Genealogy: Male birth names and their associated nicknames

NicknamesBy Barry J. Ewell
I have prepared four lists that focus on associating nicknames with proper names to assist in genealogy research.  The lists include hundreds of names from the last 200 years.  The lists are not inclusive, but will give you a good start to decipher names that were given to your ancestors by their family, friends and associates.  The lists are

  1. Female nicknames and their associated birth name. This lists the female nickname first followed by the common female name associated with the nickname.
  2. Male nicknames and their associated birth name. This lists the male nickname first and followed by the common names associated with the nickname.
  3. Female birth names and their associated nicknames. This lists the more common female birth name first and provides you possible nicknames that have been associated with the name
  4. Male birth names and their associated nicknames. This lists the more common male birth name first and provides you possible nicknames that have been associated with the name.

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Male birth names and their associated nicknames

A
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
AaronErin, Ron, Ronnie
AbelAb, Abe, Eb, Ebbie, Nab
AbiahA.B. , Ab, Biah
AbielAb, Biel
AbijahA.B. , Ab, Biah, Bige
AbnerAb
AbrahamAbe, Abram
AbramAbe
AbsalomAb, Abbie, App
AdamAd, Ade
AdelbertAd, Ade, Albert, Bert, Del, Delbert
AdelineAda
AdolphAd
AdolphDolph, Olph
AdolphusAd, Dolph, Olph
AdrianRian
AggyNickname given to persons with names starting with “Ag”
AlanAl, Al
AlansonAl, Alan, Lonson
AlastairAl
AlazamaAli
AlbertA, Ab, Al, Bert, Bertie, Elbert
AlbertoBeto
AldrichAl, Rich, Richie
AlexanderAl, Alec, Alex, Eleck, Sandy, Zander
AlexanrEck
AlfonsAlf
AlfredAl, Alf, Fred
AlgernonAlgy
AllenAl
AlonzoAl, Lon, Lonnie, Lonzo
AmosMoses
AndersonAnder, Andy, Sonny
AndreasAndrl, Andy
AndrewAndy, Drew
AnthonyTony
AntonToni, Tony
AquillaQuil, Quill, Quilla, Quillar, Quillie
ArchibaldArch, Archie, Archy, Baldo
AristotleAris, Telly
ArnoldArnie, Arny
AronRon
ArtelepsaEpsey
ArtemisArt
ArtemusArt
ArthurArt, Arty
AsahelAsa
AsaphAsa
AsenathSene
AthanasiusAtha, Atta
AthanatiousAtha, Atta
AugustAugie, Gus
AugustinAustin
AugustineAugust, Austin, Gus
AugustusAugust, Austin, Gus
AzariahAze, Riah, Tiah
B
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
BabeName given to the youngest or baby of the family
BarnabasBarney
BartholomewBart, Bartel, Bartl, Barty, Bat, Mees, Meus
BarticusBart
BazaleelBasil
BenedictBen, Bennie
BenjaminBen, Benjy, Bennie, Jamie
BernardBarney, Berney, Berry
BertramBert
BoetiusBo
BradfordBrad, Ford
BrianBryan, Bryant
BroderickBrady, Brody, Ricky
BurtonBurt
ButchButch ( In some families when father and son have same name, father (Sr) goes by his first name, while the son (Jr) is nicknamed “Butch.”)
C
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
CalebCal
CaliforniaCallie
CalvinCal, Vin, Vinny
CameronCam, Ron, Ronny
CampbellCam
CarlCharles, Karl
CarlCharles, Karl
CaseyK.C.
CasperJasper
CaswellCass
CedricCed, Rick, Ricky
CharlesCarl, Charley, Charlie, Chick, Chuck
ChaunceyChan
ChesleyChet
ChesterChet
ChristianChris, Kit
ChristopherChris, Kit, Stophel
ClarenceClair, Clare
CleatusCleat
ClementClem
ClementineClem
ClevelandCleve
CliffordCliff, Ford
CliftonCliff
CliftonTony
ColeColie
ColumbusClum, Lum
ConradCon, Connie, Conny
CorneliusCon, Conny, Corny, Cory, Neil
CourtneyCourt, Curt
CurtisCurt
CuthbertBert, Cuddy
CyreniusCene, Cy, Renius, Serene, Swene
CyrusCy, Si
D
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
DaltonDahl, Dal
DanielDan, Danny
DavidDave, Davey, Davy, Day
DelbertBert, Del
DennisDenny
DennisonDenny
DerrickDirch, Eric, Rick, Ricky
DeuteronomyDuty
DicksonDick
DiedrichDierk
DominicNick
DonaldDon, Donny
DouglasDoug
