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Are there any equivalent or similar prefixes or nicknames for 阿 or 小 (added in front of a name in Chinese) in English?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is not about Chinese language. – NS.X. Jun 21 '15 at 5:50
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I don't think there is a universal prefix equivalent to 小 or 阿. Certainly you can add 'Little', but that's not a prefix, but an adjective.

In the West, nicknames follow different patterns, mainly using the first syllable of the full name and adding an [i] (-ie, -y or similar):

E.g. John --> Johnnie, Andrew ---> Andy, Lisa ---> Lizzy, etc.

Other countries have similar fashions, adding -(e)tte [French], -chen, -le [German, with some regional differences], -ito,-ita [Spanish] -ka, -ška, -čka, -ek, (Czech and other Slavic with different spellings).

Some nicknames are completely different from the formal given name, e.g. Richard --> Dick.

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