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Famous Nicknames: Nicknames of Famous People

Donald Trump has recently inspired a YUGE collection of nicknames, some of them quite "colorful." Where does Trump rank on the all-time list of famous people with nicknames for the ages? Here are some quick samples or examples, in the form of our top ten nicknames of all time, with a few ties ...

(10) William Shakespeare: The Bard of Avon, The Upstart Crow and Emily Dickinson: The Belle of Amherst, The White Witch of Amherst [see "Poets"]
(9) Thomas Alva Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park and Albert Einstein: The Dopey One (his childhood nickname was Depperte)
(8) Elvis Presley: The King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis The Pelvis, Sir Swivel Hips and Michael Jackson: The King of Pop, MJ, The Wiz [see "Musicians"]
(8) Maria Callas: La Davina ("The Divine One"), Jenny Lind: The Swedish Nightingale, Joan Sutherland: La Stupenda ("The Stunning One")
(7) Charlie Chaplin: The Little Tramp and Doris Day: The Professional Virgin (because of her squeaky-clean image, at least on-screen)
(6) Muhammad Ali: The Greatest, The People's Champion, The Louisville Lip and George Herman Ruth: Babe, The Bambino, The Sultan of Swat, The Big Bam
(5) William the Conqueror; also Long Sword, The Bastard and Alexander the Great; also the Madman of Macedonia, Iskander the Accursed
(5) Light-Horse Harry Lee was a Revolutionary War cavalry officer and the father of Robert E. Lee [see "Unexpected Nicknames Part II"]
(5) Henry Alonzo Longabaugh: The Sundance Kid was the partner of Robert Leroy Parker, known as Butch Cassidy and the Laughing Bandit
(4) Vlad Tepes: The Impaler (his son was called "The Little Impaler" and their family inspired Bram Stoker's eerie novel Dracula)
(3) Attilâ the Hun: Flagellum Dei ("The Scourge of God") and Genghis Khan: the Great Khan ("Supreme Leader"), Temüjin ("Iron"), The Mongol, The Butcher
(2) Napoleon Bonaparte: Caporal la Violette ("Corporal Violet"), The Little Corporal, The Little Gunner of Toulon, The Little Corsican, The Little General, Nabulio ("Little Meddler"), Father Violet, Redingote Grise, The Nightmare of Europe, Jupiter Scapin ("Trickster God"), God Hanuman ("Monkey God"), God of Clay (Lord Byron), The Occultist, L’Autre ("The Other"), Jean d'Épée (Jean d'Sword, an occult take on Jean d'Arc "the Maid of Heaven"), The Man of Destiny (another occult title), The Devil's Favourite
(1) Donald Trump: Agent Orange, Big Rocket Man, Duke Nukem, The Wrath of Con, The Fliplomat, Vanilla ISIS, The Lyin' King, The Lord of the Blings, Darth Hater, Uncle Scam, The Banana Republican, The White Kanye (Bill Maher), Short-Fingered Vulgarian (Graydon Carter), The Gaud Father (Michael R. Burch), King Gorge, The Great Gutsby (Michael R. Burch), Putin's Puppet, Comrade Trumputin, The Brooklyn Bolshevik, Polezni Durak (Russian for "Useful Idiot"), The White Pride Piper, Little Horn, The Trump of Doom (the Holy Bible), THE ANTICHRIST (when the Hebrew prophets spoke of "the Trump of Doom" and a "little horn" were they speaking literally?)

Donald Trump has a new nickname for immigrant babies and children: "bargaining chips."

Is Donald Trump the Antichrist?

NOTES: We recently started including hashtags with nicknames. Nicknames denoted MRB or with his name were coined by Michael R. Burch, either specifically for this page, or, in the case of Trump-related nicknames, for The HyperTexts' popular Trump nickname, pun, limerick and joke pages. All such nicknames are "public domain" and can be used and shared freely. If you're willing to credit the source, that would be greatly appreciated!

U.S. Open Nicknames

Brooks "The Aura" Koepka (coined by Michael R. Burch during the 2018 U.S. Open due to his confident demeanor); also Cupcake (due to a tee announcer's mispronunciation of his last name)
Dustin Johnson: DJ, The Cheetah (by Nick Watney for Johnson's long, lean build and unique gait)
Jordan Spieth: The Golden Child (after he called a hole-in-one in the air)
Rory McIlroy: Rors, Wee Mac, The Intimidator (Greg Norman and Tiger Woods, perhaps facetiously)
Ian Poulter: Poltergeist, Poulter Heist, Poults, The Postman (because he always delivers), The Match Play Ninja, Tiddlywinks
Andrew Johnston: Beef
Phil Mickelson: Lefty, Hefty, Phil the Thrill, FIGJAM (short for "F*** I'm Good, Just Ask Me!"), Phil Phuk-Up
Patrick Reed: Captain America
Donald Trump: Captain Shamerica

World Cup Nicknames: Football/Soccer Greats

Edson Arantes do Nascimento: Pelé (Miracle), O Rei (The King), Dico, The Black Pearl
Diego Maradona: El Pibe de Oro (The Golden Boy), Hand of God
Lionel Messi: The Messiah, The Magnificent Messi, Messidona, La Pulga Atomica (The Atomic Flea), Leo, The Magical Mercurial Messi, GOAT
Ronaldo: Il Phenomeno (The Phenomenon)
Cristiano Ronaldo: CR7, Rocket Ronaldo, El Comandante, O Robo (The Robot), Crybaby (because as a boy he cried when he didn't get the ball)
Harry Kane: The HurriKane, Golden Boy (his teammates), Harry Potter (because he's a soccer wizard), Mr. Touch, The Monster, The Sensational Handful
Eusébio: The Black Panther
Robert Moore: Bobby, Tubby, Fatso (he was overweight as a boy)
Marta Vieira da Silva: Pelé con faldas and Pelé de saias (Pelé with skirts), The Queen of Soccer
Mariel Margaret Hamm: Mia
Alex Morgan: Baby Horse
Hope Solo: Fox in the Box
Franz Beckenbauer: Der Kaiser (The Emperor), Die Lichtgestalt (The Figure of Light)
Johan Cruyff: El Flaco, The Flying Dutchman, Rembrandt, Jopie, Pythagoras in Boots, Cruijffie 
Zinedine Zidane: Zizou
George Best: The Fifth Beatle, El Beatle, Bestie, Georgie, Geordie, The Belfast Boy
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior: Neymar, Ney, Mars, O Joia (The Gem), Juninho (Junior), Janayy (?)
Roberto Baggio: Il Divino Codino (The Divine Ponytail)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: The Baby-Faced Assassin
Stuart Pearce: Psycho
David James: Calamity James
Papa Bouba Diop: The Wardrobe
Givanildo Vieira de Sousa: Hulk
Gilberto Silva: The Invisible Wall, The Invincible Wall
Ronaldinho: The One Man Show
Lev Yashin: The Black Spider
Arthur Antunes Coimbra: Zico, The White Pele, King Arthur
Mohamed Salah: The Egyptian Messi
David Beckham: Golden Balls, Spice Boy, Becks, DB7, Dave, The Bender

New and Rising Nicknames

Danica Patrick: Honey Badger, Old Man (crew chief Tony Gibson), Babe (ditto), Princess Sparkle Pony (Richard Petty), Chicago (Aaron Rogers)
The "Danica Double" is the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 (her last two races before retiring)
Elizabeth II: Tillabet, Lilibet, Lilybet, Cabbage, Shirley Temple; also Gan-Gan and Gary (because her grandchildren had trouble pronouncing "grandmother")
Prince Harry is really Prince Henry Charles Albert David (he's the only British royal to use his nickname in public); also My Little Spencer (his mother), Ginger, Spike Wells, Officer Cadet Wells
Meghan Markle is really Rachel Markle; also Meg, Nutmeg, M&M, MM, Bean (her father), Flower (her mother), Sparkle
Princess Catherine: Kate, Poppet (by her husband, Prince William), Squeak (as a child by her family), Princess-in-Waiting (by her college classmates)
Prince William: Wills, Steve (in college, to avoid journalists), Wombat, William the Terrible, The Deep Thinker (the last three by his mother)
Prince George: The Little Grape (as a "baby bump" by his expecting parents), Georgie (Charles)
Princess Diana: Squidgy, Lady Di, Princess Di, Shy Di, Dynasty Di, The Queen of Hearts, The People's Princess, England's Rose, That Ridiculous Creature (Camilla Parker Bowles)
Prince Charles: Fred, The Looney Prince
Camilla Parker Bowles: Gladys, Girl Friday, GF (by Charles), Gaga (by the royal grandchildren), The Rottweiler (Diana)
Mike Trout: The Millville Meteor, Halo Man, The Archangel, The WAR Lord (here, WAR is a baseball stat that measures a player's overall productivity), Trouty
Shohei Ohtani: Double Trouble, Shoh-Time, The Big Oh! (Michael R. Burch), Oh-Oh, Shogun of Swat, The Nippon Assassin, Stone Buddha, Incredible (Mike Trout), Uncanny Ohtani (Michael R. Burch)
Markus "Mookie" Betts
The Trump Administration: Coup d'Tot (Michael R. Burch)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Koch Addict, Koch Float, Koch Zero, Swampy, Creature from the Orange Lagoon
Sean Hannity: Lumpy (Jon Stewart), Archbishop of Bullshit (Trevor Noah), Shammity, Sean Vanity, Sean O'Scammity (Michael R. Burch), Sean of the Brain Dead (Michael R. Burch), The Churnalist (Michael R. Burch)

Nickname Origins: A Short History of Nicknames

The term "nickname" derives from the Middle English ekename, circa 1300. The Old English eaca means "an increase" so an ekename was an additional name, which makes perfect sense. Eventually the phrase "an ekename" became fused, with the "n" in "an" being kept and the "a" being dropped. It was probably pronounced "neek-name" at the time. Then the long "e" was shortened to an "i" and, viola!, we have "nickname."

One of the oldest nicknames appears in the early pages of the Bible, where Nimrod was called "the mighty hunter." However, his descendents created Babylon's infamous Tower of Babel, so Nimrod's reputation became tarnished. Much later, after Bugs Bunny called Elmer Fudd a "nimrod" because Fudd fancied himself to be a "mighty hunter," the term came to mean "foolish and inept."

Other biblical nicknames: Jeremiah (the Weeping Prophet), David (the Shepherd King), Solomon (the Wise), the Virgin Mary, John the Baptist, John (the Beloved Disciple), Simon (the Zealot), Paul (the Tentmaker), Jesus (the Christ, the Messiah, the Lamb of God, the Lion of Judah, the Son of God, the Prince of Peace).

Charlemagne was a nickname; it means "Charles the Great" in French.

The French term "villain" originally meant only someone who lived or worked on a villa. But a few bad eggs apparently spoiled the whole bunch, at least reputation-wise.

One of the oldest English nicknames on record is quite colorful: Roger Fuckebythenavele appears in the Chester county court plea rolls from December 8, 1310.

Did English nicknames become fashionable after Vikings started the trend? Viking nicknames include Ivar "the Boneless," Sigurd "Snake Eye," Ulick "of the Heads" (apparently because he liked to lop them off), and Eystein "the Fart" (don't ask!). Who wouldn't want such catchy nicknames, so of course they caught on after the Vikings started raiding England! After all, one must keep up with the Joneses!

One of the first major inventions of the so-called Industrial Revolution, the spinning jenny, was invented by James Hargreaves in 1764. While it has been claimed that the device was named after his daughter Jenny, there is no evidence that Hargreaves had a daughter by that name. "Jenny" may have been shorthand for "engine."

During the American Revolutionary War, British soldiers called rebellious colonists "Damned Yankees." The colonists called British troops "Lobster Backs" because of their bright red uniforms. The leaders of the Revolution became known as the American "Founding Fathers." But where did the odd term "Yankee" originate? It may derive from eankke, the Cherokee word for coward! Meanwhile, the mistresses of King George I were called the Maypole and the Elephant!

Before the French Revolution, there were two "estates" or power groups: the nobles and the clergy. Thus when the people began to demand a voice in government, they were called the "third estate." The Greek word demos means "the people" collectively, so advocates of the rights of the "little people" became known as Democrats. As the French people sought greater rights, their "Great Fear" resulted in a "Reign of Terror" or simply "The Terror." Nearly 20,000 people were called "enemies of the people" and lost their lives, many to a new device called the guillotine.

Later, Simon Bolivar led similar revolutions in South America and was called El Libertador ("The Liberator"). Bolivia was named after him.

The locomotive was another very important early invention. Trains were given nicknames to advertise their speed advantages over other forms of transportation: Rocket, Comet, Catch-Me-Who-Can.

Since we're discussing the "evolution" of nicknames, let's note that Charles Darwin was called "Gas" by his friends because he did so many chemistry experiments. One of Darwin's leading opponents was Samuel Wilberforce, who was nicknamed "Soapy Sam." One of Darwin's chief defenders was T. H. Huxley, who became known as "Darwin's Bulldog." 

Henry Ford produced the first Model T automobile in 1908. It was nicknamed the Tin Lizzie, the Leaping Lena and the Flivver.

When Charles Lindberg became the first airplane pilot to fly nonstop across the Atlantic in 1927, he was hailed as Lucky Lindberg. But when Douglas Corrigan accidentally crossed the Atlantic while trying to fly to California, he became known as "Wrong Way" Corrigan. Something similar happened when Roy "Wrong Way" Riegels scored a touchdown in the 1929 Rose Bowl ... for the opposing team.

"Goon" comes from the Popeye comic strip and a character named Alice the Goon who first appeared on December 10, 1933. Alice the Goon was a brute who who stood eight feet tall. She caused controversy with protective mothers, who claimed her frightening appearance alarmed their children. Alice was therefore "toned down" in later appearances. But the term "goon" stuck.

"Thug" is a Hindi word meaning cheat or swindler. Thugs practiced Thuggee and would rob and kill travelers. The original thugs apparently belonged to a religious cult that worshipped the goddess of death and destruction and killed in order to please her.

During World War II, "Rosie the Riveter" became an iconic image of the American working woman.

Here is a brief history of professional wrestling nicknames and their colorful evolution, starting shortly after the Civil War ...

Evan "Strangler" Lewis was the first superstar professional wrestler, claiming the championship in 1883 with his famous stranglehold.
Martin "Farmer" Burns was the next superstar wrestler, winning the championship in 1895 and never losing a fall from 1890-1893.
In the 1920s the "Gold Dust Trio" with their champion Ed "Strangler" Lewis introduced body slams, suplexes and scripted theatrics to pro wrestling.
Ed Lewis was not related to the original "Strangler" but copied his nickname and signature move (something other wrestlers would also do).
Another gold-duster, Joseph "Toots" Mondt, was credited with inventing 60% of the holds and 90% of the finishing moves.
In the 1930s "Lord" Patrick Lansdowne (aka Duke Finnegan) would enter the ring wearing a velvet robe and doublet, accompanied by two valets. 
The Lord demanded that the British national anthem be played as he entered the arena; thus the "bad guy" or "heel" was born.
George Raymond Wagner aka "Gorgeous George" started his career by fighting for 35 cents at carnivals, then "wised up" ...
"Gorgeous George" aka "The Human Orchid" adopted the Lord's flamboyant capes, valets and "atomizer" (perfume dispenser/disinfectant).
Herman Gustav Rohde Jr. aka "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers was another "early adopter" of the Lord's pompous theatrics.
Ric Flair was the second "Nature Boy" and he copied Rogers' bleached blonde hair, strut and even his finishing move!
(For more colorful wrestling nicknames search this page for "wrestler" or "wrestling.")

The S. S. Minnow on Gilligan's Island was named after Newton "Newt" Minow, the FCC head who called television a "vast wasteland." The show's creator, Sherwood Schwartz, abhorred Minow and snidely named the useless boat after him. There was never an agreement as to whether Gilligan was a first or last name. Bob Denver, who played the character, suggested that Gilligan was a nickname created by the irate Skipper pronouncing the name "Gil Egan" too quickly! Skipper was definitely a nickname; the character's "real" name was Jonas Grumby. On a more somber note, the final day of filming the show's pilot was Friday, November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. This is the reason there is an American flag flying at half mast while the Minnow leaves port in the first season's opening sequence.

In addition to being in our top ten list for his own nicknames, Muhammad Ali was a prolific creator of nicknames for his opponents. Unfortunately, the ones he came up with were less than flattering! For example: George Foreman "The Mummy," Joe Frazier "The Gorilla," Sonny Liston "The Big Ugly Bear," Oscar Bonavena "The Beast," Floyd Patterson "The White Man's Champion," Ernie Terrell "The Octopus," Buster Mathis "The Dancing Hippo," Ernie Shavers "The Acorn," Larry Holmes "The Peanut," George Chuvalo "The Washer Woman" and Leon Spinks "Dracula." Ali also called several boxers "Uncle Toms" for continuing to use his "slave" name, including Frazier, Patterson and Terrell.

Longtime ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman is another prolific creator of nicknames; for instance: Andre "Bad Moon" Rison, Bert "Be Home" Blyleven, Mike "Lego My" Gallego, etc.

When the US finally won its first Olympic gold medal in curling, it was called a "miracurl on ice."

Where did the term OK originate? Martin Van Buren was nicknamed "Old Kinderhook" because he was born in Kinderhook, New York. During his presidential campaign, Van Buren supporters carried OK signs, and the abbreviation became popular slang for "kinda good" or "not so bad."

The term "hooker" for a prostitute has been associated with a Civil War general, Joseph Hooker. "Fighting Joe" was a hard drinker and ladies' man who brought prostitutes along on his campaigns. His headquarters were described as being a combination of "bar-room and brothel." The prostitutes were derisively called "Hooker's Brigade." However, "hooker" had been used as early as 1845 in relation to prostitutes, so perhaps Fighting Joe only helped popularize the term. In any case, "hooker" certainly caught on, if you'll pardon the pun!

Skating's thrilling "axel" is named after Norwegian figure skater and speed skater Axel Paulsen. In addition to inventing his namesake jump, Axel Paulsen also invented the modern speed skate, with a metal blade attached to the boot.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar's patented shot had its own nickname: the "Skyhook." But Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal went him one better, because opponents' intentional fouls to keep him from scoring were nicknamed "Hack-a-Shaq."

Benjamin "Ben" Jonson, born in 1572, was the first English writer to be known primarily by his nickname. Benjamin was the smallest of the twelve Hebrew tribes and the name has connotations of smallness, of diminutiveness. "Ben" makes things even smaller. Ironically, there was a tiny English "tribe of Ben" made up of lesser poets who admired Jonson and "literally" walked in his footsteps.

William Shakespeare once acted in a Ben Jonson play. Shakespeare's first nickname was derogatory. He was called an "upstart crow" by a rival, perhaps because he rose from the ranks of commoners to challenge the "university wits" of his day.

Bollywood is a portmanteau derived from Bombay and Hollywood; there is no actual place called Bollywood.

Unexpected Nicknames Part I

Pericles: Onion Head
Oliver Cromwell: The Almighty Nose
Charles de Gaulle: The Great Asparagus, La Grande Zohra (The Grand Camel), Cyrano (all three due to his appearance)
Isaac Newton: Big Nose
Edward I: Longshanks
Thomas Jefferson: Long Loin
Emily Dickinson: Liver Lips
Earl Tucker: Snakehips
Jean-Claude Duvalier: Baby Doc
Francois Duvalier: Papa Doc
* Robert E. Lee: Granny Lee, The Old Man, Bobby Lee, The Great Tycoon, Marse Robert, Marble Man, Marble Model, The King of Spades

(*) Robert E. Lee was called "Granny" because he was considered by some critics to be too timid and cautious about attacking. He was called the "Marble Model" because he was a model student and the first West Point graduate to never earn a demerit. He was called the "King of Spades" because he ordered his men to "dig in" and create defensive fortifications; when the strategy worked it became a term of endearment for his troops.

