A nickname is a familiar or humorous name given to someone instead of their real name.
Pretty much everyone has or has had one, and they're often used to address a loved one or friend with love and affection. They can be creative, funny, or even obnoxious, but one thing's for certain--they're always personal.
Are you looking for an idea for a hilarious name to call yourself, a significant other, family member, pet, or friend? Look no further!
Below you’ll find out how to transform a name into a nickname, get ideas on how to make them up for both guys and girls, and find examples of nicknames.You'll even find famous nicknames and some nickname generators to help get your brain juices flowing.
By the way, this article is written mostly for a North American English-speaking audience. If you have any information on nicknames in other languages or countries, please feel free to share in the comments!
How to Make a Funny Nickname
Nicknames can be created in a variety of ways. Usually, they're given to someone instead of being chosen and typically highlight an aspect of someone’s personality, background, name, or relationship.
Often, they indicate some sort of familiarity or closeness between the nicknam-ed and the nickname-er. Usually humor plays a big part in nicknaming, and names are as often ironic as they are straightforward (i.e., a large person being called either Tiny or Huge).
Nicknaming: The Basics
Nicknames can come from a lot of places. One of the most obvious is a person's actual name, which can be shortened or modified.
This includes contractions of longer names like “Greta” instead of “Margaret” or dropping letters in a name, like “Walt” from “Walter.” There are, of course, lots of ways to modify names and these aren't the only ones.
Nicknames are also based off of other personal characteristics, like where someone is from, their appearance, personality, their relationship to you, a similarity to a fictional character, or their quirks and lifestyle traits.
Here are some examples of nicknames based off of personal characteristics and actual given names:
Based on name:
Sonya “The Wat” Watkins
Lucille “Lulu” Lewis
William “Buck” Collier
Ingrid “Inna” Acosta
Lauren “Fitz” Fitzgerald
Based on origin or residence:
Peter “Oklahoma” Aldrich
Dean “Smallville” Raab
Sherry “New York” Freeman
Isabel “California” Whitmarsh
Based on physical characteristics:
Wayne “Hairball” Suarez
Lynn “Beanbrain” Williams
Mitchell “Tiny” Freeman
Cathy “Babe” Lorenz
Archie “Slimjim” Hopkins
Based on personality or habit:
Kimberly “Twitch” Harris
Edward “Smooth Move” Kemp
Scott “Big Nasty” Bail
Thomas “Chitchat” Curtis
Based on fictional characters:
Madison “Snow White” Atkins
Callum “Frodo” Vincent
Elise “Buffy” Wells
Ellis “Conan O’Brien” Ross
How to Modify a Real Name to Make a Funny Nickname
There are several suffixes that are commonly used to make nicknames, like adding an "s" or shortening the word altogether. Take the common name “Emily” for example. Here are some variations on it:
You can also combine last name and first name in a variety of different ways to make nicknames. Take the name “Emily Davidson.”
There are many different ways to do this and more are being created all the time. Maybe instead of searching for outside inspiration for a nickname, start with the name itself and see what you can do.
Some Examples of Modifying a Name Into a Nickname
Pet Name Ideas for Boyfriends and Girlfriends
Pet names are a special way that couples can communicate. You'll probably want to choose one that is unique to you two and isn’t just a common nickname like “Sweetie” or “Honey.”
That said, just like in the above section where you can use suffixes to create new names from old ones, you can create new pet names using the following common romantic names by combining them together and adding your own names in.
You can see examples for some of these in the tables below - the order of the words just depends on how they sound to you. This is an art, not a science!
Combining Common Pet Names to Create New Ones
Combining Your Name with Common Pet Names
Funny Nicknames for Guys: Romantic
If you’re looking for terms of endearment for your special guy, but want to stay away from cliched words like “honey,” “sweetie,” and “darling,” then choose something unique or even better—choose something funny.
Just be careful because sometimes what’s intended to be funny and lighthearted may come across as offensive if you pick ego-busting or embarrassing names.
That said, most guys don't mind funny nicknames so long as they come from a place of love. Be sure to be sensitive though.
Funny Nicknames for Guys: Non-romantic
Maybe you’re just looking for new names to use on your guy friends.
For nicknames between guy friends, there’s a lot of room to have fun. Using the word “bro” was popularized in the movie “I Love You Man” and there is an infinity of monikers that you can create using it as a base.
