Cool Nicknames for Guys
Cool Nicknames for Guys
Read on for our take on nicknames for guy or, alternatively generate your own here.
The goal of most guys is to avoid a nickname, especially if it is one that is not too flattering. Cool nicknames for guys are out there, but the thing about nicknames is that many guys get them based on something they might not want to advertise. A guy with red hair might not mind the nickname Rusty. On the other hand, he may hate it. The old TV show “Leave it to Beaver” ran from 1957 to 1963. The main character played by Jerry Mathers was “Theodore Cleaver” who was nicknamed “The Beaver.”
Nicknames can come about with something that rhymes with a given name as the case with “Beaver Cleaver.” Cool nicknames for guys probably do not include ones like “Beaver” or even “Lumpy” who was the character, “Clarence Rutherford.” “Lumpy” was a big bumbling kind of character and the nickname suited him even though it was far from cool. The descriptive monikers given to guys in their childhood might not apply when they turn into grown men.
The movie Top Gun had nicknames such as “Maverick” for Tom Cruise’s portrayal of the character lieutenant “Pete Mitchell.” Val Kilmer played lieutenant “Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky.” Those were cool nicknames for guys who were US Navy fighter pilots. Even Anthony Edwards, who played “Goose,” had a cool nickname in context. That is another thing about nicknames. They may sound cool among a group who knows the person and sound silly in other social circles. “Goose” may sound cool in aerial combat but not translate well if “Goose” goes into the public sector.
The nicknames, good or bad, that stick are ones given to guys from friends and family. It would be odd for a man to say something such as, “Hi, my name is Bob, but I want everyone to call me Ace from now on.” He may end up with a nickname that he does not like if he tries that move. Bob, being short for Robert, is sort of a nickname. However, it is not one of the cool nicknames for guys. It is just the shortened version of a full name. William has the variants Willy, Will, Bill and Billy. Michael has Mike and Mikey. Steven wins for spelling variants such as Stephen, and even Stevon in use with the short version being Steve.
True cool nicknames for guys should accentuate a positive feature. The hit HBO miniseries “Generation Kill” was about the experiences of “Rolling Stone” reporter Evan Wright who was embedded with the first soldiers entering Baghdad in 2003. The characters have real life counterparts such as Alexander Skarsgård’s portrayal of “Sergeant Brad Colbert” who had the nickname “Iceman” because he was cool under pressure. Even Evan Wright got the nickname “Scribe.” Every military group has a “Doc” somewhere. In “Generation Kill,” it was Navy Corpsmen “Robert Timothy Bryan” played by actor Jonah Lotan.
The key to finding the coolest nickname for a guy who is a friend is to pick something outstanding and positive about his character and find a word that is catchy and descriptive. The problem with nicknames today is that many guys get them from having participated in online forums or role-playing games. Most of those nicknames have no use outside of the limited social group of the online forum or game where it began. However, some guys only want a nickname online and prefer their given name to be used everywhere else. Going against the wishes of an individual when it comes to nicknames can cause some animosity, especially if the nickname is unflattering and sticks.
Sometimes, nicknames are regular names of other people. Back when the horror movie “Children of the Corn” was released in 1984, there were plenty of guys with red hair who started being called “Malachai” because they resembled the character in the movie played by actor Courtney Gains who has red hair. It was cool because “Malachai,” a variant of “Malachi,” was scary and the name sounded cool. The name “Malachi” is a Hebrew name that means “Messenger of God.”
Since no self-respecting cool guy will ever ask for or give himself a nickname, it is up to his friends who hopefully are also cool to give one to him. Nicknames are a rite of acceptance in many groups such as sports teams and the military. They begin with childhood friends. Hopefully the nickname one gets stuck with is a cool one that accentuates a positive aspect of character and not one that is embarrassing or lame.