Poetic Nicknames/Rhyming Nicknames/Alliterative Nicknames

Awesome Bill from Dawsonville (Bill Elliott)
The Round Mound of Rebound (Charles Barkley)
Flo-Jo (Florence Griffith-Joyner)
Prime Time, Neon Deion (Deion Sanders)
Hammerin' Hank Aaron
Earl the Pearl (Earl Monroe, Earl Strickland)
Stan "the Man" Musial
Hakeem "the Dream" Olajuwon
Clyde "the Glide" Drexler
Beaver Cleaver
Tricky Dick (Richard Nixon)
No Drama Obama (Barack Obama)
The Baltimore Ravens (inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem "The Raven")
Achilles Heel (inspired by Homer's famous poem "The Odyssey")

Poetic Real Names

John Donne
Rory McIlroy
Anais Nin
Maya Angelou
Sappho of Lesbos (from whom we get the terms "sapphic" and "lesbian")
Florence Nightingale
Madeline L’Engle
Dr. Seuss (the pen name of the also-poetic Theodor Seuss Geisel)
Oscar Wilde (also known as the Divine Oscar Wilde)
Elvis Presley
Marilyn Monroe (although she started out as Norma Jean Baker)
Gypsy Rose Lee
Voltaire (like a clear blue sky split by lightning)
Lewis Carroll
Rainer Maria Rilke
Percy Bysshe Shelley (the perfect name for a romantic poet)
Pablo Neruda
Langston Hughes
e. e. cummings
Sylvia Plath (her name means "forest path" but it was a dark forkest)
Evelyn Waugh
Ambrose Bierce
William Makepeace Thackeray
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Edgar Allan Poe
Anne Brontë 
Emily Brontë 
Charlotte Brontë 
Wilfred Owen
Dylan Thomas
Bob Dylan
John Lennon
Paul McCartney
Janis Joplin
Ernest Hemingway
Ayn Rand
Agatha Christie
Danielle Steel
W. Somerset Maugham
Dashiell Hammett
Orson Scott Card
Miranda July
Anne Reeve Aldrich
Sidney Sheldon
Ogden Nash (for some reason, I always want to spell his last name Gnash)
Francine Prose (of their last name, her brother quipped, "Well, it could be Verse!")

The Best Nicknames, Collectively Speaking

A group of flamingoes is called a FLAMBOYANCE.
An exultation or ascension of larks.
A pride of lions.
A ballet or lamentation of swans.
A murmuration of starlings.
A gaggle of geese.
A murder of crows.
A clamor of rooks.
A conspiracy of ravens.
An ostentation of peacocks.
A gatling of woodpeckers (who really do sound like Gatling guns in action).
A litter of puppies (and they really do litter!).
A horse's ass of politicians, perhaps, or a confederacy of dunces?

More Collectively Speaking Nicknames

The Worst Nicknames of All Time

Pinta, the nickname of one of Christopher Columbus's ships, means "Painted Lady" or "Prostitute" and contrasts with the Santa Maria (Saint Mary aka the Virgin)
Nina, the nickname of Columbus's third ship, probably derived from its owner's name, Nino, which as El Nino now means "Erratic Little Boy"
Utopia means "nowhere" in Greek; thus when Thomas More wrote about Utopia, he seems to have been saying it would never be found
Banana Republic was a nickname coined by O. Henry while he was hiding out in Honduras from charges of bank embezzlement
Banana Republican is a nickname ascribed to Donald Trump for acting like a third-world despot
The Nippon Ham Fighters, a Japanese baseball team
The Hiroshima Toyo Carp, a Japanese baseball team
Darren Puppa is a professional hockey player known as the Puppa Scoopa
Karl "Turd Blossom" Rove was so nicknamed by his boss, President George "Dubya" Bush
Constantine Copronymus the "Diaper Pooper" was a Byzantine emperor
"Droopy Drawers" Shimada Shigetaro was a Japanese admiral accused of brownnosing the Emperor
James II of England was called the "Shit" and the "Beshitten" (Séamus an Chaca)
"Booger" was a character played by Curtis Armstrong in The Revenge of the Nerds
John "Bluto" Blutarsky was a character played by John Belushi in Animal House
Eric "Butterbean" Esch was a professional boxer
Lester "the Molester" Hayes was a professional football player who "molested" opposing receivers
Paddy "Pantsdown" Ashdown was so named after having an affair with his secretary 
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was dubbed the "Underwear Bomber"
Alfonso IX of Leon was known as the "Slobberer"
Ragnarr "Hairypants" was a Viking chieftain
William "Gonorrhea" Guarnere was a WWII paratrooper who understandably preferred his other nickname "Wild Bill"
Walter "Furry" Lewis was a blues guitarist
Patrick Hornqvist is an NHL player known as "Horny"
Rougned Odor is a baseball player known as "Stink"
Allen "Clever Piggy" Cunningham's nickname is a pun on the poker star's last name: cunning-ham
An ancient Duke of Normandy was known as Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil) 

More Winning Nicknames

High Honorable Mentions: (Honest) Abe Lincoln, The Angelic Doctor (Thomas Aquinas), Joan d'Arc the Maid of Heaven, The Venerable Bede, Black Jack Pershing, Blackbeard (Edward Teach), Bluebeard (Fictional), The Blind Bard (Homer), The Boss (Bruce Springsteen), Braveheart (Robert the Bruce), Buffalo Bill Cody, Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary), Catherine the Great, Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), FDR, Geronimo, The Gipper (Ronald Reagan), JFK, LBJ, Madonna, Mata Hari (Spy), No Drama Obama, Old Hickory (Andrew Jackson), Pelé, Tiger Woods, The Velvet Fog (Mel Torme), The Virgin Queen (Elizabeth I), Wild Bill Hickok

More Honorable Mentions: "Hammerin'" Hank Aaron, Lance "Bambi" Alworth, The Round Mound of Rebound (Charles Barkley), James "Cool Papa" Bell, Larry "Legend" Bird, The Big Dipper (Wilt Chamberlain), Joltin' Joe DiMaggio aka the Yankee Clipper, Einstein (Stephen Hawking, by his awed classmates), Chrissy "America's Sweetheart" Evert, Dr. J (Julius Erving), Harold "Red" Grange aka the Galloping Ghost, The Great One (Wayne Gretzky), Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Walter "Big Train" Johnson, Michael "Air" Jordan, Flo-Jo (Florence Griffith Joyner), The Left Hand of God (Sandy Koufax), Dick "Night Train" Lane, Rod "the Rocket" Laver, "Pistol" Pete Maravich, Beast Mode (Marshawn Lynch), Stan "The Man" Musial, The Golden Bear (Jack Nicklaus), Jesse "Black Magic" Owens, Leroy "Satchel" Paige, Walter "Sweetness" Payton, Richard "the King" Petty, Michael "Mr. Olympia" Phelps, Charlie Hustle (Pete Rose), The Empress of the Blues (Bessie Smith), "Give 'Em Hell" Harry S. Truman, The Logo (Jerry West), The Minister of Defense (Reggie White), The Human Highlight Reel (Dominique Wilkins), The Splendid Splinter (Ted Williams), Babe (Mildred Ella Didrikson Zaharias)

Unexpected Nicknames Part II

Grumors: "Grumors" are rumors that your underperforming football coach will soon be replaced by John Gruden!
Bra: The French term brassière means a child's bodice or vest; it was later shortened to "bra." Well, it does sound a bit classier than "over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder"!
England/Britain: No wonder the islanders want to Brexit! The name England derives from the Angles (Germans), while Britain derives from the Bretons (French)!
Sandwich: John Montague, the The Earl of Sandwich, loved to gamble so much that he often skipped formal meals and would eat cold leftovers served between slices of bread.
Hot Dog: In the early 1900s there were rumors that cheap Coney Island wieners contained heated dog meat. (And who knows, perhaps they did!)
Hamburger: No, hamburgers did not start out as ham sandwiches! Rather the name comes from Hamburg, Germany, where "Hamburg steaks" were served on bread.

Nickname Trivia: I once had the honor of publishing poems and photographs by Leonard Nimoy, better known to the world as Mr. Spock, or just Spock. At one time, Nimoy disliked being called Spock and in 1975 he even wrote a book titled I Am Not Spock. But then he had a change of heart toward his alter ego, and twenty years later, in 1995, he wrote another book titled I Am Spock. So according to Nimoy, he was both Spock and Not-Spock! And long before he became famous, his nicknames were Lenny and Dimples.―Michael R. Burch

Saints

Michael: The Archangel, Saint Michael, Captain of the Heavenly Hosts, Prince of the Archangels, Angel of Deliverance, Defeater of Satan, etc.
Michelangelo: Il Divino ("The Divine One"), The Father and Master of All Arts (he was a painter, sculptor, poet, architect and engineer)
Siddhārtha Gautama: Buddha ("The Enlightened One")
Jesus: Christ ("the Anointed One" or "Messiah"), The Prince of Peace, The Lion of Judah, The Lamb of God, The Son of God
Mary: the Blessed Virgin, the Virgin Mary
Muhammad: the Prophet, the Messenger of Allah, the Model of Conduct, the Honest, the Kind, the Trustworthy, the Beloved
Florence Nightingale (Nightingale was her real last name; her first name came from the city of her birth)
Jack Kevorkian: Doctor Death (he helped terminally ill patients who wanted to end their suffering)
Mother Teresa: The Saint of the Gutter
St. Therese of Lisieux: Little Flower
* Mohandas Gandhi: Mahatma (Great Soul), Bapu (Father), Bapuji, Gandhiji, Spinner (Gandhi himself), Little Man (ditto), Upper House (ditto), The Father of India

(*) Gandhi made up nicknames for himself and some of the people he corresponded with. Many of the nicknames were humorous endearments. (Gandhi once said, "If I had no sense of humour, I would long ago have committed suicide.") The only person Gandhi called "sir" in his letters was Leo Tolstoy. Tolstoy appears to have been a "spiritual father" of sorts for Gandhi, with his ideal of "simplicity of life and purity of purpose" with love as the "law of life" and the principle of non-violence. Gandhi called Albert Einstein "dear friend" although they never met. But what a meeting it would have been!

Sinners

Lucifer: the Devil, Satan, Mephistopheles, Beelzebub, Old Nick, Old Scratch, The Prince of Darkness, Diablo, Sam Hill, Bad Man, Little Horn (Trump?)
Nathan Bedford Forrest: Devil Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan
Josef Mengele: Todesengel ("Angel of Death")
Klaus Barbie: Butcher of Lyon
Irma Grese: Beast of Belsen, Beautiful Beast, Blonde Angel of Auschwitz, Hyena of Auschwitz
Ilse Koch: Beast of Buchenwald, Bitch of Buchenwald, Butcher Widow, Queen of Buchenwald, Red Witch of Buchenwald
Albert DeSalvo: The Boston Strangler
Jack the Ripper (real identity unknown)

NOTE: When someone asks "What the Sam Hill are you doing?" it's like asking "What the Devil are you doing?" because "Hill" is being used as a euphemism for "hell."

Naughty Nicknames

Sydney Biddle Barrows: The Mayflower Madam
Xaviera Hollander: The Happy Hooker
Mark Felt: Deep Throat (he was the source of the information that led to the Watergate investigation)
Linda Lovelace: Deep Throat (she starred in a porn flick that "borrowed" the naughty nickname)
Andrea Parducci: Little Oral Annie
Stormy Daniels (she says she can identify Trump's "junk")

Naughty Real Names

"Ugly" Johnny Dickshot
Pussy Galore (fictional)
Ed Head
Rusty Kuntz
Pete LaCock
Dick Padden
Dick Passwater
Dick Pole
Dick Trickle

Famous People Who Don't Need Nicknames

Walter Camp (he ran the first football "camp")
Johnny Force (drag car racer)
Jamie Foxx (actor) and Jimmy Foxx (baseball star)
Johnny Majors (a major football star)
Urban Meyer (one of the more "urbane" football coaches)
Will Power (his willpower helped him win the Indy 500)
Darrell Royal (football royalty in Texas)
Tennys Sandgren (tennis player)
Dean Smith (the dean of basketball coaches)
Wolfgang von Trips (early Formula One driver)
Fielding Yost (a football coach who fielded winning teams)
Twig Zeigler (an out-on-the-limb funny car driver)

Heroes Real and Mythical

Charles Lindberg: Lucky Lindy
Leif Ericson: Leif the Lucky
Christopher Columbus: Pilot of the Iberian Peninsula, Admiral of the Mosquitoes
Meriwether Lewis: Long Knife
John Charles Fremont: Pathfinder of the West
Daniel Boon: Happiest Among Mortals (Lord Byron)
Sir Francis Drake: Prince of Buccaneers
Vasco de Gama: Admiral of the Sea of India
Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar: El Cid ("The Lord" or "The Master")
Henry "Hotspur" Percy (he would be made famous by Shakespeare)
Sir Lucan: the Butler
Sir Gawain: the White Hawk
Sir Lancelot du Lac ("of the lake")
Sir Galahad: the Perfect Knight
Merlin: Merlin the Magician, Merlin Wyllt ("the Wild")
King Arthur: the Once and Future King
Prester John (a mythical king sometimes sought by real kings for alliances)

Zeros

Frederick Cook: Prince of Losers
King Pyrrhus (his name is the source of our term "pyrrhic victory")
Henry Clay: The Great Compromiser (one of his "great" compromises was with slavery)
William Bligh: Breadfruit Bligh
The Aints (New Orleans Saints fans who put bags over their heads because their team lost so much)
Marvin Runyon: Carvin' Marvin (for slashing jobs at the Post Office)

Superheroes

Captain America
Wonder Woman
Superman, The Man of Steel
Superwoman
Superboy
Supergirl
Batman, The Dark Knight
Batgirl
Robin
Spiderman, Spider-Man, Spidey, The Webslinger
Spider-Woman
Wolverine
The Hulk, The Incredible Hulk

Honorable Mention: Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Black Panther, The Flash, Flash Gordon, The Green Lantern, The Green Hornet, Green Arrow, Archangel, Cyclops, The Beast, The Thing, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Aquaman, Storm, Rogue, Professor X, Iceman, Hawkeye, The Silver Surfer, Daredevil, Mon-El, Braniac, Nick Fury, Doctor Strange, The Phantom, Martian Manhunter, Deadpool, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Yoda, 007, Judge Dredd, Gambit, Spawn, Nightcrawler

Super Villains

The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Two-Face, Bane, Kingpin, Scarecrow, Lex Luthor, General Zod, Green Goblin, Dr. Octopus, The Vulture, Magneto, Mystique, Sabretooth, Loki, Hela, Mr. Glass, Erik Killmonger, Doctor Doom, Darth Vader, Ming the Merciless, Ozymandias, Galactus, Venom, Juggernaut, Thanos,, Doomsday, Apocalypse, Carnage, The Antichrist aka Little Horn aka Donald Trump

NOTE: The French term "villain" originally meant merely someone who lived or worked on a villa. But a few bad eggs apparently spoiled the whole bunch, reputation-wise.

Duos, Trios, Etc.

Brangelina: Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie, as a couple
The Bash Brothers: Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco
The Killer B's: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio and any other Houston Astros whose last names happened to start with the letter "B"
The Woodies: Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde won 61 tennis tournaments as a duo
Hanz and Franz: the Tennessee Vols' muscular duo of Grant "Granite" Williams and Admiral Schofield
The Big Three: the Boston Celtics' trio of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen
The Smurfs: three smallish wide receivers for the Washington Redskins with Alvin Garrett (5-7), Virgil "Papa Smurf" Seay (5-8) and Charlie Brown (5-10) 
* The Fab Four: the Beatles with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr
* The Fab Five: Michigan's 1991 basketball recruiting class with Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson
* The Fierce Five: the 2012 US Olympic gymnastic team with Gabby Douglass, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber
Murderer's Row: the first six hitters for the 1926-1929 Yankees: Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel and Tony Lazzeri
The Wild Bunch was led by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and included Kid Curry

(*) The Fierce Five was the Fab Five until Jalen Rose complained about plagiarism! But shouldn't he be paying the Beatles royalties?

Odd Couples and Unlikely Pairings

Nick: the Devil (Old Nick) and Santa Claus (Old St. Nick) ... also Santa sounds a lot like Satan!
The Body: Jesse Ventura (wrestler) and Elle Macpherson (supermodel)
Yogi: Yogi Bear (loveable but eccentric cartoon) and Yogi Berra (loveable but eccentric catcher)
Rocky: Bullwinkle's companion and the boxer played by Sylvester Stallone
Prince: the flamboyant Singer/Symbol/Slave and Prince Charles the nondescript Duke of Wales
Dwight D. Eisenhower was known as both Little Ike and Big Ike!
The Iron Chancellor: Otto von Bismarck and Angela Merkel
Boom Boom: Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi and boxer Ray Mancini who once killed another boxer (not intentionally) 
The Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra & Co.) and the Brat Pack (Robert Downey Jr. & Co.)
Trump the Flag Waver and Roseanne the Anthem Desecrator.

Wild Exaggerations

The King of All Media: Howard Stern
Humble: Donald Trump's choice for a Secret Service code name
The Thousand Year Reich (it was closer to the Ten Year Reich and it left Germany in ruins)
The Land of the Morning Calm: the Korean Peninsula
Ming the Magnificent

Monsters

Bigfoot, Sasquatch
Yeti, The Abominable Snowman
The Wolfman, Werewolf
King Kong
Godzilla
Mothra
Frankenstein
Dracula
The Mummy
Mr. Hyde aka Dr. Jekyll
The Creature from the Black Lagoon
Jaws

Rabble Rousers

Cleon: the Dog, the Watchdog of Athens, the Demagogue, the Politician
Peter the Hermit (he led a wild-eyed mob of gullible Christians to their doom during the First Crusade)
Adolph Hitler: Fuhrer, Herr Wolf, Werwolf, Teppichfresser ("Carpet Pacer" or "Carpet Chewer" because he fretted and paced around so much as his grand plans disintegrated)
Benito Mussolini: Il Duce ("The Leader"), The Iron Prefect
Huey "Kingfish" Long
Joseph McCarthy: Joe, Tail-Gunner Joe, the Pepsi-Cola Kid, the Red Scare Monger
Donald Trump: Adolph Twitler, Hair Hitler, Cheeto Benito, Casino Mussolini (Samantha Bee)

Winners and Losers: Moguls and Paupers

Charles VII: The Victorious (but only due to the heroism of Joan d'Arc; otherwise he was "pathetic, puny, timid and gloomy")
Jacob "the Rich" Fugger
Viscount Goderich: The Blubberer
William "Doc" Rockefeller (he started the family fortune as a conman selling herbal remedies!)
"Happy" Rockefeller (she was a happy baby, according to her nurse)
"Lady Bird" Johnson (she was as pretty as a lady bird, according to her nurse)
Cornelius Vanderbilt: The Commodore
Maximilian I of Germany: The Penniless
"Diamond" Jim Brady was a business mogul with an impressive jewelry collection (worth around $60 million in 2017 dollars)

Unexpected Nicknames Part III

Michael Jackson: Smelly, Applehead
Li Po: The Great Poet of Drunkenness
Jane Fonda: Hanoi Jane (she was accused of collaboration with the enemy during the Vietnam War)
Clifton Marlin: Coo Coo
Charles Bronson: Il Brutto ("the Brute"), Monstre Sacre ("Holy Monster")
Winston Churchill: Winnie
Louis XI: The Universal Spider
Imelda Marcos: The Steel Butterfly
Lyndon Baines Johnson: Light-Bulb Lyndon (because he kept turning off lights in the White House to save money!)
Richard M. Nixon: Tricky Dick, Gloomy Gus and Iron Butt (because he spent so much time sitting and reading books)
Napoleon: Corporal Violet, Tiddy-Doll, Little Boney, Old Puss in Boots, Fleshy, Napoleon Straw-in-the-Nose
Caligula: Little Boot
Donald Trump: Man-Baby (Jon Stewart), Terroristic Man-Toddler (Charles M. Blow), 70-Year-Old Toddler (Samantha Bee), Widdle Donnie Whinydiaper, Little Donnie Diaperpants, Moron (Secretary of State Rex Tillerson), Amnesty Don (Trump's Chief Strategist Steve Bannon), Archie Bunker (Steve Bannon), Bloviating Ignoramus (George Will), Pathological Liar (Ted Cruz), Delusional Narcissist (Rand Paul), The Turncoat (Sean Hannity), The Rollover (Ann Coulter), Golden Wrecking Ball (Sarah Palin), Donald the Bitch (Eminem), Racist Grandpa (Eminem), Creep Throat (Seth Meyers)

Statesmen and Politicians (see also Royals, Presidents)

