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Short Version of Names

What are these names short for? For example, Dan is short for Daniel.
According to tradition. Many of these short names are also names in their own right. Don't be a dunce.
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Last updated: October 18, 2019
First submittedDecember 5, 2012
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Short Name
Full Version
Jim
James
Joe
Joseph
Bob
Robert
Tina
Christina
Jake
Jacob
Dick
Richard
Chuck
Charles
Bill
William
Short Name
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Jack
John
Hank
Henry
Betsy
Elizabeth
Drew
Andrew
Tony
Anthony
Babs
Barbara
Becky
Rebecca
Gene
Eugene
Short Name
Full Version
Larry
Laurence
Kate
Catherine
Peggy
Margaret
Nora
Eleanor
Patty
Patricia
Sasha
Alexander
Vicky
Victoria
Bella
Isabella
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level 44
Dec 5, 2012
I'm just surprised Kate isn't on there.
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level ∞
Oct 18, 2019
Seven years later... adding Kate.
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level 73
Oct 18, 2019
Also accept Kathryn as an answer? (that's my sister's name, and she used "Kate" for years)
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level 76
Oct 18, 2019
7 years from now we'll get Ned, in 14 Chepe.
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level 39
Dec 5, 2012
Sasha is short for Alexander???? Whaaaaaat? News to me.
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level 73
Dec 10, 2012
It's the Russian abbreviation for Alex
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level 32
May 21, 2013
does that mean sasha alexander's name means alexander alexander? ha, that's hilarious
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level 75
Jan 4, 2017
Also for Alexandra, like Alex.
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level 34
Apr 27, 2014
One of the first ones I got, but that's because I'm studying Russian. Still couldn't figure out "Joe - Joseph" .____.
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level 68
Jan 8, 2017
Your studying Russian and did not know Uncle Joe (Stalin) was Joseph?
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level 38
Oct 12, 2016
Sasha Alexander is an actress and they're totally not related in any manner
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level 75
Jan 4, 2017
Who is not related?
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level 73
Oct 21, 2019
Sasha Alexander and Quizmaster I guess?
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level 76
Nov 2, 2019
Sasha Alexander and Joe Stalin?
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level 42
Mar 5, 2017
Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin!
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level 52
Sep 6, 2017
I got stuck on that one, too. I tried Natasha and Anastasia (I know that's a stretch).
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level 79
Sep 6, 2017
Natasha too is a nickname for Natalja
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level 55
Apr 5, 2019
I tried Anastasia too
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level 73
Jan 2, 2020
Nastya / Stacy
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level 28
Sep 7, 2017
Yeah me too! Never heard that one before
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level 32
Oct 20, 2017
If anyone here has watched Brigada, you'd have guessed Sasha straight away XD
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level 51
Dec 20, 2017
Alexander > Alexandra > Alek-SANDRA > Sandra ~ Sasha
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level 43
Oct 18, 2019
Thanks! I was wondering how the names related. I knew 'aleksandr' and 'aleksandra', but that was mainly it.
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level 69
Dec 20, 2017
If you know a little about tennis, one of the newest shooting stars is Alexander "Sascha" Zverev. He is from Germany but of Russian origin. I got it from there.
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level 78
Feb 16, 2019
I got this because I heard it used as a nickname for both little boys and girls in Russia and Ukraine named Alexander or Alexandra.
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level 66
Oct 18, 2019
I got this because we have a huge population of the Russian/Ukrainian diaspora in this area of California. Everybody's either a Sasha, a Sergei, or a Roman.
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level 62
Dec 28, 2019
I knew Sasha was a nickname for a name common among Russians that sounds nothing like "Sasha," but I had no idea what it was. Tried Sergei, Mikhail, Vladimir, and then gave up.
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level 21
Dec 14, 2012
100% with 3:04 left :)
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level 41
Dec 23, 2012
100pc with 2 mins left. got stuck on nora.
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level 39
Jul 28, 2018
...nora stands alone, i had an aunt nora...
