Princess Charlotte has two cute nicknames

During a family visit to the annually held Chelsea Flower Show, Prince William used a rather unknown moniker to address his daughter, Princess Charlotte. 

"Mignonette," he called, trying to get his sprightly preschooler's attention. 

According to Babynames.com, the name has French origins, and means "Favorite, Darling," and following on from the video above, the name also means "small, sweet, and delicate or cute."

Mignonette isn't the 4-year-old's only pet name,

she's previously been called "Lottie," by mom Kate. 

While Lotte is a fairly obvious choice, we're not quite sure about the origins of Mignonette but nicknames are clearly a parent thing. 


Also see: Princess Diana was the lowkey baby name inspiration for Harry and Meghan's newborn son

What's your child's parent-assigned nickname and how did you come up with it? Tell us emailing to chatback@parent24.com and we could publish your letter. Do let us know if you'd like to stay anonymous.  


Origin stories

A dad on the subreddit r/Parenting shared how he got to assign a nick name to his baby girl and wanted to know how other parents came upon a nickname for their children. Here are some great responses.

"Animal because..."

"Instead of 'Nelly Fertado' we call her 'Ellie Potato'"

"We called her Momo"

"I started to call her Meringue-O-Tang"

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Then, there are all those nicknames that come attached to certain names, like calling William "Bill" and Siyabulelas "Siya".  If you're one of those think-ahead parents who like to know all the possible turns a name can take, here's a look at a few names and their allotted monikers. 

Asanda

Nickname: Asa

Meaning: Still increasing

Origin: Xhosa

Charles

Nickname: Chuck

Meaning: Free man

Origin: French

Dorothy

Nickname: Dot

Meaning: God's Gift

Origin: Greek 

Daniel: 

Nickname: Danny, Dan

Meaning: God is my judge

Origin: Hebrew 

Edward 

Nickname: Ted, Ned 

Meaning: Wealthy or fortunate guardian

Origin: Anglo-Saxon

Georgina

Nickname: Georgie

Meaning: Farmer

Origin: Greek

Gillian

Nickname: Gillie or Gill

Meaning: Youthful

Origin: Latin 

Henrietta 

Nickname: Hettie

Meaning: Home ruler

Origin: German

Henry

Nickname: Harry

Meaning: Home ruler 

Origin: German 

James

Nickname: Jim 

Meaning: Supplanter

Origin: Hebrew 

Joseph

Nickname: Joe, Joey

Meaning: God increases 

Origin: Hebrew

Mabel

Nickname: Mabs

Meaning: Lovable, dear

Origin: Latin

Philip/Philippa 

Nickname: Pip/Pippa 

Meaning: Lover of horses

Origin: Latin 

Patricia 

Nickname: Patsy

Meaning: Noble

Origin: Latin 

Richard

Nickname: Dick 

Meaning: Strong in rule

Origin: German, French, and English

Robert                

Nickname: Rob, Bob, Bobby

Meaning: Fame-bright

Origin: German

Roxanne

Nickname: Roxie

Meaning: Dawn, bright

Origin: Persian 

Tabitha

Nickname: Tibby

Meaning: Gazelle, graceful

Origin: Hebrew 

Thandolwethu (U)

Nickname: Thando 

Meaning: Our love 

Origin: Ndebele 

Winifred

Nickname: Winnie 

Meaning: Reconciled; blessed

Origin: Welsh

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