Samuel Adams: The American Cato, Last of the Puritans
Benjamin Franklin: Ben, The American Socrates, The First American, Poor Richard, Silence Dogood (his first pen name), The Prophet of Tolerance, Old Iron Balls
William Pitt: Bottomless Pitt, The Great Commoner
Arthur Wellesley the Duke of Wellington: The Iron Duke 
Theresa May: The Maybot (for her robotic carriage and speech), Theresa Maybe, BDW (Bloody Difficult Woman), Mummy May, Theresa the Appeaser
Winston Churchill: Winnie, The British Bulldog, Copperknob (because he had red hair as a boy), Pug (his wife's pet name for him)
Tony Blair: Bambi, Bliar ("liar"), Tony Blur, Teflon Tony, America's Poodle
Vladimir Putin: Vova, Abaddon (the Angel of Death), Vladula, Pale Moth (his KGB code name), The Kremlin's Grey Cardinal, Blonde Bond, The Puppet Master
John Mitchell: The Big Enchilada (John Ehrlichman)
Steve Bannon: Darth Bannon, Loose Cannon Bannon
Melania Trump: Melanoma, Melania Antoinette (Michael R. Burch), The Slovenian Sphinx (Maureen Dowd), First Babe
Donald Trump Jr: Ponyboy, Chip Off the Old Blockhead, Fredo Corleone, Fraido (because like Fredo he's afraid of his father)
Eric Trump: Eric the Red, Eric the Brain Dead, Eric of Orange, Eric Idle, Sonny Corleone, Sonny-Boy
Ivanka Trump: Proxy Wife, First Lady-Daughter, Michael (after Michael Corleone, "the smart one" in the Godfather movies), Ivanka Tramp
Jared Kushner: Aide de Kampf (Michael R. Burch), Jared the Red, Jarring Jared,
Kellyanne Conway: Wrongway Conway (Michael R. Burch), Miss Misinformation, The Spin Mistress
Mitch McConnell: Koch Addict (Michael R. Burch)
Betsy DeVos: Cruella DeVile (Michael R. Burch)
Paul Ryan: Paul Ruin, Lyin' Ryan, Eddie Munster
Anthony Scaramucci: Deputy Dip-Pity-'Do, The Mooch, The Mooch-Smooch
Ben Carson: HUD Ornament (Michael R. Burch), Carsonoma
Tom Price: Sky-High Price and The Leer Jetter (after he spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on charter jets)
Elaine Duke: The Duke of Hurl and Duke Pukem (after she said hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico was "really a good news story" for the Trump administration)
Orrin Hatch: Orrin Goering, Orrin Moron, Orrin Boring, Borin' Orrin
Steve Mnuchin: Hedge Hog, PAC-man, No-Chin Mnuchin, The Foreclosure King
Gary Cohn: Sachs-man, The Goldman Sackman (Michael R. Burch), Cohn's Disease
Judge Roy More: Sludge Roy Moore, The Ten Commandments Judge (Sarah Palin)
Otto von Bismarck: Man of Iron, The Iron Chancellor
Angela Merkel nicknames: Kasi, Frau Nein, Frau Europa, Mutti ("Mommy"), Mein Madchen ("My Girl" by Helmut Kohl), The Iron Chancellor, The World's Most Powerful Woman
Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady, Attila the Hen, Maggie, The Milk Snatcher (because she denied free milk to schoolchildren), TBW (That Bloody Woman)

Unexpected Nicknames, Part III

Sophocles: The Attic Bee, The Athenian Bee (because of his sweet style)
Democritus: The Laughing Philosopher
Herodotus: The Weeping Philosopher
Charlemagne: The Sleeping King
Leo Tolstoy: Sparky
Franz Kafka: Bubbles
Beverly Sills: Bubbles (because she was born with a spit bubble in her mouth)
Edgar Allan Poe: Sunny
Don Rickles: Mr. Warmth, Mr. Potato Head
Voltaire: The Great Pan, The Ape of Genius (Victor Hugo)
Oliver Goldsmith: The Inspired Idiot
Robert Walpole: The Grand Corrupter
Horace Walpole: The Autocrat of Strawberry Hill
Benjamin Disraeli: Dizzy, The Gay Lothario of Politics
Neville Chamberlain: The Coroner
Alexander the Great: The Madman of Macedonia
General George H. Thomas: Old Snow Trot
Theodore Hook: Ramsbottom (Don't ask!)

Famous Mascots

The Phillie Phanatic (well-named, he's the most-sued sports mascot)
The San Diego Chicken (the first mascot to out-star its team)
Mr. Met
Uncle Sam
The Jolly Green Giant
Tony the Tiger
Poppin' Fresh, the Pillsbury Dough Boy
The Geico Gecko
The AFLAC Duck
Mr. Clean
The Michelin Man

Common Nicknames

Ace, Amy, Andy, Art, Birdie, Bo, Bubba, Bud, Chip, Chuck, Evie, Honey, Hoss, Ike, John, Johnny, Kiki, Libby, Lottie, Lulu, Midge, Poppy, Queenie, Sally, Skip, Skippy
Alexandra (Alex, Andi, Sandy, Sandra, Xandra)
Catherine/Katherine (Cate, Cathie, Cathy, Karen, Kat, Kate, Kathie, Kathy, Katie, Kay, Kit, Kittie, Kitty, Rhynie, Rina,Terri, Terry, Trina )
Christine (Chris, Chrissie, Christy, Crissy, Ena, Ina, Kit, Kissy, Kris, Krissy, Tina, Xina)
Deborah (Deb, Debra, Debbie, Debby)
Edward (Ed, Eddie, Eddy, Ted, Teddy, Ward)
Elizabeth (Bess, Bessie, Bet, Beth, Betsy, Bitsy, Bettie, Betty, Eli, Eliza, Ellie, Elly, Elsie, Ibby, Izzy, Libby, Lisa, Lish, Liz, Liza, Lizbet, Lizbeth, Lizzie, Tess)
Henry (Harry, Hank)
James (Jack, Jamie, Jay, Jim, Jimmy, Jimbo)
Joseph (Joe, Joey)
Margaret (Daisy, Greta, Madge, Maggie, Marge, Margie, Margo, Meg, Midge, Peg, Penny)
Michael (Mike, Mick, Michel, Michelle, Mickey, Micky, Mikey)
Miriam (Mae, Mamie, Maria, Marie, Mary, Mattie, May, Mia, Mimi, Molly, Polly)
Peter (Pete, Petey)
Richard (Dick, Dicky, Rich, Rick, Ricky)
Robert (Bob, Bobby, Rob, Robby, Bert)
Stephen/Steven (Steve, Stevie, Steph)
Susan (Sue, Suzie)
Thomas (Tom, Tommy)
William (Bill, Billy, Will, Willy, Liam)

The Rock-Poetry Nickname Connection

The Beatles were once the Silver Beetles; the "a" in Beatles was their homage to the Beat poets: Allen Ginsberg, et al.
Bob Dylan is the stage name of Robert Zimmerman, who took his last name from the first name of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.
The Rolling Stones and Rolling Stone magazine are both named after the Muddy Waters blues lyric "Rollin' Stone."
The Doors were named after the mystical English poet William Blake's "Doors of Perception."
Led Zeppelin were greatly influenced by the poetry and prose of J. R. R. Tolkien in their songs "Ramble On," "Misty Mountain Hop," "The Battle of Evermore," etc.
Steppenwolf were named after a novel by the German poet Hermann Hesse.
Supertramp were named after the title of a book by the Welsh poet W. H. Davies: The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp.
Steely Dan were named after a "prominent" sex toy in Naked Lunch by the Beat poet/writer William S. Burroughs.
Sixpence None The Richer took their name from a passage by the English poet/writer C. S. Lewis.
Moby took their name from the novel Moby Dick by the American poet/writer Herman Melville. 

Royal Pains

Herod Agrippa (the Latin agrippa means "born feet first" or "contrary")
Ethelred the Unready
Harold I of England: Harold Harefoot
George I of England: The Turnip Hoer
George III of England: Farmer George
Richard II of England: The Hog
Charles I of England: Baby Charles, The White King, The Saint, The Martyr, The Last Man (he was beheaded)
Charles II of England: Son of the Last Man, The Merry Monarch, The Mutton Eating Monarch, The Black Boy
Charles Edward Stuart: Bonnie Prince Charlie, The Young Pretender, The Young Chevalier
James I of England: The Wisest Fool in Christendom
Philippe I of France: The Amorous
Charles III of France: The Drunkard, The Simple
Maximilian I of Germany: The Penniless
Napoleon I of France: Le Petit Tondu ("The Little Shorn One"), The Little Gunner of Toulon, The Little Corsican, The Little General, The Emperor of Elba, The Horse Thief of Berlin
Napoleon II of France: The Baby Eagle, The Eaglet
Napoleon III of Franc: The Man of Sedan, The Little, The Small, Ratipol
Charles II of Spain: The Bewitched, The Accursed, The Little King, Lord Strut
Charles III of Spain: The Enlightened Despot
Charles XIV of Sweden: Sergent Belle-Jambe ("Sergeant Pretty Legs")

More Royals

Sweyn Forkbeard
Eric the Red
Charles the Bald
Edward the Confessor
Edward of Woodstock: Prince of Wales, The Black Prince
Frederick V of Bohemia: The Winter King
Edmund Ironside
Octavian: Princips or First Captain; also Augustus ("Majestic" or "Revered")
Constantine the Great

Famous People Known by their Nicknames, Initials and/or Mononyms


Adele
Aesop
Ali
Aristotle
Basho
Beck
Beyoncé
Bird (saxophonist Charlie Parker)
Björk 
Bojangles (tap dancer Bill Robinson)
Bono
Buddha
Cher
Coco (Chanel)
Confucius
Dante
Diana
Dido
Elvis
Eminem
Enya
Erte
FDR
Fergie
Houdini (his name has come to mean "escape artist")
Iman
Jesus
Jewel
JFK
Liberace
Lorde
Madonna
Malcolm X
Marilyn
Martial
Meat Loaf
Michelangelo (his name has come to mean "the height of art")
MLK
Moby
Moliere
Muhammad
Napoleon
Nico
Oprah
Ovid
Picasso
Pele
Pink (aka P!nk)
Plato
Prince (aka The Symbol)
Rasputin (aka The Mad Monk)
Rihanna
Roland
RuPaul
Sade
Sappho
Seal
Shakespeare
Shakira
Slash
Socrates
Sophocles
Titian
Usher
Virgil
Voltaire

Famous People Known Primarily by their Nicknames, Epithets and/or Sobriquets

Alexander the Great (Alexander III of Macedon)
Genghis Khan (his name was Temüjin; Genghis Khan means something like "Oceanic Ruler")
Mahatma Gandhi (his first name was Mohandas; Mahatma means "Great Soul")
Julian the Apostate (the last non-Christian Roman emperor, he restored traditional Roman religions at the expense of Christianity)
Edward the Confessor (Edward I of England)
The Venerable Bede (the scholar Bede of Monkwearmouth and Jarrow, England)
Richard the Lionheart (Richard I of England)
Ivan the Terrible (Ivan IV of Russia)
Bloody Mary (Queen Mary I of England)
Atatürk or Ataturk (Mustafa Kemal)
El Cid (Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar; El Cid means "The Lord")
Robin Hood (Robin of Locksley or Sherwood, probably fictional, or perhaps the unlikely-named Fulk FitzWarin)
Friar Tuck (probably fictional)
Maid Marian (probably fictional)
Little John (probably fictional)
Little Richard (Richard Penniman)
Tiny Tim (Herbert Buckingham Khaur)
Tom Thumb (Charles Sherwood Stratton)
Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes)
Lady Bird Johnson (because as a baby she was "cute as a lady bird")
The Red Baron (WWI ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen)
Deep Throat (W. Mark Felt)
Tokyo Rose (Iva Toguri D’Aquino, an Axis propagandist)
Mata Hari (the stage name of Margaretha Geertruida Zelle Macleod)
Mandiba: Nelson Mandela
Wolfman Jack (Robert Weston Smith)
Shoeless Joe Jackson (because he once played a baseball game barefoot)

Famous Hustler, Gambler, Card Shark, Pool Shark, Billiards and Snooker Nicknames

David "Chip" Reese (because the number one cash game poker player usually raked in the chips)
Thomas "Amarillo Slim" Preston (a legendary poker player and proposition gambler)
Doyle Brunson: Texas Dolly, The Godfather of Poker, Big Papa
Johnny Moss: The Grand Old Man of Poker, Trinity (he won the Main Event three times)
Phil Hellmuth: The Poker Brat, Superbrat, The John McEnroe of Poker, The Bad Boy of Poker, Hell Mouth
Mike "The Mouth" Matusow (famous for his motor-mouth and his meltdowns)
Phil "Poison" Ivey: also The Tiger Woods of Poker, No Home Jerome (he gambled with a fake ID when underage)
Chris "Jesus" Ferguson (as famous for his long flowing hair and Christ-like appearance as his poker skills)
Allen "Clever Piggy" Cunningham (a pun on his last name: cunning-ham)
Johnny Chan: The Orient Express, Orangeman (he would use oranges to mask cigarette smoke at poker tables)
Phil "Unabomber" Laak (because he wears hoodies that make him look like the Unabomber)
Daniel Negreanu: Kid Poker
Ralph Wanderone: Minnesota Fats (in the ultimate con, he stole his famous nickname from a character in the movie The Hustler!)
Frank Taberski: The Inexorable Snail (so-called because he played so slowly he drove his opponents to despair, or at least to drink)
Lou Butera: Machine Gun Lou (the anti-Taberski, he would shoot as fast as possible to win the money quicker)
Albert Frey: Peter Pan, The Magical Boy, The Boy Wonder (the first great American pool shark really did look like a fey Peter Pan)
Earl Strickland: Earl the Pearl, Little Earl, the John McEnroe of Pool
James "Cicero" Murphy (the Jackie Robinson of pool, he was the first African American to win a world championship)
Efren Reyes: The Magician, Bata (the Kid)
Billy "Cornbread Red" Burge
Louie Roberts: Saint Louie Louie
Cecil "Buddy" Hall: also The Rifleman
Luther "Wimpy" Lassiter
Irving "Deacon" Crane
Mike "Captain Hook" Sigel
Jeanette Lee: The Black Widow
Ewa Mataya Laurence: The Striking Viking
Allison Fisher: The Duchess of Doom
Joe Davis: Mr. Snooker, The Sultan of Snooker, Emperor Pot
Ronnie "the Rocket" O'Sullivan: also Snooker God, The Genius, The Outlier ("He makes it look so ridiculously easy"—Ken Doherty, 1997 world champion)
Alex "Hurricane" Higgins
Mark Selby: The Torturer, The Punisher, The Leicester Jester, Mark the Shark, The Hoover, Sat-Nev Selby
Jimmy Snyder: Jimmy the Greek
Charles II: The Merry King (he was a notorious gambler)
Wild Bill Hickok (he died holding a pair of aces and a pair of eights, which was nicknamed the "Dead Man's Hand")
Alvin "Titanic" Thompson (he claimed to have murdered several men, but said they would have all agreed they deserved it)
Harold Worst: The Best (in one of the great ironies, Worst may have been the best pool player ever to pick up a cue!)

Wrestler and Wrestling Nicknames

Evan "Strangler" Lewis was the first superstar professional wrestler, winning the championship in 1883
Ed "Strangler" Lewis was not related, but borrowed the nickname and signature stranglehold in the 1920s
The "Gold Dust Trio" introduced flashy moves and scripted theatrics to professional wrestling in the 1920s
"Lord" Patrick Lansdowne aka Duke Finnegan was the original theatrical heel with flamboyant robes and "valets" in the 1930s
"Gorgeous George" aka "The Human Orchid" adopted the Lord's capes, valets and "atomizer" (perfume dispenser)
"Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers was another "early adopter" of the Lord's theatrics
Ric Flair was the second "Nature Boy" and he copied Rogers' bleached blonde hair, strut and even his finishing move!
Goldust is a nickname inspired by the Gold Dust Trio
Andre "The Giant"
Hulk Hogan
The Undertaker
The Ultimate Warrior
Jesse "The Body" Ventura
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
"Triple H" Hunter Hearst Helmsley
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper
Sgt. Slaughter
Rick Rude
Mr. Perfect
Jerry "The King" Lawler
Randy "Macho Man" Savage
Bret "Hitman" Hart
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
Shawn Michaels: HBK, Heart Break Kid
Sting
Kane
Goldberg
The Iron Sheik

Famous Actors and Actresses

John Wayne: Duke
Charlie Chaplin: The Little Tramp
Doris Day: The Professional Virgin
Charles Bronson: Il Brutto ("the Brute"), Monstre Sacre ("Holy Monster")
Jean Claude van Damme: Muscles from Brussels
Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Governator (while he was Governor for California)
Dwayne Johnson: The Rock
Clint Eastwood: Squint
Al Pacino: Sonny, Weird Al Pacion
Robert De Niro: Bobby Milk (his childhood nickname), Robert DeWeirdo
Johnny Depp: Johnny Debt
Will Smith: The Fresh Prince, Will the Thrill, Smif
Sylvester Stallone: Sly
Bette Midler: the Divine Miss M (a nickname she acquired while performing at a gay bathhouse!)
Bruce Willis: Bruno
Mel Gibson: Mad Mel (he played Mad Max, then acted oddly in his personal life)
Hugh Jackman: Sticks (because he was so skinny as a boy that his legs looked like sticks)
Jennifer Lawrence: Nitro (her childhood nickname because she was so energetic)
Bella Thorne: Pickle (an affectionate nickname given her by Drew Barrymore)
David Arquette: Mr. Generous

Hosts, Emcees and Other Celebrities

Ellen DeGeneres: The White Oprah, Tilly Mint
Larry King: Captain Cameo
Johnny Carson: The King of Late-Night TV, Mr. Excitement, Carnac the Magnificent
Howard Stern: Howeird, Howie, How, Howchie, The Howard, The King of All Media
Rush Limbaugh: Master Baiter

Musicians, Singers, Rappers and Composers

Elvis Presley: The King, The King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis The Pelvis, Sir Swivel Hips, The Tupelo Tornado, Alan (his nondescript Graceland code name), The King of Western Bop, The Hillbilly Cat, The Memphis Flash
Michael Jackson: The King of Pop, MJ, Mike, Jacko, Wacko Jacko, Space Michael, The Gloved One, The Peter Pan of Pop, The Wiz
Ray Charles: The High Priest of Soul, The Genius of Soul, The Genius, Brother Ray
James Brown: The Godfather of Soul, The Godfather of Funk, Mr. Dynamite, The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business, Mr. Excitement
Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul
Joan Baez: The Queen of Folk, Madonna, Joanie
Cher: The Queen of Camp, The Queen of Comebacks, The Queen of Reinvention, Goddess of Pop
Prince Rogers Nelson: Prince, The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, The Symbol, The Love Symbol, The Kid, Alexander Nevermind
Frank Sinatra: The Chairman of the Board, Ol' Blue Eyes, The Sultan of Swoon, Swoonatra, The Voice, La Voz
Louis Armstrong: Satchmo
Bob Dylan: The Bard, Zimmy (his last name was Zimmerman), Zimbo, Blind Boy Grunt, The Voice of a Generation, The Voice of Protest, Bobby
Bruce Springsteen: The Boss, Doctor (his first nickname)
Eric Clapton: Slowhand, God, Guitar God
David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust, Thin White Duke
Mariah Carey: Mirage (because she skipped class so much she was hardly ever seen!)
Stevie Nicks: The White Witch
"Uncle" Dave Macon: The Dixie Dewdrop, The Grand Ole Man of the Grand Ole Opry, The Grandfather of Country Music
Johnny Cash: The Man in Black, J. R.
George Jones: Possum
Kenny Rogers: The Gambler
Blake Shelton: Toad (because as a boy he would bring toads home to his mother), Bwake (because Gwen Stefani's son Apollo had trouble pronouncing the letter "L")
Miley Cyrus: Miley (as a child she smiled so much she was "Smiley" but later the "S" was dropped and she changed her legal name accordingly)
Jennifer Lopez: J. Lo
Sean Combs: Puff Daddy, Puff, Puffy, P. Diddy, Diddy
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.: Snoop Doggy Dogg, Bigg Snoop Dogg, Snoop Rock, The Doggfather
Christopher George Latore Wallace: Biggie, Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.
Melvin "Magoo" Barcliff
Marion "Suge" Knight
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
Lisa Lopes: Left Eye
Shawn Carter: Jay-Z
Trevor George Smith Jr.: Busta Rhymes
Marshall Mathers III: Eminem, M&M (his original stage name based on his initials), Em, Slim Shady, Bunny Rabbit, B-Rabbit
Morrissey: The Pope of Mope
Glen Campbell: The Rhinestone Cowboy
Mel Torme: The Velvet Fog
Jenny Lind: The Swedish Nightingale
Johann Strauss: The Waltz King

Poets

Homer: The Swan of Meander, The Blind Bard, The Father of Poetry, The Prince of Poets
Virgil: The Mantuan Swan 
Pindar: The Swan of Dirce, The Dircean Swan (by Horace)
François Fénelon: The Swan of Cambray
Francesco Algarotti: The Swan of Padua
William Shakespeare: The Sweet Swan of Avon, The Bard, The Bard of Avon, The Upstart Crow, The Divine, The Matchless, Fancy's Child, Heir of France, The Immortal Bard, The Bard of All Time, England's National Poet, Will

Why all the swans? Apollo was the god of poetry, and his chariot was pulled by swans! Homer was considered to be the greatest of the Greek epic poets, Pindar the greatest of the Greek lyric poets. Virgil was considered to be the greatest of the Roman poets. So when Bon Jonson lauded Shakespeare as the "Sweet Swan of Avon," he may have been nominating him as the greatest English poet, and a rival of Homer, Pindar and Virgil. On the other hand, Robert Greene called Shakespeare an "upstart crow" because he was a lowly actor and commoner who dared to write plays and poems like his superiors (or at least his alleged superiors in class and education).

