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Nickname Spelling: Gabby or Gabi?

Hi everyone!

Just wondering if anyone can give me an opinion on nickname spelling for my daughter. Her name is Gabriella, but we call her Gabby. I like the spelling Gabi better than Gabby - is it too weird? Will she be constantly correcting everyone?

Opinions, please!

Thanks,

J.

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Beautiful name, but Gabi is a little too cutesy, in my opinion. She won't be a sweet little baby forever, unfortunately! Gabby will carry her through life, and might help when she enters a career. I teach career development classes, and it may not be fair or make sense, but people are judged on their names. To me, Gabby seems more solid, while still retaining the pretty sound. Just some thoughts!

I can tell you that Gabi is WAY cuter!! My name is G. and Gabby for short. Just recently realized I like Gabi much better! lol

I love Gabi, My daughters name is Gabriella also. We didn't give her a nickname, but we were going to name her Abigail her nickname would have been Abi.

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I love Gabi, My daughters name is Gabriella also. We didn't give her a nickname, but we were going to name her Abigail her nickname would have been Abi.

I like Gabi. My full name is C., but my nickname is Cristy... I don't know if I have ever seen another Cristy, and I LOVE IT!!

If your daughter is anything like me (and a million other girls I am sure), she will probably change the spelling of her name 100 times anyway. I have been C., Cristy, Cris, Cristina.... When she gets older she might decide to go by Gabriella anyway...

These days, spellings are very unique, and I say go with what you want. It doesn't matter if people always correct it. You could have a very common name, and people will still spell it wrong (think Nikki, Niki, Nicky, Nicki, Nicci...)

Hi, J.!

I guess it really depends on whether you'd like people to pronounce it gabi (like gah-bee) or gabby (like gab-bee) Because that's how I would personally pronounce those spellings.

You will have to spell it out on certain occasions.

We've called my oldest and middle children by their nicknames and all their gifts come with that name on the tag. There is also the fact that some longer names are harder for little ones to spell out and you might want your daughter to go by her nickname in school. (Their names are the first words that they learn to spell usually)

My oldest is in 1st grade now and although she can spell her full first name (Victoria) it was much easier for everyone in earlier times because we called her Torri.

In the same way, my 3-year-old's name is Galatea and we have all KINDS of problems with her name. Her nick-name is Teya, with the 'y' placed in so that people don't accidently call her tea (as in the beverage).

Either way, you're the mom, so your word is law! Don't let anyone give you trouble about the spelling of your daughter's name!

I really like Gabi... Its looks more updated, and will be easy to write.

Although it's a personal preference, there could be some people that think Gabi is pronounced Gah-beye or Gah-bee. Most people should be able to figure it out. My nickname is D. and it is always being mispelled (Danni, Danny, or Dannie). I don't care though, I love my name and rarely go by Danielle. If you are too worried about it you could go with Gabbi or Gabbie or wait until she is old enough and let her choose the spelling. Otherwise spell it the way you want instead of the "correct" way, it's more fun that way.

I like Gabi better. Maybe Gabbi. The gabi may be said as Gabe(y). I know a cple Gabbys and one gabbi

I like the spelling Gabi also, it's unique. C.

I love Gabi vs. Gabby too. It's very cute!

L.

I personally like Gabby. If you are concerned with people spelling it wrong or concerned that it will bug her when she gets older, I would stick with Gabby for sure.

I am a K. that is ALWAYS being spelled Christine and it really bugs me.

Oh I love that name! I have a good friend with that name and she uses Gabi for short. :)

My name is Nicole, but I have always gone by N.. As you may know, there are MANY variations of N....Nikki (most common), Nicky, Nickie, Nikky, etc. The running joke in my family is that my Dad didn't know how to spell "Nikki" and left out one of the k's.

With that said, let me tell you about my name. I never had anyone confused about the pronunciation, but my name was always misspelled. When I was young I HATED that my name was misspelled on my school & sports awards -- BUT when I got to high school I thought it was COOL that my name was DIFFERENT. And now as an adult, I don't care one way or another.

I say, spell it how you want and if people misspell is just make lite of it. Spelling it different can be looked at as be "special".

