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What is your nickname?

My kids call me Honey instead of Mommy a lot of the time.  Because my Hubs calls me Honey.  Which has had me thinking about nicknames lately.  Most people have a nickname or two.  I’ve had plenty.  Some I have liked. A few earned the speaker a good wallop.  Some are obvious. Some were bizarre. I thought it would be fun to share some of mine, and the stories that go with them, and ask what yours are.

Gynni- pronounced Ginny, this is what most of my family calls me.  I went by Gynni for most of my life.  Until 2000, actually.  You see, I had went on a mission trip in 1997 and there was a Jennifer on that trip that preferred to be called Jenny.  So, I went by Virginia, since there is a Spanish pronunciation of my name.  In 2000, when I moved to Chicago, a friend that I met on that mission trip introduced me as Virginia instead of as Gynni.  It stuck.

Gyn- shortened form of the above.

Virg- obvious shortening of my first name.

Virgi- again, obvious

Vee- some of my favorite people call me Vee.

Ginger- only two people ever got away with calling me Ginger, because I really hate it.  But, Nonie (who also was named Virginia and known as Ginger) and Willi Hamilton.  Of course, since Nonie was called Ginger, it was natural for her to call me Ginger.  And I loved her, so, I let her.  And Willi?  I don’t know, it just seemed okay from her.

Ingyon- from my Filipino friends in Chicago, not sure if it is spelled correctly, but they *said* it is how to pronounce Virginia in Tagalog

Kenny- my sister’s oldest two called me Kenny when they were younger, because they couldn’t say Gynni.

Jimmy- when I was growing up, Mr. Bill, the gentleman that lived across the street, called each of my sibblings and I by a name for the opposite gender.  I was Jimmy instead of Gynni.  My sister was Dennis instead of Denyse.  My brothers were Josephine (Joe), Davinia (David), Darlene (Darrel), and Joan (John). I can remember Mr. Bill calling out and asking me, “Jimmy, did you see the man in the moon last night?  He was eating cheese…”

Honey- what my Hubs has called me pretty much since we met.

Myrear- a not so nice rendition of my middle name that a kid in grade school issued me.  It earned him a wallop with my purse that I filled with rocks first.

I’m certain I’ve had more, I just can’t think of them at the moment.

So, what are your nicknames?

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. Shorty – because well..I’m short (lol)
    Slowpoke – because I ate really really slow when I was a kid
    Peanut – that’s what my dad always called me when I was little
    Tammy actually is a nickname as my full name is Tamara. (pronounced Tah-mare-ah, which is why I never use it because everyone pronounces it (ta-mah-rah))
    Sneddy – what my husband calls me and I call him – the story behind that one is we called each other sweetie when we first got married, my niece was about 2 or 3 at the time and pronounced sweetie “sweaty” – which some how or another got turned into Sneddy (not sure how!), and thus 16 years later, still saying it!

    • I had to chuckle at Sneddy! One of my sister’s nicknames is Mousey. Her name is Denyse, but family calls her Niecy, and somehow one of the neighbor kids started calling her Mousey when we were younger, so some people still do call her that. LOL.

  2. That is so darling that they call you honey because your husband does!

  3. Some call me Stef which just part of my name. My husband calls me Babe for most of the time unless he is mad at me.

  4. My husband calls me baby or honey
    My husbands family calls me Nicki
    My kids call me mommy, ma, mom, mother(I hate this one makes me feel old)
    My mom has always called me Cole Lynn(my name Nichol Middle name Lynn)
    When I was younger both my parents called me pumpkin
    My 4 year old niece calls me aunt colie

    I think that is it!

  5. Thanks for the follow! I’m following you back.

    My main nickname is Jenn (short for Jennifer of course), but my Grandpa always called me Jenner. It was so special coming from him!

  6. My mom used to call me Nin…no reason why. My name is Crystal so not sure where that came from LOL!

  7. No nicknames here. I mean, I guess when your name is only 3 letters not much to work with. However a funny story, my nephew thought my sisters best friends name was Jackie, which is actually my sisters name, because her name is Mommy. It was funny at the time okay.


  8. I don’t have one. My mother-in-law was always called “Mama” by all of the grandkids. That was, until my daughter came along. My mom is tall. My mother-in-law is short. So, my daughter started calling her Little Grandma and my mom Big Grandma. First time I heard her say Little Grandma, I cracked up. I still do. Now the names have stuck.

  9. LOL. My nickname that’s stuck since junior high? JenBrat, JBrat.

  10. Some people call me Candy, which I can’t stand! I call my girls Lil’ Pea and Big Pea and my husband name is John, but we call him Jabo!

  11. I love nicknames… I have had so many growing up.

    My great grandpa always called “wild butterball turkey”

    My aunts and uncles always called me “neener-beener” I used to think it had nothing to do with my hispanic bloodline, but now that I am older I am not so sure…they are kind of racist.

    My mom and husband always call me “Neen” and now my daughter (21 mo.) calls me Neen every time DH calls me that. It is so cute.

    Oh, I almost forgot one nickname “Mean-Neen” lol.

  12. I grew up as PJ but few people call me that anymore. Besides that I get called Babe (by my husband) and mommy by the obvious. Otherwise I’m just plain Paula.

  13. all I got is Katie & Kate. Pretty exciting, huh? (my given name is Kathleen)