Thanks for the idea, lkj. I think it could be an amusing thread. I can not think of one person I know, off the top of my head, who had an affectionate nickname that was not connected to the name (as in Pam for Pamela, which is my name...ick, ick). I was just called Pam. I'm wondering about nicknames that are not connected to given names. I did have a HORRIBLE maiden name, which I will not disclose, but not only could nobody pronounce it, including arguments amongst the family on how to pronounce it, but it spawned many, many mean nicknames from the kids at school. When I got married the first time, I was thrilled to shed such a hideous name to a simple name that was a "Smith" type name. My second marriage also gave me a nice last name that I like and didn't cause my children any teasing. Kids can be mean.