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People: Nicknames

See also: Famous Nicknames, Nicknames (Places and Things). And some of the ones listed below are also in Boxing (History) or Snooker.

Note: if setting questions on this topic, take care to distinguish between those that are actual nicknames and those that are one–off descriptions. The classic example of this is Anne of Cleves (see below) who, as my entry makes clear, was once referred to by Henry VIII as "a Flanders mare". Whether he ever used this phrase again, let alone whether anyone else dared to refer to her in these terms, is not recorded; but I'm pretty sure that to describe it as a nickname (as many question setters do) is well wide of the mark.

Q: Who is/was (sometimes) known as ... ? A:
The Old Fox (German statesman) Click to show or hide the answer
God's Cop (Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, 1975–91) Click to show or hide the answer
The Hockey Stick Click to show or hide the answer
Flanders Mare (described thus by Henry VIII after he first met her) Click to show or hide the answer
Brandy Nan Click to show or hide the answer
The Angelic Doctor, the Dumb Ox (13th century theologian) Click to show or hide the answer
Satchmo (Satchel–mouth) Click to show or hide the answer
The Scourge of God ("Ego sum ... flagelum dei" – first attributed in 1387) Click to show or hide the answer
The Singing Cowboy (1907–98) Click to show or hide the answer
The English or London Bach (11th son of Johann Sebastian Bach) Click to show or hide the answer
Dr. Mirabilis (13th Century Franciscan philosopher) Click to show or hide the answer
Il Divin Codino – The Divine Ponytail (Italy footballer, 1988–2004) Click to show or hide the answer
Toom Tabard (English–backed king of Scotland, 1292–6) Click to show or hide the answer
The Butcher of Lyon (convicted Nazi war criminal) Click to show or hide the answer
Glorious John (English conductor, 1899–1970) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
The Kaiser (German footballer) Click to show or hide the answer
Father of English History (672–735) Click to show or hide the answer
The King of Calypso (singer, born New York 1927) Click to show or hide the answer
England Test batsman, nicknamed "the Sherminator" by Shane Warne, who perceived a resemblance to a character in the American Pie series of films Click to show or hide the answer
The Dark Destroyer (boxer) Click to show or hide the answer
The Non–Flying Dutchman (footballer) Click to show or hide the answer
The Iron Chancellor Click to show or hide the answer
The Warrior Queen Click to show or hide the answer
The Liberator (South American revolutionary) Click to show or hide the answer
The Cat (Chelsea & England goalkeeper, 7 caps 1966–70) Click to show or hide the answer
The Bounding Basque: French tennis player, one of the 'Four Musketeers' – he won Wimbledon in 1924 and 1926, the US Open in 1928, and the French Open in 1931 Click to show or hide the answer
Die Groot Krokodil (the Great Crocodile) – President of South Africa, 1984–9 Click to show or hide the answer
Guy the Gorilla, Beefy Click to show or hide the answer
The 'It' Girl (after appearing as a plucky shopgirl in the 1927 film It) Click to show or hide the answer
The Thin White Duke Click to show or hide the answer
Chippy (Arsenal midfielder, 1970s/80s) Click to show or hide the answer
The Crafty Cockney Click to show or hide the answer
The Godfather of Soul Click to show or hide the answer
The Wizard, Oracle or Sage of Omaha (American businessman, investor and philanthropist, born in Omaha in 1930) Click to show or hide the answer
The First Granny (1988–92) Click to show or hide the answer
The Man with the Golden Trumpet (1950s) Click to show or hide the answer
God's Banker (found hanged under Blackfriars Bridge, 1982) Click to show or hide the answer
Scarface Click to show or hide the answer
The King of Chefs and the Chef of Kings (French haute cuisine pioneer, 1784–1833) Click to show or hide the answer
The Ambling Alp (World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, 1933 – 6' 9” tall) Click to show or hide the answer
Gorgeous Georges, The Orchid Man (French boxer) Click to show or hide the answer
