1. Clinto. (First name minus last letter)
This one took hold in college, and my good friend still uses it. Simple, memorable, and unique–all the requirements of a good nickname. My lovely wife even uses it on occasion.
2. Flinto. (First letter of last name + first name minus last letter)
My dad is the creator and sole user of this one. I like that exclusivity. It’s one of the many coded things we do as father and son. We even have a secret handshake that we still use.
3. Clintonioni. (First name + the masculine plural of ‘one’)
My pal Al bestowed this one upon me. It has an Italian flair, yet I do not. Always wondered if it had roots in the name Michelangelo Antonioni, director of the film ‘Zabriske Point.’
4. Lord Clinton. (British title of a sovereign + first name)
Someone unearthed and presented me with a cigar box from the Lord Clinton Cigar Co. Lucky for me, this happened in high school when many nicknames start to stick for eternity. I could’ve fared much worse. I still have the cigar box, and was presented with another just last year.
5. Egon. (I’m tall, I wear glasses, and I am fairly nerdish)
I include this one because not all nicknames are awesome. This is another college-era nickname, used by some jerks in my dorm. When my pal and I returned to our dorm, we heard the jerks use this nickname (and another, meaner nickname for him.) I turned around, went into their room, shook their hands, told them my real name, and let them know that they were trash for behind-the-back nicknaming. It was an awkward passing them in the dorm halls after that. Granted, Egon isn’t terrible, as far as nicknames go, but it’s all about the context.
6. C-4. (‘C’ from my first name + ‘4’ or ‘For’ from the beginning of my last name)
Multiple people have come up with this, each certain that they were the first. It’s often accompanied by a hand sign in the shape of a ‘C’ followed by holding up four fingers, as if counting. I’m at least a little conflicted about this one, since C-4 is actually an explosive. I’m more of a smolder, if we’re looking for a combustion simile.