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I don't see a problem with it. I think most names get shortened to a nickname when they're younger anyway, whether you mean to or not. It's good that when the child gets older they have a stronger name to fall back on (Abby could go by Abigail, etc.) I don't like when nicknames are given as the full names.
Shauna; college student and future teacher
Fav. names (that seem to change every day): Oliver, Beckett, Stellan, Violet, Audrey, Isobel.
For me part of naming children is finding a name I like, and being reasonably sure there will be an option they also like. Since I don't know my kids yet, that means I try to pick names that have more than one nickname possibility. When you give a nickname as a full name, they don't have that option. People named Katherine can go by Kate or Katie or Kathy, but if your name is Katie, you can't go by Katherine (well you could, but it would be confusing).
If I wanted to call a daughter Abby, yes, I'd probably name her Abigail. That way she has a choice. She can be Abby, or Gail, or Abigail, and have enough options to fit her lifestyle and preferences.
My DD's name is Katerina but we knew before she was born that we would call her Kaia. Here is why . . .
Katerina is DH's sister's name who passed away suddenly when she was 20. DH was very close to her and it meant a lot to him to name our DD after her. However she went by Kathy. I wanted Kaia to be her own person, not always associated with Kathy. So we decided a nickname before she was born because we knew his family would start calling her Kathy right away (some of them did anyway but are getting better)
Also I like the fact that as she gets older she can go by Katerina, Kat, Kate etc. if she chooses that Kaia isn't what she wants.
I agree that it's a good idea. Nicknames are fine, but they aren't good as full names. I would hate to have to put something like Katie or Lizzie on a resume.
Using a nickname as a full name does nothing but make sure that your child has to use the nickname for his or her entire life, even if s/he hates it. My parents used to call me Annie as a nickname for Anna. I hated it, and when I was about nine, I just started telling people to call me Anna. If Annie had been my full name, I'd still be stuck with it. Just because you like a nickname doesn't mean your child will.