Weird History

Actual Nicknames Of Historical Figures That Made Us Say 'Really?'

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Vote up the most colorful nicknames of historic characters.

Nicknames can be serious business. Whether created by one's enemies or allies, nicknames often become more associated with a historical figure than their given name. "Gaius" was an extremely common name in Ancient Rome, but there's only been one Caligula. Similarly, England has been ruled by three Richards, the most famous of whom is remembered as the "Lionheart."

US Presidents have had all sorts of nicknames, too, from the unflattering "Tricky Dick" to the superior "Honest Abe." When it comes to monarchs and other rulers, a nickname often reflects how their contemporaries viewed their reign. These can be insightful, funny, and sometimes just plain embarrassing. Vote up the best nicknames of historical figures.