Names Categorized "diminutives"

This is a list of names in which the categories include diminutives.
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ACE (2)   m   Macedonian
Macedonian diminutive of ALEXANDER.
ADDY (2)   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of ADAM.
ADELINE   f   French, English
Diminutive of ADÈLE.
ALDOUS   m   English (Rare)
Probably a diminutive of names beginning with the Old English element eald "old". It has been in use as an English given name since the Middle Ages, mainly in East Anglia. The British author Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was a famous bearer of this name.
ALENKA   f   Slovene
Slovene diminutive of ALENA.
ALEXA   f   English, German, Hungarian
Short form of ALEXANDRA.
ALI (2)   f   English
Diminutive of ALISON, ALEXANDRA or other names beginning with the same sound.
ALIDA   f   Dutch, German, Hungarian
Diminutive of ADELAIDE.
ALISON   f   English, French
Norman French diminutive of Aalis (see ALICE). It was common in England, Scotland and France in the Middle Ages, and was later revived in England in the 20th century via Scotland. Unlike most other English names ending in son, it is not derived from a surname.
ALLIE   f   English
Diminutive of ALISON, ALEXANDRA or other names beginning with the same sound.
ALLY (1)   f   English
Diminutive of ALISON, ALEXANDRA or other names beginning with the same sound.
ALLY (2)   m   Scottish
Diminutive of ALISTAIR.
ALYONA   f   Russian
Originally a Russian diminutive of YELENA. It is now used independently.
ANGELINE   f   French
French diminutive of ANGELA.
ANNIKA   f   Swedish, Dutch, Finnish, German, English (Modern)
Swedish diminutive of ANNA.
ANYA   f   Russian
Russian diminutive of ANNA.
AODHÁN   m   Irish, Scottish, Irish Mythology
From the old Irish name Áedán, a diminutive of Áed (see AODH). This was the name of an Irish monk and saint of the 7th century. It was also borne by several characters in Irish mythology.
ARIS (2)   m   Dutch
Diminutive of ADRIAAN.
ARLIE   f & m   English
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "eagle wood" in Old English. This name can also be a diminutive of ARLENE.
ARNE (2)   m   German
Diminutive of ARNOLD.
ARNIE   m   English
Diminutive of ARNOLD.
AUDREY   f   English
Medieval diminutive of ÆÐELÞRYÐ. This was the name of a 7th-century saint, a princess of East Anglia who founded a monastery at Ely. It was also borne by a character in Shakespeare's comedy 'As You Like It' (1599). At the end of the Middle Ages the name became rare due to association with the word tawdry (which was derived from St. Audrey, the name of a fair where cheap lace was sold), but it was revived in the 19th century. A famous bearer was British actress Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993).
AVI   m   Hebrew
Means "my father" in Hebrew. It is also a diminutive of AVRAHAM or AVIRAM.
BABETTE   f   French
French diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BAIRRE   m   Irish
Diminutive of FIONNBHARR or BARRFHIONN.
BÄRBEL   f   German
German diminutive of BARBARA.
BARBIE   f   English
Diminutive of BARBARA.
BASTET   f   Egyptian Mythology
Variant of BAST. This form of the name, a diminutive, was given to her after the similar goddess Sekhmet (protector of Upper Egypt) became more important.
BATE   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of BARTHOLOMEW.
BECKY   f   English
Diminutive of REBECCA.
BENNY   m   English
Diminutive of BENJAMIN or BENEDICT.
BERTILLE   f   French
French diminutive of BERTHA.
BETSY   f   English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BETTE   f   English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH. A famous bearer was American actress Bette Davis (1908-1989).
BETTY   f   English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BILL   m   English
Short form of WILLIAM. This spelling was first used in the 19th century. The change in the initial consonant may have been influenced by an earlier Irish pronunciation of the name. Famous bearers include basketball player Bill Russell (1934-), comedian Bill Cosby (1937-), American president Bill Clinton (1946-), and Microsoft founder Bill Gates (1955-).
BILLIE   m & f   English
Diminutive of BILL. It is also used as a feminine form of WILLIAM.
BILLY   m   English
Diminutive of BILL. A notable bearer was the American outlaw Billy the Kid (1859-1881), whose real name was William H. Bonney.
BOBBI   f   English
Diminutive of ROBERTA or BARBARA.
