UK’s most popular nicknames revealed – as 10 per cent of Brits say they hate theirs

THE UK’s most common nicknames have been exposed – as 10 for every cent of Brits say they despise theirs.

Significant Man, Ginge and Spud are the most well-liked nicknames among Brits, analysis by chocolate company Lily O’Brien’s located.

Spud, character in Trainspotting, is one of the most popular nicknames


Spud, character in Trainspotting, is just one of the most popular nicknames

The study of 2,000 adults observed 39 for every cent have an choice moniker – with 46 for each cent of those possessing a lot more than a single.

However, 10 for every cent admit they are not always eager on some of their nicknames.

Names relating to physical dimensions are the most widespread, with Shorty, Wee Guy, Tank and Huge Foot amongst the leading 40.

Animal names also element prominently, with Chicken, Cunning, Spider, Donkey, Ferret and Turtle well-known. 

It also emerged that getting easy to remember (41 for each cent), getting a amusing story at the rear of it (37 for every cent) and only owning a few syllables (14 for every cent) are essential to generating a nickname stick.

A spokesperson for luxury chocolatier Lily O’Brien’s stated: “Just like gifting a exclusive box of chocolates, we give nicknames to the distinctive persons in our life – the ones we seriously know. 

“Giving nicknames is a very human issue to do – men and women will give nicknames to their good friends, spouse and children, animals, vehicles, even their kettles.

“There were some unpredicted and ingenious effects from our analysis, like Spud, and our particular favourite, Giggles.

“Nicknames can be a excellent shorthand for showing passion, and when you’re given a nickname that sticks and it’s just one you’re delighted with, it can definitely assistance make you truly feel beloved.

“As with the nickname we give to our liked ones, chocolate is portion of the human language of really like for so numerous of us. They each convey us nearer with each other and give us a feel very good enhance.”

The study also identified 42 for each cent only give nicknames to the most essential individuals in their life.

Much more than 50 percent (53 per cent) of nicknames supplied are merely versions on someone’s real name, but 38 for every cent are relevant to some thing else completely.

But 38 for every cent of individuals who have recognized somebody with a nickname only realized them by that moniker – and hardly ever even learned their real title.

Just about 50 % (51 for each cent) feel the most ideal situation to use a nickname is at dwelling with spouse and children members.

This was adopted by in the pub, playing sports, or on a stag or hen bash.

But 39 per cent wouldn’t dare give their manager a nickname, although 29 per cent would shy absent from supplying 1 to an in-legislation.

Of those people who do go by one thing which is not their given identify, 47 for every cent consider it a ‘core part’ of their identity.

And 53 per cent of all respondents reckon creating up nicknames is a significantly British trait, according to the figures.

Behavioural psychologist and romantic relationship coach, Jo Hemmings, explained: “There are all types of causes individuals give many others nicknames, ranging from them possessing a catchy, amusing or memorable very first name or surname, or a participate in on their name related to some banter.

“But they are all typically specified with a sense of affection and endearment.

“They can convey friendship, love or closeness. It produces both a sense of identification and belonging in relation to these that know them by that title as very well as a perception of emotional bonding”.

“What they all have in prevalent – is affection, fondness and a nurturing good quality about them and they often have a tendency to stick by means of lifestyle if you transfer in the similar circle of mates and loved kinds.”


1. Big gentleman

2. Ginge

3. Spud

4. Shorty

5. Wee guy

6. Kiddo

7. Sparky

8. Chicken

9. Sunshine/ Sunny

10. Rocky

11. Tank

12. Smarty

13. Foxy

14. Nugget

15. Spider

16. Beardy

17. Donkey

18. Ace

19. Jesus

20. Toots

21. Big Foot

22. Bobby Dazzler

23. Mardy Bum

24. Pickles

25. Gizmo

26. Boomer

27. Chuckles

28. Captain Noticeable

29. Giggles

30. Gremlin

31. Teapot

32. Ferret

33. Moustache Guy

34. Binman

35. Guinness

36. Scout

37. Turtle

38. Bibs

39. Teacup

40. Megatron

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