Some people and places are celebrated with the christening of a nickname. Some are celebrated in spite of their nicknames. Whether the nicknames match their entities or not, we have managed to list a few of the cutest and the unexpected, from way back to contemporary history.
The very sound of the name will never fail to get someone singing “Tomorrow.”
Inscribed in bold, deep blue letters, it is owned by the fourth most respected name in the business world today: IBM.
This cute nickname has come to represent the entire Southern United States, everything lovely and unique in the region and its folks.
This seemingly cute and unthreatening nickname, especially its alternative Corporal Violet, was what the French Army secretly used to refer to Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon loved violets that he used the color of the flowers to represent the Bonapartist party. After his defeat in the Battle of Waterloo, it was a crime even to be heard admiring violets.
This nickname remained a nickname even in the movies. Played by Harrison Ford, the character’s real name was Henry Jones Jr.
Even decades after his death, fans and loved ones continue to cherish the memory of Bruce Lee by his nickname: “Seu Leung” in Chinese.
A nickname coined for a toy cuddly and adorable, after U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.
Sobriquets are nothing more than nicknames attached to a king’s first name, such as this one given to King Charles of Navarre (1332-1387). Infamous for his treacherous nature, he coerced King John II of France to grant him lands from Normandy during the time of the Hundred Years’ War.
The Big Apple
Referring to New York City.
In the song, “New York, New York,” Frank Sinatra called it “the city that never sleeps.” But then again, so does Las Vegas.
A sobriquet given to King Louis VI (1081-1137) of France. How fat was he? He was so fat that he couldn’t mount a horse. Yet he was known for the peace and prosperity that marked his reign and was well loved as a monarch.
The Golden State
Across the U.S. is the state that became the concentration of the famous gold rush of the 1800’s: California.
It is a legacy that Billy the Kid left making him a byword today and probably for generations more to come.
Originally a project named “Liza,” it was changed in honor of the luscious Macintosh apples of Washington state.
Compared to sobriquets like “The Sluggard” for King Louis (966-987) of the Franks, “The Mad” for King Charles (1368-1422) of France, and “The Terrible” for Russia’s Czar Ivan IV (1530-1584), “The Stubborn” or even “The Quarreler” will sound relatively cute. It was coined for another King Louis (the Tenth) of France who ruled from 1314 to 1316.
The Sunshine State
If you’re looking for some place where you can get some rest, try Florida.
It continued to sound cute even when used as a nickname for the famous machine gun that came to be popularly identified with the American gangsters: the tommy gun.
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To This Day Project – Shane Koyczan