Baby Name Drama! Gregory – Nicknames?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Which do you prefer?
    Gregory : (39 votes)
    18 %
    Rory : (57 votes)
    26 %
    Greg : (114 votes)
    51 %
    Other (please comment below) : (12 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    Yeah, Gregory is going to get shortened to Greg. That one seems pretty inevitable. IMO, Greg isn’t a bad name. It’s not my style, but it’s not bad.  I know it’s not incredibly popular with many people, but what if you went with Gregory as a first name and then called the child by his middle name? This is actually very common in Mr. LK’s family. Most of his family members go by their middle name instead of their first.

    EDIT: Mr. LK’s friend is Russian, and he pronounces it as Gre-GOR-ee, and I love that pronunciation. Love! Also, a friend’s husband is German and his name is Gregor, which is also very nice. He doesn’t seem to have problems with people shortening “Gregor.”

    Post # 4
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    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m okay with Greg, but I don’t really care for Gregory and certainly not Rory.

    Could you just make Gregory his middle name? Or is that totally unacceptable? I’m just not a fan of naming kids after relatives when the name is not something you even like. I have two friends that are named after their grandmothers – Mildred and Dorothy. They want to KILL their parents haha. They absolutely hate their names.

    Post # 5
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    2063 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @lovekiss:  I second calling him by his middle name. It’s not my FAVOURITE option because my whole family does it and it causes a lot of confusion. But I agree, Greg is going to happen. And I also agree, Greg is not what I would want to call my son… if you’re willing to uphold the tradition great, but calling him something you like (his middle name) would be a much better option IMO. Greg reminds me of Old Gregg (youtube it).

    Post # 6
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Make his first name Gregory but give him a better middle name and then always call him by it.

    Post # 8
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    7654 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @abby382:  I voted gregory but that is becuase Greg will be the nickname so either Greg or Gregory. I am like your husband: I thought Gilmore Girls when I saw Rory.

    Post # 10
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    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Yeah… I get wanting to honor someone, but you can honor them without giving them the same name. But it sounds like you’re stuck.

    Anyway, if you want him to be called Gregory instead of Greg then he can be. People will call him what you and he(the kid) introduce him as. Some people may try to shorten it, but that doesn’t always stick like people think. I’m an Alexandra and people call me Alexandra unless I specifically say, “call me Alex.” When I was little my doctor tried calling me Ally and my mom just politely said, “no, its Alex or Alexandra” and that was the end of it. You definitely can control it to some extent. In class when the teacher asks if you have a nickname you just say no and they call you by your full name. Usually the kids will call you by that same name, in my experience. All hope is not lost! 😛

    Post # 11
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    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I like Greg. I agree Rory reminds me too much of Gilmore Girls.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I popped in to say two things:

    1. I don’t mind Greg at all. I find that names become what you make of them – so when you see this beautiful baby boy who’s all yours, the name Gregory or Greg or anything else will attach itself to the amazing child, not the preconceptions that you currently have of the name. 

    2. You  / he may change your mind when you actually do start TTC or are pregnant. My husband is a Jr and would love a III (he has a great name that I love, though), but my dad died a few years ago and I’d love to honor a son with his name (he also had a great name). I thought it was going to be a “big thing” with us…but we are TTC now, and now that it’s becoming a reality, I am totally cool with our son having my husband’s name. I think it’s amazing that we could pass it on in that way. Any second son we had would be named after my dad. 

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @abby382:  I love Gregory and I also happen to like Greg.  I think they’re handsome and classic and make me think of a strong, intelligent man.

    Post # 14
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    3989 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    My DH’s name is Greg, short for Gregory.  I call him Gregory when I make fun of him.  Sooo, I’m inclined to go with Greg.

    Post # 16
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @abby382:  If this is your only option for son #1, can you at least have final say on son #2 (should there be one)?

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