BOŽO   m   Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Originally a diminutive of BOŽIDAR and other names beginning with the Slavic element bozy meaning "divine".
BRITTA   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian short form of BIRGITTA.
BRUNELLA   f   Italian
Feminine diminutive of BRUNO.
BUNNY   f   English
Diminutive of BERENICE.
CALE   m   English
Short form of CALEB.
CALLIE   f   English
Diminutive of CAROLINE, or sometimes of names beginning with Cal.
CAOMHÁN   m   Ancient Irish
Diminutive of CAOMH. This was the name of a 6th-century Irish saint.
CARRIE   f   English
Diminutive of CAROLINE.
CECE   f   English
Diminutive of CECILIA or other names containing a similar sound.
CHANCE   m   English
Originally a diminutive of CHAUNCEY. It is now usually given in reference to the English word chance meaning "luck, fortune" (ultimately derived from Latin cadens "falling").
CHARLENE   f   English
Feminine diminutive of CHARLES.
CHARLIE   m & f   English
Diminutive or feminine form of CHARLES. A famous bearer is Charlie Brown, the main character in the comic strip 'Peanuts' by Charles Schulz.
CHARLOTTE   f   French, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch
French feminine diminutive of CHARLES. It was introduced to Britain in the 17th century. A notable bearer was Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), the eldest of the three Brontë sisters and the author of 'Jane Eyre' and 'Villette'.
CHERRY   f   English
Simply means "cherry" from the name of the fruit. It can also be a diminutive of CHARITY. It has been in use since the late 19th century.
CHUCHO   m   Spanish
Spanish diminutive of JESÚS.
CIANÁN   m   Irish
Diminutive of CIAN. This was the name of a 5th-century Irish saint.
CIARÁN   m   Irish
Diminutive of CIAR. This was the name of two Irish saints: Saint Ciarán the Elder, the patron of the Kingdom of Munster, and Saint Ciarán of Clonmacnoise, the founder of a monastery in the 6th century.
CILLA   f   Swedish, Dutch
Diminutive of CECILIA.
CLEO   f   English
Short form of CLEOPATRA.
CLINT   m   English
Short form of CLINTON. A notable bearer is American actor Clint Eastwood (1930-), who became famous early in his career for his western movies.
COBY   m & f   English
Masculine or feminine diminutive of JACOB.
COLIN (2)   m   English
Medieval diminutive of Col, a short form of NICHOLAS.
CONNIE   f & m   English
Diminutive of CONSTANCE and other names beginning with Con. It is occasionally a masculine name, a diminutive of CORNELIUS or CONRAD.
CORRADINO   m   Italian
Diminutive of CORRADO.
DAISY   f   English
Simply from the English word for the white flower, ultimately derived from Old English dægeseage meaning "day eye". It was first used as a given name in the 19th century, at the same time many other plant and flower names were coined.
DANNIE   m   English
Diminutive of DANIEL.
DARINA (2)   f   Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian
Derived from the Slavic word dar meaning "gift". It can also be used as a diminutive of DARIA.
DARINKA   f   Slovene, Croatian
Either a diminutive of DARIJA, or a derivative of the Slavic word dar meaning "gift".
DARKO   m   Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian
Originally a diminutive of names containing the Slavic element daru meaning "gift".
DAW   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of DAVID.
DEMI   f   Greek
Short form of DEMETRIA.
DICK (1)   m   English
Medieval diminutive of RICHARD. The change in the initial consonant is said to have been caused by the way the trilled Norman R was pronounced by the English.
DICUN   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of DICK (1).
DIMA (2)   m   Russian
Diminutive of DIMITRI.
DIOT   f   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of DIONYSIA.
DOLLY   f   English
Diminutive of DOROTHY. Doll and Dolly were used from the 16th century, and the common English word doll (for the plaything) is derived from them. In modern times this name is also sometimes used as a diminutive of DOLORES.
DORY   f   English
Diminutive of DOROTHY or DORIS. This is the name of a fish in the animated film 'Finding Nemo' (2003).
DOT   f   English
Diminutive of DOROTHY.
DOTTIE   f   English
Diminutive of DOROTHY.
DOUG   m   English
Short form of DOUGLAS.
