I’m not sure when nicknames became popular, but it’s a rare person who doesn’t have one.
Goodness, our cats have so many, it’s no wonder they don’t answer to anything!
Nicknames can be a variation of a person’s actual name or something entirely new. When I was younger, the title ‘Lady Di’ was bestowed upon me. (Although I am NOT a Diana.) I also gained the nickname of ‘Spunky,’ which eventually led to my speaker name, ‘Spunk on a Stick.’ For the most part, only people I meet in real life call me Spunky though.
Sometimes nicknames become like pet names. My husband knows if he hears ‘Baby…’ it will be followed by a request for something. (I know, I’m terrible!)
Sometimes nicknames go the cutesy route. Although too much and it sounds childish and gay. (Marvin Wilson is the only one allowed to call me the Spunkster)
Regardless of how we feel about nicknames, people use them. And depending on the setting of your novel, a couple of your characters might use them, too.
Consider the friendships in your manuscript and the resulting nicknames. (Which could sound insulting even though spoken out of friendship.) Think about the couples in your story. They might have affectionate, even secret pet names for one another.
Do your characters have nicknames? Do you have a nickname?
And if I see anything other than Diane or Spunky in the comments, you’re in trouble!