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Sobriquets: Nick names of important places and persons

A sobriquet is a nickname, occasionally assumed and often given by another. It is usually a familiar name.

This significant distinctive is of ample familiarity that the sobriquet can become more familiar than the original name. Example: Mohandas Gandhi who is better known as Mahatma Gandhi, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln came to be known as Honest Abe and New York City, often referred to as the Big Apple. The term therefore relate to the nickname for a person, group of people or a place. Persons from Political figures, Musician, Sport personalities are often branded with sobriquets.


Primary Names


Father of the Nation Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Joe the Plumber Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, an American plumbing contractor.
Genghis Khan Temüjin
The General Irish Criminal Martin Cahill
El Cauclillo Francisco Franco
Chacha Jawaharlal Nehru
Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan
Maid of Orleans Joan of Arc
Man of Peace Lal Bahadur Shastri
Desert Fox Erwin Rommel
Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai
The Godfather of Soul James Brown
Guruji M S Gohlwalkar
Man of Destiny Napolean Bonaparte
The Elephant Man Joseph Merrick
The Edge David Howell Evans, guitarist in the rock band U2
The Duke John Wayne
Dubya George W. Bush
Man of Blood and Iron Otto Von Bismark
The Cincinnatus of the Americans George Washington
The Fab Four The Beatles
Grits a media term for the Liberal Party of Canada
Jesse “The Mind” Ventura Jesse Ventura, Professional Wrestler and Former Governor of Minnesota
Jesse “The Body” Ventura Jesse Ventura, Professional Wrestler and Former Governor of Minnesota
Father of his country George Washington
Honest Abe Abraham Lincoln
His Airness Michael Jordan
The Hick from French Lick Larry Bird
Haryana Hurricane Kapil Dev
Hanoi Jane Jane Fonda
The Glimmer Twins Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Rolling Stones originals members, they co-write most of the hits.
The Gray Lady The New York Times
Panditji Jawaharlal Nehru
The Greatest Muhammad Ali boxer[1]
The Great One Wayne Gretzky, WHA/NHL hockey player
The Great Emancipator Abraham Lincoln, The 16th President of the United States of America
The Great Communicator Ronald Reagan, The 40th President of the United States of America
The Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, 38th Governor of California
King Maker Earl of Warwick
GOP (Grand Old Party) Republican Party (United States)
The Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus
The Great Commoner William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (“Pitt the Elder”) or William Jennings Bryan
Bonnie Prince Charlie Charles Edward Stuart
Canuck Canadian, from Johnny Canuck
Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
The Bambino George Herman Ruth, Jr., American baseball Player
Buddha Siddhartha Gautama
Broadway Joe Joe Namath, AFL/NFL American Football player
The Bard William Shakespeare
Brangelina Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Boom Boom Afridi Shahid Afridi
Saint of the Gutters mother Teresa
Bono Paul Hewson
The Young Pretender Charles Edward Stuart
Body Beautiful Beale Edith Bouvier Beale
Bloody Mary Mary I of England
Birdman Chris Andersen
Bird Charlie Parker
The Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo
The Boss Bruce Springsteen
The Bird Mark Fidrych, Baseball pitcher
Biggie Smalls Christopher Wallace, American Hip-Hop and rap singer
Bonzo John Bonham
Dr. Death Jack Kevorkian proponent of assisted suicide
Iceman George Gervin, Jerry Butler, ABA/NBA Basketball player; Kimi Räikkönen, Formula One racing driver, Chuck Liddell, UFC former light heavy weight champion
Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore
Ike Dwight David Eisenhower
Deshbandhu C. R. Das
Bard of Twickenham Alexander Pope
Bard of Avon William Shakespeare
Badshah Khan / Frontier Gandhi Abdul Ghaffar Khan
Adi Kavi Valmeeki