DRUSILLA   f   Biblical, Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin
Feminine diminutive of the Roman family name DRUSUS. In Acts in the New Testament Drusilla is the wife of Felix.
EBBE   m   Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German (Rare)
Diminutive of EBERHARD and other names beginning with the Germanic element ebur meaning "wild boar". In Scandinavia it is also a diminutive of ESBEN.
EDA (2)   f   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of EDITH.
EDDIE   m & f   English
Diminutive of EDWARD, EDMUND, and other names beginning with Ed.
EDI   m   Slovene, Croatian
Slovene diminutive of EDVARD and a Croatian diminutive of EDUARD.
EDIE   f   English
Diminutive of EDITH.
EGIL   m   Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
From the Old Norse name Egill, a diminutive of names that began with the element agi "awe, terror". This was the name of a semi-legendary Icelandic warrior.
EILIDH   f   Scottish
Diminutive of EILIONOIR, sometimes taken to be a Gaelic form of HELEN.
ELA (1)   f   Polish
Diminutive of ELŻBIETA.
ELIZA   f   English, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Short form of ELIZABETH. It was borne by the character Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw's play 'Pygmalion' (1913) and the subsequent musical adaptation 'My Fair Lady' (1956).
ELKE (1)   f   Dutch, German, Frisian
Frisian diminutive of ADELHEID.
ELLA (2)   f   English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
Diminutive of ELEANOR, ELLEN (1), and other names beginning with El. It can also be a short form of names ending in ella.
ELLIE   f   English
Diminutive of ELEANOR, ELLEN (1), and other names beginning with El.
ELMA   f   Dutch, German
Short form of WILHELMINE or names ending in elma, such as ANSELMA.
ELSIE   f   English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
EMMELINE   f   English (Archaic)
From an Old French form of the Germanic name Amelina, originally a diminutive of Germanic names beginning with the element amal meaning "work". The Normans introduced this name to England.
EMMETT   m   English
From an English surname which was derived from a diminutive of the feminine given name EMMA.
EMMIE   f   English
Diminutive of EMMA or EMILY.
EPPIE   f   English (Archaic)
Diminutive of EUPHEMIA or HEPHZIBAH.
ERMO   m   Medieval Italian
Italian diminutive of ERASMUS.
ERNIE   m   English
Diminutive of ERNEST.
ESSIE   f   English
Diminutive of ESTELLE or ESTHER.
ESTA   f   English
Diminutive of ESTHER.
ETTA   f   English
Short form of HENRIETTA and other names that end with etta. A famous bearer was the American singer Etta James (1938-2012), who took her stage name from her real given name Jamesetta.
ETTIE   f   English
Diminutive of HENRIETTA and other names ending with etta or ette.
EULA   f   English
Short form of EULALIA.
EVIE   f   English
Diminutive of EVE or EVELYN.
FANNY   f   English, French, Spanish
Diminutive of FRANCES, FRANÇOISE or STÉPHANIE. In the English-speaking world this has been a vulgar slang word since the late 19th century, and the name has subsequently dropped out of common use.
FEMKE   f   Dutch, Frisian
Diminutive of Germanic names beginning with the element frid "peace". It also coincides with a Frisian word meaning "little girl".
FERMINTXO   m   Basque
Basque diminutive of FIRMIN.
FLANAGAN   m   English (Rare)
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Flannagáin meaning "descendant of Flannagán". The given name Flannagán is derived from Irish flann "red" and a diminutive suffix.
FLORETTA   f   English
Latinate diminutive of FLORA.
FRANCE   f   French
From the name of the country, sometimes considered a feminine form of FRANK (1) or short form of FRANÇOISE, both of which are ultimately related to the name of the country.
FRED   m   English, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese
Short form of FREDERICK or other names containing the same element. A famous bearer was the American actor and dancer Fred Astaire (1899-1987).
FREDDY   m   English
Diminutive of FREDERICK.
FRITZ   m   German
German diminutive of FRIEDRICH.
FRONA   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of SOPHRONIA.
GEORDIE   m   English
Diminutive of GEORGE.
GERTIE   f   English, Dutch
Diminutive of GERTRUDE.
GIA   f   Italian
Diminutive of GIANNA.
GINNY   f   English
Diminutive of VIRGINIA.
GIULIETTA   f   Italian
Diminutive of GIULIA.
