No nickname names -- need more suggestions!

I know there’s a Nameberry list called “Names with No Nickname” but it’s fairly short…do any others come to mind???



Well, you can pretty much nickname any name, but these are names without formal nicknames:
[name]Emmett[/name] ([name]Em[/name]? Too female)

I agree with @sparrowfinch you really can make a nn of basically anything.
I’d say if you want something without a formal nn the shorter the better. (It also starts making nn’s redundant).

Cowen (or its variations–Cowan, [name]Coen[/name], [name]Koen[/name]). [name]Orrin[/name]. [name]Derek[/name] (although I called my brother [name]Derek[/name] The [name]Duke[/name]), [name]Ethan[/name], [name]Garrett[/name], [name]Chad[/name], [name]Myles[/name]. [name]Jack[/name].

I like the suggestions of [name]Jack[/name], [name]Gray[/name], Cowan, [name]Ethan[/name]/[name]Evan[/name], [name]Liam[/name], [name]Avery[/name], [name]Noah[/name], [name]Oscar[/name], [name]Zane[/name], [name]Everett[/name] (although I would probably use the nn Ev for this, and a lot of others like [name]Ever[/name] and [name]Rhett[/name]), [name]Holden[/name], [name]Sawyer[/name], [name]George[/name], and [name]Emmett[/name].

I would add:

[name]Caleb[/name] ([name]Cale[/name]? how much effort does it take to add one letter? I do like [name]Caleb[/name] nn [name]Cal[/name], but I think for the most part I’d just use [name]Caleb[/name]!)
[name]Spencer[/name] (Eh. I guess there’s [name]Spence[/name], but I sort of doubt it would get shortened that often)
[name]Declan[/name] (although I suppose there’s Dec/[name]Dex[/name])
[name]Henry[/name] (I suppose it’s still shortened to [name]Hank[/name] or [name]Harry[/name] or [name]Hal[/name], but it seems like most people just keep [name]Henry[/name] on its own!)

I think you’re probably safe with either one-syllable names ([name]Luke[/name], [name]Zane[/name], [name]Jack[/name], [name]Max[/name], [name]Jude[/name], [name]George[/name], etc.) or names that are actual diminutives/nicknames themselves ([name]Max[/name], [name]Theo[/name], [name]Brody[/name], [name]Jack[/name]), or names that appear slightly nicknamey, but are in fact names on their own ([name]Leo[/name], [name]Gray[/name], etc.).

I think if you go over 2 syllables, you’ll probably get into nickname category, though. A lot of 2-syllable traditional boys’ names are shortened ([name]William[/name], [name]Daniel[/name], [name]Samuel[/name], [name]Robert[/name]) are even shortened. [name]Even[/name] one-syllable names like [name]John[/name] and [name]James[/name] get nicknames.

Good luck!