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Surname Nickname Explanation

V

   

Vaughan

Guy

 

W

   

Walker

Hooky

Circa 1800: Hookey Walker is probably derived from Mr. John Walker, an outdoor clerk of Messrs. Longman Clementini & Co, formerly of Cheapside and noted for his hook nose, disliked because in order to keep his workmen up to their work he frequently invented unfavourable reports in order to keep himself in office

Walker

Whisky

After Johnny Walker whisky

Wallace

Nelly

 

Ward

Sharkey

After the nickname of John Ward (Yusuf Rais) (c. 1553 - 1622) an English sea captain turned Barbary Corsair, Ward was based in Tunis, where he died of plague. Precise origin of nickname sharkey unknown.

Wardle

Sharkey

 

Warner

Plum

After Sir Pelham (Plum) Warner - famous England test cricketer at beginnng of 20th century

Warren

Bunny

Bunny rabbits live in warrens

Waters

Stormy

Play on words - rough seas

Watson

Soapy

A brand of soap issued to the Fleet was reputed to have been produced by a company called "Watsons"

Web(b)

Spider

Self evident - spiders make webs

Welch

Racquel

1960s screen goddess

Wellington

Duke

Duke of Wellington, victor of Battle of Waterloo 1815

Wellington

Boots

Item of footwear named after Duke of Wellington

Wells

Bomber

After Bomber or more correctly "Bombardier", or "Battling" Billy Wells (1889-1967) - British heavyweight boxing champion (1911-19). So well known that a big gun in the 1914-18 war was nicknamed after him. Also used to hit the Rank gong on Cinema screens

Wells

Kitty

 

West

Banjo

 

West

Fred

Builder from Gloucester - 1980s notorious mass murderer

Weston

Aggie

After the former Royal Sailors Rest in Devonport, always known as "Aggie Weston's" after its founder Dame Agnes Weston

Wheatley

Dennis

Popular British thriller writer 1930s to 60s

White

Knocker

 

White

Chalky

Chalk is white

White

Nobby

 

Williams

Bungy

 

Wilson

Tug

Derived from the nickname of a former First Sea Lord (1909-11) Admiral of the Fleet Sir Arthur Kynvet Wilson, also awarded the VC when fighting with the Naval Brigade at the Battle of El Teb in 1884 in the Sudan during the Mahdi rebellion. Admiral Wilson's nickname reputedly comes from an incident when he repeatedly ordered a battleship to try and come alongside and in exasperation offered her Captain a tug to assist.

Withers

Googie

British female cinema and TV actress since the 1930s

Wood

Timber

Lumberjacks shout timber when they chop down wood.

Wood/Woods

Slinger

 

Woods

Choppy

 

Wright

Shiner

 

X

   

Y

   

Young

Brigham

Mormon leader who led Mormon migration to Utah