The Man in Black Click to show or hide the answer
Known to US intelligence services as The Beard Click to show or hide the answer
The King of Comedy Click to show or hide the answer
The Merry Monarch, Old Roley (after his favourite stallion) Click to show or hide the answer
The Red Fox (English athlete and later government minister) Click to show or hide the answer
The Queen of Crime Click to show or hide the answer
Slowhand (English blues–influenced rock guitarist) Click to show or hide the answer
The Peasant Poet Click to show or hide the answer
Sniffer (English footballer, 1960s & 70s) Click to show or hide the answer
The Louisville Lip (prior to his conversion to Islam and name change) Click to show or hide the answer
The Tiger (French Prime Minister 1906–9 and 1917–20) Click to show or hide the answer
Given the code name Energy by the US Secret Service in 1993 (aged 12) Click to show or hide the answer
The Georgia Peach (US baseball star, 1886–1961 – played 1905–28) Click to show or hide the answer
The Big Fella (Irish revolutionary leader, 1890–1922) Click to show or hide the answer
The Celtic Warrior (Irish world champion boxer, 1990s) Click to show or hide the answer
The Brylcreem Boy (English cricketer, 1950s) Click for more information  Click to show or hide the answer
The Big Yin (Scots form of The Big 'un) Click to show or hide the answer
Little Mo Click to show or hide the answer
Gentleman Jim (born 1866) Click to show or hide the answer
The Fleetwood Assassin Click to show or hide the answer
The Clothes Horse Click to show or hide the answer
The Coonskin Congressman; King of the Wild Frontier Click to show or hide the answer
Old Ironsides Click to show or hide the answer
Queer Dick, Tumbledown Dick Click to show or hide the answer
The Old Groaner Click to show or hide the answer
The Butcher of Culloden (Prince William, 3rd son of George II) Click to show or hide the answer
Father of the Atom (English physicist) Click to show or hide the answer
Wild Thing, Long John, The Lion (US golfer – Open champion 1995) Click to show or hide the answer
Merv the Swerve (Welsh rugby captain – 68 caps, 1968–76) Click to show or hide the answer
The (Ginger) Nugget (snooker player) Click to show or hide the answer
The Golden Boy (US boxer, born 1973 – Super Featherweight to Middleweight) Click to show or hide the answer
Kid Blackie, The Manassa Mauler Click to show or hide the answer
Public Enemy No. 1 (shot by FBI agents, 1934) Click to show or hide the answer
The Yankee Clipper Click to show or hide the answer
The King of Blackpool Click to show or hide the answer
White Lightning (South African fast bowler, 1990s–2000s) Click to show or hide the answer
The King of Skiffle (title of a 2000 compilation album) – d. 2002 Click to show or hide the answer
The Paddington Express (British middleweight boxer, 1936–17; world champion 1961–2) Click to show or hide the answer
Stone Fist Click to show or hide the answer
Nickname shared by U2 guitarist Dave Evans and the former WWF wrestler Adrian Copeland Click to show or hide the answer
The Wizard of Menlo Park (so dubbed in a newspaper report) Click to show or hide the answer
The Hammer of the Scots, Longshanks Click to show or hide the answer
The Peacemaker Click to show or hide the answer
The Virgin Queen Click to show or hide the answer
The Big Easy (South African golfer) Click to show or hide the answer
The King of Chefs and the Chef of Kings Click to show or hide the answer
The Black Pearl, or The Black Panther Click to show or hide the answer
The Preston Plumber (1950s footballer) Click to show or hide the answer
Jubilee Jim, The Barnum of Wall Street Click to show or hide the answer
The First Lady of Song, the Queen of Jazz (1917–96) Click to show or hide the answer
The Queen of Soul (was literally crowned onstage with this title in 1968); died in 2018, aged 76 Click to show or hide the answer
Fluff (Australian–born, British–based radio disc jockey) Click to show or hide the answer
The King of Hollywood (from 1938; originally suggested jokingly by Spencer Tracy, but voted by readers of Ed Sullivan's newspaper column; died 1960) Click to show or hide the answer
