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A sobriquet is usually a familiar name, distinct from a pseudonym assumed as a disguise, but a nickname which is familiar enough such that it can be used in place of a real name without the need of explanation. Here is a list of popular sobriquets.

Sobriquets: Persons and Places
 

 

 

Persons
A list of Sobriquets (Persons) starting alphabetically from A to Z
 
 A
 
Adi Kavi: Valmeeki
 
Anna: C.N. Annadurai
 
 B
 
Babe, The Great Bambino, The Sultan of Swat, The Titan of Terror, The Colossus of Clout, The King of Clash: George Herman Ruth, Jr., American baseball player
 
Badshah Khan/Frontier Gandhi: Abdul Ghaffar Khan
 
Bard of Avon: William Shakespeare
 
Bard of Twickenham: Alexander Pope
 
Bangabandhu (Friend of Bengal): Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, 1st President of Bangladesh
 
Banker to the Poor: Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Managing Director of Grameen Bank.
 
BasedGod: Lil B
 
Becks: David Beckham English Footballer
 
Biggie Smalls: Christopher Wallace, American Hip-Hop and rap singer
 
Bird or Yardbird: Charlie Parker
 
Birdman: Chris Andersen, US basketball player known for his trademark "bird" celebration.
 
Bloody Mary: Queen Mary I of England
 
Body Beautiful Beale: Edith Bouvier Beale
 
Boney: Napoléon Bonaparte, a derogatory nickname used in Britain.
 
Bonnie Prince Charlie: Charles Edward Stuart
 
Bono or Bono vox: Paul Hewson, singer with U2
 
Bonzo: John Bonham
 
Boom Boom Afridi: Shahid Afridi
 
Brangelina: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
 
Brat Pack: group of young actors and actresses who starred in teen-oriented coming-of-age films in the 1980s
 
Broadway Joe: Joe Namath, AFL/NFL American Football player
 
Buddha: Siddhartha Gautama
 
Buffalo Bill: American frontier showman William Frederick Cody
 
Buffalo Jones: Kansas frontiersman Charles "Buffalo" Jones
 
 C
 
Caligula: Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
 
Canuck Canadian: From Johnny Canuck
 
Chemical Ali: Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, Iraqi Information Minister during the 2003 US invasion; also known as Baghdad Bob
 
Comical Ali: Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, Iraqi Information Minister during the 2003 US invasion; also known as Baghdad Bob. Became a minor celebrity in the west for his unflagging optimism and increasingly grandiose announcements.
 
Chosin Few: Survivors of Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir
 
 D
 
DeathStar: DeskStar, a model of disk drives by IBM which had a remarkably high failure rate
 
Deenabandhu: C.F. Andrews
 
der Alte (the old man): Konrad Adenauer
 
Deshabandhu: C.R. Das
 
Desert Fox: Gen. Erwin Rommel
 
Diamond Dave: David Lee Roth, Singer
 
Digger: Australian soldier
 
Donnie Baseball: Don Mattingly
 
Dr. Death: Jack Kevorkian proponent of assisted suicide
 
Dr. J: Julius Erving, Hall of Fame NBA player
 
Dubya: George W. Bush
 
 E
 
El Cauclillo:Francisco Franco
 
 F
 
Father of his country: George Washington
 
Father of the Nation: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
 
Freddie Mercury: Farrokh Bulsara
 
Fuhrer: Adolf Hitler
 
 G
 
Genghis Khan: Temüjin
 
Good Queen Bess: Queen Elizabeth I of England
 
GOP (Grand Old Party): Republican Party (United States)
 
Grand Old Man of Britain: Willian Ewart Glandstone
 
Grand Old Man of India: Dadabhai Naoroji
 
Grits: A media term for the Liberal Party of Canada
 
Gurudev: Rabindranath Tagore
 
Guruji: M S Gohlwalkar
 
H
 
Hanoi Jane: Jane Fonda
 
Haryana Hurricane: Kapil Dev
 
Hef: Hugh Hefner
 
His Airness: Michael Jordan
 
Honest Abe: Abraham Lincoln
 
 I
 
Iceman: George Gervin, Jerry Butler, ABA/NBA Basketball player; Kimi Räikkönen, Formula One racing driver, Chuck Liddell, UFC former light heavy weight champion
 
II Duce: Benito Mussolini
 
Ike Dwight: David Eisenhower
 
Ike: Dwight David
 
Iron Duke: Duke of Wellington
 
Iz the Wiz: Michael Martin, Graffiti Writer
 
J
 
Jesse "The Mind" Ventura:  Jesse Ventura, Professional Wrestler and Former Governor of Minnesota
 
