We don’t know if we’re the only ones who’ve noticed, but baby names have been the topic of discussion lately (who else has heard about couples claiming dibs on baby names with their friends before even getting pregnant?!). Creating a hashtag—like #EloiseLillian—for your newborn is also now a mini initiation into parenthood, and moms are even going so far as to wear jewelry engraved with their little ones’ monikers.
Since we’re always on the hunt for the cutest kid names, when we started hearing about baby names with even more awesome nicknames, it’s safe to say we were sold. What’s better than naming your child something you love and it having a nickname you love even more? Nothing. Scroll through to see 10 of our very favorite baby boy and girl names that have nicknames even cuter than the originals.
You likely know the nickname Rory from the television show Gilmore Girls (it was the name of Alexis Bledel’s character). In that case, it was short for Lorelai, but we love it as the shortened version of the popular name Aurora, which comes from a Latin word meaning “dawn.” Rory is so cute that actress Melora Hardin gave it to her daughter as a first name (but we’re still crushing on the Rory/Aurora combo).
With the gorgeous new version of Beauty and the Beast having recently made its debut, it’s obvious why we’re pushing for Belle. We especially like it as the nickname for Annabelle, meaning “loving.” Celebrities like it too—Bruce Willis and Demi Moore gave their daughter Tallulah the moniker for a middle name.
Evie with a long e is cute for a baby and will be much more sophisticated as a girl grows up. French names are having a moment, so we think it’s a great shortened version of the name Genevieve, from a French word translating to “tribe woman.” Evie has been a popular first name for girls for the past few years in England—the Brits seem to be keen on using nicknames as first names—and now we can see why.
This pretty name is part of the current floral-inspired trend. We like Poppy as a nickname for Penelope, from the Greek word meaning “weaver.” Poppy is currently most famous as the first name of the charming middle Delevingne sister—it’s just a little bit quirky and a whole lot of cool.
We got a little help from the Divergent book series and movies with this one. The fearless main character, Beatrice, goes by the name Tris, and we think it’s the perfect modern twist on an old-fashioned name. Beatrice comes from a Latin word meaning “she who brings happiness.” Tris makes us pretty happy too.
Although you’ve most likely heard this nickname for girls, it’s the new boys name in town. Ash has been described as having a real Southern charm, and it’s totally true. It’s a great shortened version of the name Asher, which is gaining real popularity lately (it comes from a Hebrew word meaning “fortunate, blessed, happy one”).
If Jax isn’t a real rocker name, then we don’t know what is. It reminds us of a fresh take on Jagger, which has certainly had quite a moment in the spotlight. We like Jax as a nickname for the more traditional Jackson, coming from an English word meaning “son of Jack.” Actress Garcelle Beauvais named her son Jax Joseph, but we’re still pushing for Jax as a nickname.
Calling all Gossip Girl fans… Is this adorable nickname also giving you real Chuck Bass vibes? It’s equal parts posh and bad boy, and we can’t get enough. It’s a great shortened version of the name Sebastian, meaning “person from ancient city of Sebasta.” Bas is actually a city in the Netherlands, so it’s an extremely popular name there (it’s already hit the top 10 for boys).
This is especially cute for parents living in Manhattan because of the connotations it has with Lexington Avenue (it’s referred to by locals simply as “Lex”). Lex is an edgy, shortened version of the name Alexander, which comes from a Greek word meaning “defending men” (insert Alexander the Great reference here). Both of these names are strong and have tons of character, making them easy to fall in love with.
It’s hard not to automatically associate this nickname with truth and integrity. In fact, writer Truman Capote is rumored to have gone by the nickname Tru himself. Truman comes from an English word meaning “loyal one” and was most popular the year that Harry Truman succeeded FDR as president.
Be sure to read about the 20 charming baby names you’ll want to steal from the Brits.