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level 65
Dec 26, 2019
So? Many people have aunts and uncles with names from this list. Most of them nowadays are stand alone names. Don't think chuck and babs are.
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level 83
Oct 18, 2019
I kept thinking of Eleonora.
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level 32
Dec 23, 2012
I think Jack can be an abbreviation for any name that starts with J...
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level 19
Apr 6, 2019
I tried jackson! didnt work!
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level 51
Dec 27, 2019
My name is Jackson, and I go by Jack.
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level 75
Dec 31, 2012
More like nicknames than short for. Jack is definitely not shorter than John.
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level 60
Dec 26, 2019
But it usually takes less time to pronounce 'Jack' than 'John', although both contain just one syllable.
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level 10
Jul 23, 2013
Why not Jeremiah for Jim? I've heard it before.
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level 45
Jun 13, 2015
That's Jem not Jim?
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level 63
Jan 18, 2017
In New Zealand it would be Jez. Everyone's name with an 'r' gets shortened to a 'z' like: Shaz, Kaz, Bazza, Wazza, Gazza, Muzza, Daz, Baz...
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level 53
Jan 29, 2018
Speaking of, my dad's name is Jeremiah. He prefers Jerry, but I guess people haven't ever heard of the name, so they mess it up all the time.
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level 40
Dec 27, 2013
Surely 'Patty' should be 'Patrick'? - And I'm from Northern Ireland, I should know ;)
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level 69
May 13, 2018
Nah, that would be "Paddy."
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level 44
Jan 5, 2014
My sister's name is Mirabel and we call her Bella. Not saying it should be accepted though, because it's a pretty uncommon name.
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level 25
Jan 8, 2017
Your sister's name is pretty. :)
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level 65
Aug 22, 2019
I typed annabel(la) and that was accepted
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level 58
Jan 9, 2014
Hank is also short for Henrik. That should be an acceptable answer.
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level 37
Jan 24, 2018
That would be "Henk", (short for Henrik), not "Hank"
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level 42
Dec 26, 2019
That makes no sense at all... if you don't think Henrik would become Hank then why is it okay for Henry to be Hank; Henry has less in common with Hank than Henrik.
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level 68
Dec 29, 2019
Hank has less in common than Henrik although Henrick has more in common with Henry Than Hal or Henick but both have some relationship with Harold or Hal.
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level 63
May 21, 2014
Isabel should be accepted for Bella. John is also short, for Jonathan.
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level 37
Jan 24, 2018
"Jon" would be the shortened version ofJonathan.
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level 47
Jun 10, 2014
HAhahaha I missed Jacob!!! and Henry and Eleanor but ahahahha omg JacOB
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level 50
Jul 30, 2014
I accidentally typed in 'Elanor' for 'Eleanor', like in Lord of the Rings. It accepted it. If I had grinned much wider my head would have been cut in half.
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level 68
Aug 11, 2015
Yes! : )
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level 27
Dec 9, 2014
I can't be the only person who tried bellatrix for bella.
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level 37
Nov 18, 2017
I've never heard of Bellatrix. What language is that? I have of Beatrix, which is often shortened to Bea or Trixie.
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level 27
Dec 21, 2018
Bellatrix Lestrange, from Harry Potter
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level 81
Dec 26, 2019
It's the feminine form of bellator, which is Latin for warrior.
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level 58
Feb 19, 2015
It might be more accurate to title this "nicknames" or "diminutive names", because not all of these names are short versions of their full names (Sasha is diminutive of, but not short for, Alexander, same for Jack to John).
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level 45
Apr 22, 2015
I've never heard of Nora as a shortened version of Eleanor; Ellie, Nellie or Ella are however common.
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level 77
Oct 20, 2017
My cousin's wife was named Eleanor and her family called her "Tatta". Don't ask me why.
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level 74
May 11, 2015
I think Nora can also be short for Lenore or Lenora.
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level 45
Jun 13, 2015
Agreed.
