ERIC Number: ED098801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The American Way with Names.
Van Buren, H.
Topics in Culture Learning, v2 1974
Americans tend to derive nicknames and more intimate affectionate nicknames from a person's formal first name; the type of name used depends on the social situation and the relationship between the two people. In many cases, for both masculine and feminine names, the nickname is derived from the first (or sometimes the second) syllable of the formal name, and the affectionate nickname is made by adding "ie" or "y." It is significant that in adult life, males are almost always addressed by the nickname, while it is considered permissible to use the affectionate nicknames for females. Variations in the pattern of naming occur in the nicknames of certain politicians (Ike, JFK) or colorful or affectionate nicknames used by sports figures (Babe Ruth, Rosey Grier). (CK)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. East-West Center.