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A nickname is a name of an entity or thing that is not its proper name. It may either substitute or be added to the proper name. It may be a familiar or truncated form of the proper name, such as Bob, Bobby, Rob, Robbie, Robin, and Bert for Robert. Most nicknames are shorter than the proper name. For other uses, see Name (disambiguation). ... This article is about the philosophical issues relating to a certain class of nominative words. ...

The term hypocoristic or "pet name" is used to refer to a nickname of affection between those in love or with a close emotional bond, compared with a term of endearment. The term diminutive name refers to nicknames that convey smallness of the names, e.g., referring to children. The distinction between the two is often blurred. A hypocoristic (or hypocorism) is a lesser form of the given name used in more intimate situations, as a term of endearment, a pet name. ... For the 1983 romantic-drama film, see Terms Of Endearment (movie). ... A diminutive is a formation of a word used to convey a slight degree of the root meaning, smallness of the object or quality named, encapsulation, intimacy, or endearment. ...

As a concept, it is distinct from both pseudonym and stage name, and also from title (for example, City of Fountains), although there may be overlap in these concepts. For other uses, see Alias. ... For the Okkervil River album, see The Stage Names. ...

A nickname is sometimes considered desirable, symbolising a form of acceptance, but can often be a form of ridicule.

Etymology: 1440, misdivision of ekename (1303), an eke name, literally "an additional name," from Old English eaca "an increase," related to eacian "to increase". [1] Etymologies redirects here. ... Old English (also called Anglo-Saxon[1], Old English: ) is an early form of the English language that was spoken in parts of what is now England and southern Scotland between the mid-fifth century and the mid-twelfth century. ...

In Viking societies, many people had nicknames heiti, viĆ°rnefni or uppnefi which were used in addition to, or instead of their family names. In some circumstances the giving of a nickname had a special status in Viking society in that it created a relationship between the name maker and the recipient of the nickname, to the extent that the creation of a nickname also often entailed a formal ceremony and an exchange of gifts. For other uses, see Viking (disambiguation). ...


In the context of information technology, a nickname (or technically a nick) is a common synonym for a screenname or handle. Information and communication technology spending in 2005 Information Technology (IT), as defined by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), is the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware. ...

Nick is a term originally used to identify a person in a system for synchronous conferencing. In computer networks it has become a common practice for every person to also have one or more nicknames for the purposes of anonymity, to avoid ambiguity or simply because the natural name or technical address would be too long to type or take too much space on the screen. Synchronous conferencing is the formal term used in science, in particular in computer-mediated communication, collaboration and learning, to describe text chat technologies. ... A computer network is an interconnection of a group of computers. ... Anonymous redirects here. ... Look up ambiguity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up address in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A computer display monitor, usually called simply a monitor, is a piece of electrical equipment which displays viewable images generated by a computer without producing a permanent record. ...

Performing arts

Many writers, performing artists and actors have nicknames, which may develop into a stage name or pseudonym. A bardic name may also result from a nickname. Many writers have pen names which they use instead of their real names. One very famous writer with a pen name is Dr. Seuss. For the Okkervil River album, see The Stage Names. ... For other uses, see Alias. ... A bardic name is a pseudonym used, in Wales, by poets and other artists, especially those involved in the eisteddfod movement. ...

Nicknames for people

To inform an audience or readership of a person's nickname without actually calling them by their nickname, the nickname is placed between the first and last names and surrounded by quotation marks (i.e. Catherine "Cate" Jones). The middle name is eliminated (if there is one). Very rarely is the middle name mentioned with the nickname (exceptions being when the first name is composed of two words, e.g. "Beth Ann").

  • They may refer to a person's job or title.
    • Sawbones (or further shortened to "Bones," as in Dr. McCoy from Star Trek: TOS) or Doc for Doctor
  • They may reference a person's physical characteristics.
    • In English
      • Tubs, Chubby, Fatso, or Wideload for a fat person (generally offensive)
      • Four-Eyes for a person with glasses (mildly offensive), and train tracks for braces
    • In Spanish-speaking cultures
      • Flaco (thin, weak) or
      • Palito (little stick)
      • El Gordo (the fat guy) It should be noted that description of one's physical characteristics in a nickname should almost never be taken as an insult in Spanish.
  • A nickname can also originate from someone's real name.These are usually used to make names shorter and thus easier to say.
    • CJ for someone whose initials are C.J.
    • 'Thommo' for an Andrew Thompson
  • A nickname can be used to distinguish members of the same family sharing the same name from one another. This has several common patterns among sons named for fathers:
    • A son named after his father (but not after his grandfather) is often referred to as Junior, Chip, Skip, or Sonny.
    • The third generation carrying a name (usually with III after his name) is often referred to as Trey, Tripp, or Trip (from Triple).
    • The fourth generation carrying a name (usually with IV after his name) may be referred to as Ivy or Dru (as in Quadruple).
    • The fifth generation carrying a name (usually with V after his name) may be referred to as Quint or Quince.
    • Note: these nicknames are mostly seen in the American northeast in strong correlation with prep school attendance.[citation needed]
  • It may compare the person with a famous or fictional character. Examples:
  • It may be related to their place of origin or place of residence. Example:
    • Gloucester, Paul from Gloucester or PFG for someone named Paul who comes from a town called Gloucester.

