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.
ABI   f   Scottish
Short form of ABIGAIL.
ACHIM (1)   m   German
German short form of JOACHIM.
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.
ADELAIS   f   Ancient Germanic
Shortened form of ADALHEIDIS.
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".
ALDO   m   Italian, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element ald "old", and possibly also with adal "noble".
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".
ALEC   m   English
Short form of ALEXANDER.
ALENA   f   German, Czech, Slovak, Slovene
Short form of MAGDALENA or HELENA.
ALEX   m & f   English, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, Greek, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Hungarian, Russian
Short form of ALEXANDER, ALEXANDRA, and other names beginning with Alex.
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.
ANE (2)   m   Frisian
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element arn "eagle".
ANNE (2)   m & f   Frisian
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element arn "eagle".
ANTE (2)   m   Frisian
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element and "wrath, zeal".
ARIS (1)   m   Greek
Modern Greek form of ARES. It is also used as a short form of ARISTOTELIS.
ARN   m   English
Short form of ARNOLD.
ARNE (1)   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Originally an Old Norse short form of names beginning with the element arn meaning "eagle".
ASH   m & f   English
Short form of ASHLEY. It can also come directly from the English word denoting either the tree or the residue of fire.
ASTA   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Short form of ASTRID.
ASUN   f   Spanish
Short form of ASUNCIÓN.
AVA (3)   f   German, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element avi, of unknown meaning, possibly "desired". This was the name of a 9th-century Frankish saint. It was also borne by a 12th-century poet from Melk, Austria.
BARB   f   English
Short form of BARBARA.
BART   m   English, Dutch
Short form of BARTHOLOMEW. This name is borne by a cartoon boy on the television series 'The Simpsons'.
BARTA   m   Hungarian
Hungarian short form of BERTALAN.
BASTIEN   m   French
Short form of SÉBASTIEN.
BEA   f   English
Short form of BEATRIX.
BECCA   f   English
Short form of REBECCA.
BEE   f   English
Short form of BEATRIX and other names beginning with B.
BELLA   f   English
Short form of ISABELLA and other names ending in bella. It is also associated with the Italian word bella meaning "beautiful".
BELLE   f   English
Short form of ISABELLA or names ending in belle. It is also associated with the French word belle meaning "beautiful". A famous bearer was Belle Starr (1848-1889), an outlaw of the American west, whose real given name was Maybelle.
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.
BEN (2)   m   Dutch
Short form of BERNHARD and other Germanic names beginning with the element bern meaning "bear".
BENCE   m   Hungarian
Hungarian form of VINCENT. It is also used as a short form of BENEDEK.
BERT   m   English, German, Dutch
Short form of ALBERT and other names containing the element bert, often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright".
BERTHA   f   German, English, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element beraht meaning "bright, famous". It was borne by the mother of Charlemagne in the 8th century, and it was popularized in England by the Normans. It died out as an English name after the Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century. The name also appears in southern Germanic legends (often spelled Perchta or Berchta) belonging to a goddess of animals and weaving.
BET   f   Frisian, Limburgish
Frisian and Limburgish short form of ELISABETH.
BETH   f   English
Short form of ELIZABETH, or sometimes BETHANY.
BEV   f   English
Short form of BEVERLY.
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-).
BOB   m   English, Dutch
Short form of ROBERT. It arose later than Dob, Hob and Nob, which were medieval rhyming nicknames of Robert. It was borne by the character Bob Cratchit in Charles Dickens' novel 'A Christmas Carol' (1843). Other famous bearers include American folk musician Bob Dylan (1941-) and Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley (1945-1981).
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'.
BRIELLA   f   English (Modern)
Short form of GABRIELLA.
BRIELLE   f   English (Modern)
Short form of GABRIELLE. This is also the name of towns in the Netherlands and New Jersey, though their names derive from a different source.
BRITTA   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian short form of BIRGITTA.
BROOS   m   Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of AMBROOS.
BURT   m   English
Short form of BURTON.
CALE   m   English
Short form of CALEB.
