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Nicknames for Caroline

Hi there, Mamas! I am pregnant with baby # 2 and if it's a girl, my husband wants the name Caroline. I think the full name is beautiful, but I'm not crazy about the obvious nicknames of Carrie or Cara. We aren't super trendy (our son is Benjamin; we call him Benj. And if my bun in the oven is a boy, we are thinking Miles called Milo.) Are any of you familiar with any other nicknames for Caroline? Imaginative Mamas, please be creative!
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Thanks Mamas! Wow you all have such great ideas! We'll know in 10 days what we're having (if my little Bean cooperates:) and then we'll know if Caroline is even an option! I'm sure that if it is a girl and we do name her Caroline, an "organic" nickname will just happen like Amy C. said. Thanks to all of you who responded!
Jackie

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Why does she need a nickname? Caroline is a beautiful name on its own :) I think as long as you ae ok with just calling her Caroline, people will get the hint not to use a nick name.

My second son is Andrew, and I do NOT want people calling him Andy. My mom has to call everyone by a nickname, though, so I told her its ok to call him Drew. So if he wants a nickname later down the line, he can be Drew... But I will always call him Andrew :)

Congratulations, by the way :):)

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What about Carly? I love that name and I think it is a short form of Caroline, or at least a close enough one. I have only known one Caroline and she preferred to called Caroline, no nickname. I think Benji and Carly would be cute.
Good Luck

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Caroline is beautiful on its own...no need for a nickname. If you call her by her full name, others will, too. My daughter has a friend named Caroline, and in their little group of friends, they called each other by their initial. Caroline was CC, my Kate was KK, Emily was EE, etc. But it was ONLY with each other and something they did for fun. When speaking about that child, it was always the full "Caroline".

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Why does she need a nickname? Caroline is a beautiful name on its own :) I think as long as you ae ok with just calling her Caroline, people will get the hint not to use a nick name.

My second son is Andrew, and I do NOT want people calling him Andy. My mom has to call everyone by a nickname, though, so I told her its ok to call him Drew. So if he wants a nickname later down the line, he can be Drew... But I will always call him Andrew :)

Congratulations, by the way :):)

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What about Carly? I love that name and I think it is a short form of Caroline, or at least a close enough one. I have only known one Caroline and she preferred to called Caroline, no nickname. I think Benji and Carly would be cute.
Good Luck

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Caroline is beautiful on its own...no need for a nickname. If you call her by her full name, others will, too. My daughter has a friend named Caroline, and in their little group of friends, they called each other by their initial. Caroline was CC, my Kate was KK, Emily was EE, etc. But it was ONLY with each other and something they did for fun. When speaking about that child, it was always the full "Caroline".

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Our second daughter is named Mackenzie and my husband wanted to call her Mack....I hated that and thought Kenzie would be better...he hated that. We almost didn't use the name because of the nick name issue. BUT we loved the name and used it anyway....lo and behold...my then two year old daughter tried to say Mackenzie and it came out Kiki....so now we call her Kiki. Nicknames can come from places you never thought they would!

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I agree with those who say no nickname is needed. I know a couple of Carolines, and they both go by Caroline.

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I'm sure a nickname will present itself to you, maybe from the child herself. My daughter's name is Corinne and when she was about 18 months, she nicknamed herself Kiki. It stuck, and now everyone calls her Kiki (except for her BFF cousin, who calls her "Co"). I always thought I'd call my other daughter (Isabelle) "Belle" but she quickly became "Busy Bee" and now literally everyone calls her "Bee." So - even though you might pick a nickname way in advance, that may not end up being what everyone calls your child! I would just let life happen and see what nickname seems to fit her as she grows up. ;)

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Kids have 'nicknames' per if YOU use it or the child.
If a child does not like to have a nickname, that is their choice.

My kids per their names... could be called other things.
But, only my daughters CLOSEST 2 friends, calls her a 'nickname.' Other tthan that, no one calls my daughter a nickname... because she tells them what her name is. Not what a nickname would be, for her.

I don't know why, nicknames are mandatory?
Not all people or kids, have nicknames.
It is per the person.
Me... I don't like my name shortened. Ugh. So I tell people.

I knew a Caroline. Its a pretty name.
NO ONE called her by a nickname or by anything shortened per her name. Everyone, called her Caroline. Which is what she expected.

