Many terms now in use in the English language around the world owe their beginnings to slang originated by sailors of the Royal Navy.
A valuable resource in tracing these origins has been Covey Crump - a collection of Naval slang, abbreviations, legends and historical tit-bits which was originally compiled by Commander A. Covey-Crump, RN, a former Naval Assistant to the Chief of Naval Information. The first edition appeared on 17th May, 1955. It is re-produced here and provides a valuable resource for researchers looking for answers to many historical questions about the Royal Navy.
It may not be re-produced or copied without prior permission from the Directorate of Defence Public Relations (Navy), Ministry of Defence, Main Building, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB.
Many Surnames have corresponding Naval Nicknames; this is a very imprecise science and there may be a number of possible explanations for the different nicknames.