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Offline kiragecko

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Nicknames in Various Historical Cultures
« on: August 15, 2018, 10:39:27 AM »
There are a variety of ways to form casual address terms.
Using family terms is common ('brother'), shortening/modifying a given name ('Teddy' from Theodore), or something based on the person's characteristics ('Shorty').
What idea do we have of what people did in the past?
I know a lot of our sources are official, and less likely to have informal names. But what info DO we have?

PS. General trends for a culture, or specific examples, are both appreciated.
PSS. I'm most interested in the Early Medieval/Post-Classic period - 500AD-1200ADish. And/or in the Americas, India, SE Asia, Eastern Africa, Japan, Ireland, and the Middle East. But any and all anecdotes/facts would be appreciated. Onomastics is fascinating.

Offline Nume

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Re: Nicknames in Various Historical Cultures
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2018, 07:42:28 PM »
OED did an article about the development of names throughout English history, including a section about pet forms of personal names.

The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming might be a useful resource for you as well.