Names are often extended, shortened or ‘riffed-off’ in the name of displaying intimacy and these tweaked names are known as diminutives (or ‘pet names’).
Some seemingly common baby names end up with very surprising diminutives which are arrived at by a few natty linguistic shifts. Let us take you through a few …
Harry is the pet form of Henry
Henry is a famous one that the Duke of Sussex made us aware of. It has a number of diminutives including Hal, Hank and … Harry!
So let’s talk about Harry? The practice of using Harry as a pet name/diminutive for Henry is a bit of a royal tradition with King Henrys usually referred to as Harry.
In medieval times, Harry was considered to be the “spoken form” of Henry.