The Man with the Golden Flute (born Belfast 1939; principal flautist of the Berlin Philharmonic, 1969–75, left to pursue a solo career) Click to show or hide the answer
Bapu (father) Click to show or hide the answer
El Niño (Spanish golfer – member of the European Ryder Cup teams 1999–2014; winner of the Players Championship, unofficially known as "the fifth major in 2008) Click to show or hide the answer
Big Bird (6' 8" West Indian fast bowler: 259 Test wickets and 146 in ODIs, 1977–87 – and only 672 runs in Tests and 239 in ODIs!) Click to show or hide the answer
The Queen of MGM (1940s) Click to show or hide the answer
Farmer George Click to show or hide the answer
Prinny (when heir to the throne); The First Gentleman of Europe Click to show or hide the answer
Dizzy (Australian cricketer, later first team coach of Yorkshire) Click to show or hide the answer
The People's William, or the G. O. M. (Grand Old Man) Click to show or hide the answer
King of Jungle (as opposed to King of the Jungle) – real name Clifford Price Click to show or hide the answer
The King of Swing (US bandleader, 1909–86) Click to show or hide the answer
The Doctor, The Old Man, or The Champion Click to show or hide the answer
The Fen Tiger Click to show or hide the answer
The Nine Days' Queen Click to show or hide the answer
Mr. Five Percent (Turkish–born oil magnate, 1896 – 1955) Click to show or hide the answer
Marvelous (US Middleweight boxer, 1980s) Click to show or hide the answer
The Lion of Judah (self–styled) Click to show or hide the answer
Diddy Dave (David) Click to show or hide the answer
Father of the Blues Click to show or hide the answer
The Rochdale Cowboy (after his only hit single) Click to show or hide the answer
The original Platinum Blonde, and the original Blonde Bombshell (after starring in the films Platinum Blonde (1931) and Bombshell (1933)) Click to show or hide the answer
Chopper (Chelsea defender – 655 League games, 1961–80) Click to show or hide the answer
Bean, Hawk (jazz tenor saxophonist) Click to show or hide the answer
The Father of the Symphony, Papa Joseph Click to show or hide the answer
The Black Bradman Click to show or hide the answer
The Hitman (US welterweight boxer, 1980s) Click to show or hide the answer
The Grocer Click to show or hide the answer
The Queen of Mean (billionaire New York hotel operator, d. 2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Beauclerk Click to show or hide the answer
The Father of History (ancient Greek historian) Click to show or hide the answer
The Dancing Destroyer (British heavyweight and cruiserweight boxer, born Nigeria 1971) Click to show or hide the answer
The Hurricane Click to show or hide the answer
The Wizard of Wishaw (snooker player, world champion 1998 and 2007) Click to show or hide the answer
The Rabbi (TV football pundit) Click to show or hide the answer
The father of medicine (ancient Greek physician) Click to show or hide the answer
The Ettrick Shepherd (Scottish poet) Click to show or hide the answer
Whispering Death (West Indies bowler, 1980s – nickname given by umpires!) Click to show or hide the answer
Lady Day Click to show or hide the answer
The Real Deal (undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion, 1990–2) Click to show or hide the answer
The Railway King (local politician and entrepreneur – 19th century Britain) Click to show or hide the answer
The Baron of Beefcake Click to show or hide the answer
Crazy Horse (English footballer, 1970s – died 2004 aged 57) Click to show or hide the answer
Darwin's Bulldog (English biologist, 1825–95 – for his advocacy of the theory of evolution) Click for more information  Click to show or hide the answer
Old Hickory (7th US President, 1829–37) Click to show or hide the answer
The Hanging Judge (1680s) Click to show or hide the answer
The Second Adam Click to show or hide the answer
The Maid of Orleans Click to show or hide the answer
Referred to by Rod Stewart as "Sharon" Click to show or hide the answer
The Big Unit (US baseball pitcher) Click to show or hide the answer
Bricklayer (after his father's occupation) Click to show or hide the answer
