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Irish Nicknames

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FUMBLIN’ DUBLIN

Apparently, the Irish will sometimes use this phrase to refer to their own unemployed, drunken Dublin residents. On your tour of Ireland you’ll probably be far more impressed by the wealth of the city — it’s comparable to NYC or LA (but set up more like Boston!).


MCNUGGET

This Irish nickname is for the children of the Irish and Scottish. I can’t seem to confirm if it held a positive or negative connotation. What do you think?


MICKS

Since many Irish last names begin with Mc or Mac, if follows that this nickname became one (derogatory) way to refer to the Irish.

NARROW BACK

This Irish nickname applied to the children of Irish immigrants who, reportedly, weren’t as dedicated and hardworking as their long-suffering parents.


WIC

White Irish Catholic. While there’s little validity to several other acronyms, you may see ones like FBI (foreign born Irish) applied here or there, as well.


PADDY’S

In reference to St. Patrick, this is considered a derogatory term for the Irish and should never be used in polite company. It’s more popular in Britain as an Irish nickname than here.


BRIDGETS

Some of the main jobs held by Irish immigrants were as domestic servants (lots of immigrants held cleaning jobs, actually. For some reason, this stuck with the Irish, though.) Bridget became the Irish nickname for a female domestic servant.


CAT-LICK

Cat-lick is a spin off on the Irish pronunciation of Catholic.


BOG-JUMPER/TURF CUTTER

Bogs are prevalent all over Ireland… or they were until the 1990s. And peat cut from the bogs was used as fuel for fires until the mid-1900s. Also, the Irish nickname “turf cutter” sometimes referred to Irish groundskeepers.


MUCKER

Many Irish worked to help fill in the Back Bay of Boston and have this name to show for it to this day.