List of regional nicknames

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The list of regional nicknames used in English language includes nicknames for people based on their locality of origin (birthplace, place of permanent residence, or family roots).

Nicknames based on the country (or larger geopolitical area) of origin may be found in the List of ethnic slurs.

Terms based on specific locations[edit]

A[edit]

Arkansawyer 
A person from Arkansas.[1]
Arkie/Arky 
(US) A person from Arkansas.[2]
Appler 
(US) A person visiting Western Washington from Eastern Washington.[2]
Aussie 
A person or something originating from Australia.

B[edit]

Banker (or Outer Banker) 
(US) a resident of the North Carolina Outer Banks. The term Banker may also refer to the feral horses living there.
Baiano 
(Brazil) A person from the state of Bahia.
Banana bender 
(Australia) A person from Queensland (one who puts the bend in bananas).[3]
Boricua 
(Latin America, Hispanics in the USA) A person from Puerto Rico.[citation needed]
Bluenose, Bluenoser 
(Canada) A person from Nova Scotia. In use since early 19th century. The name of the famous Nova Scotian racing schooner Bluenose. Often used proudly.[4]
Bonacker 
(US) A working class person from the Springs neighborhood of East Hampton, New York; from neighboring Accabonac Harbor.[5]
Brummie 
(UK) A person from Birmingham; also the dialect spoken there; from "Brummagem", an archaic pronunciation of Birmingham.[6]
Buckeye 
A person from Ohio. Name coming from the state tree.[7] Also the athletic nickname of Ohio State University.

C[edit]

Cabbage patcher 
(Australia) A person from the state of Victoria, arising from the state being nickname of Victoria (from the 1880s) as a ‘cabbage garden’ referring, somewhat slightingly, to the small size of the state.[8]
Cajun 
(US) A person from Louisiana (mainly the southern portion of the state); derived from 'Acadian'
Cane toad 
(Australia) A derogatory term for a Queenslander based on the mascot of the State of Origin Team.
Canuck 
A person from Canada.[9]
Capixaba 
People born in the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo are called this nickname
Carioca 
(Brazil) A person from the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Candango 
(Brazil) A person from the city of Brasília.[citation needed]
Catracho 
(Central America) A person from Honduras.[10]
Cheesehead 
(US) A person from Wisconsin, in reference to the many dairy farms and cheese factories there. Also extended to fans of the state's National Football League team, the Green Bay Packers. This term is widely used disparagingly by people from Illinois, a bordering state and frequent sports rival, although many Wisconsin sports fans embrace this name by donning large triangular blocks of ersatz cheese on their heads during sporting events.[11]
Chilango, defeño, capitalino 
(Mexico) A person from Mexico City. Residents of the city widely use Chilango to refer to themselves, but consider the term's use by anyone else to be derogatory. Defeño may be used in either a positive or negative sense. Capitalino is generally accepted as a neutral demonym, although it can also be used negatively.[12]
Cockney 
(UK) A person from East London. Geographically and culturally, it often refers to working class Londoners, particularly those in the East End. Linguistically, it refers to the form of English spoken by this group, but traditionally it only applies to those born within earshot of the Bow Bells.
Cohee 
(US) An independent Scots-Irish small farmer from the Piedmont or Appalachian Mountains parts of Virginia.[citation needed]
Conch 
(US) originally a native of the Bahamas, now used to refer to residents of the Florida Keys, particularly the "Conch Republic" of Key West
Croweater 
(Australia) A person from the state of South Australia, due to their tendency to hunt and eat crows in Victoria during the Victorian Gold Rush.
Culchie 
(Ireland) A term used by people of Dublin to refer to someone who is not from Dublin, but within the Republic.

