Will Tamsin always be Tammy?

I love the name [name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] but HATE the nn [name_f]Tammy[/name_f]. Would we be doomed to have people call her [name_f]Tammy[/name_f] or could we curb that?

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I don’t think [name_f]Tammy[/name_f] is inevitable.

I don’t think it’s inevitable at all! I’ve noticed a shift in the culture surrounding nicknames: Before, it seemed like pretty much anyone with a name that could be shortened, would have it shortened by other people. However, now, I think people tend to let the person take the lead in terms of having a nickname or not.

I don’t think it’s inevitable. [name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] is short and straightforward already, and I’ve seen a shift since when I was a kid where people kind of let the parents/kids lead when it comes to nicknames rather than taking it upon themselves to condense or otherwise pet form someone’s name. And honestly, most people don’t love [name_f]Tammy[/name_f] so they likely wouldn’t be inclined to go there unless someone said, “call me [name_f]Tammy[/name_f].”

I don’t think it’s inevitable. [name_f]Tammy[/name_f] isn’t a nickname that I hear thrown about too often so I don’t think.people would immediately call a [name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] [name_f]Tammy[/name_f].

I don’t think it is inevitable that she will be called [name_f]Tammy[/name_f] as [name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] is short enough that I don’t think it will automatically default to [name_f]Tammy[/name_f]. Having said that, when your daughter is older and perhaps doesn’t mind the name [name_f]Tammy[/name_f], you wouldn’t have any control over what she is called so if you HATE it, it is safer to see if there is another name you love as much.

I actually wouldn’t have considered calling a [name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] [name_f]Tammy[/name_f] at all. Like others have said, it’s a short enough name that I don’t think people would immediately think of a nickname. When I work w/college students whose names might be the type to have a nickname I always ask what they prefer to be called.

I think [name_m]Tam[/name_m] is more inevitable. You could also choose [name_f]Tansy[/name_f]!

I think the odd [name_m]Tam[/name_m] might occur, but I don’t think [name_f]Tammy[/name_f] is inevitable for [name_f]Tamsin[/name_f]. [name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] is a great name, but I agree, I’m not too keen on ‘[name_f]Tammy[/name_f]’ as I find it quite dated really, and it diminishes the great [name_f]Tamsin[/name_f], too.

I think, if you call her [name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] exclusively, others should respect that and do the same, at least until she is old enough to make her own decision as to whether she’d like to go by her full name or a nickname. That said, in reality, my brother and sister-in-law wanted their (now two year old) to be called just Oliver, as they weren’t as keen on Olly, yet they started calling him Olly at daycare, and now he will only ever refer to himself as Olly, which of course, they now have to go along with, as he’s adamant that’s his name. We all still call him Oliver (and he doesn’t mind at this age), but also respect his choice of Olly for himself.

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I didn’t even think of [name_f]Tansy[/name_f]! I love this alternative, its 100 % going on the list. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you everyone for your thoughts. It’s very encouraging.

I wouldn’t mind the nn [name_m]Tam[/name_m] or even TamTam at all. It’s just [name_f]Tammy[/name_f] I have beef with lol (due to a [name_f]Tammy[/name_f] I know that I am not found of).

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[name_f]Tammy[/name_f] isn’t a typically used nickname these days like it was decades ago, so I don’t think that will be an issue.

I’m so glad!! [name_f]Tansy[/name_f] has been a favorite for years. I love that [name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] means “twin” and [name_f]Tansy[/name_f] means “immortal.” Both such intriguing meanings!

I knew [name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] meant twin but wasn’t aware [name_f]Tansy[/name_f] meant immortal. I literally went “wooooow” when I read that! It definitely makes me like it even more.

I think a lot of people will cut it down to [name_f]Tammy[/name_f]. Or, maybe she’ll want to go by [name_f]Tammy[/name_f] and hate [name_f]Tamsin[/name_f]. I wouldn’t give a child a name if you hate the most obvious nickname, because someday she may choose to go by it!

[name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] is all [name_f]Tammi[/name_f] (with an “i” of course!)

[name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] is absolutely lovely, but I understand your hatred for [name_f]Tammy[/name_f]. I actually wouldn’t even think to call her [name_f]Tammy[/name_f]. Stick to your guns about people not calling her [name_f]Tammy[/name_f] if they start to.

I know a [name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] called Taz so it’s possible.

I know an adult [name_f]Tamzin[/name_f] and I’ve never heard her called anything but [name_f]Tamzin[/name_f]. It doesn’t need a nickname but if you want one both [name_f]Tansy[/name_f] and Taisy are lovely.