Our British cousins have long been nuts for nicknames that double as creative baby names, and now in the latest Social Security stats, we’re seeing an increased use of vintage nicknames here in the US as well. No jumps for UK faves Alfie and Archie yet, but here are some others that are moving up — all of which rose at least 20 places, arranged with highest climbers first. Scroll on for short baby names that might be perfect for your tiny tot.


1. Dash: This dashing nouveau nickname of Dashiell jumped a remarkable 182 places, moving from 948 to 766. In addition to its energetic image, it comes with pop-culture cred via the cute character in the animated film The Incredibles and also its association with the Kardashian Klan.

2. Mack: Once an early 20th-century generic name like Bud or Joe, Mack is back, now as a stand-alone up-and-comer, having advanced 145 places last year to 661 and at 346 on Nameberry. Why the sudden interest? Could it be Mack the truck in Pixar’s Cars? Or as a substitute for the common Jack?

3. Louie: There’s Lewis, Louis and Louie, and the latter is the one that reentered the Top 1000 in 2015 with a 142-place uptick. It may go even higher via the King Louie big ape character voiced, sung and danced by Christopher Walken in the new updated hit, The Jungle Book.

4. Gwen: Credit Gwen Stefani for revived interest in this short form of Gwendolyn (Number 404) for coolifying this dated nickname. It came back to the Top 1000 in 2013 after a 30-year hiatus, and this year jumped 213 places to 746.

5. Frankie: Frankie has become a hot nickname name for girls, moving onto the list with a jump of 162 places. Credit the celebrity factor to Drew Barrymore, who used it in full, and Amanda Peet, who chose it as the nickname for daughter Frances.

6. Theo: A cool o-ending nickname name for boys, Theo entered the Top 500 this year after zipping up 101 spots. Theo is an international hit — it’s in the Top 40 in England, Germany, Sweden and Norway, and likely to move higher here.

7. Hank: Who woulda thought that this baseballish-country singer nickname would find itself back on the pop charts? Yet he’s on base at Number 534, up 69 places from 2014. Kendra Wilkinson named her son Hank IV; Hank Moody was the lead character on Californication and Hank Schrader appeared on Breaking Bad.

8. Hattie: A diminutive of Harriet, this year Hattie moved up 102 places, bringing her into the Top 500. It is 310 in England and 373 on Nameberry.

9. Sonny: Even more generic than Mack, Sonny has made a surprise return, along with others like Buddy, ascending 61 places last year. Retro namers Jason Lee, Noel Gallagher and Green Day’s Jason White chose it for their boys.

10. Rosie: Cheery, blush-cheeked Rosie moved up 71 spots last year, to 774. Tied to several celebs including Rosie O’Donnell and Perez, it’s also spelled Rosy, as in “ring around the…”

11. Charli/Charlie: This boy nickname has been in use for girls more than their brothers for several years now. Last year Charli gained 58 places, and the more popular Charlie was up 22. Will the mega success of Charlotte beget more Charlies?

12. Penny: As with Charlotte, trendy Penelope (Number 34) has brought back nickname Penny, gaining 55 spots last year, bringing her to 754. Cute and bright as a copper, she was a standard issue little sister name in 1940s movies and now has rebounded partly through the Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother characters.

13. Zeke: A onetime hillbilly nickname for Ezekiel (Number 148), Zeke is once more standing on his own, up 30 places to 704. On both Parenthood and Sons of Anarchy, it’s spelled Zeek, but in the Divergent series and the High School Musical movies, it’s the more-traditional Zeke.

14. Freddy: By increasing 25 places, Freddy came onto the top 1000 this year, possibly thanks to his presence on Mad Men. Freddy is #200 in England, where alternate spelling Freddie is way up at #20.

15. Maisie: Sweet Maisie inched up 29 rungs to Number 624. An old-timey Scottish diminutive of Margaret, it’s sounding fresh as a daisy. Young Maisie Williams (born Margaret) plays Arya on Game of Thrones. Maisie is already 37 in Scotland, 44 in England and 63 on Nameberry.

16. Millie: Another frilly vintage appellation, Millie, short for Mildred and Millicent, climbed 28 places to gain entry into the Top 500. She’s now Number 10 in Scotland and 26 in England and Wales.

Did your favorite baby name make the list? Tweet us @BritandCo and let us know!

This post was previously published on Nameberry by Linda Rosenkrantz.

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