List of British regional nicknames

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The United Kingdom has many nicknames for residents of its countries, cities and regions, for example, residents of Liverpool are referred to as Liverpudlians or Scousers. Some of these names are a badge of pride, in other cases they can be considered offensive.

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A - B [edit]

Aberdeen 
Aberdonian or simply A Don
Arbroath 
Red Lichtie or Lichtie
Barnsley 
Tykes,[1] Colliers (a former mining community), Dingles (A reference used by other places in South Yorkshire (Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster) to the supposed high amounts of inbreeding within Barnsley and the similarities to the family on Emmerdale.)
Burnley 
Dingles, a reference to Burnley's proximity to Yorkshire and the family from the TV soap opera Emmerdale (normally used by people from Blackburn, Preston and other parts of Lancashire)
Birmingham 
Brummie[2]
Black Country 
Yam Yam,[3] Ninehead
Blackpool 
Blackpudlian,[4] Sandgronian, Donkey Lasher
Bolton : Trotters
Bristol 
Ciderheads, Bristolian
Brighton 
Brightonians, Gay Boys (due to the LGBT nightlife in the town)
Britain 
Brit,[5] Britons,[5] British, Britisher, Limeys in Canada and the United States,[6] Pommys in Australia and New Zealand.[7]
Bury 
Shakers

C - D [edit]

Caithness 
Gallach[8]
Cambridge 
Cantabrigian
Cardiganshire 
Cardi[9]
Cheltenham 
Cheltonian
Chester 
Cestrian
Chesterfield 
Cestrefeldian, Spireite
Colchester 
Colcestrian, Colchie, Roman, Camuloonie, Steamie, Castler. Cross'n'Crowner (after Colchester's coat of arms).
Cornwall 
Cornish, Kernowick, Merry-Jack, Mera-Jack, Uncle Jack or Cousin Jack (when abroad)
Coventry 
Coventrian, Godivas
Crawley  
Insect[10]
Cumbria 
Cumbrian
Darwen 
Darrener
Devon 
Devonian
Dumfries 
Doonhamer
Dundee 
Dundonian, Coagie

D - G [edit]

Durham 
Posh Geordie
Edinburgh 
Edinbronian, Edinburger, Edinbourgeois, Edin, The Burgh, Edinbugger, Embra
England 
Sassenach, Red Coat, Inglish,[11] Nigel, Guffie, (in Northeast Scotland), Sais, Englandshire (in Scotland), The Shire (in Scotland).
Essex 
Essex Calf (archaic), Eastie, Essexer, Esser, wideboys, Saxon, slags, Scimitars (from the County Arms)
Exeter 
Exonian
Forest of Dean 
Forester
Fraserburgh 
Brocher[12]
Glasgow 
Glaswegian,[12][13] Keelie,[14][15] Weegie,[16]
Grimsby 
Cod Head (after the fishing port in Grimsby)
Guisborough 
Guisborian[17] Also used as name for alumni of Guisborough Grammar School and Prior Pursglove College.
Gillingham
Chavs, Medwayers
Guernsey 
Donkey
Gosport 
Turk-towners

H - K [edit]

Hartlepool 
Monkey Hanger[18] or Poolie
Horsham 
Horshamite
Kingston upon Hull 
Hullensian
Kirkcaldy 
Langtonian
Ipswich 
Twelve Toes
Isle of Wight 
Caulkhead (named after the caulking of boats)
Jersey 
Bean, (Crapaud, meaning "toad" in French)
Kirriemuir 
Kirriemairian

L [edit]

