(Closed) For a boy's name

posted 5 years ago in Babies
  • poll: All about the name Philip . . .
    If you really don't want your child called Phil, there are ways to make it happen. (Specify.) : (34 votes)
    19 %
    Dream on, Philip/Flip is getting called Phil whether you like it or not. : (86 votes)
    48 %
    Flip is a stupid name, just don't do it. : (58 votes)
    33 %
  • Post # 3
    6110 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    If you want your child to have a certain nickname and not another, always call him by the nickname you want to use. Just tell friends and family you don’t like Phil and you shouldn’t have a problem. I doubt a stranger would immediately call him Phil unless they heard you say it. 

    Post # 4
    542 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think Philip will always end up being called Phil, even if it’s at school and not at home.

    And I think when your son would say “hey, my name is Flip” other kids might make fun of him. Sorry… no offense…

    Post # 5
    3150 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    i know someone who named her son Isaac, but has only ever called him Ike. I even forget his name is actually Isaac. I think Flip is an awesome nickname- AWESOME- so go ahead and from day 1 he’s Flip!

    Post # 6
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think kids will naturally shorten Phillip to Phil.  I remember doing that in school with friends; we naturally shortened names to the most logical single syllable nickname.

    Post # 7
    301 posts
    Helper bee

    Some of it is going to come to the child. My parents always called me by my nickname and so did everyone else, until I decided I wanted to go by my full name when I was 12. If you want to call your child by his full name or a diminutive that is not the norm, call him that and people will follow suit.

    Post # 8
    5494 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    People calls others what they call themselves. If some refers to themselves as Philip or Flip I wouldn’t call them Phil.  I call my cousin Michael because he calls himself Michael.  I call my friend Dave, not David, because he calls himself Dave.


    So I think if you always refer to your son as Philip or Flip that’s what he’ll also call himself and in turn what others will call him.

    I know two Philips.  One goes by Phil and one goes by Philip and they introduce themselves as such.  I’ve never heard Philip be called Phil and vice versa.

    As an aside, Elizabeth is my favorite girl name, and I hate Liz.  Love all the other shortened versions though. 


    Post # 9
    135 posts
    Blushing bee

    My friend has a daughter named Sophia and she really did not like the nickname Sophie. When her daughter was old enough to talk and people addressed her as Sophie her mother told her to say “I prefer Sophia.”

    It sounded really snobby and formal when her daughter corrected people but it worked. No one calls her Sophie.

    I think Flip is a cute name for a boy but when I was growing up “Flip” was a derogatory slang word used to refer to persons of Filipino descent.

    Post # 10
    4518 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    If you just always call him Flip, people won’t call him Phil because they won’t think of his name as Philip. They’ll think of it as Flip.

    If you call him or introduce him to people as Philip, though, then yeah, they’re going to call him Phil…

    Post # 11
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think most people will call you as you introduce yourself/ your child out of respect. 

    Post # 13
    839 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    People won’t call him Phil unless you introduce him as Phil, or he introduces himself as Phil. So for the first several years of his life, he will probably he called whatever you want him to be called, and honestly I don’t think people would just shorten his name on their own. But, you should be prepared for when he gets older, he might choose to go by Phil, and there’s really nothing you can do about it at that point.

    Post # 14
    300 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think people who know him well will call him what you/he introduce him as, but strangers and coworkers are different.  My fiance’s name is James, I call him JC, and he gets addressed as “Jim” pretty often by strangers and coworkers.  I think it’s weird and I wouldn’t do it myself, but it definitely happens and is annoying. 

    Post # 15
    288 posts
    Helper bee

    My FI’s name is Andrew but his parents didn’t like that name. They LOVED the name Drew, but never wanted him to be an Andy or Andrew. His formal name is Andrew and from day 1 everyone has called him Drew. He’s never had a problem with people calling him something else because he always introduces himself as Drew and in school he corrects teachers the first day and never has to do it again. If you love it, go for it.

    Post # 16
    8604 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I know both a Bradley and a Matthew that go by their full names. I do think kids might shorten it in conversation though, heck even names without real nicknames can get simplified (Tor for Tori, Whit for Whitney, etc). I do think Flip is kind of a weird nickname and might be made fun of though, sorry. 🙁

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