Chemical Ali Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, Iraqi Information Minister during the 2003 US invasion; also known as Baghdad Bob
Nightingale of India Sarojini Naidu
Angel of Death Josef Mengele
The Doctor Valentino Rossi
Digger Australian soldier
Diamond Dave David Lee Roth, Singer
DeathStar DeskStar, a model of disk drives by IBM which had a remarkably high failure rate
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
Wizard of the North Walter Scott
Grand Old Man of Britain Willian Ewart Glandstone
der Alte (the old man) Konrad Adenauer
Qaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore
Prince of Kolkata Saurav Ganguly
Sandman Howard Sims, dancer
Saint Jimmy Billie Joe Armstrong
The Rock Chameleon David Bowie
The Rock (person) Dwayne Johnson
The Rat Pack A group of American singers and entertainers from the late 1950s to the early 1970s
The Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen, World War I, German flying ace
Old Rough and Ready Zachary Taylor
Ike Dwight David
Slash Saul Hudson, guitarist.
Joltin’ Joe Joe Dimaggio, Baseball player; former husband of Marilyn Monroe
Fuhrer Adolf Hitler
Pearl of the Orient Philippines
Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak
Pelé Edson Arantes do Nascimento
The Paris of the South São Paulo and Buenos Aires
Deenabandhu C F Andrews
The Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar
The Teflon Don mobster John Gotti
Yank (a short form of “Yankee”) originally used derogatorily by Southerners but now only heard outside the USA
Yardbird jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker (Also shortened simply to “Bird”)
X-22 backgammon champion Paul Magriel.
Uncle Sam the U.S.A. or sometimes the government
Turd Blossom name given by George W. Bush to Karl Rove
Tricky Dick Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States
Trane John Coltrane
Satchmo Louis Armstrong
The Thin White Duke David Bowie, Actor, Entertainer
The Say Hey Kid Willie Mays, American, Major League baseball player and Hall of Famer
Super Star Tamil Actor(Indian) Rajinikanth
The Sultan of Swat Babe Ruth, Major league Baseball player and Hall of Famer
Sting Gordon Sumner, British rock musician
Soapy Sam Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford
Slowhand Eric Clapton
Slick Willy U.S. President Bill Clinton
Prince of the Humanists Desiderius Erasmus
The Toxic Twins Aerosmith members Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, referred to as such because of their massive drug intake during the 70’s and 80’s
Knick Killer Reggie Miller
Larry Legend Larry Bird
The Little Sparrow Sezen Aksu
The King (of all Media) Howard Stern
Little Richard Rev. Richard Wayne Penniman, a prominent figure in rock n’ roll.
The Lion of the Round Top Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain, commander of the 20th Maine Regiment, American Civil War
The Killer Jerry Lee Lewis
The Old Pretender James Francis Edward Stuart
Madiba Nelson Mandela
Frontier Gandhi Abdul Gaffar Khan
Madge Madonna
The King of Spin Shane Warne
The King of Spain Ashley Giles
The King of Pop Michael Jackson
King James LeBron James
The King (of Rock and Roll) Elvis Presley
The King (of NASCAR) Richard Petty
The King (of golf) Arnold Palmer
The King (of baseball) Felix Hernandez
Grand Old Man of India Dadabhai Naoroji
Old Kinderhook (OK) Martin Van Buren, 8th President of the United States
Old Hickory Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States
Old Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra, entertainer
Anna C N Annadurai
Old St. Nick Santa
Old Nick Santa
Rajaji C Rajagopalachari
The Man from Tennessee Andrew Jackson
Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe
Mr. October- Reggie Jackson Major League Baseball Player and Hall of Famer
Iron Duke Duke of Wellington
The Mick Mickey Mantle
Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas K. Gandhi
Kaká Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite
The Myth Bodybuilding great Sergio Oliva
The Material Girl Madonna
Manitas de Plata Flamenco guitarist Ricardo Baliardo


