Also, I originally wasn't going to add some of the more crude nicknames, but decided to add a few of the milder ones just because so many redheads hear them a lot.
Names can be used with affection or disdain....
It also depends on HOW it’s said and WHO is saying it too....
(but carrot tops are green!)
(Thanks to Caitlin!)
(Thanks to Grace!)
|Ginger, Gingy, Ginge|
(common nickname used in U.K., Ireland)
|Ginger Streak, Ginger Nut|
Ginger Ninja, Ginger Whinger
(Thanks to "race car red" who said - "I had an associate at work who affectionately called me 'Testarossa' (referring to the slick red Ferrari sports car). Definitely more flattering and sexy than some of the others I hear for reds!")
(See my "Other Redheads" page.
"I have one I call my redheaded friend: "blaze" - (Thanks to Alessandra)
"My friends call me Blaze." - (Thanks to Gari)
|Peppermint Pattie |
(for freckles from freckled brunette girl in 'Peanuts' comic strip)
(Thanks to Julie, from Australia - "In Australia, red heads are often called 'rangas' -- short for orangutan [and a derogatory name for redheads]. A popular TV show used it and the nickname stuck. It's not really affectionate and most red heads hate it." (Generally, English-speaking Australians say 'redheads' if no offence is intended.)
|Howdy Doody |
(freckled redhead marionette from US 1950s TV show 'Howdy Doody')
|Clarabell the Clown |
(red-haired clown again from 'Howdy Doody' TV show)
|Woody Woodpecker |
(cartoon red woodpecker)
(Thanks to Emily, USA) - "I have a family friend who calls me rosebud because of my red hair."
|Redheaded rooster||Red in the head|
Fred the red
(short for "dappled")
[Note: visit my "Freckles" page!]
(name for Chris Shelton, the redhead baseball player)
(name for Shaun White, the redhead Olympic snowboarder)
|Robin ||Pippi |
(From fictional character Pippi Longstocking)
(from Wendy's Hamburgers logo; based on real redhead girl, Wendy.)
(actress Molly Ringwald)
|Redheaded Stepchild||Demon, Diablo|
(Supposedly reds steal souls)
(Thanks to Courtney, USA)
"Apparently, ever since the vampire movies came out, a daywalker is a half vampire -- A vampire that can go out during the day without suffering side effects. Since I have strawberry blonde hair and don't have freckles and fair skin, I'm half a ginger and therefore a Daywalker."
(From TV show "Will and Grace" starring red-haired actress Debra Messing)
(Thanks to Evelyn, Canada)
"In the very early 1900's, my redheaded grandmother was nicknamed "goldener."
|Irn Bru Head|
(Popular Scottish carbonated soft drink, famous for its bright orange color -- Pronounced "iron brew" Made by A.G Barr.)
(Red-colored soft drink with very sweet/fruity taste, from United Kingdom. Made by A.G. Barr.)
(Thanks to Bianca, Australia) - "I had a teacher call me 'Biscuit' once, because of a Ginger Biscuit. I thought it was creative and funny."
[See my Ginger Recipes page]
|Fanta Pants (believed from gaelic 'farnter' - meaning flame-haired; a person whose natural hair colour is red)
(Thanks to Erica) "I am a redhead with a redheaded brother and we collected several nicknames. My brother had one I didn't see that I always thought was clever: Match. His buddies explained that some matches are "red on top and white all the way down." We're both very pale, freckled redheads."
|"Koakage" or "Akage-chan"|
(Thanks to Julian) "In Japanese, a cute way of saying redhead is "koakage" because when you want to put a cutesy diminutive for a Japanese word, you put it at the BEGINNING rather than at the end of word. Much the same way, "koinu" is "doggie," "koneko" is "kitty," "kokitsune," is "foxie," and so on. One could also say "akage-chan," (for "dear little very young redhead") as I might call my mother "Linda-chan," (for "dear little very young Linda"). As for me, in my heart, redheads are called "fiery ones"...
|Anne of Green Gables |
(from book and movie)
|Little Mermaid |
(from Ariel, in Disney movie)
(Bozo the Clown, popular in 1950s)
(Ronald McDonald, hamburgers)
(name for Chris Shelton, the redhead baseball player)
(Thanks to Alison, from Australia - "In Australia, redheads are also called Blue, or Bluey. When I was 8 and my music teacher called me Blue, I thought it was because of the blue jumper I always wore.:)"
Pink (Thanks Hal)
Little Strawberry Shortcake
(Cartoon character from 'My Friends Tigger and Pooh' series, based on 'Winnie the Pooh')
(Cartoon character, Chuckie Finster, from 'Rugrats' series.)
|Spots or Spotty |
(from Little Orphan Annie comic strip character)
|Red Herring||Duracell |
(for fiery personality -- see my "Stereotypes" page)
(orange cartoon cat)
(Thanks to Jen, USA)"There was a boy in my 7th grade history class who loved to call me 'Paleface' everyday! Too bad for me I had a huge crush on him.")
(cartoon character due to pale skin)
(as in the copper firebox in steam locomotives)
|Hi-Viz Hair |
('highly visible hair' as in high-visibility vests)
(Thanks to Renee)
|Spaghetti Head||Booger Red|
(Thanks to Brenda!) -(Nickname originally for Thomas Privett, Jr. - a legendary rodeo bronc buster)
(Refers to fictional characters Ron Weasley and his family in the popular "Harry Potter" books/movies who are brave, loyal, and steadfast friends) (Thanks to Elisabeth)
|Ginger Bullet Magnet|
Reported nickname by army pals for Prince Harry)
(Reported nickname for Prince Harry by girlfriend Chelsy Davy)
(Thanks to Amy, from USA - "When I was in middle school and grew quite tall before everyone else, a guy called me the "Towering Inferno" - I had to give him marks for creativity - at least it wasn't Cherry Top or Carrot Top!!!"
|Fox, Vixen |
(A 'vixen' is defined as: a female fox; a shrewish ill-tempered woman; a sexually attractive woman.)
(From Elizabeth) -"I'm called Vixen! It's only the best compliment for a red-headed woman! We never get tired being called a fox!"