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A nickname is any name for a person or object other than its proper name. Often nicknames are a slight alteration of the proper name - for example the name "William" could become Will, Bill, Billy and so on - and it is common for nicknames to be the addition of the sound "ee" to the name, for example The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson is usually known by the nickname "Fergie". Nicknames could also be a substitution for the proper name and many come from a physical observation - for example "red-head" is a nickname for a person with ginger hair - or an ironic nickname such as "Tiny" for a very large person.

See also Names, Christian names, Names - Bibliographies.