Normally in an Indian household, a lot of thought and effort go in naming a child. Elders are consulted and horoscope checked. Depending on the date and time of the birth of the child, the astrologer is consulted and the name has to start with a particular character. I don’t think many parents follow the trend today but still naming a child is still a more cumbersome task.
And still after naming a child, parents just can’t help giving a nickname to the child as he/she grows up. This may be because they want to call him lovingly showering all the love they have for him/her or they just want to shorten the name they themselves had given. If not the parents, then the relatives, the neighbors or the friends will do that. A nickname is a shorten name of the person or completely irrelevant unconnected name given for whatever reason.
Long before the west made it popular and long before it was very sexy to call “hello baby”, Marathi household had already used this name on so many girls. Almost every Marathi person would have a Baby Mausi (Aunty-Mom’s sister) or a baby atya (Aunty – Dad’s sister). I have two Baby mausi(s), My neighbor has one baby mausi, my neighbor’s neighbor has one baby atya and the list goes on. My baby mausi has grown up with grandchildren of her own and she is still called baby. I wonder what her real name is!
I don’t know what this nickname meant but a very common nickname. I know at least one babloo
It can be used on both boys and girl and both don’t mind.
Of course after bunty, babli would be mentioned. Babli is a very feminine nickname
A variation of Babloo. A nickname of yesteryears. It was extensively used in Marathi household. I don’t think it is used much now. Also its kind of a derogatory name as it sometimes symbolizes one who does not do any work, a kind of mama’s boy.
Now this is very common name in the Maharashtrian community. A very common name in chawls. There are a lot many Bandyas to remember. We even had a “Bandya sports club” which incidentally was the best cricket team of our colony. I don’t know the meaning of Bandya. We had two Bandya(s) in our building.
More of a north Indian equivalent for Pintu. I haven’t heard Maharahstrian calling children by the name Chintu. Chintu was a popular comic strip in some newspaper or children magazine.
Actually not a pet name but still used to call small girls lovingly especially when parents feel a lot of love for the girl.
I know one actor with that name. Not a common pet name though. Never heard it in real life
We are two brothers and my parents wanted a daughter. It was not in their fate to have a daughter as my baby sister passed away soon after birth. My father was very fond of daughters and then he would be happy by pampering all small girls in the neighborhood treating them with chocolates and sweets. I guess that’s why he was every girls favorite uncle. He did not have problem remembering every girls name because he would call all of them “Chakuli” (the small one).
The nickname has nothing to do with China. It’s a Marathi nickname on the tune of small. Come to think of it, all children are small. Nobody calls their children big.
A very unfortunate nickname. It is associated with child labor in India. All small boys working in small restaurants, garages, stalls or any other establishment is called chotu. I hope one day, this name will cease to exist.
A sophisticated English version of Gudia (doll). This name can be also the full-fledged name of the girl.
The name is mostly for boys. The only time I remember seeing a Guddu was looking at a pathetic Shahrukh Khan movie called “Guddu”
A female version of “Guddu”. Again never seen a guddi except Jaya Bachchan’s Guddi.
Gudia means doll in Hindi. Mostly a north Indian nickname. I guess all parents see their daughter as a doll. I doubt if they grow up to be one.
As the name suggest, the round one. It is mostly given to boys who are kind of chubby. A north Indian name.
Parents like to call their children small. So Mini is a girl name which of course means mini.
Pappu is a very common nickname. I know a couple of pappus myself. Their original name is never close to a Pappu. Pappu is what their parents call them lovingly and the name just sticks on. I found a lot of Pappu’s in Mumbai and also some in the North. So it’s a typical universal nickname.
A female version of Pappu
It means small. Again a typical Maharahstrian nickname. This is not a popular name as nobody likes to call himself small.
It has nothing to do with the girl wearing a lot of Pink color clothes. Not geographically limited. Popular among the whole of India. Just like pappu, Pinky is a very popular nickname.
Raju is more of a north-indian name I guess. It sometimes even stops being a pet name and becomes a full-fledged name. e.g. Raju Shrivastava
While Raju was a normal name, Raja was royal. Raja means King and when parents called their son Raja (raja beta), it meant he was the king of their heart or maybe it was prince. Again could become a full-fledged name
What Raja was for boys, Rani was for girls. Extremely royal
A name reserved for the small girls. Sona means gold. Not a permanent nickname but used when parents want to pamper their children or want to get something to be done from them
And now for some bizarre nicknames I have heard
My friend Ashok was a good batsman. At least he was a hard hitter. He used to play for the best team in the colony, The Bandya sports club. His older brother gave him this name “Hawa” during a cricket match. Hawa means air. I am not sure why the name was given. Was it just that he was just air and no play or is it that when he hit the ball, it went so far that you just saw air. I will never know
Mundi is the skull in Hindi. A tall skinny Munavar turned into Mundi. His mother threatened us a lot not to use the name but we couldn’t help it. He remained Mundi
My friend Chetan wore striped pajamas when baggy pants were in fashion. Of course he did not wear those when we went out but he wore them a lot. Years after he had abandoned the stripped pajamas and had gone for designer casuals and he is still called baggy.
This unusual name belonged to a boy in our colony. No way he looked like a mouse but he was a good batsman.
Anda is egg in Hindi. His real name was Yogesh but he was short in stature. So he became Andya. Now he is married and has a son. I wonder what his son is called?
A lot nicknames are used. I tried to remember many but still may have missed. A nickname becomes a part of a person personality and sometimes the reason of embarrassment in the adult life and yet we as adult never stop giving the small children nicknames. A name gives you identity but a nickname lets you closer to the person.
So, Do you have a nickname?