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
207 47
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest Abe"
2
224 56
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 88 (1925-2013)
3
178 39
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)
4
190 53
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
5
182 51
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)
6
176 58
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
7
149 45
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
8
139 42
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)
9
135 45
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
10
133 45
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
11
138 52
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
12
110 35
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
13
115 39
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)
14
134 51
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)
15
128 50
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 63 (1882-1945)
16
130 53
Ronald Reagan - "The Great... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Ronald Reagan - "The Great Communicator"
17
86 29
William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 73 (1857-1930)
18
89 36
Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
19
105 48
John McCain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
20
95 41
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 61 (1872-1933)
21
78 31
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
22
104 51
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 65 (1908-1973)
23
86 38
Anthony D. Weiner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
24
82 36
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 68 (1773-1841)
25
84 38
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Nicknames