F[edit]

Foolio 
(US) A person from the state of Minnesota.[13]
Frog 
(UK) A person from France. From the French pronunciation of the word "France," or possibly because frogs' legs are eaten there.
Fudgie 
(US) Term applied by locals to a tourist, typically from Southeast Michigan, who is visiting or vacationing in Northern Michigan. So named because these tourists are the primary patrons of that region's homemade fudge industry.[14]

G[edit]

Gaúcho 
(Brazil) A person from Rio Grande do Sul. For usage in the rest of South America, see "Terms for people from non-specific geographical areas" below.
Geordie 
(UK) A person from Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyneside, and also the dialect spoken there.
Gringo 
(Latin America) A person from the United States.

H[edit]

Hoosier 
(US) A person from Indiana; also the nickname of the athletic teams at Indiana University Bloomington, and frequently used as an adjective for students or fans of that school.
Hillbilly 
(US) A person from the southern Appalachian Mountains, an uneducated person from the Southern United States.

J[edit]

Jackeen 
(Ireland) In rural Ireland, a person from Dublin; possible a reference to the term Jacobite.More likely a reference to the high turn out (250,000+) for King George V's state visit to Ireland in July 1911.Crowds enthusiastically waved Union Jacks in greeting,an easy source of ridicule once British rule ended in 1922."Dublin Jackeen" frequently used by inhabitants of Munster,especially in gaelic football rivalry.-een suffix commonly used in South West Ireland to denote familiarity.> Derogatory.[15]
Jafa, JAFA 
(New Zealand) A person from Auckland, from Just Another Fucking Aucklander (or, more politely, Just Another Friendly Aucklander). (UK) Borrowed by Londoners to mean an Australian, as in Just Another Fucking Australian.
Swansea Jack
(UK) A person from Swansea[citation needed]
Janner 
(UK) A person from Plymouth.
Jarocho 
(Mexico) A person from Veracruz, either the city or the state.

K[edit]

Kiwi 
A person from New Zealand.
Kraut 
A person from Germany (often offensive)

L[edit]

Lahori
(Pakistan) A person from the city of Lahore.

M[edit]

Mackem 
(UK) A person from Sunderland. Also spelled "Makem", "Maccam", and "Mak'em". Rarely used, except by themselves and their neighbouring Geordies. This is due to the rivalry of the cities when employment was scarce in the 1920s.The people from Sunderland made the jobs "Mak'em" and the people from Newcastle took them, "Tak'em". The saying goes, "We Mak'em and they Tak'em". Most English people can't distinguish the two.
Madrasi 
(India, formerly derogatory, now occasionally derogatory) A person from the city of Chennai. Formerly used to refer to any resident of Madras Presidency and later applied to residents of any of the four southern states.
Mallu 
(India) A person from the state of Kerala, whose language is Malayalam
Mineiro 
(Brazil) A person from the state of Minas Gerais.
Monkey Hanger 
(UK) A person from Hartlepool. May be considered offensive, but also used with pride by the inhabitants themselves. Coined in the 1830s from the Napoleonic Wars 20 years previously. The people of Hartlepool captured a French ship off the North East coast of England, and finding the only survivor on the ship was a monkey, hanged it thinking it was a spy. Hartlepool United F.C, have a mascot called H'Angus the Monkey
Moonrakers  
(UK) Natives of the county of Wiltshire. Not considered offensive.

N[edit]

Newfie, Newfie, Newf 
(Canada) A person from Newfoundland. This is a pejorative term.
Nutmegger 
(US) A person from Connecticut.

O[edit]

Okie 
(US) A person from Oklahoma, used in California to refer to migrants from areas affected by the Dustbowl.
Ossi
(Germany) The informal name that people in Germany call former citizens of the German Democratic Republic before re-unification, while the counterpart for former citizens of West Germany is Wessi. It is said to imply a lack of sophistication, assets, or both.