GRACIE   f   English
Diminutive of GRACE.
GRAZIELLA   f   Italian
Diminutive of GRAZIA.
GRETA   f   German, Swedish, English
Short form of MARGARETA. A famous bearer of this name was Swedish actress Greta Garbo (1905-1990).
GRISHA   m   Russian
Diminutive of GRIGORIY.
GRUSHA   f   Russian
Diminutive of AGRAFENA.
GUS (1)   m   English, Scottish
Short form of AUGUSTUS or ANGUS.
GUS (2)   m   Greek
Diminutive of CONSTANTINE, used primarily by Greek expatriates.
HAL   m   English
Medieval diminutive of HARRY.
HALLE (1)   m   Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Halli, a diminutive of names containing the element hallr meaning "rock".
HALLI   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of HALLE (1).
HANK   m   English
Originally a short form of Hankin which was a medieval diminutive of JOHN. Since the 17th century in the United States this name has also been used as a diminutive of HENRY, probably under the influence of the Dutch diminutive HENK. A famous bearer is the American former baseball player Hank Aaron (1934-).
HANKIN   m   Medieval English
Diminutive of HANN.
HEIDI   f   German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English
German diminutive of ADELHEID. This is the name of the title character in the children's novel 'Heidi' (1880) by Johanna Spyri. The name began to be used in the English-speaking world shortly after the 1937 release of the movie adaptation, which starred Shirley Temple.
HELI (2)   f   Finnish
Diminutive of HELENA.
HELMA   f   German, Dutch
Short form of WILHELMINA.
HENRIETTE   f   French, German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
French feminine diminutive of HENRY.
HEPSIE   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of HEPHZIBAH.
HERSHEL   m   Yiddish, American
Yiddish diminutive of HERSH. As a non-Jewish American name (somewhat common around the end of the 19th century), it was likely inspired by the German surname HERSCHEL, borne for instance by the British astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822).
HETTIE   f   English
Diminutive of HENRIETTA or HESTER.
HOPKIN   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of HOB.
HOVIK   m   Armenian
Diminutive of HOVHANNES.
HUDDE   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of HUGH or possibly RICHARD.
IBB   f   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of ISABEL.
IGGY   m   English
Diminutive of IGNATIUS.
IKE   m   English
Diminutive of ISAAC. This was the nickname of the American president Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), based on the initial sound of his surname.
INA   f   English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Limburgish, Croatian
Short form of names ending with ina.
INDY   m   Popular Culture
Diminutive of INDIANA. This is the nickname of the hero of the 'Indiana Jones' movies, starring Harrison Ford.
ISA (2)   f   German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish
Short form of ISABELLA.
IVO (2)   m   Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Diminutive of IVAN.
JACK   m   English
Derived from Jackin (earlier Jankin), a medieval diminutive of JOHN. It is often regarded as an independent name. During the Middle Ages it was very common, and it became a slang word meaning "man". It was frequently used in fairy tales and nursery rhymes, such as 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Little Jack Horner', and 'Jack Sprat'. American writers Jack London (1876-1916) and Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) were two famous bearers of this name. It is also borne by American actor Jack Nicholson (1937-).
JACKI   f   English
Diminutive of JACQUELINE.
JACKIE   m & f   English
Diminutive of JACK or JACQUELINE. A notable bearer was baseball player Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball.
JAKI   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of JACQUELINE.
JAMIE   m & f   Scottish, English
Originally a Lowland Scots diminutive of JAMES. Since the late 19th century it has also been used as a feminine form.
JANELLE   f   English
Diminutive of JANE. It has been in use only since the 20th century.
JANET   f   English
Medieval diminutive of JANE.
JANIE   f   English
Diminutive of JANE.
JANKIN   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of JAN (3).
JEM   m   English
Diminutive of JEREMY (and formerly of JAMES).
JENNIE   f   English, Swedish
Variant of JENNY. Before the 20th century this spelling was more common.
JENNY   f   English, Swedish, Finnish, German, Dutch, Spanish
Originally a medieval English diminutive of JANE. Since the middle of the 20th century it has been primarily considered a diminutive of JENNIFER.
JESSA   f   English
Diminutive of JESSICA.
JILL   f   English
Short form of GILLIAN.
JILLIE   f   English
Diminutive of JILL.
