Names Categorized "diminutives"

This is a list of names in which the categories include diminutives.
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ADELINE   f   French, English
Diminutive of ADÈLE.
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.
ALISON   f   English, French
Norman French diminutive of Aalis (see ALICE). It was common in England and France in the Middle Ages, and was later revived in the 20th century. Unlike most other English names ending in son, it is not derived from a surname.
ALLY (1)   f   English
Diminutive of ALISON, ALEXANDRA or other names beginning with the same sound.
ALLY (2)   m   Scottish
Diminutive of ALISTAIR.
ANGELINE   f   French
French diminutive of ANGELA.
ANYA   f   Russian
Russian diminutive of ANNA.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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").
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EDIE   f   English
Diminutive of EDITH.
EGIL   m   Swedish, Norwegian, 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.
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).
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.
ELMA   f   Dutch, German
Short form of WILHELMINE or names ending in elma, such as ANSELMA.
ELSIE   f   English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
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.
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.
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.
FRONA   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of SOPHRONIA.
GEORDIE   m   English
Diminutive of GEORGE.
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).
GRUSHA   f   Russian
Diminutive of AGRAFENA.
GUS (1)   m   English, Scottish
Short form of AUGUSTUS or ANGUS.
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-).
HELMA   f   German, Dutch
Short form of WILHELMINA.
HEPSIE   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of HEPHZIBAH.
HETTIE   f   English
Diminutive of HENRIETTA or HESTER.
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.
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-).
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.
JANET   f   English
Medieval diminutive of JANE.
JEM   m   English
Diminutive of JEREMY (and formerly of JAMES).
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.
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.
JUDY   f   English
Diminutive of JUDITH. A well-known bearer of this name was singer and actress Judy Garland (1922-1969).
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.
KATIE   f   English
Diminutive of KATE.
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.
LARRY   m   English
Diminutive of LAURENCE (1). A notable bearer is former basketball player Larry Bird (1956-).
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, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
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.
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.
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.
MALLE   f   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of MARY.
MARE   f   Estonian, Slovene, Macedonian, Croatian
Diminutive of MARIA and other names beginning with mar.
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.
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.
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".
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.
MINNIE   f   English
Diminutive of WILHELMINA.
MISHA   m   Russian
Russian diminutive of MIKHAIL.
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".
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
Short form of ANTONIA 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 coincides with the Spanish word niña meaning "little girl".
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.
PASHA   m   Russian
Diminutive of PAVEL.
PEGGY   f   English
Medieval variant of Meggy, a diminutive of MARGARET. The reason for the change in the initial consonant is unknown.
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.
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   English
Diminutive of PHILIP. This was the name of the main character in 'Great Expectations' (1860) by Charles Dickens.
PRISSY   f   English
Diminutive of PRISCILLA.
RANDY   m & f   English
Diminutive of RANDALL, RANDOLF or MIRANDA.
RICHIE   m   English
Diminutive of RICHARD.
ROB   m   English, Dutch
Short form of ROBERT.
RONI (2)   f   English
Diminutive of VERONICA.
ROSETTA   f   Italian
Italian diminutive of ROSA (1).
RUE   f   English
From the name of the bitter medicinal herb, ultimately deriving from Greek ‘ρυτη (rhyte). This is also sometimes used as a short form of RUTH (1).
SADIE   f   English
Diminutive of SARAH.
SALLIE   f   English
Diminutive of SARAH.
SALLY   f   English
Diminutive of SARAH.
SAM (1)   m & f   English
Short form of SAMUEL, SAMSON or SAMANTHA.
SAMPPA   m   Finnish
Finnish diminutive of SAMULI or ALEKSANTERI, or else a variant of SAMPO.
SANDY   m & f   English
Originally a diminutive of ALEXANDER. As a feminine name it is a diminutive of ALEXANDRA or SANDRA. It can also be given in reference to the colour.
SARINA   f   English (Modern)
Meaning unknown, perhaps a diminutive of SARA or a variant of SERENA.
SARITA (1)   f   Spanish
Spanish diminutive of SARAH.
SASHA   m & f   Russian, Ukrainian, English, French
Russian and Ukrainian diminutive of ALEKSANDR or ALEKSANDRA.
SHARI   f   English
Diminutive of SHARON or a variant of SHERRY.
SONYA   f   Russian, English
Russian diminutive of SOPHIA. This is the name of a character in Leo Tolstoy's novel 'War and Peace' (1869, English translation 1886).
STACY   f & m   English
Either a diminutive of ANASTASIA, or else from a surname which was derived from Stace, a medieval form of EUSTACE. As a feminine name, it came into general use during the 1950s, though it had earlier been in use as a rare masculine name.
STELLA (2)   f   Greek
Diminutive of STYLIANI, with the spelling influenced by that of STELLA (1).
STEVE   m   English
Short form of STEVEN. A notable bearer was American technology entrepreneur Steve Jobs (1955-2011).
TAMMY   f   English
Short form of TAMARA and other names beginning with Tam.
TERRY (2)   m & f   English
Diminutive of TERENCE or THERESA. A famous bearer was Terry Fox (1958-1981), a young man with an artificial leg who attempted to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He died of the disease before crossing the country.
TESSA   f   English
Diminutive of THERESA.
THOMASINA   f   English
Medieval feminine form of THOMAS.
TIANA   f   English
Short form of TATIANA or CHRISTIANA.
TIBBY   f & m   English
Diminutive of TABITHA or THEOBALD.
TIM   m   English, German, Dutch, Slovene, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Short form of TIMOTHY. It was borne by the fictional character Tiny Tim, the ill son of Bob Cratchit in Charles Dickens' novel 'A Christmas Carol' (1843).
TINA   f   English, Italian, Dutch, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian
Short form of CHRISTINA, MARTINA, and other names ending in tina. In addition to these names, it is also used in Dutch as a diminutive of CATHARINA and in Croatian as a diminutive of KATARINA.
TOLLY   m   English (Archaic)
Diminutive of BARTHOLOMEW.
TONY   m   English
Short form of ANTHONY.
TORI   f   English
Diminutive of VICTORIA.
TORY (1)   m   African American
Meaning unknown, possibly a diminutive of SALVATORE.
TORY (2)   f   English
Variant of TORI.
VAL   m & f   English
Short form of VALENTINE (1), VALERIE, and other names beginning with Val.
VICKI   f   English
Diminutive of VICTORIA.
WALT   m   English
Short form of WALTER.
WENDY   f   English
In the case of the character from J. M. Barrie's play 'Peter Pan' (1904), it was created from the nickname fwendy "friend", given to the author by a young friend. However, the name was used prior to the play (rarely), in which case it could be related to the Welsh name GWENDOLEN and other names beginning with the element gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed". The name only became common after Barrie's play ran.
YASHA   m   Russian
Russian diminutive of YAKOV.
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