There are many difficult linkages for me to learn abbreviations for English names.
Abbreviations -- Original names
Mary --- Elizabeth
Bob --- Robert
Dick --- Richard
I can find the Bob and Dick in my dictionary but can not find the Mary part. Actually I've learned it from an American guest the other day. I felt this earth almost went round the opposite when he told it to me! :o
I asked him"How can I notice Mary = Elizabeth!? "
He just laughed and said " No idea, some people just say that way".
If it's Eliza, it's easy and no problem. If it's Beth, still okay but..... why Mary! Grrr
There are some other interesting combinations around. Jay is for Jason, Jim is for James. When J for Jim is replaced into T ( Tim ), it's for Timothy.
Chris could be both for Christopher and Christine, Christina.
Steph could be Steve and Stephanie.
I know English is complicated because it's not my mother tongue. Wonder this kind of things are not tough for English speaking people or not ....