DuaneDewey
E
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
EarnestErnie
EbenezerBen, Eb, Ebbie, Eben
EdNickname given to persons with names starting with “Ed”
EdgarEd, Eddie
EdgarEddy
EdmundEd, Eddie, Eddy, Ned, Ted
EdwardEd, Eddie, Eddy, Ned, Neil, Tad, Ted, Teddy
EdwinEd, Eddie, Eddy, Ned, Win, Winn
EgbertBert, Burt
ElbertElbert
ElbertsonElbert, Bert
EleazerLazar
EliasEl, Eli, Lee, Lias
ElijahEli, Lig, Lige, Lije
EliphalelLife
EliphaletLeft
ElishaEli
EllswoodElsey, Elsie, Elze, Elsey, Elsie, Elze
ElwoodWoody
EmanuelManny, Manuel
EmmanuelManly, Manny
EpaphroditiusDite, Ditus, Dyce, Dyche, Eppa
EphraimEph
ErasmusRasmus
EricRick
ErnestErnie
ErwinIrwin
EugeneGene
EzekielEz, Zeke
EzraEz
F
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
FelipeLeno
FerdinandFerdie, Fred
FieldNickname given to persons with names ending with “Field”
FloydLloyd
FrancesFan, Frankie, Fran, Frank
FrancisFrankie
FranciscoPacho, Paco, Pancho
FrankFerry
FranklinFran, Frank, Frankie
FranzFerry, Franzl
FrederickDerick, Fred, Freddie, Freddy, Fritz, Rick, Fred
G
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
GabrielGab, Gabby, Gabe
GalvinVin
GarrickRick
GeoffreyGeoff, Jeff
GeorgGirgl, Schorsch
George WashingtonG.W., Wash
GeraldGerry, Jerry
GerhardtGay
GilbertBert, Bertie, Gil, Wilber, Will
GiuseppeBeppe, Peppe, Beppino
GottfriedFred
GovernorGovie
GregoryGreg
GuilelmusWilliam
GustafGus
GustavGus
GustavusGus
H
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
HamiltonHam
HansHansl
HarlanHarley
HaroldHal, Harry
HarryHarold, Henry
HeinrichHeiner, Heinz
HenryHal, Hank, Harry
HerbertBert, Herb
HezekiahHez, Hy, Kiah
HiramHiley, Hy
HopkinsHop, Hopp
HoraceHarry, Horry
HoseaHosey, Hosie
HowardHal, Howie
HubertBert, Hub, Hugh
I
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
IanJohn
IgnacioNacho
IgnatiusIggy, Nace, Nate, Natius, Nazi
ImmanuelManly, Manny
IndiaIndie, Indy
IndianaIndie, Indy
IrvinIrving
IrwinErwin
IsaacIke, Zac, Zak, Zeke
IsaiahZadie, Zay
IsidoreIzzy
IssyNickname given to persons with names starting with “Is”
IvanJohn
J
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
JackBud
JacksonJack
JacobJaap, Jake, Jay
JacobusJaap, Jake, Jay
JahodaHoda, Hodie, Hody
JakobJakl
JamesJamie, Jem, Jim, Jimmy
JamesonJamie
JasperJoshua
JaymeJay
JedediahJed
JeduthanJed
JeffersonJeff, Sonny
JeffreyGeoff, Jeff
JehielHiel
JehuGee, Hugh
JeremiahJereme, Jeremy, Jerry
JeroldJerry
JohanHans
JohannHans
JohannesHans
JohnJack, Jock, Johnnie, Johnny
JonathanJohn, Jon, Nathan
JoséPepe
JosefBeppo, Jos, Sepp, Seppl, Yost
JosefaBeppl, Pepa
JosephGuiseppe, Jody, Joe, Joey, Jos, Sepp
JoshuaJos, Josh
JosiahJos, Si
JudahJude, Judy
JudsonJud, Sonny
JulianJule
JuliasJule
JuniorJR, June, Junie
K
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
KaseyK.C.
KendallKen, Kenny
KendrickKen, Kenny
KennethKen, Kenny
KingsleyKing
KingstonKing
LafayetteFate, Fayette, Laffie, Leff
L
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
LamontMonty
LaurenceLarry, Lon, Lonny, Lorne, Lorry, Monty
LawrenceLarry, Lawrey, Lon, Lonny, Lorne, Lorry
LeeNickname given to persons with names starting with “Le”
LemuelLem
LeonardLen, Lenny, Leo, Leon, Lineau
LeonidasLee, Leon
LeRoyL.R. , Lance, Lee, Roy
LeslieLes
LesterLes
LeviLee
LewisLew
LincolnLink
LincolnLink
LionelLeon
LittleberryBerry, L.B., Little
LorenzoLoren, Ransy
LouisLou, Louie
LucasLuke
LuciasLuke
LutherLuke
LyndonLindy, Lynn
LynnNickname given to persons with names ending with “Lene, Lina, Lyn”
M
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
Mac (k)Nickname given to persons with names starting with Mac or Mc
MacDonaldMack
MackenzieKenzy, Mac, Mack
MalachiMal
MalcolmMal
ManoahNoah
ManuelEmanuel, Manny
MarcusMark
MartinMarty
MartineTine
MarvinMarv
MathewMat, Matt, Thias, Thys
MatthiasHias, Hiasl, Matt, Si, Thias, Thys
MauriceMaury, Morey
MaveryMave
