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Nicknames

used in the

Morehouse Area

 

 The use of a nickname has been a great obstacle in the tracing of many family trees. 

Imagine, all their lives these people are known mostly by their nickname. 

Then when they die, the nickname is discarded and few obituaries

and almost no grave marker shows what it ever was.

 

 

 

I have omitted obvious nicknames such as "Bob" and "Mike"

for they pose less problem than nicknames like "Devil" Johnson for instance.

Can you appreciate gathering even basic public information

on names such as are given here?

 

Here are just a few offered from the area for the sake of example. 

Can you correctly remember or guess their real names?

 

"Amp" Ross"Archie" Himes

"Arkie" McCain

"Billie" Breeden

"Bird" Russian

"Blackberry" Shipman

"Blind Jack"

"Blind" Boone

"Bo" Dill

"Brownie" Hinson

"Bubba" Spurlin

"Buck" Roberson

"Buck" Shoulders

"Buck" Tickell

"Bucky" Smith

"Bud" Burns

"Bud" Ross

"Bud" Shelby

"Bud" Todd

"Bud" Waters

"Buddy" Absher

"Buddy" Harris

"Buddy" Hill

"Buddy" McCain

"Buddy" Morris

"Buddy" Spurlin

"Bug" Shaffar

"Bumble Bee" Brown

"Bunch" Thomas

"Burr Head" 

"Butch" Collins

"Butch" Manning

"Butch" Stroud

"Chick" Simmons

"Chigger" Sexton

"Chug" Mitchell

"Chug" Reeves

"Colonel" Patterson

"Cotton" Cline

"Cotton" Griffin

"Cowboy" Smith

"Curley" Winkler

"Daddy" Boyles

"Daddy" Garner

"Dago" Rogers

"Dark Angel"

"Devil" Johnson

"Dirty Neck"

"Doc" Ferrell

"Doc" Wilson

"Dough Belly" Height

"Dub" Gray

"Dud" Seagraves

"Dud" Tickell

"Ducky" Wofford

"Dude" Blackwell

"Dude" Mocabee

"Dude" Riggs

"Duke" McIntyre

"Dutch" Baumer

"Fat" Simmons

"Frostie" Hubbard

"Give-a-damn" Jones

"Goldie" Mitchell

"Grandma" Bodle

"Granny" Taul

"Gussie" Westerfield

"Hankie"

"Hans"

"Hess" Greer

"Hookum" McDaniels

"Hot" Jackson

"Hub" Pruett

"Jack" Hart

"Jack" Hill

"Jack" Mocabee

"Jack" Powell

"Jack" Taylor

"Jerry" Stinnett

"Jiggs" Johnson,

"Jug head" Case

"Junior" Algar

"Junior" Duncan

"Junior" Ray

"Junior" Shipman

"Kim" Himes

"Kit" Simmons

"Little Bologna" Boswell

"Little Dude" Mocabee

"Little Dusty Man"

"Ma" Freeman

"Ma" Hinson

"Maudy" Taylor

"Milo" Adkins

"Mitt" Robinson

"Mo" Swinger

"Molly" Haak

"Monk" Simmons

"Monkey" Bryant

"Mousey" Cambron

"Nigger Shorty

"Nippy" Jones

"Old Man" Fagan

"Pappy" Taylor

"Pop" Glass

"Pug" Parker

"Rat" Marshall

"Red" Bryant

"Red" Greer

"Red" Heath

"Red" Landers

"Red" McCain

"Red" Peterson

"Red" Phillips

"Red" Shirkey

"Russell" Christy

"Salty" Morse

"Sandy" Rhyons

"Sheep Ears" Bradham

"Shorty" Gray

"Shucks" Pruett

"Sleepy" Atkinson

"Slim" Farris

"Slim" Rogers

"Slim" Sparks

"Slim" Stinnett

"Smiley" Grider

"Smiley" Hughes

"Snowball" James

"Sonny" Agee

"Sonny" Bryant

"Sonny" Carmack

"Sonny" Eaton

"Sonny" Elliott

"Sonny" Ferrell

"Sonny" Garner

"Sonny" Mosher

"Sonny" Roberson

"Sonny" Sanders

"Squire" Headlee

"Squire" Payne

"Strawberry" Stroud

"Stubby" Hearon

"Stumpy" Morse

"Sug" Thornton

"Tim" Spence

"Tin Pan" Liz

"Tinsy" Binford

"Tippy"

"Tish" Tackett

"Tony" Caldwell

"Tootie" Craig

"Toots" Tyler

"Toppy" Wright

"Tuffy" Bohannon

"Turkey Neck"

"Turnip" Smith

"Uncle" George

"Warty" Height

"Wrigley" Young

"Zeek" Butler

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These nicknames of course only scratch the surface.  There are so many more that could have included.  It is understood that certain nicknames stand for common names that we all know. 

 

"Bobby" or "Bob" is understood to represent Robert.  "Dick" is often Richard and Jack frequently stands in place of Jackson.  But there are exceptions enough to make us pause when trying to figure a name from a nickname.

"Bud" is not always Charles and "Tony" is not always Anthony.  Some nicknames reflect an affectionate silliness.  Some are hurtful and mean and the carriers of such nicknames might wear them like proud scars.

 

Why does there seem to be such a fondness of nicknames?  Of course nicknames are generally meant to be affectionate, even an endearment.  Some people cling to their nicknames avoiding the use of their real names at all cost. 

Others out-grow their nicknames and are cursed, trying to rid themselves of the unwanted moniker.  Sometimes moving away is the only such cure.  "Sonny" and "Junior" can be just such nicknames for those who feel a need to out-grow their father's shadow and wish their name to sound a bit more serious.

 

It is said that in the early years, that workers came to Morehouse in search of employment.  What was often not said is that they did so because they were also fleeing the law or fleeing angry relatives of someone they had offended.  A few completely changed their names because their offences were crimes and they didn't want to be traced.  Others were satisfied to take on nicknames that might cloud their whereabouts and lose them among the general population. 

 

Nicknames were especially good for those wanting to hide from the law or from angry relatives of the victims that they left behind.  Nicknames often suggest affectionate meaning and they are both given and received willingly as such.  Some received and kept even ridiculous nicknames because of the need for them. All of this has generated a culture of nicknaming.  Others have just accepted them because it had become the accepted thing to do.

 

Even so, nicknames pose a nightmare for those trying to find out about friends, family and relatives that have long since passed on.  Consider these things if you have a nickname or if you are thinking to fasten one upon a friend or a relative.

 

 

                                                         Morehousian

 

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