Names along the lines of Gus, Henry, Hazel, Sadie...

I’m expecting for the first time and due this summer! I’ve been trying to come up with some names I love and I’m hoping you all can help… my husband and I like short sweet names that aren’t too common, but not too out there. We like mildly old fashioned names that sound a bit like a nickname, but are still substantial enough to be a first name. Otherwise, we’d like a first name that has very usable nicknames. We tend to like names with a Southern or British feel it seems like (maybe I’m wrong about this - that’s just what these names remind me of). A few we like to give you an idea:

[name]Gus[/name] - feels a bit short to me, but I’m not really a fan of any of it’s longer versions
[name]Henry[/name] - too cute, maybe a bit too popular - but hasn’t really caught on yet where I live
[name]Hazel[/name] - cute also, but may sound a bit too musty?
[name]Sadie[/name] - another one I love for it’s nicknamey feel, but a close friend just named her baby this :frowning:

Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks so much for your help!

Congrats! I [name]Love[/name] [name]August[/name] nn [name]Gus[/name], do you like that version?

Some other ideas for you…


[name]Nelson[/name] nn [name]Nels[/name]
[name]Clayton[/name] nn [name]Clay[/name]
[name]Archer[/name] nn [name]Archie[/name]
[name]Arnold[/name] nn [name]Arnie[/name]
[name]Clifford[/name] nn [name]Cliff[/name]


*edited to add [name]Maisie[/name] or [name]Macy[/name]

hazel’s not too musty! it’s actually catching on where i’m from; i know two little hazels.

what about beatrice, nn bea/bee?

[name]Gus[/name] - So cute…doesn’t need a long name but [name]August[/name] is my favorite of the longer ones.
[name]Henry[/name] - [name]LOVE[/name]! if it hasn’t caught on where you’re from, go for it. [name]Even[/name] if it has…one thing i’ve noticed is that boys don’t really mind having popular names…girls do.
[name]Hazel[/name] - Not musty at all, absolutely Stunning and cute!
[name]Sadie[/name] - Sad that your friend named her child this…lets think of some more like it.

my favorite short sweet nicknamey names:


[name]Nell[/name] or [name]Nellie[/name] (so cute, i know an absolutely adorable little [name]Nellie[/name])
[name]Daisy[/name] (like sadie but with sounds rearranged)
[name]Edie[/name] (with long name [name]Edith[/name] if you want)
[name]Matilda[/name] nn [name]Tillie[/name] or [name]Mattie[/name]
[name]Georgina[/name] or [name]Georgiana[/name] or [name]Georgia[/name] nn [name]Georgie[/name]
[name]Eve[/name] (nn [name]Evie[/name])

[name]Frederick[/name] nn [name]Freddy[/name]
[name]Peter[/name] nn Petie
[name]Edward[/name] nn [name]Eddie[/name]
[name]Samuel[/name] nn [name]Sammy[/name] or [name]Sam[/name]
[name]Dashiell[/name] nn [name]Dash[/name]
[name]Theodore[/name] nn [name]Teddy[/name] or [name]Theo[/name]

Good luck!

Well, [name]Clara[/name] & [name]Bruno[/name] jumped into mind first seeing [name]Gus[/name], [name]Henry[/name], [name]Hazel[/name] & [name]Sadie[/name]. OF those four, [name]Henry[/name] & [name]Hazel[/name] are the two I favore, [name]Gus[/name] & [name]Sadie[/name] are far too nicknamey to stand alone for me, although I’m aware they work fine for others.

Some more random suggestions:



Anything there grab you?

[name]Hope[/name] it helps!

[name]Just[/name] curious, have you thought about what kind of middle you want to use?

[name]Gus[/name] - I really like [name]Gus[/name]!
[name]Henry[/name] - I [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Henry[/name]!
[name]Hazel[/name] - I think [name]Hazel[/name] is great, and would be darling on your little one.
[name]Sadie[/name] - I like [name]Sadie[/name] as a [name]Sarah[/name] nickname, and I’m so sorry your friend used it! :frowning:

Some more ideas (please excuse any repeats!)

