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Old 2nd December 2017, 16:41
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Royal Navy nicknames

Ex RN friend who has just crossed the bar preferred to be referred to as Fred rather than his given name John..
Wondering if this could refer to a RN rank or other?
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Old 2nd December 2017, 16:50
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and why`Sharkey`Ward`?
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Old 2nd December 2017, 17:33
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I may be wrong but:

Many RN nicknames are taken from a person well know to the public at the time of service who shared the same surname, e.g. Man called Truman or Gwynne or Perry may have been called Fred.
Other names may be 'working' names. These often refer to a previous occupation e.g. A man who was a fisherman before joining up could be called Pedro - Can't think of a Fred though.
Or, If there are too many John Smiths, or whatever, then others will be given working names such as Henry or Fred.

Sharkey Ward is reputed to have been one of the nicknames of a 16th century English Barbary corsair called John or Jack, or Birdy, Ward aka Yusuf Rais, upon whom Jack Sparrow is reputed to have been based.
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Old 2nd December 2017, 17:52
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The RN also have many nicknames for everyday items, Talcum Powder aka "Foo - Foo Powder" is one that sticks in my memory.
People with the surname Kelly aka "Spike".
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Old 2nd December 2017, 18:12
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My nickname in the RN was "Crocket" referring to my name Dave (Davy)
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Old 2nd December 2017, 18:20
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Coincidentally our village pub was taken over by RN retd Tug (Wilson) and when I went in for my first pint under the new owner I noticed a sign above the bar Tug & Fred which made me a tad confused.
Fred in this instance was the nickname of Tug's memsahib and ex WRN which as per #1 made me wonder could Fred be some rank or on-board "Andrew" reference.
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Old 2nd December 2017, 18:22
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Was that TUG who did all the cartoons in the RN Engineers Review?
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Old 2nd December 2017, 18:34
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Only know him as per #6 and there must be many a Tug Wilson in the "Andrew." First class publican though.
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Old 3rd December 2017, 01:45
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In the fifties, I sailed with an AB who said that he'd been an RN bosun during the war. He told someone aboard that he'd lost his mate Ralph when he was washed off a raft after their ship was bombed. He never used anyone's proper name, and he called everybody 'Ralph'. We guessed that it was because it was his lost mate's name, but no-one ever asked him. He was a great mimic and you knew he was talking to you if you were in a group, because when he called 'Ralph' he spoke in your accent.

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Old 3rd December 2017, 14:25
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In the Royal Australian Navy we inherited many of the traditional RN nicknames, Dusty Miller, Knocker White, Bomber Brown, Spider Webb, Dolly Gray, Dinger Bell, Nobby Clarke etc etc. but with some surnames there just wasn't an apt fit so we had to be creative. That's how we ended with ; Dildo Pilling, Luscious Lane and Ballbag Wolstoncroft.
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In the Pilot service at Liverpool we had many nicknames, of which possibly the most unusual applied to the name Green.

Our senior Green was "Bodger"

Next was "Flook"

Next was "Rufus". None were related, but the names came from a cartoon-strip in the Daily Mail. It was well understood that the next Green would be "Trog".

Two brothers named Moore were respectively "Pony" (who was very large) and his younger brother (not large at all) who was "Puny".

Also twin brothers (who shall remain nameless) known as "Poke" and "Smoke" or "Minge" and "Binge" (respectively) - or even Snitchy and Snatchy - but these were never really identified.

In a history of the Service (published in 1949) recorded nicknames since 1766 were, Old Slash, Hurricane Dick, Rocks Ahead, Bowger, Footie, The Black Bishop, Swanny, White Wings, Digger, Gentleman Joe, Wassie, nuttie, The Count, Dan Leno, Nobby, Pop, Tich, Barney, Hans, Spike, Morny, Tod, Tubby, Ike, Curly, Wuffy and Soss.

One reason for so many nicknames was probably the high percentage of Welsh surnames (Williams, Jones, Parry, Evans etc) which called for some convenient differentiation.
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There is Janner for Cornishmen, and I had to ask a naval friend what a FRISP was, the answer is not really palatable to a certain section of the UK family......

With the surname Rose, for many years my nickname was Rosie.

One time we had three Johns, the mate and a couple of gingerbeers, they were known as Big John, Little John and Paddy John, this would probably be considered as bullying today.
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Some years ago a batch of deck officers on the QUEEN OF BERMUDA all surname Jones. They were known from the top to down as:

Jones One,
Jones Two,
Jones Three,
Jones Four,
Jones Five.
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On a RFA a cadet noted for his sleeping ability was known as - "Cot Death".


Yours,
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Old 4th December 2017, 07:39
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Still no Fred except in rhyming slang... Uncle Fred.. Bread.
Mni tks for all yr replies.. 73
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I knew a Fred who, when we tied up rang his g/f and used to say , "Get ready for Freddie"
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My favourites from the sea and yards were

Thrombosis
The exorsist
The mirror
The hostage
Victim
The pharmacist (famous in Yarrows for blue joke sweet incident)
A man barely alive
Mussolini
Horrible **** (not so much a nickname than accurate description)
Shawfield
18 months
Fuggly
Bubbles
Dougie Octopus
Dougie dougie
Shooggly dougie
Dougie the hun
Dougie
Numbties 1-3
The turkey
PoD

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Three Australian Peters, all ex-servicemen, aboard a cruise trip to Anzac Cove in 2015 and called respectively:
Pete,
Repeat, and
ThreePete ������

Where does "Wiggy" Bennett come from?
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Old 4th December 2017, 19:59
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#12 . One of our pursers used to call me a FRISP. Supposedly a "Flamin' Right Ignorant Scottish Peasant". Charming indeed.
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#12 . One of our pursers used to call me a FRISP. Supposedly a "Flamin' Right Ignorant Scottish Peasant". Charming indeed.
Yes, similar, the version I was told you would need to change the first and last words.
The F & P would remain where they are.
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We had a guy called M'bosa because his surname was Ritchie.
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Where does "Wiggy" Bennett come from?
Wiggy gets a mention here along with others.
https://www.navy-net.co.uk/community...k-names.33108/
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Yes, similar, the version I was told you would need to change the first and last words.
The F & P would remain where they are.

I did!

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Wiggy gets a mention here along with others.
https://www.navy-net.co.uk/community...k-names.33108/
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My son in law is called Oscar his surname is Wild his real christian name is Carl.
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