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level 65
Dec 26, 2019
But those are short for Eleonor aswell. You cant put all the variants of nicknames here
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level 1
May 18, 2015
quite hard. barely knew them
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level 29
Jul 3, 2015
If you know lots of senior citizens, this quiz should be fairly easy.
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level 46
Sep 15, 2015
How the hell does one get Sasha from Alexander??? XD
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level 32
Sep 21, 2015
Blame the Russians
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level 65
Aug 22, 2019
Richard to dick or margaret to madge seem just as weird to me. I assume it went from alexander to xander to sasha
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level 68
Dec 29, 2019
You try saying Alexander after drinking a bottle of vodka ......
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level 46
Jan 8, 2016
Did anyone else try Jackson? I think it should be accepted.
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level 48
Jan 21, 2016
agreed
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level 48
Jan 14, 2016
Jack is often short for Jackson. Can Jackson be an acceptable answer?
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level 28
Nov 7, 2016
I know someone called Alexander, who has a sister called Sasha. They have the same name.
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level 32
Nov 22, 2016
I always thought that Sasha was short for Natasha but I never would have guessed Alexander
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level 77
Jan 8, 2017
I tried Anastasia - didn't realize I was close geographically at least.
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level 65
Aug 22, 2019
I came up with sergei :D
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level 47
Jan 8, 2017
No Mike/michael? That must be one of the most common
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level 37
Feb 3, 2017
That's the idiosyncracy of some cultures. Chris for Christina in one and Tina for the same in another. Just as some will call a Leroy "Lee" while others will say "Roy". But the quaintest cultures I find, are the ones that will give you two names, say: "Joseph Alexander" then proceed to always call you Alexander (or a variation thereof) and forever more ignore your first name, Joseph.
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level 77
Jun 3, 2017
Sometimes that occurs when sons are named after their fathers, and they go by their middle names to avoid confusion (as in the case of my nephew,) or sometimes they just detest their first names, (as in the case of my brother.)
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level 65
Aug 22, 2019
then you would have to call catholic people like 20 names. Just because a person has more than one name before their last name does not main all of them are their first name. Only if they they are joined into one, like Jean-Luc, or MarySue
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level 40
Jun 2, 2017
How is Jake for Jacob below 70%
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level 48
Jun 2, 2017
You should accept Patrick for Patty as I have seen plenty of Patricks go by Patty.
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level 68
Jun 3, 2017
I think you would have to be very friendly with a Patrick to call him Patty.......... or quick on your feet.
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level 40
Jun 3, 2017
Ha!
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level 77
Jun 3, 2017
I've often seen Pat for Patrick, but never Patty - at least in my region of the US.
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level 59
Nov 21, 2018
Patty Duke from that TV show in the 80s (I think).
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level 63
Jul 13, 2018
"Patty" is short for Patricia. "Paddy" is short for Patrick.
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level 43
Jun 3, 2017
Came pretty easy for me. I actually know a Russian boy named Alexander who goes by Sasha, so that one came easy for me.
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level 77
Jun 3, 2017
Margaret has lots of nicknames. A few of them include Meg, Peg, Peggy, Maggie, Margie, Marge, Margot, Magpie, Ret, Retta, Gretta, Rita, Mimi, Pearl, and believe it or not, Daisy, which is the English translation of the flower from French, marguerite, and Spanish, margarita. (Which begs the question, was Jimmy Buffet getting wasted on daisies?)
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level 40
Jun 3, 2017
Probably
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level 79
Dec 26, 2019
I would never have guessed Peggy was short for Margaret. How does that even happen?
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level 43
Jun 3, 2017
I think "Charlie" should have been sufficient for Chuck, but liked the quiz other than that.
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level 24
Sep 8, 2017
Got 22/23 with almost 4 minutes to spare and then it took me almost 2 whole minutes to think what Nora was short for
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level 49
Mar 18, 2018
too me forever to get Babs lol
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level 58
Dec 20, 2017
never in my life have i heard someone named Elizabeth be called "Betsy." they were always called "Liz" or "Lizzy" or "Beth," but never once did i hear "Betsy." i also totally thought "Madge" was short for "Marjorie."
