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Creating The Perfect Nickname

Updated on April 08, 2008

Nicknaming 101

Nicknames are endearing labels that allow us to light-heartedly poke fun and show we care about a person. The best nicknames are unique, individualized, and speak to the personality of the nicknamed. Creating that nickname for a friend, co-worker, boss, or family member can be part science and part accident. Sometimes the person does something that causes them to "earn" a nickname and sometimes you have to more creative. This article will discuss the two proven ways to find a person's perfect nickname.

We'll start with the easy way first - the accidental nickname.

This nickname is one a person gives to themselves through action or accident. Examples of sources for this type of nickname could be something they say at an inappropriate time, a consistently observed behavior, habit, or manerism, or a funny occurance or situation they found themselves in.

Some obvious examples could be:

You notice a guy at work always drinks big gulps. Nickname = Big Gulp

A person orders extra cheese. Nicknames = Chucky

Person walks in an overly confident way, swaggering. Nickname = Strut

Person who gets caught frequently napping at work. Nickname = Sleepy

Guy wears a big golden belt buckle when not in Texas or at a Brad Paisley concert. Nickname = Tex

My favorite way to create nicknames in this category is pick the obvious nickname and take it a step sideways. For example I was eating with some friends a few years ago and one of them said the crust of bread was "the best part." It was clear this individual had had that engrained into is brain from an early age and so I immediately seized on it and created for him the nickname, "Folgers."

The obvious name for him would have been "crusts," but that was too obvious and crust takes on a certain unpleasantness when you're using it to refer to a person. Folgers however was perfect because the phrase he repeated several times, "the best part" is a prominent part of the Folgers coffee jingle, "The best part of waking up...is folgers in your cup." Folgers is a nickname that you're guaranteed to never run across anywhere else and it will make people ask, "what's up with that nickname?" and you'll have an interesting story to tell.

Obvious nicknames are the easiest and if you take them a step sideways it ads to their, "very simple, very nice" quality. The more difficult nicknames are those where it isn't so obvious or the person just doesn't have one but needs one quickly.

This is where some skill and creative thought process comes in handy. Say the person doesn't do anything out of the ordinary that would warrant an obvious nickname or if you are in a situation, bowling or playing softball for example, where many comical names are called for and some people on the team don't have one. In situations like these there is a formula that I've found works really well to create nicknames that are unique, fit the person, and are very funny - in most cases because they aren't as overt as a "Tex" or "Strut." The formula is a series of steps that when followed, in order, will deliver you to a suitable nickname/s that aren't generic.

1. Answer this question: Who is the person? (Are they a ladiesman? Is he really quiet? Does she like live music? -- What is the essence that first comes to mind when you think of that person?)

2. Take what comes out and dig deeper. If music is important to them find out who their favorite musician is. If sports, find out the team or player they like most. If its video games, shopping, pets, gardening, cars, purses, movies, or whatever...find out what their favorite is and why. Figuring out a passion they have will get you in the ballpark of a fitting nickname.

In addition to their passions, their personality is a good place to go and often leads to more humorous nicknames.

3. Take the answer from number 2 and step it sideways, keeping humor and their actual name and personality in mind. Examples:

a. If they like rap music, take the first letter, or part, of their first or last name and combo it with a famous rapper, or rap groups name, creating: C Diddy, Master D, Z-Unit, Funk Master Greg.

b. If they like musical instruments you could call them by an instrument makers name (Fender) or a store name (Guitar Center).

c. If they have a favorite movie its great to go in and find a character that they are similar to in manerisms or has a similar name. Don = Donnie Darko. Bill = Kill Bill...or to step it sideways and Uma would be funny. One of my nicknames is Spackler. Not because I work in remodeling, but because I worked at a golf course growing up and one of the greatest golf movies, Caddy Shack, had a character named Carl Spackler played by Bill Murry. Spackler...perfect.

d. Regional characteristics are also something that works well. If the person is from the south, SoCo is a good nickname. If they're from Tennessee they could be Jack Daniels, because the brand is headquartered there. If they're from the east coast, Brooklyn or Yankee is obvious but stepping sideways Giuliani would be funny.

e. Personality is another key area for nicknaming purposes that can create some wacky outcomes. Angela = Banangela if the girl is goofy. John = John Juan if he is a ladies man, or if he's not its even funnier.

Clearly there are a lot of options for coming up with a nickname but hopefully these will show you the methods that i've found work best to create nickname gold.

When employing either method for nicknaming a person, accident/obvious method or the step by step method, the most important thing to keep in mind is light-heartedness and fun. Nicknaming a person is part art, part science, and part accident, and finding the right one can be work, but when you strike that perfect one it will lasts a lifetime and longer.

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      Gina 8 years ago

      hey i need help with a nick name. Just something that goes with my name or something punk like. just message me on myspace if ya got one too! www.myspace.com/guylover411

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      i didnt read 8 years ago

      it is too much

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      tota 8 years ago

      blah blah

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      nash bates 8 years ago

      punk

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      ALONDRA 8 years ago

      UMMM..

