Gut Rumbles

May 16, 2005

odd names

I've posted before about odd names, but I've never written about some Southern names that nobody seems to think twice about down here. Of course, these are Southern nicknames, but they seem perfectly normal to the Southern ear.

I have known people called "Scooter," "Gator" and "Hawg." I also ran around with friends named "Bubba" (of course), "Skeeter," and "Stinker." That's not to mention "Wormy," "Hoss," "Snake" and "Kidneybean." And I don't want to forget "Pinetree" (he was very tall), "Possum," "Catfish" (big mouth and full of shit), "Spanky" or "Little'un" (he wasn't very big).

I knew "Sweetie," (quite the ladies man) "Big Joe," "Little Joe" and "Squirt." That's in addition to "Roundman," "Cowboy," "Peanut," "Bama" and "Junior."

That doesn't count "Red," "Irish," "Mex" "Chop-Chop" or "Baldy." I myself was called "Snuffy." Or "Bowlegs."

Do YOU know a lot of people who answer to odd nicknames, or is this just a Southern thing?


I know a guy named Jack Hoffer. He named his son Jack Hoffer jr.

Posted by: Robert on May 16, 2005 12:57 PM

I named my vibrator Bubba, and he ain't no Little joe ;)

Posted by: livey on May 16, 2005 01:04 PM

You mean like: Bones, Spot, Beaner, Crash, Killer, Cowboy, Candy Man, Grease Gun, Fuzzy, Rose ( a guy) ?

Then there were the Navy nicknames. Often a good story behind every one.

Posted by: StinKerr on May 16, 2005 01:30 PM

It may be a Southern thing as I am from Georgia and in my extended family we have: "tank", "mullet", "frog", "feet", and "cootie".

Posted by: Stereotype on May 16, 2005 01:38 PM

I'm a yank but I have a cousin called Bubba, and my daughter is also known as "Lil' Red" due to the head of fluorescent orange hair she was born with.

Her name is Joey Lyn, and I've been wondering lately: Do you think she'll be teased for having a boy's name?

Posted by: Jane Blow on May 16, 2005 01:53 PM

Knew several call Chief, a few Bud's, a lot of Bubbas, and of course I'll never forget grasshopper.

Posted by: GUYK on May 16, 2005 01:57 PM

Jimmy the Bollix sends his regards.

Posted by: Twenty Major on May 16, 2005 02:27 PM

Don't forget Butterbean, Whistledick and my personal favorite Assrot. I knew so many Bubba's when I was younger that I couldn't keep track of them all. Growing up in north Georgia, I don't think I knew anybody's real name but it didn't matter. You ever wonder how people come up with some of the nicknames you here? I got mine when I was a little kid. I have a heavy southern accent and people made fun of the way I said "That's right". I pronounced it assrot so everyone started calling me assrot. It stuck to this day. I have a cousin nicknamed assburns. Figure that one out. :-)

Posted by: assrot on May 16, 2005 02:30 PM

My dad called (and still calls) my brother (now 36) "meat head" and "barnsmell".

Just his affectionate little nicknames. He never called me anything but Missy, though my mama called me "an accident goin someplace to happen."

My daughter's best friend is called sausage and puddin, interchangeably.

Posted by: catzmeow on May 16, 2005 02:38 PM

We've got Rhode Block as a next door neighbor, and Rhodes Construction Company run by the two siblings Dusty, Dallas and Rocky. I also met a man once nicknamed tadpole, why he was named that I have no idea because someone had do save him from drownin'

Posted by: Gravdigr on May 16, 2005 02:40 PM

We've got Rhode Block as a next door neighbor, and Rhodes Construction Company run by the siblings Dusty, Dallas and Rocky. I also met a man once nicknamed tadpole, why he was named that I have no idea because someone had do save him from drownin'

Posted by: Gravdigr on May 16, 2005 02:41 PM

I call my friend "Spaz"
I call my son Pudd'n. Boo Bear, Goose and Lover.
My dogs know their given name AND thier nic names: Chiva (goat), Gooby and Rodent.

How did that person get the nic name Kidneybean??