Queen of Arabian Sea Kochi, India
Queen of Adriatic Venice, Italy
Land of the Kangaroo Australia
Land of the Golden Fleece Australia
Roof of World Pamirs, Central Asia
Yellow River Huang Ho (China)
Garden City of India Bangalore
Quaker City Philadelphia, USA
World’s Loneliest Island Tristan De Gunha (Mid-Atlantic)
Sick Man of Europe Turkey
Sorrow of China River Hwang Ho
World’s Bread Basket Praires of N.America
Windy City Chicago, USA
Sugar bowl of the World Cuba
White Man’s Grave Guinea Coast
White City Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Venice of North Stockholm, Sweden
Venice of East Alleppey, India
Spice Garden of India Kerala
Dark Continent Africa
Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher
Great White Way Broadway, New York, USA
Granite City Aberdeen, Scotland
Gift of Nile Egypt
Gateway of India Mumbai
Gate of Tears Bab-el-mandab, Jerusalem
Garden of India Bangalore, India
Garden of England Kent, England
Forbidden City Lhasa, Tibet
Eternal City Rome, Italy
Herring Pond Atlantic Ocean
Emerald Island Ireland
The City or The City by the Bay San Francisco, California
Cockpit of Europe Belgium
City of Sky-scrapers New York, USA
City of Seven Hills Rome, Italy
City of Palaces Kolkata, India
City of Magnificent Distances Washington D.C., USA
City of Golden Temple Amristar, India
City of Golden Gate San Francisco, USA
City of Dreaming Spires Oxford, England
Britain of South New Zealand
Blue Mountain Niligiri Hills, India
Empire City New York, USA
Land of Lilies Canada
Playground of Europe Switzerland
Pink City Jaipur, India
Pillars of Hercules Strait of Gibraltar
Pearl of Antilles Cuba
Never Never Land Prairies of N.Australia
Manchester of Japan Osaka
Land of White Elephants Thailand
Land of Thunderbolt Bhutan
Land of Thousand Lakes Finland
Land of Rising Sun Japan
Hermit Kingdom Korea
Land of Midnight Sun Norway
Powder Keg of Europe Balkans
Land of Kangaroo Australia
Land of Golden Pagoda Myanmar (Burma)
Land of Five Rivers Punjab, India
Land of Cakes Scotland
Lady with the Lamp Florence Nightingale
Key of Mediterranean Gibraltar
Island of Pearls Bahrain
Island of Cloves Madagascar
Land of Maple Canada
Holy Land Palestine
Land of Morning Calm Korea
The Eternal City Rome
The Mother-in-law of Europe Denmark
Hogtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Gotham New York
God’s Own Country Kerala, New Zealand, Rhodesia or Yorkshire
Garrincha Manoel Francisco dos Santos
Frisco San Francisco, California
Columbia The United States or The Americas
The Federal City Washington D.C.
The Old Bailey The Central Criminal Court in England
The Enchanted Isle (from ‘la isla del encanto’) Puerto Rico
The Emerald City Seattle, Washington, USA
The Emerald Isle Ireland or Puerto Rico
The Dragon China (as an economy)
Roof of the World Pamirs
Chosin Few US Marine survivors of Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir
The Fourth Estate the press
Sin City Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The Windy City Chicago, Illinois, USA
White House the executive branch of the government of the United States
Whitehall the British government including Parliament but excluding the monarchy
Westminster the British Parliament
Tinseltown Hollywood, California, USA
Taiwan Republic of China
The New Sinatra Jay-Z
The Smoke London
The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street the Bank of England
The Rock (prison) Alcatraz Prison
The Red Devils Manchester United Football Club
The Queen of the Arabian Sea Cochin
Perfidious Albion Great Britain
Pensioneers Chelsea football club
The Paris of the West San Francisco, USA
The City of Palaces Kolkata, India
The Steel City Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania.
City of the Golden Gate San Francisco
The Battlefield of Europe Belgium
Auntie Australian Broadcasting Corporation / British Broadcasting Corporation
the Antipodes Australia and New Zealand
Diamond City in India Surat, Gujarat
Humming Bird Trinidad
Land of the Canals Netherlands
World’s Breadbasket Prairies of N. America
City of Brotherly Love Philadelphia
The Beeb The British Broadcasting Corporation
Venice of the North Stockholm
Queen of the Adriatic Venice
Land of White Elephant Thailand
Land of Canals Netherlands
Port of five Seas Moscow
Land of the Golden Pagoda Burma (Myanmar)
Land of Windmills Netherlands
Brass Fountain PPSh-41
The City of Brotherly Love Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The City of Joy Kolkata, India
The City of Light Paris
Bengal’s Sorrow Damodar River, India
Chocolate City Washington, D.C., so named because of its majority African-American population
C-3 the Collins Crystal Cave expedition
The Bayou City Houston, Texas, USA
Brew City Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Beantown Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Blighty Great Britain (used by British servicemen abroad and expatriates)
The Big Stick Theodore Roosevelt’s diplomatic policy
The Big Smoke Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Big Easy New Orleans, Louisiana
The Big D Dallas, Texas, USA
The Big Apple New York City, New York, USA
Pearl of the Antilles Cuba
Brisvegas Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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