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20 ways we will change your name in Australia

If you have more than one syllable in your name, be prepared to lose all but one and possibly add a “y’ or ‘z’ to the end.  If we don’t know your name, you might find it Anglicised (changed to an English name) Here are a few.

  1. Garry – Gaz or Gazza
  2. Amelia – Amy
  3. Emily – Em
  4. Barry – Baz or Bazza
  5. Nathan – Nate
  6. Sophie or Sophia – Soph
  7. Matthew – Matt or Matty
  8. Victoria – Vicki
  9. Jacqeline – Jac
  10. Elizabeth – Liz
  11. Steven or Stephen – Steve or Stevo
  12. Matilda – Matty or Tilly
  13. Evan – Ev
  14. Jasmine – Jazz or Jazzy
  15. David – Davo or Dave
  16. William – Wil, Bill or Billy
  17. Cooper – Coops
  18. Richard – Rick or Ricky
  19. Max – Maxi
  20. Helene – Hell (no, not really!)

3 comments on “20 ways we will change your name in Australia

  1. seldombites
    March 6, 2013

    General rule of thumb (and not just for people’s names, either) – if it’s long, we shorten it; if it’s short, we lengthen it.

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