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What was your nickname when you were a kid?

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  1. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    My nickname as a kid was "Tubs". I wore a man's size small in a sweater in first grade, and weighed 140 lbs. If I run into a friend from where I lived as a child they still call me Tubs. My dad gave me that name.

    Are any of you brave enough to tell us your nickname when you were a kid, and why or how you got that name? Also, who gave you the name?

    Steve Balistreri
     
  2. below 0

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    Steve...You have way too much time on your hands...Go out and load shells...Odie
     
  3. handlepuller

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    I had multiple nicknames and still answer to them.

    Houley and Julio were the main ones from my last name Houle (pronounced Hool).

    One friend calls me DFer to this day. I'm sure you can guess what that one means!
     
  4. CalamitySJ

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    I grew up on a farm in northern Alberta, feeding the pigs, chickens, milking the cows before getting on the bus for school each morning. Anyone who walks into a barn knows how the stench sets into your hair, clothes, everything, so often I smelled of barn as I walked onto the bus. My name at the time was Sally Parker, which the kids on the bus quickly morphed into 'Sowwy Porker'.

    It stuck for years, until adulthood when I moved off the farm. As an adult I have been given the moniker, 'Calamity' as, if it can go wrong, it will and always to me! Still better than Sowwy Porker, though!
     
  5. yakimaman

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    Mine was Dick (real name Richard) and of course got all the "some look like a Tom, some look like a Harry, you look like a Dick" jokes. But what got it changed to Rich was (excuse the long story here)an experience on the island of Okinawa. 1968 - I was green, only been on the island a month, everyone was running around in satin jackets with tigers and dragons, etc on the back. I bought one, haggled over price and thought I got good deal. A week later a buddy got the same jacket with his name embroidered on it in English and in Japanese for less money that I paid. I went into Naha and gave the shop guy hell about it demanding that I at least get my name done for free. He wasn't happy about it but did it anyway. Asked me what name I wanted and I told him Dick. I got my Jacket, fancy name Dick with the Japanese translation below it. I wore it all over and thought most of the looks I got in the market or off the track in downtown Naha were due to my 6'2" and red hair - not so. Months later I was in a bar and one of the girls picked up my jacket to sit down and looked at the name. She asked "why have this on jacket?" I said "that's my name" She laughed and said "your name, same same" and pointed at my crotch. I found that berating a shop owner can come back to haunt you. My name in English was correct - the Japanese characters said "Chimpo" which is the Japanese word for penis. Jacket went in the trash and from that time on, it's been Rich.
     
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    Althiough my name is Anthony, they did NOT call me Tony. They called me Carl. I played a lot of baseball and I had a very strong throwing arm so they called me Carl after Carl Furillo, the right fielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
     
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    "Luke" I was about twelve when the Paul Newman movie, Cool Hand Luke came out and my dad nicknamed me Luke. Given name is Jim. Luke stuck and I even signed my school papers Luke. There are still a lot of people in out town that just accept the name as my given name. Dad is many years gone but the name and memories of him are still fresh.
     
  8. shooterIII

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    Wow, Its amazing how nick names are given and move on.

    When I was about 3 (70 yrs ago) the owner of the Red & White grocery store in my small town had a sailors cap and gave it to me and started calling me Skipper, that stuck until I got to high school when the kids started calling me "Roop" nick name for Ruppe, my last name and that stuck for years.

    Our son who has the same name a me was tagged with Skip by my parents and today he uses that nick name and signs everything with that; and most of his friends and old class mates don't even know his real first name. He was also tagged with "Roop by his friends in high school.

    His daughter who at 12 is excellent hockey player is called Roop by her friends and team mates.
     
  9. ctreay

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    Until I was 12 my hair was carrot red so I was called 'Red'. By the time I was 20 it was called auburn but I was still 'red'. Today what I have left is gray and there is nobody around who used to call me 'red'.

    ctreay
     
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    "Tripod"

    Curt
     
  11. warren

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    Mine was "Shotgun Johnnie" because of my trapshooting, this was in the late forties when my father was very active in shooting and took me to a lot of shoots in Calif. He bought me a pair of Winchester 21's trap and skeet beautifull guns I wish I still had them.

    warren
     
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    My Mom & Dad always called me "Son" although there were (4) boys in the family. When i started school because my last name is Whitehurst all the kids and still to this day I was called "Whitehorse". Partly because of the last name the other because of my Native Indian heritage (yes i am proud of that). It amazes me the way we(Americans) use "nicknames" to (most of the time) acknowledge our friendship with someone. I think it is a "sign" of RESPECT!!!! Joe W. joe90t
     
  13. senior smoke

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    Joe:
    I find these names very interesting, as it say's a lot about a particular individual. What you say is very true, if you didn't like someone, I don't think you would have a nickname for that person, as it does show a sign of respect in most cases.

    Odie:
    When I write on this site I am usually at school. I am either waiting for a professor to show up for class, or in the library. My wife says, less TS.com and more studying. I graduate in less than two months!!!!
    Steve
     
  14. Tripod

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  15. Gunn

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    All through elementry school they called me BB. As I got to Jr High they just went to my last name which is Gunn. In the Army most officers called me F'Up. Go figure. The inlisted called me Sure shot and shortened to shot. Gunn
     
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    If we are voting on the best/funniest I think CalamitySJ is way out in front with 'Sowwy Porker'

    Shawn
     
  17. schockstrap

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    With a last name like Schocke, I got a lot of nicknames:

    The Shock

    Shockster

    Shockmeister

    Shock Absorber

    Schockstrap

    Shooky (you write one "c" that looks like an "o" and it lives forever)

    and my least favorite: "Shock the monkey" (I hated that friggin song)

    Outside my home, I don't ever recall being called by my first name as a kid, and my parents usually called me by one of my brothers' names (or by one of our dog's name) by mistake.

    --Dan
     
  18. joe90t

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    Schockstrap, I know the feeling about your parents calling you the other kids name. Mine was my brothers calling me "dammit son" you gonna get in trouble for that. They were right most of the time!!!! joe90t
     
  19. GrubbyJack

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    I was in grade school when I found out my real name was not JUMP-UP !!!

    Grubby
     
  20. Go Fish

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    When I was born my grandfather said I looked like a potato and he called me Spud. This nickname stuck with me until I went to High School were I learned my real name was Edward. Still called Spud by some of my relatives after 74 years.

    Ed
     
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