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      cc 8 years ago

      gin and tonics - alcohol can be punk

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      manuel 8 years ago

      only 3 signs

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      olive garden 8 years ago

      what how am i supposed to know what my perfect nickname i hate being called olive gardens of grampa

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      maya 7 years ago

      fashion girl

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      j@Ck!3 7 years ago

      to much to read!!!

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      albyy 7 years ago

      bla bla ninja turetle

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      astrit 7 years ago

      oijhijojhyuyj

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      Sticks 7 years ago

      Sweet, thanks for taking the time to write this out.

      Somehow I feel I must have known all of this, to some extent, but you laid it out so clearly.

      I feel a lot more confident now in the art of nicknames.

      Thanks again!

      :)

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      crazy x says 7 years ago

      what the beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep y should i read that it says two says lmao lol

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      f*** life 7 years ago

      too f****** long

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      Aaesha 7 years ago

      uhh.. sooo long no good

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      albina 7 years ago

      fucck:@

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      Aniq 7 years ago

      No comments

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      Aniq 7 years ago

      tell me my nick name

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      jane 7 years ago

      dont make it that long no1 will read it :S

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      *shosho* 7 years ago

      XD how do we create nicknames for msn

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      jay sean 7 years ago

      i am cool

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      ♥paola♥ 7 years ago

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      hadi 7 years ago

      plzz find me a nickname

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      ciOci  6 years ago

      ??m, ???Ç? 4 ????

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      Paulina Kruminaite 6 years ago

      WHAT'S A NICKNAME FOR PAULINA? (my name)

      I'm into music and comedy

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      Nicknameless 6 years ago

      If ur name is Gina, why not be VaGina?=D

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      bradley 6 years ago

      that's a good nick name 4 me i like guns n shootin games if eny 1 has 1 try n tell me 1 on here cos ill be on laterly

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      Dani 6 years ago

      Can u get me a nickname that's quite sweet and goes with my name?X

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      Sam 6 years ago

      Hey!

      My name is Sam, and I can't come up with a nickname :(

      Could someone help me? O:)

      As I've said my name is Sam. I am a girl, 15 years old, likes sweet and funny stuff, loves animals, just an average person, funny, a joker, I laugh out loud with my friends and I'm kind of blond :P (I'm also norwegian if that helps)

      I'm going to use the nickname on a YouTube account, and I just LOVE nerimon and frezned's nicknames. Maybe my nickname yould be something in that style?? Or whatever, just as long as it's catchy :)

      Thanx, if someone of you can come up with a nickname for me, i would be soooo thankful

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      Sam 6 years ago

      Er... I think mye message was too long -.-'

      Anyway the rest of the message:

      Please send the nickname to mmelonen@hotmail.com, or post it here

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      To Dani 6 years ago

      If you like bananas your nickname could be DaniBanani :D Awesome! I wish MY name was Dani :)

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      Laur 6 years ago

      Like, my friends call me Laur, and so I like that.. but I want something a lot more creative. I like the color lime green, like neon colors, love to text, love koalas, like friends, give good advice, am evil ;), im 10 (something age appropriate i can use in school, please :)) i like to listen to nicki minaj, and im a huge fan of... TINKER BELL!! Lol well someone email me at koalashop2@yahoo.com thx

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      Sweethoney 6 years ago

      Can someone gimme a cute nickname for the name 'nithin' ? =)

      Hes a sweet , adorable , dark guy =)

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      vanessa 6 years ago

      im always tryin ta find a nicname that fits but all i get is ZIT!!!!!!!

      plz helllppp mi

      ps

      im also evil-.-'

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      bob 6 years ago

      I cant be bothered to read all of it

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      Angelic Roza 6 years ago

      I am trying to find a funny nickname for a guy that is very going out and easy going but i am having lots of trouble. His name is Sadi btw :D

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      Cutie1513 6 years ago

      Hey help me I don't like being called chatterbox I need a fun funky nickname I like SPARKLES!!!:):):)!!! And I like fashion and daydreaming also using my imagination!!!

      Anyone like me how about little miss original!!! That might work for you guys but not me!!!! Help me!!!!:):):)!!!!!

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      Sam 5 years ago

      Hae I'm sam and I cannot get a gd nickname all I get is sam or shot guy plz help ps I'm happy 1 min and sad or wateva another lol hellllppp

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      Shohan Fernando 5 years ago

      aa ela ela

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      louis 5 years ago

      plz i need a cool nick name you can send it thrugh my email address_louissinjo@yahoo.co.uk

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      PAulina  5 years ago

      bad website

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      oooh lala 5 years ago

      GUYS YOU ARE ALL SO FRICKING MEAN! THIS PERSON HAS TAKEN TIME OUT OF HIS OR HER OWN TIME TO WRITE THIS AND YOU SAY IT'S TOO LONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOU'RE TOO LONG!Yeah, I said that. What the hell you looking at me for freaks!

      lol, I had to shout at something!My doctor says it's not good to keep feelings inside...:P

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      Chelsee. 5 years ago

      I am trying to find a nickname for my boyfriend Florentino but cant think of anything... everyone calls him flo but i want something special between me and him. If you can think of anything email me!

      dc_chick_1995@live.com

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      nana babii 5 years ago

      wow tooooo toooo much writinq dnt ya think ?

