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Thread #49257   Message #743481
Posted By: Little Hawk
06-Jul-02 - 06:39 PM
Thread Name: BS: British vs. American names
Subject: RE: BS: British vs. American names
Translations of given names from British to American:

Nigel - "Nige"

Charles - Chuck

Michael - Mike

William - Billy, Willy, Bill, Will

Francis - Fran

Vincent - Vinnie

James - Jim, Jimmie

Donald - Don

Ronald - Ron

Mac-anything - Mac

Peter - Pete

George - Forget it. No one is ever named George at all any more in the USA unless he's a dog, a monkey, or a cartoon character...

With the exception of the George thing, it appears that the main concern of Americans is shortening names and making them as informal as possible. I think that Hollywood gangster movies have done a lot to promote this.

- LH