Lancashire 
Lancastrian; Yonner (specifically south-eastern Lancashire)
Leeds 
Loiner,[19] Leodensian (as heard in the song "I Predict a Riot" by The Kaiser Chiefs).
Leicester 
Rat-eye (from the Roman name for the city: Ratae), Chisits (from the pronunciation of "how much is it", when shopping in Skegness)[citation needed]; Foxes
Leicestershire 
Beanbelly (from the eating of broad beans)[20]
Leigh 
Lobbygobbler, Leyther
Lincolnshire 
Yellow belly (after a species of frog common in the Lincolnshire and East Anglian Fens)[21]
Liverpool 
Liverpudlian,[22] Scouse or Scouser,[23] Mickey Mouse[24]
Antonyms
Plastic Scouser: a person who purports to be from Liverpool, but is not.[25] Woolyback: anyone not from Liverpool, but in particular refers to people living in the surrounding towns such as Birkenhead, Ellesmere Port, Runcorn, Warrington, Widnes, Wigan, and St Helens.[26][27]
Llanelli 
Turk
London 
Limey, Cockney[28][29] Londoner, Del Boy, Shandy
Luton 
Lutonian, Hatter

M - N [edit]

Macclesfield 
Maxonian
Maidenhead 
Maidonian
Manchester 
Mancunian, Manc
Marlow 
Marlovian
Malmesbury 
Jackdaw
Melton Mowbray 
Meltonian
Middlesbrough 
Smoggie,[30] an abbreviation of Smog Monster[31]
Milton Keynes 
Cattle, Plastic Cow-Jockey, Thief
Nantwich 
Dabber
Neath 
Abbey-Jack, blacks, black-jacks.
Newcastle 
Geordie, Novocastrian
Northamptonshire 
Cobbler
Northern England 
Northerner, Northern Monkey, Northcountryman
North Wales 
Gog[32]
Norwich
Carrot Cruncher, Country Bumpkin, Norfolk Dumpling, Norvician
Nottingham
Nottinghamian, Bogger
Nuneaton
Codder, Treacletowner

O - R [edit]

Oldham 
Yonner (from Oldham pronunciation of 'yonder' as in 'up yonner')
Orkney 
Orcadian
Oxford 
Oxonian
Peterhead 
Bluemogganer, Blue-Tooner
Plymouth 
Janner. Originally a person who spoke with a Devon accent,[33][34] now simply any West Countryman.[33] In naval slang, this is specifically a person from Plymouth.[34]
Portsmouth 
Plastic Cockney/Skate

S [edit]

Scotland 
Scottie, Jocks[35] Mac
Scunthorpe
Scunthonian[36]
Sheffield 
Sheffielder.
Shropshire 
Salopian
South Shields  
Sand dancer
Southampton 
Mush, Scummer (used by people from Portsmouth)
Southern England 
Southerner, Southern Shandy, Shandy Drinkers
Southport 
Sandgrounder
Stoke-on-Trent 
Potter, Clay Head, Stokie
Stockport 
Stopfordian, Stoconian
Sunderland 
Mackem[37]
Sutherland 
Cattach
Swansea 
Jack, Swansea Jack
Swindon 
Moonraker

T - V [edit]

Tarbert, Loch Fyne 
Dooker (named after guillemot and razorbill, sea-birds once a popular food among Tarbert natives)
Tavistock 
Tavonian
Teesside 
Smoggie
Truro 
Truronian

W [edit]

Wales 
Taff (slightly xenophobic),[38] Taffy[citation needed], Trog[citation needed]
Walsall 
Saddler
Warrington 
Wire, Wirepuller (after the local wire industry),
Welshpool 
Soupie
West Riding of Yorkshire 
Wessie (in other parts of Yorkshire)
Westmorland 
Westmerian
Weymouth and Portland 
Kimberlin (Portland name for a person from Weymouth)
Whitehaven 
Marra
Wigan 
Pie-eater, Purrer, Wiganer
Wiltshire 
Moonraker
Winchester 
Wintonian
Wolverhampton 
Wulfrunian
Workington 
Jam Eater

Y - Z [edit]

Yorkshire 
Tyke, Yorkie, Yorkshireman

See also [edit]

Citations [edit]

