If you find that one of your ancestors has a rather obscure nickname this List of Traditional Nicknames in Historic Documents could be helpful.
Scanning the list, these caught my eye.
Babe = Mary (or used as a name for the baby of the family)
Butch = (Butch is a common nickname used to separate “Sr” from “Jr” mainly in cultures with German backgrounds. Typically the father (Sr) goes by his first name, while the son (Jr) will be referred to as “Butch” by family and friends.)
Doc = name given to 7th child
Heinz = Heinrich
Iggy = Ignatius
Kissy = Calista
Kit = Christopher
Mimi = Wilhelmina
Norm = Norman
Rita = Margaret
Sadie = Sarah
Telly = Aristotle
And it occurs to me that the list might also be useful for fiction writers looking for something slightly unusual for their characters.
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