Names Categorized "short forms"

This is a list of names in which the categories include short forms.
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ABE (1)   m   English
Short form of ABRAHAM.
ADA   f   English, German, Polish, Hungarian, Italian, Finnish
Short form of ADELAIDE and other names beginning with the same sound. This name was borne by Augusta Ada King (1815-1852), the Countess of Lovelace (known as Ada Lovelace), a daughter of Lord Byron. She was an assistant to Charles Babbage, the inventor of an early mechanical computer.
ADELA   f   English, Spanish, Romanian, Polish, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element adal meaning "noble". Saint Adela was a 7th-century Frankish princess who founded a monastery at Pfazel in France. This name was also borne by a daughter of William the Conqueror.
ADORA   f   Spanish
Short form of ADORACIÓN.
ADRIA   f   English
Short form of ADRIANA.
AGE (1)   m   Frisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element agil meaning "edge (of a sword), blade".
AIKE   m   Frisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element agil meaning "edge (of a sword), blade".
AL   m   English
Short form of ALBERT and other names beginning with Al. A notable bearer is American actor Al Pacino (1940-).
ALBA (3)   f   Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element alf meaning "elf".
ALE (1)   m & f   Finnish, Italian, Spanish
Finnish short form of ALEKSANTERI or ALEKSI, an Italian short form of ALESSANDRO, and a Spanish short form of ALEJANDRO or ALEJANDRA.
ALE (2)   m   Frisian
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element adal meaning "noble".
ALF (2)   m   English
Short form of ALFRED.
ALF (3)   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Short form of ADOLF.
ALINA   f   Romanian, German, Italian, Polish
Short form of ADELINA and names that end in alina.
ARNE (1)   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Originally an Old Norse short form of names beginning with the element arn meaning "eagle".
ASTA   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Short form of ASTRID.
BEA   f   English
Short form of BEATRIX.
BEN (1)   m   English, German, Dutch
Short form of BENJAMIN or BENEDICT. A notable bearer was Ben Jonson (1572-1637), an English poet and playwright.
BOR   m   Slovene
Short form of names containing bor, such as BORISLAV or BORIS. It is also a South Slavic word meaning "pine tree".
BRAM   m   English, Dutch
Short form of ABRAHAM. This name was borne by Bram Stoker (1847-1912), the Irish author who wrote 'Dracula'.
BRITTA   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian short form of BIRGITTA.
BROOS   m   Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of AMBROOS.
CANDELA   f   Spanish
Short form of CANDELARIA.
CAROL (1)   f & m   English
Short form of CAROLINE. It was formerly a masculine name, derived from CAROLUS. The name can also be given in reference to the English vocabulary word, which means "song" or "hymn".
CERI (2)   f   Welsh
Short form of CERIDWEN.
CHER   f   English
Short form of CHERYL. In the case of the American musician Cher (1946-), it is short for her real name CHERILYN.
CHRIS   m & f   English, Dutch
Short form of CHRISTOPHER, CHRISTIAN, CHRISTINE, and other names that begin with Chris.
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.
CLEO   f   English
Short form of CLEOPATRA.
CLIFF   m   English
Short form of CLIFFORD or CLIFTON.
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.
COLETTE   f   French
Short form of NICOLETTE. Saint Colette was a 15th-century French nun who gave her money to the poor. This was also the pen name of the French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954).
CORA   f   English, German, Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of KORE. It was not used as a given name in the English-speaking world until after it was employed by James Fenimore Cooper for a character in his novel 'The Last of the Mohicans' (1826). In some cases it may be a short form of CORDULA, CORINNA or other names beginning with a similar sound.
DELIA (2)   f   English
Short form of ADELIA or BEDELIA.
DINA (2)   f   Italian, Portuguese
Short form of names ending in dina.
DION   m   Ancient Greek, English
Short form of DIONYSIOS and other Greek names beginning with the Greek element Διος (Dios) meaning "of ZEUS". This was the name of a 4th-century BC tyrant of Syracuse. It has been used as an American given name since the middle of the 20th century.
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.