  1. ^ "tyke", (Partridge, Dalzell & Victor 2007, pp. 674)
  2. ^ "Brummie", (Partridge, Dalzell & Victor 2007, pp. 95)
  3. ^ "Wolverhampton researches Black Country dialect". The Guardian. 2003-01-27. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  4. ^ Viner, Brian (11 April 2001). "Welcome to fabulous Las Blackpool, Lancashire". independent.co.uk. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Brit", (Partridge, Dalzell & Victor 2007, pp. 92)
  6. ^ "limey", (Partridge, Dalzell & Victor 2007, pp. 401)
  7. ^ "pommy", (Partridge, Dalzell & Victor 2007, pp. 506–507)
  8. ^ Transactions of the Gaelic Society. Gaelic Society of Inverness. p. 97. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  9. ^ "Cardi", (Partridge, Dalzell & Victor 2007, pp. 119)
  10. ^ http://www.thisissussex.co.uk/Crawley-mapped-Creepy-new-map-database/story-12594611-detail/story.html
  11. ^ "Sassenach", (Robinson 1985, pp. 581)
  12. ^ a b Adrian Room (2003). Placenames of the world: origins and meanings of the names for over 5000 natural features, countries, capitals, territories, cities, and historic sites. McFarland. p. 426. ISBN 978-0-7864-1814-5. 
  13. ^ Resistance in James Kelman’s 'How ... - Google Books. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  14. ^ "Brewer, E. Cobham. Dictionary of Phrase & Fable. Nicknames". Bartleby.com. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  15. ^ "keelie", (Robinson 1985, pp. 335)
  16. ^ Payam Zarrabizadeh. "Off the Brochure Travel Guide: Glasgow, Scotland". Peter Greenberg. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  17. ^ "Old Guisborian 7793". Guisborough Freemasons. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  18. ^ "The Hartlepool Monkey, Who hung the monkey?". This is Hartlepool. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  19. ^ "Loiner", (Partridge, Dalzell & Victor 2007, pp. 406)
  20. ^ Evans, Arthur Benoni (1881) Leicestershire Words, Phrases, and Proverbs; enlarged edition, edited by Sebastian Evans. London: N. Trübner for English Dialect Society; p. 101
  21. ^ "Brewer, E. Cobham. Dictionary of Phrase & Fable. Nicknames". Bartleby.com. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  22. ^ Cambridge Dictionaries Online, Liverpudlian
  23. ^ Fazakerley, p. 24
  24. ^ "Mickey Mouse" - rhyming slang for "Scouse", (Partridge, Dalzell & Victor 2007, pp. 429)
  25. ^ www.allwords.com, Plastic Scouser
  26. ^ www.Slang.org.uk, Woolyback
  27. ^ www.allwords.com, Woolyback
  28. ^ "Cockney", (Partridge, Dalzell & Victor 2007, pp. 151)
  29. ^ Hotten, John Camden (1859). "Cockney". A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant and Vulgar Words. p. 22.  Cockney: a native of London. An ancient nickname implying effeminacy, used by the oldest English writers, and derived from the imaginary fool's paradise, or lubberland, Cockaygne.
  30. ^ Harley, Shaun (2007-10-16). "'I was made in Middlesbrough'". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  31. ^ Milward, Richard (2010-01-28). "'Tonight I'm a rock'n'roll scribe: Attack of the slightly slurring smog monster'". Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  32. ^ "gog", (Partridge, Dalzell & Victor 2007, pp. 295)
  33. ^ a b "janner", (Partridge, Dalzell & Victor 2007, pp. 363)
  34. ^ a b Cyril Tawney (1987). "Glossary". Grey funnel lines: traditional song & verse of the Royal Navy, 1900–1970. Taylor & Francis. p. 167. ISBN 978-0-7102-1270-2. 
  35. ^ "jock", (Partridge, Dalzell & Victor 2007, pp. 369)
  36. ^ "Scunthonian", (BBC 2002)
  37. ^ "Quiz: How Much of a Mackem are YOU?". Sunderland Echo. 2009-01-04. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  38. ^ "taff", (Partridge, Dalzell & Victor 2007, pp. 369)

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