MaximilianMax
MaxwellMax
McNickname given to persons with names starting with Mac or Mc
MelchizedekDick, Zadock
MelvinMel
MeredithMeridy
MervinMerv
MervynMerv
MeshachShack
MicajahCager, Macager
MichaelMicah, Michl, Mick, Mickey, Micky, Mike, Mischa
MiltonMilt
MitchellMitch
MonteleonMonte
MontesqueMonty
MontgomeryMonty
MorrisMorey
MortimerMort, Morty
MortimerMort
MortonMort, Morty
MosesMode
N
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
NapoleonLeon, Nap, Nappy
NathanNate
NathanielFanny, Nat, Nate, Nathan, Natty, Than
NewtonNewt
NicholasClaas, Claes, Claus, Klaus, Nick
NicodemusNick
NorbertBert
NormanNorm
NortonNed
NowellNoel
O
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
ObadiahDiah, Dyer, Obed, Obie, Dyer, Obed
OdellOdo
OliverOllie
OnicyphorousCy, Cyphorus, One, Osaforum,Osaforus, Syphorous
OphrahOffie
OrlandoRoland
OswaldOssy, Ozzy, Waldo
OtisOde, Ote
P
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
PatrickPaddy, Pat, Pate, Patsy, Peter, Rick
PaulPablo
PelegrinePerry
PercivalPercy
PersephoneSeph,Sephy
PeterPate, Pete
PetrPete
PhiletusLeet, Phil
PhilipPhil
PhineasFinney
PleasantPleas
PosthumaHumey
PrescottPres, Scott, Scotty
Q
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
R
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
RaleighRiley
RandallRan, Randy
RandolphDolph, Randy
RaphaelRalph
RaymondPug, Ray
ReginaldNaldo, Reg, Reggie, Renny, Ron
ReubenRube
ReynoldReginald
RichardDick, Dickie, Dickon, Dixie, Rich, Richie, Richy, Rick, Ricky
RobertBob, Bobbie, Bobby, Dob, Dobbin, Rob, Robbie, Robby, Robin, Bob, Bobby, Dob, Dobbin, Hob, Hobkin, Rob, Robby, Robin, Rupert
RoderickRick Rod
RodgerHodge, Rod, Roge
RodneyRod
RodrigoRod
RogerHodge, Rod, Roge
RolandLanny, Rolling, Rollo, Roll, Naldo, Ron, Ronny
RonaldRon, Ronnie
RoscoeRoss
RudolfRudi
RudolphDolph, Olph, Rolf, Rudy
RudolphusDolph, Olph, Rolf, Rudy
RussellRuss, Rusty
S
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
SalomeLoomie
SalvadorSal
SampsonSam
SamsonSam
SamuelSam, Sammie, Sammy
SanfordSandy
ScottSceeter, Squat, Scottie
SebastianBass, Bastl, Seby
SebastianSebby
SelmaAnselm
SeymourMorey
ShadrachShade
SheltonShel, Shelly, Tony
SheridanDan, Danny, Sher
ShermanSherm
ShobelShuba
SidneySid, Syd
SigfiredSid
SigfridSid
SigismundSig
SilasSi
SilvanusSell
SimeonSi, Sion
SimonSi, Sion
SmithSmitty
SocratesCrate
SolomonSal, Salmon, Saul, Sol, Solly, Zolly
SpencerSpence
StanNickname given to persons with names starting with “Stan”
StanislasStan
StanlyStan
StefanSteff
StephenSteph, Steve, Steven
StevenSteph, Steve
StewartStew
SullivanSully, Van
SydneySid
SylvanusSly, Syl
SylvesterSell, Si, Sly, Sy, Syl, Vessie, Vester, Vet
T
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
TerenceTerry
ThaddeusTad, Thad, Tad
TheobaldTheo
TheodoreDode, Dody, Tad, Ted, Teddy, Theo
TheophilusTheo
ThomasDamerl, Thom, Tom,   Tommy
TimothyTim, Timmy
TobiahTobi
TobiasBias, Tobi, Toby
TyNickname given to persons with names starting with “Ty”
U
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
UriahRiah
V
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
ValentineFeltie, Felty
VanBurenBuren
VernonVern
VictorVic
VidaDavid
VincentVin, Vince, Vinny
VinsonVin, Vince, Vinny
VirgilVirg
W
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
WaldoOswald
WallaceWally, Wally
WalterWally, Walt
WashingtonWash
WebsterWeb
WesleyWes
WilberWill
WilburWill
WileyWill, Willie, Willy
WilfredFred, Will, Willie
WilliamBela, Bell, Bill, Billy, Liam, Will, Willie, Willy
WillieNickname given to persons with names starting with “Wil”
WillisBill, Willy
WinfieldField, Win, Winny
WinifredFred
WintonWint
WoodrowDrew, Wood, Woody
XYZ
Male birth nameAssociated male nicknames
XaverFerry
ZachariahRiah, Rias, Rye, Zach, Zachy, Zack, Zeke
ZacharyZach
ZadockDick, Dock, Zed
ZavenZee
ZebedeeZeb
ZebulonZeb
ZedediahDiah, Dyer, Zed
ZephaniahZeph