DOM   m   English
Short form of DOMINIC.
DOUG   m   English
Short form of DOUGLAS.
EA (2)   f   Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
Short form of names ending in ea.
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.
EDIE   f   English
Diminutive of EDITH.
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.
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.
FRANK (2)   m   English
Short form of FRANCIS. The singer Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) was a famous bearer.
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).
FRIDA   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic
Germanic name, originally a short form of other feminine names containing the Germanic element frid meaning "peace". This is also the Scandinavian equivalent, from the Old Norse cognate Fríða. A famous bearer was Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954).
FRONA   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of SOPHRONIA.
GENEVA   f   English
Possibly a shortened form of GENEVIEVE. It could also be inspired by the name of the city in Switzerland. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century.
GERO   m   German, Ancient Germanic
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element ger meaning "spear".
GIA   f   Italian
Diminutive of GIANNA.
GIANNA   f   Italian, Greek
Italian short form of GIOVANNA and a modern Greek variant of IOANNA.
GIULIETTA   f   Italian
Diminutive of GIULIA.
GRAZIELLA   f   Italian
Diminutive of GRAZIA.
GREG   m   English
Short form of GREGORY.
GRETA   f   German, Swedish, English
Short form of MARGARETA. A famous bearer of this name was Swedish actress Greta Garbo (1905-1990).
GUS (1)   m   English, Scottish
Short form of AUGUSTUS or ANGUS.
GWEN   f   Welsh, English
From Welsh gwen, the feminine form of gwyn meaning "white, fair, blessed". It can also be a short form of GWENDOLEN, GWENLLIAN, and other names beginning with Gwen.
HELMA   f   German, Dutch
Short form of WILHELMINA.
HEPSIE   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of HEPHZIBAH.
INA   f   English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Limburgish, Croatian
Short form of names ending with ina.
INGE   f & m   Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German, Dutch
Short form of Scandinavian and German names beginning with the element ing, which refers to the Germanic god ING. In Sweden and Norway this is primarily a masculine name, elsewhere it is usually feminine.
ISA (2)   f   German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish
Short form of ISABELLA.
IVA (2)   f   Czech, Slovak, Slovene
Short form of IVANA.
IVO (1)   m   German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Czech, Ancient Germanic
Germanic name, originally a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element iv meaning "yew". Alternative theories suggest that it may in fact be derived from a cognate Celtic element. This was the name of several saints (who are also commonly known as Saint Yves or Ives).
JACE   m   English
Short form of JASON.
JAKE   m   English
Medieval variant of JACK. It is also sometimes used as a short form of JACOB.
JAY (1)   m   English
Short form of names beginning with the sound J, such as JAMES or JASON. It was originally used in America in honour of founding father John Jay (1749-1825), whose surname was derived from the jaybird.
JET   f   Dutch
Short form of HENRIËTTE or MARIËTTE.
JILL   f   English
Short form of GILLIAN.
JOE   m   English
Short form of JOSEPH. Five famous sports figures who have had this name are boxers Joe Louis (1914-1981) and Joe Frazier (1944-), baseball player Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999), and football quarterbacks Joe Namath (1943-) and Joe Montana (1956-).
JONI (1)   f   English
Diminutive of JOAN (1).
JONNA   f   Danish, Swedish, Finnish
Short form of JOHANNA.
JOSH   m   English
Short form of JOSHUA.
JULIETTE   f   French
French diminutive of JULIE.
KAREN (1)   f   Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, German, English
Danish short form of KATHERINE. It became common in the English-speaking world after the 1930s.
LAUNCE   m   Literature
Short form of Launcelot, a variant of LANCELOT. This was the name of a clownish character in Shakespeare's play 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' (1594).
LEN   m   English
Short form 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).
LEONORE   f   German
German short form of ELEANOR.
LIAM   m   Irish, English
Irish short form of WILLIAM.
LIANA   f   Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, English
Short form of JULIANA, LILIANA, and other names that end in liana. This is also the word for a type of vine that grows in jungles.
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.
