Nicknames: Bonaventure

I was working on a consultation recently where I’d suggested Bonaventure — an unusual suggestion, but I thought it made sense for the family — but I was stuck on nickname ideas! My first idea was Ben, which I think is probably my favorite idea, but I also thought Bona (said like BON-na, not BO-na) and Bo could work, and even Bonnie — it could have the same feel to me as Jackie (like Robinson) and Connie (like Mack). But that was all I came up with! Maybe Vinnie? From the -ven- part? Nate? Because the letters are all there?

Of course, I had to turn to my favorites for additional ideas: all of you! Do you know anyone named Bonaventure, and if so, does he go by a nickname? Have you ever considered Bonaventure for a son, and if so, did you consider nicknames? I’m all ears!


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11 thoughts on “Nicknames: Bonaventure

  1. Bravo — through rearrangement of the various letters in Bonaventure.
    Lucky — Bonaventure means “good fortune” or “good luck.”

    Interesting random fact — actor Spencer Tracy’s middle name was Bonaventure.

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