I like Gabi too! It doesn't look like the person who gabs all the time (Gabby). And it uses only the letters in her name. No confussion here!
:) M.

We also have a beautiful daughter named Gabriella, and we like the spelling Gabbie. I have seen Gabi used as vell. I wish you the best with your Little Darling whichever way you spell it-H., Mother of 2 girls

Hello.
I have a daughter named Tabitha. We call her Tabi. At times people spell it "Tabby" (like the cat). She is 8 years old now and all of our family and Tabitha's school friends all know the correct way to spell her nickname. We had to correct them a few times but now they all know and it is not or ever was a problem.

Our daughter's name is also Gabriella. We spell it Gabby so far. I was an elementary teacher before I decided to stay home and there was a little girl in my school with the nickname Gabi. I think whatever way you go will be fine. We say her name with the a sounding like apple, but we have people who call Gabriel-a with a long A. How do you sound out the name?

HI J.,

I had to chuckle as I read the responses to your question... because I so often felt the same way. I COMPLETELU agree with Niki B... my name is Nicki B. also (full name N.). I went through about six different variations of spelling my nickname during the course of my elementary school days (I didn't care how mom and dad spelled it... it was MY nickname and I wanted to spell it my way). As you can see, I chose to keep the "nic" and added the popular "k", then ended it with an "i" to be different. Took me a while to "settle" on the spelling I use now, but it doesn't bother me when people spell it wrong (it's just a nickname after all). I say, spell Gabi any way you want it and don't sweat it if others spell it wrong (sounds the same no matter how it's spelled, right?). She will likely change the spelling to whatever she enjoys writing. ;o) Congratulations, too, by the way!

I too have a nickname spelling problem. My oldest is Elycia and we call her Ely (Ellie). Everyone pronounces it Eligh, like a boys name. Maybe if we would have spelled it Elly, them ppl would not mix it up so much.

So I vote for Gabi, But maybe Gabbi.

Good luck!

Beautiful name, but Gabi is a little too cutesy, in my opinion. She won't be a sweet little baby forever, unfortunately! Gabby will carry her through life, and might help when she enters a career. I teach career development classes, and it may not be fair or make sense, but people are judged on their names. To me, Gabby seems more solid, while still retaining the pretty sound. Just some thoughts!

Why don't you try Gabbie or Gabbi with two b's

Hi, J.!
As someone who owns a business specializing in personalized Children's product, I encourage you to go with the regular Gabby spelling (even though I really like Gabi!). It is fun to be unique; however, we find that so often the child is disappointed because he/she cannot find anything with his/her name on it or else the spelling is incorrect and the child is disappointed. So, if finding personalized product is a concern for you...go with a traditional spelling. Thankfully, there are some personalized items out there you can put any name or spelling on and my husband and I find great satisfaction in helping our customers do this.
Cindy - ____@____.com

I can tell you that Gabi is WAY cuter!! My name is G. and Gabby for short. Just recently realized I like Gabi much better! lol

My daughters name is Gabriella and we spell it Gaby. Nobody has had any trouble with it.

My 14 year old step-daughter's name is Gabrielle, and she likes to be called Gabby. Personally, I would rather call her Elle, or Brie (or Ella or Bria, in your case), but that's just me. Otherwise, I think the spelling of Gabi is cute!

My vote goes to Gabi too - not weird at all. It makes more sense to me - all the letters are in the full name. I have a similar issue w/ my little girl's name - she is Caitlyn but then if we call her "Kate" can we spell it "Cait" or "Cate" or ?? I may have to make a post too!

I like Gabi or Gabbi. I think the "i" at the end is a nice change from the "norm". I feel it's more feminine, but that's just me. :)

If you do Gabby you'll rarely have to spell it for anyone, but since it's only a nickname you probably won't run into that problem anyways. Other than that I'd say to use whatever you want.

J.

I say to spell it how you want. If you can read, you should know how to say it if it's spelt Gabi. Plus, down the road, she may change the way she spells it herself. Good luck on your decision.

i love nicknames. if my son would have been a girl the name would have been emily but we would have called her emi (emee). so i think gabi is a great nickname!!!!

Hi, J....

I've actually always seen Gabbie for a girl :) Whatever you choose, I'm sure she'll do great!

Blessings,
V.

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