass First Names

Tanvier Peart

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One of the many benefits to choosing a good baby name is the ability to have a memorable nickname you can use over and over (and over) again. But what happens if the very nickname you look forward to using starts to sound better than the actual name?

You should totally use it as the whole name -- DUH!

"There are plenty of reasons to love nickname style," says Laura Wattenberg of BabyNameWizard.com. "The names are light, friendly, and cheerful, and usually easy to spell and pronounce. They come across as straightforward and likable." Sometimes these "nickname-style" names actually are derived from longer names, and sometimes they're just short and sweet names that seem like they could be nicknames.

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Aside from the obvious (being head over heels for your newfound sobriquet), there are no rules in the realm of baby names. Who says you have to choose a title that's expected or stays with the grain? 'Cause heaven knows if we did that, we wouldn't have some of the awesome and unique baby names that we have today. Here's a look at some of Laura's top picks for boy names in the "nickname" style -- they're too good to pass up!

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