Pearl (US rock singer, late 1960s) Click to show or hide the answer
Air (US basketball superstar) Click to show or hide the answer
White Lightning (Cuban sprinter, 1970s) Click to show or hide the answer
The Great Stone Face (or simply Stoneface) Click to show or hide the answer
The Father of Existentialism (Danish philosopher, 1813–55) Click to show or hide the answer
Le Crocodil (The Crocodile – French tennis player of the 1920s, d. 1996) Click to show or hide the answer
Elia (pseudonym of) Click to show or hide the answer
The Jersey Lily (actress, and mistress of Edward VII) Click to show or hide the answer
The Clockwork Mouse (Austrian motor racing driver, 1970s) Click to show or hide the answer
The Rockhampton Rocket Click to show or hide the answer
The Flying Pig (Liverpool goalkeeper, 1960s) Click to show or hide the answer
Little Miss Dynamite Click to show or hide the answer
Two–time PDC World Darts Champion – a former protégé of Phil Taylor, and a practice partner in their home city of Stoke–on–Trent: nicknamedJackpot, after he won a $72,000 jackpot in a casino in Las Vegas, in 2005, but was unable to claim the money as at 20 he was under–age by US gaming laws (although eligible in the UK) Click to show or hide the answer
The Killer Click to show or hide the answer
Champagne Charlie (Music Hall artiste) Click to show or hide the answer
The Swedish Nightingale Click to show or hide the answer
Bumble (former England cricketer, later a commentator) – due to his perceived facial resemblance to Michael Bentine's Bumblies (1954 children's TV series) Click to show or hide the answer
The Welsh Wizard Click to show or hide the answer
The Lion of Vienna (footballer, Bolton Wanderers and England – died 2011 aged 85; the nickname arose following England's 3–2 victory over Austria on 25 May 1952) Click to show or hide the answer
The British Bulldog, The Blackpool Rock (British heavyweight boxing champion, 1958–9) Click to show or hide the answer
The Brown Bomber Click to show or hide the answer
The Sun King (Le Roi Soleil), Le Grand Monarch Click to show or hide the answer
The July Monarch (last king of France, 1838) Click to show or hide the answer
Voted Queen of Hollywood 1938, when Clark Gable was voted King Click to show or hide the answer
The Beloved Physician Click to show or hide the answer
The Forces' Sweetheart Click to show or hide the answer
The Brockton Blockbuster Click to show or hide the answer
The Father of Radio Click to show or hide the answer
Madame Deficit Click to show or hide the answer
Anne's Great Captain; Corporal John Click to show or hide the answer
Gorbals Mick (Speaker of the House of Commons, 2000–9) Click to show or hide the answer
Bloody Mary (but the cocktail wasn't invented until at least 1920, and the immediate inspiration was probably Mary Pickford) Click to show or hide the answer
The Wizard of the Dribble Click to show or hide the answer
Cap'n Bob; the Bouncing Czech Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Queen of the Mods (TV presenter – Ready Steady Go) Click to show or hide the answer
The Clones (clone–iss) Cyclone Click to show or hide the answer
The Body (Australian supermodel) Click to show or hide the answer
The Angel of Death (Nazi war criminal) Click to show or hide the answer
The Cannibal (after a team–mate told his daughter he would never let anyone else win) Click to show or hide the answer
The Burnhopefield Basher (English cricketer, 1960s) Click to show or hide the answer
Wor Jackie (English footballer, 1950s) Click to show or hide the answer
The Countess of Dudley (Music Hall artiste) Click to show or hide the answer
The Cheeky Chappie (Music Hall artiste) Click to show or hide the answer
The Brazilian Bombshell (1950s singer) Click to show or hide the answer
The Mongoose (British heavyweight boxer, 1950s) Click to show or hide the answer
Pitbull (Harlequins and England hooker) Click to show or hide the answer
Van the Man, the Belfast Cowboy (both originating at his performance as a guest at The Band's 1976 farewell concert, after a 2–year sabbatical, which was filmed by Martin Scorsese) Click to show or hide the answer
The Originator of Jazz (self–styled) Click to show or hide the answer