Jesse "The Body" Ventura: Jesse Ventura, Professional Wrestler and Former Governor of Minnesota
 
Jock: a Scot, especially a Scottish soldier
 
Joe the Plumber: Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, an American plumbing contractor
 
Joltin' Joe: Joe Dimaggio, Baseball player; former husband of Marilyn Monroe
 
J.P. or Loknayak: Jayaprakash Narayan
 
K
 
K of P: King of Prussia, PA, USA
 
Kaká: Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite
 
Kaviguru: Rabindranath Tagore
 
King James: LeBron James
 
King Maker: Earl of Warwick
 
Knick Killer: Reggie Miller
 
L
 
Lady with the Lamp: Florence Nightingale
 
Larry Legend: Larry Bird
 
Little Richard: Rev. Richard Wayne Penniman, a prominent figure in rock n' roll.
 
Lokamanya: Bala Gangadhara Thilak
 
M
 
Madge: Madonna
 
Madiba: Nelson Mandela
 
Mahamana: Madan Mohan Malaviya
 
Mahatma: Gandhi
 
Maid of Orleans: Joan of Arc
 
Manitas de Plata: Flamenco guitarist Ricardo Baliardo
 
Man of Blood and Iron: Otto Von Bismarck
 
Man of Destiny: Napolean Bonaparte
 
Man of Peace: Lal Bahadur Shastri
 
Maynard: James Keenan
 
Meat Loaf:  Marvin Aday
 
Megastar: Chiranjeevi (Indian Movie Actor)(Telugu)
 
Ming (the Merciless): Sir Robert Menzies, Prime Minister of Australia 
 
Mother Monster: Lady Gaga
 
Mr. Hockey: Gordie Howe
 
Mr. MojoRisin: Jim Morrison
 
Mr. October: Reggie Jackson Major League Baseball Player and Hall of Famer
 
Muggsy: Tyrone Bogues, NBA Player
 
N
 
Netaji: Subhash Chandra Bose
 
Nightingale of India: Sarojini Naidu
 
O
 
Old Blue Eyes: Frank Sinatra, entertainer
 
Old Hickory: Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States
 
Old Kinderhook (OK): Martin Van Buren, 8th President of the United States
 
Old Nick: in Christianity, the Devil
 
Old Rough and Ready: Zachary Taylor
 
Old St. Nick: Santa Claus
 
P
 
Panditji or Chacha: Jawaharlal Nehru
 
Para (Para's): British soldier in The Parachute Regiment or Paras - The Parachute Regiment
 
Pelé: Edson Arantes do Nascimento
 
Pensioneers: Chelsea football club
 
Pink (stylized P!nk: Alecia Moore
 
Pommy (or Pom): Australian name for an English person
 
Prince of Kolkata: Saurav Ganguly
 
Prince of the Humanists: Desiderius Erasmus
 
Punjab Kesari: Lala Lajpat Rai
 
Q
 
Quaid-e-Azam: Mohammed Ali Jinnah
 
R
 
Rajaji or 'CR': C. Rajagopalachari
 
S
 
Saint Jimmy: Billie Joe Armstrong
 
Saint of the Gutters: Mother Teresa
 
Sandman: Howard Sims, dancer
 
Sassenach: Scottish and Irish term for an English person
 
Satchmo: Louis Armstrong
 
Sher-e-Bangla (Tiger of Bengal): A. K. Fazlul Huq, 20th century Bengali political leader and statesman
 
Slash: Saul Hudson, guitarist.
 
Slick Willie: Bill Clinton, Willie Sutton, Willie Brown, W.W. Herenton
 
Slowhand: Eric Clapton
 
Soapy Sam: Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford
 
Sting: Gordon Sumner, British rock musician
 
Super Star: Tamil Actor (Indian) Rajinikanth
 
T
 
The Angel of Death/Der Todesengel: Josef Mengele
 
The Angelic Doctor: Thomas Aquinas
 
The Bambino: George Herman Ruth, Jr., American baseball Player
 
The Beeb: The British Broadcasting Corporation
 
The Bengal Tiger: Saurav Ganguli
 
The Big Piece: Ryan Howard, Phillies First Baseman.
 
The Big Stick: Theodore Roosevelt's diplomatic policy
 
The Big Yin: Billy Connolly, Scottish comedian.
 