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I like Linnie/Linny

If you son can't say her name when she is born then you'll all end up calling her Sissy anyway!!! My DD is almost 7 and we still will call her Sissy or Sis. Her name is Sierra and my son who was 2 when she was born couldn't say it, so he started calling her Sissy and now everyone does from time to time - even her uncle!

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cariad, is welsh for my darling - pronounced carry ad

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I have a friend name Caroline and we call her Leenie.

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Linney! Rhymes with mini! Our daughter is Madeline and we call her Linney for short. She's the only Linney I've ever met.

Congratulations!

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How about Cari, pronounced car-ee?
I love the name Caroline, I don't think you need a nickname!

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Callie is a very popular nickname for Caroline in the south. Go to babynamewizard.com and put in Caroline. It will give you suggested nicknames.

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Linnie comes to mind. I have a daughter Jessica and we call her Sica (sounds like seekuh) I like pulling from the latter half of names so it's unique.

Another option is to let little-little-little speakers try to say the name and pick out a favorite. Patrick is too hard for tiny talkers so they called him Patchik and we shortened it to Patchie rather than Pat or Rick.

One last option is to take just initials and throw them together. Timothy we shortened to Tt since he has two in his name.

Whatever you choose, be mindful that it should be respectful and not embarass them at an older age since it carries for life in some families. My sister has called me Beej for decades.

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We have a Victoria and a Brennan. We intended to call them Tori and Brenna. They call eac other Taytay and Bren Bren. Tori Nori, Tay Tay, Taters, Tater Nater, Tater tot, Snuggle butt, Bwen Bwen, Brenna bug, Brenna, Sissy, Doodle bug, Angel Face, Nanner Nanner and all nature of silly/cute things. They are usually called Tori or Tate, and Bren or Brenna by Mommy and Daddy.
Oh yea, family members call them 'their girl' as in "Oh, your Mamaw's girl arent you?" "How is Aunt Gina's girl today" etc.
It doesn't really matter what you decide, something else usually crops up.
(Tater and TayTay comes from one of her grown cousins calling Victoria- Tori Taters Eats her 'Maters or Tater Buiscut and Brennan, she called NannerNanner. No idea why, but potato referances stuck.

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How about using something in the middle, like Roli? (pronounced like raw-lee) Or maybe Ro?

My SD's nickname is "T" (sometimes T-bug). Her name starts with a T and it long and complicated. T is easy and fits her :) When she was little I called her "princess" or Miss T.
You could go with "C" "C-C" "miss C"

My sister in law goes by Lynn-ee; I think she spells it Lynie.

Carol.

Or just call her Caroline.
It is beautiful. Not everybody needs a nickname. No one in our family uses a nick name except my husband!

I think Caroline is a lovely choice. I didn't read through all your responses, so sorry if I'm repeating... but how about Carlie?

I also like the idea of letting a child say the name and see what that produces... my son's first cousin to be born was named Caleb, and he couldn't say it, and called him CaCa, which has completely stuck. Not sure that's a nickname his mom would have chosen, but it stuck, and she even calls him that...

How about Lynn or Linnie?

We have friends named Caroline and Jose. Her husband calls her "Caro". I think it's cute, and in spanish it means expensive! lol
L.

I'm not one for nicknames that are a reach from the name itself. Milo is an freestanding name, so if you want to call your child Milo, I'd just call him that. As for Caroline, most of the ones I know go by Caroline. You could get away with Callie. Neither of my kids have "nicknames" that are shortened versions of their names (well, it would be hard for my son to, since he has a 3 letter name to begin with LOL!)

We have a Benjamin too....he's Benji :)

I like the name Caroline too - how about Cali or Lina (pronounced Leena).

We're having a second baby boy later this year and having a very hard time with a boys name. We were all set with our girls name (Susannah Joy) but we're stumped for boys!

My DD's name is Caroline. Sometimes she goes by Abbie, but for Caroline we sometimes call her 'Lina'.

My daughter is Rhiannon... she goes by Rhiannon most of the time, but also RhiRhi (reeree), Rhi (ree) and a bunch of silly names that have nothing to do with her actual name (like divalicious). Nick names do grow by themselves in most cases. My name is M.... I am NOT a nickname girl. My mom intented me to go by "meg"- but in elementary school there was a girl whose actual name was Meg, so I just stuck to M.... I had people try to call me meggie (I can't stand it), megs, M.-bacon (ugh), meg-meg, nutmeg, megpie, BM (stands for baby M.), Mega-Lou and maymay.... (which only my husband gets away with). In high school and middle school I went by the name "cherry"... LOL!

