What’s in a Nickname?

Growing up I was never really a fan of people calling me anything other than my full name: Whitney except my dad who called me T.J. after my middle names Theresa and June. I was supposed to just be Theresa June sans Whitney, but at the last possible moment (my birth) my mom decided to put Whitney in front of it. For my own identity purposes as Theresa and June are the names of my grandmothers.



What does this have to do with this blog do you ask dear readers? Well I recently read a lovely novel entitled 13 Little Blue Envelopes where during the entire book the main character was called a different version of her name. I found I quite liked it. On a side note I also call own of my niece by many, many, many different versions of her name. She is a nickname-able kid! Her sister on the other hand I oddly call her by her entire name which she is a fan of.



The character in 13 Little Blue Envelope’s name is:

  • Virginia: is her actual birth given name and I am not a huge fan of it.


  • Ginger: in the first letter from her aunt she is called Ginger and having that be the introduction to her I felt myself wrinkling my nose in a Disney Mowgli-like fashion.


  • Ginny: when this version came I thought that this version suits the character best.


  • Gin: BUT when she was called Gin I thought this is the perfect name for her and my ultimate favourite.


  • Pretzels: which has no relation to any version of her name, but she was nicknamed it and therefore I feel duty bound to add it to the pile. It did suit her quite well as she wore her hair in braids which looked like pretzels throughout the entirety of the book.


I was quite inspired by these names dear readers and felt like I wanted to create a character who had multiple nicknames like Maureen Johnson accomplished with her character in 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

I would definitely recommend you read this as it hits the spot if you are feeling like you need an adventure, but can’t quite get out of your house. The characters were insightful and even though there were parts of the novel which did not seem all together plausible there were startling realistic roadblocks that kept me reading to the end. I am definitely looking forward to reading the second book in the series: The Last Little Blue Envelope.

I hope you enjoyed this twist on a name inspired this week. I would love to know your thoughts on the whole nickname business whether in your own life or a literary one. May your week be as strong as your coffee and be just as sweet (that is if you put sugar and cream in it which I do!)


Honestly Austen

Postscript: Is your April showers going to bring May flowers? Mine better.

8 thoughts on “What’s in a Nickname?

    • Let me know your thoughts when/after you read it. I just ordered the second one online with my latest book haul and I am probably going to read it first when it arrives. I thought it was quite a sweet story and I feel like it helped cap my current wanderlust.


  1. I haven’t read this one, it sounds like an interesting read. My daughter has so many nicknames, and evne I have no real idea where some of them have come from!

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    • I love that! I have few and the ones I do have were silly rhyming ones given to me by my sisters which are a tad insulting, but that is family for you. I love the nickname confusion!


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