Nicknames are big in the south. Sometimes nicknames are given to describe a physical attribute, birth order or simply an intentional mispronunciation of a given name. Here are some of the more common nicknames for boys in the south.
This is the most well-known nickname for boys in the south. The word Bubba is actually a mispronunciation of the word Brother. Many young Southern siblings mistakenly call their brother 'my bubba' and it sticks. Bubba is often depicted as a redneck with his beer belly hanging from underneath his too tight t-shirt, a cigarette hanging from his gap-toothed mouth, swigging from a Budweiser. In the true South, the nicknames of Bubba and Bo are often used for the same person.
Many tall and skinny boys in the south are nicknamed Worm. Worm is a better nickname than Snake, which is not commonly used among Southern gentlemen. In the south, Snake indicates someone mean but Worm just means the guy is skinny. Most boys in the south are not happy with the nickname Worm. In some Southern states, the nickname Slim and Worm are used interchangeably.
A Southern boy with the nickname of Squirrel is usually scrawny and often has small facial features and beady eyes. Alternatively, Squirrel can be used as a nickname for someone who is very large. For the extremely large Southern fellows, Tiny is the most common nickname.
If you are a junior, Butch is a frequent nickname. But don't think of Butch as a description of physical characteristics because Butches can come in all shapes and sizes. Of course, Junior is another familiar nickname in the south. But sometimes calling a junior Junior is too obvious, so Butch it is.
The nickname of Buzzard is given to describe particular physical attributes. If a Southern boy is gawky and has a long nose, he is most certainly going to be nicknamed Buzzard. Buzzard is another nickname that boys in the south are not happy to carry through life. Many Buzzards, Worms and even Squirrels start to refer to themselves by their given names around the age of 18.
Bubba is the only one I've actually heard. I always wondered where it came from. Thanks for enlightening this yankee.
Congratulations on the front page! Love the southern names!
Fun list!! Congrats on front page!
I've heard them all except worm~guess I'm not around the South enough, but the warm air and sun sound good about now. Congrats!
I had a cousin Bud from the South and a brother Butch born here in the North with me. I've heard of the rest. People like nicknames because they can distinguish a person. Besides, many of them have stories. Thanks for sharing.
Good to see this list I enjoyed the first time on the front page! Congratulations!
Congrats on front page. I'm from Texas and never heard these nicknames except Bubba. Interesting.
Returning to congratulate you on the front page spot. Great list.
Bubba's Buddy's and Bo's are typically well liked regardless of appearance or intellectual capacity. That's why everyone calls them 'brother' ;}
Right on, names are cool in the South.
I often hear the nick name worm since I moved south and had no clue why they called them that. Very interesting. We also argue over the word toboggan; to me it is a sled that is long and can carry many people.. in the south it is a nit hat.
Golly, now I know!
Love this list. Thought I'd see Bud or Buddy, but that might be more common here in the north.
Good list...one that I had thought of creating, but decided against it since I'm not really from the south. "Buzzard" is one that I haven't heard of....probably because I'm not originally from the south.
My son is tall and thin and thank goodness no one calls him Worm. LOL! Thanks for the list of nicknames for boys in the south.
I didn't know the origin of Bubba! In fact these names are pretty much all news to this Yank. Enjoyed your descriptions and rationale behind these southern names!
I learned the common boys names in the south from your ListMy5. They are cute ones.
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