Family Nicknames

Family Nicknames

I suppose its because Brown Edge was such a close community that so many people were related. Several families dominated the community and they had the habit of calling their children after their parents and grandparents which obviously caused difficulties. For this reason everyone had a nickname which was usually associated with a particular family.  The late H J Bourne kept a record of these names and gave a copy to the late Freda Berrisford who passed it on to me.  It is interesting to note that Mr Bourne knew many other nicknames but could not remember the real name in many cases.  Nearly all the names were preceded with “owd” and I have heared my family talk about most of the characters named.

The origins of these names probably came from the school play ground and incidents that occurred marked them out for the future.  A few though were onomatopoeic and some descriptive. Sour Dawson really did look as if he had just sucked a lemon and Tunny Tomkinson kept a pub so I suppose that’s how he earned his name.

Some of the names below have links to the history section where I have written down anecdotes about characters as they were told to me.

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Nickname Real Name
Happy JoeAdams
CockyBaddeley
CopseeBailey
NutBeardmore
BleyderBerrisford
SkimmerBerrisford
JackerBerrisford
PupBerrisford Jobs Pool
SapBerrisford Nurseries
SugarBerrisford, James
ShagBourne
SpyBourne
LionBourne
EngeBourne
FridayCharlsworth, John
FizzDawson
RazorDawson
BriggsDawson
BottleDawson
SourDawson (Hill Top)
DirkDurber
SponnerDurber
Mouse (2)Foster
SoakyFoster
PunkerFoster
AppleFrost
BuntinGoodwin
TinkerGoodwin (Bank End)
TatterGoodwin, Frank
DashHancock
CuddHancocks
TrussHargreaves
DobinHeath
TricksHoldcroft
SludgeHoldcroft
DustyHoldcroft
JarvJervis
ShatterJervis, Frank
Mouse (1)Johnson
QuirlKnight, George
Billy MugginsLomas
MetalMottram
SnuffMottram
BodMountford
TurpMountford
MummyMountford
AmyPointon
Little JimmyJames Herbert Pointon
FlickPointon
Mow FlickPointon
SilasPointon
JiggerPointon, Arthur (School Bank)
WingyProctor
RunnerScarlet
EphSharratt
StumpySheldon
BonnetSheldon
BarginSheldon
Billy TipperSheldon
SnipSheldon
SeggySheldon (Charlie)
Jonny ObeSherratt
SnifterSimcock
WorkbagSimcock
DeiperSimcock
GoshSimcock
Little JessieSimcock
BaccerSimcock, Joe
StonnerStonier
TunnyTomkinson
SquashTomkinson
SpaderTomkinson
ManchTomkinson, (Frank) & Family
JimperTomkinson, James
SpotTurner
TunnyTurner (Alan) named after his Grandfather Tunny Tomkinson
PellTurner, Fred
PutherTurner, Tommy
Sam BangWillett
BarginWillett
ChinaWillett
BingyWilshaw (Foaming Quart)

 

 

  2 comments for “Family Nicknames

  1. Norma Kaczmar
    February 4, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    My Grandad, George Bourne, Gladys Bailey’s eldest brother’s nickname was “Judder”. He was born in Brown Edge -Top Heath’s Row, and lived around Brown Edge until the 30’s when he lived in Fegg Haye s,then “Bow Grain”. His dream was to move back to Brown Edge and live near Marshes Hill.

  2. Norma Kaczmar
    February 4, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    My Grandad, George Bourne, Gladys Bailey’s eldest brother’s nickname was “Judder”. He was born in Brown Edge -Top Heath’s Row, and lived around Brown Edge until the 30’s when he lived in Fegg Haye s,then “Bow Grain”. His dream was to move back to Brown Edge and live near Marshes Hill.

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