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".
CASS   f & m   English
Short form of CASSANDRA, CASSIDY, and other names beginning with Cass.
CAT   f & m   English
Diminutive of CATHERINE. It can also be a nickname from the English word for the animal.
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.
CHET   m   English
Short form of CHESTER.
CHRIS   m & f   English, Dutch
Short form of CHRISTOPHER, CHRISTIAN, CHRISTINE, and other names that begin with Chris.
CLEM   m   English
Short form of CLEMENT.
CLEO   f & m   English
Short form of CLEOPATRA, CLEON or CLEOPAS.
CLETO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Short form of ANACLETO.
CLETUS   m   English
Short form of ANACLETUS. This name is sometimes used to refer to the third pope, Saint Anacletus. It can also function an an Anglicized form of KLEITOS.
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.
COL   m   Medieval English
Medieval short form of NICHOLAS.
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.
CURT   m   English
Either a variant of KURT or short form of CURTIS.
DANA (3)   f   Bulgarian, Macedonian
Short form of BOGDANA, YORDANA or GORDANA.
DARLA   f   English
Short form of DARLENE.
DAVE   m   English
Short form of DAVID.
DEB   f   English
Short form of DEBORAH.
DEE   f & m   English
Short form of names beginning with D. It may also be given in reference to the Dee River in Scotland.
DELIA (2)   f   English
Short form of ADELIA or BEDELIA.
DEMI   f   Greek
Short form of DEMETRIA.
DEN   m   English
Short form of DENNIS.
DETTA   f   English (Rare)
Short form of names that end in detta.
DEX   m   English
Short form of DEXTER.
DI   f   English
Short form of DIANA.
DICK (2)   m   Dutch
Short form of DIEDERIK.
DINA (2)   f   Italian, Portuguese
Short form of names ending in dina.
DINO   m   Italian, Croatian
Short form of names ending in dino or tino.
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.
DREW   m   English
Short form of ANDREW.
DYE   f   Medieval English
Medieval short form of DIONYSIA.
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.
EBEN   m   English
Short form of EBENEZER.
ED   m   English, Dutch
Short form of EDWARD, EDMUND, and other names beginning with Ed.
EDIE   f   English
Diminutive of EDITH.
ELEA   f   English
Short form of ELEANOR. This was also the name of an ancient Italian town (modern Velia) which is well known for being the home of the philosopher Parmenides and his student Zeno of Elea, who was famous for his paradoxes.
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.
ELSE   f   Danish, Norwegian, German, Dutch
Short form of ELISABETH.
ELSIE   f   English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
EM   f   English
Short form of EMILY or EMMA.
EMMA   f   English, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names that began with the element ermen meaning "whole" or "universal". It was introduced to England by Emma of Normandy, who was the wife both of king Ethelred II (and by him the mother of Edward the Confessor) and later of king Canute. It was also borne by an 11th-century Austrian saint, who is sometimes called Hemma.... [more]
ENA (2)   f   Croatian
Short form of IRENA.
EPPIE   f   English (Archaic)
Diminutive of EUPHEMIA or HEPHZIBAH.
ESSIE   f   English
Diminutive of ESTELLE or ESTHER.
ESTA   f   English
Diminutive of ESTHER.
ETHEL   f   English
Short form of names beginning with the Old English element æðel meaning "noble". It was coined in the 19th century, when many Old English names were revived. It was popularized by the novels 'The Newcomes' (1855) by William Makepeace Thackeray and 'The Daisy Chain' (1856) by C. M. Yonge. A famous bearer was American actress and singer Ethel Merman (1908-1984).
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.
FINA   f   Italian
Short form of SERAFINA. Saint Fina, also known as Saint Serafina, was a 13th-century girl from the town of San Gimignano in Italy.
FRAN   m & f   Spanish, English, Croatian, Slovene
Short form of FRANCIS, FRANCES or related names.
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).
FREDA   f   English
Short form of names ending in freda or fred, such as WINIFRED or ALFREDA.
