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    Can "Bab" be a short name for Barbara? If yes, is it known to all the native speakers? (I found this shortened form in an old dictionary, but I can't find it in modern ones) I want to include it in a booklet for students to practice phonetics, and I need "modern" names and their short forms, not dated ones.
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    'Barbara' is usually shortened to 'Babs' or 'Barb', which would be known to all native speakers, but it's not all that modern a name.

    (Sorry, Barb.)

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    By "modern" I meant "popular". Is Barbara not a popular name (to call newly born baby girls)) today?
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    It's not in the top 100 according to this list (click on the underlined link).

    See also this graph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It's not in the top 100 according to this list (click on the underlined link).

    See also this graph.

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    The graph is great! Now I can find the info about the names' popularity myself! Thank you.)
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    And yet, I always seem to have at least one other Barb in my work group so that one of us has to be Barb D and the other Barb (x) or one of us becomes Barbara.

    I have been Babs to a few people. Never "Bab" and having been married to a "Ken" being "Barbie" was NOT an option. Actually I hated being called Barbie even as a child. My Southern grandfather called me Bobbie.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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