The Archpoet (a medieval Latin poet with one of the coolest nicknames ever; his real name is not known)
Emily Dickinson: The Belle of Amherst, The White Witch of Amherst, The New England Mystic, Dolly, Daisy (Samuel Bowles), The Recluse
Dr. Samuel Johnson: Ursa Major, The Great Moralist, The Leviathan of Literature, The Great Cham of Literature ("cham"="khan"="ruler")
John Milton: The British Homer (Milton became blind, like Homer), The Gospel Gun
Sappho: The Tenth Muse, The Pride of Hellas, The Flower of the Graces, The Companion of Apollo, The Poetess, The Sweet-Voiced Girl (her own description)
Pindar: The Theban Eagle
Petrarch: The Tuscan Imp of Flame
Sarojini Naidu: The Nightingale of India
Alexander Pope: The Nightingale of Twickenham
Geoffrey Chaucer: The Flower of Poets
Edmund Spenser: The Prince of Poets
John Keats: Adonais (by Percy Bysshe Shelley in his elegy for Keats)
Percy Bysshe Shelley: Poet of Poets, Mad Shelley, The Atheist, Ariel (by his Pisan friends)
Walt Whitman: The Good Gray Poet, Uncle Walt, Walt, Wally
Emily Dickinson: The Belle of Amherst, The Recluse, Liver Lips
Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Buddha of the West, Yankee Plato
Henry David Thoreau: Hank the Crank
Thomas Chatterton: The Bristol Boy, The Blue-Coat Boy, The Marvellous Boy (William Wordsworth), Heaven-Born Genius (S. T. Coleridge), Sweet Harper (STC)
Lord Byron: Don Juan (he wrote a long poem with that title)
Ezra Pound: Bugsy
Robert Southey: Abel Shufflebottom
Sir Philip Sidney: Astrophel
Oliver Wendell Holmes: The Autocrat
Ben Jonson: The Bricklayer, Father Ben (there was a group of poets called the "Sons of Ben"), Rare Ben Jonson
Walter Scott: The Border Minstrel
Thomas Moore: The Melodious Bard
Thomas Gray: The Orpheus of Highwaymen
Rod McKuen: The King of Kitsch (Newsweek), The World’s Most Understood Poet (Dick Cavett)
Robert Burns: The Bard, Bobbie Burns, Rabbie Burns, Scotland's Favorite Son, The Ploughman Poet, The Heaven-Taught Ploughman, Robden of Solway Firth, The Bard of Ayrshire, The Peasant Bard

Writers

Samuel Clemens: Mark Twain (a riverboat term, his pen name means "sufficient depth" or "safe to proceed")
Ernest Hemingway: Papa
Charles Dickens: Boz, Dickie
Goethe: The Master
Voltaire: Zozo (his family's nickname for him as a child; he later chose the name he is known by today), The Ape of Genius (Victor Hugo)
Norman Mailer: Knuckles (he had a habit of punching people!)
Jonathan Swift: Presto, The English Rabelais
Joel Chandler Harris: Uncle Remus
Dr. Seuss (the pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel)
Herodotus: The Weeping Philosopher, The Father of History
Thomas More: A Man for All Seasons (because he was an author, philosopher, statesman, humanist, churchman and martyr)

NOTE: In the sections below, some presidents appear in multiple categories. For instance, George Washington and Andrew Jackson were heroes to most Americans, but not to the Native Americans they terrorized.

Artists

Jackson Pollock: Jack the Dripper
Andy Warhol: Drella
Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi: Botticelli ("Little Barrell")
Domenikos Theotokopoulos: El Greco ("The Greek")
Michelangelo de Merisi: Caravaggio (the name of his hometown)

Major Time Periods, Eras and Ages

The Big Bang (approximately 14 billion years ago)
The Stone Age (approximately 3.4 billion years ago)
The Dawn of Civilization (approximately 6,500 years ago)
The Bronze Age (approximately 3,000-1,200 BC)
The Iron Age (approximately 1,200-500 BC)
The Golden Age of Ancient Greece (approximately 500-0 BC)
The Pax Romana or "Roman Peace" (0-200 AD)
The Dark Ages or Middle Ages (approximately 200-1300 AD)
The Renaissance or Age of Discovery (approximately 1300-1650 AD)
The Reformation (1517-1615 AD)
The Age of Reason or Age of Enlightenment (1615-1815 AD)
The Industrial Revolution or Machine Age (1750-1910 AD)
The Age of Democracy or Age of Equality (1776-present)
The Gilded Age (1870-1900 AD)
World War I or "The Great War" or "The War to end all Wars" (1914-1918 AD)
The Roaring Twenties and the Jazz Age (1920-1929 AD)
The Great Depression (1929-1939 AD)
World War II and The Holocaust (1939-1945 AD)
The Cold War (1945-1991 AD)
The Information Age/Digital Age and the Atomic Age (1945-present)
The Civil Rights Movement (1950-present)
The Space Age (1957-present)
The Multimedia Age (1987-present)
The Social Media Age (1996-present)
The Big Data Age (2001-present)

Best Presidential Nicknames

The Father of His Country, The American Cincinnatus, The American Fabius, The Sage of Mount Vernon (George Washington)
The Colossus of Independence, Old Sink or Swim, The Atlas of Independence, Bonny Johnny, The Duke of Braintree (John Adams)
The Sage of Monticello, The Apostle of Democracy, The Pen of the Revolution, Apostle of the Constitution, The Man of the People, Long Tom, Long Loin (Thomas Jefferson)
The Father of the Constitution, The Sage of Montpelier (James Madison)
Old Man Eloquent, Publicola, The Abolitionist (John Quincy Adams)
The Great Emancipator, The Liberator, Abe, Honest Abe, Father Abraham, The Rail-Splitter, The Ancient One (Abraham Lincoln)
The Great Communicator, Dutch, The Gipper, The Lifeguard, Ronnie, Saint Ronnie, The Teflon President, Rawhide (Ronald Reagan)
The King of Camelot, Lancer (Lancelot), Jack, JFK (John F. Kennedy)
Give 'Em Hell Harry, General (Harry S. Truman)
Eagle, The Comeback Kid, The First Black President, The Rhodes Scholar, Political Genius (Bill Clinton)
No Drama Obama, Barry, Barry O'Bomber, Bam-Bam, Renegade (Barack Obama)
The Boss, King Franklin, The Squire of Hyde Park, New Deal Caesar, Houdini of the White House (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
Unconditional Surrender Grant, Uncle Sam Grant, United States Grant, U. S. Grant, United We Stand Grant, Old Three Stars (Ulysses S. Grant)
Old Kinderhook, OK, The Red Fox of Kinderhook, The Fox, The Little Magician, The Enhancer, The Great Manager, The Master Spirit, The American Talleyrand (Martin Van Buren)

Less Flattering Presidential Nicknames

Conotocarious ("Devourer of Villages" by Native Americans), Town Destroyer, Old Mutton Head, His Pomposity (George Washington)
Sharp Knife (by Native Americans, many of whom he forced to walk the Trail of Tears), King Mob, Caesar, King Andrew the First (Andrew Jackson)
His Roundity, His Rotundity, The Monarch (John Adams)
Mad Tom (Thomas Jefferson)
The Ripper, Old Foot in the Mouth, The Jelly Bean Man (Ronald Reagan)
The Madman of Massachusetts (John Quincy Adams)
Tricky Dick, Richard the Chicken-Hearted, Gloomy Gus, Iron Butt, The Mad Monk, The Fighting Quaker, Searchlight (Richard M. Nixon)
Tricky Trump, Agent Orange, Hair Hitler, Der Gropenfuhrer, The Trump of Doom, The Trumpster, The Donald, Mogul (Donald J. Trump)
Slick Willy, Slick Willie, Bubba, The Big Dob (Bill Clinton)
Dubya, Shrub, Bush Baby, Bush League, Bush Junior, Bush 43, Trailblazer, The Decider (George W. Bush)
His Fraudulency, Rutherfraud, President De Facto, The Usurper, Old 8 to 7 (Rutherford B. Hayes)
The Sphinx, That Madman in the White House, The Raw Dealocrat, Kangaroosevelt (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
His Accidency (John Tyler)
Martin Van Ruin, Machiavellian Belshazzar, Little Van, Little Matty, Matty Van, The Careful Dutchman, King Martin (Martin Van Buren)
The Human Iceberg, Kid Gloves Harrison, Grandfather’s Hat (Benjamin Harrison)
Wobbly Warren, President Hardly (Warren G. Harding)
The Plodder, Polk the Mendacious (James K. Polk)
Ten Cent Jimmy, The Grand Turk, Old Buck, The Do-Nothing President (James Buchanan)
Uncle Cornpone, Rufus Cornpone, Uncle Rufus, Bullshit, Bull (Lyndon Baines Johnson, because of his lying)
Useless Grant (U. S. Grant)
Peanut, The Peanut Farmer, Jimmy, Deacon, President Malaise (Jimmy Carter)
Sleeping Beauty, Big Lub, Big Chief, Mr. Malaprop, Taft the Blunderer (William Howard Taft)
The Drunkard (Franklin Pierce)
The Accidental President, The American Louis Philippe (Millard Fillmore)
The Accidental President, Passkey (Gerald R. Ford)
Sir Veto (Andrew Johnson)
The Napoleon of Protection (William McKinley)
* His Obstinacy, Uncle Jumbo, The Stuffed Prophet, Old Veto, Grover the Good, The Beast of Buffalo, The Hangman of Buffalo (Grover Cleveland)

(*) Grover Cleveland was accused of rape, of having the woman he raped committed to a lunatic asylum, of having the child he fathered by the rape committed to an orphanage, and of marrying his legal ward who was 27 years his junior after having paid for her baby carriage!

Presidential Nicknames: The Strong and/or Silent or Talkative Types

Old Rough and Ready (Zachary Taylor)
The Rough Rider, The Bull Moose, The Lion, The Hero of San Juan Hill, The Trust Buster (Teddy Roosevelt)
Old Hickory, Old Tough, The Hero of New Orleans, The Old Hero, Mechanic Statesman (Andrew Jackson)
Young Hickory (James K. Polk, a protégé of "Old Hickory" Andrew Jackson)
Old Tippecanoe, Old Tip, Honest Ben, Hard Cider, The Cincinnatus of the West (William Henry Harrison)
Boatman Jim (James A. Garfield)
The Kansas Cyclone, Ike, Little Ike, Big Ike, Ugly Ike, General Ike, Scorecard, Providence (Dwight D. Eisenhower, known for his campaign slogan "We like Ike")
Silent Cal, Cool Cal, Cautious Cal, The Sphinx of the Potomac (Calvin Coolidge)
The Houdini of the White House, That Man (Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
The Schoolmaster, The Professor (Woodrow Wilson)
The Great Engineer, The Great Humanitarian, The Grand Old Man, The Chief, Bert (Herbert Hoover)
Old Man Eloquent (John Quincy Adams)
Timberwolf, Read My Lips Bush (George H. W. Bush, who vowed never to raise taxes, but did)

Soft and Fluffy Presidential Nicknames

Teddy (Theodore Roosevelt; the "teddy bear" was named after him)
Poppy, Old Pop, Papa Bush, Bush 41, Shrub (George H. W. Bush, to differentiate him from his son President George W. Bush)
Old Granny, General Mum (William Henry Harrison)
Old Granny (Rutherford B. Hayes)
Grover Good (Grover Cleveland)
Winnie, Sonny (William B. Harding)
Junie, Junior (Gerald R. Ford Jr.)
Little Jemmy, Little Johnny, Short Stack, His Little Majesty, Dolly's Husband (James Madison, who stood only 5'4" and weighed 100 pounds)
The Little Magician, The Enchanter, Little Matt, Pet of the Petticoats, The Mistletoe Politician (Martin Van Buren, who stood 5'6")
Little Ben, Grandfather's Hat (Benjamin Harrison, who stood 5'6" and was also the grandson of former President William Henry Harrison)
The Era of Good Feelings President, The Last Cocked Hat, The Last of the Crooked Hats (James Monroe)
Mr. Nice Guy, Jerry (Gerald Ford)
Prince Arthur, The Dude President, Gentleman Boss, The Walrus, Chet (Chester A. Arthur)
Elegant Arthur (James A. Garfield)
Handsome Frank (Franklin Pierce)
The Tennessee Tailor (Andrew Johnson)
Volunteer, Light Bulb Lyndon (Lyndon Baines Johnson, because he would go around turning off lights in the White House)
The Food Stamp President, The Great Pretender (Barack Obama)

Presidential Nicknames: Short and Sweet Initials Only

JQA (John Quincy Adams)
JFK (John F. Kennedy)
FDR (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
TR (Teddy Roosevelt; he didn't have a middle name)
LBJ (Lyndon Baines Johnson)

Secret Service Code Names

Harry S. Truman: General
Dwight D. Eisenhower: Providence
John F. Kennedy: Lancer (related to Camelot and Lancelot)
Lyndon B. Johnson: Volunteer
Richard M. Nixon: Searchlight (more than a bit ironic)
Gerald Ford: Passkey
Jimmy Carter: Deacon (he taught Sunday School)
Ronald Reagan: Rawhide
George H. W. Bush: Timberwolf
Bill Clinton: Eagle
George W. Bush: Tumbler (also ironic)
Barack Obama: Renegade
Donald J. Trump: Mogul

First Lady Secret Service Code Names

Melania Trump: Muse
Hillary Clinton: Evergreen
Michelle Obama: Renaissance
Barbara Bush: Tranquility
Nancy Reagan: Rainbow
Jackie Kennedy: Lace

Generals and other Military Leaders

Attilâ: Attila the Hun, Flagellum Dei ("The Scourge of God"), The Terror of the World
Genghis Khan: the Great Khan ("Supreme Leader" or "Universal Ruler"), Temüjin ("Iron"), The Mongol, The Butcher (of an estimated 35-40 million people)
William I of England: The Conqueror, Long Sword
Wu the Warlike
Erwin Rommel: The Desert Fox
Admiral Horatio Nelson: Cyclops, The Hero of the Nile
John "Black Jack" Pershing
George S. Patton: Ol' Blood-'n'-Guts (a nickname he rejected)
Robert E. Lee: Granny
Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
Charles "The Hammer" Martel
Charlemagne: The Butcher of the Saxons, The Blessed, The Sleeping King, Charles the Great, King of the Franks
King Richard "The Lionheart"
Emperor Aurelian: Hand on Hilt
Sitting Bull (he was slow to anger and tried to avoid war)
Crazy Horse (his childhood name meant "Curly")
Napoleon I: The Corsican Sesostris, Modern Sesostris (Lord Byron―Napoleon's "dice were human bones"), Le Général Entrepreneur ("The Contractor General"), General Undertaker, The Corsican Fiend, The Corsican Ogre

Tyrants

Attilâ: Attila the Hun, The Scourge of God, The Terror of the World
Queen Mary I of England: Bloody Mary
Ivan The Terrible
Peter the Great
Catherine the Great (Russian czars were apparently either terrible or great!)
Vladimir Putin: The Pale Moth (his KGB code name)

Scientists

Thomas Alva Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park, Tom, Al (his childhood nickname), Dot, Dash
Albert Einstein: The Dopey One (his childhood nickname, Depperte, was quickly outgrown!)
Roger Bacon: The Wonderful Doctor (Doctor Mirabilis)

Famous Explorers and Their Discoveries

Alexander "the Great" conquered parts of Central Asia and India circa 330 BC
Marco Polo aka "Marco Il Milione" was born in 1254 AD and traveled extensively in the Middle East and Far East
The nicknames "Silk Road" and "Spice Islands" suggest motives for explorations and discoveries to follow ...
Prince Henry "the Navigator" initiated the Age of Discovery circa 1415
"The Cape of Good Hope" aka "The Cape of Storms" was discovered in 1488 by Bartolomeu Dias
Cristoforo Colombo aka "Christopher Columbus" discovered the "New World" in 1492
Manuel "the Fortunate" expanded Portugal's overseas empire during his reign from 1495-1521
Giovanni Caboto aka "John Cabot" discovered North America in 1497
Vasco da Gama aka "The Admiral of the Indian Seas" was the first European to sail there in 1497
"America" was named after Amerigo Vespucci, even though he only reached the Americas in 1499
Vasco Núñez de Balboa discovered the western ocean in 1513 and named San Miguel Bay after the archangel Michael
Ferdinand Magellan optimistically named the new ocean Mar Pacífico ("Peaceful Sea") in 1521; hence the Pacific
The Amazon River was given its name after Francisco de Orellana reported pitched battles with female warriors in 1541
The Philippines was named in honor of King Philip II of Spain by Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos in 1542
James Cook aka "Captain Cook" discovered New Zealand (1769), Australia (1770) and almost Antarctica (1774)
Robert Peary nicknamed "Bert" and "Bertie" (by his mother) claimed to have reached the "North Pole" in 1909
Roald Admunsen aka "The Last Viking" reached the "South Pole" in 1911
Charles "Lucky" Lindbergh flew the "Spirit of St. Louis" in the first nonstop transatlantic airplane crossing in 1927
Amelia Earhart aka "Millie" and "Lady Lindy" was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1928
Neil Armstrong aka the "Ice Commander" became the first man to walk on the moon in 1969
Edwin Eugene Aldrin aka "Buzz" was the second man to walk on the moon in 1969

Native American Nicknames

Smoking Squirrel (Mayan)
Animal Skull (Mayan)
Lady Six Sky (Mayan)
Curl-Nose (Mayan)
Huitzilopochtli (Aztec god, "Hummingbird on the Left" or "Southern Hummingbird")

Plagues and Diseases

Montezuma's Revenge (diarrhea)
Gripping of the Guts (dysentry)
Syphilis was called The French Pox, The Spanish Disease, The Naples Disease, The Chinese Disease, etc.
The Black Death (bubonic plague); also the Blue Sickness, La pest ("the Pestilence"), the Great Mortality

Roughs, Toughs, Cowboys, Cowgirls, Outlaws, Desperados, Pirates and Badasses

Our favorites in this hotly-contested category include: The Sundance Kid, Little Miss Sure Shot, Calico Jack, Wild Bill and Belle Starr.

