Nicknames You’ll Only Hear in the South
We like our formal monikers passed down, but when it comes to nicknames we don't hold back.
Nearly every Southerner has found himself or herself sitting on the groom’s side as the wedding march begins thinking, “Well, now I didn’t know Beau’s name is Robert Merriam, III and I’ve known him since he was in kindergarten with my Celia.” It’s amazing what secrets a wedding program can hold. We take our nicknames seriously in the South and rightly so—formal names sometimes only make an appearance on a few momentous occasions (i.e. birth, baptism, wedding, and funeral). Whether it’s a well-thought-out choice that’s deliberated for months on end before the baby’s arrival, or it develops out of a quirky personality trait of which only his nearest and dearest know the true origin, nicknames are commonplace down here.