JIM   m   English
Medieval diminutive of JAMES.
JIMMY   m   English
Diminutive of JAMES.
JOANIE   f   English
Diminutive of JOAN (1).
JODY   f & m   English
Probably either a variant of JUDY or a diminutive of JOSEPH. It was popularized by the young hero in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' novel 'The Yearling' (1938) and the subsequent film adaptation (1946).
JOEY   m & f   English
Diminutive of JOSEPH. It is occasionally used as a feminine diminutive of JOSEPHINE or JOHANNA.
JONI (1)   f   English
Diminutive of JOAN (1).
JOSH   m   English
Short form of JOSHUA.
JUANITA   f   Spanish
Diminutive of JUANA.
JUDD   m   English, Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of JORDAN. Modern use of this name is inspired by the surname that was derived from the medieval name.
JUDY   f   English
Diminutive of JUDITH. A well-known bearer of this name was singer and actress Judy Garland (1922-1969).
JULES (2)   f & m   English
Diminutive of JULIA or JULIAN.
JULIETTE   f   French
French diminutive of JULIE.
KAI (1)   m   Frisian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch
Meaning uncertain, possibly a Frisian diminutive of GERHARD, NICOLAAS, CORNELIS or GAIUS.
KAT   f   English
Diminutive of KATHERINE.
KATE   f   English, Croatian
Diminutive of KATHERINE, often used independently. It has been used in England since the Middle Ages. This was the name of the woman who Petruchio marries and tries to tame in Shakespeare's comedy 'Taming of the Shrew' (1593). A famous bearer is the British actress Kate Winslet (1975-).
KÄTHE   f   German
German diminutive of KATHERINE.
KATIA   f   Italian, Russian
Italian diminutive of CATERINA, as well as a Russian variant transcription of KATYA.
KATIE   f   English
Diminutive of KATE.
KATYA   f   Russian
Diminutive of YEKATERINA.
KIMMIE   f   English
Diminutive of KIMBERLY or KIM (1).
KIMMY   f   English
Diminutive of KIMBERLY or KIM (1).
KIT   m & f   English
Diminutive of CHRISTOPHER or KATHERINE. A notable bearer was Kit Carson (1809-1868), an American frontiersman and explorer.
KITTY   f   English
Diminutive of KATHERINE.
KOBE (1)   m   Dutch
Dutch diminutive of JAKOB.
KOLYA   m   Russian
Diminutive of NIKOLAI.
LAINEY   f   English (Modern)
Variant of LANEY.
LANEY   f   English
Diminutive of ELAINE.
LANNY   m   English
Diminutive of LANCE, LANDON, and other names beginning with Lan.
LARI   m   Finnish
Finnish diminutive of LAURENCE (1) or HILARIUS.
LARKIN   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of LAURENCE (1).
LARRY   m   English
Diminutive of LAURENCE (1). A notable bearer is former basketball player Larry Bird (1956-).
LAURIE   f & m   English, Dutch
Diminutive of LAURA or LAURENCE (1).
LAW   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of LAURENCE (1).
LENI   f   German
German diminutive of HELENE or MAGDALENA.
LENNIE   m   English
Diminutive of LEONARD.
LENNY   m   English
Diminutive of LEONARD.
LENORE   f   English
Short form of ELEANOR. This was the name of the departed love of the narrator in Edgar Allan Poe's poem 'The Raven' (1845).
LILLIE   f   English
Variant of LILY.
LILLY   f   English, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
English variant of LILY. It is also used in Scandinavia, as a form of LILY or a diminutive of ELISABETH.
LILY   f   English
From the name of the flower, a symbol of purity. The word is ultimately derived from Latin lilium.
LISETTE   f   French, English
Diminutive of ÉLISABETH.
LISSA   f   English
Short form of MELISSA.
LIZZY   f   English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
LONNIE   m   English
Short form of ALONZO and other names containing the same sound.
LORA   f   English, Italian
Variant of LAURA. It is also used as an Italian diminutive of ELEONORA or LOREDANA.
LORI   f   English
Diminutive of LAURA or LORRAINE.
LOTTA   f   Swedish, Finnish
Short form of CHARLOTTA.
LOU   f & m   English, French
Short form of LOUISE or LOUIS. Famous bearers include the baseball player Lou Gehrig (1903-1941) and the musician Lou Reed (1942-2013).