[name]Genevieve[/name] (will give you [name]Evie[/name], [name]Eve[/name] as nicknames)
[name]Josephine[/name] (nn [name]Josie[/name])
[name]Ruth[/name] (nn [name]Ruthie[/name])

[name]Alfred[/name] ([name]Alfie[/name])

Best wishes to you! :slight_smile:

[name]Gus[/name] - yeah, I love it as a nickname for [name]August[/name]
[name]Henry[/name] - one of my very favorite boys’ names!
[name]Hazel[/name] - this is a great name!

More ideas:
Dashiel nn [name]Dash[/name]
[name]Tobias[/name] nn [name]Toby[/name]
[name]Oliver[/name] nn [name]Ollie[/name] - I love this!
[name]Vincent[/name] nn [name]Vin[/name], [name]Vince[/name]
[name]Sergio[/name] nn [name]Serge[/name] - I know, [name]Sergio[/name] and [name]Vincent[/name] are really out there, but I love them!
[name]Magnus[/name] - not your style, but I had to throw it in!
[name]Bernard[/name] nn [name]Bernie[/name] - if I mention it enough times, maybe someone will like it! I love it!
I also love [name]Theodore[/name] nn [name]Ted[/name], [name]Teddy[/name]
Of course I love [name]Peter[/name] nn [name]Pete[/name] and Petie. My son is [name]Peter[/name] and I call him Petie [name]Kitty[/name]. He is 23, but he lets me call him that.
[name]Henry[/name] nn [name]Hank[/name], [name]Harry[/name]
[name]Thomas[/name] nn [name]Tom[/name] - This is my fave name for a boy right now
[name]William[/name] nn [name]Will[/name] - this is my 2nd fave for a boy
[name]Moses[/name] nn [name]Moe[/name]
[name]Isaac[/name] nn [name]Ike[/name]
[name]Royal[/name] nn [name]Roy[/name]
I second [name]Jill[/name]‘s idea of [name]Chester[/name]. I love [name]Chester[/name]!
[name]Truman[/name] nn [name]Tru[/name] - [name]Chester[/name] and [name]Truman[/name] are [name]Tom[/name] Hanks’ sons.
[name]Ezekiel[/name] nn [name]Zeke[/name]
[name]Osbourne[/name] nn [name]Oz[/name], [name]Ozzie[/name]
[name]Maxwell[/name], [name]Maxfield[/name] nn [name]Max[/name]
[name]Quentin[/name] nn [name]Quinn[/name]

[name]Frances[/name] nn [name]Francie[/name]
I love [name]Beatrice[/name] or [name]Beatrix[/name] nn [name]Bea[/name]! Somebody else suggested this
Somebody suggested [name]Gilda[/name] I think - so lovely
[name]Matilda[/name] nn [name]Tilda[/name], [name]Tillie[/name]
I love [name]Mabel[/name]! Gotta admit it.
Callandra nn [name]Callie[/name]
[name]Iris[/name] - [name]Do[/name] you love [name]Iris[/name]? I do.
[name]Millicent[/name], [name]Camille[/name], [name]Camilla[/name] - [name]Millie[/name]
[name]Melina[/name], [name]Helena[/name] - nn [name]Lena[/name]
[name]Lillian[/name] nn [name]Lily[/name] - I love this even though it’s popular.
[name]Estelle[/name] nn [name]Stella[/name]
[name]Penelope[/name] nn [name]Nell[/name]
I probably repeated ideas from other posts, sorry!

Sorry if I repeat any.



I just want to say, you nameberryites are so brilliant – these are all amazing suggestions and I’m just bowled over by the volume and quality of advice and support you offer! Thank you from me and [name]Linda[/name]!! xxx