William H. Bonney: Billy the Kid (he was born William Henry McCarty and also went by Henry Antrim), The Lincoln County Phantom
Christopher "Kit" Carson
William F. Cody: Buffalo Bill
James Butler Hickok: Wild Bill
Martha Jane Canary: Calamity Jane (she was buried next to Wild Bill Hickok)
James McCall: Crooked Nose Jack, Broken Nose Jack (he shot Hickok in the back as he held "The Dead Man's Hand")
David Crockett: Davey, Hero of the Alamo, King of the Wild Frontier
Bass Reeves: The Invincible Marshall, The Original Lone Ranger (born a slave, he became the ultimate lawman, arresting 3,000 felons)
Isaac Parker: The Hanging Judge sentenced 79 men to death but did not personally believe in the death penalty
*John Henry Holliday: Doc Holliday (he was a dentist)
* Mary Katherine Haroney: "Big Nose Kate" was Doc Holliday's lover and sometimes sidekick
*Josephine Sarah Marcuse Earp: "Josie" aka "Sadie" was Wyatt Earp's flame and eventually his wife
*John Peters Ringo/Ringold: Johnny Ringo, The Ringo Kid, The King of the Cowboys
*Joseph Isaac Clanton: Ike Clanton
* William Brocius: Curly Bill Brocius, Arizona's Most Famous Outlaw (he was killed by Wyatt Earp)
*Bartholomew Masterson: Bat Masterson
* Jack Johnson: Turkey Creek
* John Wilson Vermillion: Texas Jack Vermillion, Shoot-Your-Eye-Out Vermillion
* Luke Short: The Undertaker's Friend (he killed at least eight men, including the gunslinger "Longhair" Jim Courtright)
Jesse James: Dingus
Robert Ford: That Dirty Little Coward (he shot Jesse James in the back)
Seth Bullock:  Bad Man with a Gun, Deadwood Deadeye, Montana, Sloth, Last of the Pioneers, True Westerner, Finest of the Frontiersmen (Teddy Roosevelt)
Samuel Fields: The Nigger General (himself), The Sly-Coon, Senegambian, The Shakespearian Darkey (he was an outspoken voice for Deadwood's African-Americans)
John "King" Fisher
James Miller: Killer Miller, Deacon Miller, Deacon Jim
Tom Horn: Devil's Horn, Bushwhacker (a killer for hire, he allegedly killed 50 men including a 14-year-old), Talking Boy (Geronimo)
Robert "Clay" Allinson: The Shootist, The Man-Killer (Charles Siringo)
"Chunk" Colbert (killed by Clay Allinson, real first name unknown)
Francisco "Pancho" Griego (another gunslinger killed by Allinson)
John Wesley Hardin: Wes, Little Arkansas (he tried to join the Confederate army at age nine and claimed to have killed 42 men)
William Longley: Wild Bill, Ratting Bill, Bill Black (he was said to have killed 32 men before he was hanged)
Phoebe Ann Mosey: Annie Oakley, Little Sure Shot, Little Miss Sure Shot, Watanya Cicilla (given to her by fellow performer Sitting Bull)
Myra Maybelle Shirley: Belle Starr
"Rowdy" Joe Lowe ran with the Sam Bass gang
Jefferson "Soapy" Smith witnessed the shooting of the outlaw Sam Bass as a boy, then became the "King of the Frontier Con Men"
** Robert Leroy Parker: Butch Cassidy (Butch because he worked as a butcher, Cassidy after his mentor Mike Cassidy), The Laughing Bandit, The Perfect Criminal
** Henry Alonzo Longabaugh: The Sundance Kid
** Harvey Logan: Kid Curry
** George Curry: Flat-Nose
** William "News" Carver (he was addicted to reading newspaper articles about the gang's exploits)
** William Ellsworth Lay: Elzy 
** Camilla Hanks: Deaf Charlie
** Laura Bullion: Della Rose, Desert Rose, Wild Bunch Rose, Thorny Rose (her epitaph) 
** Ben Kilpatrick: The Tall Texan
** "Laughing" Sam Carey
** Tom "Black Jack" Ketchum
** "Queen" Ann Bassett
** "Wild" Josie Bassett
** Ethel/Ethal/Eva/Rita Place: Etta
"Cock-Eyed" Frank Loving
William "Bigfoot" Wallace fought for Texan independence, then became a Texas Ranger
"Long" John Long was once ambushed by Billy the Kid, but survived
Zoro (fictional)
The Cisco Kid (fictional)
The Lone Ranger (fictional, but perhaps based on Bass Reaves, the Invincible Marshall)
Pecos Bill (fictional)
The Man With No Name (fictional)
William Kidd: Captain Kidd
John Rackham: Calico Jack
Edward Teach: Blackbeard
Bartholomew Roberts: Black Bart
Francis Drake: El Draque ("The Dragon")
Henry Every: Long Ben
Alvin Thompson: Titanic Thompson (a proposition gambler, he said that he killed five men, but they all would have agreed that they deserved it!)

(*) Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Johnny Ringo, Ike Clanton, Curly Bill Brocius, Texas Jack Vermillion, Turkey Creek Jack Johnson, Luke Short and Josie Marcuse and Big Nose Kate all knew each other in Tombstone, Arizona. In their cases the Wild, Wild West lived up to its billing, with the most famous episode being the Gunfight at the OK Corral. Wyatt Earp said of Doc Holliday, "He was the most skillful gambler and the nerviest, fastest, deadliest man with a six-gun I ever saw."

(**) Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid, Elzy Lay, News Carver, Deaf Charlie, Della Rose, The Tall Texan, Laughing Sam Carey, Flat-Nose Curry and Kid Curry were all members of the Wild Bunch. George "Flat-Nose" Curry was a mentor to Kid Curry, but not a relative. (Harvey Logan adopted the surname Curry as did his brother Lonny.) While Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid allegedly tried to avoid killing, Kid Curry was accused of killing nine lawmen (some of whom he sought out for revenge) and two civilians. The Wild Bunch's hideouts even had nicknames: Robbers Roost and the Hole-in-the-Wall. The famous Hole-in-the-Wall Gang was actually a loose collection of whatever gangs and individuals happened to be hiding out there at the time. "Black Jack" Ketchum knew and rode with members of the Wild Bunch, but had his own gang. "Queen" Ann Bassett and "Wild" Josie Bassett were friends and sometimes lovers to the outlaws. Josie Bassett claimed that Butch Cassidy visited her after he had reportedly shot to death in Bolivia. Etta Place was Sundance's lover, a sure shot with a rifle, and the first woman to own land in Argentina. But she's so mysterious that no one knows her real first or last names, where she was born or raised, or what happened to her after the famous shootout in Bolivia.

Nicknames for Ships, Planes and Weapons

The Walker Colt .44 revolver, the first "Six-Shooter," was named after Texas Ranger Samuel H. Walker because he suggested improvements to Samuel Colt.
The Colt .45 revolver was nicknamed the "Peacemaker" and the "Gun That Won The West."
Samuel Colt's factory was the first "Assembly Line," years before Henry Ford's.
The Smith & Wesson .38 is nicknamed the ".38 Special" and the "Widowmaker."
A cheap generic handgun is called a "Saturday Night Special."
"Tommy Gun" is the most common nickname of the Thompson submachine gun; it is also called the "Annihilator," among other things.
Davey Crockett's flintlock musket was nicknamed Betsy, Ol' Betsy, and Pretty Betsy.
Daniel Boone's rifle was called the "Tick Licker" because it was so accurate he could allegedly hit ticks with it.
"Joyeuse" was the name of Charlemagne's sword.
"Excalibur" and the "Sword in the Stone" were the nicknames of King Arthur's sword.
El Cid's sword was called "Tizona," which roughly translates to "Fireball" in English.
The "Spear of Destiny," also known as the "Holy Lance" and the "Lance of Longinus," was allegedly the spear used during the crucifixion.
The "Sword of Mercy" is considered to be one of the Crown Jewels and is used only to coronate Kings and Queens of England. 
"Old Ironsides" was the nickname given to the USS Constitution.
The Boeing B-29 is called the "Superfortress."
The Lockheed F-117 is nicknamed the "Nighthawk," "BatPlane," "Goblin" and "Ghost." It was also the first "Stealth Fighter."
The Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II has been nicknamed "Hog" and "Warthog."
The Harrier family of airplanes are nicknamed the "Jump Jet."
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was nicknamed the "Fork-Tailed Devil."
Variants of the F-15 have been called "Eagle," "Beagle" (Bomb Eagle), "Strike Eagle" and "Lawn Dart."
The F-22 has been called "Rapier," "Raptor" and "Lightning II."
"Little Boy" was the nickname of the uranium-based atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima; the plane that dropped it was nicknamed the "Enola Gay."
"Fat Man" was the name of the plutonium-based atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki; pray that it's the last such device we ever have to name!
When asked what weapons would be used in World War III, Albert Einstein said he didn't know, but the next war would be fought with sticks and stones.

Gangster, Gangsta and Mobster Nicknames

Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo (he caught a 400 pound Tuna); also Joe Batters (for the way he handled a baseball bat)
Israel "Icepick Willie" Alderman
Marie Baker: the "Pretty Pants Bandit" would make her victims drop their pants before making her getaway!
Kate "Ma" Barker; she was born Arizona Clark
Leroy "Nicky" Barnes; also "Mr. Untouchable"
James Burke: Jimmy The Gent
Xie Caiping: Mama San, Godmother of the Chinese Underworld (she reportedly kept a harem of young male lovers)
Willie "The Rat" Cammisano
"Scarface" Al Capone; he was called "Snorky" by his friends; disgraced at Alcatraz he was called "The Wop with the Mop"
Jake "Greasy Thumb" Guzik was the Capone underling who would make payoffs
Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll
Jack "Legs" Diamond; also "Clay Pigeon" because he was shot so many times!
"Gentleman" John Dillinger; also "The Jackrabbit" and "Public Enemy No. 1" (he was the first)
Pablo Escobar: Don Pablo, El Doctor, El Patron, El Senor
Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd
Jimmy "The Weasel" Fratianno
Carmine "The Cigar" Galante
Charlie "Monkey Face" Genker
Vincent "The Chin" Gigante; also "The Oddfather" because he wandered around in a bathrobe and slippers, mumbling and drooling
Charles "Cherry Nose" Gioe
John Gotti: Dapper Don, Teflon Don
Sammy "the Bull" Gravano
Virginia Hill: "The Flamingo" and "The Queen of the Gangster Molls" was played by Annette Bening in Bugsy
George "Machine Gun" Kelly
Opal "Mack Truck" Long; a member of John Dillinger's "Terror Gang," no one spouted this nickname to her face!
Charles "Lucky" Luciano; also Charlie, Charlie Lucky
Thomas "Butterfingers" Moran was an adept pickpocket 
Lester Joseph Gillis, known as "Baby Face" Nelson, despised the nickname and called himself "Big" George despite standing only 5'4"
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow: Bonnie and Clyde
Tommy "The Butcher" Pitera
Salvatore Riina: Toto
"Pistol" Pete Rollack
"Fat Tony" Salerno
Belle Siddons: Madame Vestal
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel hated his nickname and was never called it to his face
Stephanie "Madame" St. Clair; also "Queenie"
Kazuo "The Bear" Taoka
Ciro "The Artichoke King" Terranova imported artichokes in addition to his mob activities
Orazio "The Scourge" Tropea
John "White Devil" Willis

Oddballs, Madmen and Serial Killers

Grigori Rasputin: the Mad Monk, the Black Monk, Rasputin
Jack the Ripper (identity unknown)
The Zodiac Killer (identity unknown)
Ted Kaczynski: the Unabomber
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab: the Underwear Bomber
Richard Reid: the Shoe Bomber
John Wayne Gacy: the Killer Clown
Timothy McVeigh: Noodles (bullies mocked him for being thin and unathletic)
Ted Bundy: Lady Killer, Campus Killer
Nannie Doss: the Giggling Granny, the Giggling Nanny, the Lonely Hearts Killer, the Jolly Black Widow
John George Haigh: the Acid Bath Murderer
Dennis Rader: the BTK Killer (BTK=Bind Torture Kill)
Dorothea Helen Puente: the Death House Landlady
Maxim Petrov: Doctor Death
Harold Shipman: Doctor Death
The Eyeball Killer (identity disputed; the killer removed his victims' eyeballs)
The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run aka the Cleveland Torso Murderer (identity unknown)

Divines and Mystics

Jeanne d'Arc: The Maid of Orleans, La Pucelle (The Maid), Maid of Heaven, Little Joan (her childhood nickname)
Thomas Aquinas: Doctor Angelicus (The Angelic Doctor), Angel of the Schools, The Dumb Ox, Stupid Boy
John Bunyan: The Immortal Tinker, The Inspired Tinker
John the Apostle: The Beloved Disciple
Barnabas: The Son of Consolation

Some of the More Charitable and Chivalrous Types

William Douglas: The Flower of Chivalry
King Arthur: The Flower of Kings, The Once and Future King
Elizabeth I of England: Good Queen Bess, The Virgin Queen
Elizabeth II of England: Lilibet, Lilybet, Gan-Gan and Gary (because her grandchildren had trouble pronouncing "grandmother" just like non-royal children!)
Charles II of England: The Merry Monarch, The Mutton King
Charles VIII of France: The Affable

A Few Good Reasons Not to Mess Around with the Scots!

Kenneth McAlpin: The Conqueror
Donald II: The Madman, The Psycho
Malcolm I: The Murderous Red
Indulf: The Aggressor
Dub: The Vehement
Kenneth II: The Fratricide
Malcolm II: The Destroyer
Duncan I: The Diseased
Macbeth: The Red King (Bloody King?)
Lulac: The Foolish
Edgar: The Valiant
Alexander I: The Fierce
William I: The Lion, The Rough
*William Wallace: The Hammer and Scourge of England
*Robert the Bruce: Braveheart, The Hero King
Robert MacGregor: Rob Roy (the Scottish Robin Hood)

(*) Although the movie Braveheart is about William Wallace, it was actually Robert the Bruce who was the original Braveheart.

Continents and Such

Antarctica: The South Pole, The Great South Land, The White Continent, The Anti-Arctic (the literal meaning of Antarctica)
The Arctic: The North Pole, The Frozen Ocean, Thule (Pytheas of Massalia), The Northwest Passage (which was once mythical, but now exists thanks to global warming)
Australia: The Land Down Under, Oz, Terra Australis Incognita ("unknown southern land")
North and South America: The New World, The Americas, The Western World, The West, The Land Across the Pond
Europe: The Old World
Asia: The East, The Orient
Africa: The Dark Continent
Greenland: The Iceberg Capital of the World

NOTE: Was it fate? The literal meaning of Americus is "industrial leader."

Nations, Countries, Cities and People

England: Britannia, Albion, Dear Old Blighty, The Sceptered Isle, Nation of Shopkeepers, John Bull, Brits, Limeys
America: Uncle Sam, Yankees, Rebs, Johnny Reb, The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, The Arsenal of Democracy
Canada: The Great White North, Canuks
Australia: The Land Down Under, Oz, Aussies
Japan: The Land of the Rising Sun
Germany: The Fatherland, Teutons, Krauts, Jerries, Aryans
France: L'Hexagone
Italy: The Boot
Ireland: The Emerald isle, Hibernia, Róisín Dubh, Eire
Athens: The Cradle of Civilization, The Cradle of Democracy
Rome: The Eternal City, The City of Love
Venice: Bride of the Sea, La Dominante, Serenissima, Queen of the Adriatic, City of Water, City of Masks, City of Bridges, The Floating City, City of Canals
Florence: The City of Lilies, The Birthplace of the Renaissance
Paris: The City of Lights
Bucharest: Little Paris
Budapest: Pearl of the Danube
Prague: The City of a Hundred Spires
Geneva: The Peace Capital
Milan: The Fashion Capital
Dublin: The Fair City
Edinburgh: Auld Reekie
London: Old Smoke
Berlin: The Grey City
Toronto: Muddy York, Hogtown
Sydney: The Harbor City
Hong Kong: The Pearl of the Orient
Calcutta: City of Palaces, City of Love, City of Joy
Singapore: The Lion City ("Singa" means lion and "Pura" means city)
Beijing: The Forbidden City
New York/Manhattan: The Big Apple, Gotham, NYC
Boston: Beantown, The Olde Towne, The Hub, Titletown, The City of Champions
Philadelphia: The City of Brotherly Love, The Cradle of Liberty
Pittsburg: Steel City, Iron City, The 'Burgh, Blitzburgh
Chicago: The Windy City, Chi-Town, The City of Big Shoulders (from a Carl Sandburg poem)
Nashville: Music City, The Athens of the South, The Buckle of the Bible Belt, Smashville, Nashvegas
Los Angeles: The City of Angels, LA
San Francisco: Frisco, The City by the Bay, Golden Gate City, Fog City, The Paris of the West, San Fran, SF
Detroit: Motor City, Motown
New Orleans: The Big Easy
Denver: The Mile High City
Las Vegas: Sin City
Dallas: The Big D
Minneapolis and St. Paul: The Twin Cities
Lima: The City of the Kings
Beirut: Paris of the Middle East
Palestine: The Holy Land
Jerusalem: The Holy City
Cairo: The Mother of the World

State Nicknames

Alabama: The Yellowhammer State
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Arizona: The Grand Canyon State
Arkansas: The Natural State
California: The Golden State
Colorado: The Centennial State
Connecticut: The Constitution State
Delaware: The First State
Florida: The Sunshine State
Georgia: The Peach State
Hawaii: The Aloha State
Idaho: The Gem State
Illinois: The Prairie State
Indiana: The Hoosier State
Iowa: The Hawkeye State
Kansas: The Sunflower State
Kentucky: The Bluegrass State
Louisiana: The Pelican State
Maine: The Pine Tree State
Maryland: The Old Line State
Massachusetts: The Bay State
Michigan: The Great Lakes State
Minnesota: The North Star State
Mississippi: The Magnolia State
Missouri: The Show Me State
Montana: The Treasure State
Nebraska: The Cornhusker State
Nevada: The Silver State
New Hampshire: The Granite State
New Jersey: The Garden State
New Mexico: The Land of Enchantment
New York: The Empire State
North Carolina: The Tar Heel State
North Dakota: The Peace Garden State
Ohio: The Buckeye State
Oklahoma: The Sooner State
Oregon: The Beaver State
Pennsylvania: The Keystone State
Rhode Island: The Ocean State
South Carolina: The Palmetto State
South Dakota: Mount Rushmore State
Tennessee: The Volunteer State, The Greenest State in the Land of the Free, Tennessee No Evil (Jon Stewart skit)
Texas: The Lone Star State
Utah: The Beehive State
Vermont: The Green Mountain State
Virginia: The Old Dominion State
Washington: The Evergreen State
West Virginia: The Mountain State
Wisconsin: The Badger State
Wyoming: The Equality or Cowboy State

Famous Conflicts

Nimrod the Mighty Hunter may have been associated with the Tower of Babel (circa 2000 BC) and seems to have opposed the Bible's Ancient of Days.
Alexander the Great kills Cleitus the Black, an officer who had once saved his life in battle, during a drunken quarrel in 328 BC.
William the Conqueror seizes the crown left by Edward the Confessor and becomes King of England by winning the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
While Richard the Lionheart is crusading in the Holy Land, Robin Hood and Little John must deal with the regent John and his goons, circa 1190.
The "Iron Duke" of Wellington defeats "The Nightmare of Europe" Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
Isabella Marie "Belle" Boyd, the "Cleopatra of the Secession," spies for Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in 1862.
"Honest" Abe Lincoln puts Ulysses S. "Unconditional Surrender" Grant in charge of the Union armies in 1864.
Dr. Samuel Mudd's name does, indeed, become "mud" after he was accused of aiding the murderer of "Father" Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse defeat George Armstrong "Autie" Custer, who dies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.
"Big Casino" Pat Garrett shoots and kills "Little Casino" William H. Bonney, better known as "Billy the Kid," in 1881. The two had been gambling buddies.
The "Untouchable" Eliot Ness brings Al "Scarface" Capone to justice in 1931.
Undertaker C. F. "Boots" Bailey has trouble embalming the bodies of "Bonnie and Clyde" (Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow) due to all the bullet holes in 1934.
"Ol' Blood-'n'-Guts" George S. Patton and "The Desert Fox" Erwin Rommel duel each other in North Africa, as the WWII tide begins to shift in 1942.
Deep Throat (W. Mark Felt) helps bring Tricky Dick (Richard M. Nixon) to justice in 1972.
"The King of Pop" Michael Jackson marries the daughter of "The King of Rock 'n' Roll" Elvis Presley in 1994, but they divorce in 1996.
Donald "Trump of Doom" replaces Barack "No Drama" Obama as president of the United States in 2016.
"Big Rocket Man" threatens to destroy "Little Rocket Man" and the rest of the world in 2017.

