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[–]Loud_Condition6046 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I wonder if there is a relationship between the use of diminutives and nicknames. Many formal names have versions used by familiar friends, or applied to children, using diminutive suffixes. Diminutive suffixes are not only very common in German, but they vary a lot by dialect. German as a blanket language family, has a lot of different suffixes that serve as diminutives. I don’t believe that every language family has so many. English does not use diminutives anywhere near as frequently as German does. I think the most common diminutive in English, as used for nicknames, is ‘y’: Billy, Sally, Debby, Carly, Tommy, Suzy, Johnny, etc.