FREDO   m   Italian (Rare)
Short form of FEDERICO, ALFREDO or GOFFREDO.
FREEK   m   Dutch
Dutch short form of FREDERICK.
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.
GAIL   f   English
Short form of ABIGAIL.
GALA   f   Russian
Short form of GALINA.
GARY   m   English
From an English surname which was derived from a Norman given name, which was itself originally a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element ger meaning "spear". This name was popularized in the late 1920s the American actor Gary Cooper (1901-1961), who took his stage name from the city of Gary in Indiana where his agent was born.
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.
GIANNI   m   Italian, Greek
Italian short form of GIOVANNI and a modern Greek variant of IOANNIS.
GIL (2)   m   English
Short form of GILBERT and other names beginning with Gil.
GILL   f   English
Short form of GILLIAN.
GINA   f   Italian, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Short form of GEORGINA, REGINA, LUIGINA, and other names ending in gina. It can also be used as a diminutive of VIRGINIA or EUGENIA. It was popularized in the 1950s by Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida (1927-), whose birth name was Luigina.
GINO   m   Italian
Italian short form of names ending in gino.
GITTA   f   German, Hungarian
German short form of BRIGITTA and a Hungarian short form of MARGIT.
GREET   f   Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of MARGARET.
GREG   m   English
Short form of GREGORY.
GREGG   m   English
Short form of GREGORY.
GRETA   f   German, Italian, Lithuanian, Swedish, English
Short form of MARGARETA. A famous bearer of this name was the 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.
HANNE (1)   f & m   Danish, Norwegian, German, Dutch
Danish and Norwegian short form of JOHANNE, or a German and Dutch short form of JOHANNA. This can also be a Dutch short form of JOHANNES (masculine).
HANNES   m   German, Swedish, Dutch, Finnish
Short form of JOHANNES.
HAZE   f   English (Rare)
Short form of HAZEL.
HELMA   f   German, Dutch
Short form of WILHELMINA.
HENK   m   Dutch
Dutch short form of HENDRIK.
HEPSIE   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of HEPHZIBAH.
HILDA   f   English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Spanish, Anglo-Saxon (Latinized), Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of names containing the Germanic element hild "battle". The short form was used for both Old English and continental Germanic names. Saint Hilda of Whitby was a 7th-century English saint and abbess. The name became rare in England during the later Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century.
HOB   m   Medieval English
Medieval short form of ROBERT.
INA   f   German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, English, Limburgish
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.
IRA (2)   f   Russian
Short form of IRINA.
ISA (2)   f   German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish
Short form of ISABELLA.
ISA (3)   m   Frisian, Ancient Germanic
Short form of Germanic names beginning with the element is "ice, iron".
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).
IZA   f   Polish
Short form of IZABELA.
JACE   m   English
Short form of JASON.
JACQUI   f   English (British)
Short form of JACQUELINE.
JAKE   m   English
Medieval variant of JACK. It is also sometimes used as a short form of JACOB.
JAN (2)   f   English
Short form of JANET, JANICE, and other names beginning with Jan.
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.
JED   m   English
Short form of JEDIDIAH.
JEFF   m   English
Short form of JEFFREY.
JEN   f   English
Short form of JENNIFER.
JEP   m   English (Archaic)
Medieval diminutive of GEOFFREY.
JET   f   Dutch
Short form of HENRIËTTE or MARIËTTE.
JILL   f   English
Short form of GILLIAN.
JO   f & m   English, German, Dutch
Short form of JOAN (1), JOANNA, JOSEPHINE, or other names that begin with Jo. It is primarily masculine in German and Dutch, short for JOHANNES or JOSEF.
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-).
JON (2)   m   English
Short form of JONATHAN, or sometimes a variant of JOHN.
JONNA   f   Danish, Swedish, Finnish
Short form of JOHANNA.
JOOLS   m & f   English
Diminutive of JULIAN or JULIA.
JOS   m   Dutch
Dutch short form of JOZEF.
JOSH   m   English
Short form of JOSHUA.
