The arrival of a new baby in the family is exciting for everyone concerned. No more so than those sisters or sisters-in-law that are about to become aunts for the first time.
But what are your children going to call their aunts? They need a cool aunt name. Are you going to go for something traditional or something a little crazy and unusual?
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In recent years, it has become more popular for aunts to have a unique aunt name for their nieces and nephews to call them rather than just “aunt.”
Aunts have a special bond with their nieces and nephews. Even though they are grown-up (most of the time), aunts do not fall into mom’s category as they are not laying down the law or disciplining.
This special and unique bond gives their nieces and nephews a place to go for some great advice and cool experiences while also being able to be completely themselves.
This is especially important as children get older and find it hard to talk to their moms and dads. Aunts can provide them with that safe place to talk about problems and figure out suitable solutions!
We’ve come up with a list that includes both the traditional and quirky!
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Classic Aunt Names
The traditional name that most Aunts are called will include the word “Aunt” in some shape or form. These are classic aunt names:
- Auntie followed by her first name or nickname
- Aunt followed by her first initial of her first name
Aunt Names From Other Countries
Depending on your heritage and family history, you may have some native alternatives for aunt in mind. Every country has its word for Aunt in their native language.
Many are passed down from one generation to the next and they also give your child a nice way to feel connected to their heritage.
Mind you, even if you have no personal ties with these countries, there is no reason that you cannot use them. Here are a few examples of what they use for aunt names in other languages.
- Zia (Italian)
- Tante (French)
- Tannie (South African)
- Aintin (Irish)
- Moster (Swedish)
- Tita/Tia (Spanish)
- Tädi (Estonian)
- Theia (Greek)
Cute or Crazy Aunt Names
If the aunt-to-be is less traditional and is a bit more “Disney”-like, you may want to go for a name that is a bit cuter. These names usually have absolutely nothing to do with being an aunt, they just sound cute.
You could add the word Aunt in front of them if you want to. These aunt names are popular:
- Aunt Pooh (or another favorite character)
If the aunt-to-be in your life is a bit more on the quirky side, then you may want to go with something that has nothing to do with actually being an aunt, but they do embody some personality in both the name and the role.
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So if your aunt-to-be has a bit on the spirited side, then she may love some of these.
Cool Aunt Names
Sometimes an aunt is so cool that they deserve a name that’s cooler than the rest. Here is a list of cool aunt names:
- Sister Auntie
- TT (teetee)
- Abbreviate Aunt and 1st letter of first name (Ie Auntie Pam would be AP)
Aunt Names In Alphabetical Order
If children are allowed to make the choice of what they decide to call their aunt, it is usually determined by the first letter or syllable of the aunt’s first name.
- Ashley – A, Ash, Lee, LiLi (pronounced Lee-Lee)
- Amanda – ManMan, DaDa (pronounced Dah-Dah), Mandy
- Amber – Bambi, Amby, Bear-Bear
- Bella – Bell, La-La, BeBe
- Brooke – Brooky, BeBe
- Brittany – Nee-Nee, B, Brit
- Charlotte – Charlie, Lottie
- Crystal – Chrissy, Tally, Chrizzy
- Chloe – Cici, C, Lo-Lo
- Diane – Di-Di, Ann
- Debbie – Bee-Bee
- Emma – Ma-Ma, Em, Em-bem
- Erin – Air-bear, Airy
- Elizabeth – Elle, Beth, Lizbeth
- Heather – H, Hezzie, Heth
- Jennifer – JJ, Jen, Jenny
- Jessica – Jessie, Jess-Jess, Ca-Ca
- Jordan – Jor, Din-Din
- Kimberly – Kimmy, Lee, Kimmer
- Katherine – Kat, Kit-Kat
- Katie – TiTi, K, K-K
- Lauren – LiLi, LaLa, Renny
- Lindsey – Linz, Sey-Sey
- Leah – Le-Le, L
- Melissa – MeMe, Lissy, Mel
- Megan – Meg, Meggy, Ganny
- Molly – Mo-Mo, Li-Li, Mols
- Nicole – N, NiNi, Coco
- Rachel – RiRi, Ray-Ray, Shelly
- Rebecca – Becs, Becca, Re-Re
- Riley – Ri-Ri, Riles
- Sarah – SaSa, Rah, RaRa
- Stephanie – S, FiFi, Annie
- Sophia – Soph, So-So
- Tiffany – NiNi, Tiffy, Taffy
Ghetto Aunt Names
It’s fun to play around and pick playful aunt names. Sometimes choosing a ghetto aunt name can get some laughs. Here are a few popular choices:
- Sha’Nay Nay
How To Choose That Aunt Name
When choosing a name for your children to call their aunt, there are a few things that you will need to consider carefully before making that final decision.
Here are a few key things that will impact your final name choice for that special Aunt!
When choosing that aunt name for your sister or sister-in-law, it is important that the name you choose matches their personality. If this special woman is sassy, cute, traditional, or even a little bit quirky, you want to find something that suits her personality well!
Remember this is the one and only chance that this aunt-to-be has had the opportunity to choose a name that really embodies her personality in all its glory.
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The age of the aunt-to-be is going to play a big part in what name you decide on too. With the age that women are having their children, there is a chance that they could be in the older more mature age group.
This could potentially mean that they may want to stick to the more traditional names for an aunt.
While if the aunt-to-be is not much older than their niece or nephew then the more traditional aunt names may seem out of place for them, and you may be better going with something a little bit cuter.
Keep It Simple
When choosing a name for the aunt-to-be, try to keep it simple.
There are many creative and quirky aunt names around but remember that your little one will be the one having to say it. If the name is too difficult for them then they are less likely to use it and more likely to make up their own version.
Children are great at creating their own names for people but they are not always complimentary sounding or loved by the person, so its best to keep it simple!
Check With Family
Many families just let the name for the aunt-to-be develop naturally as the child grows, while others prefer to have a name already in place. Neither way is right or wrong, just be sure that everyone is in agreement.
You need to take into consideration the aunt-to-be’s opinion and that of the immediate family. At the end of the day, you may think that the name you have chosen is really cute or quirky but if the aunt-to-be is not in agreement, it just won’t stick!
Ensure that you include the aunt-to-be in the process of choosing a name, you could make a special event of it with the entire family and get everyone’s input.
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If you do include the aunt-to-be, there is more chance that she will both love the name and feel really involved with the new baby even before they are born.
Choosing An Aunt Name
Bringing a baby into this world touches so many of our family’s lives in many different ways. It brings with it so many new roles for family members and even more so when it is a first baby.
From first time parents to grandparents and aunts and uncles, it is a time full of excitement and love.
The bond between a niece/nephew and their aunt is such a special one. An aunt is someone who offers that safe nonjudgemental place to go for advice and guidance when your children feel that they can not approach you.
Yes, no matter how cool a parent you are, that time will come I can promise you! So by making the choice of an aunt name for the aunt-to-be a special event, you are already laying the seeds for that special and unique bond.
Hopefully, it will be a bond that will last a lifetime and ensure that your child has a very special aunt in their life!