3 Cool Methods for Inventing a Nickname

Thứ sáu - 26/04/2024 23:11
A bunch of quick tricks to make up nicknames for yourself and all your friendsReady to try out a brand new nickname? Maybe you think it'd just be easier to say. On the other hand, a ton of people might have the same first name, so you want...
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Ready to try out a brand new nickname? Maybe you think it'd just be easier to say. On the other hand, a ton of people might have the same first name, so you want a cool way to stand out. Or, you might just want to have fun inventing a whole new name for yourself. That's totally understandable—lots of us experiment with interesting nicknames to see what works. If you want to start a new chapter and create an awesome name everyone can call you by, check out this easy guide. Here, you'll be able to put together a ton of nicknames in minutes.

Things You Should Know

  • Base nicknames off of your first name, middle name, last name, initials, memorable puns, or rhymes.
  • Try out traditions that your family has passed down. For example, Spanish cultures use suffixes like "-ito" and "-ita," while Japanese people use the suffix "-chan."
  • Take inspiration from personality traits, inside jokes, pop culture, or even online nickname generators.
  • Be kind with nicknames for others—they’re meant to be affectionate and friendly!
Method 1
Method 1 of 4:

Playing Around with Your First Name

  1. Step 1 Use one of the first syllables in your first name.
    Shorten the name you already have. It’s really easy to do, and it’s a fun option if you want a fresh start or to just switch things up. For example, maybe you just changed schools and you want a cool nickname when you make brand new friends. Just remove one of the last syllables in your first name.[1]
    • Jonathan→Jon; Abigail→Abi; Zaire→Zai; Samantha/Samuel→Sam
  2. Step 2 Add an “-ie,” “i,” or a “y” to the shortened version of your first name.
    It’s pretty common to have this type of nickname given to you in childhood, but lots of teens and even adults use this little trick. If your first name only has 1 syllable, then this method makes it sound catchier. You may need to add an extra consonant to get the right “look” when you spell out your nickname.[2]
    • Charles→Charlie; Jennifer→Jenni; Lucía→Lucy
    • Daniel→Danny; Aaliyah→Ally; Mathias→Matty
  3. Step 3 Sneak in a silent “e” at the end of your first name.
    This tactic makes your nickname sound a little more mature, but it also keeps everything friendly. Use the first syllable of your first name, then add an “e” to the end of it. Since the "e" is silent, you won't hear it, so you'll emphasize the last consonant instead. You might also swap out one consonant for another one to get a more classic nickname.[3]
    • Michael→Mike
    • Kathleen→Kate
  4. Step 4 Make a nickname out of a middle or final syllable in your first name.
    It just depends on what calls out to you—does one of the middle syllables of your first name have a nice ring to it, or does the final syllable seem a lot more fun? After you make your choice, see if you prefer to throw out any consonants you don’t want or add vowels like “-ie,” “i,” or “y.”[4]
    • Frederick→Rick/Ricky; Elizabeth→Beth
    • Patrick→Trick
    • Anthony→Tony
  5. Step 5 Draw from your family's traditions to form your nickname.
    If you like history or want to honor your culture, use one of the “diminutives”—shortened versions—of your first name that have been passed down over time. Ask people in your family about any conventions they’re aware of, or look through a name book to read about the meaning and origin of your first name.[5]
    • One Middle English fad was to add and swap letters to make a nickname.[6]
      • Henry→Hank; Edward→Ted
    • Many Spanish “diminutives” end in “-ita” (for girls) or “-ito” (for boys).[7]
      • Guadalupe→Lupita; Juan→Juanito
    • In India, many people use the first syllable of their name and add a "u."[8]
      • Namrata→Namu; Ashwini→Ashu
  6. Step 6 Add a silly or cute suffix to your first name.
    Give your name an edge with some inspo from Terminator—just take the first syllable of your first name, then add the suffix "-inator" to it. Or, if you want a cuter vibe, use the first syllable of your first name, replace a vowel if you want to, and include the suffix "-boo."[9]
    • Sadira→Sadi-boo
    • Tao-Yi→Tao-inator
      • Pull from affectionate suffixes from your culture, too: for example, in Japan, if your SO or best friend adds the suffix "-chan" to your first name, it means they really like you.[10]
      • Akari→Akari-chan
  7. Step 7 Repeat one of the syllables of your first name.
    For an extra sweet or uplifting nickname, all you've got to do is take one syllable from your name you like, then double it up. This is especially common in areas like the Philippines, where nicknames with repeated syllables are considered "terms of endearment" (ways to express affection).[11]
    • Lucy→Lulu
    • Molly-Mae→Maemae
    • Joseph→Jojo
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Method 2
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Using Your Middle Name or Last Name