The Bill: The William Webb Ellis Cup - trophy awarded to winners of the Rugby Union World Cup
 
The Black Mamba: Kobe Bryant, American basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers
 
The Body: Elle Macpherson
 
The Bird: Mark Fidrych, Baseball pitcher
 
The Boss: Bruce Springsteen
 
The Boston Strangler: Albert DeSalvo
 
The Cincinnatus of Americans: George Washington
 
The Doctor: Valentino Rossi
 
The Don: Sir Donald Bradman
 
The Duke: John Wayne
 
The Elephant Man: Joseph Merrick
 
The Edge: David Howell Evans, guitarist in the rock band U2
 
The Fab Five: 1991 University of Michigan men's basketball team.
 
The Fab Four: The Beatles
 
The General: Irish Criminal Martin Cahill
 
The Glimmer Twins: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Rolling Stones originals members, they co-write most of the hits.
 
The Godfather of Soul: James Brown
 
The Golden Bear: Jack Nicklaus
 
The Governator: Arnold Schwarzenegger, 38th Governor of California
 
The Gray Lady: The New York Times
 
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali boxer
 
The Great Commoner: William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham ("Pitt the Elder") or William Jennings Bryan
 
The Great Communicator: Ronald Reagan, The 40th President of the United States of America
 
The Great Compromiser: Henry Clay, 19th century Kentucky statesman
 
The Great Emancipator: Abraham Lincoln, The 16th President of the United States of America
 
The Great One: Wayne Gretzky, WHA/NHL hockey player
 
The Great Orator: Daniel Webster
 
The Great Triumvirate - Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster
 
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali boxer
 
The Gray Lady: The New York Times
 
The Grauniad: The Guardian newspaper, England
 
The Hick from French Lick: Larry Bird
 
(The) Hoff: David Hasselhoff
 
The Iron Duke: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
 
The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher
 
The Killer: Jerry Lee Lewis
 
The King (of all Media): Howard Stern
 
The King (of baseball): Felix Hernandez
 
The King (of golf): Arnold Palmer
 
The King (of NASCAR): Richard Petty
 
The King of Pop: Michael Jackson
 
The King (of Rock and Roll): Elvis Presley
 
The King of Reggae: Bob Marley
 
The King (of Rugby League (particularly in Australia)): Wally Lewis
 
The King of Spain: Ashley Giles
 
The King of Spin: Shane Warne
 
The Lion of the Round Top: Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain, commander of the 20th Maine Regiment, American Civil War
 
The Little Fellow: Charlie Chaplin
 
The Little Master: Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, Indian Cricketer
 
The Little Sparrow: Sezen Aksu
 
The Man from Tennessee: Andrew Jackson
 
The Man in Black: Johnny Cash
 
The Material Girl: Madonna
 
The Mick: Mickey Mantle
 
The Myth: Bodybuilding great Sergio Oliva
 
The New Sinatra: Jay-Z
 
The Old Pretender: James Francis Edward Stuart
 
The Paris of the South: São Paulo and Buenos Aires
 
The Peoples champ: Kevin 'Pigsy' McCann
 
The Philosopher: Aristotle
 
The Rat Pack: A group of American singers and entertainers from the late 1950s to the early 1970s
 
The Rawalpindi Express: Shoaib Akhtar
 
The Red Arrows: (British) Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team
 
The Red Baron: Manfred von Richthofen, World War I, German flying ace
 
The Red Devils: (British) Parachute Regiment, Manchester United Football Club
 
The Red Planet: Mars
 
The Rock Chameleon: David Bowie
 
The Rock (person): Dwayne Johnson
 
The Say Hey Kid: Willie Mays, American, Major League baseball player and Hall of Famer
 
The Scottish Play: Macbeth
 
The Spaceman: Major League Baseball player Bill Lee
 
The Splendid Splinter: Baseball player Ted Williams
 
The Subtle Doctor: John Duns Scotus
 
The Sultan of Swat: Babe Ruth, Major league Baseball player and Hall of Famer
 
The Teflon Don: mobster John Gotti
 
The Teflon Taoiseach: Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach of Ireland
 
The Thin White Duke: David Bowie, Actor, Entertainer
 
The Thunderer: The Times newspaper, London
 
The Toxic Twins: Aerosmith members Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, referred to as such because of their massive drug intake during the 70's and 80's
 
Trane: John Coltrane
 
Tricky Dick: Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States
 
Turd Blossom: name given by George W. Bush to Karl Rove
 
The Virgin Queen: Queen Elizabeth I of England
 
The Wall: Rahul Dravid
 
The Young Pretender: Charles Edward Stuart
 
U
 
Uncle Sam: the U.S.A. or sometimes the government
 
W
 
Wizard of the North: Walter Scott
 
X
 
X-22: backgammon champion Paul Magriel.
 