Posted by: Maeve on May 16, 2005 02:50 PM

Boo, Slug, Smell, Oil, Dynamite, Rubberman, Chico, Bear, Tub.

Posted by: Deliverance on May 16, 2005 03:38 PM

I forgot to mention Moe who got the name because his momma allowed when he was born he was Moe ugly than his daddy.

Posted by: GUYK on May 16, 2005 03:49 PM

We've got a nice guy here who moved from Louisiana.
"Spunky". Don't know his given name.
"Spunky" is in the phone book. I admire that.

Posted by: Dan Pursel on May 16, 2005 04:54 PM

There is always a "fat boy!" My neighbor was about ten years older than me. His best friend was "fat boy." Then my little brother had a friend called "fat boy." It seems that "fat boys" are in every generation. Just Damn!

Posted by: Dax Montana on May 16, 2005 05:19 PM

My grandpa was "Dago"; his brother was Uncle Check. I also had an Uncle Eck who hand made banjos, there were three brothers in town who were Beak, Hootie, and Dub.

Posted by: Tina on May 16, 2005 05:56 PM

Ahhhhhhhh ok, I can see how you'd call him "Bean". Better than a child hood friend we called "Puke" after a night of beer drinking.

Posted by: Maeve on May 16, 2005 06:35 PM

Michigan has it's nicks too, BubbleButt, Scooter, String, Bones, Flapper (she never shut the hell up), Jinx, Thumper, Pogo.... the list goes on. Now on Mommas side...... think Kentucky blue grass and mountain names.

Posted by: jacquih on May 16, 2005 07:13 PM

I met a couple of brothers near Sacramento, California, with the names Potato and Onion.

No joke.

Posted by: Mark Alexander on May 16, 2005 07:29 PM

Got 'em way up north here too.

When it comes to nicknames, I always think of one of my dad's childhod buddies. The kid had the misfortune to suffer from epilepsy. I got to meet him once, and even then, after all those years, and with a totally straight face, dad introduced him as Fit Tuttle. Poor bastard had gone through his whole life with that handle.


Posted by: Light & Dark on May 16, 2005 10:20 PM

A guy I played college ball with a kid who showed up for training camp as a freshman at 300lbs. It wasn't 300lbs of muscle either. His nickname for the next four years was Syrup, due to the speed at which he fired off the line. Another lineman was nicknamed Cheese-ass (rhymed with Jesus) due to the cellulilte wrinkles on his ass. I was nicknamed Stickbody and it was definitely tongue in cheek. A guy who was a Sr. when I came in was named Bozo due to his size 15 shoes.

A kid I coached a couple of years ago was nicknamed Cactus. I assumed the other kids had hung that on him cause he was tough. But no, it was cause he had about 10 strands of hair grow out of his chin when he was in 4th grade. Another kid was nicknamed Killer by his teammates. Again, I assumed it was because he was a tough kid. I found out later that it was because he got caught jackin off on the bus on the way home from a baseball game. In the kids lingo he was "killin it".

Posted by: Sticky B on May 17, 2005 12:31 PM

We had a guy in our neighorhood we called Pecker. His real name was Greg but he preferred Pecker.

Posted by: Steve on May 17, 2005 12:58 PM

Here in Iowa I grew up with friends like;
Beaner, Bags, Chipper, Dude, Douche, Lenny, Rat, Fish, Shooter, Pudge.

It wasn't until graduation day from High School that I found out Shooter's real name was Dave.

Posted by: Scott on May 17, 2005 02:53 PM

Yooooooo! My name is fucky fucky fucky fucky fuck you!!!!!!!! I have shit in my pants, and a dick in my pussy and my mouth!!!! yum yum

Posted by: Fuck You on May 25, 2005 05:26 PM

im call beaner and my dog is called bownow(because she always bows when you say now).

Posted by: me me me thats who its abou on December 26, 2006 08:31 PM

i have some friends that we call cowboy, doodle, bird, porkchop, bark bark, hooligan, turbo, ford, chevy, bear, and swampy!!!!

Posted by: deena jo on February 4, 2007 02:00 PM
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