Team Nicknames and their Origins

The hulking Baltimore Ravens were nicknamed after a silly poem: "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe.
The Cincinnati Reds were named after hosiery: they were originally the Red Stockings, then the Redlegs, then just the Reds (which caused problems during the "Red Scare" days!).
The St. Louis Cardinals were also named after hosiery when a female fan admired their leggings' "lovely shade of Cardinal." 
The Red Sox and White Sox  were also named after hosiery, at least switching to "sox" from "stockings."
The Pittsburg Pirates adopted their nickname after they were accused of "piracy" for stealing players from other teams!
The Los Angeles Dodgers were originally the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Lakers were originally based in Minneapolis and Minnesota is the "land of a thousand lakes."
The Los Angeles Angels play in the "city of angels."
To this day, no one has any idea what Phillies are, or Hoyas, or Tar Heels, or Billikens, or Keydets, or Seawolves, or Purple Eagles!
Other inexplicable team names include The Stanford Cardinal (the color without an object?), The Minnesota Wild (wild what?), the Philadelphia Soul (do they all share one collective soul?), the Idaho Vandals, the TCU Horned Frogs, and the hands-down winner, the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs (a banana slug is ugly, oozy, slimy, repulsive ... eeek!).

Sports Franchise, Team, Squad and Group Nicknames

Dream Team (the 1992 US Olympic basketball team with Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, et al)
The Big Red Machine (Cincinnati Reds, circa the 1970s)
The Purple People Eaters (Minnesota Vikings defensive line, circa the 1970s)
The Monsters of the Midway (Chicago Bears defense, circa the 1980s)
The Fearsome Foursome (Los Angeles Rams defensive line with Deacon Jones, Merlin Olson, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy)
The Steel Curtain (Pittsburg Steelers defense, circa the 1970s)
Men of Steel (Pittsburg Steelers)
Blitzburg (Pittsburg Steelers defense under zone blitz guru Dick LeBeau)
The Broad Street Bullies (Philadelphia Flyers, circa the 1970s)
Bad Boys (Detroit Pistons, circa the late 1980s)
Showtime Lakers (Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Byron Scott, Michael Cooper, Kurt Rambis, et al)
Black Sox (Chicago White Sox, after the 1919 scandal)
Rupp's Runts: the undersized 1965-66 Kentucky basketball team that made it to national championship game
The Doomsday Defense (Dallas Cowboys defense, circa the 1970s)
The No-Name Defense (Miami Dolphins defense, circa the 1970s)
Orange Crush (Denver Broncos defense)
The New York Sack Exchange (New York Jets defensive line, circa the 1980s)
Legion of Boom (Seattle Seahawks secondary)
Big Blue Wrecking Crew (New York Giants defense in their heyday)
The Over-the-Hill-Gang (Washington Redskins under George Allen, after he traded several draft picks for older players)
Hogs (Washington Redskins offensive line in its heyday)
Air Coryell (San Diego Chargers under pass-happy coach Don Coryell and quarterback Dan Fouts)
Phi Slamma Jamma (University of Houston basketball team with high-flying Clyde "The Glide" Drexler and company)
Texas's Tallest Fraternity (the same Houston basketball team with Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon, Drexler, et al)
Flames (Calgary)
Devils (New Jersey, at least they're honest!)
Grizzlies (Memphis)
Titans (Tennessee, the Titans were the original badass gods!)
Exotic Smashmouth (the Tennessee Titans' offensive style)
Predators (Nashville, because they found a sabertooth while digging the stadium's foundation!)
Aints (the New Orleans Saints, when they were the worst team in the NFL and fans were wearing bags over their heads)
Lastros (the Houston Astros when they lost a club-record 111 games in 2013)
Miracle Mets and Amazin' Mets (when the previously incompetent New York Mets became world champions in 1969)
America's Team (Dallas Cowboys)
Da Bears (Chicago Bears, a catchphrase made famous by SNL skits)
The Greatest Show on Turf (St. Louis Rams offense in its heyday)
The Splash Brothers: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson
The Hamptons Five aka The Death Lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant (who was recruited in the Hamptons)

Athletes

Top Ten Athlete Nicknames

Wilt Chamberlain: Wilt the Stilt (because he was so tall), Goliath, the Big Dipper (the nickname he preferred; he had to dip his head to enter rooms)
Pete Rose: Charlie Hustle (because he ran to first base on walks and was an always fierce, fiery competitor)
"Pistol" Pete Maravich (because he was hot as a pistol and would "shoot from the hip" as a young basketball player)
Reggie White: The Minister of Defense (he was an ordained pastor and a defensive lineman)
Ted Williams: The Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame, The Kid, Thumper, The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived
Earvin "Magic" Johnson
Dominique Wilkins: The Human Highlight Reel (because of his spectacular moves and dunks)
Charles Barkley: The Round Mound of Rebound, Sir Charles
Joe DiMaggio: Joltin' Joe, The Yankee Clipper, Mr. Monroe
David "Skywalker" Thompson

The Greatest of the Great

Muhammad Ali: The Greatest, The People's Champion, Pretty Boy, Ali, The Champ, The Louisville Slugger, The Louisville Lip, The Lullable Lip, Gaseous Cassius, Cassius X (modeled after Malcolm X), Boxing's Poet Laureate, The Black Superman, The Black Adonis, The Prettiest Man in Sports (Ali describing himself)
Wayne Gretzky: The Great One
Jim Thorpe: Bright Path (his Native American name), The Greatest Athlete in the World (King Gustav V)
James Cleveland Owens: Jesse, Black Magic, The Buckeye Bullet
Stephanie Graf: Steffi, Fräulein Forehand
Florence Griffith Joyner: Flo-Jo
George Herman Ruth: The Babe, The Bambino, The Sultan of Swat, The Colossus of Clout, The Caliph of Clout, The King of Crash, The Big Fellow, The Big Bam
Mildred Ella Didrikson Zaharias: Babe (because she hit five home runs in one game as a girl)
Sandy Koufax: The Left Hand of God
Edson Arantes do Nascimento: Pelé, Dico, The Black Pearl, The King
Jack Nicklaus: The Golden Bear (because he was "large, strong and blond")
Michael Jordan: Air Jordan, His Airness, Money, Michael, MJ, Magic Jordan, Black Cat, Captain Marvel
Harold "Red" Grange: The Galloping Ghost (because he was so elusive and hard to find, much less tackle)
Rod Laver: The Rocket
Christine Evert: Chris, Chrissy, Chrissy America, America's Sweetheart, Ice Maiden, Ice Princess, Ice Queen, Little Miss Cool, Little Miss Perfect, Poker Face, Remorseless
Richard Petty: The King
Michael Phelps: GOAT, Mr. Swimming, Superman, Mr. Olympics, Mr. Olympia, The Baltimore Bullet, The Flying Fish, The Pool Shark, Gold Rush, The Medal Monopolizer (MRB)
Willie Mosconi: Mr. Pool
Serena Williams: Momma Smash, Serena Stoutarm, Meeka

After setting the football (soccer) world on fire in 1958, when he led Brazil to the World Cup championship, Pelé was declared a "national treasure" by Brazil's president, in order to keep him from leaving for richer nations. That, my friends, is true greatness!

Honorable Mention: Larry "Legend" Bird, "Dollar" Bill Bradley, Darryl "Chocolate Thunder" Dawkins, George "The Iceman" Gervin, Darrell "Dr. Dunkenstein" Griffith, Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, Allen "The Answer" Iverson, Karl "The Mailman" Malone, Peyton "The Sherriff" Manning, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, Stan "The Man" Musial, Gary "The Glove" Payton, Walter "Sweetness" Payton, Oscar "The Big O" Robertson, Ozzie "The Wizard of Oz" Smith, David "Skywalker" Thompson, Marvin "The Human Eraser" Webster

Oddest Nicknames

Beer: In 1910, a player by the name of Beer played 10 games for the Lancaster Lanks of the Ohio State League
Dick Allen: Wampum Walloper (someone was apparently a fan of alliteration)
Shaun White: The Flying Tomato (because he has red hair and flies through the air a lot)
Adrian "Cap" Anson: Baby, The Marshalltown Infant, Old Man Anson, Pop, Papa, Pappy (see the note at the end of the "A" section)
Joe Hornung: Ubbo Ubbo (because that's what he would cry when he made a good play in the outfield)
Jimmy Wynn: The Toy Cannon (because he was short, but launched a lot of home runs)
Ron LeFlore: Twinkle Toes Boscoe (because of his speed)
Bill Dickey: The Man Nobody Knows (because he was a great player, but bland)
Arlie Latham: The Freshest Man on Earth (because of his pranks)
Urbain Jacques Shockor: Urban Shocker (his nickname was apparently created by a primitive spell checker)
Donald Stanhouse: Stan The Man Unusual (he carried a stuffed gorilla to games and would erupt into primal screams)
"Ugly" Johnny Dickshot (don't ask and we won't tell)
Greg Minton: Moonie, Moonman (he sunbathed in the nude and ended up with more "craters" than the moon!)
Andreaz "Greedy" Williams: Not because he's a DB greedy for interceptions, but because as a baby he was greedy for formula!
William Van Winkle Wolf: Chicken Wolf (with that name, did he really need a nickname?)
Cristiano Ronaldo: Crybaby (because as a boy he would cry when his teammates wouldn't pass him the ball)

Coaches

John Wooden: The Wizard of Westwood
Vince Lombardi: The Pope; he was also one of Fordham's "Seven Blocks of Granite"
Paul "Bear" Bryant
General Bob Neyland (Bear Bryant said he was glad when General Neyland retired because he never beat him in seven tries!)
Bobby Knight: The General (not his actual rank), The Dark Knight
Arnold "Red" Auerbach
Glenn Scobey "Pop" Warner
Steve Spurrier: Steve Spurious, The Mouth of the South, The Gator Baiter, Head Ball Coach, Head Game Coach (FOX)
Phillip Fulmer: Phil, The Anti-Spurrier (MRB)
William Swinney: Dabo (his younger brother called him "that boy" but struggled with the letters "t" and "y")
Mike Krzyzewski: Coach K, Eye Chart, Scrabble 
Phil Jackson: Action Jackson, The Zen Master, PJ, The Mop, Bones, Coat Hanger, Head 'n' Shoulders
Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes
Glenn "Bo" Schembechler

Most Poetic Names

Knute Rockne
Dan Devine
Amos Alonzo Stagg
Dick "Night Train" Lane
Bernie Bierman
Bobby Bowden
Joe Paterno
Nick Saban
Dan Gable

Athlete Nicknames (in alphabetic order by last name)

A

Henry Aaron: Hank, Hammerin' Hank, Hammer, Bad Henry, Oh! Henry
John Abraham: The Predator
Joseph Addai: Live and Let Addai (coined by Chris Berman)
Troy Aikman: Iceman
Muhammad Ali: The Greatest, The People's Champion, The Louisville Lip, Ali
AJ Allmendinger: The Dinger, The Dinger of All Men (for bending fenders with his car)
Dick Allen: Crash, Richie, Wampum Walloper
Josh Allen: Hollywood
Lance Alworth: Bambi
George Anderson: Sparky, Captain Hook
*Adrian "Cap" Anson: Captain, Cap, Ada, Anse, Hoss, The Swede, Baby, The Marshalltown Infant, Old Man Anson, Pop, Papa, Pappy, Uncle, Unk (see the explanatory note below)
Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Greek Freak
Luke Appling: Old Aches and Pains, Luscious Luke
Nate Archibald: Tiny
Tommy Armour: The Silver Scot
Douglas Atkins: Doug, The Strongest Man in the World, The Destroyer, King Kong, The Big Guy, Tiny, Oak Tree Arms (Atkins was 6-8, 275 pounds in the 1950s, but he was also a high jump champion and a freakish athlete for his day)

(*) If Cap Anson's nicknames seem to be "all over the place," they actually make sense. He was called "The Marshalltown Infant" because he was the first white child born in the Iowa town. He was called "Baby" when he was young as a joke because he was very big for his day, at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds. (Later in life, when he would complain to refs and umpires, his opponents would invoke the old nickname.) He was also called "Hoss" because of his size. He was called "Captain" and variations because he was a longtime captain of the Chicago Cubs. Because he played as a grizzled veteran, he was eventually called "Old Man Anson," "Pop," etc. by the younger players. The only nickname that didn't really fit him was "Swede," but then he did have light hair and ruddy skin and probably looked a bit Swedish.

B

Mack Neal Babitt: Shooty Babbitt
Roberto Baggio: Il Divino Codino ("The Divine Ponytail")
Ernie Banks: Mr. Cub
Frank Baker: Home Run Baker
Charles Barkley: The Round Mound of Rebound, Sir Charles, Prince Charles, Boy Gorge, The Crisco Kid, Chuck, The Human Refrigerator, Leaning Tower of Pizza, Pillsbury Dough Boy
Saquon Barkley: Say-Say (because he was such a quiet boy growing up)
Slingin' Sammy Baugh (he was one of the first great throwing quarterbacks)
Mark Bavaro: Rambo
Boris Becker: Boom Boom, Baron Von Slam
*Chuck Bednarik: Concrete Charlie, The Sixty Minute Man (see the explanatory note below)
Bill "Ding Dong" Bell
James Bell: Cool Papa Bell
Severiano Ballesteros: Seve
Cam Bedrosian: Bedrock
Brandon "Baby Giraffe" Belt (because of his odd gait when he runs)
Johnny Bench: The Binger Banger, Hench Ench, The Little General
Chief Bender
**Lawrence Peter Berra: Yogi (see the explanatory note below)
Eric Berry: The Fifth Dimension
Jerome Bettis: The Bus
Markus Betts: Mookie
Larry Bird: Larry Legend, The Hick from French Lick, The Great White Hope, Uncle Larry
Curt Blefary: Clank (Frank Robinson claimed it was the sound the ball made when it banged against Blefary's glove!)
Bert "Be Home" Blyleven (coined by Chris Berman)
Wade Boggs: The Chicken Man (because the superstitious Boggs ate chicken before every game!)
Tyrone Bogues: Muggsy
Oscar Bonavena: The Bull, The Beast (Muhammad Ali), Ringo (due to his haircut), The Argentine Strong-Boy
Boof Bonser
Bjorn Borg: Ice Borg
Jim Bottomley: Sunny Jim
Lou Boudreau: Old Shufflefoot, Handsome Lou, The Good Kid
Dennis Boyd: Oil Can Boyd
Bill Bradley: Dollar Bill Bradley, The Secretary of State, Mr. President (a three-time senator, he did run for president)
Milton Bradley
Shawn Bradley: The Enormous Mormon
Terry Bradshaw: The Blonde Bomber, The Guy Who Couldn't Spell "CAT"
Martin Brodeur: The Door, Brickwall, Satan's Wallpaper, Devilish Stopper, The Man, Brody, Uncle Daddy
Mordechai Brown: Three Finger (he lost two fingers in farming equipment accidents)
Kobe Bryant: The Black Mamba, KB-24, Vino
Paul "Bear" Bryant
Kyle Busch: Rowdy, Shrub, Wild Thing, The Outlaw
*** Richard Butkus: Dick, The Enforcer, The Animal, The Maestro of Mayhem, The Robot of Destruction
Jimmy Butler: Jimmy Buckets

(*) Chuck Bednarik was the last NFL player to play offense and defense full-time. Bednarik was nicknamed “Concrete Charlie” because he was as solid and tough as a concrete block. 

(**) Yogi Berra was the inspiration for the name of the famous cartoon character Yogi Bear. Their names became inevitably and irretrievably linked, to the extent that when Yogi Berra died, the Associated Press wire service announced the death of Yogi Bear to newspapers around the world! (Honest to God, no one can make these things up!) So how did Lawrence Peter Berra come to be called "Yogi" in the first place? Was he really a swami? No, but he used to sit cross-legged in the on-deck circle. One of his friends started calling him "Yogi" and the nickname stuck.

(***) Dick Butkus was one of the angriest, most ferocious, most menacing football players of all time. His favorite movie scene was a decapitated head rolling down a staircase! Butkus was accused of biting officials, even biting  opponents in the groin! Steve Sabol opined that “His career stands as the most sustained work of devastation ever committed on any field of sport, anywhere, any time.”

C

George Cafego: Bad News
Hector Camacho: Macho Camacho
Roy Campanella: Campy
Earl Campbell: The Tyler Rose
Brian Cardinal: The Custodian (because of the way he cleans the glass)
Steve Carlton: Lefty
Vince Carter: Air Canada, Vinsanity, Half Man Half Amazing, VC, Old Man Vince
"Stormin'" Norman Cash: Norm
Dave Casper: Ghost, Space Ghost (puns on "Casper the Friendly Ghost")
Orlando Cepeda: The Baby Bull
Wilt Chamberlain: Wilt the Stilt (because he was so tall), Goliath, the Big Dipper (he had to dip his head to enter rooms), Mr. 100
Aroldis Chapman: The Missile
Bradley Chubb: Tigger (because as a boy he was always bouncing around)
Jack Clark: Jack the Ripper
Will "the Thrill" Clark
Roger Clemens: The Rocket
Roberto Clemente: Arriba, Bob
Ty Cobb: The Georgia Peach
Bartolo Colon: Big Sexy
Dave Concepcion: El Rey ("The King")
Jimmy Connors: Jimbo, The Brash Basher of Belleville (Bud Collins)
Fred Couples: Boom Boom, Bam Bam
Bob Cousy: Cooz, The Houdini of the Hardwood
"Wahoo" Sam Crawford
Ben Crenshaw: Gentle Ben
Coco Crisp
Sidney Crosby: Sid the Kid, Captain Canada, Squidney, The Next One
Billy Cunningham: The Kangaroo Kid (because of his jumping ability)
Stephen Curry, Steph, Chef Curry, The Baby-Faced Assassin, Splash Brothers (with Klay Thompson), Cute God (China), Primary School Student (China)
*Mike Curtis: The Animal
Brian Cushing: Brian Crushing (for his violent tackling)

(*) Mike Curtis was nicknamed "The Animal" because he was one of the most ferocious men to ever play in the NFL. He once knocked a fan unconscious who ran onto the playing field during a game. He allegedly chewed through the bars of his face mask and reportedly ate the window panes of the team bus. He proudly stated that he played football because it was the only way he could hit someone and get away with it.

D

"Bad" Bill Dahlen
John Daly: Long John, Wild Thing, The Lion
"Caveman" Johnny Damon
Sam Darnold: Flatline, Our Lord and Savior (a high school nickname he "quickly shut down")
Darryl Dawkins: Chocolate Thunder (a nickname given him by Stevie Wonder!)
Chili Davis
Eric "the Red" Davis (because he played for the Cincinnati Reds)
Glen Davis: Big Baby, Baby Shaq
Terrell Davis: TD (his initials, and he did score a lot of TD's)
Brian Dawkins: Weapon X, Wolverine
Darryl Dawkins: Chocolate Thunder
Andre Dawson: The Hawk
*Jay Hannah Dean: Dizzy Dean, Diz, The Great Man
*Paul Dee Dean: Daffy Dean
Oscar de la Hoya: The Golden Boy
Bill Dickey: The Man Nobody Knows (because he was a great player, but bland)
Pickles Dilhoeffer
Joe DiMaggio: Joltin' Joe, The Yankee Clipper
Marcel Dionne: Little Beaver
Mike Ditka: Iron Mike
Clyde Drexler: The Glide
Don Drysdale: Big D
Tim Duncan: The Big Fundamental
Roberto Duran: Manos de Piedra ("Hands of Stone"), No Mas
Leo Durocher: The Lip, Lippy
Lenny Dykstra: Nails

(*) Dizzy and Daffy Dean were brothers and teammates on the Saint Louis Cardinals. Dizzy Dean was the last National League pitcher to win 30 games. While "Dizzy" really did act dizzy at times, his brother's nickname was more of a media creation. Other colorful team nicknames included Dazzy Vance and Ducky Medwick.