LOUIE   m   English
Diminutive of LOUIS.
LULA   f   English
Diminutive of LOUISE and names that begin with Lu.
MAGGIE   f   English
Diminutive of MARGARET.
MAISIE   f   Scottish
Diminutive of MAIREAD.
MALLE   f   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of MARY.
MAMIE   f   English
Diminutive of MARY or MARGARET.
MANDY   f   English
Diminutive of AMANDA.
MARE   f   Estonian, Slovene, Macedonian, Croatian
Diminutive of MARIA and other names beginning with Mar.
MARIANNE   f   French, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
Originally a French diminutive of MARIE. It is also considered a combination of MARIE and ANNE (1). Shortly after the formation of the French Republic in 1792, a female figure by this name was adopted as the symbol of the state.
MARICA   f   Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Hungarian
Diminutive of MARIJA (Croatian, Serbian and Slovene) or MÁRIA (Hungarian).
MARIELLA   f   Italian
Italian diminutive of MARIA.
MARIETTE   f   French
French diminutive of MARIE.
MARIKA   f   Czech, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian, Greek, Finnish, Estonian, Georgian
Diminutive of MARIA or other names beginning with Mari.
MARISE   f   French
French diminutive of MARIE.
MARNIE   f   English
Possibly a diminutive of MARINA. This name was brought to public attention by Alfred Hitchcock's movie 'Marnie' (1964), itself based on a 1961 novel by Winston Graham.
MASHA   f   Russian
Russian diminutive of MARIYA.
MATTY (1)   m   English
Diminutive of MATTHEW.
MATTY (2)   f   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of MARTHA.
MAX   m   German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch
Short form of MAXIMILIAN (or sometimes of MAXWELL in English).
MEG   f   English
Medieval diminutive of MARGARET.
MEGGY   f   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of MARGARET.
MEIKE   f   German, Dutch
German and Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
MIA   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, English
Scandinavian, Dutch and German diminutive of MARIA. It coincides with the Italian word mia meaning "mine".
MICA   f   English
Short form of MICHAELA.
MICHEL   m   French, German, Dutch
French form of MICHAEL. Michel de Notredame, also known as Nostradamus, was the 16th-century French astrologer who made predictions about future world events. This is also the German diminutive form of MICHAEL.
MIDGE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MADGE.
MILA   f   Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Originally a diminutive of Slavic names containing the element milu "gracious, dear".
MILEY   f   English (Modern)
In the case of actress and singer Miley Cyrus (1992-), it is a shortened form of the nickname Smiley, given to her by her father because she often smiled. Although it was not at all common before she brought it to public attention, there are some examples of its use before her time, most likely as a diminutive of MILES.
MILOŠ   m   Czech, Slovak, Serbian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian
Originally a diminutive of names beginning with the Slavic element milu "gracious, dear". This was the name of a 14th-century Serbian hero who apparently killed the Ottoman sultan Murad I at the Battle of Kosovo.
MINDY   f   English
Diminutive of MELINDA.
MINNIE   f   English
Diminutive of WILHELMINA.
MISHA   m   Russian
Russian diminutive of MIKHAIL.
MITZI   f   German
German diminutive of MARIA.
MOLLE   f   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of MARY.
MOLLY   f   English
Diminutive of MARY. It developed from Malle and Molle, other medieval diminutives. James Joyce used this name in his novel 'Ulysses' (1920), where it belongs to Molly Bloom, the wife of the main character.
MONA (2)   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian short form of MONIKA.
MONTE   m   English
Either a diminutive of MONTGOMERY or from the Spanish or Italian vocabulary word meaning "mountain".
NANCY   f   English
Previously a medieval diminutive of ANNIS, though since the 18th century it has been a diminutive of ANN. It is now usually regarded as an independent name. During the 20th century it became very popular in the United States. A city in the Lorraine region of France bears this name, though it derives from a different source.
NATASHA   f   Russian, English
Russian diminutive of NATALYA. This is the name of a character in Leo Tolstoy's novel 'War and Peace' (1865). It has been used in the English-speaking world only since the 20th century.
NELL   f   English
Medieval diminutive of names beginning with El, such as ELEANOR, ELLEN (1) or HELEN. It may have arisen from the medieval affectionate phrase mine El, which was later reinterpreted as my Nel.
