Names

Maybe I’m not traveling in the right circles, but it just doesn’t seem that there are as many nicknames in use today as there were when I was growing up in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Are we being too politically correct and thus losing the color and entertainment value of our “handles?”

I’ve noticed also that people are getting away from shortened names and going for the formal version of their names. “Dave” has become “David.” “Doug” is now “Douglas.” “Russ” is now “Russell.” “Steve” is now “Steven” or “Stephen,” etc. Let’s get back to the short names, and the names with pizz-azz.

Following is a list of same of the names I heard when growing up in Augusta, Kansas:

Heavy Stevens- He was stocky, but not really heavy

Red Casner- Yes, he had red hair

Red Phillips- Another red-head

Red Larrick- Another red-head

Poot Mann- This may have something to do with a flatulence problem?

Peaches Guest- He had rosy cheeks that looked like peaches

Stub Warren- Built like a fire plug. After oil and gas leases were signed for his farm, he and his wife came to town in their new purple Cadillac

Slim Huddleston-

Runt Canfield-

Jap Hurst- Short for Jasper

Corky Smith-Played the drums in high school pep band on the back of a flat bed truck during V-J Day celebration

Corky McNary-

Cat Leedom-

Let’s all resist formality and go for short names and nicknames that are interesting or funny.

Dave Thomas

November 14, 2019

2 thoughts on “Names

  1. Another memory packed story. I’m still wondering how grandpa Guest got the name peaches. Hope all is well with you and your family. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving ❗️

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  2. Good memory Dave. I remember another; Rosy Blowey, he had rosy cheeks; Red Gilbert, another redhead. Digger Dunsford, the undertaker. My Grandad Scholfield was a great one for giving out nick names. My Uncle Kenneth became Mick, Uncle Joe was to be Spider, Aunt Julia was Bill and Aunt Martha became Pete and my Dad became Ole Man. Most of these had little relevance that I can think of. Good to hear from you. You and Pat stay well. Keith

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