If you daughter end up with a nickname she doesn't like, she'll pick one she does or just have people stick to her whole name. I love cute nicknames... but I generally only call people by the name they introduce themselves with. As long as you give her a real name she can grow up with and still be taken seriously, call her any nickname you want! Caroline is a beautiful choice! anyways, my suggestions:

Lina, Carly, Callie..

If you changed the name to a similar, but slightly differnent name you may have other likely nicknames too! Like

Coraline or Coralie

nick: Cora, Cory

OR you could name her Karoline

nick: kay, kallie etc.

Whatever trips your trigger!

Good Luck!
-M.

You can spell it Carolyn and use Lyn as a nickname. Maybe not as creative as you might like...

Good luck!

My daughter is Karolina Mae and she gets called "Lina" and "Kmae"... I know it's a little different since there's not an "a" on the end so Lina might not work but maybe you could incorporate the middle name like we did with K-Mae. I SO didn't want her to get called Lina but now I don't mind it! :o)

We have a Caroline who is three months and we call her CeCe.

Caro is sometimes used. :)

Lina? Or how about Lola or Lolo?

Just call her Caroline. My daughter's name is Annalise. We have never shortened it. My husband and I call her Bean or Beanie sometimes because that was our name for her when she was in my tummy and looked like a little bean on the ultrasound. To everyone else, she is Annalise. When I told people what we were naming her, they asked what we would call her. We simply said her name will be Annalise and we will call her Annalise.

Well, we have Linnaea (Li-nay-a) and Cormac, and what are they called? Linnaea and Cormac. But also Sweet Potato, Kid-Kid, Linnaea Longlegs, Linaynay. And Buddy, Cormacadam, Cormie. So you never know. Caroline by itself is a lovely name. I like Cara personally, but I think of that as a separate name, not a nickname. Caro would be more unusual nickname, but that and all the other ones have already been mentioned. I agree with the woman who said if you like Milo, why not name him Milo instead of Miles?

I went to school with a girl named Caroline and her family called her Lina or Linny, her grandma would sometimes call her Roli--it was her special pet name for her. They were extremely close.

Why not just call her Caroline! It is a beautiful name why shorten it?? If you call her that everyone will follow. My kids are Monica called Monica, Lauren,Isaac,Jordan,Aaron no nicknames except for Alek which we chose to spell his full name Aleksander for that reason.( Did not care for Alex)
Maybe you can change the spelling to something you like. I heard people call Caroline "Linie" pronounced Leenee.

My name is Caroline, and I've always been called Caroline. My brother shortened it so much I was just Ca. I'd only accept being called that from him!
You get your name shortened to Carol - that's a whole different name from my point of view, you might as well call me "Jack". People sometimes call me Carolyn too - which I hate. CeCe is nice though. I always say "Caroline like the Princess (of Monaco)". I never liked my name when I was younger, but I love it now - Thanks Mum!!

I know a Caroline. She is adorable. Her nicknames when she was younger were, Care Bear, Care, Liney, Now she goes more my Caroline... But I LOVE the name too, if she wasn't so close to my family i would have chose that name as well.

Nicknames come from some of the strangest places ...if you let it happen organically!

I have 4 boys and 1 girl...we had a terrible time coming up with the most perfect and lovely girl name...we settled on Gillian. I was VERY adamant that no one shorten her name and call her 'Jill' ...although both my Mom and my MIL calls her 'Jilly or Jills'... You know what EVERYONE else calls her now? Bean! My only daughter goes by Bean? How's that for irony?

Bean, Beanie, Beanie-licious, Beanie-Wienie-Booty-Licious, Gigi and sis!

*It started when she was first born, her daddy called her 'Jilly-Bean' and then on about day 2 he called her 'Bean' and it stuck!

~I say if you LOVE the name just go with it and see what happens? But if I had to pick I would go with 'Care-O'...very cute!

I know 2 carolines: one is Coco the other is CC, if that's any help to you! I think a nickname has to be organic, though. You'll know it when you start talking to her.

How about C.? C. is a great name (though Caroline is also beautiful, without a nickname).

BTW, C. is my name, so I might be a little biased. ;-)

Lynn is also short for Caroline..

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