I'm pretty sure I used to know the term for a nickname that was longer or an expansion of a person's name.

EXAMPLE: My name is Sunny but friends sometimes call me Sunshine.

Though longer, Sunshine is still a nickname since nicknames don't have to be shorter than the original. But I'm sure there's a specialized term for this sort of reverse construction. Help!

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    If you're prepared to accept, say, Mo as both a nickname and a diminutive of Maurice, then note this citation from the full OED: Compared with 'capello' = ‘a hat,’ the Italian word 'capellone' = ‘a great hat’ is an augmentative. My link there is to dictionary.reference.com, because most people won't be able to access subscriber-only OED. – FumbleFingers Aug 11 '15 at 13:09
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    That isn't really an antonym, though. The antonym of nickname would be real name or proper name. – John Lawler Aug 11 '15 at 13:35
  • @FumbleFingers, I think you're getting close to the one I can't quite remember. Like your suggestion, I think it took a nickname term (diminutive) and negated the root (augmentative). – SoSaysSunny Aug 11 '15 at 13:51
  • @JohnLawler, +nod+ I cringed a little at my own title. I wanted to use the term for "shorten a name" but I couldn't remember that one, either -- and I was afraid of sending myself into some sort of infinite loop of defining. – SoSaysSunny Aug 11 '15 at 13:52
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    Why would you expect a nickname that is longer than the name to have a special name? Do you also expect a nickname that is shorter than the name to have a special name? – Drew Aug 22 '15 at 1:41

Short nicknames are called "Nicknames"

Long nicknames are called "Nicholasnames"

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