Y
 
Yank (a short form of "Yankee"): originally used derogatorily by Southerners but now only heard outside the USA
 
Yardbird: jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker (Also shortened simply to "Bird")
 
Places
A list of Sobriquets (Places) starting alphabetically from A to Z
 
A
 
Auld Reekie: Edinburgh, "Old Smokey" in the Scots Language
 
Auntie/Aunty: the Australian Broadcasting Corporation / the British Broadcasting Corporation
 
B
 
Beantown: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
 
Bengal's Sorrow: Damodar River
 
Biggest Little City: Reno, NV, USA, a small casino city.
 
Blighty: Great Britain (used by British servicemen abroad and expatriates)
 
Blue Mountain: Niligiri Hills, India
 
Brass Fountain: PPSh-41
 
Brew City: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, famous for its beer production
 
Brisvegas: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
 
Britain of South: New Zealand
 
C
 
C-3: the Collins Crystal Cave expedition
 
Chocolate City: Washington, D.C., so named because of its majority African-American population
 
Cockpit of Europe: Belgium
 
Columbia: The United States or The Americas, poetic name
 
Cowtown: The City of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
 
D
 
DC, The District: Washington, DC
 
DF: Mexico City, (Distrito Federal)
 
Diamond City in India: Surat, Gujarat
 
Dixie, Dixieland: (from the Mason-Dixon Line of latitude, the northern limit of legal slavery). The eleven Southern states that seceded and fought against the USA in the American Civil War: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia Dullsville: Perth, Western Australia
 
F
 
Foggy Bottom: the United States State Department, named for the Washington, DC, neighborhood in which it is headquartered
 
Forbidden City: Lhasa, Tibet
 
Frisco: San Francisco, California
 
G
 
Garden City of India: Bangalore
 
Garden of England: Kent, England
 
Garrincha:  Manoel Francisco dos Santos
 
Gate of Tears: Bab-el-mandab, Jerusalem
 
Gateway of India: Mumbai
 
Gift of Nile: Egypt
 
GOC or Gods' Own County: Yorkshire, Kerala
 
GOP (Grand Old Party): Republican Party (United States)
 
Gotham: New York
 
Granite City: Aberdeen, Scotland
 
Great White Way: Broadway, New York, USA
 
H
 
Hermit Kingdom: Korea
 
Herring Pond: Atlantic Ocean
 
Hogtown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 
K
 
Key of Mediterranean: Gibraltar
 
L
 
Land of the Kangaroo: Australia
 
Land of the Golden Fleece: Australia
 
M
 
Manchester of Japan: Osaka
 
Motown: Detroit, MI, from its musical heritage
 
N
 
New York's Finest: New York City Police Department
 
New York's Best: NYC*EMS, originally ran by the Health and Hospitals Corporation, taken over by FDNY in 1996 and is now FDNY EMS
 
New York's Bravest: New York City Fire Department
 
New York's Boldest: New York City Department of Correction (who work in the City's jails.)
 
O
 
Obamacare: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, generally derogatory
 
Oxford of the East: University of Dhaka in the early 20th century
 
P
 
Pearl of the Antilles: Cuba
 
Pearl of the Danube: Budapest, Hungary
 
Pearl of the Orient/Pearl of the Orient Seas: the Philippines
 
Perfidious Albion: Great Britain 
 
Pillars of Hercules: Strait of Gibraltar
 
Pink City: Jaipur, India
 
Playground of Europe: Switzerland
 
Powder Keg of Europe: Balkans
 
Port of five Seas: Moscow
 
Q
 
Quaker City: Philadelphia, USA
 
Queen of the Suburbs: The residential area called Ealing in England.
 
Queen of Adriatic: Venice, Italy
 
R
 
Republic of China: Taiwan
 
S
 
Sick Man of Europe:: Turkey
 
Sin City: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
 
Sorrow of China: River Hwang Ho
 
Spice Garden of India: Kerala
 
Sugar bowl of the World: Cuba
 
T
 
The Antipodes: Australia and New Zealand, close to the Antipodes of Great Britain
 
The Athens of the North: Edinburgh
 
The Battleground/Battlefield/Cock-pit of Europe: Belgium, or the whole area of the former United Netherlands
 
The Bayou City:  Houston, Texas, USA
 
The Big Apple: New York City, New York, USA
 
The Big D: Dallas, Texas, USA
 
The Big Easy: New Orleans, Louisiana
 
The Big Smoke: London, UK and by extension other large industrial cities including Toronto, Canada.
 