E

Dale Earnhardt Sr.: The Intimidator
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Junior, Junebug
Dennis Eckersley: Eck
Carl Edwards (pitcher): The String Bean Slinger, The Slim Reaper
Carl Edwards (race car driver): Flipper, Flipster, Flippster, Concrete Carl, Cousin Carl (he had a cousin who also raced cars)
Welton Claude Ehrhardt: Rube
Bill Elliott: Awesome Bill from Dawsonville
Ernie Els: The Big Easy
Julius Erving: Dr. J.
Eric "Butterbean" Esch
Darrell Evans: Howdy Doody
Dwight Evans: Dewey
Johnny Evers: The Crab, Trojan
Christine Evert: Chris, Chrissy, Chrissy America, America's Sweetheart, The Ice Maiden, Ice Princess, Ice Queen, Little Miss Cool, Little Miss Perfect, Poker Face, Remorseless

F

Ferris Fain: Burrhead, Cocky
Nick Faldo: Sir Nick, Foldo
Brett Favre: The Gunslinger, Country
William Beattie Feathers: Beattie, Big Chief
Bob Feller: Rapid Robert, The Heater from Van Meter
Sid Fernandez: El Sid
Mark Fidrych: The Bird
Prince Fielder: Uncle Phil
Carlton Fisk: Pudge
Ryan Fitzpatrick: The Amish Rifle (because of his bushy beard)
Truman Fontell Flock (early NASCAR driver): Fonty Flock
Eric Floyd: Sleepy
Raymond Floyd: Pretty Boy Floyd
Whitey Ford: The Chairman of the Board
George Foreman: The Black Colossus, Big George, The Heywood Giant, The Punching Preacher, The Mummy (Muhammad Ali)
Filip Forsberg: Scoresberg, Fil the Thrill, Filthy Fil, Fil'er Up Forsberg (MRB), Fil Up the Net (MRB), Prince Filip, Flip, Flipper, Fil-Upper
Ray Fosse: The Marion Mule
George Foster: The Destroyer (his ebony bat even had its own nickname: "The Black Death"), Yahtzee
Nellie Fox: Mighty Mite
Jimmy Foxx: XX, Double-X, The Beast
Joe Frazier: Smokin' Joe, The Gorilla (Muhammad Ali)
Frankie Frisch: The Fordham Flash
Grant Fuhr: Coco (he was the first black hockey player to win the Stanley Cup and the first to enter the Hall of Fame)

G

Mike "Lego My" Gallego (coined by Chris Berman)
Phil Garner: Scrap Iron
Kevin Garnett: The Big Ticket (because so many people would pay to see him play)
Ralph Garr: The Roadrunner
Arturo "Thunder" Gatti
Lou Gehrig: The Iron Horse, Buster, Biscuit Pants, Columbia, Laruppin'
Charlie Gehringer: The Mechanical Man, G-Man
Jim Gentile: Diamond Jim
Cesar Geronimo: Chief (because he shared the name of the famous Native American war-leader)
George Gervin: The Iceman
Bob Gibson: Hoot, Gibby
Artis Gilmore: The A-Train
Jim Glasscock: Pebbly Jack
Lefty Gomez: Goofy
Maxi Gomez: The Bull
Carlos Gonzalez: CarGo
Dwight Gooden: Doc, Dr. K
Dee Gordon: Flash, Varis Strange, Flash Gordon Jr.
Joe Gordon: Flash, Super G, Wonderboy, Big Daddy
Tom Gordon: Flash
Leon Allen Goslin: Goose Goslin
Rich Gossage: Goose Gossage
Mark Grace: Amazing, Gracie, Little Hurt
Stephanie Graf: Steffi, Fräulein Forehand
Harold Grange: Red, The Galloping Ghost (because he was so elusive and hard to tackle), The Wheaton Ice Man
Jim Grant: Mudcat
Sonny Gray: Pickles
"Hammerin'" Hank Greenberg
*Charles "Mean Joe" Greene
Wayne Gretzky: The Great One, The Great Gretzky, Gretz
Ken Griffey Jr: Junior, The Natural, The Kid
Blake Griffin: The Griffin, High Griffinition, Blake Superior, Carrot Hops, The Jambulance, The Beast, Flyin' Lion, Earthquake Blake, Blake the Quake, The Rim Reaper, Demolition Man, Fastbreak Blake
Darrell Griffith: Dr. Dunkenstein
Burleigh Grimes: Ol' Stubblebeard
Vladimir Guerrero: Vlad, Big Bad Vlad, Super Vlad, Vlad the Impaler, Big Vladdy Daddy
Tony Gwynn: Captain Video

(*) "Mean" Joe Greene lived up to his nickname, but his real name was never Joe; it was Charles. He was notorious for kicking players when they were down. He was ejected from a game in 1975 for repeatedly kicking a Cleveland player in the groin. So he was mean, but not Joe.

H

"Marvelous" Marvin Hagler
Jack Ham: The Hammer
Mariel Margaret Hamm: Mia, Mamma Mia!, Jordan, The Franchise
Casey Hampton: The Big Snack (he weighed up to 400 pounds)
Dan Hampton: The Danimal
Anfernee Hardaway: Penny
Bryce Harper: Harp, Bam Bam, Mondo, Big Kid
Charles Leo Hartnett: Gabby, Old Tomato Face
John Havlicek: Hondo
Connie Hawkins: Hawk
"Bullet" Bob Hayes (he set the 100 meters record at the 1964 Olympics, then became the NFL's fastest wide receiver)
Thomas Hearns: The Hitman, The Music City Cobra
Richie Hebner: The Gravedigger
Harry Heilmann: Slug (he was a hard-hitting slugger, but very slow!)
Todd Helton: The Toddfather
Rickey Henderson: The Man of Steal
Ted Hendricks: The Mad Stork (at 6-7, he was very tall for a linebacker)
Tommy Henrich: The Clutch, Old Reliable
Derrick Henry: The Yulee Express, King Henry
Travis Henry: Cheese
Felix Hernandez: King Felix
Tim Herron: Lumpy (his physique is not exactly chiseled)
Orel Hershiser: Bulldog
Craig Heyward: Ironhead
Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch
Ben Hogan: The Hawk
Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield
Harry Hooper: Hoop
Rogers Hornsby: Rajah
Bernard Hopkins: The Executioner
Joe Hornung: Ubbo Ubbo
Paul Hornung: The Golden Boy
Frank Howard: Hondo, The Capital Punisher
Ryan Howard: Big Piece
Gordon Howe: Gordie, Mr. Hockey
Oscar de la Hoya: The Golden Boy
Al Hrabosky: The Mad Hungarian, Hungo
Carl Hubbell: King Carl, The Meal Ticket
Bobby Hull: The Golden Jet
Brett Hull: The Golden Brett (a pun on his father's nickname, above)
Jim Hunter: Catfish Hunter

I

Pete Incaviglia: Inky, Oops (he was a notoriously poor defensive outfielder)
Happy Iott: Happy Jack, Biddo
Monford Merrill Irvin: Monte, Mr. Murder
Frank Isbell: Bald Eagle
Raghib "The Rocket" Ismail
Qadry "The Missile" Ismail (he was very fast, like his brother)
Allen Iverson: The Answer

J

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson (he once played a baseball game without shoes because he had boils on his feet)
Mark Jackson: Action Jackson
Reggie Jackson: Mr. October (because he came through in baseball's playoffs and World Series)
Travis Jackson: Stonewall
Vincent Edward Jackson: Bo, Bo Knows, Boar, Wild Boar
Derwin James: Pooh Bear (because as a baby he was "hairy and plump" according to his mother)
LeBron James: King James, The Akron Hammer, The L-Train, The Chosen One, LBJ, LeBrag, LeBrat, LeBum, LeDecision, Bron Bron, Crab Emperor (China)
Lionel "Little Train" James
Fergie Jenkins: Fly
Miguel Jimenez: The Mechanic, The Most Interesting Golfer in the World, Crime (he had a reputation of paying caddies poorly, and "Crime doesn't pay!")
Billy "White Shoes" Johnson
Calvin Johnson: Megatron
Earvin "Magic" Johnson
Jimmie Johnson: The Great White Shark, hashtag #SE7EN (his is seeking his seventh Sprint Club championship)
Randy Johnson: The Big Unit
Walter Johnson: The Big Train, Barney
Adam Jones: Pacman
David "Deacon" Jones
Ed "Too Tall" Jones
Michael Jordan: Air Jordan, His Airness, Money, Michael, MJ, Magic Jordan, Black Cat, Captain Marvel, The G.O.A.T.
Ralph "Shug" Jordan
Aaron Judge: The Judge, All Rise, Judge Dredd

K

Kasey Kahne: Ol' Blue Eyes
Al Kaline: Mr. Tiger, Salty, Line
Alex Karras: The Mad Duck (because his legs were short for his body, he appeared to waddle like a duck)
Jevon Kearse: The Freak (because he was incredibly fast and athletic for his size)
Jim "Machine Gun" Kelly
Willie Keeler: Wee Willie
George Kelly: Highpockets
Shawn Kemp: The Reign Man
Matt Kenseth: The Brat
"Bad" Brad Keselowski
Harmon Killebrew: Killer
Andrew Knapp: Knapp Time
Mike "Captain Crunch" Kolen
Sandy Koufax: The Left Hand of God
Toni Kukoc: The Croatian Sensation

L

Guy Lafleur: The Flower, Le Démon Blond
Napoléon Lajoie: Nap, Larry Lajoie, The Frenchman
Jack Lambert: Count Dracula in Cleats
Daryle Lamonica: The Mad Bomber
Jake LaMotta: The Raging Bull
Harold Landry: Honor (after Vince Young mispronounced his first name while introducing him at the NFL draft)
*Dick "Night Train" Lane
Arlie Latham: The Freshest Man on Earth
Trevor Lawrence: Sunshine (after his lookalike Ronnie "Sunshine" Bass in the movie Remember The Titans)
Rod Laver: The Rocket
Bill Lee: Spaceman
Ron LeFlore: Twinkle Toes Boscoe
Mario Lemieux: The Magnificent One, Le Magnifique, Super Mario
Ivan Lendl: Ivan the Terrible
"Sugar" Ray Leonard (after "Sugar" Ray Robinson)
Dion Lewis: Jitterbug
Evan Longoria: Longo
Jared Lorenzen: Hefty Lefty, The Pillsbury Throwboy, QBese, The Abominable Throwman, Round Mound of Touchdown, Battleship Lorenzen, He Ate Me
Davis Love III: 3D, Trip
Kevin Love: K-Love, Kevlar, Love Goddess (China, because he "plays soft")
J. R. Smith: Psychotic Blade (China, because his scoring is so unpredictable)
Hirving Lozano: El Chucky (because as a boy he would scare other kids)
Marshawn Lynch: Beast Mode

(*) Due to his fear of flying, Dick Lane road a night train to away games while the rest of the team flew.

M

Greg Maddux: Mad Dog (although he looked more like a bookkeeper or librarian)
Karl Malone: The Mailman (because he always delivered)
Ray Mancini: Boom-Boom
Peyton Manning: The Sherriff
Mickey Mantle The Mick, Muscles, the Commerce Comet
Pete Maravich: Pistol Pete, The Basketball Android, Mr. Floppy Socks
Clifton "Coo Coo" Marlin
Edwin "Banjo" Matthews
Willie Mays: The Say Hey Kid (because as a young player he would "say hey" a lot)
Shawn Marion: The Matrix (because of his athleticism)
Baker Mayfield: Bake, Brass Balls Baker, Home Run Baker, Broadway Baker, The Wildcard, Halfbaked, Crotchgrabber, Six-Foot Jerk (an NFL executive)
Ted "Hound Dog" McClain
Willie McCovey: Stretch
John McEnroe: Johnny Mac, McBrat, SuperBrat, Mac the Strife, Big Mac, Mighty Mouth, The Incredible Sulk
Fred McGriff: Crime Dog
Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish: Cal (the longest name gets the shortest nickname)
Steve "Mongo" McMichael (after a character in the movie "Blazing Saddles")
Joe Medwick: Ducky
Lionel Messi: The Messiah, The Magnificent Messi, Messidona, La Pulga Atomica, The Atomic Flea, Leo, The Magical Mercurial Messi
Mark Messier: Moose, The Messiah, The Captain, Satan
Phil Mickelson: Lefty, Phil the Thrill, FIGJAM (short for F* I'm Good, Just Ask Me!)
Darko Milicic: The Human Victory Cigar
Ten Million (perhaps that many guesses what his parents were on when they conceived him?)
Greg Minton: Moonie, Moonman
Johnny Mize: The Big Cat
Paul Molitor: The Ignitor, Molly
Wonderful Terrific Monds
Earl Monroe: Earl the Pearl, Black Magic, Black Jesus, Thomas Edison (because he was so inventive)
Joe Montana: Joe Cool, The Comeback Kid, Golden Joe, Bird Legs
Colin Montgomerie: Monty, Mrs. Doubtfire (there is a decided resemblance)
Helen Wills Moody: Little Miss Poker Face
Archie Moore: The Old Mongoose
Joe Morgan: Little Joe
Randy Moss: Freak, The Mossiah (pun on "messiah")
Stan Musial: The Man, Stan the Man, Stan the Man Unusual

N

Bronislaum "Bronko" Nagurski
"Broadway" Joe Namath; also Mr. Pantyhose
Larry Nance: The High Ayatolla of Slamola 
Ilie Nastase: Nasty
Martina Navratilova: Ex-Czech
Byron Nelson: Lord Byron
Quenton Nelson: Earl Grey (because he "teabags" opponents)
Hal Newhouser: Prince Hal
Charles Augustus Nichols: Kid Nichols
Phil Niekro: Knucksie
Ray "Wildman" Nitschke
Greg Norman: The Great White Shark
Joe Nuxhall: Nuxy

O

*Michael Oher: Blind Side
Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon
Christian Okoye: The Nigerian Nightmare
Shaquille O'Neal: Shaq, Shaq Diesel, Shaq Daddy, Shaq Fu, Big Aristotle, The Big Baryshnikov, Big Fella, The Big Maravich, The Big Shamrock, Wilt Chamberneezy, Superman, Manny Shaquiao, MDE, LCL
Jim O'Rourke: Orator Jim
Robert Gordon Orr: Bobby Orr, Number 4, The Fabulous Number 4
David Ortiz: Big Papi
Melvin Thomas Ott: Mel, Master Melvin

(*) The move "Blind Side" is the true-life story of Michael Oher, a black student-athlete who was adopted by a white family.

P

Leroy Robert Paige: Satchel Paige
Arnold Palmer: Arnie, Bull, The King (and his fans even had a nickname: Arnie's Army)
Robert Parrish: The Chief
Danica Patrick: Honey Badger, Old Man (crew chief Tony Gibson), Babe (ditto), Princess Sparkle Pony (Richard Petty), Chicago (Aaron Rogers)
Gary "The Glove" Payton
Walter Payton: Sweetness
Tony Perez: Big Dog, Big Doggie, Mr. Clutch, The Mayor of Riverfront Park
*Michael Dean Perry: The Ice Box
*William Perry: The Refrigerator, The Fridge
Richard Petty: The King
Michael Phelps: GOAT, Mr. Swimming, Superman, The Baltimore Bullet, The Flying Fish, The Pool Shark, Gold Rush, The Medal Monopolizer
Gary Player: The Black Knight, Finest, Laddie
Jake "the Snake" Plummer
Troy Polamalu: The Flyin' Hawaiian, The Samoan Head Hunter, The Tasmanian Devil
Joel Przybilla: Ghostface Przybilla, Vanilla Gorilla, Joel Dolla-Dolla-Billa, White Kong 
Albert Pujols: The Machine, MV3 (for three MVP awards), El Hombre ("The Man"), Prince Albert, Sir Albert, Phat Albert, Big Al
Carles Puyol: Lionheart, Tarzan, Superman

(*) William Perry and Michael Dean Perry were brothers, with matching nicknames due to their girth.

Q

Kevin Quackenbush: Quack
Wellington Hunt Quinn: Wimpy
Dan Quisenberry: Quiz

R

Dick Radatz: The Monster (a nickname given him by Mickey Mantle; Radatz stood 6'6" and weighed 230-260 pounds)
Charles Radbourn: Old Hoss
Tim Raines: Rock (he lived up to his nickname by stashing a cocaine rock in his uniform; he would slide headfirst to avoid breaking it!)
Harold Reese: Pee Wee Reese
Bryant "Big Country" Reeves
*Jack "Hacksaw" Reynolds
Maurice Richard: The Rocket
Oscar Robertson: The Big O
David Robinson: The Admiral (he played basketball for the Naval Accademy and served in the Navy)
Jerry Rice: World, Flash 80 (his uniform number), The San Francisco Treat, The G.O.A.T., Gentleman Jerry, The Man with the Hands
Sam Rice: Man O' War (because he was fast, like the famous racehorse)
John Riggins: Diesel (because he ran over defenders like a semi)
Cal Ripken Jr.: The Iron Man

Andre "Bad Moon" Rison (Chris Berman)
Phil Rizzuto: Scooter
Oscar Robertson: The Big "O"
Loren Roberts: Boss of the Moss
Brooks Robinson: Hoover, The Human Vacuum Cleaner, The Hit Robber
David Robinson: The Admiral (he served in the U.S. Navy)
"Sugar" Ray Robinson
Dennis "the Worm" Rodman
Chi Chi Rogriguez
Cristiano Ronaldo: Crybaby (because as a boy he would cry when his teammates wouldn't pass him the ball)
Pete Rose: Charlie Hustle (because he ran to first base on walks and was an always fierce, fiery competitor)
Josh Rosen: Chosen Rosen, J-Chosen
Ken Rosewall: Muscles, The Little Professor, The Magician
Big Roethlisberger: Big Ben
Bill Russell: The Secretary of Defense, Mr. 11 Rings
George Herman Ruth: The Babe, The Bambino, The Sultan of Swat, The Colossus of Clout, The Caliph of Clout, The King of Crash, The Big Fellow, The Big Bam, The Wazir of Wham, The Maharajah of Mash, The Rajah of Rap, The Behemoth of Bust, The Blunderbuss, The Mammoth of Maul, The Mauling Mastodon, The Mauling Monarch, The Wali of Wollop, The Prince of Powders, Jidge (his teammates)
Matt Ryan: Matty Ice
Nolan Ryan: The Ryan Express, The Exorcist (Dick Sharon said: "He's baseball's exorcist; he scares the devil out of you!")

(*) Jack "Hacksaw" Reynolds took a hacksaw to his car (a 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air) after his previously-unbeaten University of Tennessee football team lost 38-0 to Ole Miss! He actually cut the car in half!

S

Johnny Sain: The Man of a Thousand Curves (because his curveball had such movement)
Chris Sale: Stickman
John Salley: Spider
"Pistol" Pete Sampras
Gary Sanchez: Kraken
Ryne Sandberg: Ryno
Deion Sanders: Prime Time, Neon Deion
Pablo Sandoval: Kung-Fu Panda
Gene Sarazen: The Squire
Gayle Sayers: The Kansas Comet
Tom Seaver: Tom Terrific, The Franchise
Donnie Shell: The Torpedo
Razor Shines
Urbain Jacques Shockor: Urban Shocker
Al Simmons: Bucketfoot Al
Andrelton Simmons: Simba, Simon
O. J. Simpson: Juice, The Juice
Vijay Singh: The Big Fijian
Mike Singletary: The Samurai
George Sisler: Gorgeous George
Enos Slaughter: Country
James "Bonecrusher" Smith
Ozzie Smith: The Wizard of Oz, The Wizard, The Wiz (because of his magical glove at shortstop)
Sam Snead: Slammin' Sam, Slammin' Sammy, The Slammer, Nude Knob
Edwin Snider: Duke Snider, The Silver Fox
Tim Spooneybarger
Kenny "Snake" Stabler (after he scored a touchdown on a long, winding run)
Craig Stadler: The Walrus
Kevin Stadler: The Smallrus (because he's not as big as his father, the Walrus)
Donald Stanhouse: Stan The Man Unusual
Willie Stargell: Pops
Roger Staubach: Captain America, Captain Comeback, Roger the Dodger
Kordell "Slash" Stewart
Payne Stewart: Knickers, Avis
Tony Stewart: Smoke
P. K. Subban: Subbanator, Turtle, Denzel, The Ice Breaker (The New Yorker)
*Ryan "Doesn't Suck" Succop: the former Mr. Irrelevant broke the NFL record for consecutive field goals made from under 50 yards (56 straight!)
Bob Suffridge: Suff, Suffer, Fridge
Noah Syndergaard: Thor (because of the long, flowing blond hair and perhaps because his last name ends like "Aasgard")

(*) The scoring-challenged Tennessee Titans may have to "suck up" to Succop if they want to have winning seasons and make the playoffs. In some games, such as the Titans' 12-9 overtime win against the Browns on October 22, 2017, Ryan "Suck It Up" Succop generated all the points. It the previous game, the former Mr. Irrelevant kicked five field goals. For three seasons (2015-2017), Succop was "Mr. Perfect" with a 100% success rate on 56 consecutive field goal attempts of 50 yards or less.

