Nickname for a 1950s character
October 5, 2009 1:56 PM   Subscribe

Help me name a fictional character -- need nicknames for a college-aged man in the 1950s. Buzz, Scooter, Butch, Jughead, etc...

Imagine this male character walked out of the musical Grease, Ozzie and Harriet, Leave it to Beaver, etc. He's a good guy, so give him a cool one-word nickname like a 1950s character.

Buzz, Scooter, Butch, Jughead, etc...
posted by Cool Papa Bell to Grab Bag (42 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
Skip
posted by spaltavian at 1:57 PM on October 5, 2009


Ace.
posted by adipocere at 1:57 PM on October 5, 2009


Bud. Sonny. Mac. Hot (that was a real 1950s nickname, but looks weird today). Zip. Legs. Cowboy.
posted by Sidhedevil at 1:59 PM on October 5, 2009


Chet.
posted by Asparagirl at 1:59 PM on October 5, 2009


Biff
Buster
Buddy
posted by artychoke at 2:00 PM on October 5, 2009


Slick
Bud
posted by stormpooper at 2:01 PM on October 5, 2009


Dutch, Ace, Bud, Duke, or maybe Slick
posted by quin at 2:04 PM on October 5, 2009


My grandpa was always called Red, and Tooter
posted by ukdanae at 2:06 PM on October 5, 2009


Wheels, babe, poke, hoke, hoss.
posted by Divine_Wino at 2:07 PM on October 5, 2009


Daddy.
posted by Divine_Wino at 2:08 PM on October 5, 2009


Hooch college aged, ok, I'll stop.
posted by Divine_Wino at 2:09 PM on October 5, 2009


My grandfather was Doc (because he was so smart), and his brother Richard was Pidge (because he was the opposite of pigeon toed, actually; he was splayfooted). Richard also had a nickname that related to his tendency to take corners on two-wheels (might have been "Two Wheels") but I'm not sure exactly what it was.
posted by ocherdraco at 2:10 PM on October 5, 2009


Flip.
Smooth.
posted by ignignokt at 2:11 PM on October 5, 2009


Moose. Lunk. Stretch. Slim.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 2:15 PM on October 5, 2009


Fonzie.
posted by box at 2:17 PM on October 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


I knew a man nicknamed Duke in college in the 50's that became a life long nickname.
posted by readery at 2:20 PM on October 5, 2009


Spike. Butch (my nickname from the 50's). Bubba.
posted by torquemaniac at 2:22 PM on October 5, 2009


Bud.
posted by chez shoes at 2:23 PM on October 5, 2009


Good nicknames are difficult-- they need to sound good not only on their own, but also in conjunction with the last name. Plus, they need to have some relevance to the actual person. It would help to know a little more about the character. Is he brainy fellow with glasses? An athlete? Short? Tall? Irish? German? A ladies man? A heavy smoker? And what's his last name? We need to know whether names like "Specs" or "Flash" or "Peewee" or "Dutch" or "Red" or "Smokes" make sense, and whether they'll sound good with his last name.
posted by dersins at 2:28 PM on October 5, 2009


Champ.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 2:29 PM on October 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Stack.
posted by pracowity at 2:37 PM on October 5, 2009


Chip.
posted by jgirl at 2:37 PM on October 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Rusty, Buck, Fats, Bones, Bug, Mac, Sonny, Hotrod, Stretch, Dog, Stucky, Biggie, Shorty, Fuzzy, Fox, Duke, Zippy, Skippy, Gooch, Geetch, Spot, Rocket, Jet, Snake*, Spike*, Wheels*, Bronco*

*Thanks, Degrassi!
posted by Sys Rq at 2:42 PM on October 5, 2009


(See also this and this)
posted by Sys Rq at 2:47 PM on October 5, 2009


It would help to know a little more about the character.

Normal guy that works at a movie theater. Not a nerd, not a jock.

Best references are Ricky Nelson, Wally Cleaver, Richie Cunningham, "Bud" from Pleasantville (Tobey Maguire), etc.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:56 PM on October 5, 2009


Sounds like a Dickie.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:03 PM on October 5, 2009


Old Man
posted by parmanparman at 3:03 PM on October 5, 2009


Normal guy that works at a movie theater.

Something related to that maybe? Like something his non-theater friends might have started calling him because of his job: Reels, Specs (guy who hands out 3d glasses), Lantern or Lamp (projectionist).
posted by quin at 3:04 PM on October 5, 2009


Skitch.
posted by niles at 3:09 PM on October 5, 2009


If you're going with the projectionist thing, he could always be "Flick."
If he works outside his hometown, you can name him after that.
It's hard to nickname a nice normal dude -- it seems like nicknames usually are based on anomalies!
posted by zusty at 3:16 PM on October 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Normal guy that works at a movie theater. Not a nerd, not a jock.

Flicks, Buddy, Ducks, Ducky, Pops (for "popcorn"), Slim
posted by dersins at 3:19 PM on October 5, 2009


Also, if he works in the snackbar at the theater, "Snacks"
posted by dersins at 3:20 PM on October 5, 2009


Hoss
Mo (or Moe)
Rip
Stretch (if he's tall)
Tiny (if he's burly)
Lee
Bub
Dote (an uncle's nickname)
Buck
posted by Ouisch at 4:27 PM on October 5, 2009


My parents had a friend named Lampshade. I asked them why, and neither they nor any of their friends could remember why he was called Lampshade, but it's the most awesome, 1950s-type nickname I've ever heard.
posted by xingcat at 4:49 PM on October 5, 2009 [3 favorites]


I personally love Dickie because it's so dated, but you're probably looking for something a little weirder.

If he's liked movies all his life, Flick is appropriate.

Stay away from Biff, because that brings to mind Back to the Future immediately.
posted by radioamy at 5:26 PM on October 5, 2009


Curly.
posted by Sweetie Darling at 5:39 PM on October 5, 2009


Red.
posted by x46 at 6:09 PM on October 5, 2009


Splice.
posted by brujita at 10:27 PM on October 5, 2009


Nickel.
posted by Shecky at 10:42 PM on October 5, 2009


Dusty.
posted by maloon at 4:58 AM on October 6, 2009


Here are some nicknames from a 1954 high school yearbook I had on hand:

Frenchy, Skip, Hudge, Bake, Babe, Fake Fake, Brownie, Bets, Carver Babe, Jo, Kitty, Buddy, Gopher, Hall, Hatchet, Aggie, Jigger, Dolly, Nance, Marciano, Rusty, Bev, Lo, Bo Bo, Toddy, Powerhouse
posted by mikepop at 5:42 AM on October 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Wow, and a day after this question, I saw one of the best '50s names ever: "Chip Wisdom."
posted by limeonaire at 11:35 AM on October 6, 2009


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