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level 37
Dec 20, 2017
Same here. Also, I know five girls/women called "Sasha", and in each instance, their given name is Natasha. Knew Sasha as Alexander only because of some movie I saw (don't remember its name now) where the characters were Russian, and one of the males named Alexander was nicknamed "Sasha". Still, Natasha was my first choice here.
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level 49
Mar 18, 2018
I got it because Sasha is a common shortened name in Russia for Alexander. ;)
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level 65
Aug 22, 2019
I never heard any natasha being called sasha. If you indeed have heard that personally I think that is a recently made up thing, because I dont think it is traditionaly the case. I know Natasha as Nat or Tash or Tasha (or as a real abbreviation and not making a name Natash)
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level 78
Feb 16, 2019
I have.
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level 58
Dec 27, 2019
I think using "Betsy" as a nickname for "Elizabeth" is out of fashion nowadays. I am 64 and grew up with several girls who were called "Betsy" as a nickname for "Elizabeth."
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level 45
Mar 18, 2018
Jim, James????????? It's Jimmy, and theres no short name for james
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level 65
Aug 22, 2019
Jamie? No idea if that is tradionally the case or short for something else, but I think james are sometimes called jamie
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level 43
Mar 23, 2018
I had a great aunt named Christine that everyone called Tina.
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level 64
Apr 9, 2018
I think Babs should be short for "Barbra," the most famous example of Babs as a nickname. However, Barbara should still be accepted as an answer.
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level 66
Aug 7, 2018
Leonora for Nora, and Arabella for Bella should be accepted
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level 53
Nov 18, 2018
Alexander "Sasha" the great. Isn't Sasha a girl's name???
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level 78
Feb 16, 2019
No not necessarily.
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level 65
Aug 22, 2019
Sasha baron-cohen? No not a girl. It comes from the slavic "abbreviations" of both Alexander and alexandra, though generally in my experience, when someone is from a slavic country and is called sasha it is a guy. (And also when a guy is called sasha, most likely has roots in a slavic country)

I personally thought that Uk/Us (and western europe?) just borrowed the name and applied it to girls. I wasnt aware sasha was originally also the nickname for alexandra. But it makes sense obviously.

I guess "our" (English/other germanic languages) made Sander and Sandra from Alexander and Alexandra. And ofcourse Alex and Xander, And I guess Lex (and Alexia but that seems so forcefully made up imo)

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level 63
Nov 21, 2018
I have to say most american "short names" make about as much sense as their most recent presidential selection. I mean Dick from Richard and Jack from John?? Really?! Also calling Elizabeth "Betsy" is the perfect way to make one of the most elegant names sound like a venereal disease.
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level 59
Nov 21, 2018
Many of these forms are really old. You'd have your "proper" name and the name you'd use for friends and family. Over time, the less formal names entered common usage.
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level 77
Dec 26, 2019
Look up Betsey Balcombe, an English girl b. in 1802, who befriended Napoleon during his exile. Betsey as a nickname for Elizabeth wasn't invented by Americans. Neither was Dick for Richard nor Jack for John. Those go back to medieval times in England.
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level 59
Nov 21, 2018
Chas is also a variation on Charles.
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level 76
Dec 8, 2018
I didn't know this was a Russian quiz.
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level 76
Dec 8, 2018
Ted is a good one, short for Theodore or Edward.
The 3 Kennedy brother politicians had nicknames which add inexplicable consonants to the given name.
Bobby=Robert
Jack=John
Teddy=Edward
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level 78
Dec 12, 2018
How about Nancy. It comes from Anne.
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level 42
Jan 13, 2019
I'm dumb. Got stuck on Jacob.
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level 67
Mar 20, 2019
I tried Isabel, Isabelle, Isobel, Isobelle but none of them were accepted so I thought I was on the wrong track.