A famous person's nickname may be unique to them: Dr. Leonard H. McCoy Leonard Horatio McCoy, M.D., nicknamed Bones, is a fictional character in the fictional Star Trek universe, played by the late DeForest Kelley (January 20, 1920 - June 11, 1999). ... Donald J. Sobol (born October 4, 1924) is an award-winning writer living in Miami, Florida. ... Cover of the first edition of Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective from Lodestar Books. ... Einstein redirects here. ... Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish author most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. ... This article is about Arthur Conan Doyles fictional detective. ... Brainiac is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain created by Otto Binder. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... For the 1983 romantic-drama film, see Terms Of Endearment (movie). ... Capability Brown, by Nathaniel Dance, ca. ... Ali Hassan al-Majid at an investigative hearing in 2004 Ali Hassan Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (Arabic: ‎ transliteration: , born 1941) is a former Baathist Iraqi Defense Minister and military commander. ... Former Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf (Arabic: also Mohammed Said al-Sahhaf, born 1940) is a former Iraqi diplomat and politician. ... Char Aznable ) is a fictional character, and often one of the main antagonists from the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam, its sequels Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Chars Counterattack, voiced by Shuichi Ikeda (Japanese), Michael Kopsa (English dub of original series and Chars Counterattack), David Lucas (Mobile Suit... A fictional character from the Universal Century timeline of the anime Gundam metaseries. ... Andrew Andy Waltfeld (transliterated as Andoryuu Barutoferudo [アンドリュー・バルトフェルド] in the original Japanese version) is one of ZAFTs best commanders and pilots. ... Mu La Flaga ) is a fictional character from the Cosmic Era (CE) timeline of the Gundam anime metaseries. ... For other uses, see Napoleon (disambiguation). ... Hitler redirects here. ... Gloucester is a town and Local Government Area in the dairy country of the mid north of the state of New South Wales, Australia. ... This article is about the Canadian political party. ... For other uses, see Tory (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

  • Tippecanoe for William Henry Harrison
  • Dubya for George W. Bush, an exaggeration of Texan pronunciation of 'w', President Bush's middle initial.
  • Opa for the Dutch lifesaving KNRM-hero Dorus Rijkers. Dorus became a Grandpa, (Dutch:"Opa"), at the age of 23 (by the marriage to a widow with eight children), and soon everybody called him Opa.
  • Gazza for English footballer Paul Gascoigne (though used more widely in Australia for Gary) and similar "zza" forms (Hezza, Prezza, etc) for other prominent personalities whose activities are frequently reported in the British press

William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841) was an American military leader, politician, and the ninth President of the United States. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... The Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij (KNRM ) is the Dutch voluntary organisation tasked with saving lives at sea along the Dutch coast of the North Sea and on the Ijsselmeer. ... A folk hero is type of hero, real or mythological. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require a spell check. ... This article is about the domestic group. ... Paul John Gascoigne (born 27 May 1967 in Dunston, England), often referred to as Gazza, is a retired English football player who is widely regarded as one of the most gifted footballers of his generation. ... Michael Ray Dibdin Heseltine, Baron Heseltine, CH, PC (born 21 March 1933) is a British businessman and Conservative Party politician. ... For other persons named John Prescott, see John Prescott (disambiguation). ...

Nicknames of geographical places

Particularly with geographical places, it is important to distinguish between nickname and title. A nickname is almost always a brief term that is either friendly or derogatory and can be substituted for the real name at will. A title is usually a multi-word term, often created for promotional purposes, sometimes created as a putdown, that cannot be substituted for the real name at will.[citation needed]

Most of the "city nicknames" are not nicknames; they are titles. For example, Kansas City is titled (or dubbed) 'Heart of America' and 'City of Fountains'; it is nicknamed KC. People will use KC frequently in everyday speech as a substitute for Kansas City; it is the popular nickname for the city. By contrast, the term 'City of Fountains' is uncommonly used as a title (not a nickname).

See also

The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a university or college within the United States of America is the name officially adopted by that institution for at least the members of its athletic teams. ... In Australia, the national representative team of many sports has a nickname, used informally when referring to the team in the media or in conversation. ... Look up epithet in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A hypocoristic (or hypocorism) is a lesser form of the given name used in more intimate situations, as a term of endearment, a pet name. ... For other uses, see Alias. ... For the Drawn Together episode, see Terms of Endearment (Drawn Together episode). ... A sobriquet is a nickname or a fancy name, usually a familiar name given by others as distinct from a pseudonym assumed as a disguise, but a nickname which is familiar enough such that it can be used in place of a real name without the need of explanation. ... A victory title is an honorific title adopted by a successful military commander to commemorate his defeat of an enemy nation. ... This is a list of sportspeople by nickname. ... Nicknames of regiments and other units of the British Army. ... Many regiments have over the years earned nicknames; some laudatory, some derogatory, but all colourful. ... The majority of professional darts players now have a sobriquet or nickname, a trend which seemingly began when Eric Bristow, the most successful player in the first few years of the World Championship, played his matches with The Crafty Cockney emblazoned on the back of his shirt. ... This is a list of nicknames in the sport of ice hockey. ... It has been suggested that Nicknames of European Royalty and Nobility be merged into this article or section. ... This list has been split into smaller lists: List of nicknames of European Royalty and Nobility: A-C List of nicknames of European Royalty and Nobility: D-F List of nicknames of European Royalty and Nobility: G-I List of nicknames of European Royalty and Nobility: J-L List of... This is a list of nicknames of notable people, both current and historical. ... // American president George W. Bush is widely known to use nicknames to refer to journalists, fellow politicians, and members of his White House staff. ... Cricket has a rich tradition of using nicknames. ... Sporting clubs are often given nicknames. ... This is a list of nicknames of each President of the United States. ... Legal name is the name with which an individual is registered at birth or which appears on their birth certificate. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... This is a list of U.S. state nicknames -- both official and traditional (official state nicknames are in bold). ...


  1. ^ Harper, Douglas, Nickname, <http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=nickname>. Retrieved on 31 August 2007 
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