JOSIE   f   English
Short form of JOSEPHINE.
JOSS   f & m   English
Short form of JOCELYN.
KAREN (1)   f   Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, German, English
Danish short form of KATHERINE. It became common in the English-speaking world after the 1930s.
KARIN   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Finnish, English
Swedish short form of KATHERINE.
KATRI   f   Finnish
Short form of KATARIINA.
KAY (1)   f   English
Short form of KATHERINE and other names beginning with K.
KEN (1)   m   English
Short form of KENNETH.
KENZIE   m & f   English
Short form of MACKENZIE.
KIM (1)   f & m   English
At the present it is usually considered a short form of KIMBERLY, but it in fact predates it as a given name. The author Rudyard Kipling used it for the title hero of his novel 'Kim' (1901), though in this case it was short for KIMBALL. In her novel 'Show Boat' (1926) Edna Ferber used it for a female character who was born on the Mississippi River and was named from the initials of the states Kentucky, Illinois and Mississippi. The name was popularized in America by the actresses Kim Hunter (1922-2002) and Kim Novak (1933-), both of whom assumed it as a stage name.
KIM (2)   m   Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish
Scandinavian short form of JOACHIM.
KLAUS   m   German, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish
German short form of NICHOLAS.
KOLDO   m   Basque
Short form of KOLDOBIKA.
KRIS   m & f   English, Danish
Short form of KRISTIAN, KRISTOFFER, and other names beginning with Kris.
KRISTY   f   English
Short form of CHRISTINA.
LALIA   f   English (Rare)
Short form of EULALIA.
LANA   f   English, Russian, Croatian, Serbian
Short form of ALANA (English) or SVETLANA (Russian). In the English-speaking world, it was popularized by actress Lana Turner (1921-1995).
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).
LEANORA   f   English (Rare)
Short form of ELEANORA.
LECIA   f   English (Rare)
Short form of ALICIA, FELICIA or LETITIA.
LEN   m   English
Short form of LEONARD.
LENORA   f   English
Short form of ELENORA.
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.
LES   m   English
Short form of LESLIE or LESTER.
LESIA   f   English
Short form of ALESIA.
LETHA   f   English
Possibly a short form of ALETHA.
LEX   m   English, Dutch
Short form of ALEXANDER.
LEXA   f   English
Short form of ALEXANDRA or ALEXA.
LEXUS   f   English
Short form of ALEXUS. Its use has been influenced by the Lexus brand name (a line of luxury automobiles made by Toyota).
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.
LIANE   f   German
Short form of JULIANE.
LIESL   f   German
German short form of ELISABETH.
LILLIA   f   English
Short form of LILLIAN or an elaborated form of LILY.
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.
LINA (2)   f   English, Italian, Spanish, Lithuanian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
Short form of names ending in lina.
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.
LISHA   f   English
Short form of ALICIA, FELICIA, and other names ending with the same sound.
LISSA   f   English
Short form of MELISSA.
LIV (2)   f   English
Short form of OLIVIA.
LIVIA (2)   f   English
Short form of OLIVIA.
LIZ   f   English
Short form of ELIZABETH. This is the familiar name of actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932-).
LIZA   f   English, Russian
Short form of ELIZABETH or YELIZAVETA.
LIZBETH   f   English
Short form of ELIZABETH.
LONNIE   m   English
Short form of ALONZO and other names containing the same sound.
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).
LUBOŠ   m   Czech
Short form of LUBOMÍR and other names beginning with the Slavic element lyuby meaning "love".
LYSSA (1)   f   English
Short form of ALYSSA.
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.
MANNY   m   English
Short form of EMMANUEL.
MANU (2)   m & f   French, Spanish, German, Finnish
Short form of MANUEL or EMMANUEL (and also of MANUELA in Germany).
MARGOT   f   French
French short form of MARGARET.
MAT   m   English
Short form of MATTHEW.
MATS   m   Swedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian short form of MATTHIAS.
MATT   m   English
Short form of MATTHEW.