T

*Jack Tatum: The Assassin, Felonious Punk
Lawrence Taylor: LT
Patsy Tebeau and Pussy Tebeau (their parents either hated them or had "A Boy Named Sue" thing in mind!)
Bill Terry: Memphis Bill
Frank Thomas: The Big Hurt
Isaiah Thomas: Zeke
David Thompson: Skywalker
Klay Thompson: Buddha (China), Soup God (China)
Dickie Thon (thank goodness there is no ending "g")
Jim Thorpe: Bright Path (his Native American name), The Greatest Athlete in the World (King Gustav V)
"Marvelous" Marv Throneberry
Cannonball Titcomb
James "Lights Out" Toney
**George "The Brute" Trafton
Harold Joseph Traynor: Pie Traynor
Lee Trevino: Supermex, The Merry Mex
Martin Truex Jr.: True Excellence, hashtag #Truexcellence, The Clam Prince of New Jersey
Justin Turner: Ginger Werewolf, Raking Redhead, Heavy Metal Amish Leprechaun
"Iron" Mike Tyson

(*) Jack “The Assassin” Tatum knocked out future Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey in the first game of his career. He knocked the helmet off Minnesota receiver Sammy White in the Super Bowl—perhaps the hardest hit leveled in a Super Bowl. He paralyzed wide receiver Darryl Stingley in a preseason game in 1978 on a clean hit. Tatum liked to think that his best hits bordered on “felonious assault.” Some of his opponents may have thought that he crossed over the line.

(**) Red Grange called George Trafton the “toughest, meanest, most ornery critter alive.” Trafton was expelled from Notre Dame and was considered the dirtiest player of his time.  As a rookie in 1920, Trafton angered the Rock Island Independents so much they sent four players into the game on a mission to destroy him. Within 12 plays, Trafton had knocked each player out of the game, sending one to the hospital with a broken hand and an 11-inch cut across his forehead. The Brute” broke the leg and ended the career of halfback Fred Chicken by throwing him into a fence. The Rock Island fans were so angered that a rock-throwing mob chased him from the field!

U

Johnny Unitas: Johnny U, The Golden Arm
Gene Upshaw: Uptown Gene, The Governor, Mean Gene
Melvin Upton Jr.: B. J., Bossman Junior (his father Manny was nicknamed "The Bossman")
Justin Upton: Just In Time Upton

V

Charles Arthur Vance: Dazzy
Joseph Floyd Vaughan: Arky (he was born in Arkansas)
Shane Victorino: The Flyin' Hawaiian

W

George Edward Waddell: Rube Waddell
Gordon "Duck" Waddle
Dwayne Wade: Flash
Johannes Peter Wagner: Honus, Hans, The Flying Dutchman
"Big Ben" Wallace (a bell would toll when he entered the game, like the famous London clock)
Russell Wallace: Rusty
Darrell Waltrip: Dee Dubya, Jaws
Lloyd Waner: Little Poison
Paul Waner: Big Poison
Hines "Psycho" Ward (Tunch Ilkin described Ward as "tougher than woodpecker lips.")
Tom Watson: Huck, Huckleberry Dillinger
Marvin Webster: The Human Eraser
Mike Webster: Iron Mike
Jerry West: The Logo, Mr. NBA, Mr. Clutch, Mr. Outside, Mr. Inside, Zeke from Cabin Creek, Tweety Bird
Pernell Whitaker: Sweet Pea
Shaun White: The Flying Tomato, The Animal (the flame-red Muppet drummer), Snow God, Future Boy, The Egg, Big Wendy
Dwight White: Mad Dog
Reggie White: The Minister of Defense (he was an ordained pastor and a defensive lineman)
Dominique Wilkins: The Human Highlight Reel (because of his spectacular moves and dunks)
Carnel "Cadillac" Williams
Grant Williams: Granite (Michael R. Burch)
Mitch Williams: Wild Thing
Ted Williams: The Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame, The Kid, Thumper, The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived
William Van Winkle Wolf: Chicken Wolf (did he need a colorful nickname, really?)
John Wooden: The Wizard of Westwood
Eldrick Woods: Tiger Woods, Big Cat, Urkel, Mr. T, Righty
Rod Woodson: Hot Rod
Jimmy Wynn: The Toy Cannon (because he was short, but launched a lot of home runs)

X

Xavier McDaniel: The X-Man

Y

Carl Yastrzemski: Yaz
Moses J. Yellowhorse: Chief Yellow Horse (a Pawnee, he was the first full-blooded Native American to play major league baseball)
Peter Rudolph York: Rudy
*Eddie Yost: The Walking Man
Denton True Young: Cy Young (because his fastball was like a cyclone!)
**Jack Youngblood: The John Wayne of Football
Ross Youngs: Pep
Robin Yount: The Kid

(*) Eddie Yost was called the "Walking Man" because he seemed to always be on base, despite lacking power and being an average hitter. Yost retired with a higher on-base percentage than "sexier" hitters known for getting on base like Rod Carew, Honus Wagner, Tony Gwynn and Wee Willie Keeler.

(**) When famous tough guy Jack Younblood told his doctors and trainers he was going to play on a broken leg, one said: "You're crazier than a sprayed roach!"

Z

Don Zimmer: Popeye (because of his bulging biceps)
Henry Zimmerman, Heinie, The Great Zim
Ryan Zimmerman: Zim, The Z-Man, Mr. Walk-Off
Ben Zobrist: Zorilla, Zobi Wan Kanobe, Zo, Zobe, Ben-zee, Z-man, Zobo
Fuzzy Zoeller

2017 World Series Nicknames

Jose Altuve: Tuve, El Gigante (Altuve's a giant with a bat in his hands, despite standing a diminutive 5'6" )
Cody Bellinger: The Bellringer (I refused to use "CodyLove" and came up with this one instead―MRB)
Carlos Beltran: Ivan, Señor Octubre (because of his postseason success, a la Reggie Jackson's "Mr. October")
Yu Darvish: Whirling Darvish (MRB)
Evan Gattis: Bull (because of his bullish build and strength)
Ken Giles: 100 Miles Giles (because of his 100-mph heater)
Adrian Gonzalez: A-Gon, El Titan
Marwin Gonzalez: Margo
Curtis Granderson: The Grandyman
Clayton "The Claw" Kershaw
Lance McCullers: Snap Dragon 1 (because of his snappy curve)
Collin McHugh: Snap Dragon 2 (ditto)
Charlie Morton: Ground Chuck (because he induces so many ground balls)
Yasiel Puig: The Wild Horse (coined by Vin Scully to describe Puig's energetic and reckless baserunning)
Josh Reddick: Red Dawg
Justin "Red" Turner (for the the bright, bushy beard, perhaps?); also Ginger Werewolf, Raking Redhead, Heavy Metal Amish Leprechaun
Chase Utley: The Silver Fox

Super Bowl LII Nicknames

Nick Foles: Saint Nick, Nicky Six, The Bubblegum Assassin (Michael R. Burch)
Jay Ajayi: Jay Train
Torrey Smith: The Microwave King (for his dunking skills)
Zach "So Good It" Ertz
Tom Brady: Tom Terrific, Touchdown Tom, California Cool, The Kid, The GOAT (Greatest of All Time)
Rob Gronkowski: Gronk, Twinkle Toes (Bill Belichick), Beast Mode (Tom Brady), Cheerful Ogre (Deadspin), Bobby Whiskers (because of his sparse facial hair)
James Harrison: Mr. Monday Night, Silverback, Deebo
Chris Hogan: Mr. Perfect, Smurf 8
James White: Sweet Feet, Smurf 7
Brandin Cooks: Cookie, Archer, Lightning, Smurf 6
Dion Lewis: Jitterbug, Little Dirty, Smurf 5
Rex Burkhead: T-Rex, Smurf 4
Danny Amendola: Danny Playoff, Little Cowboy (Julian Edelman), Smurf 3
Julian Edelman: Minitron, Slottie Pippen, The Energizer Bunny, Squirrel, Smurf 2
Wes Welker: Slot Machine, Smurf 1 (the original)

The Best Nicknames Coined by Chris Berman

Sammy "Say It Ain't" Sosa
Andre "Bad Moon" Rison
Albert "Winnie the" Pujols
John "I Am Not a" Kruk
Moises "Skip to My" Alou
Mike "You're In Good Hands With" Alstott
AJ "Touchy" Feely
Eric "Sleeping with" Bienemy
Delino "Decoconut" Deshields
Mike "Lego My" Gallego
Joseph "Live and Let" Addai
Bert "Be Home" Blyleven
Scott "Supercalifragilisticexpiali" Brosius

More Donald Trump Nicknames



Currently Rising Trump Nicknames: Quasi-Dodo the Hunchback of Notre Shame, after Trump curtsied submissively before the Saudi king in his first official act as an American president abroad. The Big Dipper dropped a pretty little curtsey (for a Shambling Sasquatch, that is) while receiving the Gilded Collar of King Salman Abdulaziz al-Saud. This, after Two-Faced Trump had blasted President Obama for a much more reserved half-bow several years before, tweeting at the time: "Do we want a President who bows to the Saudis?" 

Q: What do you call it when a Man-Baby takes over the American government?
A: Coup d'Tot.

President Donald Trump signed bills in the  Roosevelt Room of the White House on Monday.

Tiny Hands Trump uses the world's smallest pen and desk to sign his latest dictatorial proclamations. The women pictured are nannies beseeching the Boy Blunder to take a nap and stop bullying the world, but Man-Baby Trump will have none of that!

President Donald Trump holds up his pen after signing the Historically Black Colleges and Universities HBCU Executive Order, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in the Oval Office in the White House in Washington.

Trump's nannies applaud as the Terrible Tyke learns to operate a pen with his teeny-tiny fingers. The Brooklyn Brat is certainly proud of his "big boy" accomplishment. But so far no one has been able to potty-train his mouth!

Donald Trump Nicknames, by Category

Mr. Wiggy Piggy and Wiggly Piggly
Duke Nuke 'Em, Dr. Strangelove
King of the Whoppers, Liar-in-Chief, The Lyin' King, Conman-in-Chief, Don the Con
Birther Boy, Man-Baby, Man-Toddler, Bratman, Boss Baby, The Combover Kid
Thurston Shitbag the Third (Bill Maher), Porky Pig and New York Pork Dork (because Trump and his companies have taken so much "pork" from the government)
A$$aulter-in-Chief, Hair Groepenfuehrer, Donald DeGonad, Jack the Gripper and Serial Feeler (Donald Trump's War on Women)
Hair Hitler, Hair Furor, Shitler, Adolph Twitler, Drumpfkoff, Gingervitis and Genghis Can't (Michael R. Burch), Mango Mussolini, Casino Mussolini (Samantha Bee), Hairman Mao, Tin-Pot Despot (Nicholas Kristof)
Darth Hater, Forrest Trump, Painman, Donnie Dorko
Damien Trump, The Beast, Little Horn, and The Great Whore of Babble-On (Is Donald Trump the Antichrist?)

Nicknames of Trump's Family, Friends, Cabinet and Associates

Vladimir Putin: Vova, Vlad the Impaler, Vladula, Pale Moth (his KGB code name)
Ivanka Trump: Ivanka Tramp, Proxy Wife, The First Lady-Daughter, The Smart One
Jared Kushner: Little Jared and Baby Boy (Ana Navarro), Trump's Little Cushball (Alec Baldwin), Jarhead, Jarring Kushner, The Boy Blunder, Little Lord Fauntleroy, Ralph Lauren of Arabia, Aide de Kampf (Michael R. Burch)
Donald Trump Jr.: Junior, Dunce Jr., Ponyboy, Bozo Boy, Booby, Diaper Don (because in college he would get drunk, pass out and wet the bed)
Eric Trump: Eric the Red, Eric the Brain Dead, Eric Idle
Tiffany Trump: Tiff, Wild Card, The Other Daughter
Barron Trump: Mini-Donald, Poor Little Rich Boy
Melania Trump: The Slovenian Sphinx (Maureen Dowd), Melania Antoinette, First Babe, Melanoma, The Ice Queen (Gloria Erin Ryan), The Trump Sitter, The Superglamorous Stepford Wife (André Leon Talley)
Paul Ryan: Lyin' Ryan, Pious Paul, Paul Ruin, Small-Ball Ryan, Beaver Cleaver, Eddie Munster, Aryan Ryan
Mitch McConnell: Fuckface McTurtlebitch, The Turtle (Jon Stewart), Mitch the Snitch, Mitch the Shitz, Koch Addict (Michael R. Burch)
Orrin Hatch: Orrin Goering, Orrin Moron, Orrin Boring, Borin' Orrin, The Hatchling, Half-Hatched Orrin
Steve Mnuchin: Hedge Hog, PAC-man, No-Chin Mnuchin, The Foreclosure King
Gary Cohn: Sachs-man, Cohn's Disease, A$$hole, Con Tiki, Globalist Gary, The TARP King, Bailout Boy
Kevin Brady: Colonel Klink, Death Warmed Over, Mean Ways Brady
Stephen Bannon: Loose Cannon Bannon, Darkness Incarnate, Darth Bannon, The Great Manipulator (TIME)
Kellyanne Conway: Wrongway Conway and Miss Misinformation (Michael R. Burch), The Spin-Mistress (Bess Levin), The Trump Whisperer (Frank Bruni), Nutter Consigliere (Jim Newell), Vichy (Stephen Romanenghi), Free Agent (Joe Scarborough)
Paul Manafort: The Count, The Uber-Lobbyist (David Catanese), The Six Million Ruble Man
Roger Stone: Roger Rabid (Michael R. Burch), Dirty Trickster (Elizabeth Burke)
Reince Priebus: Rinse Penis, Rinse Priapus, Prince Penis, Prince Precipice, Prince Rhesus
Carter Page: Stranichkin (Russian for "little page"), Putin's Page Boy
Sarah Palin: Sarah Barracuda, Sarahcudda, Caribou Barbie, Half-Baked Alaskan, Wasilla Gurlzilla, Wasilla Hillbilly, Mama Grizzly
Neil Gorsuch: Darth Evader, The Unjust Justice
Bill O'Reilly: Shill O'Reilly, Bill O'Goods, Papa Bear (Stephen Colbert)
Corey Lewandowski: Gory Corey
Mike Pence: Hoosier, Cuddles, Dense Pence (Michael R. Burch), Out of the Loop Dupe (USA Today), Mike Pensive
Rex Tillerson: T-Rex, Rexosaurus, T-Wrecks, Putin's Rasputin (Michael R. Burch), Rexputin
Rick Perry: Crotch (because he wore tight jeans and "adjusted" himself often), Texas Toast
Betsy DeVos: Cruella DeVos, Cruella DeVile, DeVile DeVos, Betsy Dross, Madame DeVoucher
James Mattis: Mad Dog, Warrior Monk, Chaos (his call-sign)
Mike Flynn: Dr. Strangelove, In Like Flynnt, Red Flynnstone (Michael R. Burch)
George Perdue III: Sonny, Ophie, The Rainman (he "prayed up a storm" pleading for rain)
Ryan Zinke: Rinky-Dink Zinke, The Bozeman Bozo, On-the-Blink Zinke
Wilbur Ross: Ross Rothschild, Wilbur Wrong Force
Andrew Puzder: Putz Puzder
Tom Price: Tom Sellout
Ben Carson: Psychopath (Donald Trump), HUD Ornament (Michael R. Burch), Dummy (his childhood nickname)
David Shulkin: Skulkin' Shulkin (Michael R. Burch)
John F. Kelly: Hobo, The Hitcher
Rod J. Rosenstein: Rosy Russian Red
Jeff Sessions: The Hobbit (Trevor Noah), Hessian Sessions, Stonewall Sessions, Detour-ney General, Round-a-Bout Bubba
Sean Spicer: Scary Spicer, Vanilla Spice, Sean Sphincter (College Voice), Spokestoady, Spokestwit
Jason Chaffetz: Chaff, Chaffy, Chaff-Lips, Chipmunk Cheeks, Half-Assed Chaffetz
Devin Nunes: Known-Nothing Nunes, Numbnuts Nunes, Devin Devil
Erik Prince: The Prince of Darkness, Creature from the Blackwater Lagoon, The Mercenary, Soldier of Misfortune
Dana Rohrabacher: Putin's Apologist, Putin's Proxy, Dirty Dana 
Robert Mercer: Hedge Hog, PACman
Rebekah Mercer: Bekah Bilker
Gary Cohn: Sachs-Man, Cohn's Disease, Globalist Gary, TARP King, Bailout Boy
Mitt Romney: Bishop Romney, The RomneyBot, Plastic Man, Bain in the Ass (David Letterman), King of Bain (Newt Gingrich), Mitt the Twit
Mike Huckabee: Huckster Huckabee, Huckleberry Spin, Huck Fuckabee, Huck Upchuck, Tax Hike Mike, Triple Wide, Brother Smother
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Sarah Suckmypee, Miss Huckster, Basic Atrocity, Women's Fibber, Sister Smother
Chris Christie: Christie Kreme, Cookie Monster, Big Boy, Enormes Pantalones, Pufferfish, Sammiches
Ann Coulter: AnnThrax, Coultergeist, Beltway Barbie, Cuckoo Coulter, Chairman Ann
Joe Arpaio: Wyatt Twerp, Boss Hogg, Big Pig, The Maricopa Madman, Officer Loco, Wiley E. Peyote
Jeb Bush: Tortoise (George W. Bush), Low Energy (Donald Trump), Veto Corleone, Gator
Carly Fiorina: Chainsaw Carly
John Kasich: Unit One (his choice for a Secret Service code name), Unit Two (his wife's alternate suggestion!)
Rand Paul: Mr. Nerdy Perm, Mr. Poodle-'Do, Aqua Buddha
Scott Walker: The Desperado, Niedermeyer
Rupert Murdoch: Rupert Murder-Doc, Papa Doc, Ru Paul (Stephen Colbert)
Roger Ailes: Roger the Dodger
Sean Hannity: Sean O'Scammity (Michael R. Burch), Lumpy (Jon Stewart), Shammity, Flubberboy
Michael Steele: The Man of Steal
Rob Portman: Beltway Rob, PAC-Man
Stephen Miller: Young Gargamel (Stephen Colbert), Sméagol (Trevor Noah), Basic Henchman (Trevor Noah)
Rudy Giuliani: Trudy, Julianne
Michael Cohen: The Cohenhead
Dina Habib Powell: Sachs-girl, Sachs Diva
Keith Schiller: The Shill
Newt Gingrich: Tadpole, Newticles, Noot
Mike Pompeo: Pompous Asshole
Katie Walsh: Welshing Walsh
Hope Hicks: Hopeless Hicks, Tricky Hicky
Antonin Scalia: Scaly, El Nino, El Ninny
Anthony Scaramucci: Scary, Scarface
Sebastian Gorka: Gorky Perk, The Mad Hungarian
Carl Icahn: Mr. Delorean, Mr. Bailout
Ajit Pai: The Broadband Baron, Sinister Swami
Glenn Beck: Voldemort, Emotional Fescue (Michael R. Burch)
Dave Brat: Bratman
Raul Labrador: Lapdog, Black Lab, Trump's Retriever
Dick Cheney: The Penguin
Donald Rumsfeld: Rummy (George W. Bush), Rheumy
Karl Rove: Turd Blossom (George W. Bush), Turd Polisher (George H. W. Bush)
John Boehner: Boner, Orange Man
John McCain: Hogan (George W. Bush), The Maverick (Sarah Palin)
Maureen Dowd: Dowdy Do-Wrong, Fraulein Dowdy
Dan Scavino: The Scavenger
David Bossie: Bossy, Bessie
Mark Green: Greenhorn
Herbert McMaster: Master of Disaster, McMonster
John Eisenberg: Illegal Eagle, Iceberg
Billy Bush: Bush League, Bush Beater
Chris Ruddy: Ruddy Buddy, Newsminion
Dean Heller: Heller High Water, The Hellion
Tom Cotton: Cottonmouth
John Cornyn: Corny
Lamar Alexander: Hedy
Mike Lee: The Ungreat Dane
Cory Gardner: The Unconstant Gardner, Tory Cory
Pat Toomey: Sock It Toomey, Stand Pat Toomey
Mike Enzi: Hate Frenzy Enzi
John Thune: Out-of-Tune Thune
James Comey: Show Me Comey
Sam Nunberg: The Nun, Sam the None
Marc E. Kasowitz: Marc the Narc, Case o' Nits
Barry Bennett: Bennett Dick Arnold

Mick Mulvaney: Mick the Prick
Jay Sekulow: Jaybird

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