Post # 1
i know people advise against getting opinions on names you are considering, but this is mostly about nicknames. My husband and I are expecting our first in June, and if it’s a boy we want to name him Jonathan Isaac. Jonathan is to honor a family member who has passed away, but we would like to use the nickname Jake. I love both the name and the nickname, I just want to know if people think it’s weird…. I am becoming really paranoid people will look at him funny for it.
For our girl name it’s a similar situation- I love Delilah Ann , and the nickname Lily. Is that considered okay?
Post # 3
I think both names are lovely, and the nicknames just fine too. Definitely not weird. However, it’s often totally out of your control as parents if the nicknames stick!
Post # 4
@LauraFinallyAbel: I’m going to be honest… I would find it weird. There was a kid at my school who was named James and told us his nickname was Jake and people definitely thought it was strange. I also think it might get kind of confusing. However, if that is what you two like than I don’t think you should worry about what others think.
I think Delilah and Lily makes sense.
Like I said, I think you should go for it if you like it. I’ve definitely heard of stranger nicknames 🙂
Post # 5
I appreciate the honesty =) You’ll definitely never choose something everyone loves, I’m just emotional and worrying about everything right now haha.
Post # 6
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I think it is fine. If he knows a lot of john, josh, jack, jake then it could get really confusing. Delilah and Lily are awesome!
Post # 7
I think that will confuse your future kids when they first get to school!
And they’re going to wind up picking what they want to be called anyway… My sister Nicole was Coley for almost 10 years, then decided one day that she was going to be Nikki.
A friend of mine named Meegan Rose has gone by Rose since elementary school, and I have a friend Tracy who got stuck with the nickname Kitty.
Nicknames are one of those things that you don’t really get to pick!
Post # 8
@LauraFinallyAbel: I think those are perfect nicknames. Just introduce the baby with that nickname and that’s what others will know the child by. Most forms (doctors or schools) ask for legal name as well as the name the child goes by.
My daughter decided, upon entering HS, that she wanted to be known as M (her name begins with M)… and that’s how she is known… to everyone, including teachers. We still call her by her given name at home and her older brother who attends the same HS calls her by that name, as well. When I talk to her friends or teachers… I’m M’s Mom.
Post # 9
To me, Jake only makes sense as a nickname if the first name is Jacob.
Post # 10
@LauraFinallyAbel: OK I’ve looked at the origins and it’s interesting:
There are two ancient names (taken from two different apostles in the Bible): Jacobus and Johannes.
Jacobus is anglicised in English bibles to James. So Jacob, Jake and James are all (originally) the same name.
Johannes is anglicised in English bibles to John. And then Jack is a common English nickname for John. So John, Jonathan and Jack are all originally the same name.
So technically, you can use Jack but not Jake as a nickname for Jonathan. You could probably get away with Jake but it would not be “correct”.
Have you considered calling him Jake Jonathan?
p.s. When people advise against getting opinions on names, they mean with family or friends. There’s nothing wrong with asking anonymously!
Post # 11
I think Lily works because I’ve heard it as a common nickname for multiple names (Olivia, Lillian). I don’t think that Jake works as much…I have a brother named Jonathan and he was only called Jonathan at home, but nicknamed as Jon, Johnny etc by friends. I do think however, you might be able to call him “J” and no one would think that’s as off as it’s the first letter. If you want it though, go for it, but just know that it might not stick but you never know what nicknames will/won’t.
Post # 12
I think it’s fine if that’s what you call him. I knew a boy named Jake whose actual name was William, no idea where Jake came from but that’s how he introduced himself, so that’s what we all called him.
Post # 13
I think people would only consider it weird if the full names or nicknames were made up or something. They are ALL classic names (nicknames included), so I doubt anyone will think twice! I think it’s a great idea and I love the names you chose 🙂
I also think it’s common that when a child is named after another family member, a nickname is used instead of the full name, and they tend to be more creative nicknames so that both family members can be distinguished.
Post # 14
If someone told me their name was Jake, I would think it short for Jacob. Definitely not Jonathan. Could Jacob or Jake be his middle name instead of Isaac? I think it’s pretty common for people to go by their middle name.
Lily for Delilah I think makes more sense.
If you really like these nicknames though, then why not just name your kids those names? I have a few friends named Abbi and it’s not short for Abigail.
Post # 15
I think people will assume Jake is short for Jacob. I don’t necessarily think it’s a “weird” nickname, just unconventional as a nickname for Jonathan and it WILL confuse people.
I can kind of see Lily as a nickname for Delilah…
Post # 16
I think it’s fine. If he is called Jake from a little boy, then it won’t even be an issue. I have always gone by a nickname that is a shortened version of my legal name (I.e. John for Jonathan) and decided for a while in school that I wanted to go by my legal name. I later decided to go back to my nickname and it wasn’t an issue because we were still in grade school. Also, think about all of the William’s who go by different names (Will, Liam, Bill, Chip, etc). I really don’t think it’s too out there.