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level 36
Apr 5, 2019
I tried Charlie for Chuck. That should be accepted because even though it is also short for Charles it is still a name on it's own.
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level 66
Apr 6, 2019
Short name "Jack", full version "John", whaaaat?
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level 37
Apr 25, 2019
Lilylee; "John" is the shortened English version of the German "Johan" (or Johannes) which, when shortened in German or Dutch, becomes "Jan". I have no idea how "Jack" evolved from John.
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level 63
Apr 6, 2019
What does "by tradition" mean? Who's tradition? Which tradition? This quiz badly needs a source/reference.
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level ∞
Apr 6, 2019
ISO9000 standard shortening of English language names as approved by the UN.
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level 63
Apr 9, 2019
Link?
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level ∞
Oct 18, 2019
https://tinyurl.com/2fcpre6
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level 72
Oct 23, 2019
Followed that link as I had a hunch it would make me laugh, whatever it was...
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level 73
Dec 20, 2019
You want a source for official common nicknames? geez...
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level 58
Apr 18, 2019
Sandy would be another one for Alexander.
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level 39
Jun 23, 2019
Sascha Zverev tennis fans
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level 37
Jul 13, 2019
Hank is also shot for Hankin which is a form of John.
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level 67
Oct 18, 2019
How is the entire cast of Hank of the Hill here
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level 86
Oct 18, 2019
Nora is also short for Honora or Honoria
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level 75
Oct 19, 2019
How about accepting Elinor as a variant spelling of Eleanor? It is certainly not unheard of (for example, Jane Austen used that spelling for one off her heroines).
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level 65
Oct 19, 2019
Maybe accept Jackson for Jack?
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level 69
Oct 24, 2019
Tina might as well be the short of Martina or Valentina: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tina_(given_name)
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level 49
Dec 26, 2019
The only Babs I know is actually named Babette. All the Barbaras I know are called Barb' or Barbie (mainly for teasing). Would it be possible to also accept Babette?
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level 73
Dec 26, 2019
Babette is a nickname or diminutive name itself.
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level 62
Dec 28, 2019
My mother is named Barbara, and we all call her Babs. She can't stand it...but that has not stopped us.
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level 43
Dec 26, 2019
Me : *literally fails* 37% of people : oH yEa SaShA mEaNs AlExAnDeR
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level 48
Dec 26, 2019
You should accept Katelyn for Kate as well.
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level 39
Dec 26, 2019
great quiz
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level 69
Dec 26, 2019
Tina could also be Martina as in Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads.
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level 77
Dec 26, 2019
I know women named Faustina, Bettina, and Martina, all of whom use the nickname Tina. Who says it can only refer to Christina?
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level 78
Dec 26, 2019
Many of these names could be short for multiple names. But I think in each case the answer given is the most common one.
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level 28
Dec 27, 2019
So "Jack" is short for "John"? :-P Thst's not the easiest thing to understand when you are not from america... ;)
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level 51
Dec 27, 2019
Jake is short for Jason.
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level 47
Dec 28, 2019
Some of these just don't make sense. Jack is short for John when they're both 4 letter words. Peggy is short for Margaret, where did that come from? Where did Betsy for Elizabeth come from? There's others too that just confuse me.
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level 62
Dec 28, 2019
Agreed that some don't make sense when you look at them, but they're definitely all correct. The term "short for" is not always literal. People often use it in place of "nickname for." "Jack," for example, is a term of familiarity that was historically used to indicate a personal relationship with someone named John, as in the famous "Senator, I knew Jack Kennedy...you're no Jack Kennedy" remark. On paper and to strangers, he's John. But if you know him well, he's Jack.
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level 43
Jan 1, 2020
Bella is often used in place of Helen since they both mean “beautiful”. I had an aunt Helen who was usually called Bella for that reason. Bella isn’t shorter than Helen, but Jack isn’t shorter for John (as per a guy named John!)
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level 46
Jan 2, 2020
Can you please accept Katelyn and/or Katherine for Kate?