Here are some examples of funny "bro" monickers:
Here are some other ones that would be good for guy friends too:
This, of course, does not exclude using any number of other male-specific terms, like dude, guy, bud, fella, man, etc.
Funny Nicknames for Girls: Romantic
Are you looking for a hilarious pet name for a special girl because she's too cool for played out terms of endearment such as honey, baby and the like?
Take a look at the nicknames below and see if anything might fit with your lady. Just remember that the key to a good nickname is making sure it rings true to both the person who’s being named as well as your friends.
Also, make sure it’s something the nicknamed person likes—we may love the humor in funny nicknames but it’s easy to cross the line into being obnoxious.
Here are some examples—remember that these are just suggestions. Feel free to make new ones specific to your loved one.
Funny Nicknames for Girls: Non-romantic
Maybe you’re searching for something to casually address your female pals with that’s both memorable and funny?
With nicknames for girls, you can easily use combinations of words like sister, lady, girl, chick and variations (i.e. sistah, ladies, girlie, chickadee, etc.). You can also experiment with making things plural to add a different sound.
Here are some examples of some funny nicknames for girls, but feel free to innovate!
Funny Pet Nicknames
Funny Nicknames for Your Pet
We love our pet dogs and cats because—to us—they are the most endearing thing ever. We often can’t help but keep coming up with names for them that are cute, funny, or unique.
I always love hearing when pets are named after a different animal, like when dog owners call their pets "wolf,” "duck,” "panda," or "bear." I even named my dog 'kitty.' I don’t *think* she’s bothered by it.
Here are some pet name ideas:
Weemie-kins (pro tip: adding “kins” to the end of a name can turn it into a fun nickname)
Lucyfir (puns can make fun pet nicknames)
You can also check out this list of funny nicknames for your pet: Funny Names for Cats and Dogs
Funny and Famous Nicknames of Criminals, Sports Heroes, Politicians, and Celebrities
Some lines of work tend to create nicknames more than others. One thing that criminals, sports heroes, politicians, and celebrities have in common is that they’re often...well...famous. Or at least notable. Baseball is especially known for its nicknames.
Here are some of the names of the (sometimes) rich and famous:
Al “Scarface” Capone
Jake “Greasy Thumb” Guzik
Carmine “The Cigar” Galante
Dennis “The Worm” Rodman
Charles “Sir Charles” Barkley
Kareem “C” Abdul-Jabbar
Lou “Biscuit Pants” Gehrig
Mickey “Muscles” Mantle
David “Big Papi” Ortiz
Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson (U.S. President)
Tony “America’s Poodle” Blair (U.K. Prime Minister)
Maurice “Le Cheuf” Duplessis (Quebec Premier)
Arnold “The Governator” Schwazaneggar
Don “The Merchant of Venom” Rickles
Beyonce “Queen Bey” Knowles
Looking to get Started with Some Nickname Ideas? Try out a Funny Nickname Generator
Having some trouble coming up with nicknames? Try out one of these name generators. You might not find the perfect one, but at the very least you'll be entertained.
- Rap nickname generator: Have you always thought you were a rapper in disguise? Or maybe you’ve got some material and need the perfect name to make it big. Check out this rap name generator and maybe you’’ll find your alter ego.
- Weird and themed nickname generator: If you’re looking for something a little more “out there,” Seventh Sanctum provides a ton of name generators for everything from evil names to pirate ships and goblins. Oh the name-generating possibilities!
- Funny nickname generator: Sometimes it’s just fun to see words smashed together that sound funny. This generator has some funny combinations that may be enough to get your imagination rolling, or maybe you could take one as-is.
Do You Know a Hilarious Nickname?
sa on October 13, 2015:
My nickname is anu
sana hareem on October 13, 2015:
Plz add in this nicknames 'lady mogambo',she is my X bext friend
Kaiden on July 31, 2015:
Riley on July 16, 2015:
Diana on March 27, 2015:
My nick name was "dirty Diana" because of a song but then shortened to DD ( Dunkin doughnuts XD) and I am now somehow stuck with the nickname Madusa (however you spell it), as in the snake haired lady. I seriously need to make a good nickname for my friend who came up with it.....
sidnie on March 14, 2015:
My nickname is squid or curb stomper...
Fried potato on September 20, 2014:
How about friedpancakes?
AwesomeSquidood on September 20, 2013:
"DeeDee" was my nickname in high school lol