Baby nick names: Did you go with a designated one or come up with your own?
Every nickname has a story of origin, but there are a few names that just come with assigned nicknames. Here are the most popular among them.
"I started to call her Meringue-O-Tang. It stuck and I still call her that today." (iStock)
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Something special happens the day you bring home your bundle. 

Amid the oohing and aahing of family members, inquiries about the birth itself and your chosen names, a nickname just pops into your mouth. And just like that, little Thomas becomes Pumpkin to his parents until the day he forbids them from using that name because he's a big boy now. 

Even celebs are not immune to this phenomenon. Rapper Snoop Dogg got his now infamous stage name from his mother, who, since childhood, called the rapper "Snoop" because she thought he resembled Snoopy from the comic strip Peanuts. 


What's your child's parent-assigned nickname and how did you come up with it? Tell us emailing to chatback@parent24.com and we could publish your letter. Do let us know if you'd like to stay anonymous.  


A dad on the subreddit r/Parenting shared how he got to assign a nick name to his baby girl and wanted to know how other parents came upon a nickname for their children. Here are some great responses.

"Animal because..."

"Instead of 'Nelly Fertado' we call her 'Ellie Potato'"

"We called her Momo"

"I started to call her Meringue-O-Tang"

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Then, there are all those nicknames that come attached to certain names, like calling William "Bill" and Siyabulelas "Siya".  If you're one of those think-ahead parents who like to know all the possible turns a name can take, here's a look at a few names and their allotted monikers. 

Asanda
Nickname: Asa
Meaning: Still increasing
Origin: Xhosa


Charles
Nickname: Chuck
Meaning: Free man
Origin: French


Dorothy
Nickname: Dot
Meaning: God's Gift
Origin: Greek 


Daniel: 
Nickname: Danny, Dan
Meaning: God is my judge
Origin: Hebrew 


Edward 
Nickname: Ted, Ned 
Meaning: Wealthy or fortunate guardian
Origin: Anglo-Saxon


Georgina
Nickname: Georgie
Meaning: Farmer
Origin: Greek


Gillian
Nickname: Gillie or Gill
Meaning: Youthful
Origin: Latin 


Henrietta 
Nickname: Hettie
Meaning: Home ruler
Origin: German


Henry
Nickname: Harry
Meaning: Home ruler 
Origin: German 


James
Nickname: Jim 
Meaning: Supplanter
Origin: Hebrew 


Joseph
Nickname: Joe, Joey
Meaning: God increases 
Origin: Hebrew


Mabel
Nickname: Mabs
Meaning: Lovable, dear
Origin: Latin


Philip/Philippa 
Nickname: Pip/Pippa 
Meaning: Lover of horses
Origin: Latin 


Patricia 
Nickname: Patsy
Meaning: Noble
Origin: Latin 


Richard
Nickname: Dick 
Meaning: Strong in rule
Origin: German, French, and English


Robert                
Nickname: Rob, Bob, Bobby
Meaning: Fame-bright
Origin: German


Roxanne
Nickname: Roxie
Meaning: Dawn, bright
Origin: Persian 


Tabitha
Nickname: Tibby
Meaning: Gazelle, graceful
Origin: Hebrew 

Thandolwethu (U)
Nickname: Thando 
Meaning: Our love 
Origin: Ndebele 


Winifred
Nickname: Winnie 
Meaning: Reconciled; blessed
Origin: Welsh

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