I'm not big on nicknames for kids, but am guilty of giving my kids silly nicknames that anyone outside our family would find strange. My daughter seemed to have a dozen different nicknames at different stages. When our son was born we really only referred to him by his actual name. Then I started calling him Beastie Boy because he was such a big baby. That morphed into The Beast or Beasters. My mom then started referring to him as Bubba occassionally, but still he is primarily called by his name.
Well, this week he started referring to himself as Tin Tin. If we would ask him his name or anyone else would ask his name he'd say, "My name Tin Tin." And he's insistent about it. Our daughter will tease him and say, "My name is Tin Tin" to which our son will say, "No, no, my name Tin Tin." We have no idea where he got it, what it means, or what he may really be trying to say. It is the strangest thing. It's like he has given himself a nickname.
My daughter then tells me today that she wants a new name too and henceforth wants to be called "Princess Tinkerbell."
So, apparently we now have Tin Tin and Tinkerbell.