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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun nick"name`
A name given in affectionate familiarity, sportive familiarity, contempt, or derision; a familiar or an opprobrious appellation; as, Nicholas's nickname is Nick.

Etymology: OE. ekename surname, hence, a nickname, an ekename being understood as a nekename, influenced also by E. nick, v. See Eke, and Name

verb Nick"name`
To give a nickname to; to call by a nickname.
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  1. A familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name) ("Joe's mother would not use his nickname and always called him Joseph" and "Henry's nickname was Slim")
  2. A descriptive name for a place or thing ("the nickname for the U.S. Constitution is `Old Ironsides'")
  3. Give a nickname to

From Middle English nekename, alteration (due to a rebracketing of an ekename as a nekename) of earlier ekename (“nickname”), from eke (“also, additional”) + name (“name”). Compare Old Norse aukanafn, auknafn, auknefni (“nickname”), Danish øgenavn (“nickname”), and Low German Ökelname, Ekelname (“nickname”).

For other similar cases of incorrect division, see also apron, daffodil, newt, orange, umpire.

  1. A familiar, invented given name for a person or thing used instead of the actual name of the person or thing.
  2. A kind of byname that describes a person by a characteristic of that person.

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  • How unique is the name Nickname? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Nickname was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
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Past life for Nickname born Jan 26, 1923

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Bulgaria approximately on 1075. Your profession was monk, bee-keeper, and lone gunman.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. Your lesson - to learn discretion and reason and then teach others to do that. Your life will be happier, when you help those who lack reasoning.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.