MAX   m   German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Russian
Short form of MAXIMILIAN (or sometimes of MAXWELL in English). It is also a variant transcription of Russian MAKS.
MERV   m   English
Short form of MERVYN.
META   f   German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
German and Scandinavian short form of MARGARET.
MICA   f   English
Short form of MICHAELA.
MICHA (2)   m & f   German, Dutch
Short form of MICHAEL or MICHAELA.
MICK   m   English, Dutch
Short form of MICHAEL.
MIINA   f   Finnish
Short form of VILHELMIINA.
MIKE   m   English
Short form of MICHAEL.
MINNIE   f   English
Diminutive of WILHELMINA.
MINTA   f   English (Rare)
Short form of ARAMINTA.
MITCH   m   English
Short form of MITCHELL.
MO   f & m   English
Short form of MAUREEN, MAURICE, MORRIS, and other names beginning with a similar sound.
MOE (1)   m   English
Short form of MAURICE or MORRIS, or sometimes of other names beginning with a similar sound.
NAN   f   English
Originally a diminutive of ANN. It may have originated with the affectionate phrase mine Ann, which was later reinterpreted as my Nan. It is now also used as a short form of NANCY.
NANCE   f   English
Short form of NANCY.
NÁNDOR   m   Hungarian
Originally this was a Hungarian word referring to a Bulgarian people that lived along the Danube. Since the 19th century it has been used as a Hungarian short form of FERDINAND.
NATE   m   English
Short form of NATHAN or NATHANIEL.
NELLA   f   Italian
Short form of ANTONELLA.
NERO (2)   m   Italian
Short form of RANIERO.
NESSA (1)   f   English
Short form of VANESSA and other names ending in nessa.
NEVA   f   English
Short form of GENEVA.
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.
NICO   m   Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese
Short form of NICHOLAS (or sometimes NICODEMUS).
NIELS (2)   m   Dutch
Dutch short form of CORNELIUS.
NIKO   m   Finnish, Croatian, Slovene, Georgian, German
Finnish form of NICHOLAS, as well as a Croatian, Slovene, Georgian and German short form.
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".
NINO (1)   m   Italian
Short form of GIANNINO, ANTONINO, and other names ending in nino.
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.
NOOR (2)   f   Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of ELEONORA.
NORM   m   English
Short form of NORMAN.
OLA (2)   f   Polish
Polish short form of ALEKSANDRA.
OLI   m   English
Short form of OLIVER.
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).
OZ (1)   m   English
Short form of OSWALD, OSBORN, and other names beginning with a similar sound.
PAM   f   English
Short form of PAMELA.
PAT   m & f   English
Short form of PATRICK or PATRICIA. A famous bearer of this name was Pat Garrett (1850-1908), the sheriff who shot Billy the Kid.
PEG   f   English
Short form of PEGGY.
PEN   f   English
Short form of PENELOPE.
PERNILLA   f   Swedish
Swedish short form of PETRONILLA.
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.
PINA   f   Italian
Short form of names ending in pina.
PINO   m   Italian
Short form of names ending in pino.
POLA   f   Polish
Short form of APOLONIA.
RADIM   m   Czech
Short form of RADOMIR.
RAE   f   English
Short form of RACHEL. It can also be used as a feminine form of RAY.
RAIN (2)   m   Estonian
Estonian short form of RAYNER and other Germanic names beginning with the element ragin "advice, counsel".
RAINE   f & m   English (Rare)
Possibly based on the French word reine meaning "queen". A famous bearer is the British socialite Raine Spencer (1929-), the stepmother of Princess Diana. In modern times it can also be used as a variant of RAIN (1) or a short form of LORRAINE.
RAY   m   English
Short form of RAYMOND, often used as an independent name. It coincides with an English word meaning "beam of light". Science-fiction author Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) and musician Ray Charles (1930-2004) are two notable bearers of the name.
REG   m   English
Short form of REGINALD.
RIA   f   German, Dutch
Short form of MARIA.
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