The Alderman (BBC Test Match Special commentator, 1974–91 – so named by Brian Johnston; died in 1999 aged 74) Click to show or hide the answer
Il Duce (European political leader) Click to show or hide the answer
Nasty (Romanian tennis player) Click to show or hide the answer
The Bravest of the Brave (French general) Click to show or hide the answer
The Golden Bear Click to show or hide the answer
Pineapple–face (Panamanian dictator, died 2017) Click to show or hide the answer
The Great White Shark Click to show or hide the answer
The Flying Finn (before Lasse Viren) Click to show or hide the answer
The Factory King (1830s & 40s) Click to show or hide the answer
The Liberator (Irish politician, 1775–1847) Click to show or hide the answer
Chariots (English rugby player) Click to show or hide the answer
Queen of the Swashbucklers Click to show or hide the answer
Originally came to fame (on TV and with a spin–off book) as the Naked Chef Click to show or hide the answer
Father of the Atom Bomb Click to show or hide the answer
The Rocket, The Essex Exocet (English snooker player, 1990s–2000s) Click to show or hide the answer
Bird (short for Yardbird) – US jazz saxophonist, 1920–55 Click to show or hide the answer
Old Blood and Guts (US WWII general) Click to show or hide the answer
Sweetness (American footballer) Click to show or hide the answer
Psycho (Nottingham Forest & England, 1985–99, 78 caps) Click to show or hide the answer
Black Jack (US Army Chief of Staff) Click to show or hide the answer
The Baltimore Bullet (US Olympic swimmer) Click to show or hide the answer
Scud (Australian tennis player) Click to show or hide the answer
The Little Sparrow (French singer, died 1963 aged 47) Click to show or hide the answer
The World's Sweetheart, America's Sweetheart Click to show or hide the answer
Queen of Aintree Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
The Great Commoner (although eventually awarded a peerage) Click to show or hide the answer
The Sailor's Friend (died 1898) Click to show or hide the answer
Dubbed "Jack the Dripper" by Time magazine, 1956 (US painter – died in 1956, aged 44, in a car crash) Click to show or hide the answer
The Wasp of Twickenham Click to show or hide the answer
King of the Mambo (billed as such on his first and only No. 1 hit, 1955) Click to show or hide the answer
Two Jags (Labour cabinet minister) Click to show or hide the answer
King of the Grand Guignol, Merchant of Menace, Bink Click to show or hide the answer
The Menace (former world darts champion) Click to show or hide the answer
The Professor, The Calculator, The King of Rio (French Formula 1 driver, 4 times world champion) Click to show or hide the answer
The Ice Man (Formula 1 World Champion 2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Tremendous Knowledge (Egghead) Click to show or hide the answer
The Mad Monk Click to show or hide the answer
The White Feather (footballer – Middlesbrough 1996–7) Click to show or hide the answer
Nabob of Sob, Sultan of Sob, Tearleader, Prince of Wails Click to show or hide the answer
The Great Communicator (the 40th US President) Click to show or hide the answer
Dracula (world champion snooker player) Click to show or hide the answer
The Vulcan (British politician, 1990s) Click to show or hide the answer
Crookback Click to show or hide the answer
The Prime Minister of Mirth Click to show or hide the answer
The Thunder from Down Under (snooker player – world champion 2010) Click to show or hide the answer
The Sea–Green Incorruptible (French revolutionary leader) Click to show or hide the answer
Billy Whizz (England rugby union player, 2001–7) Click to show or hide the answer
Captain Marvel (England footballer: 90 caps, 1981–90, 65 as captain) Click to show or hide the answer
King of the Cowboys (from 1943) Click to show or hide the answer
The Desert Fox (German World War II general) Click to show or hide the answer
Le Douanier Click to show or hide the answer
Razor (Premiership footballer, turned TV and radio personality – after a boxer with the same surname) Click to show or hide the answer
The Bambino, The Sultan of Swat, The Colossus of Clout, The King of Crash, The Home Run King, The Big Guy Click to show or hide the answer
