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We didn’t have nicknames. My daddy didn’t believe in them. He thought most nicknames were silly. In his opinion, it was ridiculous for a grown man to be called “Junior”, “Junior Boy”, “Lil Junior” or any other variation of the “Junior” theme.
He thought even less of nicknames that had no connection to the person’s true name. Maybe that was because his own nickname was “Henny”. I never thought to ask where the name “Henny” came from or what it meant.
We never discussed it one way or the other. He was simply Daddy. “Henny” was what other people called him. Mr. Hermise Mason Wilkins - - that’s my Daddy! Most people called him “H.M’. Some people called him “Henny” - - his nickname. When asked, he preferred to be called quite simply, “H.M”.
I was born, Leona (Something-dell) Wilkins - - period! As a child, I was called just plain “Dell” or sometimes, “(Something-dell)”. The closest thing to a nickname for me was when Daddy called me “BabyGirl”, “DG” or “Dell Girl”. To him, they were pet names not nicknames. And, they were for his use only, not anyone else’s.
My brother was named after Daddy but with a completely different middle name in order to avoid the “Junior” thing. However, Daddy did keep the same middle initial as his own.
Keeping it real, my brother was called “Herm”. This was just a shortened version of his first name. No nicknames for us! My brother didn’t even have a pet name. Since he was a boy, I guess he didn’t need one.
Here is a short list of names that Daddy thought were downright silly and didn’t make a whole lot of sense. Included are BoBo, HoBo, JimBo, Bubba, Head, Peanut, PeeWee, Lil Bit, Shorty, and Dirty. What do you think of these? Do you know anybody with one of these nicknames?
Do you have a nickname? Does anyone in your family have a nickname? What are your thoughts on nicknames?