Names The Best Political Nicknames  

Mike Rothschild
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Political nicknames are a tradition that stretches all the way back to the first leaders in human society. Even American presidents get nicknames. But in the last few centuries, nicknames have become almost standard issue, with almost every president, prime minister, and elected leader of any kind given some kind of nickname. Some are affectionate, some are insulting, and some are just variations on the person's name or initials.

Many of the nicknames given to presidents and prime ministers haven't stuck, and are all but forgotten. After all, how many people can say who "The Last Cocked Hat" or "Soapy George Underhen" were (President James Monroe and British Prime Minister George Canning, respectively). But many politician nicknames have become permanent fixtures, and inseparable from the person they were bestowed on. We all know "Honest Abe," "The Iron Lady," and "Slick Willie," and it's likely we always will.

Here are some of the greatest political nicknames in history, from prime ministers to congressmen.
list ordered by
1
218 50
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest Abe"
2
233 58
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 88 (1925-2013)
3
187 41
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)
4
202 56
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
5
189 53
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)
6
183 61
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
7
152 48
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
8
141 45
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)
9
139 45
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
10
137 47
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
11
142 54
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
12
114 37
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
13
118 42
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)
14
136 56
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)
15
134 56
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 63 (1882-1945)
16
90 30
William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 73 (1857-1930)
17
132 60
Ronald Reagan - "The Great... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Ronald Reagan - "The Great Communicator"
18
93 37
Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
19
99 43
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 61 (1872-1933)
20
109 51
John McCain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
21
88 38
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
22
91 41
Anthony D. Weiner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
23
80 33
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
24
85 37
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 68 (1773-1841)
25
107 54
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 65 (1908-1973)