Compared to other countries, America can be a relaxed nation when it comes to naming choices. The usage of diminutives, short forms and pet names of traditional longer names have become commonly used given names in their own right. This is not a new tradition; a lot of these names have maintained their own independent position on the United States naming charts for well over a century. For instance, many parents will simply name their son Alex or Xander instead of Alexander, Sam instead of Samuel and Angie instead of Angela. One of the most popular examples of this is the masculine name Jack which developed from a medieval diminutive of the ever-popular John. The darling female name Sadie is actually a diminutive of the Hebrew name Sarah; or Sasha is used for both males and females as either a pet form of Alexander or Natasha, respectively.
Using short forms and diminutives as fully fledged given names in their own right is an indicator of a more casual and friendly naming style presently adopted by many Americans. Parents are bypassing the traditional Katherine for the laid-back Katie; or the sportier Charlie in lieu of Charlene. Below are more examples of such “get to the point” names.