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      jesssica 5 years ago

      blah blah blah i didnt read

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      augustus ceaser 5 years ago

      need a nickname that will suits my name........

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      Elissa 5 years ago

      hi my name is elissa what would my name be??? i luv drawing and i luv wolves!

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      h@ckr 5 years ago

      Im trying to come up with a good nickname.

      Im 10

      Im evil (really evil that i got expelled from school about 23 time i think or 22)

      I like osama bin laden

      I Like Adolf Hitler

      Im an expert hacker

      I am obsessed with hacking

      what should be my nickname

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      Destiny 5 years ago

      I didn't bother to read it.

      Everybody usually callse dez and some people call me my real name ( destiny ) but I'm tired of it all I want is a new nickname that is cool and fun also want it to be catchy!here's some info about me to help think of a nickname

      My favorite color is black I am 10 years old I live in Massillon I like to dress in fashion but comfy I only have a couple close friends I am in fourth grade and I am outgoing i am also a tomboy I love sports and to play with my cousins ( they are boys ) I am a girl I skateboard ride bikes and me and my cousin made a game that u jump into a bush that's all I can think of

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      manaika 5 years ago

      umm that is way to much to read

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      Kazub 5 years ago

      ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      HI all ! I'm a Highschool guy from Poland ,and i need Your HELP!! I want to create a NICKNAME by modyfying

      LASTNAME!

      My Lastname is: " Kazubek ".I really love Japanese culture,manga,anime,sport,games... ect. so i would have something in japanese style.

      SO PLEASE Help me,create my new NICKNAME!

      Arigto gozaimasu!

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      hugo 5 years ago

      i want a nickname a little scary angry and cool with max 13 letters

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      Corbin 5 years ago

      Holy f***ing :$ this is long!!!

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      d0kterc1nt4 5 years ago

      qw selalu cnta km

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      Anon 5 years ago

      That wasn't really as long as some are making it out to be - you people need to read more often or something.

      Anyway nice article, thanks for posting!

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      eagle soap 5 years ago

      What the hub?

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      nautika 5 years ago

      i need a nickname faster then enyone

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      eagle soap 5 years ago

      the hub is YOUR FACE NAME STILLER

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      Randhawa 5 years ago

      Randhawa

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      Rroberts 5 years ago

      What would be a good nickname for me?

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      clark 5 years ago

      well it could be cool if some ones name was fudydudy

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      sonam 5 years ago

      nope really it's not good.

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      charles saviour 5 years ago

      please i need a name am into music stuff

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      llllll 5 years ago

      lllm

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      Marz 5 years ago

      Hey Sexy and i know it

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      TGIF 5 years ago

      I think the idea of this article was to explain how to create nicknames - not to offer to create nicknames for you. So here's a good one:

      Nickname - Pia = Pain in A..

      Nicknames are a privilege - not a right. If your mates don't have one for you it may be they don't think you'd appreciate it or they're not that type of ppl.

      Rroberts - r2d2 or r squared

      Nautika - sailor

      Hugo - fatguyfromlost - put it in caps it's like SHOUTING!

      Charles - c flat. Clef,

      Kazub - kazubigato

      H@ckr - w4st3 0f sp@c3 - or mia (missing in action)

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      minal 4 years ago

      plz create a ncilk for my name minal

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      4 years ago

      what is a nick name for trey i love music and i play the drums

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      4 years ago

      I also love online gaming and i need a cool name like drewsome or MAsterOFDeathOnes or Conartist

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      4 years ago

      or a niinja name like kuunan so cananyone just commentt already

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      karthika 4 years ago

      waste

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      Hollie 4 years ago

      I was trying to look for a nickname that suits my style but there is tooo much to read, maybe try too shorten it down you know to a couple of sentences!!

      if anyone knows of one please post one below!!:)

      xx

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      quadri 4 years ago

      hey guys, my name is quadri n i like listening to cool music but the problem is that, i cant think of a good nickname. It seems like there is no more nickname to me but pls i want a good nickname that will match my name.. I like football n i like c ronaldo cos of his dribbling

      email me a good one at SALAM2LOVE11@YAHOO.COM

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      faraz sadiq 4 years ago

      my nick name

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      kierra 4 years ago

      i need a 12 nicknames for my softball team and they need to be funny

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      kk1jktehe 3 years ago

      So what is a good nickname for my best friend name Samantha

      She loves Justin bieber

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      ariana herandez 3 years ago

      how do you make a good nike mame

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      Bajram 3 years ago

      tell me nicknamee plss

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      Onass Hamido 3 years ago

      Hey guys, I need sweet nickname, also I am a single yummy boy lol. 26 yrs, you can email me through globaleroticon@gmail.com Hugs

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      Johnb386 2 years ago

      This kind of game gives a real experience of fefgdkdaedcd

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