P[edit]

Paulista 
(Brazil) An inhabitant of the state of São Paulo. Inhabitants of the city of São Paulo are Paulistanos.
Pikey 
(Ireland, UK) Originally a statement for English or Irish travellers, now used disparagingly for almost any group or individual seen as untrustworthy. Highly offensive.
Pinoy 
(Philippines) A person from the Philippines.
Poblano 
(Mexico) A person from Puebla, either the city or the state.
Polentone 
(Southern Italy) A person from northern Italy; from "polenta eater".
Pom 
(Australia & New Zealand) The term for British people living in Australia & New Zealand. Slightly derogatory but also used in jest.
Paki 
(Pakistan) A person from Pakistan
Porteño 
(Argentina) A person from Buenos Aires.
Paisa
(Colombia) A person from Medellin.[citation needed]

R[edit]

Regio
(Mexico) See "Regiomontano" below.
Regiomontano 
(Mexico) A person from the northern city of Monterrey.
Rolo
(Colombia) A person from the capital city Bogota.[citation needed]

S[edit]

Sandgroper 
(Australia) A person from Western Australia.
Scouser 
(UK) A person from Liverpool.
Serrano 
(Portugal) A person from the mountainous region of Serra da Estrela.
Sooner 
(US) A person from Oklahoma; from settlers who slipped into the territory to stake claims "sooner" than the permitted date. The plural "Sooners" is also the athletic nickname of the University of Oklahoma.
Spud Islander 
(Canada) A person from Prince Edward Island; from the potatoes or "spuds" grown there.[16]

T[edit]

Taffy 
(UK) A Welshman, specifically from the Cardiff region. From the River Taff.[17]
Tar Heel 
(US) a person from North Carolina; also the nickname of the athletic teams at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and frequently used as an adjective for students or fans of that school
Taswegian, Tassie 
(Australia) A person from Tasmania.[18]
Tapatío 
(Mexico) A person from Guadalajara, Jalisco.
Terrone 
(Italy) A person from southern Italy. Formed from "terra" (earth), the term is meant to invoke the ignorance and lack of "class" implied by American English terms like "yokel," "hayseed," "hillbilly," etc.
Tico 
(Central America) A person from Costa Rica.
Tripeiro 
(Portugal) A person from the city of Porto. Derives from the legend that the people from the city offered all its food to the Portuguese navigators keeping only the entrails of the animal, cooking them in a Porto fashioned way.
Troll 
(US) A term used by people from the upper peninsula of Michigan for people from the lower peninsula of Michigan. This term derives from the story The Three Billy Goats Gruff because trolls come from under the bridge; a reference to the Mackinac Bridge, which joins the two peninsulas.
Tuckahoe 
(US) A person of the wealthy slaveholding class from the Tidewater region of Virginia.
Tyke  
(UK) A native of Yorkshire. Not considered offensive.

W[edit]

Wessi 
(Germany) The informal name that people in Germany call former citizens of West Germany before re-unification, while the counterpart for former citizens of the German Democratic Republic is Ossi. It is said to imply a snobbish, dishonest and selfish attitude.
Woollyback 
(UK) Generally used by scousers to indicate someone from outside of Merseyside, but indicating a certain rustic simplicity, or at least not having Liverpool's "glamorous sophistication". Slightly offensive.

Y[edit]

Yat 
(US) A person from New Orleans, from the phrase "Where y'at?" ("How are you?" or "What's up?")
Yellowbelly (Copthorne)
Yellowbelly (Lincolnshire) 
(UK) A person from the county of Lincolnshire. Not considered offensive and of debated etymology.
Yinzer 
(US) A person from Pittsburgh, from the use of terms like yinz, stillers, dawntawn.
Yooper 
(US) A person from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (the "U.P.").

Terms for people from non-specific geographical areas[edit]

Nicknames for people from rural, remote, etc. areas often bear a derogatory implication of unsophisticated, undereducated people, simpletons.

C[edit]

Carcamano 
(Brazil) An offensive nickname for non-Iberian, mostly Italian immigrants. derives from the venezian word 'Carcamanu'.
Coastie 
(US) A person from East or West Coast; used as a social stereotype in Midwestern universities
Cohee 
(US) Originally (mid-18th century) -- a Scots-Irish settler into the Virginia Piedmont; later (late 18th century) -- a term for "poor white trash"; still later (early 19th century) -- a term indicating independent small farmer in the Virginia/Carolina/Tennessee/Kentucky area.