LISA   f   English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian
Short form of ELIZABETH, ELISABETH, ELISABET or ELISABETTA. This is the name of the subject of one of the world's most famous paintings, the 'Mona Lisa', the portrait of Lisa del Giocondo by Leonardo da Vinci.
LISBET   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian short form of ELISABET.
LISSA   f   English
Short form of MELISSA.
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).
LUBOŠ   m   Czech
Short form of LUBOMÍR and other names beginning with the Slavic element lyuby meaning "love".
MACK (1)   m   English
From a surname which was originally a shortened form of various Gaelic surnames beginning with Mac or Mc (from Gaelic mac meaning "son"). It is also used as a generic slang term for a man.
MACK (2)   m   Medieval English
Medieval short form of MAGNUS, brought to Britain by Scandinavian settlers.
MAX   m   German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch
Short form of MAXIMILIAN (or sometimes of MAXWELL in English).
MINNIE   f   English
Diminutive of WILHELMINA.
MITCH   m   English
Short form of MITCHELL.
NELLA   f   Italian
Short form of ANTONELLA.
NEWT   m   English
Short form of NEWTON.
NIA (3)   f   English
Short form of ANTONIA and other names ending in nia.
NICO   m   Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese
Short form of NICHOLAS (or sometimes NICODEMUS).
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".
NOBU   m   Japanese
From Japanese (nobu) meaning "trust", (nobu) meaning "prolong, stretch", or other kanji and kanji combinations. It is sometimes a short form of longer names beginning with this sound.
OTTO   m   German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Ancient Germanic
Later German form of Audo or Odo, originally a short form of various names beginning with the Germanic element aud meaning "wealth, fortune". This was the name of four kings of Germany, starting in the 10th century with Otto I, the first Holy Roman Emperor, who was known as Otto the Great. This name was also borne by a 19th-century king of Greece who was originally from Bavaria. Another notable bearer was the German chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898).
PETE   m   English
Short form of PETER.
PHIL   m   English
Short form of PHILIP and various other names beginning with Phil, often a Greek element meaning "friend, dear, beloved".
PIET   m   Dutch
Short form of PIETER.
RIA   f   German, Dutch
Short form of MARIA.
RIKKE   f   Danish
Danish short form of FREDERIKKE.
RIKU (1)   m   Finnish
Finnish short form of RICHARD.
RINA (1)   f   Italian, Dutch
Short form of CATERINA or CATHARINA as well as other names ending in rina.
ROB   m   English, Dutch
Short form of ROBERT.
RONI (3)   m   Finnish
Finnish short form of HIERONYMUS.
SAL   f & m   English
Short form of SALLY, SALVADOR, and other names beginning with Sal.
SAM (1)   m & f   English
Short form of SAMUEL, SAMSON or SAMANTHA.
SHEL   m   English
Short form of SHELDON.
STAN (1)   m   English
Short form of STANLEY. A famous bearer was British comedian Stan Laurel (1890-1965).
STAN (2)   m   Romanian
Probably a short form of STANISLAV.
TABEA   f   German
German short form of TABITHA. This form was used in earlier editions of the Luther Bible.
TAMMY   f   English
Short form of TAMARA and other names beginning with Tam.
TASHA   f   Russian, English
Short form of NATASHA.
TEL   m   English (British)
Short form of TERENCE or TERRY (1).
TIANA   f   English
Short form of TATIANA or CHRISTIANA.
TILDA   f   English, Swedish, Finnish
Short form of MATILDA.
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).
TIN   m   Croatian
Croatian short form of MARTIN, AUGUSTIN, and other names ending in tin.
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.
TOM (1)   m   English, Dutch
Short form of THOMAS. Tom Sawyer was the main character in several of Mark Twain's novels, first appearing in 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' (1876). Other famous bearers include American actors Tom Hanks (1956-) and Tom Cruise (1962-).
TREV   m   Welsh, English
Short form of TREVOR.
VAL   m & f   English
Short form of VALENTINE (1), VALERIE, and other names beginning with Val.
VEER   f   Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of VERA (1).
VIN   m   English
Short form of VINCENT.
WALT   m   English
Short form of WALTER.
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