Female Nicknames 
Commonly used by 
English, Scotish & Irish
Abby Abigail 
Addie Adelina 
Aggie,also Nancy 
(Scotish usage)
Agnes, Agatha 
Allie Alice, Althea 
Alma Almarinda
Amy Amelia 
Annette Ann, Anne 
Axey Achsah 
Babs, Barb, Babbie Barbara 
Becky Rebecca 
Bee Beatrice, Beatrix 
Belle, Bella Arabella, Isabel 
Berty Bertha,Roberta 
Betty, Bess, Betsy, Beth Elizabeth 
Biddy Obedience, Bridget
Cam Camilia 
Candy Candace
Carrie Caroline 
Cassie Cassandra
Cathy, Kate, Kathy, Kit, Kay, Kitty Catherine
Chrissie, Christie, Chris Christina 
Cicely, Cis Cecelia 
Cinda, Cindy Lucinda, Cinderella
Clara Clarissa 
Clemmie Clementine 
Collete Nicolette 
Connie Constance 
Corley Cornelia 
Creasy, Crecy Lucretia 
Deb, Debby Deborah 
Delia Cordelia 
Della Adelina 
Dicey, Diza Eudicia, Boadicea 
Dona Caledonia 
Dot, Dolly Dorothy 
Dotie Theordosia, Doris, Dorothy, Odette, Delores, Dora
Drucie Drucilla 
Eddie, Edy Edwina, Edith 
Effie Euphemia 
Ella Eleanor, Gabriella 
Ellen, Elle Eleanor, Helen 
Elsie Alice, Elsbeth 
Emma Erminia 
Essie Esther 
Ethel Ethelinda 
Eudora, Dora Theodora 
Eunie, Nicey, Nicy Eugenia, Eunice Eura or Ura 
Eura or Ura Eureka 
Eva Evangeline, Evaline 
Fanny, Frank Frances 
Flo, Flossie, Flora Florence 
Freddie Fredericka 
Gail Abigail
Genie, Gene  Eugenia
Gertie Gertrude
Gincey, Jenny Jane
Greta Margaret
Grissel Griselda
Gussia Augusta
Gwen Gwendolyn
Hallie Mahalia
Hatty, Hattie  Harriett
Hepsy Hephzibah
Hetty Henrietta
Hulda Mahulda
Janet, Jeanne, Jennet, Jenny Jane, Virginia
Jess Jessie
Jessie Jessica
Josie, Jo Josepha, Josephine
Judy Judith
Juliet Julia
Karen Karenhappuch
Kate, Kathy, Kay, Kitty K(C)atherine
Leitha Alletha, Tellitha
Lena Helena, Magdalena
Letty Lettice, Letitia
Lexie Alexa, Alexandra
Lila Delilah
Lina Selina
Linda Malinda, Ethelinda
Livvy Lavinia, Olivia
Liz, Liza, Lizzy, Libby Elizabeth, Eliza
Lotta, Lottie  Charlotte
Lou, Louie, Lu, Lulu  Louisa, Louise
Lucy Lucinda
Lula Tallulah
Madge, Margie  Margaret, Margery, Marjorie
Mae, May Mary
Mag, Maggy  Margaret
Mandy Amanda
Milly Emily, Amelia, Millicent, Mildred
Minnie Mary, Minerva
Modlin Magdalena - German Usage
Molly, Polly Mary
Mona Desdemona, Ramona
Myra Almira, Palmyra
Nabby Abigail
Nan, Nancy, Nanny  Agnes - Scotish usage
Nan, Nancy, Nanny  Ann, Anne, Anna - English usage
Neecy Permecia
Nell, Nelly, Nellie Eleanor, Ellen, Helen, Penelope
Nerva, Nerve Minerva
Netty Antionette, Henrietta, Jeannette, Zan(n)etta 
Nicey Eunice
Nina Ann, Anna, Penina
Nita Anita , Juanita
Noma Naomi
Nona Winona
Nora Eleanor, Honora, Leonora
Ola Viola, Tuliola
Ollie Olivia, Ollvine
Pam Pamala
Patsy, Patty, Pat  Martha, Patricia
Peg, Peggy Margaret
Phemie Euphemia
Pheny Josephine
Polly, Poll Mary, Paulina
Prissy Pricilla
Prudy, Prue Prudance
Reba Rebecca
Rena Serena, Irena, Arrena
Rita Marguerita
Roxie Roxanne
Sadie, Sally, Sal  Sarah, Sara
Sam, Sammy Samantha
Sandra Cassandra
Sheba Bathsheba
Sillah Drusiliah, Drucilla, Priscilla
Sinah Arcena
Sis, Sisley, Sesaley Cecilia
Sophy Sophia
Sue, Suke, Suky, Susie  Susan, Susannah
Tabby Tabitha
Tammy Tamira
Tamzine Thomasine
Tempy Temperance
Terry, Tess Theresa
Theny Bethena
Thursa, Thursday, Thurze Theresa
Tilda, Tilly Mathilda, Matilda
Tina Albertina, Christina
Tish Letitia
Trix, Trixy Beatrix, Beatrice
Trudy Gertrude
Vergie Virginia
Viney, Vinnie Lavinia
Willie Williamina, 
any feminine form of William
Wilmett, Wilmot  Wilhelmina
Winnie Winifred
Xina Christina
Zilla Zerilda, Luzilla, Barzilla
Zoey Zoe

Other Nickname sight Links
Common Nicknames- pdf listing
18th Century PA German Nicknames
British Naming Patterns
In 18th & 19th Century Britain families generally tended 
to name their children in a specific pattern as follows:

