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Sweet Vintage Nickname Names

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My love of everything old-fashioned extends of course to baby names.  Lately we’re seeing a rise in sweet old-timey diminutive names. Of course many of these could also work as nicknames if you prefer your little lady to have a longer full name.  Here are a few of my favorite short and sweet vintage nickname names!

Edie
By far one of my favorite nicknames, Edie has a bit of an edge coupled with a soft sweet girl-next-door vibe. It may be too Grey Gardens for some and stems from Edith, though I’d use it in a heartbeat for Eden if I could. Edie is plenty cute on its own but could also work for Edeline, Elodie, or Enid.

Elsie
Elsie is one of the many adorable nicknames that derives from Elizabeth – that could seriously be its own post! Elspeth, Elsa, Estelle would make lovely longer names for this one. Elsie has shed her “Victorian maid” image and the quirky Zooey Deschanel recently named her daughter Elsie Otter.

Kitty
When I hear the name Kitty I immediately think of 1950’s TV shows. I’m just waiting for a celeb to scoop up this vintage diminutive of Katherine to use on his or her little girl. You may also opt for the unisex and spunky Kit.

Tilly
I adore Tilly as a nickname for Matilda, which is stems from, but its also a pretty cute little name all on her own! Former Big Brother contest Brittany Haynes is Mom to Minnie, Tilly, and Rhue – clearly she loves this style in naming!

Lottie
Fans of Phantom of the Opera will associate this name with the line, “little Lotte let’s her mind wander..” Lottie may be bursting on the scene as Charlotte climbs the charts. Lottie could also work for Ottilie, Loretta, Charlotta, or my favorite, Colette.

Maggie
Maggie seems to be a name people have polarizing feelings toward. Perhaps so many pets named Maggie have detured people a bit. Maggie is one of the many great diminutives of Margaret. Maggie would be a fun nickname for Margot or Magdalene, but my pick would be Magnolia.

Minnie
Not just for Minnie Mouse – I’m thinking of the lovely actress Minnie Driver, born Amelia. Harry Potter fans may choose Minnie as a nickname for Hermione or Minerva. Wilhelmina would be another fun full name for the sweet Minnie.

Nellie
An old name once used for Helen or Eleanor, today she stands all on her own. I think Nellie would be adorable on a little Cornelia if you’re as gah-gah for vintage names as I am. Nellie would also be a fun nickname to Penelope which people are loving lately!

Rosie
I love Rosie just all on her own and of course it comes from Rose. There are tons of Rose names though, a few lovely ones include – Rosa, Rosalie, Rosette, Roseanne, Rosario, Rosalyn, and Rosaline.

Winnie
Winnie is one cutesy nickname that I see many other fellow name lover’s obsess over. I was pleasantly surprised to see Jimmy Fallon use the name Winnie for his eldest daughter. Fallon’s second daughter’s name Franny (Frances), could’ve also made this list! If you like old fashioned longer names Winnie works for Edwina and Winifred, though I’d love to use Winnie for Elowen, Gwendolen, or Winter.

What are your favorite names from this list?
 

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Names of the Orphans from Annie

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A “hard knock life” is so much sweeter with a great name!

Annie is a beloved musical that opened on Broadway in 1977. There have been many stage, film, and TV adaptations of this heart-warming rags to riches story. As a child watching the 1982 film version I used to pretend I was one of the orphans in the movie. Sometimes I was Pepper, but usually I was Molly. The spunky, sweet orphans in Annie have some really sweet names, let’s check them out!

Annie – We have to start with the adorable, red-haired, title character, Annie. Annie is an English name meaning grace. Annie is a diminutive of Ann, though today Annie is number 311 as a given name. Other famous Annie’s include Annie Oakley (born Phoebe Ann Oakley), Annie Lennox, and Annie Leibovitz.

Molly – Molly was Annie’s best friend and the youngest of the orphans. Molly is a diminutive of the name Mary, meaning bitter. Most popular in 1991, Molly is currently number 122. Other notable Molly’s include Molly Ringwald, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” (Margaret “Molly” Brown), and Molly Weasley.

Kate – Kate is sweet, shy, and the quietest orphan. Kate is a timeless, crisp, classic name. A diminutive of Katherine, meaning pure, Kate is currently number 207. A few great Kate’s include Kate Winslet, Kate Middleton (Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge), and Kate Spade.

Tessie – Tessie is easily moved to tears, and often repeats her tag line, “Oh my goodness.” Tessie is an English diminutive of Theresa, meaning to reap or to harvest. I love Tessie as a nickname for Tessa. A few famous women that share this name are Tessie Santiago, Tess Durbeyfield, and Tess Harper.

Pepper – Pepper was the bossy, no-nonsense orphan that sometimes clashed with Annie. Pepper is a spice name that was only ranked in the Top 1,000 for one year. In 1975 Pepper came in at number 956. Other fictional characters named Pepper include Pepper Potts, Pepper Anderson, and Pepper Ann.

July – July is a quiet, nurturing orphan who acts as a mother figure. April, May, and June have long been used as names, how about July? Other namesakes of this month name include July Burkovska and July Johnson.

Duffy – Duffy is the eldest orphan in the bunch and a good friend to all. Duffy is an Old Irish surname meaning dark. Like many of these names, Duffy may work best as a nickname. Duffy shares her name with singer Duffy, Patrick Duffy, and Hugh Duffy.

Who was your favorite Orphan in Annie? Vote below on your favorite name!