Father of the Soviet H–bomb Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Pistol Pete (US tennis player: 15 Grand Slams, including 7 Wimbledons and 5 US Opens, 1990–2002) Click to show or hide the answer
The Tenth Muse Click to show or hide the answer
Stormin' Norman (commander of coalition forces in the Gulf War, 1991) Click to show or hide the answer
Flash (Harry) Click to show or hide the answer
The Lion of Judah Click to show or hide the answer
The Clown Prince of Soccer (1950s) Click to show or hide the answer
The Juice Click to show or hide the answer
Ol' Blue Eyes Click to show or hide the answer
The Beast of Bolsover Click to show or hide the answer
Empress of the Blues (died 1937 in a car accident, aged 43) Click to show or hide the answer
Slammin' Sammy (golfer, died 2002 4 days before his 90th birthday) Click to show or hide the answer
The Baby–Faced Assassin (Man U and Norway footballer, born 1973; the same nickname has been used for other sportsmen, but he was probably the first) Click to show or hide the answer
The March King Click to show or hide the answer
The Demon Bowler (died 1926) Click to show or hide the answer
The Walrus (US golfer – Masters champion 1982) Click to show or hide the answer
La Stupenda (after Lucia di Lammermoor, La Scala, 1961) Click to show or hide the answer
The Choirboy (jockey – rode Shergar to victory in the 1981 Derby) Click to show or hide the answer
The Silver Fox (snooker player – top 16 1976–86) Click to show or hide the answer
The Power (PDC World darts champion, 13 times to 2006) Click to show or hide the answer
The Colossus of Roads (English civil engineer and man of letters, 1757–1834 – so dubbed by his friend Robert Southey) Click to show or hide the answer
Father of the Hydrogen Bomb (Hungarian–born US physicist, 1908–2003) Click to show or hide the answer
The Little Flower of Jesus (19th Century French nun) Click to show or hide the answer
The Grinder (Canadian snooker player, world champion 1980) Click to show or hide the answer
Big Bill (1920s tennis star) Click to show or hide the answer
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Click to show or hide the answer
The Velvet Fog (US jazz singer, 1925–9) Click to show or hide the answer
The Hairy Monster, The Hairy Cornflake (both self–styled) Click to show or hide the answer
Father of the RAF Click to show or hide the answer
Fiery Fred Click to show or hide the answer
Last of the Red–Hot Mamas Click to show or hide the answer
The Sweater Girl Click to show or hide the answer
The Fighting Marine (world heavyweight boxing champion, 1926–8) Click to show or hide the answer
Deadly (Kent and England cricketer, 1960s / 70s) Click to show or hide the answer
The Muscles from Brussels Click to show or hide the answer
Sassy, The Divine One (US jazz singer, died 1990) Click to show or hide the answer
The Widow of (at) Windsor Click to show or hide the answer
The Red Priest (Italian Baroque composer) Click to show or hide the answer
The Voice (classically–trained singer, born Salford 1966) Click to show or hide the answer
The Duke (after a dog he owned as a child); British TV presenter David Dickinson uses the same nickname, largely because he is a fan Click to show or hide the answer
The Iron Duke Click to show or hide the answer
The Punk Princess of Fashion Click to show or hide the answer
The Walrus of Love (US soul, funk and disco singer, 1944–2003) Click to show or hide the answer
The Whirlwind Click to show or hide the answer
The Universal Provider Click to show or hide the answer
Dubbed Doris Karloff by Labour MP Paul Flynn (opposition spokesperson during the Blair government) Click to show or hide the answer
The Sailor King (served under Nelson) Click to show or hide the answer
The Morning Star of the Reformation (English religious reformer) Click to show or hide the answer
The Bishop (presenter of ITV's Stars on Sunday) Click to show or hide the answer

Nickname given to Margaret Thatcher in 1970, when Education secretary (after she abolished free milk for primary school children) Click to show or hide the answer

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