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Common Nicknames & Their Given Name Equivalents
Finding Nicknames in Your Family Tree
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Nicknames & Genealogy
Surname Meanings
Naming Patterns


It is common in many genealogical records, especially more informal records such as census records and obituaries, to find your ancestors listed under names you might not expect. In many cases these names may have been the nicknames that they were known by to their family and friends. Learn which nicknames may have been used by your ancestors in this list of common nicknames in genealogy.

Nicknames Given Names
Bell, Bella, Belle Arabelle, Anabelle, Belinda, Elizabeth, Isabel, Isabella, Mirabel, Rosabel
Belle Mabel, Sybil
Bess, Bessie, Bessy, Beth, Bette, Bettie, Bettie, Betsy, Betsey, Bitsy Elizabeth, Elisabeth
Bob, Bobby Robert
Bobbi, Bobbie Roberta
Boots Bertha
Bridey, Brie Bridget
Carrie, Carry Caroline, Charlotte
Cindy Cynthia, Cinthia, Lucinda
Daisy Margaret
Delia Adelia, Adele, Cordelia
Dick Richard
Dobbin Robert
Dode, Dody Dorothy, Theodore
Dora Dorothy, Eudora, Theodora
Ed, Eddie, Eddy Edgar, Edmund, Edward, Edwin, Edwina
Effie, Effy Euphemia, Evelyn
Eliza Elizabeth, Elisabeth
Greta Margaret, Margaretha
Ella, Ellie Eleanor, Elenora
Fannie, Fanny Frances
Frankie Frances (female), Francis (male), Franklin
Genie Eugenia
Ginger, Ginny Virginia
Hal Harold, Henry
Hank, Harry Henry
Hattie Harriet, Harriett
Hettie Esther, Henrietta, Hester
Jack John
Jamie James, Jameson
Jenny Jane, Janet, Jeanette, Jennett, Virginia
Jim, Jimmy James
Jock, Johnnie, Johnny John
Kate, Katie, Katy, Kay, Kit, Kitty Katherine
Lena Angelina, Helena, Magdalena, Paulina, Selena, etc.
Lisa, Lise, Liz, Lizzie Elizabeth, Elisabeth
Lucy Lucinda
Madge, Maggie, Midge Margaret
Mamie Mary
Marty, Martie, Mattie Martha
May Mary
Meg, Megan Margaret
Millie, Milly Amelia, Mildred
Moll, Mollie, Molly Mary
Nell, Nellie, Nelly Eleanor, Elenora, Ellen, Helen
Nora Elenore, Elenora, Honora, Honoria
Ollie Olive, Olivia, Oliver
Pat, Patsy, Patty, Pattie Martha, Matilda, Patricia, Patience
Peg, Peggy Margaret
Penny Penelope
Polly, Pollie Mary, Paula
Rich, Richy, Rick Richard
Rob, Robbie, Robby Robert
Robin Robert, Roberta
Sadie, Sally, Sallie Sarah
Sam, Sammy, Sammie Samuel, Samson, Samantha
Sukie, Suchie, Suchy Susan, Susanna, Susannah
Tad Theodore
Ted, Teddy Edward, Theodore
Theo Theodore
Tilly Temperance
Tillie Matilda, Mathilda
Tina Christina
Trina Catherine, Katherine
Winnie Winefred, Winifred

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