E[edit]

Eurotrash 
(US) An offensive term for Europeans.

F[edit]

Flatlander 
A person from a flat plains area, to residents of adjacent hill and mountain areas.

G[edit]

Gato 
(Spain) A person born in Madrid who also has all their ancestors in the 3 immediate generations before them being born in Madrid Spain.
Gaucho 
(South America) A rural person from South American grasslands. (For Brazilian usage, see "Terms based on specific locations".)
Goober 
(US) A rural person with a "glorious lack of sophistication" (from the slang term for "peanut")
Guajiro 
(Cuba) A rural person from Cuba.

H[edit]

Hillbilly 
(US) A rural white person, esp. one from Appalachia or the Ozarks.

P[edit]

Polaco
(Spain) Spanish for Polish. A pejorative term for Catalans.[19]

R[edit]

Redneck 
(US) A rural white person. There are varying possible etymologies for this term. Primarily used to denote lower-class rural whites.

S[edit]

Swamp Yankee 
(US) Refers to rural white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant farmers in New England, particularly in Rhode Island and western Connecticut.[20]

T[edit]

Teuchter 
(UK) A person from rural parts of Scotland, for example the Gàidhealtachd, Northern Scotland, Galloway and the Borders.
Troll 
(Upper Peninsula of Michigan) A person from the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Comes from the Lower Peninsula's location "under the bridge" (i.e., south of the Mackinac Bridge).

W[edit]

Westie/Westy 
(Australia, NZ) A person from the western suburbs of Auckland or Sydney, the slur implying lower class.

Y[edit]

Yankee/Yank 
(US) A person from the United States. More specifically, a person from the Northern United States. Even more specifically, a person from New England.
Yardie 
(Jamaica, UK, US) A person from Jamaica, sometimes derogatory, referring to gang membership or low economic status.
Yokel 
(UK, US and Canada) An unrefined white person, implicitly rural and "hick" (not necessarily "white trash" but inclusive of same).[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arkansawyer definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta. Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. 
  2. ^ a b Green, p. 27.
  3. ^ The Australian Oxford Dictionary, 2nd edition. Ed. Bruce Moore. (Oxford University Press, 2004) [Accessed 6 May 2006].
  4. ^ The Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Katherine Barber. (Oxford University Press: 2004) [Accessed 8 May 2006]
  5. ^ Mead, Julia C. (2002-09-22). "New York Times: In East Hampton, the Way of a 'Lost Tribe' - New York Times - September 22, 2002". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  6. ^ Time online: Brummie accent is perceived as 'worse than silence'
  7. ^ "Why is Ohio known as the Buckeye State and why are Ohioans known as Buckeyes?" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  8. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/tv/canwehelp/txt/s1781014.htm
  9. ^ Irving Lewis Allen (1990). Unkind Words: Ethnic Labeling from Redskin to WASP, pp 59, 61–62. New York: Bergin & Garvey. ISBN 0-89789-217-8.
  10. ^ Sánchez Ramírez, Roberto. "El general que trajo a los primeros catrachos". La Prensa (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2007-11-10. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  11. ^ "Best Fans in the NFL | Football | Pictures | Raiders Nation | Cheeseheads". Kidzworld.com. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  12. ^ "Etimologia de CHILANGO". Etimologias.dechile.net. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  13. ^ Anne R. Kaplan, They Chose Minnesota: A Survey of the State's Ethnic Groups, (1981)
  14. ^ "Northwest Michigan". National Geographic Society. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  15. ^ Share, op. cit. p. 168.
  16. ^ Barber, "Spud Island", [Accessed 7 May 2006].
  17. ^ "South Wales: Invisible Homeland". The Economist. 2008-08-06. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  18. ^ "Australian Phrasebook", by Denise Angelo, Sue Butler, p. 61
  19. ^ Talk:List of ethnic slurs by ethnicity/old#Spaniards
  20. ^ "Swamp Yankee". Curbstone.org. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  21. ^ AskOxford: yokel

Gatos People born in Madrid