How to create a nickname using your name

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How to create a nickname using your name
If you don't want to be stuck with an unflattering nickname, create one for yourself. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Kids create nicknames for each other all the time. "Dumpy Debbie," "Tubby Tony" and "Rotten Randy" are just a few examples. As long as there have been kids, there have been nicknames. If you let someone else create your nickname, chances are that it will not be flattering. Creating your own nickname ensures that people will remember you in a positive way. You can base your nickname on a personality or physical characteristic but it's also fun to choose one based on your own name.

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    Rhyme your name. Take your first or last name and select a word or phrase that rhymes with it. This works better for certain first names than others. Examples are "Dan the Man," "Slim Jim," "Ross the Boss" and "Tricky Ricky." You can also use all or part of your last name when creating nicknames such as "Hasten Mason, "Tally Your Alley" or Gaines Never Complains." The rhyme doesn't have to be exact for the nickname to stick.

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    Try alliteration, which is two or more words in a row that begin with the same consonant. Pair your name with an adjective that begins with the same letter as your name. To make the name stick, choose an adjective that describes your personality. Examples include "Terrific Tommy," "Bob the Barbarian," "Perfect Pete," or "Smiley Sue."

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    Use your initials. Many people do not like their first or last name. You can create a catchy nickname using just your initials. This works especially well if your first and last name begin with the same letter, such as "J.J.", "G.G", or "D.D.", but it can work for any combination of first and last name initials. You can also use just a single initial. If your name is Harry, for example, you can become simply "H".

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    Add the suffix "y" or "ie" to the end of your name to create a cute nickname. Bill can become "Billy" or "Billie" and Charles can become "Charley" or "Charlie." This simple modification of your name can create a nickname that may soften a formal or harsh-sounding name or image.

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