What’s in a (nick)name?
Baby name etymology junkies, this one’s for you.
We all likely run into a Suzanne who goes by “Sue.” Or a Jessica who goes by “Jess.” While it’s fairly common to shorten a multi-syllabic name into a snappy nickname by nixing the last letters, it’s rarer to rearrange—or even add—letters to the middle.
Such is the case with Ivanka Trump’s name, as a recent Business Insider article reminded us all. Indeed, Ivana is the real name of the daughter of Donald Trump and his first wife Ivana Trump.
In fact, Ivana actually shares the same full name as her mom: Ivana Marie Trump (though born Ivana Marie Zelníčková, she still goes by Ivana Trump). Older brother Donald also shares an identical name with a parent, that is, Donald John Trump, though the suffix “Jr.” is added to his name.
As Ivanka explained in 2010 on Twitter, Ivana is a nickname for the Czech name “Ivanka.” Whether the name stuck because it was a preference or it simply helped avoid confusion in the household with two Ivanas is unclear.