I love Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop because I always get great ideas for stories to share or for fiction to write. This week, I read Prompt #6: Write a blog post inspired by the word: rust. As soon as I read it, for some reason I immediately thought of Rusty “Russ” Griswold from one of my all time favorite movies, Vacation.
The reason being is because we call my niece Nikki “Russ;” it’s one of her many nicknames. Long story for why we call her that, but let’s say it has something to do with this scene in the movie…
Anyways, I’ve talked about nicknames before. In my very large family, we rarely call each other by our God-given names.
If you are ever to come over to one of our family get togethers, when I introduce you to my siblings, I’ll say something along the lines of “These are my sisters Angie and Heather, and these are my brothers David and Scott.” But that’s the last time you’d here me call them by their names. After that, I may refer to them as Fun 1, Hef, Junior, and Scooter or many, many other names. You’ll be totally confused.
Between my mom and dad, siblings, and all of our significant others and kids, a family get together is almost 30 people. Trying to remember all of our real names is hard — trying to also remember multiple nicknames is nearly impossible!
Last month, I group texted my family (we have an ongoing group text that we text each other on every day, all day) and asked them to help me come up with all of the nicknames we call each other just so I could show y’all how confusing it can get! We had fun thinking of them all, but then when I saw the writing prompt, I knew I was going to write about all of our nicknames. It’s fun, but it’ll also come in handy if you ever meet my big fat, crazy family.
My Dad (David): Pops, D.A., Big Headed Todd
My Mom (Linda): Gramma Gramma, Big Lin
Me (Natalie): Pookie, Pookums, Pook
Husband (Jason): Hoagie, Hoage
Ethan: E, T, Tater, T Nuts, E Money
Lila: YaYa, Ya, YaYa Bean
Mia: Badger, Badgie, Mia Mia Tortilla
Sister (Angie): Fun 1, Ang, Chrissy
BIL (Brian): Uncle B, Lads, Ladnier
Niece (Alexis): Lex, Sparky, Kitten
Niece (Nicolette): Neen, Neener, Russ, Uggers
Niece (Sydney): Bean, Beansie, D Bird
Nephew (Aaron): A-A ron, A Fons
Sister (Heather): Hef, Heifer, Hefernan
Niece (Hailey): Boogerman, Boog, Haney
Nephew (Ryan): Fuzz, Fizzle, Fizzle McPimpin
Nephew (Caleb): K-Luv, Beeper, My Man, Big P
Niece (Davi): Sugar, Bear
Brother (David): Junior, Junior Nuts, Cliffy
SIL (Samantha): Spammerton, Spam, Sam, Sam-u-el, Samuel
Nephew (Kannon): Kan Man, Kalhoun, Sandy
Nephew (Karter): Kartier, Karter Farter, Curlie
Niece (TBD): #16 (Not even here yet and she already has a nickname. She’ll be the 16th grandchild!)
Brother (Scott): Scooter, Scoot, Scooterlicious, Walter, Walt, Schmitty, S C O Double T
SIL (Danielle): Danny-elle, Daniel, Dando
Niece (Presley): P, Baby P, Princess P
Niece (Sawyer): #15
That’s 82 nicknames that we use for each other interchangeably. We also may shorten the nicknames, which creates new names, which makes it even more difficult to figure out who we’re talking about. We’ve decided that’s why we all hang out together instead of with other people…it’s just too confusing to keep up with us!
But if you are lucky enough (or unfortunate enough) to become a part of this big crazy family, chances are you’ll be given a nickname too! Big shout out to Papa Jeep, Sweet D, Bincey, Too Tall, B-ER-EN-DA!, Shawnie and Con, Mr. Bubbles, Gramma Rufus, Tommy Pants, Rodger Dodger, Big Don, Share-Bear, and many others who have been given nicknames by the Allens. You’re welcome.
Do you use nicknames in your family?