NEWT   m   English
Short form of NEWTON.
NIA (3)   f   English, Georgian
Short form of ANTONIA, SIDONIA and other names ending in nia.
NICK   m   English, Dutch
Short form of NICHOLAS.
NICKY   m & f   English
Diminutive of NICHOLAS or NICOLE.
NICOLETTE   f   French
Diminutive of NICOLE.
NINA (1)   f   Russian, Italian, English, German, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Polish, Slovene, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian
Short form of names that end in nina, such as ANTONINA or GIANNINA. It was imported to Western Europe from Russia and Italy in the 19th century. This name also nearly coincides with the Spanish word niña meaning "little girl".
NOLL   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of OLIVER.
ODETTE   f   French
French diminutive of ODA or ODILIA. This is the name of a princess who has been transformed into a swan in the ballet 'Swan Lake' (1877) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
OTHELLO   m   Literature
Perhaps an Italian diminutive of OTHO. Shakespeare used this name in his tragedy 'Othello' (1603), where it belongs to a Moor who is manipulated by Iago into killing his wife Desdemona.
PACO   m   Spanish
Diminutive of FRANCISCO.
PANCHO   m   Spanish
Spanish diminutive of FRANCISCO. This name was borne by Pancho Villa (1878-1923), a Mexican bandit and revolutionary.
PASHA   m   Russian
Diminutive of PAVEL.
PATE   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of PATRICK.
PATTON   m   English (Rare)
From an English surname which was derived from a diminutive of PATRICK. A notable bearer of the surname was the American World War II general George S. Patton (1885-1945), who played an important part in the allied offensive in France.
PATTY   f   English
Originally a variant of Matty, a 17th-century diminutive of MARTHA. It is now commonly used as a diminutive of PATRICIA.
PAULIE   m   English
Diminutive of PAUL.
PEGGY   f   English
Medieval variant of Meggy, a diminutive of MARGARET. The reason for the change in the initial consonant is unknown.
PENNY   f   English
Diminutive of PENELOPE.
PEPE   m   Spanish
Spanish diminutive of JOSEPH.
PETE   m   English
Short form of PETER.
PETRONILLA   f   Italian, Late Roman
From a Latin name, a diminutive of Petronia, the feminine form of PETRONIUS. This was the name of an obscure 1st-century Roman saint, later believed to be a daughter of Saint Peter.
PETRUCCIO   m   Medieval Italian
Medieval diminutive of PIETRO.
PHIL   m   English
Short form of PHILIP and various other names beginning with Phil, often a Greek element meaning "friend, dear, beloved".
PIERRICK   m   Breton, French
Breton diminutive of PIERRE.
PIP   m & f   English
Diminutive of PHILIP or PHILIPPA. This was the name of the main character in 'Great Expectations' (1860) by Charles Dickens.
PRISSY   f   English
Diminutive of PRISCILLA.
QUEENIE   f   English
Diminutive of QUEEN.
RANDEL   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of RANDOLF and other names beginning with the Germanic element rand meaning "rim (of a shield)".
RANDY   m & f   English
Diminutive of RANDALL, RANDOLF or MIRANDA.
RICHIE   m   English
Diminutive of RICHARD.
RICKY   m   English
Diminutive of RICHARD.
ROB   m   English, Dutch
Short form of ROBERT.
ROBIN   m & f   English, Dutch, Swedish
Medieval diminutive of ROBERT. Robin Hood was a legendary hero and archer of medieval England who stole from the rich to give to the poor. In modern times it has also been used as a feminine name, and it may sometimes be given in reference to the red-breasted bird.
ROCKY   m   English
Diminutive of ROCCO or other names beginning with a similar sound, or else a nickname referring to a tough person. This is the name of a boxer played by Sylvester Stallone in the movie 'Rocky' (1976) and its five sequels.
RÓISÍN   f   Irish
Diminutive of RÓIS.
ROMY   f   German, English
Diminutive of ROSEMARIE or ROSEMARY.
RONI (2)   f   English
Diminutive of VERONICA.
ROSETTA   f   Italian
Italian diminutive of ROSA (1).
ROSINE   f   French
French diminutive of ROSE.
ROXIE   f   English
Diminutive of ROXANA.
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