where did the word nickname come from?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Origins of Nicknames

    Here is the trivia word for the day. The term "nickname" originated as an Anglo-Saxon word: ekename. In the Anglo-Saxon tongue, "eke" meant "also" or "added." The term seemed just a bit awkward to pronounce; so, it became slurred, converting ekename to nekename and finally to become nickname.

    The idea of a nickname didn't come from English origins, though. They were originally common in ancient Greece and Rome, especially when used as terms of affection, which the Greeks called hupokorisma, meaning "calling by an endearing name."

    It was not uncommon for English parents to give their children long names and abbreviate them for ordinary use, which they called "nurse names" - so Harold became Hal and Elizabeth became Betsy.

    Of course, children and adults often get tagged with somewhat less endearing names. Lefty, Shorty, Pinky and many others were probably not earned in the nursery.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Origin Of Nickname

  • 1 decade ago

    Middle English neke name, from a neke name, alteration of an eke name : eke, addition (from Old English ēaca) + name

    Before the Norman Conquest of Britain, people did not have hereditary surnames: they were known just by a personal name or nickname.

    'Many individuals and families have changed their names or adopted an alias at some time in the past'

    When communities were small each person was identifiable by a single name, but as the population increased, it gradually became necessary to identify people further - leading to names such as John the butcher, William the short, Henry from Sutton, Mary of the wood, Roger son of Richard. Over time many names became corrupted and their original meaning is now not easily seen

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In Middle English the word was ekename (from the verb to eke, "enlarge"; compare Swedish öknamn). Later, an ekename developed into a nickname when the "n" shifted through junctural metanalysis!!!

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  • 4 years ago

    #1. It is to shorten a longer name, Nicholas=Nick or Theodore=Ted

    #2. Someone REALLY good at something, you can think of at lest one.

    #3. How about "the Brick" a hard head or a Brick-layer? Indeed he had a construction co. Laying Bricks.

    I could go on but I think you have the PIC(true).

  • 7 years ago

    I always thought that it came from someone names Nicholas whose same was shortened to Nick and then boom. The nickname was born. xD

  • 1 decade ago

    Etymology: 1440, misdivision of ekename (1303), an eke name, literally "an additional name," from Old English eaca "an increase," related to eacian "to increase". [1]

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Nick a name from someone else

    Source(s): The Silent Pen
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Good point that is a good question......

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