  1. Step 1 Use your middle name.
    If you feel like your middle name represents you a lot better than your first name, just use it instead. If your parents were extra creative and gave you more than one middle name, decide if you want to use both or just one of them. Sometimes, you might just want to go by a middle name if you want to be “low profile” in a new place, like a house party in another city.[12]
    • Ava Marie Thompson→Marie
    • Daniel Christopher Avery Smith→Avery
  2. Step 2 Try out your last name.
    Guys usually go this route, but girls—or anyone of any gender identity—can totally use their last name if they want to. Sometimes, this kind of nickname is just one you roll with. Someone else in your class or your social circle might have your first name, but your last name helps set you apart. In some cases, your last name is just really short and simple, so you find it super convenient as a nickname.[13]
    • Benjamin Lee→Lee
    • Catherine Albright→Albright
    • Rosa Beck→Beck
  3. Step 3 Go by your initials.
    Use your first two initials (or all of your initials if you don't have a middle name) to make a nickname. Or, choose any combination of initials that you think really roll off the tongue. Most of the time, people use their initials if their nickname ends with an “ay” sound (like “MK”) or an “ee” sound (like “LD”), but there’s no hard and fast rule. Some people even go by just their first initial.[14]
    • Thomas James→TJ
    • Mary Katherine→MK
    • Lawrence Adam Desai→LD
    • Bellatrix Lestrange→B
  4. Step 4 Make an anagram.
    An “anagram” is the way you arrange the letters of a word or phrase to create a new one. A popular example comes up in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, when Tom Marvolo Riddle creates the anagram “I am Lord Voldemort” out of his original name. It definitely takes some time and creativity to create an anagram, but it’s a fun activity that ends in a unique nickname.[15]
    • Diana→Nadia
    • Cleo→Cole
    • Kaleb→Blake
    • Corey→Royce
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Method 3
Method 3 of 4:

Cute and Silly Nicknames

  1. Step 1 Be punny.
    To be “punny,” just have fun and make a “pun,” a joke that’s based off of a word (in this case, your first name). For example, turn “Axel” into “Ax-Wielder,” “Sal” into “Salamander,” or “Ryan” into “Rhinoceros.” There are all kinds of ways you can play around with your name to make your friends laugh.[16]
    • Use “alliteration” by making a nickname with the first letter of your name.
      • Hermione→Humble Hermione; Ronald→Radical Ronald
    • Pick a word that rhymes with one of your names.
      • Zoe→Cozy Zoe; Jackson→Relaxin’ Jackson
    • Draw from the original meaning of your name or a word related to it.
      • Sai is Burmese for “lord,” so go for a nickname like Duke.
    • Come up with a pun based on what your name sounds like.
      • Brandy sounds like “sandy,” so try a beachy name like Ariel.
  2. Step 2 Base your nickname off of unique traits.
    Lots of nicknames celebrate what makes someone cool, special, and memorable: a runner might be called “Lightning Bolt,” a proud New Yorker living away from home may be named “NYC,” a straight-A student could be called “Teach,” or a girl who loves curly fries could be given the nickname “Curly Fry.”[17]
    • Use an adjective that describes a lovable part of someone’s personality.
      • Monti→Thoughtful Monti; Katie→Cheery Katie
    • As a silly twist, try a word that’s the exact opposite of what someone is like.
      • Calm Carlos→Outrageous Carlos
  3. Step 3 Come up with a cute pet name.
    If you're really close to someone, then invent a "pet name" (an affectionate nickname) that you use just for them and that expresses all your feelings. Celebrate your best friend, shower your SO with tons of love, or goof off with your sibling—the possibilities are endless.[18]
    • My best friend Victoria→BFF (Best Friend Forever)
    • My boyfriend Xavier→My whole world
    • My little brother Cody→Little nugget
  4. Step 4 Draw inspo from a pop culture reference.
    Bond with your buddies over your favorite TV shows, books, or movies. Make a fun game out of assigning everyone their own special nickname based off one of their favorite characters. It'll bring you all closer together, and each of you will be able to rep the series you love the most.[19]
    • Book Reference: My friend who loves the Percy Jackson series→Nico
    • Movie Reference: My friend who loves The Hunger Games→Katniss
    • TV Show Reference: My friend who loves Stranger Things→Eleven
    • Anime Reference: My friend who loves My Hero Academia→Red Riot
  5. Step 5 Use an inside joke.
    Inside jokes just happen naturally and you can’t really force them to catch on. Once your inner circle does come up with some cool inside jokes though, they’re an awesome source of inspiration. Here are a few of scenarios to give you an idea of how inside jokes turn into nicknames:[20]
    • Your buddy went to three Harry Styles concerts, so you call him Stylin’ Nick.
    • Your friend always predicts pop quizzes, so you call her Fortune Teller.
    • Your crew loves to cheer at events, so you call each other Scream Queens.
  6. Step 6 Use some fun online tools.
    When you take quizzes and answer a bunch of questions about yourself, the results will suggest nicknames that probably match your personality. If you type your name into online generators, it's more of a surprise because lots of these will give you a totally random nickname. If you want to play around, try these:[21]
    • SelectSmart's Nickname Quizzes
    • GotoQuiz's "What Nickname Suits My Personality" Quiz
    • SpinXO's Nickname Generator
    • FantasyNameGenerator's Fantasy and Sci-Fi Nickname Generator
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Method 4
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Nickname Don'ts

  1. Step 1 Steer clear of way over-the-top nicknames.
    One easy rule to remember is to just avoid bragging too much. For example, even if you work out a ton and put a lot of effort into fitness—which is a good thing—you don’t need to call yourself “Muscle Man” every day. If people give you compliments, great! Just wait for them to praise you.[22]
  2. Step 2 Avoid nicknames that are hard to remember or pronounce.
    Most nicknames that stick are super straightforward and relatable. “Cthulu” might seem like a cool idea, but it's unlikely to catch on. Stick to nicknames that are no more than a few syllables, are easy to spell, and are simple to say.[23]
  3. Step 3 Make sure your nickname is appropriate in every situation.
    If you want to be able to use your nickname everywhere you go, consider whether it would fly in the classroom. Go a step further—do you think your future professors, bosses, or co-workers would approve of the nickname? To be extra careful, Google your nickname to see if it has any meanings you’re not aware of.[24]
  4. Step 4 Be chill if people don’t use your nickname.
    A nickname should be a fun, casual thing—it’s a bonus if it catches on and everyone calls you by it, but it’s definitely not a requirement. Plus, there are always other chances to remind people of your nickname, like when a teacher starts an icebreaker game or you introduce yourself at parties.[25]
  5. Step 5 Be kind when you give other people nicknames.
    The whole point of a nickname is to express friendship and affection. Remember—if you give someone a nickname that hurts their feelings or makes them uncomfortable, that counts as bullying. To avoid being insensitive, even if it’s an accident, keep these manners in mind:[26]
    • If you're unsure about whether a nickname is ok, try it out in a one-on-one setting. This makes sure that the other person feels safe and has a chance to say if they don’t like the nickname.
    • If you are having trouble figuring out your friend's reaction, ask, "Did I make you uncomfortable when I called you Tina just now?" If their answer is “yes,” then thank them for their honesty and don’t use the nickname in the future.[27]
    • Even if you didn’t mean to be insulting and thought you were just playing around with your friend, it’s important to respect their wishes.
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