First-born Son - father's father
Second-born Son - mother's father
Third-born Son - father
Fourth-born Son - father's eldest brother
Fifth-born Son - father's 2nd oldest brother or mother's oldest brother


First-born Daughter - mother's mother
Second-born Daughter - father's mother
Third-born Daughter - mother
Fourth-born Daughter - mother's eldest sister
Fifth-born Daughter - mother's 2nd oldest sister or father's oldest sister

18th Century 
German Naming Customs
1st son
after the father's father
2nd son
after the mother's father 
3rd son
after the father
4th son
after the father's father's father
5th son
after the mother's father's father
6th son
after the father's mother's father
7th son
after the mother's mother's father

1st daughter
after the mother's mother
2nd daughter
after the father's mother
3rd daughter
after the mother
4th daughter
after the father's father's mother
5th daughter
after the mother's father's mother
6th daughter
after the father's mother's mother
7th daughter
after the mother's mother's mother


The pattern B for the sons 
is the same as the pattern 
A,  but this pattern for 
daughters was different


1st daughter
after the father's mother
2nd daughter
after the mother's mother
3rd daughter
after the mother
4th daughter
after the mother's father's mother
5th daughter
after the father's father's mother


Pattern C
1st son 
after the father's father
2nd son
after the mother's father
3rd son
after the father's oldest brother
4th son
after the father

1st daughter
after the father's mother
2nd daughter
after the mother's mother
3rd daughter
after the mother's oldest sister
4th daughter
after the mother

Scottish Naming Patterns
An understanding of naming patterns can be very helpfull in tracing ones ancestry. Many Scotts families follow the custom of naming thier children after the grandparents in the following maner: 

First born son named for the paternal grandfather.
Second son named for the maternal grandfather.
Third son named for the father.

First born daughter for the paternal grandmother. (sometimes maternal grandmother)
Second daughter for the maternal grandmother.(sometimes paternal gandmother)
Third daughter for the mother.

This can cause families to have two children with the same name if the grandparents had the same  name. The process also started over if the parent remarried, so it is common to find half brothers or sisters with the same names. Not all Scotts families followed this pattern, but many that did continued it  long after leaving Scotland.

Surnames & Naming patterns 
Patronymics - Lowland names such as Wilson, Robertson, Thomson and Johnson are among the most common surnames in Scotland. 'Mac' names are also patronymic. MacManus - son of Magnus. 'Mc' is just a printer's contraction and has no significance as to etymology.

Occupation - Names which are derived from trades and occupations - mostly found in towns. The most common of these is Smith (the most common surname in Scotland, England and the USA) but other examples would be Taylor (tailor) Baxter (baker) and Cooper (barrel maker).

Locality - In Scotland the tendency is for people to be named after places (in England the tendency is the opposite). Examples of such names are Morton, Lauder, Menzies and Galloway.

Nickname - Names which could refer to colour or size, e.g. White, Black, Small, Little. Scottish names in this category include Campbell (meaning 'crooked mouth'). Another example of nickname - this time referring to the bearers origins - is Scott.

New England's first settlers bore names of three different types: those of English origin, those of  Hebrew derivation, and those intended to have a moral significance. Early settlers seemed to favor names for their associated moral qualities. Among girls' names, which  were no doubt intended to incite their bearers to lead godly lives, were: Content, Lowly, Mindwell, Obedience, Patience, Silence, Charity, Mercy, Comfort, Delight and Thankful.   Many different practices of naming were used among the early colonists.   A popular custom in both Virginia and New England was the use of surnames as given names. This occurred mostly with boys, but it was not unknown for girls. Some names were also chosen for their  magical properties, and astrologers were consulted in attempt to find a "fortunate" or "lucky" name.   Among Quakers in Colonial Pennsylvania and Delaware, babies went through a ritual called nomination. An infant's name was carefully selected by the parents, certified by friends, witnessed by  neighbors, and then entered in the register of the meeting. Basically new practices were developed within each region or culture as Amercia was settled. Old English names, connected with the Church of England, were not often favored by the Puritans.   Puritans named their children somewhat differently than other English-speaking settlers, preferring  Biblical names. Evidently, some parents shut their eyes, opened the Bible, and pointed to a word at  random--what else could account for a child being named Notwithstanding or Maybe? 
Our ancestors often used the following naming pattern when selecting a name for a new child. This explains why certain names are very common in a family line. Watching for these patterns can help in your genealogy research. 

     Naming pattern:

     1st son = father?s father
     2nd son = mother?s father
     3rd son = father
     4th son = father?s oldest brother
     5th son = father?s second oldest brother or mother?s eldest brother

     1st daughter = mother?s mother
     2nd daughter = father?s mother
     3rd daughter = mother
     4th daughter = mother?s oldest sister
     5th daughter = mother?s second oldest sister or father?s oldest sister

     It is also common to use:
     the mother?s maiden name as a second name;
     the surname of close friends as a second name;
    give another child exactly the same name as a previous child who had died; 
    or give a child the name of a relative or friend who had recently died.


After reviewing the many different sights with tips on naming patterns 
used by various groups I concluded:  While there were naming patterns that were practiced by different families, that there are many derivations and opinions of which was most commonly used in a specific region or 
by a specifc immigrant group. These tips can used a a guide but in any given family they may differ. People came to this Country because they wanted freedom to change with a new independence to do things differently.  Certainly naming patterns practiced  were often part of this change. So use above info as a guide but realize there are exceptions.
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