I love nicknames. They play a big role in my family life, and frankly, it is how we show we love one another. Some of my best and earliest memories involve various nicknames Grandpa Buttrick gave me as a child. In fact, I distinctly remember him actually calling me by my given name when I was about 10 years old. It stood out because he never called me Lindsey. In fact, he called me everything but (see list below). I thought I was in trouble! Fortunately, I wasn’t.
Well, somewhere along the line Mom picked up the nickname habit from her dad. The latest nickname she gave me is “Little Bo.” I love it. My dad’s name is Bob (aka Bo), and I earned every bit of that nickname. I am very much my father’s daughter. When I feel strongly about something, people know. So, in honor of my newest nickname, I decided to compile a list of nicknames I’ve been given over the years – and the people who gave them to me and the stories behind them.
Lindo – Perhaps my most common nickname, mostly used by Mom’s family and probably given to me by Grandpa Buttrick. Bonus: It means beautiful in Spanish, even if the masculine form.
Ed – Given to me by Grandpa Buttrick when I was a baby. I have no idea. Ed happened to be the name of his best friend.
Ankle Biter #3 – I am the third grandchild on the Buttrick side. My cousin Abby bit my dad’s ankle when she was a toddler, and none of us lived it down. Again, given by Grandpa Buttrick.
Rifle River Rat #1 – I am the oldest Russell child – and we are river rats. Again, Grandpa Buttrick.
Lonzo – Only Dad can call me Lonzo. Period.
Buckshot – Grandpa Reid gave me this nickname when I was an infant.
Gypsy – Grandpa Reid always called Grandma and I his gypsies. I am still always on the go.
Sugarfoot – Grandma Reid somehow came up with this one. Since she passed away in 2017, Mom decided to bring it back.
Rosie – Given to me by Grandma Reid due to my complexion.
Itchy – My brother Garrett gave me this nickname years ago. I have no idea why. I have taken to calling him Scratchy ala The Simpsons.
Little Bo – Given to me by Mom because I can channel my dad all too well at times.
Yes, I am loved!