The Big Piece: Ryan Howard, Phillies First Baseman.
 
The Big Stick: Theodore Roosevelt's diplomatic policy
 
The City: the City of London, as central business district of London and by extension the UK financial industry in general.
 
The City (or The City by the Bay): San Francisco, California
 
The City Beautiful: Coral Gables, Florida
 
The City Care Forgot: New Orleans, Louisiana
 
The City of Angels/L.A.: Los Angeles, California
 
The City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
The City of Dreaming Spires: Oxford, England
 
The City of Golden Gate: San Francisco, USA
 
The City of Golden Temple: Amristar, India
 
The City of Joy: Kolkata, India
 
The City of Light: Paris (La Ville-Lumière in French)
 
The City of Magnificent Distances: Washington D.C., USA
 
The City of Medicine: Durham, North Carolina
 
The City of Palaces: Kolkata, India
 
The City of Seven Hills: Rome, Italy
 
The City of Sky-scrapers: New York, USA
 
The City so Nice They Named It Twice: New York City
 
The Coat Hanger: Sydney Harbour Bridge
 
The Continent: Continental Europe, generally used by British people
 
The Dark Continent: Africa
 
The Dragon: China (as an economy)
 
The Emerald Isle/ The Emerald Island: Ireland or Puerto Rico
 
The Emerald City: Seattle, Washington, USA
 
The Enchanted Isle: (from 'la isla del encanto') Puerto Rico
 
The Empire City: New York, USA
 
The Eternal City: Rome
 
The Federal City: Washington D.C.
 
The Fourth Estate: the press
 
The Great White North: Canada
 
The Holy Land: Israel / Palestine
 
The Home of Cricket: Lord's Cricket Ground
 
The Hub: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
 
The Island of Cloves: Madagascar, Zanzibar
 
The Island of Pearls: Bahrain
 
The Land of a Thousand Lakes: Finland
 
The Land of Cakes: Scotland
 
The Land of Canals: Netherlands
 
The Land of Five Rivers: Punjab, India
 
The Land of Golden Pagoda: Myanmar (Burma)
 
The Land of Humming Bird: Trinidad
 
The Land of Lilies: Canada
 
The Land of Morning Calm: Korea
 
The Land of Rising Sun: Japan
 
The Land of the Long White Cloud: New Zealand
 
The Land of Thousand Lakes: Finland
 
The Land of Thunderbolt: Bhutan
 
The Land of Maple: Canada
 
The Land of Midnight Sun: Norway
 
The Land of Snow - Canada
 
The Land of White Elephants: Thailand
 
The Land of Windmills: Netherlands
 
The Little Apple: Manhattan, Kansas, USA After The Big Apple – New York City, New York, USA
 
The Magic City: Miami, Florida
 
The Mother-in-law of Europe: Denmark
 
The Motor City: Detroit, MI, from its automotive heritage
 
The Old Bailey: The Central Criminal Court in England
 
The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street: the Bank of England
 
The Paris of the West: San Francisco, USA
 
The Paris of the South: São Paulo and Buenos Aires
 
The Queen of the Arabian Sea: Cochin
 
The Red Devils: Manchester United Football Club
 
The Rock (prison): Alcatraz Prison
 
The Roof of World: Pamirs, Central Asia
 
The Smoke: London
 
The Steel City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 
The Twin Cities: Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
 
Tinseltown: Hollywood, California, USA
 
The Windy City: Chicago, Illinois, USA and Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
 
V
Venice of East: Alleppey, India
Venice of the North: Stockholm, Sweden and Cork (city), Ireland
 
W
 
Westminster: the British Parliament
 
Whitehall: the British government including Parliament but excluding the monarchy
 
White City: Belgrade, Yugoslavia
 
White House: the executive branch of the government of the United States
 
White Man's Grave: Guinea Coast
 
Windy City: Chicago, USA
 
World's Bread Basket: Praires of N.America
 
World's Loneliest Island: Tristan De Gunha (Mid-Atlantic)
 
Y
 
Yellow River: Huang Ho (China)

 

 

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