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August 3rd, 2012, 01:06 PM
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I'm a nicknames kind of gal. I grew up saying "I'm just Katie" which was irritating, but I was happy to be different from the other Katie's who had full names...

Well Im loving Charlie for a future girl. What would you do if you knew you'd only call your kid by their nickname? Go with the nn on the birth cert. or give them a more professional sounding full name? Charlotte for example.
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August 3rd, 2012, 03:03 PM
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I think that depends. In almost all instances I prefer to give the full name so they can choose to go by their full name if that's what they prefer later in life.
On the other hand, I love the name Leo but hate all of the longer names it could be a NN for, so in that instance if just give the "NN" as the full name bc I wouldn't want to be correcting ppl everywhere we went ("Ew, no, not Leonard, it's just Leo")

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August 3rd, 2012, 03:22 PM
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i think it depends on the name

Charlie i think defiantly stands on its on

something like Kota id defiantly go with the full name of Dakota one the kid might not even like it and 2 alot of ppl still double take at non traditionals it may be hard to explain that Kota is in fact a real name in some situations.

but if the name you love stands well on its own i wouldn't compromise it with something you dont like just to be 100% safe. most kids hate full traditional names anyway they just prefer the nicknames to start with because its cooler.
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August 3rd, 2012, 08:48 PM
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My good friend just had the cutest little girl and they named her Charlie!! It fits her <3

They call her Char Char as a nick name!
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August 3rd, 2012, 09:41 PM
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I'm definitely a nick name kind of person, especially with kids! I won't choose a name unless it has a nickname that's somewhat doable. But with the nickname I'd put the professional name on BC. Like my daughter Sariah, I call her Riah more often than not. But like my boyfriend, Caden, he has no nickname I just think it's no fun without a nickname lol

and I love Charlie and Charlotte, but I'd put Charlotte.
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August 4th, 2012, 11:49 AM
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i think it depends on the name

Charlie i think defiantly stands on its on

something like Kota id defiantly go with the full name of Dakota one the kid might not even like it and 2 alot of ppl still double take at non traditionals it may be hard to explain that Kota is in fact a real name in some situations.

but if the name you love stands well on its own i wouldn't compromise it with something you dont like just to be 100% safe. most kids hate full traditional names anyway they just prefer the nicknames to start with because its cooler.
Some names can stand on their own and I think Charlie (for a girl) can. For a boy, I'd prefer Charles with nn Charlie. A Charlie (girl) sounds like she could be a high-powered exec, lawyer, or such.
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August 4th, 2012, 12:02 PM
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I just prefer to give the name I am going to call them and then let natural nicknames occur once they are born. I know I'm a minority though.
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August 4th, 2012, 10:05 PM
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I love Charlie for a girls name

I struggled with this with Gaby... her 'proper' name is Gabrielle, but I call her Gaby 99.9% of the time... BUT Gaby just didn't feel 'complete' to me, which is why I ended up going with Gabrielle. I wanted to give her an option to use a more 'grown up' name when she gets older, incase she felt that 'Gaby' wasn't mature enough or something along those lines...
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Personally my kids will have a fuller name. But will most likely call them by nicknames. I like to give kids options. I grew up with a kid that his mom only wanted him to be called Daniel. Not Dan or Danny. Daniel :/ He went by Daniel until high school which he has since gone by Dan lol
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August 5th, 2012, 12:30 PM
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Personally my kids will have a fuller name. But will most likely call them by nicknames. I like to give kids options. I grew up with a kid that his mom only wanted him to be called Daniel. Not Dan or Danny. Daniel :/ He went by Daniel until high school which he has since gone by Dan lol
That's so funny! My husband is Daniel and his mom was the same way! He is still just Daniel to this day and prefers it that way!
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All of our children have full names but mostly go by their nicknames, I really love both versions of the name though so I'd be happy with whatever they chose to use once they get older. Since you are just Katie I'm sure you have experience with the situation and since you like it I think it's fine to go with just Charlie if it's a name you really love! After all Molly, Abby and Kate are all nicknames that are regularly given as full names with no issues.
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August 6th, 2012, 12:56 PM
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I personally would put the full name on paper and use their nicknames. But i know that when i get mad the full name would come out. (;
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August 8th, 2012, 05:19 PM
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All of my children have a full name with a nn so that is the direction I lean towards.

Yes, I think Charlie works on her own but I would still do Charlotte nn Charlie. The two names have a completely different 'feel' to them which I like because what if Charlie someday grows into the more sophisticated Charlotte.

For example, my son is Coleman. I loved the name Cole and wanted to use it but decided to go with Coleman for the family connection. I fully intended to call him Cole 99.9% of the time. Guess what...he prefers Coleman, lol! Two of my dd's are the opposite. They will introduce themselves by their nn's instead of ever using their full names. In the end, I think they are all happy to have that choice.
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August 9th, 2012, 08:15 AM
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This is a HUGE issue for me! My name is Jennifer, but was called Jenny most of my life and my close friends and family call me Jen. Well, now that I anm an adult I have a identity issue. Who am I really? When I introduce myself I don't know what to say. Jennifer is most formal and it IS my real name but since I was hardly ever called that it feels snooty and wrong. Jenny feels way too adolescent, and Jen feels too personal! I swear Im about to change my name I had this!

I hate lying so much that when I fill out forms I feel quilty if I dont put my name as Jennifer. A few years back at an open house the teacher had three papers out to sign. I signed one Jennifer, one Jenny, and the other Jen. NOT on purpose! I wish I could figure something out that felt right!

Now I am not totally against nn's I just like them to be natural. For ex we call Hudson Hud at times and so on. Haddyn is called by a nn the most. We didn't plan it at all and I try to not call her that all the time. We call her Haddy which is just partial spelling of her name.
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August 14th, 2012, 10:39 AM
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I personally like having the idea of a formal name & a more personal name. A full-name can be something a kid grows into.
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August 14th, 2012, 12:06 PM
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I prefer formal names. That way when the child is grown he/she can chose whether or not to go by their formal name.

My DD's full name is Ariella, but we call her Arie 99% of the time. When asked what her name is we say Arie half the time and Ariella the other half
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August 15th, 2012, 11:48 AM
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I love the name Charlie!

We named one of our girls Alyssa and we only call her Ally. We ran into trouble when she went to Kindergarten. Her teacher only let the kids put their full first names on their papers and she had trouble adjusting to writing Alyssa instead of Ally. Really not a big deal but it was a big headache at the time!
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August 15th, 2012, 11:57 AM
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I would put the name that you're going to call them on the birth certificate. Nowadays, I don't think it's as important as it used to be to give children "formal" names. I think if you LOVE Charlie for a name, then name her that...don't "try to find" a formal name just to appease the population. In the end, she'll probably go by what you call her most of the time anyway and might even disregard her formal name, so I'd just name her what you love. For example, the superintendent of the large school district I work for is Susie...always goes by Susie. I think most people say that children should have a formal name for business/career, but plenty of people go by NNs or have names that are NNs and they're equally as successful.
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